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  1. Hello fellow bikehubbers. So awhile back I was extremely fortunate to win the Oakley x Ubuntu Bikes competition sponsored by The Lake Magazine. I was ecstatic, and still am. The bike is a beauty in it's own right. The only thing is the bike is made from a mixture of parts, and most likely more of a collector's item than a full-on fixie. I have ridden it more than a few times, but I am quite afraid to switch from freewheel to the fixed gear considering the parts and a chance of something breaking. I can only seem to find the name of three parts which is the crank and chainring both are Suntour SR and the hubs are Shimano. I would just want to know what I could get for this bike, because I am considering to buy a more purpose built fixie. TIA, Oscar The bike: http://www.ubuntubikes.com/lake-magazine-x-oakley-fixie-colloaboration/
  2. Hello fellow bikehubbers. So awhile back I was extremely fortunate to win the Oakley x Ubuntu Bikes competition sponsored by The Lake Magazine. I was ecstatic, and still am. The bike is a beauty in it's own right. The only thing is the bike is made from a mixture of parts, and most likely more of a collector's item than a full-on fixie. I have ridden it more than a few times, but I am quite afraid to switch from freewheel to the fixed gear considering the parts and a chance of something breaking. I can only seem to find the name of three parts which is the crank and chainring both are Suntour SR and the hubs are Shimano. I would just want to know what I could get for this bike, because I am considering to buy a more purpose built fixie. TIA, Oscar The bike: http://www.ubuntubikes.com/lake-magazine-x-oakley-fixie-colloaboration/
  3. Hello fellow bikehubbers. So awhile back I was extremely fortunate to win the Oakley x Ubuntu Bikes competition sponsored by The Lake Magazine. I was ecstatic, and still am. The bike is a beauty in it's own right. The only thing is the bike is made from a mixture of parts, and most likely more of a collector's item than a full-on fixie. I have ridden it more than a few times, but I am quite afraid to switch from freewheel to the fixed gear considering the parts and a chance of something breaking. I can only seem to find the name of three parts which is the crank and chainring both are Suntour SR and the hubs are Shimano. I would just want to know what I could get for this bike, because I am considering to buy a more purpose built fixie. TIA, Oscar The bike: http://www.ubuntubikes.com/lake-magazine-x-oakley-fixie-colloaboration/
  4. Dear hubbers and moderators/admin team I have two questions regarding Oakleys, AliExpress, and the T's & C's of the classifieds. 1. I have 2 pairs of "Oakley Radarlocks" that I bought from AliExpress a while back. Went through the hassles of finding a good looking pair, waiting forever, dealing with imports, and paid about R600. In the meantime I have purchased some other cycling eyewear, so I'm not using these anymore, so I thought I'll sell them off for a small amount. May I sell them here? I will of course not list them as Oakleys, I'll say something like "cycling glasses", I'll state that I bought them from AliE, and I though of asking like R300. I.e. not claiming they're real or asking a real price. (I did go and check up on the T's and C's, so I'm aware of these 2 clauses below. Just wondering where this case fits in : No counterfeit or otherwise illegal product may be listed for sale. Any such adverts will be removed and the advertiser's account suspended. Any parallel import product (grey import) advertised, whether new or used, must be declared as such by means of a clear notice on the advert describing the nature of the goods and any impact on warranties or local product support. This is in accordance with requirements set out by the Department of Trade and Industry.) 2. I also have a 100% legit Oakley Radar, with 2 original legit lenses, that I also want to sell. Ok so this is no problem. But then I also have another 4 AliE lenses for this Radar, that I got from a friend. Can I sell these lenses with the glasses or will this also be a problem? (I'll obviously also state that the extra 4 lenses are not originals). Sorry for the long post and thank you in advance for your answers. I came here to ask and make sure, before posting the ads and having my account blocked or something haha. Cheers!
  5. Hi I wanted to fit prescription transition lenses to my pair of Oakley Jawbone's . Any idea where I can have this done in the Joburg area . Quote I received was between R5000 and R8000 for a set of lenses . Is that about right ? Anyone done this and maybe have an estimate price . Thanks
  6. Ordered some replacement lenses and temple sleeves for my Oakley Racing jackets from Revant. Lenses received are better than the Oakley ones, and very reasonably priced. Did take a while - 6 weeks - to get to SA from the US (I chose the budget postage option, and was over the December period), but well worth the wait. With one set of lenses, I ordered the vented version and received non vented. Raised this with Revant, and they have shipped a pair of replacement vented lenses free of charge and inclusive of shipping, no questions asked, and without me being required to return the non vented ones. Highly recommended. www.revantoptics.com
  7. Hi everyone, i'm looking into buying new sunglasses for cycling. I currently have salice. I'm looking at Oakley & Bolle. My choice in the oakley range would be the ev zero path in a polarised lens, I know people don't like the ev zero's but I do. The Jawbreakears are too bulky. The other glasses I saw was the bolle b rock. I like the design. Any advice where to find them? What do you guys use? I mainly ride road, any suggestions. Thank You
  8. I have been toying with the idea of getting myself a pair of goggles for All mountain riding and possibly to be used with my half lid at the Enduro events. Had my first ride in the wet last weekend and boy! my face and shades was covered in SPLAT... Also, hitting 60km/hr on two occasions at enduro events, had my eyes watery behind the shades. Enough said, i think this is more than enough motivation to consider getting pimp'd with some awesome looking stuffs. Was roaming about and these tickled my fancy: Fox AIRSPC goggles 100% Accuri Von Zipper Bushwick XT These Three above are pretty much in the same price range. Performance wise... i cannot comment though. Keen to hear what you guys think... to goggles or not to goggles? haha better yet lets see yours!?!
  9. The Crossrange range features a variety of lens and frame colour combinations to suit almost any taste and preferred riding style or activity. Each pair comes with a Lifestyle nose pad and temple, and a second set of interchangeable Sport temples (I tend to call them arms) and nose pad featuring Oakley’s Unobtainium non-slip grips for more sports-specific applications. We tested the Crossrange PRIZM with a Woodgrain frame and Prizm Tungsten Polarized lenses. Aside from the standard style, the Crossrange is also available in the XL shape, which has a larger lens for broader faces, and the Crossrange R, which features a more rounded lense. SpecificationsInterchangeable Unobtainium earsocks and nosepads for extra grip Three-Point Fit holds lenses in precise optical alignment while eliminating pressure points PRIZM Technology lenses provide unprecedented control of light transmission resulting in colors precisely tuned to maximize contrast and enhance visibility. RRP depends on lenses and ranges from R1800 to R3000 per pair Out and about The Crossrange have a simple, timeless design. They are marketed as specifically for men, although I couldn’t find an equivalent women’s product in the Oakley range. I found the design sufficiently unisex for my taste, especially in the context of more active use- although that is a very subjective choice. I felt comfortable wearing them in every situation: from coffee shops to sundowners to four-hour mountain bike rides.Swapping the temples and nosepiece is a quick and easy affair, but I tended to set and forget with the grippy Unobtainium sports arms, mainly because I preferred the colour. On the bike The Crossrange fitted snugly and felt as secure as my usual Oakley Jawbreakers. They fit comfortably with my Specialized Propero, a Specialized Ambush, and a Fox Flux helmet. It is always advisable to check with your helmet to make sure that the glasses fit properly before buying.Compared with the Radar EV Path Prizm Trail we reviewed, there are noticeably more blind spots created by the frame of the Crossrange. More specifically in the outer and lower peripheral area of vision. This is due to the wraparound design of the Radars, and the fact that they don’t have a frame getting in the way at the bottom. The Crossrange, however, are infinitely more stylish, and in that sense more versatile. I used them for casual rides and tried them on a couple of long mountain bike rides, where they performed admirably. I wouldn’t choose to wear them for very technical or high-speed riding due to the slightly decreased peripheral field of vision and increased airflow permitted at high speeds because they do not wrap around the face. For commuting and more casual riding, they are ideal. As with most branded eyewear, the price is the only truly prohibitive factor. But if you consider it from the angle that you are getting two pairs of sunglasses in one, it starts to look a lot better. In terms of durability, they have held up well to the abuse dished out by a few months of wear. I’m not very good at using a protective case and have been known to stuff glasses into a pocket with keys along with other lens risky behaviour. No scratches so far. In the end As a do-it-all sunglasses option, the Crossrange nail the brief. They can take you from a workday commute to brunch, the beach or anywhere else you choose. ProsComfortable Versatile Stylish ConsBrand name pricing Not ideal for very high speed descents More blind spots than sports specific glasses
  10. I’ve had the Radar EV on test for just over a year. My pair features a polished black frame with a Path Prizm Trail lens which has a grapefruit base colour. What’s new? The EV in Radar EV stands for extended vision and marks the greatest departure from previous Radar models. The lens is 5 mm taller with a flat brow rather than the dip above the nose bridge seen on the older Radar design. The vents along the brow are more subtle, placed further apart with sharper angles compared to the previous droplet shape. These changes seek to improve the upper field of view of the wearer, an important consideration for cyclists bending the neck and looking upward down the road or trail. On the trail Weighing 29 grams (Oakley claim that an unworn, clean pair will weight 28 grams), the Radar EV demands no effort to wear. The contact points are comfortable with both the ear socks and nose piece causing no irritation or pressure points. The sunglasses proved to be very secure only ever coming unstuck during involuntary dismounts.The arms are rather long compared to other Oakley sunglasses. I have spoken to other riders that report them interfering with their helmet. Although I did not experience this problem, it may be worth trying a pair on with your preferred helmet. Over the year of testing, I have been impressed with the durability of the Radar EV. I’m rather rough on gear and the sunglasses never saw the love of a protective case or cloth but despite that, they show little sign of neglect or lens scratches (touch wood). I am most impressed with the Unobtainium ear socks on the arms. It is often the softer materials that perish first but in the case of the Radar EV they’re still looking brand new.The new smaller vents in the lens and the relocated arm port behind the hinge performed admirably with no moisture build up on the lens while riding. In cold conditions, there was some fogging when stationary but this quickly cleared once moving again. The nose piece and brow frame ensure that the lens does not come into contact with sweaty face, something that bugged me with Oakley’s frameless EVZero. The range of vision is very good on the Radar EV. The 138 mm wide lens creates a completely unobstructed view to the left and right. The lack of a frame on the underside of the lens means that there should be no problems looking down. On the trail, I did not notice the frame above the brow but if you make a point of paying attention to it, then you will see it at the top of your vision. The increased frame height is a definite improvement moving any obstruction into your peripheral vision rather than centred in your gaze. The restyled vents go largely unnoticed.Lens replacement uses a pressure click-in system rather than the Switchlock system. So should you like to change lenses regularly, make sure you’re familiar with the unclipping mechanism before applying too much pressure in an incorrect manner. Prizm Trail Oakley’s Prizm lens technology seeks to pair a lens to a specific sport. For cycling, this means one lens optimised for staring at the tarmac and another for the mountain and trails. My Radar EV features the Prizm Trail lens, which, as the name suggests, is the mountain biking oriented lens.The Prizm Trail lens aims to boost contrast, bringing out the browns and reds and assisting your eyes in identifying trails obstacles. I’m happy to say that it’s not just another marketing gimmick. The Prizm effect is immediately noticeable, with even the smallest stone in the trail becoming much more apparent. The only shortfall of the Prizm Trail is extreme light conditions. It does well in lightly shaded trails but anything darker requires a bit more straining of the eyes and guess work. Likewise, in super bright exposed conditions, like Cape Town in summer, I did find myself wanting a bit more light filtering. That said, the Prizm Trail lens has a wide range and for the vast majority of my riding, it performed superbly. In the end The Oakley Radar EV improves on an already successful formula. They are durable, comfortable, and well ventilated with the extended vision providing real benefits. The Prizm Trail lens enhances the trail experience while the overall styling will suit most tastes. ProsComfortable Durable Good vision Well ventilated Prizm lens Styling will suit most tastes ConsBrand name pricing (around R2,300 for the reviewed pair) Prizm Trail lens not suited to extreme light conditions
  11. Oakley is proud to introduce their lightest sport performance frame yet – the EVZero Path and Range. Click here to view the article
  12. EVZero Range Oakley's lightweight performance sunglass, EVZero Range, offer an extended view.The ultimate performance sunglass for cycling and beyond, EVZero Range combines Oakley’s lightest sport performance frame with the unobstructed view of a rimless toric shield that offers an extended range of view in the upper peripheral region. Range Planet with Red Iridium Infrared with Prizm Road Matte Sky Blue with Prizm Trail Matte Black with Prizm Daily Polarized Key features: Prizm Technology: Available with Oakley Prizm lens technology that ne-tunes vision and emphasizes colors where the eye is most sensitive to detailLightweight: The featherweight design weighs 15% less than most sport shield sunglasses Enhanced View: The rimless Plutonite® toric shield provides an extended range of view in the upper peripheral region to avoid blind spots when cycling Design: The geometric lens etching polishes o a design that takes style to a new arena of performance Impact Resistant: Engineered with impact resistance EVZero Path EVZero Path is built for speed with an ultra lightweight design.The new EVZero Path from Oakley is the ultimate multi-sport sunglass for training, running and beyond. Oakley’s lightest performance frame, EVZero Path, is built for speed with a sleek rimless toric shield. Path Planet with Red Iridium Path Silver with Sapphire Iridium Matte White with Prizm Road Matte Black with Prizm Daily Polarized Key features: Prizm Technology: Available with Oakley Prizm lens technology that fine-tunes vision and emphasizes colours where the eye is most sensitive to detailLightweight: The featherweight design weighs 15% less than most sport shield sunglasses Enhanced View: Made with Polaric Ellipsoid geometry for maximized peripheral clarity in its sweeping field of view Comfort: Three-Point Fit keeps lenses aligned and maximizes comfort by eliminating the common pressure points Flexibility: Crafted with flexibility to comfortably fit a full range face shapes
  13. XC Bike of the Year Scalpel Si Carbon 3When the new Scalpel was announced it was clear that Cannondale wasn't trying to play it safe or please the masses. They set out to develop and build the fastest possible XCO / XCM / XCX racing machine and they did a mighty fine job. That it is fast is undisputed, but more importantly is the ease with which it handles its new-found speed. Read the full Scalpel Si review here. Notable mentions Silverback SestaYou can always trust the underdogs to take on the big boys. I think it's safe to say that Silverback have established themselves as an honest player in the bike market. With bikes spanning most genres, they certainly have grown up since their humble beginnings. The Sesta is living proof. The Sesta is a great bike that can run with the big boys while leaving you with some change. The long wait for the Sesta has been worth it. Silverback have created a polished dual suspension carbon race bike. Read the full Silverback Sesta review here. Pyga Stage One of earlier XC / Marathon bikes with contemporary geometry. Long, low, and slack with great pedalling manners. I only had it for a couple of days (Admin reviewed this one), but that was enough for it to show its true colors. The Pyga Stage offers a delicate balance of race focussed performance and more progressive trail capabilities. All in all a highly versatile package which can see you comfortably through a marathon stage race and still keep you smiling on a weekend trail ride with mates. Read the full Puga Stage review here. Trail Bike of the Year Evil The FollowingMany times throughout the year I found myself looking at images of Evil's The Following. It is arguably one of the best-suited bikes for local conditions and more than enough bike for most riders. With its bang up to date geometry, great pedalling manners, and rider-friendly handling, The Following deserves its time on our trails. I would argue that it is light enough for any of our stage races, yet capable enough to huck all but the blackest of black routes on local soil. Having returned it after our review period, I got to ride it again later in the year and immediately felt comfortable. It was a bit like finding your favourite pair of jeans at the back of your cupboard. It just felt right. Fast, good looking, capable, and fun. What's not to like? With all that said, what sums it up best for me is the fact that after all the bikes we rode this year, including all the excellent bikes we rode in 2015, this is the one I would like to have parked in my garage the most. I would happily dive in head first myself and say that as far as Trail / All Mountain bikes go, this is one of the best I've slung a leg over and one of the most well-rounded 29er bikes I've ridden yet. Read the full Evil The Following review here. Notable Mentions Scott Spark 940I only recently got to spend some time on Scott's new Spark and even though it sits closer to a pure trail bike, it certainly is capable and fun once dialled in. The Spark is as fun as many bikes with much more travel but retains the efficiency of a short travel bike. The Spark is a great example of just how good the combination of modern mountain bike suspension and geometry is today. Read the full Scott Spark review here. Rocky Mountain Thunderbolt 750 MSL Let's hear it for 27.5" bikes! Looking back now, I think it's safe to say that the Thunderbolt would not have scored as high on my fun-o-meter if I had ridden the The Following before it, but that's not quite fair to the Rocky. It is a super fun bike that wants to pushed hard all day long and will reward you for it. The Following and Spark are perhaps better all-rounders thanks to the bigger wheels and the rolling they bring. Having said that, if your focus is more on fun than distance, the Thunderbolt will do just fine. If it was a car the Thunderbolt would be a pocket rocket - punching above its weight class and bringing sport car performance to an everyday car. The GTI of mountain bikes. Read the full Rocky Mountain Thunderbolt review here. Products of the YearSRAM Eagle Drivetrain They gave us the Pike, they gave us the Reverb dropper post, and then 1x11 drivetrains. Then they launched the 12 speed Eagle drivetrains and with it a broad enough spread in gear ratios to put the final nail in the 2x drivetrain's coffin. Shifting is everything one would expect from a top of the range groupset, and with the option to buy an upgrade kit only, there are few reasons not to go 12-speed when the time comes to replace your current groupset. For those looking to upgrade to 1x or to replace their current worn XX1 or X01 11-speed groupsets, with the greater range of gears offering a true benefit out on the trails, it would only make sense to go Eagle. Read our first ride review of SRAM Eagle here. Specialized Power Saddle The Power saddle has ruined most other saddles for me. Before the fateful day that I tried a Power saddle for the first time, my sitting area was happy with most saddles. I've always preferred low-profile saddles with a slight raise towards the rear and a cut-out or relieve channel running down the middle. The Specialized Power ticked all those boxes, but managed to throw in a stubby nose and a fit and feel like a glove. Since then a Power saddle has been fitted to my hardtail all mountain bike, trail 29er, and road bike. I can't bear riding without one. The Power Pro offered great support and comfort on all the bikes it was tested on regardless of position and has become my saddle of choice. Read the full Specialized Power Saddle review here. Oakley Jawbreaker sunglasses I love these. I love the fit, the tech, the quality and most of all how they disappear once on your face. Coverage is great with excellent field of view and ventilation. No corners were cut and no compromises made in the design and manufacture of these. Fit, features, comfort and the quality of the optics are all outstanding, cementing Oakley's reputation as a premium manufacturer. Read the full Oakley Jawbreaker review here. Other notable mentions are ODI's Rogue Grips and DVO's Diamond fork. I will remember 2016 for ... Capable 29ers The year 29ers decided to rather go big than go home. Evil's The Wreckoning & The Following, Santa Cruz Hightower (full review to follow soon) and Pyga Stage Max all showed that 29ers have arrived in a big way. Thanks to boost and the advent of 1x drivetrains, bike designers and manufacturers have found ways to make chainstays shorter and shorter and crank the fun factor of these once called wagon wheelers to eleven. I'm not sure what the future holds for all the different wheel sizes and how each will finally be pitched but what I do know is you no longer need a smaller wheel size to play in the twisties. E-bikes For me, 2016 will also be the year of the Specialized S-Works Turbo Levo FSR 6Fattie. The way it rides (like a mountain bike), the integration of the motor, battery and other bits that make this an e-bike. The app that lets you "tune" the "e" in the e-bike sets it apart from other offerings currently on the market. With the Levo range, Specialized gave us a pedal assist bike that can be fussed about for just how good a mountain bike it is when out on the trails. In the Levo, Specialized have not only built an e-bike. They have taken their time to re-think and develop the platform to deliver a product that takes full advantage of available technology. With the advent of apps and the smartphone computer in your pocket, it makes complete sense to go the full monty, instead of simply strapping a motor to a bike.
  14. In review of 2016, Iwan Kemp looks at the best bikes and gear that he rode last year. Click here to view the article
  15. I bought a pair of trails that are defective, so it's being exchanged for another. Problem is, I'll have to wait 12 weeks for it ...OR i can get a pair of the road ones now. I only the wore the trail one once, rainy overcast, foresty conditions and have to admit I wasn't overly blown away. Could've been many contributing factors, but I wasn't too crazy about the "yellow" hue... the counter problem is I'm not keen on the white frame with green overspray of the Road ones but preferred the look of the lens (I was indoors though)#firstworldspoiltbratproblem. Just looking for some general feedback on those who've used them please
  16. Lapierre Xelius SL 500 CP road bike The Xelius SL sits at the top of Lapierre's road range alongside the Aircode SL aero frame. With a claimed frame weight of just 850g and professional rider input from the French FDJ cycling team, the Xelius is ready to fight it out with the best of them. The frame features a rather large BB86 press-fit bottom bracket, full internal routing, a heavily sculptured tapered fork with front brakes that sit tucked in to reduce drag, an integrated seatpost clamp, and unique tubing leading into the seat stays. The top tube thins out towards the seat tube before splitting into three. While the main tube runs straight through to connect with the seat tube, the two off shoots run straight passed the seat tube into what becomes the seat stays. This was done to offer a ride that is a bit more forgiving than most race bikes on the pro circuit. As is the norm nowadays, the frame is Di2 compatible with a "trap door" at the bottom of the bottom bracket for easy access to the battery. With the battery placed low, the height of the centre of gravity of the bike is reduced. Specifications: FrameXELIUS SL CARBONForkLAPIERRE XELIUS SL CARBON - Carbon SteererHeadsetFSA 1"1/8 1"1/4 FSA ORBIT C-33 44E + 15mm top coverBottom bracketSHIMANO KSMBB7141B PRESSFITCranksetSHIMANO 105 KFC5800CX26L 52x36 170mm (XS, S) / 172.5mm (M) / 175mm (L, XL, XXL)Stem ZIPP Service Course BLACK 6° Ø: 31.8mm L: 90mm (XS, S) / 100mm (M) / 110mm (L) / 120mm (XL) / 130mm (XXL)SeatpostLAPIERRE SPC-619 CARBON Ø: 27.2mm L: 350mmHandlebarZIPP Service Course 80 Anatomic 40mm (XS) / 42mm (S, M, L) / 44mm (XL, XXL)Front derailleurSHIMANO 105 KFD5800FLRear derailleurSHIMANO 105 KRD5800SSL 11-SpeedBrakesSHIMANO 105 KBR5800 / KBR5810 FRONT DIRECTMOUNTShiftersSHIMANO 105 KST5800 2x11-SpeedSaddleSELLE ITALIA X1 BLACK / WHITEWheelsMAVIC AKSIUMCassetteSHIMANO 105 KCS580011128 11-Speed 11-28TTyresMICHELIN DYNAMIC SPORT 700x25Claimed weight8,3 KgSizesXS,S,M,L,XL,XXLRecommended PricingR45,000 Specialized Women's Motodiva shoes The Specialized Women's Motodiva is billed as an all-round trail shoe. The sole is made from a nylon composite and features SlipNot rubber tread to help with added grip when off the bike. The lacing system uses a BOA dial on the upper strap with two nylon straps lower down the shoe. For added protection, the Motodiva has a molded toe area to help absorb and deflect collisions. Being a Specialized product, the Motodiva receives the Body Geometry ergonomic fit for women which promises to make the shoe comfortable for most feet. Specifications and features:Body Geometry sole construction and footbed: ergonomically designed and scientifically tested to boost power, increase efficiency, and reduce chance of injury by optimizing hip, knee, and foot alignment. Women's contoured Standard Fit last with low collar height for ankle comfort. Injection-molded nylon composite sole with SlipNot rubber tread for moderate pedaling stiffness and phenomenal trail traction: Stiffness Index 6.0. Single Boa S2-SV dial for easy adjustment, backed by the Boa Lifetime Guarantee. Dial/lace assembly is replaceable in seconds with Snap cartridge system. Hard molded toe kick for protection and durability. Stitched synthetic and mesh upper with asymmetric strap closure for comfortable fit. Replaceable threaded toe studs. Two-bolt cleat pattern fits all major pedals. Approximate weight: 335g (1/2 pair, size 39) Recommend retail price: R2,599.00 Oakley Radar EV Path Prizm Road The Oakley Radar EV is an update on the popular Radar range. The most notable change is the raised lens height which increases the upper field of view - a design feature Oakley borrowed from their Jawbreaker line up. The model we have on test sports the Prizm lens which (having the Road specific version) is said to improve road texture, painted lines, and traffic lights while also enhancing greens and blues. The frame on our test pair has undergone the recently announced hand sprayed Green Fade Collection treatment.
  17. First Look Friday is an introduction to the gear that we are currently testing for review. This week we're featuring the Lapierre Xelius SL road bike, Specialized Women's Motodiva shoes and Oakley's Radar EV sunglasses. Click here to view the article
  18. Oakley, a brand with a deep rooted heritage of innovation and performance in sports, has launched a special- edition eyewear collection, Green Fade — made for today’s world-class athletes who demand the very best. Oakley is bringing back the vibrant green colour that was featured on the brand’s first performance product in 1980 for this exclusive one-time collection. Combining the brand’s iconic ‘80s Green colour of performance with the 21st century technology of Prizm lenses, Green Fade is a rare edition in sports eyewear. All frames from the Collection will be hand painted green and will be available in select Oakley locations and retail stores this summer. Prizm technology: The full sun Green Fade Collection is available with Oakley Prizm lenses, a revolutionary technology that enhances detail for an optimized performance. It provides ultra-precise colour tuning, designed for specific environments. Product line-up: The Oakley Green Fade Collection includes performance products for competition, including EVZero, Jawbreaker, Radar EV Path, Flak 2.0 XL and RadarLock Path, and lifestyle products for life off the field, including Frogskins and Crosslink Zero RX. Design: EVZero will be available with the brand’s first-ever dual Iridium lens coating that combines two Prizm lens tints on a single toric shield for a distinctive look and unmatched performance. EVZERO RANGE PRIZM FIELD JAWBREAKER PRIZM ROAD RADARLOCK PATH PRIZM ROAD FLAK 20 XL PRIZM FIELD RADAR EV PATH PRIZM ROAD EVZERO PATH PRIZM FIELD FROGSKINS DAILY PRIZM CROSSLINK ZERO Videos:
  19. Today, Oakley announced a three-year global partnership with the elite cycling team based in South Africa, Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka. As innovators in the cycling industry, Oakley will support the spirit and drive of Team Dimension Data, a brand pioneering and redefining the sport, by becoming the team’s official eyewear and on-and-off bike apparel sponsor. Click here to view the article
  20. At the 2016 Tour de France, Team Dimension Data will wear their new Oakley cycling kits and eyewear on-bike. The collection includes a leader jersey eyewear collection, team jerseys, bibs, caps, t-shirts and eyewear with Prizm technology – including a limited edition eyewear sku developed in collaboration with Mark Cavendish, an Oakley athlete and Team Dimension Data rider. Oakley will also be designing Team Dimension Data replica kits and eyewear for fans to show their support for the team during the Tour de France. “Oakley is a brand that always delivers premium and leading performance apparel and eyewear, and this Team Dimension Data collection is no exception,” said Cavendish. “From Oakley Prizm, a revolutionary lens technology that dramatically enhances detail to improve performance, to sleekly designed cycling kits, the brand continues to innovate in sports performance.” Team Dimension Data, better known as Africa’s Team, competes in the UCI World Tour at the highest level of road cycling. The team has a unique roster of athletes ranging from legends like Mark Cavendish, Mark Renshaw and Edvald Boasson to Eritrean cycling heroes, Natnael Berhane, Mekseb Debesay, Merhawi Kudus, and Daniel Teklehaimanot. “We are thrilled about our partnership with Team Dimension Data – they are a diverse group of pro riders from all corners of the globe with an unparalleled passion for cycling,” said Cuan Petersen, Vice President Global Sports Marketing. “Both our brands are grounded in performance and pushing the boundaries in cycling. This partnership is a natural fit that will help us develop and prove our products on the toughest testing stage, as well as help develop new riders from Africa.” Oakley will also be supporting the team off-the-bike by joining forces with Qhubeka, the team’s non-profit African charity dedicated to advancing education, health and economic opportunities for Africans through sustainable transportation, such as bikes. Team Dimension Data’s goal for the year is to donate over 5,000 Buffalo Bikes, and Oakley will help by donating over 150 bikes to the cause. “For Oakley to not only commit to being Team Dimension Data’s official apparel and eyewear sponsor but to get involved in all aspects of our team is really special,” said Douglass Ryder. Team Dimension Data Team Principle. “The brand is committed to progressing the sport – with action on-and-off the bike.” The Oakley Team Dimension Data limited edition 2016 Tour de France replica kits and eyewear will be available on Oakley.com and at select Oakley stores worldwide starting June 29th. For more information on the team, please visit: africasteam.com. To donate directly to the Qhubeka charity, please visit: bicycleschangelives.org/ - donate.
  21. Oakley launched the new Prizm Jawbreaker sunglasses early last year to much fanfare. Designed with great input from Mark Cavendish, no detail was spared in their pursuit of the ultimate riding sunglasses. Click here to view the article
  22. The Design There is no way around the fact that on their own the Jawbreaker looks massive but take the time to study them closely and you will soon find they are stacked with technology and clever design features. Twenty seven separate parts go into making one pair of Jawbreaker. The lower edge has a slight convex shape to provide a little more room around your cheeks whereas the top of the lens features an upward curve to provide a bigger field of view, particularly when riding in a low and aggressive "eyes-up/ head-down" body position.The design is not all about road cycling though, as extra ventilation at the bottom and top of the lens also come in handy on slow, technical climbs when out mountain biking. Cycling glasses are usually a trade-off between field of view, maximum protection and ventilation. Oakley say that the large size is intended to give the user all three – an increased upward field of view with ventilation and protection. "Jawbreaker has a level of vision and protection without compromise, beyond what the consumer has seen before. It’s a statement piece with real performance benefits.” - Ryan Calilung, Oakley concept development director. Like the Jawbone, the Jawbreaker features a hinged lower frame to lock the lens in place, but that is where the similarities end. The Jawbreaker uses a huge single shield instead of separate dual lenses and there is a metal cam device built into the nose-piece instead of snap-together plastic bits. This makes for a more secure fit and lends the Jawbreaker a sturdier overall feel. Out back, Oakley have incorporated rubber-covered earpieces that can be adjusted in three different lengths to better fit a wider range of rider head shapes as well as helmet retention systems. Features: Prizm is a revolution in lens optics built on decades of colour science research. Prizm lenses provide unprecedented control of light transmission resulting in colours precisely tuned to maximize contrast and enhance visibility. Extended field of view in the upper peripheral region to optimize for cycling Unobtanium earsocks and nosepads keep glasses in place, increasing grip despite perspiration Switchlock interchangeable lens technology makes the process of lens changing fast, easy and hassle-free, this technology uses a simple switch mechanism to release the mounted lens so a new one can be locked in instantly. It lets athletes adapt their vision and keep up with changing light. Patented High Definition Optics (HDO) provides superior optical clarity and razor-sharp vision at every angle. HDO is a collection of patented technologies that allow Oakley eyewear to meet or exceed the testing standards of the American National Standards Institute for optical clarity, visual fidelity, and impact resistance. PRIZM ROAD LENSE Light Transmission: 20% Light Conditions: Changing Conditions Contrast: Increased Base Lens Color: Indigo Recommended retail price: R 2,625 Included with the Prizm Jawbreaker is a Microbag with lense pouch, a Soft Vault Case and an extra nose pad. On the Bike Once on your face, with your helmet on your head, they do not look as big nor do they feel nearly as over-sized as they appear. Hit the road and you'll soon realize just how great the fit and field of view is with almost none of the frame being visible, unless you move you eyes straight down or as much to sides as you can. Oakley claims a 44% increase upward field of view and it certainly shows.Out of the box the fit was perfect for my liking and, at a scant 34 grams, I hardly noticed them once riding. Despite the "full width" coverage there is no distortion and fogging hasn't been an issue at all thanks to the vents and well thought out design. Our test pair arrived with Oakley’s latest Prizm lens. A new philosophy in lens tinting that aims to highlight desirable hues and shades while at the same time tune out unwanted ones. According to Oakley, the pavement-specific Prizm Road lens boosts road texture, painted lines, and traffic lights while also enhancing greens and blues. The mountain bike-specific Prizm Trail version was designed to boost reds and browns while also making plants look more vivid. I'm happy to report that this is not just marketing talk. A real testimony of the power of Prizm was when, with a bit of effort, I tried them out off road on my motorbike. Going in and out of shade on a corrugated gravel road is not fun on a motorbike as you can't always see potential hazards and uneven sections, making line choice difficult. Also, going from full sun to shade leaves you with a compromise of either no tint in the sun or the risk of too dark in the shade. This where the Prizm Trail proved it's worth by making the terrain much easier to read. The Prizm effect was also noticeable with the road version fitted while on the road bike, highlighting varying road surfaces and lose debris.I have been riding with the Jawbreaker since its local launch and they are showing no signs of wear despite never using the hardcase and very seldom storing them in their microbag. I'm working on that! Verdict Easily my favourite and the most comfortable riding glasses I've ever worn. Fit, features, comfort and the quality of the optics are all outstanding, cementing Oakley's reputation as a premium manufacturer. Even on the roughest of trails they always stayed put with little to no movement.I can only imagine what they could possibly come up with to supersede these. From the Manufacturer:
  23. Credit: Johan Badenhorst/Specialized “They’re incredible in difficult lighting conditions, especially early in the morning where you are going from light to dark very quickly – as here at the Absa Cape Epic,” he says. Prizm™ improves performance and safety by enhancing vision without the compromises of conventional lens tints. Other features include: Sharpening of visual acuity to help riders see more clearly and react faster; and the way in which it enhances colour recognition to help riders spot what you need to see. “It’s more of a lens that I use to see on singletrack and way better than a standard lens,” explains Reid. “When you’re descending down tricky singletrack with contrasting light, it really illuminates a lot more than what is expected.” Reid’s teammate, Gert Heyns, unfortunately had to withdraw today after aggravated symptoms from a chest infection. Credit: Ewald Sadie/Cape Epic/SPORTZPICS “Gert has got experience at the Epic and if he tells me that the signs aren’t good then they definitely aren’t. When he wasn’t good, he really wasn’t good,” Reid explains. “Health comes first you have one heart and if you push that you damage your heart. It could’ve been me and he made a very mature call. He’s done enough of these to know when it’s bad,” he said. Reid will be allowed to continue solo, wearing the special Outcast Jersey for UCI registered riders. “I will definitely start tomorrow and maybe the next day,” he says. “We have Continental champs in two weeks, so that now becomes the main focus. There are some of the world’s fastest riders here so it is good training. I’m also learning – you know – for future years, what the compounded effect is.” “I will see how far I can go and use it for good prep, I mean even the first two hours with some of those riders was intense. These guys are incredible, just so much power,” he said. The race continues tomorrow with a 93-kilometre loop from Saronsberg including some 2200 metres of climbing. As today it promises to be hot and dusty. Stay tuned on http://www.cape-epic.com/livetracking/
  24. First Look Friday is an introduction to the products that we are currently testing for review. This week we're featuring the BH Lynx 4.8, SRAM's Roam 40 wheels and the Factory Lite gloves from Oakley. Click here to view the article
  25. BH Lynx 4.8 Carbon 29” 9.5 The Lynx 4.8 sits firmly in the cross country trail bike category, with 120mm travel, short stays and a 68 degree head angle. A bike that will let you compete in a long distance endurance event on Saturday and on Sunday head out to enjoy some tricky trails. Going on the reputation of the Split Pivot suspension layout, there's no reason the Lynx shouldn't pedal as well as it descends. That's the idea anyway, we're eager to see just how well the BH performs as a cross country all rounder. The carbon 9.5 model comes kitted with suspension from RockShox, the Reba and Monarch doing duty in the front and rear respectively. A mix of GX and other SRAM components make up the 1x drivetrain while Magura MT4 brakes are tasked with stopping your momentum. To add to the trail flavour, a KS Supernatural dropper post comes standard. The wheelset is BH's own Super Lite wrapped in Michelin rubber. Specifications: FrameLynx 4.8 Carbon 29"Rear shockRock Shox Monarch RTForkRock Shox RebaStemBH LiteHeadsetBH EvoShifter leversSram GX11Rear derailleurGX 1400 175 32TCrank setSram S1000 32TBB SetSramChainPC1130 11SCassetteSram 1150 10/42ChainSramFront brakeMagura MT4 180mmRear brakeMagura MT4 160mmWheelsetBH Super LiteTyresMichelin Wild Racer 2.25/ Grip'R 2.25SaddlePrologo KappaSeatclampBH LiteSeatpostKS SupernaturalHandlebarBH Lite RizerGripsBHWeight12.4 kgRetail PriceR57 500 SRAM Roam 40 wheelset The Roam 30 and 40 wheelsets are SRAM's more cost conscious wheelsets fitting in below the Roam 50 and 60 offerings. The Roam 40 wheelset features a UST tubeless aluminium rim measuring 21mm internally and 25.5mm externally. The Roam 40 wheels use 24 straight-pull spokes front and rear with a two-cross pattern. While the Roam 30 wheels makes use of brass nipples, the Roam 40 features aluminium nipples to save weight. The rear hub uses 4 pawls and a ratchet ring with 26 teeth, meaning 52 points of engagement and 6.9 engagement degrees. The SRAM Roam 40 wheelset retails for R11,300. Specifications: Wheel sizes26", 27.5", 29"Weight1560g (26"), 1615g (27.5"), 1695g (29")Spoke Count24Spoke Pattern2 crossTypeCustom - straight pullFinishBlack oxideRim shapeTubeless ready - Asymmetrical 2.5mm offsetRim usedAluminium 6061 T6Spoke lengthSolo SpokeNipplesExternal alloyColourBlack Ano Oakley Factory Lite Gloves The Oakley Factory Lite gloves look to offer lightweight comfort while still giving sturdy protection. Instead of padding on the palm, the Factory Lite use a durable leather-like material called Calrino, which promises to protect while providing feedback to the hand. Oakley make a point of their O Hydrolix moisture management technology which carries sweat from the hand to the outer layers of the glove to control warmth. The Oakley Factory Lite retail for R499. We'll be slipping these gloves on and testing Oakley claims of a durable and lightweight mountain biking glove.
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