Tech Week 2023: New shoes, brakes, lights and grips

Giro Formula Pro Shoes

Giro’s new Formula Pro shoe is designed to meet the needs of the modern trail rider, with a relatively low weight, a dual-dial Boa fitting system and a carbon composite plate for pedaling efficiency. Sensor rubber is used for the outsole, with deep lugs to aid traction off-the-bike – this isn’t just a road shoe updated for mountain bike use.

Polyurethane overlays are thermally bonded to the upper (translation: a rubber-like material is glued to the shoe) to protect it from wear and tear, and the toe box is reinforced for extra protection.

When it hits stores early next year, the Formula Pro will cost $300 USD. There is also a “regular” formula that uses a single Boa dial and retails for $250 USD.

The Formula and Formula Pro will be available in three different colors in sizes 39 – 50, with half sizes for 42.5 – 45.5. The Formula Women’s model will be available in 2 different colors in sizes 36 – 43, with half sizes from 37.5 – 42.5.

Ergon GXR Grips

Ergon’s latest slip-on XC grip is now available in 32 or 34mm diameter. The German-made grips are made from Ergon’s AirCell rubber and weigh just 53 grams per grip, including the end cap. The shape of the GXR is slightly tapered – it’s slightly wider on the outside, where the edge of a rider’s palm rests. The surface of the rubber has some texture, although it is quite minimal, making the grips comfortable with or without gloves. The grips are available in black, blue, red or orange and cost $24.95 USD.

Trek Commuter Pro RT Light

The days are getting dramatically shorter in the Northern Hemisphere, meaning it’s either time to hibernate or turn off the lights. Trek’s latest solution to brighten up the night is the Commuter Pro RT.

As the name suggests, it is partly aimed at commuters, with features such as a ‘Commuter Kind Beam’, which focuses the beam on the road instead of shining it into the eyes of an oncoming rider, a daytime running light function and the ability to wirelessly pair it with Trek’s Flare RT taillight.

When it’s time to get off the road and into the woods, the Commuter Pro RT has a 1000-lumen high beam setting that’s bright enough for good singletrack riding. At full power, the run time is 1.5 hours, and the 500 lumen medium setting increases that to 3 hours.

The Commuter Pro RT costs $159.99 and comes with a USB-C charging cable and adjustable hard mount.

Hayes Dominion T4

Hayes launched the new Dominion T4 brakes earlier this summer, a lighter version of the well-received Dominion A4. The 50 gram weight saving per brake is achieved via a carbon fiber lever blade manufactured by Reynolds, the elimination of the tool-less reach adjuster and a generous helping of titanium hardware. The four-piston caliper also has excess material removed, and there is also a composite reservoir cover on the lever body.

A set has just come out for review and so far they have delivered the ultra-light action and smooth power that the original A4 brakes are known for. Look for a full review once I’ve put enough miles on these low-profile stoppers.

MSRP: $325 USD per wheel.

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