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The 6 Coolest New Trail Helmets

POCs new trail helmet has extended coverage on the back of the head and temples. It’s goggle-friendly—an elastic band and clip holds your eyewear in place—with a large visor that tilts up. The shape, padding, and straps are comfortable. Venting is superb. And the fit system is effective, all combining for many happy hours on the trail. The helmet does drop low in front, so it covered my eyebrows, which caused some interference with eyewear. —Matt Phillips

Vital MTB 2016 Test Sessions: Orbea Occam AM M30

When talking trail bikes, we’ve always focused on the aggressive end of the spectrum here at Vital, which is why up until 2016 you never heard much about the Orbea Occam. Previously very XC in nature, this bike has seen a massive redesign for the New Year, and now features much more relaxed angles, a longer front end, shorter rear end, and lower bottom bracket height. Toss in a 27.5 version and a new suspension design with more travel and you’ve captured our interest with a bike that looks capable of truly rallying through the rough bits. Curious to see how it would perform in the real world, we saddled up aboard the Occam AM M30 during the 2016 Vital MTB Test Sessions.

Read the full Vital MTB Orbea Occam review HERE.

The Coolest New POC Gear for 2016

The Swedish brand is diving even deeper into cycling gear with some smart and stylish new offerings

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These mountain bike-specific sunglasses sport a flatter lens curvature than some high-performance or race-oriented models, to give them a more casual and street-friendly look. The lens was designed in conjunction with Carl Zeiss, maker of high-end camera lenses in the US, and is triple-CNC cut for a precise fit within the frame. There are four lens options, each designed to enhance contrast in various environments: two “deep forest” options, a desert lens, and a road tint. 

Read more about POC’s new gear HERE.

Speedsleev expands with backpacks, toptube case and more

LANCASTER, Pa. (BRAIN) — Speedsleev, which launched with a minimalist saddle pack about four years ago, is expanding its product line in 2016 with a new collapsable backpack, a toptube case, and new carbon fiber versions of its Seatsleev.  Read more at Bicycle Retailer…

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Not just a simple refresh of the Trabec mountain-bike helmet, the Tectal also borrows from the hugely popular Octal road helmet. POC used Kevlar strips to reinforce the EPS liner around the massive ventilation holes, then topped it off with a unibody shell, making for a lighter, safer helmet with great cooling power. 

Read the full Men’s Journal review HERE

Tested: 4 Powerful LED Bike Lights We Love

Light and Motion Urban 850 Trail

Light and Motion’s Urban line of lights has packed an impressive amount of light into an incredibly small package. Its latest, the Urban 850 Trail, raises the bar with even more output at 850 lumens, throwing off enough light to help me ride rocky mountain bike trails. The Trail model has similar weight (121 grams), charge time (2.5 hours) and run time (1.5 hour run time on high, 3 hour on medium, and 6 hour on low) as Light and Motion’s Urban 800

Read the full Bicycling review HERE

Osprey Raptor 14 hydration pack

Trail pack with exceptional manners and attention to detail

This Osprey pack is unusual in that it comes complete with its own sizing smart phone app – and weirdly that sort of sets the tone for the Raptor. Among many details, we particularly loved the roll-out tool area and work mat – an ingenious bit of space-saving that really aids maintenance.

When the weather is at it’s moistest, you can hang the Raptor from a tree, unfurl the roll and save getting your pack soaked. The roll is also removable too, should you need to throw it at a mate.

Read the full Bike Radar review HERE

 

First Ride: Orbea Occam 29 and 27.5 Mountain Bikes

It’s tough to say if it was the high from riding some of Spain’s best trails in the Pyrenees or the new Orbea mountain bikes that I was pedaling, but either way you slice it, I recently experienced two of my best rides so far this year. Orbea chose its home country to launch its third-generation Occam trail bikes. The company will offer two Occam models for 2016: Occam TR with 29-inch wheels and 120mm of travel and Occam AM with 27.5-inch wheels and 140mm of travel. After riding them back-to-back I found them both surprisingly good each in their own way.

The Orbea Loki Brings Plus-Sized Fun to the Trail

After riding 27.5+ tires on and off for the last few months, one thing has become crystal clear: Plus-sized tires and hardtails go together like peanut butter and jelly. And a day riding Orbea’s new plus-size-equipped Loki hardtail in the Spanish foothills of the Pyrenees just reinforced my feelings. The forgiving ride quality and increased traction breathes new life into the trail-oriented hardtail and makes riding it genuinely fun. Not only does the Loki claw its way up seemingly impossible climbs, it stays planted on loose trails full of rubble that would knock most traditional hardtails off-line.

Read the full Orbea Loki review by Bicycling Magazine HERE.

Orbea USA Restructures Sales Team

Orbea USA, which is now in its second year since becoming solely owned and operated by its Spanish headquarters, announced Monday that it is restructuring its sales force.

“Successful sales growth has led to the creation of two new positions, as Ty Stevens and Matthew Smith are named area sales and key account managers,” the company said.

Read more about Orbea’s new sales team HERE