The greatest challenge for Gore‘s engineers was permanently dyeing the white membrane. Until now, it had only been possible with black. The Gore boffins have managed, however, to develop the technology that bit further and can now offer GORE-TEX® SHAKEDRY™ jackets in blue and grey for runners and cyclistsThe Hi-Viz paneled Shake Dry jacket is now available and Riding Gravel has a sample on hand to test for ourselves. Look for the upcoming review later this Spring. New Riding Gravel Radio Ranch Podcast: Riding Gravel Radio Ranch page Episode #26 is now available for download to your favorite device or listen direct from your PC at the on the site here. In this episode Guitar Ted and Ben discuss recent reviews and reviews to come on Riding Gravel. Plus Guitar Ted gives some insights into his method behind his reviewing madness. Salsa Cycles Introduces Carbon Drop Bars: Salsa Cycles arguably makes the best drop bars for gravel road riding. They have featured the “not-so-radical” Cowbell, the ultra-flared and swept Woodchipper, and maybe the best gravel road bar ever- the Cowchipper, in two grades of aluminum for several years now. However; other companies have offered swept and flared carbon drop bars for a few years now, so Salsa’s offerings were not the favored racer’s bars anymore. All that has changed with the introduction of the new carbon drop bar options featuring the Carbon Cowchipper, Carbon Woodchipper, and Carbon Cowbell bars. The other aluminum offerings also continue forward only with different designations. Carbon in the model name is self explanatory. The new “Deluxe” moniker is applied to AL-7050 T-6 Aluminum constructed bars, and any bar with only the model name is 6061 T-6 aluminum alloy. So, a Cowchipper is 6061 T-6, as an example. Carbon bars feature a stiffer layup than the aluminum bars, but Salsa claims they absorb more vibrations, so this is “okay”. Salsa claims all the carbon versions weigh 75 grams less than their aluminum counterparts. Prices for the carbon bars are $215.00 across the three models, $75.00 for the 7075 T-6 aluminum models, and $50.00 for the 6061 T-6 aluminum bars. You can learn more about these bars and more here on Salsa’s site. That’s it for this edition of Gravel Grinder News.
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