St. George’s Hottest New Gear – Triathlon

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Even though we’re (yet) on the Big Island for this year’s Ironman World Championships, that doesn’t mean pros and brands aren’t showing off new, fast (and expensive) goodies. We toured the expo, checked out dedicated media demos, and even got our first look at some of the “under the table” gear we’ve only seen in spy footage.

Here’s what caught our attention (and what we were able to convince brands to show us).

Quintana Roo X-PR tricycle

Starts at $5,200, available now; quintanarootri.com

We’re big fans of the new Quintana Roo V-PR, which was released in November, but one of our complaints was the steep entry point.we know something Going offline, but we don’t know what or when. Fortunately, QR released a “trickle down” version of what we call V-PR, or X-PR. (Interestingly, it should have been called “Z-PR,” but with the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the newly acquired symbolism behind the letter “Z,” QR made a wise choice… steer.)

While we’ll be reviewing the Z-PR X-PR in the coming weeks, there are a few important takeaways that got our attention to the new model: First, the $5,200 Ultegra 11-speed fully mechanical (disc mechanical), the X-PR is a more palatable price frame shape, literally from the same mold as the V-PR. Plus, while the X-PR’s 30-ton carbon fiber is heavier than the V-PR’s lighter 47-ton carbon fiber, it’s also more durable and more “transition-friendly,” as lead engineer Brad DeVaney cleverly puts it. In the end, we were intrigued by the basic component build with mechanical disc brakes – good mechanical disc brakes – thoroughly tested and specified by the QR team. More on how this bike stacks up quickly on the road…

related: An Inside Look at Quintana Roo’s V-PR Trike

CeramicSpeed ​​Goodies

Aero OSPW Transmission Cage

$800, available June 21; Ceramicspeed.com

Although not exactly on display On the expo stand, we got an early look at a stylishly designed this-thing-goes-to-11, over-the-top, top-tier triathlete ceramic bearing oversized pulley with an aerodynamic cage. You’ll see this pre-production project on Lionel Sanders Cam Wurf and Anne Haug’s bike this week, and the unit we’re looking at will be installed on Haug’s bike as soon as we check it out. Available in mid-June, the design is a collaboration between CeramicSpeed’s friction masters and UK-based Drag2Zero’s aeroweenies – the brand known for the fast (and expensive) aero bars you’ll find on Gustav Iden’s St. George rigs .

New colors for OSPW

Starts at $590, available now; Ceramicspeed.com

OK, so the new color options on CeramicSpeed’s low-friction oversized pulley system may not make you any faster, but they’ll definitely help you wrap up your dream ride. Now available in blue and gold pulleys, they also offer OSPW compatible with SRAM AXS setups (good news for high-end eTap fans), and a lifetime warranty on all coated products.

Spaero SP1 three-piece set

$450, available in late June; spaerotri.com

If Spaero doesn’t look familiar, it’s just because the name has changed, but the people are still the same. Under Ryan Cady’s popular Eliel cycling apparel umbrella, Wattie Ink (most popular by Heather Jackson) has rebranded himself as Spaero. Last year’s flagship Tri outfit was the über techie SP1 tri suit, with so many features you’ll have to wait for a full review in our upcoming tri suit roundup. But until then, highlights include an unusual graphene print on the inside to help retain core heat, air travel fabric on the calf and shoulders, and a woven fabric throughout to help with varying degrees of compression and function without the need for massive amounts of Fabric panels (which are actually a big deal). Lastly, we really like the tapered pockets detailed in the picture above, which are cut at an angle for easy access, and the more, smaller gel pockets on the legs.

While there’s more to this suit we have to try, it’s undeniably an expensive investment, but hopefully the weaving technique (which we haven’t seen in many other suits) catches on and makes the process less expensive, Possibly even adding durability that these lightweight, multi-paneled, high-end triple sets typically lack.

Mod Ball

A bag of 20 starts at $20, available now; modballs.com

As someone who really likes natural, real food solutions for training and competition, I was quickly drawn to these tiny, chewing gum-sized nuts, fruits, seeds and (yes) veggies. Sitting in the gray area between gels and sticks, Modballs are basically those homemade DIY nutritional stuff you see all the time on YouTube but never actually have time to make. Even better, they’re individually packaged (perfect for sweatshirt pockets or triple sets that get wet easily), and each ball contains 100 calories, 6 grams of fat, 9 grams of carbohydrates, and 3 grams of protein. So you may be eating more than one at a time, but the creators explain that even those with sensitive stomachs never have gut issues because they’re made from real food: 85 fruits, nuts, vegetables, and seeds. .

For those with food sensitivities, we love that both flavors — Peanut Butter Chocolate and Almond Coconut Chocolate — are gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free and vegan (though it does include vegans) of honey). No added sugar either, as Modballs use munchies and honey instead. In the end, they taste really good, and they’re moist enough not like chewing a bite of cereal, like some bar or gel alternatives.

related: The Complete Guide to Nutrition and Supplements for Triathletes

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