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The G&T Blog October 2020 Edition

The Munga Grit- "Half ain't easy."

"The Munga Grit is a single stage non-stop mountain bike race through Gauteng and the North West. It is roughly half the distance of the Munga MTB, so just over 500km. But riders will only have 50hours to complete the course.One of the most authentic and life changing aspects of the Munga, are our waterpoints and race villages. So this core component of the Munga experience will be carried over to Munga Grit. Thus riders can expect two race villages and five waterpoints manned by those beloved farmers! The WPs will be roughly 70 to 80km apart and RV1 will be around 230km, with RV2 around the 450km mark."-Bicycling Magazine

As a sponser of the Munga Grit events it is always great to see the riders push themselves to the limit no matter the circumstances. The race organizer Alex Harris certainly had a challenge set for himself to host a race in the midst of a global pandemic, despite this the race carried on with his intense passion for the race and help of sponsers. The race started on 2 October at 12pm with a packed field of riders.The pace was set and Cycle Nation’s Hansie Joubert was the inaugural winner of the The Munga Grit, which started and finished at the Cradle of Humankind. He completed the 500km solo mountain bike race in 22 hours and 54 minutes, beating ProTouch’s Kent Main (24:08) and Mud Buster’s Dewald Lotter (24:20).Erika Bornman (32:47) took the honours in the women’s section ahead of Caroline Francis (34:52) and Aryna Edwards (34:57).

New Products

We are happy to introduce Glow Worm,Gloworm Performance Products was founded by mountain bike and outdoor enthusiasts Bruce Davey and Vaggelis Monogyios. The Kiwi born company was formed in 2010 with the sole aim to develop a series of high quality, high performance LED lighting systems that are affordable for the everyday user. Gloworm has since grown from a small New Zealand business into a global brand with distributors in 10 counties.

SQlab - a name from ancient greek mythology. The snake (colubrid) eventually became the symbol of medicine and to this day can be seen used in this context in many medical and pharmaceutical facilities. Here at SQlab, with our medical specialists, we place a strong emphasis when developing products on the need for ergonomics and health aspects in cycling. As a result, we have hence adapted our name to the god of medicine in modified form and symbolically use a snake-entwined saddle to complete the logo. This is how our so-called SQ-laboratory, in which research and development of the highest level, has taken place for years with great success.

SkyKnight Cycling was started because the perfect cycling sock did not exist, it did actually but the price was too high. Thus SkyKnight Aero socks were created to find the balance in performance, comfartabily and affordability.SkyKnight Aero Cycling Socks employ’s lycra material up to the UCI height limit. The lycra material provides airflow around your leg creating less drag. The sock is fitted with a silicone ring along the top to keep the sock on your leg. Don’t want to break the bank, SkyKnight Aero Cycling Socks the local affordable cycling sock you did not know existed. One size fits all.

Jack Black’s product's of the month:

The Backcountry Research – SUPER 8 TOP TUBE MOUNT

Endurance racing, bikepacking, and epic rides place a premium on storage space. You end up stuffing your hydration packs, frame bags, and jersey pockets to the point that there’s just no room for anything else.The Super 8 Strap was designed to be a practical and simple solution to these problems. Made to be left on the bike, the self-adjusting shock cords allow for ample, on-the-fly storage of your excess gear, from a lousy jacket or your tube and bomb.Available in Black,Purple,Orange, Red Pink, Green and Blue. The only strap you will ever need.

Gloworm CX Light

A light for the weight weenies-The Gloworm CX takes innovation to a new level. The CX is much more than a well-priced commuter light – the CX takes all-in-one lighting into the future. The CX uses custom replaceable optics to produce a beam perfect for the desired application, for convenience it is USB chargeable and can be mounted seamlessly on the bars or helmet.Weighing only 200 grams, the CX can be charged whilst being used meaning it can be charged using a dynamo USB device. The CX is OTG (On The Go) capable and can be used to charge other devices, such as your phone or GPS.The CX has a replaceable battery for extended runtimes and utilises common mounting systems for ultimate versatility.Simple convenience!

SQ Lab 621 Ergolux-A budget saddle with comfortability in mind.

bike,EMTB,MY BIKE and TOUR Magazines 2020 Reader's Award
Best Ergonomic Saddle Design Award 2018

The 621 ERGOLUX® active 2.0, the proven City and Comfort saddle, will appear in 2019 in a new design. Compared to the firmer performance ERGOWAVE® models, the 621 ERGOLUX® active 2.0 offers greater padding volume which makes for softer feeling foam. The dual waves make the supporting surface significantly larger than before, keeping the sit bones from sinking less deeply into the seating area. As a result, the ERGOLUX® does not have the disadvantages that normally come with softer foam. More cash in your wallet and less sores on your bum.

Gravel Cycling News

Specialized announces Diverge Ltd Carbon with Campagnolo Ekar groupset.

By Paul Norman(Bike Radar)

If you want to get your hands on the new Campagnolo Ekar gravel groupset, Specialized has just the bike for you with the Diverge Ltd, one of the few gravel bikes to feature Ekar at the groupset’s launch.Based on the 2021 Specialized Diverge gravel bike launched earlier in the year, Spesh has pulled out all the stops for this Campagnolo spec.As well as being one of a limited number of Ekar-equipped bikes available for now (3T, Pinarello, Ridley and Wilier are also expected to introduce bikes), the Diverge Ltd Carbon is the only Specialized bike currently available with a Campagnolo groupset.The rest of the brand’s range features either Shimano or SRAM groupsets but Spesh says it’s had a long-standing relationship with Campagnolo, which suggests there might be more to come in future.The Specialized Diverge Ltd Carbon lives up to its name, with a run limited to just 100 bikes worldwide. It comes with a special one-off gloss maroon-to-black fade paint-job and is priced at £6,4For that you obviously get the Ekar groupset, with the 1×13-speed gearing coming via Campag’s 38-tooth chainring paired with a 9-42t cassette. That provides a gear ratio below 1:1 at the bottom end, useful for climbing steeper off-road gradients.Beyond the headline-grabbing 13-speed drivetrain, Ekar is said to be the lightest gravel groupset available at 2,385g.Other key features include Ergopower levers with a redesigned thumb lever to aid shifting from the hoods or the drops, a clutched rear derailleur, and a four-arm carbon chainset.

Future Shock 2.0

Like Specialized’s other Diverge Carbon bikes, the Diverge Ltd features Specialized’s Future Shock 2.0 suspension headset, with 20mm of adjustable vertical travel and a built-in hydraulic damper.The new Diverge’s geometry includes a longer reach with a slacker head tube and a greater 55mm fork offset.That’s paired to shorter stems of between 80mm on the size 49cm bike and 110mm on the largest 58cm and 61cm frames for a similar overall cockpit layout to its previous Diverge gravel bike.Specialized says this leads to off-road stability, while still feeling responsive and nimble on tarmac.There’s all the clearance you need, regardless of whether you run 700c or 650b wheels (the Diverge is specced with 700c wheels). There’s room for 47mm 700c tyres or 2.1in 650b rubber.The Diverge Ltd runs on Roval Terra CL carbon wheels (32mm deep with a 25mm internal width) and 38mm Specialized Pathfinder Pro tubeless-ready tyres.Multi-day bikepacking and adventure ride capability comes from mounts on the fork and top tube, a third set of bottle mounts under the down tube and Specialized’s SWAT internal storage in the down tube for kit, with a SWAT jacket an option.

Specialized Diverge Ltd Carbon specifications:

  • Frame: Specialized Diverge FACT 9r carbon
  • Fork: FACT carbon with Future Shock 2.0
  • Groupset: Campagnolo Ekar 13-speed mechanical
  • Ratios: 38t chainring x 9-42t cassette
  • Brakes: Campagnolo Ekar, hydraulic
  • Wheels: Roval Terra CL carbon 700c
  • Tyres: Specialized Pathfinder Pro 2Bliss Ready, Transparent Sidewall, 700x38c
  • Handlebar: Easton EC70 AX Carbon, 16-degree flare
  • Stem: Future Stem Pro
  • Saddle: Specialized Body Geometry Power Pro
  • Seatpost: Roval Terra Carbon Seatpost, 20mm offset

References

  • Munga Grit. Bicycling. (2020). Retrieved 12 October 2020, from https://www.bicycling.co.za/event/munga-grit/.
  • Powerful, Super Bright LED Mountain Bike Adventure Light | Gloworm Lights. Glowormlites. (2020). Retrieved 12 October 2020, from https://www.glowormlites.co.nz/about/.
  • Specialized announces Diverge Ltd Carbon with Campagnolo Ekar groupset. BikeRadar. (2020). Retrieved 12 October 2020, from https://www.bikeradar.com/news/specialized-diverge-ltd/.
  • SQlab. 621 Ergolux active Infinergy® 2.0 Saddle | Men Shop. Bike-discount.de. (2020). Retrieved 12 October 2020, from https://www.bike-discount.de/en/buy/sqlab.-621-ergolux-active-infinergy-r-2.0-saddle-879502.
  • The Munga Grit results: Hansie Joubert wins inaugural event – In the Bunch. Inthebunch.co.za. (2020). Retrieved 12 October 2020, from https://inthebunch.co.za/2020/10/the-munga-grit-results-hansie-joubert-wins-inaugural-event/.
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