Radar Roundup: Endura Footwear, a New Hope, Contessa 22, Who Uses Frame Pumps?, and The FIRST Gravel Bikes?


Radar Roundup: Endura Footwear, a New Hope, Contessa 22, Who Uses Frame Pumps?, and The FIRST Gravel Bikes?

Our Radar Roundup compiles products and videos from the ‘net in an easy-to-digest format. Read on below for today’s findings…

Apparel Maker Endura Enters the Shoe Market $119

Endura footwear is launching with two performance mountain offerings for flat pedals and clipless systems and one flat pedal option with city performance in mind. The new footwear is crammed to the gills with technology and innovation to make your pedal stroke smoother, stiffer, and more comfortable. With better power transfer and most importantly a super durable sole made of glue, these will keep you on the pedals while looking fresh. The shoes offer the style, versatility, and durability Endura is known for. Complementing the Scottish brand’s Hummvee and MT500 apparel lines, Endura has pulled out all the stops to ensure this footwear is without compromise.

Hope UK’s New Tech 4 Brakes $245-260

No, Hope didn’t just add some anodizing and call them “new”, the all-new Tech 4 brakes have an increased hydraulic and mechanical ratio, new internal sealing, roller-bearing assisted pivots, lower spring rate for less fatigue and more. Roll on over to Hope and see what’s new…

Scott Sports’ All New Contessa Collection

Scott’s Contessa collection is a yearly capsule specifically designed for women, running the gamut from road to enduro bikes, kit, and apparel. For 2022 this lineup has a nice, continuous feel with each bike adorned with the same paint design and the rider kit looking meaner than ever. Check out more at Scott.

Do You Use a Frame Pump?

I’ve been on this vintage kick recently, as a result of what I’m calling tech fatigue and it has me thinking about vintage “tech” that has rolled over successfully into modern times. Frame pumps are a great example of this. I have one on my Firefly and one on my Merckx. Both Silca pumps, but one is from the 80s with a Campy head and the other is a modern Silca that has done me well for the past 7 years. After lots of use, I really feel like they’re one of the most successful designs in cycling but am always curious why more people don’t use them? What are your thoughts? – John



The FIRST Gravel Bikes?

Russ from Path Less Pedaled heads to the Ritchey USA HQ for a history lesson on vintage MTBs – which were indeed “gravel” bikes – and a look at Ritchey’s present and future. Russ, if you’re reading this, wait til you see a Bruce Gordon or Cunningham “gravel” bike in person… It’ll really blow your mind!


Stuff we see on the ‘net that causes pause…

Illustration by @franchpress

Some photos just emit an energy that we can feel in the palms of our hands. Wow. What a shot!

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