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New Specialized "thousand pillows" Elaston saddle, Bontrager launches first gravel tyre, and a super-versatile new modular crankset from Rotor

In this new episode of Shiny New Products, we're taking a look at a brand new Specialized saddle with Elaston padding, Bontrager's first gravel tyre and a new aluminium crankset from Spanish brand Rotor. 

The new  Specialized Power Arc Pro Elaston saddle takes the short-nosed saddle shape that is on-trend at the moment but adds a new foam padding that is said to provide the same level of comfort as that of sitting on a thousand pillows. That's my kind of comfort! It's actually the same tech as in adidas Boost running trainers.

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Next, we have the new Vegast crankset from Rotor, named after three iconic European climbs, the VEleta, GAlibier and STelvio. It’s a celebration of the company’s racing heritage, it has been in the pro peloton for many years. They are a cheaper version of the Aldhu launched at Eurobike last year and use a modular design providing numerous options, from axle size to 1x or 2x, power meter compatibility and it works with most BB standards.

Bontrager GR2 TLR Team Issue Gravel Road Tyre

And finally it's the first gravel tyre from Bontrager, the GR2 TLR Team Issue. It's one of two models, these have a more aggressive tread pattern, and comes just in a 700x40mm size. Bontrager has used two rubber compounds to provide the best balance of grip and wear rate and the Inner Strength casing is intended to provide toughness over rough terrain while keeping the sidewall supple for a nice smooth ride.

Reviews of these new products coming soon.

David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.

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Tony Farrelly [2971 posts] 2 weeks ago
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I've got a question about that Specialized saddle, (I know I could ask you in the office, but you're not here at the mo and I'll have forgotten by tomorrow). Given its greater width and shorter length isn't it simply a mountain bike saddle but on a road bike? Not that I'm saying that's necessarily a bad thing

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NorthEastJimmy [149 posts] 2 weeks ago
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Also about the saddle, does the version with carbon rails come with the elaston padding? I can’t find any that has both.

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Paul__M [49 posts] 2 weeks ago
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Shame there's no shorter option than 170. 

170/175: 3% variation is mininmal compare to leg length range amongst cyclist.