Audi is known for designing some pretty cool cars. And even though their E-tron electric cars are all still in concept, it stands to reason that Audi could design a pretty cool electric bicycle. This is it. The full-suspension E-Bike features a 5-mode Lithium-Ion powerplant that let’s riders choose how hard they want to work. The bike is designed for tricks and features on-board WLAN connectivity for posting stunts straight to the web.
Try to ignore all the hipster clichés in the site’s video and focus on the fact that trusted bike brand Specialized has created a lightweight, high performance electric bike. The C-rated Lithium-Ion battery accelerates quick and gets a full recharge in just two hours. This bike is called the Turbo because it goes 45 KPH. That’s metric for just under 28 MPH. At that speed you’ll probably need some ironic nerd glasses to keep your eyes form watering. Available in Europe May 2012.
We always thought the perfect golf watch would make the beer cart appear with just the push of a button but Garmin had a different idea. Their Approach S3 watch is a GPS-enabled unit that gives you info and assistance for over 27,000 global golf courses. But sadly no, no beer cart button.
If you’ve ever done any hunting, you know it’s pretty much impossible to find a pair of high quality cycling shoes that don’t look like some sort of space-age Tinkerbell boots. Leave it to Rapha to step up and deliver. And this Yak leather, carbon-sole shoe developed by Giro, Ecco, and Rapha is not just good looking, it’s a performer. And as you probably guessed, this quality costs. When they drop April 11th, they’ll run $450 a pair.
You use your iPhone for everything, so why not set it up as a cycling computer, too? Using technology from ANT+, the Wahoo Bike Pack includes a bar-mounted, waterproof case for your iPhone and a wireless speed and cadence sensor. Linked up with Wahoo Fitness App, it tracks all your fitness data: power, bike speed, heart rate, etc., plus it connects wirelessly to any other ANT+ devices you’re already using.
If you’re a big fan of Nike and technology but you’re not a runner, the whole Nike+ thing is pretty much useless to you. But now they’re launching Nike+ for basketball and training. Instead of tracking just distance and routes, this new app-driven “experience” charts jump height, hustle, and quickness. Available June 29, 2012.
Hardcore cyclists are obsessed with weight. Ever notice how bony the pros are? Well, Delta 7 bikes might end their manorexia epidemic. They produce high performance handmade frames in the USA using carbon fiber and a proprietary design called IsoTruss Technology. Instead of making solid tubes, they create a tubular matrix structure that looks more or less like macramé. The result, a road frame that is rigid and durable yet weighs in at only 2.3 pounds. Eat up guys, it’s okay now.
Some people head to the mountains for skiing and snowboarding to disconnect. Yeah, these people actually want to get away from talking on their phones. For the rest of us, there’s a new gizmo called the Speakgoggle that will help seamlessly and simply combine Bluetooth phone conversations and skiing. Paired with your smartphone, it’s an intercom system built right into the goggle strap that will also let you listen to music. Plus, with its bug-eyed styling it looks hella space age. Take that, recluses.
Working out is no longer about pumping iron or getting cardio with old-fashioned roadwork. These days it involves brutal stuff more like actual roadwork. Swinging a pitchfork, carrying logs, or flipping tractor tires ’til your veins burst is standard for popular Crossfit and Seal Training workouts. It’s more dynamic and supposedly more fun. In fact, you won’t believe how fun it is to lift and carry heavy bags of sand from point A to Point B. The heavy-duty sandbags from Brute Force come in a range of sizes and capacities that (unfortunately) won’t make it any easier, just less messy.
Thanks to Miveu’s upcoming unit that turns your iPhone 4S into a POV cam, you can capture sweet digital videos of all your exploits without being one of those guys with a little video camera suction-cupped to his helmet. The Miveu functions by way of a wide-angle glass lens that attaches with a sturdy protective phone case. The tactile shutter can easily be pressed with gloves or gear on and gives a cool perspective that makes the helmet heads look even dorkier. Dorkier is a word, right?