– Asolo Fusion 95 – Asolo Fusion 95 GTX Asolo Fusion 95 GTX
Combining the light weight of an approach shoe with the support of a serious leather backpacking boot, these hikers offer the best of all worlds.All six models in the Fusion line are intended to blend the support of a backpacking boot with the light weight of dayhikers. The model we tested, the Fusion 95 GTX, is the sturdiest of this group, featuring a suede and Cordura upper lined with Gore-Tex. Mind you, Asolo doesn’t bill the Fusion 95 as a hardcore backpacking boot, but as a
Specs are for men’s size 8 =
Price: $150
Weight (mfr./BP): 2 lbs. 12 oz./3 lbs.
Contact: Asolo, (603)448-8827;

mere weekender. I disagree. – Mountainsmith Mountainlight Packs – Mountainsmith Mountainlight Packs Auspex (men’s)/
Chimera (women’s)

Photo by Jonathan Dorn

Mountainsmith Auspex

The packbag on these models is a long, slender, single-compartment top-loader. Jon used the Auspex on a series of fall weekends and winter overnights, applauding “the just-enough-but-not-too-much harness and features.” I carried the Chimera on a weekend hike with 35 pounds of gear and found it amazingly comfortable. Even though there’s no framesheet, the load control and load transfer are superb, keeping the weight on your hips, not your shoulders. We definitely appreciated the weight savings, which equals as much as 3 pounds over comparable-size packs. I also liked the way the shoulder straps and hipbelt contoured to fit a woman’s body. An earlier version of this pack (called the Mountainlight 3500) earned top honors in our lightweight pack field test (“Light And Easy Packs,” June 2000). After trying out the newest models, we’ve found that only improvements have been made to an already popular design. – Kelty 50th Anniversary – Kelty 50th Anniversary Pack
Pick up Kelty’s 50th Anniversary pack and you’ll immediately understand why it won an Editors’ Choice Award. The 50th Anniversary shaves not ounces but pounds off the weight of previous external frame packs. And it accomplishes the savings without diminishing the terrific load support you’d expect from an external frame. The result: Top-notch comfort in a pack that’s a third lighter than others in its class.
Specs are for size regular
Capacity: 5,900 cu. in. (7,900 cu. in. with optional side pockets)
Weight (mfr./BP): 4 lbs. 11 oz./ 4 lbs. 15 oz.
Torso sizes: Women’s (14 1/2″-17″), regular (16 1/2″-19″), and large (18 1/2″-21″)

HI-TECH Bikes – Mountain Bikes,

HI-TECH Bikes – Mountain Bikes, Road , Triathelete, Time Light parts 101
Here you will find listings of the lighest parts we are
able to procure. Some parts have rider wieght limits
which we will post and some have recomdations.
Saddles, AX Lightness 85grams, not available, working
on it.
SLR 135 gram
SLR Evolution, not really and evo just carbon impreg
Flight EVO3 supposed to be 99gr, get real they are
Flight TT 165gr
Seatpost only one light one, USE carbon Alien 140gr.
Stems only one ITM THE STEM 95-105 gr.
H-bar, lightest is the Easton but not by much 190gr.
Forks, AME Alpha Q sub3, 1 1/8″ 325gr true, 1″
under 300gr.
Skewers, ADA quick release 52gr pr., Extreme quick
release 51gr, Control Tech 5mm 49gr.
Bottle cages King ti 28gr, Zipp carbon 33gr
Tire levers King ti 9gr pr.
Cable housing Gore fiber optic save 30%, Meta wire
save 30%
Wheels, LEW KOM tub 995gr, ZIPP Z3 tub 995gr.
Am/Cl 1320gr clinchers.
Tires Conti Supersonic 20mm 140gr,Veloflex 23mm
Pave 180gr
Cranks LEW 325gr arms only, FSA new full carbon
w/rings 575gr, Campy carbon w/rings 494gr

LITESPEED Ghisallo, we have one built up in the store,12.75lbs. Look HSC3 fork, full D/A, King headset, Easton bar, ITM The Stem, USE Alien post, SLR saddle, ZIPP 303 wheels, Special price $5999.00

Morgan Nicol, founder of

Morgan Nicol, founder of Ritchey International has branched out in a new direction, founding Oval, dedicated to producing top end components like the new carbon fiber aerodynamic fork, created and patented by Lance Armstrong’s go-fast guru John Cobb. Look for the Oval aero fork to make its first appearance in this years Tour De France and be available at retail later this year. Oval also has nice new bars and stems.
Giant’s imminent TCR carbon
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Giant is just rolling out their TCR Compact Carbon Fiber frame as used by the ONCE-Eroski team. Developed and built in Taiwan, this wicked-looking TCR carbon fiber sports FSA carbon fiber cranks and superlight wheels with carbon fiber rims. Giant should be shipping the TCR Compact carbon fiber this spring.
FSA carbon stem
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Speaking of FSA, big Tim Campen, Full Speed Ahead’s USA sales and marketing manager showed the new K-Force Lite carbon fiber road stem. 120 grams with carbon fiber and CNC 7000 series aluminium and titanium hardware, this will eventually mate with a K-Force Lite carbon fiber road handlebar. Plus, FSA is especially proud of their peloton presence this year with the French Bonjour squad, but their top quality product is 100 percent Taiwan made.
Trigon’s tidy stays & BB
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Trigon carbon fiber had the most advanced array of carbon fiber products at the Taipei show. The new trend coming to high end road bikes for 200