Troy Lee Designs For 2014- report by Guitar Ted
Troy Lee designs, or “TLD” for short, has been around for years in the mountain biking scene. Even I remember their first foray into helmets circa 1993. However; TLD has become a force in moto cross, and they have made forays into other motor sports in the past. The mountain biking stuff has carried on and expanded over the years to include jerseys and shorts for all riding disciplines, but the way the company focused on moto, it kind of got lost in the late Spring moto release. Now TLD is breaking the cycling stuff away a bit more from the moto side and giving it a stand alone release which features a new line of protective gear and a new “casual” cycling line dubbed “Wheels”.
Let’s take a peek at that protective gear first….
The T-Bone guards are a new revision of TLD’s first knee guard. I like what the press release said when it termed these as being right for “….e-word riding” Let’s just say they are one of the more versatile offerings in the TLD protective gear line up, promising reasonable light weight, versatile fit, and all with a high degree of protection.
The Semenuk Guards are, of course, named after that famous gravity persona, Brandon Semenuk, who asked long time sponsor, TLD, to design him some pads good for dirt jumping. These are the result- A pad with graphics relating to Brandon Semenuk and features a CE certified cup in a abrasion resistant liner. The press release tells us that riders are liking these guards under pants and these have been getting raced by TLD riders all Winter.
Next up we have the “E-lite Guards“, an elbow guard that features a slim design of Lycra with a co-polymer pad made up of some memory foam. This is an all new design from TLD and it is reminiscent of our favorite elbow guards, so we’re betting this one will be great under jerseys, jackets, or as an extra protection layer under short sleeved jerseys.
The Panic Knee Guard is another completely new design for TLD in 2014. It features a five strap attachment and also extends down the shin for extra protection. The guard is pre-curved for a better fit and is CE certified.
Prices on the guards shown here are as follows: (All pricing MSRP in US dollars)
- Semenuk- $98.00
- T-Bone- $52.00
- Panic- $112.00
- E-Lite- $35.00
ACE XC: TLD has overhauled their XC offerings and the newly designed ACE line up reflects this. Featuring jerseys, shorts, arm warmers, wind breakers, bib sorts, knee warmers, and three different types of gloves, it is an extensive collection. They even have base layers on offer.
Prices are $68.00 for the jersey and $165.00 for the short shown w/included liner.
Rukus: This is TLD’s core “All Mountain” type stuff and they did a bit of refining on the shorts per rider requests. These refinements include a new cell phone pocket on the right, rear pockets, and a bit more robust material in key areas which were carefully designed not to make the Rukus short “too klunky”.
Rukus jerseys saw a bit of refinement in fit, being a bit more tailored, but with a mind to the looser fit that AM type jerseys are known for. Rukus jerseys are $52.00. Rukus shorts are $135.00 w/included liner.
Sprint: TLD says they have been “secretly” designing and testing the Sprint pant for a year with rave results from their sponsored riders. The word is that you’ll see Sprint pants in competition because of the anatomic fit, lightweight, and for their durability.
Sprint pants are also offered in youth sizes as well. MSRP is $125.00 and the youth sizes are $99.00
The Sprint jersey is also offered to match the shorts and comes in a wide variety of colors. Sprint jerseys are $50.00 for adult sizes and $38.00 for youth sizes. Gloves and a Sprint short are also offered in this series.
There is a whole lot more going on from Troy Lee Designs for 2014, but I decided to cherry pick these items as they may be the most relevant to the reader here. However; you might want to check out the extensive TLD line up of shorts, jerseys, protective gear, and of course, helmets, here at www.troyleedesigns.com which includes all their moto stuff as well.
Twenty Nine Inches would like to thank Troy Lee Designs and Craig, “Stikman” Glasspell for the information and images supplied for this post.