Reduce the risk of a flat tire with the Banger technopolymer insert

Riding a mountain bike off the trails can be fun, but the tricky terrain can really do a number on the tires. When a tire has a puncture, it loses all its ability to support a rider. Instead, to reduce the risk of a flat, Banger is a low-density technopolymer designed to fit inside any mountain bike tire.

With Banger installed, the volume of air inside the tire reduces by 95 percent. As a result, tires absorb shock and reduce vibrations, and riders gain an increased feeling of stability.

In a normal tubeless system, the air has a naturally elastic behavior. When a tire makes an impact, it has an elastic rebound. Banger responds differently. The compound absorbs the energy, maintaining the grip and control for a smoother, sturdier ride. On uneven terrain, Banger provides more constant contact with the ground as it shapes itself around the bumps.

One would think that these attributes would affect rolling resistance. However, testing demonstrated that the wheel maintained rolling resistance in off-road use. In comparison with a tubeless system, Banger only loses one percent while adding puncture prevention, shock absorption, anti-burping, increased traction, and improved comfort.

While Banger replaces 95 percent of the air in a tubeless bicycle tire, the final 5 percent allows cyclists to customize their ride. No matter what type of tire or rim shape, Banger can adjust. And even if the bike loses that last small amount of air, cyclists won’t be left in the dust. The technopolymer provides support to the tire casing even during flats.

Currently, Banger is available for pre-order on Kickstarter. By pledging $196, riders will earn a Banger kit for two wheels. Aside from the technopolymer, the kits include two single-dose tire sealants, two “T” reductions for valves, and a valve core removal tool. The available sizes include 26 inches, 27.5 inches, and 29 inches. Shipments go out in July.


Want more power, but faster? This new charging tech claims it can deliver

Chunky power bricks and slow charging could be a thing of the past with GaNFast technology from Navitas Semiconductors. By using an alternative to silicon, GaNFast reduces power consumption and boosts output.

The best iPhone 6 cases for style and protection

No one likes a bruised Apple. Scratches, scuffs, and cracks on a new iPhone 6 are enough to ruin anyone’s day. Check out the best iPhone 6 cases and get some protection on that shiny new smartphone.
Smart Home

Put away that sponge and let us help you pick the best dishwasher for your buck

Tired of doing dishes by hand? Take a look at our picks of the four best dishwashers currently available and let a machine do the dirty work for you. They’ll do a much better job, anyway.

The best mirrorless cameras pack all the power of a DSLR, minus the bulk

Mirrorless cameras offer a lot of photography firepower, inside a compact body. Explore the best mirrorless cameras, from the pro-level to the beginner-friendly shooters, in this guide.
Emerging Tech

Where are they now? A look back at last year’s Top Tech of CES winners

What happened to the 14 prize-winning products we singled out as the coolest things we saw at last year's CES 2018? Join us as we take a look at what the past 12 months has meant for them.
Emerging Tech

You may soon be able to summon an autonomous wheelchair like an Uber

At CES 2019, autonomous wheelchair company Whill unveiled its vision for a world in which people can summon its wheelchairs by app, in locations such as museums, airports, and city centers.
Emerging Tech

Yamaha’s new app lets you tune your motorcycle with a smartphone

It used to be that if you wanted to tune your motorcycle’s engine and tweak its performance, you needed specialized tools and even more specialized knowledge. Yamaha’s new Power Tuner app changes that.
Emerging Tech

Furrion’s luxurious smart yacht looks like the perfect vessel for a Bond villain

Forget smart watches and the like: when it comes to the biggest smart technology at CES 2019, the literal answer can be nothing other than the 78-foot, high-tech luxury smart yacht, Adonis.
Emerging Tech

Look forward to your morning commute with one of the best ebikes available

A proper ebike is perfect for commuting or a trek along the trailhead, with most offering pedal assistance and a long-range battery. As more brands offer their own take on this innovative way to get around, it's hard to distinguish the…

Here are all the best rain jackets on the market right now

From high-tech, lightweight shells to modern-looking, waterproof trench coats, check out our list of the best rain jackets built to keep you dry and looking stylish in any season.
Emerging Tech

The best solar chargers for your phone, tablet, and other battery-powered gear

Looking for a gizmo that can help you charge your phone while on the go? Here, we've outlined the best solar chargers on the market, whether you're looking to charge your phone once, twice, or three times over.

Drink what nature provides with the best water purifiers

Looking for reliable water purification? Staying hydrated is important, especially when you are hiking or camping far from civilization. Check out our picks of the best water purifiers for your camp, backpack, or pocket.

Snooze soundly anywhere you lay your head with the best sleeping bags

A proper sleeping bag has the ability to make or break a camping or backpacking trip. Here are our picks for the best sleeping bags on the market to help you choose the correct bag for any type of outdoor adventure.

Nike’s Adapt BB shoes let you tighten your laces with an iPhone

The new Nike Adapt BB shoe comes with smartphone connectivity that allows the user to tighten the laces using a smartphone while providing the ability to adjust tension throughout the game.