Fresh Goods

It’s Friday and while you’re all getting extra servings of Really Fresh Goods from Chipps and Matt at Eurobike, we’ve still got a few shiny new things coming direct to the office. It’s getting towards night riding season now so we’ve got some lights in – these are NiteRider Pro 700 LED Race lights. As the name suggests, it’s got a bright 700 lumens of LED output and the Race part of the name means it uses a 4 cell Lithium Ion battery which gives up to 32 hours run time – the non Race version has 8 cells, lasts 42hrs and is 190g heavier. The batteries are designed to be replaced quickly and there’s an eight step ‘Fuel Gauge’ too see how much juice is left, but most interestingly you can use the supplied software to program the power outputs your specific needs.

Price: £399.99

From: 2Pure

Here’s a new NiteRider MiNewt 250 Cordless. Again, it gives out 250 lumens of LED darkness lifting and it has an integrated battery pack to get rid of annoying wires. There are three power settings, the brightest giving out 2.5 hours of light and the lowest 4.5 hours. Cunningly you can charge it via USB in around 4.5 hours so you can get ready for nightriding in the evening while you’re still at work.

Price: £129.99

From: 2Pure

Also in preparation for autumn drizzle, we’ve got a Mavic Echappe Softshell Jacket, modelled on Benji’s dining room portal. It’s made for high speed winter outings rather than steady slogs and uses Windstopper and softshell fabric with ClimbaVent  pits to help control temperatures.

Price: £149.99

From: Mavic

The Mavic Equipe Softshell Jacket is another tight fitting winter use outer layer, using Mavic’s trademark offset zip to try and reduce any uncomfortable pressure points. The cuffs are designed to be nice and tight to prevent warm air escaping and cold weather getting in. The pits are vented so you can control your temperature and we quite like the bright-but-not-gaudy yellow finish.

Price: £135.99

From: Mavic

Madison have sent us a Shimano 10 speed XT Dyna-Sys drivetrain for Ed’s Ibis Tranny Long Termer. You’ll be able to read all about it in his update in the online Latest Reviews section.

FC-M770-10 cranks with 42, 32, 24 chainrings. The middle ring is steel and carbon fibre composite for longer life.
Price: £189.99

RD-M773-10 rear mech. This is the SGS version which means long cage (the GS is medium).
Price: £64.99

FD-M771-10 down swing front mech.
Price: £34.99

CN-HG94 10 speed HGX chain
Price: £34.99

CS-M771 XT 10 speed cassette, 11-36 teeth.
Price: £59.99
Ed’s just waiting for shifters to complete the drivetrain.
From: Madison
Also for the Tranny is this Pro Series XCR carbon 31.6mm x 400mm seat post as tested in issue 59 of the Singletrack magazine.
Price: £129.99.
From: Madison

You didn’t expect Ed to have a trimmed lawn did you?
The final items in the Tranny transformation are these XC grips from Pro Series, the XCR single lock ring grips
Price: £14.99
From: Madison
The slither season is approaching and we are planning an online group test of waterproof shorts and 3/4s. In from Altura we have these Attack 3/4s (£64.99). We also have a pair of Altura’s detachable Attack braces (£TBA) which are a new product designed to keep your 3/4s up without having to over tighten the waist adjusters. The braces attach to both the Attack 3/4s and the Attack shorts (which we also have a pair of, £54.99) via special loops on the shorts. Looks like a great solution to the problem of droopy drawers.
From: Altura
Yet more shoes are flooding in for Benji’s Issue 61 ‘pub-friendly-trail-shoes grouptest’. This time it’s a pair of Time TXT Shoes. The rubber sole is a less gnarly and treaded version that most but the cleat is well recessed so it shouldn’t interfere when walking. The toecap and reinforced heel should prevent any rapid wear and they use a pretty standard lace and velcro closure.

Price: £54.99

From: Chicken Cycles

Perfectly named for a bit of night riding, the Mavic Cruize Shoes come in a stealthy black and again are SPD compatible but with a sole that should be comfortable enough to walk in. The uppers are a suede-y material and the sole uses Contragrip, a mix of rubber compounds and tread patterns to give extra hiking grip.

Price: £70

From: Mavic

Finally we’ve got Purple Harry’s Bike Floss. Coming in a number of flavours including Bristle and Fleece, you can use these handy bendable brushes to get into annoying nooks and crannies on your bike, such as in between cassette cogs, inside derailleurs gubbins etc, perfect if you really really must clean every inch of your bike to a clinically high standard.

Price: £13.99 for large bristle/small bristle/large fleece multipack

From: Purple Harry

You can also be very silly and use them to make pretend moustaches, but we wouldn’t do that.

Honest.

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