September 17, 2010
The end of the week has swung around once more, so that means it’s time for us to take a look at what’s landed in the office for the Singletrack crew to test. As is rapidly becoming a Fresh Goods tradition, we’ll start off with a picture of Matt looking fabulous, this week in an Alpkit jersey that he’ll be using in the upcoming Trans Provence race.
Chipps got himself a set of Oakley Frogksin sunglasses while at Eurobike. Made from the original 80’s tooling, they’re retro tastic with a violet iridium lense.
Absolutely not retro are these Fox 36 TALAS FIT RC2 forks which are headed for Matt’s long term test Lapierre Spicy. Matt has wanted more adjustment so he’s replaced the open bath 36 forks the bike came with with this set of tapered steerer, two position travel adjustable versions with the latest inverted FIT damping cartridge, shiny and tough Kashima coating and rebound, lockout and low speed compression adjustment.
From: Mojo Suspension
More trail shoes! In a change of direction for sticky soled flat pedal shoe makers 5.10, they’ve gone and made these 5.10 Minaar shoes which use a less sticky than usual rubber on the sole and, shock horror, are made for use with SPD pedals. Uppers are synthetic and similar in design to their Freerider shoes but with a velcro strap to keep everything tight. Matt has claimed these and will be using them in the T-P race, as he assumes he might have quite a bit of pushing to do..
From: Big Stone
Here are some trail-unfriendly shoes. They’re not SPD compatible, they aren’t made from sticky rubber but they are extremely shiny, for these are Benji’s Wedding Shoes. He’s getting married to the lovely Charlotte this weekend and we wish him and his future wife all the best. You can check out how his stag do in Finale Ligure went down in Issue 60 of the magazine…
Back to business, we have this Altura Attack X Jacket in a rather fetching burnt orange colour. Made from waterproof and breathable React Extreme fabric, there are plenty of waterproof zips and vents, including a magnetic closure on the front. It’s designed to quickly wick sweat away from your skin while keeping the weather out and we think we’re going to have plenty of opportunity to test how well that works soon…
There’s not much point having a dry top if your bottom is all damp, so here’s a matching set of Altura Attack X trousers. Made from the same breathable and waterproof React fabric, you get shaped and articulated knees, plenty of vents and a wicking rear waist panel. You can adjust the ankles using velcro tabs for a full Prussian infantry look too…
More shoes! These are Specialized Primo shoes and they’re designed as a commuter shoe with a comfortable Body Geometry footbed and stiff but walkable SPD sole. The upper is made of suede and there’s a tidy Lace Lock that keeps you laces out of the chain. Benji will be seeing how these manage offroad in the upcoming test of shoes in Issue 61…
We’ve also got these hike-a-bike ready Specialized Tahoe MTB Shoes that have a tyre-like tread on the bottom and Trail Traction sole that’s designed to be flexible at the front for walking but stiff enough to use with SPDs. Again, the upper is suede leather but this time there are mesh vents to keep you cool.
MORE! These are Bontrager SSR Multisport shoes, again designed to be walked as well as ridden in. There’s a nylon SPD plate, rufty tufty lugged rubber sole and InForm sole to gently cosset your feet.
Mark has got some delicious and healthy seed packed 9Bar Energy Bars. They’re mostly made from sunflower seeds, although there are also pumpkin, poppy, sesame and hemp seeds, which might explain the name. They’re free of pretty much anything that might make you sad (wheat, gluten, lactose, dairy, etc) too. We’ve got five flavours here and Mark will be on-nom-ing them down himself as soon as hunger strikes.
Price: £3.50 for 5 sampler bars
Finally and most exciting of all we’ve got a shiny new Yeti ASR 5 frame – well, we haven’t got it, resident Yeti fanboi Tom de Bruin has bought it for himself as a getting fixed (from the broken hip) present. It’s ticked all his dirt riding boxes with a tapered headtube, 12x142mm Syntace bolt through carbon fibre rear end and five inches of travel via the Fox rear shock. Tom is a very happy boy and is looking forward to building it up…
From: Evolution Imports
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