We’ll start this week’s Fresh Goods off with Benji’s new Long Termer, a Pivot Mach 4. He’s going to build it up with various bits over the next few months but the aim is to keep the bike nice and light, with 120mm forks up front to compliment the 100mm of DW Link travel out of the back. The bike has all the modern standards we’ve come to expect, with a press fit 92mm BB and a tapered headtube. The upper DW link is made from magic carbon fibre and the whole frame has dropped almost 300g over last year’s model.
From: Upgrade Bikes
Pretty blue anodised finish…
Tapered internal headset…
Extra wide BB shell..
Keep your eyes peeled on the Long Termers section of the site to see how Ben’s build goes…
Benji has also got these Geax Saguaro tyres in. Although their fast rolling tread design means they might be out of their depth in heavy winter slop, decent sized square side knobs mean they should hook up nicely an slide predictably when cornering. Hopefully they’ll be an excellent dry weather or wet trail centre choice. Thanks to the TNT sidewalls on these models you can run them tubeless with sealant without all the bulk of a proper UST carcass.
From: Upgrade Bikes
Ben’s also starting a round up of dinky but powerful helmet mounted lights for a grouptest in the magazine. This is the Lupine Piko 3, which offers 550 lumens from the tiny 55g CNC machined, twin LED light unit. Batteries are Li-Ion and will get you 2.5 hours of run time at full power with a three hour charge time. Night riding season has started…
Sim has treated himself to a new frame! Despite knowing that oranges are not the only fruit, but he’s gone for a 2011 Orange Five, as modelled here by Dave Flynn. Sim has gone for a raw finish and it looks rather nice. Will he go for a lightweight trail build or will he take advantage of the tapered headtube, 160mm fork compatibility and ISCG05 guide mount to made a nu-skool enduro shredder?
From: Orange Bikes
Matt got himself a GoPro Helmet Hero 1080p just before he headed on his Trans Provence epic to record all his sweating, hike a biking and trail pinning. This is the latest model from GoPro and, as the name suggests, it does full HD 1080p recording to a SD card. You can also shoot at lower quality and get up to 60fps if you want to get some sweet slow motion footage. You also get a weatherproof housing and nicely wide angle lense to capture thrills, spills or, if you get the mounting angle wrong, a few hours footage of clouds, sky and the odd branch going past. It’ll all be in excellent clarity though…
Price: £299.94 (inc 4GB SD card)
From: Action Cameras
What are the odds of doing over 100mph on your mountain bike though?
Don’t worry! It’s not part of a malnourished circus troupe, it’s just Jon, who’s had a haircut and is here modelling some Onda XC Bib Shorts. We spotted this Portugese brand at the Cycle Show and liked what we saw, so Jonathan from Onda popped in yesterday to give us a load of their kit for test. They’ve only been in the country for a couple of weeks so they aren’t in shops just yet, but they should be soon. These XC bibs are made from a nice feeling pre-shaped Polyamide/Elastane mix with flatlock seams and Eschler Pro 3D padding. We think the contour line detail on the legs is a particularly nice touch.
If you’re less keen on subjecting passersby to the sight of your lycra covered outline then Onda have these nicely understated MTB Shorts. These ones have a demountable pop fastener lycra liner in them. The waist is elasticated, they’re made from a lightweight polyester outer with cordura reinforcement on the inner leg and the side pockets use bonded zippers. A cheaper version of the shorts with a non-removable liner is also available.
Price: £74.95 with removable liner, £54.95 with fixed liner
Did we mention the mesh venting on the legs?
In a more freeride style are the Onda Technical Shorts which are made from tough Cordura with mesh venting on the front. We like the mixed chequer design too, we reckon it’s stylish without being too garish…
Jon has got the microfibre Short Sleeved XC Jersey on here, which again has the contour detail down the left hand side. You get three back pockets plus a zipped key/change pocket, a half length zip on the front and the cut seems to be a nice cross between XC racer tight and DH baggy.
Price: £49.95 for short sleeved, £54.95 for long sleeved
Here’s Sim with the long sleeved version in a tan colour. It’s got all the same features but with the added advantage of a bit of extra coverage to keep sun/wind/biting cold away. The arms also have mesh venting by the elbows.
Contour details above, gangster lean below..
Onda also do these baggy FR Jerseys, again with long or short sleeved versions available. There are mesh inserts on the back of the neck and sides and they also have flatlocked seams to stop them chafing. Onda design sports kit for a number of big manufacturers, including Adidas, so they’re pretty good with technical clothing.
Price: £49.95 for short sleeved, £54.95 for long sleeved
Looking mean in green.
To match the Technical Shorts we’ve also got this DH Jersey with the same pattern on. There are plenty of mesh vents and it’s cut baggy to hide any body armour you might be wearing underneath.
Finally in our Onda bag of goodies were these MTB Gloves. There’s a bit of gel padding in the leather palm, the cordura backing has neatly made ventilation slits that articulate nicely and there’s a piece of thin rubber across the high wear area where the fingers join the palm.
While he was at the Cycle Show, Chipps picked up some new Endura Mullet sunglasses (or darkers if you’re Matt) with a mulletless Jon modelling. These feature a two piece lense and sculpted TR90 frame with rubberised arms and nose pieces but have a new light reactive photo chromic lense coating to reactively change from light to dark in sunshine. We look forward to having enough sunshine to test them…
We’ve had a massive drop of new Giro gloves for us to test. You might be able to notice the final proofs for Issue 61 underneath the gloves as well. Starting in no particular order we have the women’s fit Giro Loma gloves in a white/rhone/charcoal finish with clarino palm and pull on fastening.
These are the new Giro Xen gloves with a 2mm technogel padding on the palm, stretchy backing and knuckle flex zones for a comfortable fit.
These are the Giro Rivets, a super stripped down lightweight glove for distance riding, with a nice thin clarino palm and breathable backing. There’s an extra big snot/sweat wipe too and the fit is nice and tight…
These bright badboys are the DJ gloves – not, not for spinning deep house record, these are for dirt jumping with a 3mm EVA crash pad in the palm for floor slapping antics and knuckle flex zones so you can pull all the shapes you want. They’re also available in some more understated designs if you don’t fancy this pattern…
Equally eye catching, these are the Remedy gloves have a Pittards leather palm for maximum feel and strength and also have magic d3o material in them to protect your hands during the rough and tumble of all-mountaineering or riding free. The rubber armour on the outside also offers extra protection but you still get a nice bit wipey bit on the thumb for the uphill bits.
The women’s fit Xena gloves have been out for a bit, but they’re still an excellent choice for anyone, male or female, with small hands, using a 2mm gel padding and moisture wicking upper.
Another super small light! This is the Light and Motion Stella 300 which gives a 300 lumen output but claims to be twice as bright as comparable LED systems thanks to the single focused beam. The Li-Ion battery weighs a measly 18g but there’s a claimed run time of five hours on the brightest setting. It really is tiny too – the pencil is there for scale…
While at the Cycle Show, Matt Hart from Torq Fitness gave a box of the brand new Torq Rhubarb and Custard flavoured energy gels. They’re packed with 2:1 Maltodextrin/Fructose syrup to help power your muscles and give you the comforting taste of pudding during your most bonky moments. Sadly work-ex boy Dom John wasn’t around to squirt one into so someone else will have to take a shot for the team.
Price: £28 for a box of 20 gels
From: Torq Fitness
Just in time for winter, we’ve got these fast rolling Continental X-King tyres. Although they’re not overly spiky, they use Conti’s special Black Chili rubber, so they should be able to eke out grip even in the slop and slime. Apparently these are Dan Atherton’s choice for 4x racing too, so they should have an excellent balance of speed and grip.
From: Cambrian Tyres