November 5, 2010
Welcome to this week’s edition of Fresh Goods! Yup, it’s the time of the year when the concept of staying inside and dripping sweat onto your living room carpet becomes preferable to going outside and tip toeing round the peripheries of hypothermia. This is CycleOps Jet Fluid Pro Turbo Trainer. The unit claims to have the perfect balance of flywheel mass along with volume of fluid to provide the optimum resistance and power curve to make any training session a joy. Well, maybe not a joy but it’s certainly a good way to maintain summer fitness over the winter months. The clamp is designed to be quick and easy to position and the three feet provide a stable platform, so there’s no chance of breaking free or toppling over during any self-hatred inspired stand up sprints.
From: Paligap UK
After a good session on the turbo trainer you’ll probably deserve a little present to yourself…
…and what could be better post ride than chocolate biscuits. Tasty.
Ed has been showing his hairy cheeks in car parks across the country for years. Finally someone has done something to protect the public and has sent him this massive hooded Booicore, a towel-come-smock. Originally designed to be used by surfers for getting changed out in the open with discretion and comfort, this is an excellent product for filthy, wet mountain bikers. It’s made from lovely thick towelling and has a big front pocket for sticking phone, keys and other stuff in. Looks like a nice present for the rider who has everything else.
Look at this fine figure of a man! Protecting his ripped physique from the elements is this delightful jersey, available from the Singletrack Shop. As well as making you look buff it’ll also make you a better rider and make you a hit with the opposite sex, or the same sex if you desire. We’re cool with whatever you choose, as long as it involves you buying one of these…
Dave Anderson’s endless quest for less mass has led to this lovely looking Syncros FL Carbon wheelset turning up for his Kona Kilauea. Designed for XC racing and marathon (that’s like XC but goes on for longer) riding, the 25mm wide carbon fibre rims are mated to double row angular contact bearing hubs via 28 DT Comp spokes. Weight for the rear wheel is claimed at 798g and the front is available in 15mm or QR flavours, weighing around 690g.
Price: £679.99 for front, £749.99 rear.
From: Jungle Products
Lights for our upcoming grouptest are flooding in now. This is the Lumicycle LED3 ATL 1340 Lumen light, which uses three CREE LEDs to give oodles of lighting power with a medium beam spread. Runtime on the highest ‘Boost’ setting is quoted as 2 hours but you can double that by turning it down a notch to give a still worthy 950 Lumens from the Elite 26 2.6Ah battery.
Here’s the first of our lightweight bikes. It’s the simply titled Burls Titanium MTB. Burls specialise in custom builds but you can order a standard geometry item is you desire. It’s covered in lashing of lightweight and heavily machined KCNC gear as well the most lightweight niche kit we’ve seen for a long time, even down to the nitrided cassette and jockeys wheels.
Continuing the theme with a KCNC Ti bolted Scandium post…
Ceramic jockey wheels for when XTR is too common…
It’s been a while since we’ve seen a five bolt chainset…
These are Alligator I-Link cable outers. Aluminium compressionless outers that also promise to be weatherproof.
Matt’s been looking forward to getting this Niner Air9 in for test for a while. Keeping it niche with rigid carbon forks, big wheels and a single gear it comes in at the 20lb mark. The sparkly orange finish is very nice in the flesh…
One gear, many ways to make yourself hurt uphill…
The cog is a 19T Niner Cogalicious. We’re not sure if it’ll be a valley friendly ratio but someone will have to find out…
Anyone that’s been following Benji’s Long Termer Pivot Mach 4 build will know he’s run into slight issues with new tapered headset standards. The previous one he got in for his build had a lower cup that was 1mm too small. Happily he’s been send this Cane Creek ZS-3 headset, which definitely will fit, as well as having a low stack height and running on quality sealed bearings. If you’re wondering which headset you need then Cane Creek have a useful Headset Finder on their website, which should prevent standards silliness. He’s also been given a 1.5″ to 1.125″ lower reducer race so he can fit his so-last-decade non tapered forks…
From: Extra UK
Here’s some new Green Oil White lube. Harnessing the power of beeswax and plant solvents, it’s a dry wax lubricant that’s friendly to the planet and biodegradable.
From: Upgrade UK
Yeah yeah, there aren’t any pasty coloured blokes in horribly homoerotic poses this week. We’re sorry about that. Instead have Chipps doing his best Bruno impression in a Icebreaker 200GT base layer.
No scary pictures? Only joking, it’s an institution for Fresh Goods. Sim’s biting down hard on a Kryptonite Evolution Standard Mini Lock. As well as being strong enough to secure your pride and joy to an immovable object, it should also be durable in the face of any unstoppable forces you might encounter. There are loads of colours available and the outer finishes are retrofittable to older locks…
We’ve just received this Lake District Mountain biking guide. It contains 27 routes around the Lakes, varying from a gentle 12km to painful 60km long. There are routes from Walna Scar to Borrowdale and this second edition now features proper 1:50K OS maps with step by step directions and lovely photos to illustrate it. If you’ve been fired up by Dave’s Lakeland Lovers piece in Issue 61 then you should get out there before autumn turns to winter and the colours change from vibrant to bleak…
From: Vertebrate Publishing
We’ve been send knee warmer and bib tight combo by Castelli. These are the new Nano Flex Knee Warmers and Claudio bibshorts. The shorts are designed for cross racing although we expect them to make excellent mountain biking shorts, the Nano Flex material making mud and water bead off the outside. Castelli say that these fleecey lined shorts and knee warmers will keep you just as toasty as a proper set of tights on cold days.