November 12, 2010
Shout hooray! Hooray! It’s Fresh Goods Friday!
Sorry, post-coffee consumption excitement and typing don’t always mix, but we’ll do our best.
First up here’s our Dave looking cute in a Rab Xenon jacket. Super-light at a claimed 340g and super warm thanks to it being filled with Primaloft One. The outer is Pertex Quantum which helps keep the weight down and means the jacket does a good job of packing down and being easily stashable in your pack for coffee stops, waiting for your mates, car park posing or emergencies. And of course, being Primaloft, it won’t be ruined if it gets wet.
Prefer your winter-warmer jacket a touch more natural? You’ll be wanting the Rab Infinity you will. It uses the same Pertex Quantum as the Xenon but has 210g of 850 fill power down inside it. Again it stuffs down well and is the perfect partner for crisp and clear mid-winter bivvy trips. Or if you work in the Singletrack office it’s the perfect jacket for the first hour of the day before the room heats up. Look how snug Sim is. Available in blue, orange and dark grey.
Was Sim wearing this under the Infinity? Who knows (apart from Sim), but having a fleece hoodie is a wardrobe essential. Even Gok has one hanging by the door of his Basingstoke maisonette. Probably. The kind of top you can wear as part of a layering system or just on its own, in the countryside or about town, but maybe not in certain shopping centres. The Polartec Windpro is wind resistant, which is something of a God send today, and claims to be abrasion resistant too.
Where were you in 92? If you recognise the colours of these Magura Marta Racelines brakes you were probably not off your nut in a dingy warehouse in London, Leeds or Manchester and more likely feeling all funny about John Tomac et al whilst wearing Lycra.
From our friends at Magura:
“John Tomac rode them, Shaun Palmer relied on them – the fabulous neon yellow MAGURA brakes were an absolute must have on the race circuits in the wild nineties. The Marta and Durin Raceline are a celebration of these golden, ahm yellow times of the mountainbike sport. A must have on the X-mas wishlist 2010 for every serios biker – but hurry up, these masterpieces are strictly limited to 600 units according to the German folks…”
Get them while they’re hot!
Price: £246 per end.
From: Your friendly local Magura stockist.
Can you guess who makes these wheels? Can you? Can you?
We’ll give you a clue, they’re from Easton. Yep they’re the Easton Haven wheels. A few facts about the Haven wheels.
A) They are pretty light (1650 grams).
B) They are tubeless ready without a rim strip.
C) They come 20mm ready on the front and the the rear is 135mm QR, Maxle and 142mm compatible.
D) Chipps has nabbed this pair.
From: Extra UK
Sim has been strugging a little with getting his SLX brakes to feel right on his new Orange Five longtermer. Madison, the distibuter of Shimano in the UK, were quickly on the case and have sent Sim new rotors and pads to rectifiy the problem.
Price: XT Rotors £36.99 each, XTR Pads £21.99 a pair.
New from TSG are these Desert knee pads (well new in red anyway). Good for pedalling and carpet laying or (nearly) naked twister.
From: Ison Distribustion
Good for when you drop off while you’re on a plane, being massivley inebriated in, or maybe even for some light S&M stockade type fun?
Oh yes, and for stopping your head going backwards and snapping in a big impact on your bike as well. This TSG neck brace is a versatile thing.
Price: £35.00 to £40.00, they haven’t decided yet.
From: Ison Distribution
New look lids from Bell. Helmets are good, they let you do stupid things more regularly for longer. Wear one.
If you like old skool skate graphic this Volt may bring to mind old Santa Cruz skateboard graphics, unsurprising really as the graphics are designed by Jimbo Phillips, son of Jim Phillips, creator of the legendary Screaming Hand.
Or how about the Bell Sequence? A bit more subdued but still does that whole head gripping thing as well.
We’re all joining the Booicore™ religious sect, here at Singletrack. Towel down before me! Erm, or something… Ideal for stripping off in car parks without attracting too much unwanted attention.
Burn your front mechs! The advent of 10 speed rear shifting has made a lot of people think about how many gears they really need. Could they do with just the rear block? The trouble is you still need something to keep your chain on the chainrings; enter the MRP 1X. Seat tube mounted with spacers to tweak positioning and it even comes with a sticker!
From: Ison Distribution
It’s carbon, but not as you know it. After using wibbly-wobbly cheapo tripods for far too long Sim has bought himself this fancy carbon fibre legged Giottos MTL 8360B and a Giottos MH 5001 head. Seems a quality bit of kit, expect to see it lashed to Sim’s Lowepro pack as he staggers under the weight of it all on a photoshoot near you soon.
Price: Tripod £159.99, head £39.99
From: Your local friendly camera shop. Giottos.