Fresh Goods

As the week draws to a close and office drones everywhere prepare for a weekend of freedom, it’s time for us to dip our sticky mitts into our post box and see what’s been sent to us to test this week…

Identiti AKA

We’re going to be doing a test of alloy hardcore hardtails in a few issues time and all-mountain hardtail fits the bill perfectly. The 7005 alloy frame has a tapered headtube up front to accept forks from 120-150mm of travel, although Identiti say the magic number is 130mm with a 68 degree head angle. The rear dropouts are adjustable so if you want to go full-luddite and singlespeed then you can, although our build has a complement of SRAM 10spd gearing.

Price: £375 frame only

From: Ison Distribution

Chunky stays and understated graphics…

Tapered up front…

This is the first of the new White Brothers forks we’ve seen – we’re looking forward to testing their new offerings.

Adjustable dropouts mean singlespeeding is a possibility although you can still use it to tweak the wheelbase.

Neat little MRP bashguard show the build’s thuggish intentions…

System EX ED577 pedals

Plastic seems to be making more and more sense for flat pedals these days. It slides well over rocks, it’s light and best of all, it’s cheap. These polycarbonate pedals come in black, clear or red as above and they use open ball bearings – but thanks to their see through outer you’ll know when you need to regrease them.

Price: £12.99

From:
Extra UK

Accel Gel

Sim has been lining up a load of energy gels for lunch today. These gels use a patented 4:1 carbohydrate to protein mix which the makers claim significantly increases endurance, reduces exercise-related muscle damage and accelerates exercise muscle recovery. They come in orange, chocolate, lime, raspberry cream, vanilla and kiwi strawberry flavours so finding on to suit shouldn’t be a problem. The chocolate and raspberry flavours also come with a kick, thanks to 20 and 40mg of caffeine being stuffed into them, respectively.

Price: £1.39 each

From:
Extra UK

Ainsley Harriott Cous Cous

Sim’s got these from our local Lidl. As well as being perfect for a quick and warm lunch, he reckons they’ll be just the thing for keeping hold of when going camping or out bivvying later in the year…

Price: 49p each

From: Lidl

Bioflex Sprint Classic saddle

This retro styled saddle has got CrMo steel rails and a light amount of padding. The faux leather cover has got polished thigh sliders to prevent any chafing too…

Price: £21.99

From:
Extra UK

The North Face Puddle jacket

North Face are really getting on their range of technical mountain biking gear of late. This jacket has Gore Windstopper Active Shell fabric on the front and highly breathable ‘Apex’ fabric on the back. It packs down nice and small and it thrives on being machine washed too…

Price: £90

From: The North Face

The North Face Men’s VTT Crew shirt

We really like ‘technical’ T shirts Unlike a cotton version you won’t lose all your limbs and die horribly alone get too soggy on hot days either. This one is made from wicking and anti-pong VaporWick ‘Minerale’ polyester and there are plenty of neat features, such as the flatlocked seams, hidden side pockets and silicone gripper on the rear hem to stop the T riding up.

Price: £35

From: The North Face

The North Face Men’s Short Sleeve Ultra GTD 1/2 Zip shirt

The North Face Men’s Short Sleeve VTT 1/4 Zip shirt

A bit more of a classic cycling jersey, it’s made from the same wicking polyester and uses silicone grippers on the back but you get three elastic topped pockets round the back. Sim likes the feel of it.

Price: £40

From: The North Face

Sugoi Men’s RPM shorts

These shorts are made from eight panels of lightweight ‘P3′ fabric, which mixes nylong and spandex to make a lightweight, wicking but compressive short. The seams are all flatlocked to prevent any chafe but the real magic is in the chammy. It’s got four-way stretch fabric at the sides with welded lines to increase airflow and flexibility.

Price: £45

From: Sugoi

Polaris Pilgrim Jersey

Some more bargain outerwear from Polaris, who seem to be shrugging off their old image with their new baggy cut range. This jersey has a nice relaxed fit and is made from breathable Airbase fabric. Should be just the ticket for summer evenings – although a  short sleeve version is available too..

Price: £34.99

From: Polaris Apparel

Ryders Eyewear Trevisio

Hello Bono! We haven’t seen much from Ryders before but they do a wide range of goggles as well as sporting and casual eyewear. These bike glasses offer 100% UV protection from the light-sensitive photochromatic lenses. The water absorbing temple tips and adjustable nose pads to keep the sweat out of your eyes. Old skool XC racer looks too…

Price: £47.00

From: Ryders Eyewear

Manfrotto 701 HDV video tripod head

There’s a bit of a photo-kit lean this week as we’ve invested in a new and shiny two-way fluid video head to keep all our Premier user video nice and smooth. With fixed drag from the fluid cartridges it should be light enough to take riding but provide lovely shake free pictures. Goodbye gonzo-cam, we’ll miss you.

From: Manfrotto

Accelerade Forze GPS bars

These bars are designed to trick your mind (and stomach) into feeling more full than it actually is, meaning you can control your cravings for food while you exercise and keep your calorie intake down. That doesn’t mean they’re just made from foam – they contain 160 calories per bar and have plenty of vitamins and other good stuff to keep you going.

Price: £1.39 per bar

From: Extra UK

Suunto X10 Military

As you can guess by the serious name, this is a serious bit of kit. It’s in for Issue 66′s GPS grouptest and you can mark waypoints, record routes and keep tabs on speed and distance using it. Water resistant to 100m, it’s got a barometer, altimeter and a whole host of other features including timers, calendars and stopwatches so you can navigate and train using it. The backlight is red so badgers can’t see you too…

Price: £400

From: Suunto

USB charging cable…

Suunto Bike Pod Kit

This kit can turn your Suunto HRM (like the one below) into a wireless bike computer. It measures current and average speed, distance and intervals. It contains all the sensors you need, fitting kit and a bar mount too.

Price: £50

From: Suunto

Suunto T3 heart rate monitor

This heart rate monitor uses interference free ANT digital transmission, so you won’t get any more scares as your reported heart rate hits 450bpm after passing overhead electrical cables. It can remember up to 50 split times and has a full complement of HR limits and zones for fine tuning your pain, sorry, training.

Price: £125

From: Suunto

Red Snapper 283 tripod

The Red Snapper tripods offer some professional standard features at a very reasonable price. This alloy version has three section telescopic legs which are secured with easy twist-locks. You can spread them super wide if you need to get low or are on seriously uneven ground and a shorter centre piece is included. It’s about the perfect size and weight for being portable but stable although you can get long 4 section or lighter carbon fibre models.

Price: £49.95

From: Red Snapper

Sigma 10-20mm f4-5.6 EX DC HSM wide-angle lens

More camera gear – we’re sorry. This ultra-wide angle lense should be just the ticket for distorting people’s body proportions. It’s specifically designed for reduced frame SLRs which means it’s a perfect match for our work Canon 550D. There’s a near silent HyperSonic Motor for fast autofocusing and the maximum field of view is a rather impressive 109 degrees. We love new glass.

Price: From £430ish

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