Fresh Goods

July 22, 2011

Welcome to this week’s edition of Fresh Goods, the symbolic start of a weekend of riding freedom and your chance to see all the shiny things that have landed in the office this week.

Transition Covert

Transition say that the Covert is their “quiver killing all mountain bike” which we don’t really understand. However, with 150mm of linkage driven single pivot travel at the rear and 160mm of Fox 36 up front, we reckon it’ll make a superb do-it-all bike with an emphasis on the harder hitting side of riding.

Neat internal gear cable routing…

ISCG05 mounts and sealed bearings aplenty…

De-rigeur tapered headset and plenty of swoopy hydroforming going on here…

It really is anything but Covert in this colour.

The orange colour it comes in is also the same as Irn Bru, which makes it instantly ace in our book. A white finish is available if you’re a bit boring.

Price: £1,399 frame & shock only

From: Surf Sales

XLC Pro Adjustable seatpost with remote

We really liked the XLC Pro seatpost when we tested it back in Issue 64. With 95mm of travel, trouble free function and a price tag that made the competition seem very steep, our only problem with it was with the lack of remote control. With this latest version that’s been sorted, with a cable operated, bar mounted remote. You can get them in 30.9mm or 31.6mm diameters and the post is 400mm long when fully extended.

Price: £149.95

From: Greyville Enterprises

Cane Creek ZS-49 AngleSet

If you want to tweak the head angle of your bike then there are a few options out there now but the Cane Creek Angleset gives you the option of slackening or steepening your head angle by 0.5°, 1.0° or 1.5° using the supplied cups and precision machined gimbals.

This one is designed to fit a full 1.5″ headtube but you can get variants that will fit tapered headsets and there’s even a 1.125″ version in the pipeline. It’s not cheap for a headset but if the only thing wrong with your bike is it feeling a bit nervous on the steep or fast stuff then it is much better value than having to get a new bike.

Price: £199.99

From: Extra UK

Cole Wheels Aries 920 wheelset

Cole Wheels are an American brand who have a wide range of Taiwanese made wheels, ranging from TT specials to carbon fibre rimmed XC race wheels. They’re being brought into the UK by Evans Cycles and this particular wheelset marries Cole’s high end Dynamic Spoke Alignment system hubs to a more affordable 21mm wide 6061-T6 aluminium rim rather than the carbon of their top end kit.

The Centre-Lock compatible hubs use inserts in the flange that do away with the J-bend of the spoke, which Cole say leads to higher spoke tensions and a stronger wheel. The front hub uses adaptors to change between 15mm and QR and the rear has a three-pawl freehub, which feels nice and clicky as well as being blue.

They seem very good value for money too and they come with everything you might need including QRs, 15mm adaptor and Centrelock to 6-bolt disk mounts.

Price: £299.99

From: Evans Cycles

Scott eRide Grip trail shoe

Scott do a massive range of running shoes – it’s a major part of their business nowadays – and this is their lightweight trail running shoe. Scott say “the midsole design of this minimalistic running shoes promotes a healthier body position and an extremely efficient running form” which will probably be useful as we run like cyclists…

Price: £99ish

From: All good running shops

Fibrax Pro-formance Sealed Derailleur Cable Kit

The best way to ensure trouble free shifting in the slop and rain of the British summer is to make sure you run some decent gear cables with a complete outer casing. Fibrax make all their cables in the UK (in the same quaint and picturesque North Wales town that web-boy Jon comes from as it happens) and their latest development is this kit containing all you need to keep your bike shifting smoothly. There are a pair of inner and outer cables along with clear liners, loads of ferrules, cable ends and some tidy red rubber frame protectors. You can follow Fibrax on Twitter if you’d like to keep up with all things brake and gear related…

Price: £29.99

From: Fibrax

Diverse Dueler Coil  Shock

Diverse is a relatively new brand to these shores but the Dueler PRC offers high and low speed compression adjustment along with rebound and adjustable bottom out pressure. It comes fitted with a Ti spring as standard and they come in a range of strokes and lengths, from 215 x 64mm up to 267 x 90mm. The longer stroke models also come with Progressive Ramp Control adjustment too. Could it be a rival to the big names? We’ll see…

Price: £274.99 for 215 x 64mm

From: Loco Tuning

Jon’s prototype bike design

Sometimes you need to do a bit of blue sky thinking and posit the question: What do we really want to see in the bikes of the future?

Price: Worthless

From: An idiot

That’s not it for this week though, oh no – we’ve got a special Rubbery Edition of Fresh Goods coming up shortly…


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