September 9, 2011
Eurobike is over, Interbike is yet to come – that makes a Web Editor jetlagged and glum. On the plus side there’s some really rather special newness that’s arrived at Singletrack this week…
Deputy Editor Jenn Hopkins
Jenn is a Great Divide Racer, rider of innumerable solo 24 hour events, she’s taken part in the Hope Endurance Downhill, the Trans-Provence – in fact she’s the very definition of the modern all-round mountain biker and cyclist. She’s equally well known for her work as a freelance writer for a number of highly respected cycling titles such as Privateer, The Ride, the CTC Magazine and many other Mountain Biking titles in the UK and abroad.
We shan’t dwell on the past however, as she’s going to be bringing her highly informed and authoritative but feminine touch to the dank smelling chaos of Singletrack Towers. As Deputy Ed she’s going to be beating words from us, organising, creating, planning and instilling merciless discipline thanks to a combination of cake and a large stick. All of us at Singletrack are looking forward as she helps lead us into a bright future as the UK’s best mountain biking mag and website…
From: The place that is not the past or the present.
Orange Patriot frame
Sim has decided that he’s entering a crisis period in his life and so needs a Big Bike. To this end he’s gone and shelled out his own cash for a new Orange Patriot. There’s a full 1.5″ headtube, 180mm of rear wheel travel and a 12x135mm Maxle back end. The hills will be ringing with the noise of folded aluminium monocoques ‘cos Sim is going to be sending it this winter…
Price: £1,749 with Fox Vanilla RC Coil shock
From: Orange Bikes
Straitline Silent Guide
If going 1×10 is the new fixed gear/singlespeed/cross/wide bars, then Jon has drunk the Kool Aid of the single chain ringed future. The backplate and bashguard are made from lightweight but tough 7075 T6 alloy and it uses elastomeric guides for quiet running. Those guides are easily replaceable as and when they wear out and more importantly they come in a host of different colours. There are 32-36T or 36-40T versions with ISCG and ISCG05 fittings.
Crank Brothers Mallet 2 pedals
New 2012 bits from Crank Brothers: first up, revised Mallet 2 pedals, which not only look completely different to the originals but have re-designed springs, axles and bearings.
Crank Brothers Pica+ multitool
The Pica+ multitool has the usual assortment of hex keys and screwdrivers you’d expect, plus a chain tool which is 8, 9 and 10 speed compatible, T10 and T25 Torx tools, and a five-year warranty, all in a tidy package.
Pedros Mini Pit Kit 2.0
Pedros’ Mini Pit Kit. Perfect for ‘cross season. Citrus degreaser, bike cleaner, sponge, brush and lube. Yummy.
Senzimi Skincare products
Senzimi have sent us some samples of their outdoor-friendly but ‘sensitive’ skincare products to test. We’re not sure who in the office will actually be able to test them effectively but they do smell nice.
Price: Moisturiser £15.99, cleanser, £13.99
From: Senzimi Skincare
Finish Line Gear Floss
Sim likes this and will probably use it to clean his keyboard as well as his gears.
Kali Protectives Durgana
Kali may be the Hindu goddess of destruction (much like Roo the cat) but she also has a caring side, so it’s not a bad choice of name for a helmet and protection brand. The Durgana has plenty of venting and uses a fibreglass outer to keep it affordable. That’s to it’s cunning construction it’s surprisingly light for an entry level full facer too…
From: Surf Sales
Five Ten Impact Low and Freerider shoes
More Five Ten sticky slippers! The Freeriders are now available in a rather catching purple and the classic muddy-moonboot Impact Low is still available…
Price: Impact £85.00 Freerider £79.99
From: Big Stone