December 16, 2011
Yup, most of us are on the final straight before Christmas now but here at Singletrack it’s a bit like Santa’s been already – it’s a bumper edition of Fresh Goods for you this Friday..
Cannondale Jekyll 3
With more TLAs in the spec list than ATWMTLAs, the Jekyll strikes boldly out into the world of ‘over-mountain’. That means it’s designed to pedal uphill as well as it descends thanks to a special Fox DYAD RT2 shock that offers 150 or 90mm of travel at the flick of a switch. Think of it as a shock BOGOF. Up front there’s a set of 150mm travel Fox 32 TALAS RL forks with full 1.5″ steerer and 15mm QR and the frame on this model is made from hydroformed aluminium, although pricier models get carbon…
From: Cycling Sports Group
Drivetrain is a mix of SRAM and Shimano. The chainset, X7 front mech and Elixir brakes are from the American big S while the SLX shifters, cassette and XT rear mech come from the Japanese S. The BB30 chainset is a triple too – to suit the bike’s riding everywhere aspirations…
This is the magic switch to ‘attitude adjust’ between 90mm and 150mm at the back.
Two shocks for one, all wrapped up in the ECS-TC S – that’s Enhanced Center Stiffness-Torsion Control System, using 15mm axles to keep everything stiff. You even get separate rebound controls for each travel setting…
Who’s this fella?
Back end uses a Syntace X12 142mm bolt through axle…
Pivot Mach 5.7 Carbon
We saw the carbon fibre version of the 145mm travel Mach 5.7 at Eurobike and Interbike and we’ve finally got one to test. It weighs a scant 26.4lbs with a set of 150mm travel Fox 32 forks and XT/XTR mix drivetrain. Made using ‘hollow box, high-compression internal moulding’ composites gives a frame that Pivot claim has the best stiffness to weight ratio of any bike in it’s class.
Price: £2099.99 frame & shock, build kits from £3299.99
From: Pivot Cycles
All Pivot bikes use the dw-link system and the 5.7 is no exception. This model uses a carbon fibre upper link and an alloy lower link.
Post mount rear brake and 142mm back end; a full set of up to date standards when you include the tapered headtube and direct mount front mech.
The bottom bracket area has a shock absorbing material moulded in to prevent any damage from rock strikes. The bike also uses the BB92 standard bottom bracket shell to provide a plenty of space for pivot mounting and to maximise stiffness.
Turner 5 Spot
Subs monkey/Ipswich giant Jamie has had Christmas arrive early for him – this is set to be his long term test bike. Very pretty it is too, even in this Extra Large frame size. With 140mm of rear wheel travel controlled by (yet another) dw.link system matched to a 140-160mm up front in the versatile 44mm ID headset, you can aim it at whichever trail riding niche you choose. We hear Jamie is going for ‘overhill-power-core-all-ride’.
The 5 Spot has plenty of lovely details, with the welded in cable guide in the swingarm, ISCG05 chain guide mounts and beautifully neat welding on show at every tube junction. In keeping with Turner tradition, the bike uses Kevlar composite and hard anodised aluminium journal bearings (bushings to a layman) with Zerk grease fittings at each point, which they say provide longer life, greater stiffness and lower friction.
The headtube will fit every fork standard going, from full 1.5″ to straight 1.125″ and all stops inbetween. The bolt on cable guides are there to keep hoses in place and looking neat too.
The anodised orange finish is really rather lovely.
The back end uses a 142mm Maxle system and the Post Mount brake uses trunnion inserts to prevent any threading woes.
It’s a shame all this attention has gone into making this – and this is probably the last time it’ll be admired…
Sock Guy Arm Warmers
Need to keep your arms toasty this Winter? Praise jah and stay snug with these rasta coloured arm warmers made from ultra soft ‘IsolWOOL’.
Sock Guy Socks
Super soft socks for everyone – for lovers of cats and pink there’s Bad Kitty (left) and for the gentleman dread, the Rasta Argyle Crew sock.
SDG Hansolo Lock-On Grips
Some people just have gripper logos than others and SDG are lucky in this respect. You might have seen it gracing their special Storm saddles made for racing Dh in the slop but they’ve now got these proper ODI Lock-On grips. The grip has round sections on the palm for comfort and ramped and undercut sections for fingers to grip onto. The colours are nice too…
Yeti Frame Protectors
Need to keep the cable rub on your Yeti to a minimum? This is the factory solution…
Yeti Corporate T-shirt
The classic Yeti logo on a plain cotton T – perfect for the Yetifan in your life, even if it is you.
Louis Garneau 0 Ergo Grip Shoes
They might look a bit bondage but when the weather is seriously awful these leather SPD shoes come complete with a 3mm thick neoprene zip up outer with fully sealed seams to keep you about as warm as it’s possible to be without staying at home. The sole uses an aggressive ‘Ergo Grip’ nylon outsole and we wouldn’t be massively surprised if you could stick crampons on them.
Price: £98.99 (on offer)
From: Evans Cycles
Kicking out a rather impressive 300 lumens, this dinky light uses replaceable and rechargeable Lithium ion batteries for a runtie of 2 hours on maximum and weighs just 120g. Perfect for additional or backup light on a night ride and as a commuter light. It even charges via USB so you can top it up in the office before riding…
Great Rock Chin Up T-Shirt
Bearded beauty Ed Oxley of Great Rock is moving into the world of outerwear with a new range of T shirts and hoodies featuring his hirsute face. Designed by Morvelo, they contain a hidden message in the lustrous curls of his face-mullet.
Price: £20 including postage. Hoodies also available for £40.
From: Great Rock