March 21, 2014
Here’s this week’s helping of all the fresh product that’s found its way to Singletrack Towers this week…
Giant Anthem X
Firstly, we have this rather tasty Giant Anthem X. Showing just what you can get for under two grand these days. This is a fast all-day ride/race bike with Giant’s acclaimed Maestro suspension and those big wheels.
From: Giant UK Dealers
One Up Components 40T sprocket
Coming in SRAM or Shimano style, by simply swapping the cog spacer, and allows riders to try out that mega-low gear that makes 1×10 setups possible for those who live where there are hills. You simply drop an existing sprocket (Oneup suggests losing the 17T) and then just ride as normal.
From: One Up oneupcomponents.com
Gore Bike Wear Women’s Spring/Summer wear
New for 2014 is the white and blue top above. It features a super thin Windstopper material to allow it to be worn with or without arm warmers on those in-between spring days when it’s still too cold for Lycra and not cold enough for a jacket. It’s called the Oxygen SO Lady. There’s also the Visibility AS Lady Vest (who makes these names up?) for, well, visibility.
From: Gore Bike Wear
Clover the Poodle
Not actually that new – or even every fresh, Clover is nevertheless lying on a new mat that she would like known isn’t big or squishy enough for her.
Syncros Matchbox Tool
The Syncros Matchbox range has tools with six (pictured) up to 16 different functions, all in tough resin cases.
From: Bike shops everywhere.
Price: Around US$30
Magura eLECT system
Available to retrofit to ANY Magura fork made after 2010, the eLECT system offers an electronic ‘brain’ for your fork. It can sense bumps and lock and unlock the fork automatically – plus there’s a wireless remote to let you lock it out for sprints and climbs and release it for extra squish. We’re looking forward to giving it a go.
From: Magura – http://elect.magura.com/en
Suunto M5 Heart Monitor
Suunto M5 heart rate monitor with dual comfort belt. With a simple and apparently intuitive interface, the M5 measures heart rate and tells the time. It provides detailed analysis and feedback, such as calorie consumption and intensity guidance, both during and after exercise. It’s nice and small too – and can happily be worn as a timepiece.
Price: £100 for watch unit.