The postman always rings twice – well, quite a lot more than twice at Singletrack Towers. Here’s what has arrived for us to test this week…
E.13 Heim 2
This is a twin ring chaindevice from E.13 using a new stepped roller design and their latest impact absorbing bashguard. It’s designed for 32-36T rings and you have the option of black or white guards. It’s available in an ISCG05 direct mount flavour or, like this one, BB mount.
The Freechucker is designed to be a single ring chaindevice for people who want a minimum of moving parts and maintenance in muddy conditions. It uses a fixed position SRS upper guide and then a Taco guard on the bottom to guide the chain and for ring protection. The pressed steel backplate only comes in a ISCG05 mount but they do include a ICG05 to BB mount adaptor with the device. It will fit 32-36T chainrings and you have a choice of black or white – E.13 say it’s primary use is “shredding the gnar”. Quite.
Polaris Dexter Shirt
The lovely Will from Polaris has sent us a bumper selection of their clothing this week. This jersey is made from Coolplus fabric, has three pockets on the back, mesh sides and a little iPod/Minidisc/Walkman pocket on the arm. You can get it in this ‘a bit like Rapha’ black and pink combo or in fluo yellow and black.
Polaris BL Lite Shirt and Freeride Shorts
Price: Top:£22.99, Shorts:£32.99
The lawn is wearing a fetching combo of Polaris Freeride shorts in Camo and a comfort fit BL Lite top/baselayer. The top is made from wicking airbase fabric and looks like it’ll be perfect as a lightweight summer riding top – or even for running in, if you’re some kind of sick person. The shorts have an integral Monolith liner, two hip pockets and a cargo pocket on the leg.
Polaris Sapphire Jacket
The British summer is here, which is why it’s vitally important to have a rainproof jacket with you at all times. This Sapphire ladie’s jacket is made from Hydrovent Active material which promises to be rainproof and breathable. There’s a full mesh liner, a rollaway hood and waterproof zips all round. There are sizes from 8-16 and it’s also available in black and green if pink isn’t your thing.
Fox 36 Float FIT RLC
Jon has strapped these new Kashima coated 160mm travel forks to the front of his Patriot for general hucking, shredding and pinning duties. This FIT sealed damper cartridge model weighs 4.49lbs with an 1 1/8th steerer model and has dials to adjust external rebound, low speed compression as well as a lockout with adjustable threshold. The new coating is said to improve suspension response and also durability as well as looking super sweet. You can also get them in a tapered flavour or there’s a cheaper open bath model without the Kashima coating.
Polaris Lexa 3/4 Pants
These women’s specific 3/4 pants are made from a soft, hardwearing and fast drying Taslan nylon fabric and are designed for four season use. They’re got ergonomic knees, an adjustable waist, a zipped pocket on the bottom and are only available in black. They should be useful for colder evening rides and the inevitable end of summer.
MET Kaos Soft Touch FR
This helmet from MET has plenty of vents, a rather nice soft touch exterior, removeable and washable Coolmax pads, fully adjustable straps and should prevent your pineapple from getting turned into chunks should you hit the ground. It’s available in this fetching green and black, black and red or white and bronze. Mud is model’s own.
Polaris Roam XC Glove
These mesh backed lightweight summer XC gloves have a stretch neoprene cuff and a single layer palm for maximum feel. There’s a Terry thumb for wiping snot/blood/tears and micro mesh inserts to stop sweaty fingers. Colours are your choice of olive or black and there are sizes from XS to XL.
Polaris Transition 3/4 Shorts
These technical XC and Enduro shorts use a tough woven nylon exterior with stretch back and inside leg panels and come complete with padded Subline liner shorts. The waist is elasticated and there’s a nylon webbing belt to hold your totally ripped six pack (or otherwise) in place.
Polaris Epic XC Glove
These pull on enduro/XC gloves have a stretch neoprene cuff, twin layer palm and terry thumb. You can take your pick from red or black – we like red because it makes photos look nice.
Polaris Niteride II Jersey
This jersey has a microfibre windproof front lining and is made from Therma-Stretch fabric designed for comfort, warmth and breathability. There are also thumb loops, a full front zip and three pockets at the back. It looks like it’ll be perfect for nights and colder days or maybe with a base layer underneath when it’s really chilly. Colours are red or black, both with a bit of reflective piping and grey underarms.
Polaris Bib 3 Quartz
These 3/4 length multi panel bib shorts are made from super soft Comfortal, have flat stitched seams and elastic gripper hems to keep them in place. There’s a Monolith padded insert to keep your bottom happy and these will replace Jon’s last set of 3/4 bibs, which were so well loved for summer wet weather and night riding use that they wore to the point of transparency in an unfortunate place.
Gore Ride-On Remote Lockout cable set and Professional Road cables.
From: Madison www.madison.co.uk
Coming out this autumn we’ll have these two new products from Gore Ride-On. The Remote Lock-out cable kit will do what it says – replace the remote cable lockout cable on systems like the Rockshox PushLoc – but it’s likely that it’ll get lengthened to also work with uppy-downy posts. We certainly know of some systems that will benefit from that.
Knog rear light…
Stuffed into a very smart new Knog messenger bag (more of that next week…) was this rear light. It uses the same gummy-attachment system that makes their little lights so popular, but this one uses easy-to-replace AAA batteries and has a big red LED to keep you safe.
Rudy Project is 25 years old this year and to celebrate, the ‘we make all our sunglasses in Italy, and we’re proud of it’ company has released some limited edition sunglasses to go with their pretty huge range of riding and leisure glasses. More of them soon too…
Scott Hot Sauce.
OK, you probably won’t find Scott (hot) sauce or the Scott Secret Sprint sauce in the shops any time soon, but it’s certainly worth trying if you ever do find some. Chipps promises to bring this lot to the next Singletrack barbecueing opportunity – like this weekend’s Weekender and the Endura Sleepless in the Saddle too.
Bio-Logic Coffee Mug. From the chaps at the Dahon booth at PressCamp 2010 came this odd looking mug. According to Dahon, it’s the world’s first and only insulated coffee mug designed for waterbottle mounting… Extensive testing will follow.
Here’s a sneak at the new, huge, 24oz Camelbak Podium Chilljacket and the new ‘keeps things colder for longer’ Podium ICE bottle. Lurking in the background is the new insulated stainless Better Bottle. Just the thing for keeping you chilled and watered at desk/in car…
Easton Haven bars – 710mm wide, but the same weight as last year’s Easton 690mm bars, for the same strength… With matching stem too…
OK, so it came with an over hyped PR press release about it being extreme tea, but we like the principle and the aim, so here is Lifeboat Tea. The tea itself isn’t extreme (which we were disappointed to find out) but the idea is that Williamson Tea is sponsoring a bunch of extreme-type people (round the world cyclists, extreme skiers and so on) to take and drink their tea in extreme parts of the world, all in aid of the RNLI…