It’s been a busy week at Singletrack Towers. The beautiful spring weather has turned a bit moist with the arrival of the April showers but we’ve had our minds taken off that with plenty of nice things for us to test arriving. It’s two whole pages of Fresh Goods…
Sim Mainey Limited Edition Print
Our designer Sim is a talented boy. He took this shot while he was getting the covershot for the Singletrack Magazine tenth anniversary issue. Blue sky, low sun, frozen moorland trails and seemingly frozen contrails. It doesn’t get much better than this round these parts.
Printed on heavyweight Hahnemuhle photorag by the good people at theprintspace.co.uk, this is as good as it gets for print quality with colour that just glows with crisp detail.
The print is 41 x 28.5cm of which 36 x 23.5cm is printed, giving a pleasing 2.5cm white border to set the photo off. He’s only doing 15 prints, so you’re unlikely to see these hanging on anyone else’s wall..
Continental GP4000s road tyres
Yeah yeah, it’s road rubber, but this is the super grippy but low rolling resistance Black Chili version of the classic GP4000 road tyre. They use a Vectran lining, which is said to offer more resistance to cuts than Aramid, be five times as strong as steel and weigh less than a nylon double breaker. You can get 23 or 25mm widths. They’re absolutely rubbish on wet roots and deep mud though.
From: Cambrian Tyres
Fox Float RP23 Boost Valve
Mark has been needing a shock to finish off a bike build for quite a while now. The lovely Tim from Mojo Suspension came to our rescue and sent over this Boost Valved air shock for us. It’s got a high volume air can, medium rebound and compression tunes so there should be no hint of it wallowing like a hippo in the mud pool of the midstroke.
From: Mojo Suspension
Avid Elixir Brake pads
We’ve had a care package from Gary at SRAM, with a load of sintered and organic brake pads to fit their Elixir brakes. the silver coloured ones are the Organic compound with an aluminium back plate which bed in quickly and offer maximum power. The copper coloured pads use a marginally heavier steel backing plate and longer lasting sintered compound.
Price: Sintered/steel: £20.99 Organic/alloy: £26.99
From: Fisher Outdoor
SRAM PC1091 10spd chain
These are what we’ve been needing to get our SRAM groupsets on the go – some 10spd chains. The PC1091 is the X9 level chain and uses hollow pins to keep the weight low and strength high. They come with the super thin 10spd version of the Powerlink tool-less connecting link, the Powerlock.
From: Fisher Outdoor
The Cycling Bible
Written by a former Independent on Sunday Sports Active section deputy editor, this book aims to be the most complete guide to cycling, with in depth sections on everything from safe riding on the roads to basic repairs and cycling etiquette. It’s illustrated throughout in full colour, with sections on touring, kit and mountain biking and aims to cover everything the novice might need to know while offering something for experts too.
From: Any good bookshops
“This is the seagull – now I’m a teapot – ooooh, sailor!”
Mae ei feic yn crap T shirt
If you’ve headed down to a Welsh trail centre and done your best to offend locals by mis-pronouncing everything, asking which bit of England you’re currently in and inquiring about the possibility of buying a holiday home but you still found it hard to get a reaction, then this is the T shirt for you. Express your view on the quality of someone else’s bike in their native tongue – perfect for apres ride drinky-poos in Port Talbot or Bala. Also useful if you really are Welsh…
From: Charlie the Bikemonger
Woo! Stickers! We’re liking the ‘every time you change gear God kills a kitten’. They’ve brought back good memories of the ‘gears are for f**king c**t w**kers’ stickers that did the rounds years back.
From: Charlie the Bikemonger
Birzman Toolbox with 40 piece toolkit
This is part of Birzman’s travel tool range – it’s a lovely tough plastic toolbox with two trays and as well as the frankly awesome sand filled deadblow hammer it’s filled with…
Long Arm Ball Point Hex Key Set
Screwdriver set 5pcs
Combination Wrench Set 8pcs
Specialist 4pcs Wrench Set (MTB)
These look remarkably like Klingon weapons though…
Dragonfly Chain Rivet Extractor
Matt’s usually quite immune to tool-lust but this chain tool made him rather happy…
1/2″ Drive Socket set
Socket driven 8, 10mm hex keys with a range of BB and cassette tools.
Clam disk brake gap measurer
Designed to make setting disk brakes up easy peasy…
From: Birzman UK
Go to the next page for some winching and plummeting bikes plus a bike made by Chris King…
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