Uncle Andy popped into the office to show us the production version of his new, folding stand. We really liked the simplicity of the original but it was a bit of a hassle to fit into a car when travelling. There are no worries about that now and it’s still made in the UK.
Price: £44.99 including postage
The Hive TRS+ 29″ wheelset
The Petes from Silverfish popped into the office the other day with a stack of goodies for us to check out. This is the top end wheelset offering from The Hive, the people behind the e*thirteen and Chub brands. The extra large flange hubs help increase stiffness, especially important on 29er wheels. The hub flanges are made from aluminium, with the centre sections made form carbon fibre to keep the weight down. The end caps are interchangeable to suit 15 or 20mm axles and the rear can be adapted to fit pretty much every standard out there, save 150×12.
The rims themselves are made from Scandium alloy, with a 21mm internal width, which should suit reasonably chunky tyres. They’re tubeless ready with a rimstrip and they’re connected by 32 DT Swiss Super Comp spokes and Alu Prolock nipples.
EVOC CC6L backpack
We’re big fans of EVOC’s brightly coloured packs and this is their pared-down 6l pack, which can take a 3l bladder. It’s got enough room inside for the essentials with three pockets including a sunglasses pouch and separate organised pocket with key holder. The outer is made from tough ripstop nylon – and did we mention we really like the colours?
Price: £74.95 with bladder, £54.95 without
EVOC CC16L backpack
This is the bigger brother, with a fairly chunky 16l of cargo space for you to fill with clothing and lose bananas in. The outer is also a tough ripstop Nylon item with outer pockets for stuffing a small jacket, baguette or similar in. You get an organised tool compartment and roll-out helmet straps for holding a full facer. Perfect for big days out on big mountains…
RaceFace Turbine group
The Turbine group is aimed as a do-it-all selection of finishing kit, with Race Face saying it’s useable for everything from XC to big drops. The cranks are available in 170, 175 and 180mm lengths and a pick of triple or double 10 speed compatible setups. They’re made from a chunk of 7050 aluminium alloy using the classic I-beam shape. If you want to drop weight, the rather bling Turbine SL crankset uses a titanium axle.
The Turbine stem has had a price drop for this year but it’s still rather neatly machined and available in lengths from 60mm up to 110mm. All have a 6° angle so you can point them up or aim them down depending on which trend you fancy this week.
The seatpost uses the rather trick head design that allows you to adjust the angle of the seat with a minimum of fuss. It’s available in a 400mm length with 27.2, 30.0, 30.9 and 31.6mm diameters.
Price: Cranks £259 inc. BB & rings, Seatpost £84.95, Stem £69.95
RaceFace Turbine Flat Wide and 3/4 Riser bars
Benji tested the 2011 Turbine cockpit recently and he got on well with them, reckoning that the flat bars was a perfect cure for any bike that needed a lower front end but still decent width bars. At 700mm the Flat Wide should be just the ticket for any 29er riders and at 725mm the 3/4″ rise version should suit a lot of people who don’t want a stupidly wide bar on their trail bike.
RaceFace Atlas bars
At a pleasing 785mm wide, these bars are pitched at downhill and freeride use. You can buy them in flat, 0.5″ or 1.25″ rise models which we think makes them a option for the wide barred trail rider too. They also come in a whole load of colours and we like the contour line graphics a lot too…
SDG Hansolo grips
We’ve also got some genuine ODI lock-On grips with the SDG logo forming the surface. Available in aqua, green, black and red for all the colour tweakers…
SDG Duster and Aliso saddles
The Duster (top) is designed as an XC (or cyclocross, if you’re still doing that) saddle, with a broad, flat nose to aid getting over the front. There’s a light padding of EVA foam on the nylon fibre base, with the ‘Peri-Canal’ to ease pressure on your bits. It comes with a pick of steel or Ti rails – we’ve gone titanium, because we can.
The Aliso (bottom) is made strictly for mountain bikes, with Kevlar reinforced shoulders to stop tears. It’s named after a system of trails in California that apparently go steeply up or steeply down, hence the super broad nose. That should make it perfect for the Valley then…
Price: Duster Ti £69.95, Aliso £ 39.95
Spiuk ZS11M shoes
These shoes are extremely blue but sadly not made from suede. What they are is a high end MTB race shoe, with full carbon sole, ratchet instep fitting to get the pain just right and removable toe spikes. They also come with summer and winter specific insoles – guess which you’ll use most?
Spiuk Nexion helmet
The Nexion has been rejigged for 2012, with 31 vents and an ultra lightweight deseign thanks to the in-moulded shell. You can take the peak off if you’re a wrong’un and there are a whole load of colours and designs available.
RaceFace Khyber women’s knee protection
Woo! Some women’s specific knee protection, with a tough nylon cover fitting over a low profile hardshell. Best of all, you can pop them on and off without taking your shoes off…
Here’s a cunning solution to getting the comfort of proper bibs while saving the horror of your package exposed without shorts. If you pop baggies straight over the top then they can slip down, wander around and generally be annoying. Ex-Brizzle-ite Tim Lane moved to Southern California to design this simple but cunning solution to that problem. The baggy shorts themselves have loops that clip to matching webbing on the bib-shorts and they can be adjusted up and down to get your sag just right…
Price: $179.99 for bibs, $69.99 for the lightweight shorts.
From: Dirt Baggies
RaceFace Ambush knee
Using the magic of D3O foam protection, these kneepads are also set for a grouptest later in the year. They also use the why-didn’t-anyone-think-of-that-before open back, so you can keep your shoes on rather than having the pads dangle round you ankles like an odd snood on big climbs.
e*thirteen LG1 pedals
Lovely, lovely pedals. Using a thin aluminium body sandwiched between damage resistant polycarbonate outers, these flat pedals have replaceable spikes, adjustable bearing preload and roll on IGUS bushings and a cromoly axle. Matt’s been for a spin on them already and reckons they’re amazingly grippy…
Arc’teryx Phase AR LS Zip Neck base layer
A bit of a base layer with a difference here, made from a lightly insulating hydrophobic material that they reckon is perfect for high intensity, stop and start activities. That sounds pretty much perfect for mountain biking then. It’s also got anti-stink properties plus the material is highly wicking and breathable. You can get them in long of short sleeve versions and both men’s and women’s tops are available.
From: Big Stone
O’Neal Neoprene gloves
Cold weather gloves from O’Neal, with a thin leather palm heavily covered in silicone grippers plus a neoprene backing that should help keep you warm in the wet weather we’re currently enjoying so much…
From: FLI Distribution
Easton Havoc 35 bars
Chipps returned fresh from the States with a fistful of new things, including the new 35mm standard handlebar from Easton that he reported on here. It’s a bigun at 800mm wide…
From: Extra UK
Easton Havoc 35 stem
To match your new, big bars he also picked up a 35mm standard Havoc stem for rough, tough hucking duties. It’s a rather neat bit of kit, especially with the machined points on the face plate that’ll help you line up your bars accurately.
From: Extra UK
Crankbrothers Speedier Lever
It might look a bit like an offensive weapon, but this is Crank Brothers new tyre lever, which they reckon is even faster than their current Speed Lever. It’ll certainly slow down the number of skinned knuckles we get from pulling tubeless tyres on and off…
Price: Around £10
ODI Patriot Lock-On
If you’re pleased about the geographic location you happened to be born in, then what better way to show it than with grips?
From: Ison Distribution
O’Neal Generator shorts and Predator jersey
It would seem that some of you lot don’t share Matt’s penchant for brightly coloured kit, so O’Neal sent us some samples to demonstrate that they actually make a whole load of more subdued, introvert friendly riding gear in colours such as black.
Price: Generator short £64.99, Predator jersey £49.99
From: Fli Distribution
O’Neal Softshell Vest
We’ve also been sent this soft shell vest, which should be tip-top for keeping warm inbetween runs – or just on those inbetween days. The shoulders are reinforced to stop your rucksack wearing it out and it’s got a load of pockets for keeping any trinkets you own in.
From: FLI Distribution