We’ve a small but perfectly formed Fresh Goods for you this sunny Friday so you can read it, eat your butties and get back to work (or the beer garden) as soon as possible. Without further ado, prepare you eyes for all the shiny things that have landed in the office this week…
Sun Ringle Black Flag Expert 29 wheelset
Yes, the most punk wheelset in the world is available in a 29″ flavour for those that enjoy a ride with better Rollins over bumps. Sorry. With 28 butted Wheelsmith spokes each and a 24mm rim width, it’s designed for XC and trail use, with a claimed 1,895g weight for the pair. They’re ready to be run as tubeless with a Stan’s Notubes kit preinstalled. The tangential pull hubs run on cartridge bearings and sweet joy of joys, the front can be run with either 15mm or 20mm through axles, adaptors for which are included.
Crank Brothers Mallet//1, Mallet//2 and 5050//3 pedals
From top to bottom, we have the Mallet 1 (£49.99) entry level clipless downhill pedals. They use the Eggbeater style four sided entry cleat surrounded by a two-piece polycarbonate outer to provide support and protect the cleat and the steel spindle runs on a bearing and a bushing.
The beautifully orange Mallet 2 (£74.99) sits in the middle of the range, the outer section of the platform being made from more bash resistant aluminium. It also gains some replaceable and adjustable grub screw pins to maximise grip.
If you’re a follower of flat pedals then the 5050 3 (£74.99) will probably be much more to your liking. They use a similar two-part design with polycarbonate inner and removable and replaceable aluminium outer. All the pins are replaceable and the pedal runs on a chromoly spindle with inner needle bearing and outer cartridge to keep them running smoothly.
The ever radiant Sim is modelling the Dakine Descent jersey (£52.50) in the weathered camo stylee ‘Timber’ finish. You can get in in a long or mid sleeve version and the Polyester Birdseye fabric has an anti-pong treatment and build in chamois for cleaning lenses. The printed reflective graphics are sublimated which should make them nice hardwearing too. The Chorus shorts (£TBC) are nicely baggy to fit over kneepads – or your wonky knees – and are made from 20D ripstop nylon.
If, like us, you’ve got a much beloved base layer that’s still got life in it but has also got life in it, then Nikwax have come to the rescue with this. It’s designed to fully un-pong both synthetic and woollen base layers, revitalising wicking at the same time. You simply use a normal detergent in your washing machine and put the sachet of this in where the fabric conditioner would usually go. A short while later you’ll be able to go for a ride without having a base layer that smells like you’re been riding for eight hours instead of eight minutes.
Kenda Nevegal DTC SCT 29×2.2″ and Small Block Eight DTC 29×2.1″ tyres
Big wheel rubber for almost all of your riding needs here, with the classically block Nevegal (£36.99) now available in a dual compound and tubeless ready format. With a sturdy sidewall but not masses of, erm, mass, it’s got us quite excited about riding big wheelers in sludge and rock.
The Small Block Eight (£36.99) is definitely a summer tyre with teensy tiny tread, though using the DTC dual compound it should be able to eke out a sensible amount of grip. It’s going to be perfect for the summer we’re owed, unless the weather starts defaulting like a Eurozone country…
From: Today’s Cyclist
Gamut P38 chain device
As Chipps reported a while back, the single ring P30 chain device has a total redesign, promising extra durability and less maintenance despite being 100g lighter than the old model. The polycarbonate bashring is now said to be stronger and the lower guide now uses a rubber O-ring that the chain runs on, so there are no bearings or rollers to wear out and replacements should be dirt cheap. If you’re running a 1x setup and fancy some extra security then this should be an interesting option.
Clif Shot Bloks
If three is the magic number, then the 33 calories of each ‘Blok’ must be doubly magic. With their jelly cube like consistency, they’re designed to replace carbs and electrolytes, also providing a 50mg caffeine boost.