If the end of the Olympics left the sort of huge gaping void in your life that even the sight of washed up pop stars arriving on zimmer-Taxis didn’t cheer you up, then maybe Fresh Goods can take the edge off what must have been a harsh week. Here’s hoping.
For everyone else, celebrate the end of the working week by taking longer than usual to have lunch and taking a look at the gleaming goodness that’s been gathering in the office this week…
Crank Brothers Cobalt 2 wheelset
Crank Brothers always like to do things a little differently and their wheelsets are a prime example of that. The 6061 T6 aluminium rim does without conventional spoke nipples, instead attaching the 24 steel spokes in pairs using pins fixed through tabs. It’s a strikingly different way of doing things, but it does mean that the 19mm wide rim bed doesn’t need to be drilled, giving easy tubeless compatibility.
These are their XC/race wheels, weighing in at 1,690g for a pair. The hubs are available with either 15mm or QR front and 142×12 or 135x9mm options for the rear and spin on sealed cartridge bearings.
San Marco Concor Carbon FX Protek and Concor Dynamic Protek saddles
We’ve just been sent a pair of brand spanking new saddles from San Marco. The Concor Carbon FX Protek (top, £134.99) uses carbon fibre rails with silicone injected sides for extra protection at a minimal weight penalty, while the Concor Dynamic Protek (bottom, £64.99)uses a nylon shell with manganese rails and has extra biofoam padding to create a more comfortable saddle for the enduro and trail rider.
Corratec Bikey Pasta
If you really want to breathe, live and eat bicycles then you can’t go far wrong with the racer’s favourite carb-o-meal in tiny multi-coloured bicycle shapes. We picked it up at the recent Decade roadshow, so keep your eyes peeled for a look at all the new bikes from German brand Corratec…
cSixx chainstay protector
Ahh, the humble chainstay protector. It keeps your bike looking fresh and your chain a bit quieter, but this particular one is a step up from your average. Made from tough, non fraying rubber with moulded grooves to improve the fit, it also has a rather cunning double velcro system to keep it in place. They’re available in a load of colours to offer the final piece in your colour scheme puzzle…
While the word ‘shrug’ may trigger memories of being lost in France, it’s also an item of clothing as well as a universally understandable answer to all questions, large or small. We’ll turn over to Beate, illustrator of our Classic Rides feature, sharer of the other half of the Singletrack Art Studio, Pennine shepherdess extraordinaire and co-owner of eco-fashion outfit Makepiece for a proper explanation of what it’s for…
There you are. It’s available in a load of colours and sizes to fit all shapes too…
It’s possibly best left to the ladies, as Web-boy Jon will now demonstrate.
Gemini Olympia light system
It’s almost that time of the year! As the season that we used to call summer splashes to a halt, soon lights will be an essential part of post-work riding. Gemini are a relatively new brand to us, but they’re much better known on the other side of the pond. This is their most powerful light, kicking out a substantial 1,700 Lumens via three CREE XM-L U2 LEDs. Olympia reckon they’re the most efficient out there, with a claimed runtime of 2 hours 20 mins on max, using a four-cell Li-ion battery, although a six-cell version is available too.
There are three power settings than can be adjusted by the user, plus an adjustable brightness flash setting. The lamp unit weighs a scant 78g and it comes with a bar, helmet and headband mount and extension cable.
Gemini Xera light system
This super lightweight unit uses just one of the CREE LEDs seen on the Gemini, but still delivers 800 lumens and a claimed four hours of runtime from this four-cell battery. As well as all the mounts that come with the Gemini, a rather neat touch is the inclusion of both a narrow and wide beam optic so you can choose which suits you best.
Gemini Xera flashlight
If you like the idea of the power of the Xera but don’t want to faff about with a separate battery pack, then the Xera Flashlight offers the same interchangeable optics, 800 lumen power but in an integrated unit. It’s powered by a Panasonic 3100mAh rechargeable cell and can be bar mounted with a tool free kit or just used as an insanely powerful torch…
Tenn Espresso jersey and Cruiser cycling shorts
We like Tenn’s clothing. It’s well made, has loads of features and is a bit of a bargain. Suave Sim is modelling the made-from-recycled-coffee-grounds Espresso long sleeve (£39.99) jersey and the beautiful in blue/comely in cyan Cruiser shorts (£48.99), which are ideal to match the Cannondale SL Trail 29’er singlespeed we got in a tizzy about recently.
Thanks to it’s magic bean material, the jersey is highly wicking and Tenn say that it also has enhanced UV protection, fast drying and enhanced odour control properties. No word on whether it’ll magically transform your sweat into delicious espresso juice, but we can dream.
The shorts are made from two-way stretch fabric with a nicely baggy cut, deep cut hip pockets (which should prevent your jelly babies spilling out when you’re warming them up) and a pair of zipped leg pockets. The waist has adjustable poppers to fine tune the fit and there is reflective detail to make sure you stand out at night. Did we mention we love the colour?
From: Tenn Outdoors
The Espresso jersey also comes in short sleeved as well as male and female specific sizes – Jenn was so excited that her face melted a bit…
Asgard Cycle Storage/Maintenance Shed
Finally Mark spent the best part of last weekend building this on his new Patio (What better way to make sure the bodies aren’t discovered than to add a mahoosive metal shed on top). It’s a bike specific steel shed from Asgard Storage, Bradford. It’s a double skinned steel shed with sturdy five point locking and a host of extra shelving options for inside. At over 6feet tall and over 9 feet long it weighs a ton! (Well 300kg actually) and Mark has currently managed to squeeze 7 bikes in it.
£999 from Asgard