Fresh Goods Friday 115

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A bit of a quiet Fresh Goods Friday this week. We’re just recovering from getting the magazine to the printers on time last week and we’re expecting a ton of stuff next week, so in the meantime, here are a few shiny things to keep you happy.

This photo of Jeff Lockwood, ‘warming up’ before the Three Peaks reminds us that it’s already time to start working on the next issue of the magazine and cyclocross bikes – and the Three Peaks will be making a bit of an appearance in it.

Jeff, as warm as he looked...


Scott Genius 720
Price: £3599
From: Scott Sports

And turning up in a box this week has been this controversial beastie. It’s one of Scott’s new 27.5in Genius bikes. The 700 series features 27.5in/650B wheels and offers 150mm of travel, or 100mm in Traction Mode (or 0mm in Lockout Mode…)

This bike comes with a carbon frame, XT level components and Schwalbe’s 650B Nobby Nics. Interestingly, it’s not as light as it looks. just tipping the scales over the 30lbs mark. This bike is set to have a bit of a thrashing next week as Chipps is taking it somewhere sunny on his holidays…

Outside in the rain, probably not its natural habitat.


Under the harsh glare of the STW spots


Gone is the complicated pull-shock of previous Genii, replaced with a DT Swiss-built 'nude' shock.


There's something a little home-made looking about those decals.


Bar-mounted lever gives instant access to the shock's three modes.


Lumenator XML bike light.

Price: £115 + postage.

And here’s the new ‘Lumenator’ from Smudge at MTB Batteries. It’s £115 + postage and offers three hours of light on full beam, going up to 10 hours on 70% mode and 50 hours on 10% mode for the extremes of darkness. It uses two XML LEDs for a claimed 2000 lumens of power. There are four modes, plus flashing – which cleverly has a dedicated button. This saves you having to scroll through the fixed beams to get to it, but more importantly, means that you don’t have to scroll through ‘flashing’ to get back to full beam. There’s a gentle green light on the power button and matching halos around the lamps when not in use. Good old O-ring technology secures them to the bars, with a helmet mount included.


Polaris Vapour Jacket and AM 500 shorts

Price: Shorts £49.99. Jacket £89.99


Ignore the messy desk and see that Chipps is modelling the new Vapour jacket from Polaris. Designed for UK conditions, the jacket has a thin fleece lining and a windproof and water-resistant nylon outer. It’ll keep you warm and if it rains, it promises to still keep you warm, if a little damp, and dry out quickly. It  also comes in under £100.

Draped over his Japanese jeans, you’ll see the AM500 shorts, which are shorts again designed for UK conditions. They’re water repellant and dry quickly, while being long enough to stay below the knee when pedalling so the rain doesn’t run up your leg. It also avoids that funny bunching above the kneepad that can happen with shorter shorts.


The AM Enduro Jacket is a simple softshell  for £89.99. There’s one front and one rear pocket and we’ve already been out getting it wet… We gave a preview of Polaris’ new stuff in our Eurobike coverage.


Ironically, it was too wet to photograph our new Singletrack umbrella outside, so here it is indoors. Grace reckons there’s no such thing as bad luck, so we’re watching to see if she explodes or anything… It’ll cost £19.98 and you can buy one here:


Thule Pro Ride 591
Price: £92 each
From: Thule
We’re fans of either fork-mounted racks, or putting the whole bike into the car, so these Pro Ride 591 racks are here to see if they can tempt us away. They mount the whole bike on the roof, gripping the downtube with a pair of jaws that are operated by the bottom of the rack, meaning you don’t need to flail around while standing on the passenger sill.


Singletrack Editor

Chipps wasn’t around for the dawn of mountain biking in the UK, but he likes to claim that he arrived in time for second breakfast (about the time he shows up for work, then…) starting in the bike trade in 1990 and becoming a full time mountain bike journalist at the start of 1994. Over the subsequent quarter century, he has seen mountain bike culture flourish and diversify and bike technology go from rigid steel frames to fully suspended carbon fibre (and sometimes back to rigid steel as well.)

His riding style is best described as ‘medium, wheels on the ground, trail riding’ though he’s been spotted doing everything from endurance downhill racing to 24 hour cross country racing. He favours mid-travel trail bikes and claims to be wheel-size, gear, brake and tyre agnostic. In fact, his garage spans most bicycle flavours, taking in steel hardtails, carbon trail bikes, even a mountain bike tandem, along with road, touring and gravel/cyclocross bikes.

While he’s happy to chat about bikes all day, his real interest is in the people and places that bikes can introduce you to and he talks as fondly about the trails he’s ridden and riders he’s met as the bikes that took him there.

Comments (16)

    Oooh, I fancy a new umbrella as my Team GT one has a bend in it 🙁

    Not that I ever really use umbrellas… Does that mean I can’t buy one pointlessly?

    All our umbrellas come with a point already fitted… 😉

    Is 650B actually 27.5″ diameter? I thought it was smaller than that.

    Brollys are only £15 for subscribers too 🙂

    Do subscribers brollies have a blue p on them?

    “Is 650B actually 27.5″ diameter? I thought it was smaller than that.”
    Like 26″ and 29″, it’s just a marketing figure. (roughly equal to the diameter including tyre.
    29″ = 700c = 622mm rim diameter
    27.5 = 650b = 584mm rim diameter
    26″ = 559mm rim diameter

    (an exact half way between 26 and 29 rims would be 590.5mm)

    Cheers Alex, I thought as much.

    £15 brolly 🙂

    The 650b Scott Genius is a great looking bike but the weight is surprisingly heavy for a carbon framed bike. I tested one at the Dalby Bike Barn event last Saturday & it was a nice ride although the wide flat swept bars left a little odd. Shame about the weight.
    The bike of the day for me was the carbon Scott Spark 920 29er. Lovely light ride & it flew!

    I can’t believe that the umbrella is getting so much attention….it is beautiful though, is it carbon?

    I’m particularly fond of the colour scheme on the brolly. Is there any intention to do a full brolly test in issue 78?

    £15 for a (cough), brolly…

    Have to say I like the brolly best – any other colours in the range?

    now Jeff’s safely back in Belgium, we can’t even get him out riding bikes. I think you may have broken him chipps

    and 30lbs is really not acceptable for a full carbon 150mm bike. My rocket weighs that but it’s (mostly) steel. what’s the sticker price on that?

    hey, I’ve got one of those Ikea chairs in that red. £15 well spent.

    Still haven’t exploded. But someone did play Meatloaf in the pub tonight, so Chipps may be right about the whole bad luck thing.

    I got two of those racks, I really like them

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