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Fresh Goods this week appears to herald the changing of the seasons, so enjoy things while you’re out there.

Ride for Michael T-shirt

Here’s the most anticipated arrival at Singletrack Towers this week. The first of our (purchased) Ride For Michael tees. Michael Bonney is a great friend of the magazine and if you need any kind of motivation to go and ride your bike, then he is it. T-shirts are on sale now – and the stickers are cropping up all over the place (see Danny Macaskill’s helmet on his new video, or Simon Gallup of the Cure’s bass guitar from Lollapalooza.)

Time to get sticker-tagging.

Head over to Michael’s fundraising webpage and make a difference now:

Niteye B30 light

Price: £139.99
From: Niteye.

It’s night-riding time again and Niteye has sent us its B30 light (which, at 1000 lumens, sits between the B10 and the B20 light for some reason). It has reassuringly solid, screw-together connectors and a neoprene battery bag. The lamp features a gas-gauge battery level and the rubberised, low profile switch covers three modes, with a second switch doing on/off/flash, so there’s no danger of pitching yourself into the darkness. It’ll even do Morse code…

ION Apparel.

Price: Coming soon.
From: Surfsales
New clothing company ION has us very excited for the future. The company has come from the watersports world and has come out with a huge new range of mountain bike wear, with loads of great looking casual and technical gear for guys and girls. We look forward to seeing what importers SurfSales can do with it. That sheet of logos is a collection of thick protectors for downtubes.

Cyclo Onepointfive crown race installer.

Price: Around £60
From: Weldtite.
Headsets are all going big and tapered, but it’s taken a while for workshop tools to catch up, so there’s been a bit of bodging with assorted metal pipes and screwdrivers whenever a large headset crown race has needed installing. Now, thankfully, here is a Cyclo crown race installer for the big headset races, joining its existing range of the ‘other’ sizes. However, getting them off again is still a job for the screwdriver…

Lake MX331 CX shoe

Price: £259
From: Moore Large
There’s no missing you in these puppies. The new cyclocross specific version of Lake’s MX331 shoe comes in Torq team orange (the team has been doing a lot of prototype testing for them) and features the scariest collection of adjustable and replaceable studs we’ve ever seen. The carbon sole has been tuned to flex enough for ‘cross run-ups while still allowing custom-moulding of the heel cup for a perfect fit.

GoPro Tripod Mount

Price: £8.99
From: Madison
Although the GoPro cameras have all sorts of versatile mounting options for chest, helmet, bikes and anything vaguely handlebar shaped. Sometimes though, you need to mount it on a good old camera tripod, which is where this mount comes in. Use it with your GorillaPod or your full-on camera tripod to add to its versatility.

Lumicycle LED3 XML Light

Price: £257 with optional hood and glow-ring
From: Lumicycle.
Lumicycle recently gained new owners, with founder Steve, staying on to continue R&D for these long-established, made in the UK, lighting systems. The latest off road light features waterproof connectors and lamp (that we’ve seen survive in a boiling kettle), seen here with optional hood and glow-ring for side-visibility.

Pearl Izumi X-Project

Price: £229.99
From: Madison.
As we told you just yesterday…
Pearl Izumi’s X PROJECT 1.0 is the pinnacle of the X PROJECT line that features a uniquely constructed sole that is flexible in the right places for hiking or running, but as efficient as a fully rigid carbon bottom. A patent-pending carbon plate provides optimal power transfer for the best of both worlds. Fully bonded upper construction provides lightweight breathability. The 1:1 patented anatomic PRO Buckle system features a 25-degree angled strap design that follows the anatomic curve of the foot. Seamless construction in the toe area for no-seam comfort in the flex zone. Run shoe EVA foam heel absorbs impact for off-the-bike comfort. Full-length tapered unidirectional carbon fiber plate (patent-pending) gives on-the bike power transfer and off-the-bike hike-ability. Co-molded rubber tips on hollow TPU lugs provide traction on an extremely lightweight bottom unit. The X PROJECT 1.0 comes with Pearl Izumi’s 1:1 Insole System with Total Tune Performance Inserts. SPD Compatible.
Unisex X Project 1.0 available size 38 to 49 EUR inc. half sizes, Weight: 360g (size 43)

A thousand cool points just for the matching socks there Pearl!

Kenda Kwicker cyclocross tyre.

Price: £22.99
From: Moore Large
It’s that season again. Time to get some new knobblies in for the cyclocross bike. These are Three Peaks legal 35mm and apparently what the Stan’s team has been running tubeless to great effect recently.

Animal Twister Rip Men’s Watch

Price: £89
From: Animal.
Animal has been making sports watches for nearly 20 years now, so it probably knows what it’s doing. This chunky watch is 200m water resistant and self-winding. It’s currently doubling the weight of Jorji’s arm. And, oh, is that a proof of the next issue on her desk?


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 (4)

    Those Pearl Izumi shoes sound bob on for the 3 Peaks…

    Had a few pairs of PI shoes in the past and have been very pleased with them but I don’t think I will be shelling out £229.
    Will there be a cheapskates version?


    See yesterday’s post (linked above) for the £129 version (also to be available in black/red).


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