Fresh Goods Friday 207

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Hello, Good Evening (lunchtime), And Welcome to this, the latest, the two  hundred and seventh Fresh Goods Friday! We’ve got another bumper edition for you. Here’s the newshiny that’s hit our office this week:

Orange Segment RS


We’ve got a GREEN Orange Segment in as part of an upcoming short-travel gnarrrrrbike(tm) test. 29er, short travel, and built for tech.


120mm Pikes upfront for maximum stiffness per bounce (SPB)…


..a 1×11 SRAM X1 groupset, and..


..110mm of single-pivot rear travel courtesy of a RockShox Monarch RL.

Price: £3,900

From: Orange

Panasonic HX-A500 Wearable Camera

Jean Claude Van Damme’s let himself go

Mark does his best Universal Soldier with this piece of Panasonic retro-futuretech. It can shoot in a spectacular 4K resolution at 25 frames per second, it shoots slo-mo up to 200 fps, and it’s WiFi enabled. It’s also orange.

Mark baffled 2
Spot the difference…

Here’s Mark’s attempt to look like the chap on the box – only more baffled.

Price: £379.99

From: Panasonic

The BarFly Hopper Saddle Bag

Some minimalist velcro straps to secure your spare tube (or coffee, the packaging bizarrely says) to your seat rails.

JPII looks on impassively: he was hoping for some Guatemalan dark roast.

Price: £16.99

From: 2Pure

661 Wrist braces

Our Dave has had an op on his wrist – now the cast is off he’s looking for some protection while his withered appendage   gains strength. And his wrist.

661 Wristwraps
We told Mark his fingers would grow if he blew on his thumb…

Top: 661 Wristwrap Pro. Price: £13.99

Left and Right: 661 Wristwrap; L and M respectively. Price: £9.99

From: ONE Industries Europe

Haglofs L.I.M. III Jacket

Haglofs Jacket

Packable waterproofness from Haglofs.

Price: £220

From: Haglofs

Spot Trace Tracker

To help prevent our nice new van from getting half-inched, we’ve got this GPS tracker in to test.

Spot Tracker

Price: from €125 or £99 plus service plan

From: Spot

XT Rear Mech

Jenn’s holiday spare.

XT rear mech Price: £69.99

From: Madison

Gore clothing

We’ve got loads of clothing from Gore in of a distinctly dodgy-weather bent: it’s all destined for Grinder, as well as a couple of waterproof jackets for an upcoming grouptest.

Gore 3:4 and tights
We have no idea what Barney’s doing here. And it worries us.

From left to right:

Men’s Element Thermal bibtights+ £89.99

Men’s Element Windstopper Softshell Bibtights+ XL and L £129.99

Oxygen Partial Thermal Bib 3/4s £149.99.

Gore Element WindStopper SO

Element Windstopper Softshell Ladies’ Jacket Black and Lumi Orange (looks more like pink to me)

Price £119.99

Gore Element TH Lady
Did I hear an icecream van?

Element Thermal Ladies’ jersey £79.99

Gore Element Th Lady tights 3:4
No icecream. I’m going to hide.

Element Thermal ladies’ 3/4 shorts £139.99

Gore Element Th Lady bibtights+

Element Ladies’ thermal bibtights, £89.99

Gore Element GoreTex Lady
..but her pockets were bare…

Element Goretex ActiveShell Ladies’ Jacket £159.99

Gore Power GoreTex Men
Barney really needs a haircut

Power Goretex ActiveShell Jacket £179.99

Gore Oxygen Goretex Men
Is Barney’s hair really that awful? Wait… oh. Yes. Yes it is.

Oxygen 2.0 GoreTex ActiveShell Jacket £209.99

Gore Fusion WindStopper SO Men
Away from me with your scissors! I like my Seventies mop!

Fusion Cosmo Softshell Jacket £179.99

Gore Element WindStopper Soft Men
I mean, look at it. He looks like he’s been pulled through a hedge. Which is also being pulled through a combine harvester…

Element WindStopper SoftShell Jacket £119.99

All from: Gore

TMR Imprint Grips

TMR Imprint Grips
…which is in the middle of a tornado.

The product of a successful Kickstarter campaign. Dunk’em in hot water, apply a mesh mould if you so wish, grasp, and voila! Your own, customised grip.

Price: £24.99 – 39.99

From: TMR Designs

And finally…..

Smith Helmets

Lots of nifty design, carbon-fibre and special Koroyd straw-alike shock-absorbtion material:

Rich models the Smith Overtake:

Smith OvertakePrice: £250

And Dave’s hand is wafting the Smith Forefront about:

Smith Forefront

Price: £190

Both from Saddleback.

That’s it for this week – while the tenuous weather holds, we’re turning rubber-side down and doing some trail-railing. See you on Monday!



Barney Marsh

Singletrack Magazine Contributor

Barney Marsh takes the word ‘career’ literally, veering wildly across the road of his life, as thoroughly in control as a goldfish on the dashboard of a motorhome.

He’s been, with varying degrees of success, a scientist, teacher, shop assistant, binman and, for one memorable day, a hospital laundry worker. These days, he’s a dad, husband, guitarist, and writer, also with varying degrees of success. He sometimes takes photographs. Some of them are acceptable.

Occasionally he rides bikes to cast the rest of his life into sharp relief. Or just to ride through puddles. Sometimes he writes about them. Bikes, not puddles.

He is a writer of rongs, a stealer of souls and a polisher of turds.

He isn’t nearly as clever or as funny as he thinks he is.

Comments (16)

    I like that Scott are thinking laterally about shock absorption in helmet design, but surely at some point in the design or prototyping process someone pointed out that 250 quid is stupid money?

    Love the photos this week 🙂

    Best FGF for a very long time, cheers guys!

    Have to agree. When I saw the price of £250 for a helmet I thought to myself “Jesus Christ”. For something that you’re very likely to break that’s a lot of cash.

    Well, are the 661s from One Industries or not..? 🙂

    kcal – the 661s are indeed from One Industries. Oops 🙂

    “an upcoming short-travel gnarrrrrbike(tm) test. 29er, short travel, and built for tech.” Sounds interesting…what other bikes are going in the test?

    Nuke – Pyga 110, Orange Segment and Kona Process 111 hopefully..

    If youre doing a GPS tracker review can I suggest you look at the cheap chinese GPS units on eBay. I have one in my landrover for £30 together with a giffgaff SIM it costs a fraction to run compared to the posh boxes.

    Wow that is a lot of stuff (maybe give some away)

    but hang on – 29’ers don’t do gnarr this year, do they?

    Only good for fireroads ‘pparently………

    (I’ve got one of the 3 above – it’s gnarr’er than wot I am)

    Would love a shot on that Segment. Be interesting to compare to my Gyro (to see if its worth inverting in a slackest).

    GPS tracker review sounds like a great fresh idea – comon Chipps you know you want to 😉

    Why not add in a banshee phantom to complete the set? I’ve never really understood why banshee bikes never seem to get reviewed in singletrack.

    Two Hundred & Fifty Quid for a bloody skid lid????
    I think the phrase rhymes with ‘ Clucking Bell’…..

    Can you add an on-one codine and Canyon Spectral AL 29 to the review? Please? Really fancy a blast on all these

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