It’s Friday! Yes, yes, another week closer to death, you gloomy soul. But if you’re now fed up of bonfires, treacle toffee (mmmmmmmmm), bobbing for apples and burning your fingers on still-hot sparklers, you can assuage the pain by feasting your peepers on the collection of goodies we’ve had piped, hot and throbbing, into the office this week:
Cannondale F-Si Carbon 1
Twenty one pounds of ultralight carbon trail-tuned hardtail sweetness, blinged so hard it’s wearing diamond encrusted pants. Even the more moto-folks in the office are impressed – we can’t wait to see what it’ll make of the local trails. We originally covered its launch here.
Long and slack(ish) so you can actually, y’know, enjoy riding it, rather than simply slathering the front tyre with drool from your overexertions when trying to beat Barry from accounts into 61st place…Lots of carbon everywhere to keep things featherweight
A Rockshox lock-out lever on the newish-and-improveder carbon Lefty we covered last year (it’s now got a round lower and MOAR SPANGLES, don’t’chaknow).
absoluteBlack Oval 32t Chainring
Biopace demons begone! Dave’s going to be putting this properly ovalised 32t chainring through its paces to totally forget about his dead spot (he’s been to the GP and everything).
Stuff from Madison
Shimano XTR Front Mech
Shimano XT Rear Mech
Shimano MT54 shoes
They look (a bit) like trail shoes. Fancy closure system, and a colour scheme that could charitably be described as “cheerful”.
Here’s a gratuitous video:
Park Tool Roll
Destined for emergency trailside fettling, this is going to live in the Singletrack Van after a series of embarrassing disasters. It won’t stop certain members of the office from forgetting their shorts, though…
All from: Madison
Knipex Pliers Wrench
After getting a tip off from Team Trek Factory Enduro Racing wrench James Richards, Dave’s sourced a 125mm version for his guide pack for emergency bodges and getting out of close scrapes.
From: All good tool shops
We’ve had a drop of Alpinestars goodness to get us through the winter months. All are price TBC at the moment…
All Mountain Jacket
Available in both eye poppingly Lime Green and a very pretty Cyan Blue the All Mountain Jacket looks bombproof and has a hood that’ll take a helmet too. Bonus.
Water resistant ripstop shorts that have arrived just in time to keep the backwheel spray away.
More bright colours for the modern rider. These Pathfinders look perfect for fitting kneepads under.
Paragon Knee Guard
Neat light kneepads with a soft elasticated mesh backing. Perfect for Flow tech and light to medium gnar riding.
Winter gloves for when the temperatures drop (that’s now. Ed.)
MTB Winter socks
And socks for the warm feet too, ja?
Roads were not built for cars
Erm. It’s about roads an’ bikes an’ that, like wot it says. BIKERS WERE HERE FIRST!
From: All good (local) bookshops
Showers Pass Skyline Cap
A nice warm hat to wear under your helmet. Or just for mooching around the bike-friendly cafe.
From: Showers Pass
Spank Spike 800 Vibrocore bars
800mm of vibrocore damped goodness from Spank. Should save our Rich’s wrists from the pounding he usually gives them.
A fine selection of merino socks from Teko, covering all the bases from think winter wooly jobs, via mid length all-purpose numbers, to high summer whiteandgreenness. The best socks for the planet, the best socks on the planet (it says here)..
Unisex heavyweight M3rino hiking socks, £18.00.
M3rino unisex pro ultra-light mtb socks, £15.00
Unisex light minicrew socks, £11.00
All from: Anatom
…and we’re done! Enjoy the squelchy squelchy, and we’ll see you next week!