Hail majestic corporate light – Heaven born and ever bright! How our spirit like the waves, At the breath of thine awakes… (no idea – Ed) yes, it’s Fresh Goods once again, stuffed, nay RAMMED with all that is frothy and golden in the
pond office this week.
So grab yourself the finest coffee you can procure, nick that tasty looking sarnie from the bloke at the next desk and hunker down to the spangles…
Intense Tracer T275
This is Intense’s new ‘entry-level’ Tracer model. You get an American-made Tracer frame, with 140-150mm of travel, 27.5in wheels and a magnificently ORANGE colour for your pennies.
Looks extremely tidy to us – we can’t wait to get it ridden!
Mondraker Vantage RR
Dave’s got this spangly thing as his new long termer – he’s scurrying about like an amphetamine fuelled hamster gathering bits for it as we speak…
It’s got the same geometry as the Foxy bouncy bikes – so that’s a long front end. Dave’s running a 35mm stem on it until he can find an even shorter one…
Specialized 2FO shoe
These very pretty shoes indeed have arrived from Specialized. Firm rubber around the sole, and softer rubber around the toe and heel for traction. They feel very stiff, thanks to a firm shank. And naturally, they’re configured with Body Geometry. Plus they look ace.
There’s also an air mesh in the upper and the tongue – which should help soaked shoes dry quickly.
Specialized Boomslang Pedal
Specialized have also sent us these lovely low profile pedals with some properly grippy looking custom-undercut pins. They’ve got a large platform, and are tapered at the outside edge for ground clearance.
Both from: Specialized
Howies Men’s 3/4 length Sh34rts
Howies Cadence LS cycle jersey
Howies Men’s unpadded bib tights
Enve 60 Forty Wheels
Price: £850 per rim
REar hub: £415; front hub: £220. Total build est. £2500
Derby carbon wheels
For our upcoming wide-rimmed wheel test we’ve got these carbon beauties in from Derby in the States: 29er hookless rims, 35mm external and 30mm internal width, laced via 28 Sapim Laser spokes to Chris King’s finest. Mmmmm.
Price: UK price TBC, but typically in the US these wheels retail between $1400 and $1500
Dakine Hot Laps 1.5L
A teeny, neon hip bag from Dakine for all your Enduro essentials. Internal fleece lined with mesh pockets.
From: Dakine Europe
Castelli Ombra Beanie
50/50 Wool and Acrylic – perfect for watching the CX world cup in Milton Keynes
Super grippy (Chipps was pawing people with delight when they came in – yes, it was as scary as it sounds), breathable, with a velcro wrist closure
Castelli Nanoflex arm warmers
Castelli Nanoflex bibshorts
Castelli Nanoflex bibknicker
The same as the Nanoflex bibshorts, but a knicker, innit?
Gregge 12 – 65% Merino wool, 12cm cuff
Venti – 100% Merino with a 20cm cuff, super comfy thick sole, like walking on shag pile, or a particularly compliant hamster
Thermolite 13 – light weight low bulk, outer Meryl Skinlife layer draws moisture away from your foot
All socks: £16
All From: Saddleback
Stages Power Cranks
Need some help assessing your power output when training? Stages can help. The fancy technical boxes are stuck to your crank of choice, and interface with your gadgetry via Bluetooth to give you precise measurements of how far away you are from beating Derek from accounts.
Price: XT: £699; XTR: £799
Galibier Tourmalet Rain Jacket
This roadie-type cycling top mysteriously appeared in Chipps’ wardrobe recently. Which I suppose is better than Chipps mysteriously appearing in someone else’s wardrobe, like he did last Christmas. It’ll roll up to fit in your jersey pocket too. The jacket, not Chipps.
Maxxis Chronicle 120TPI tyres
Some commendably substantial 29+ rubber from Maxxis. The Chronicle weighs around 1kg per tyre – light for what it is – and complements sir or madam’s 29+ monster with three chunky inches of unstoppable might.
Price: £69.99 each
From: One Industries
Kirby Lonsdale Brewery beers
From: Kirby Lonsdale Brewery
That’s it for now! As my 2 year old tells me, wind and rains is cold – but we’re wrapping up like brightly coloured sausages and getting out there anyway. See you next week!