John Travolta was like me: I’ve got chills. They’re multiplying, and I’m losing control.
But unlike John, I know to go and see a doctor about it, or at least quaff some lemsip.
Admittedly, this wouldn’t have made for quite the resolution with Olivia Newton John he was hoping for, but at least he’d have been safely tucked up in bed. While he was there, perhaps he could have fired up his ’50s laptop and taken a squint at the new and spangly spangles that came into the office this week: It’s Fresh Goods Friday! WOOP!
Niner Air Carbon
Barney’s got a new carbon frame to hang fancy XTR things off. It’s billed as an XC race frame (and it’s certainly light enough), but it’s built to take a proper trail-shaped pounding too. It’s got room for 2.4in tyres, a 142mm bolt through back end, internal cable routing, routing for a stealth dropper post AND Di2 (when it appears) and a very lovely colourscheme indeed.
It’s got a tapered headtube, natch, and a lovely polished badge.
And if you should have any chain-related droppage issues, all that expensive carbon is protected by plates of the purest Ti (alloy)!
BOS Dizzy fork
This new XC 29er fork in 120mm flavour has lots of exciting tech to set your swonnicles revolving. It’s 1580g, it has a closed cartridge damper system which acts on both high and low speed damping curves, tip top seals on 32mm stanchions apparently mean long, long service intervals and a swish Thru-Axle ..erm.. axle. We can’t wait to get it ridden.
Niner Bio-Centric 30 EBB
This clever little widget allows you to convert your (alloy or steel) PF30 BB frame to run a singlespeed without faffing around at the derailleur end, or to tweak your riding position or BB height. It comes with its own bearings to minimise any moving parts for minimum creakage. Designed for Niners, but apparently it’ll work with any PF30 BB shell. Noice.
Santa Cruz Palmdale Grips
Comfy grips from the good folk at Santa Cruz, with a tapered locking system.
All from: Jungle
Praxis Shimano BB Converter
Running a BB30 or PB30 bottom bracket and want to stick a Shimano crankset in there? One of these puppies might help. The same PraxisWorks Shimano BB converter works with BB30 or PF30 BB shells, and comes in 68 or 73mm configurations.
Showers Pass Body Mapped Baselayer
Barney is desperately holding it in for the camera in this baselayer from Showers Pass. Lovely and warm, made from a blend of material including merino, spandex, nylon and modal, it’s got long sleeves with thumbloops and a long torso for riding in. And it’s also tight, as the bodymapped name would suggest. So there’s nowhere for Barney to hide…
From: Showers Pass
Mavic CrossMax SL
At 1520g per pair (for the 29er ones), with a definitely XC focussed 19mm internal rim diameter, these are the lightest, pimpiest, blingiest MTB wheel Mavic do. Not only that, but they also come with ISM 4D rims, ITS-4 freewheel, FORE rims, UST compatability and QRM+ bearings. VROOOM.
Price: £870 per pair
Camelbak Hawg NV
Dan assumes the position in the H.A.W.G. (Holds Alotof Water and Gear). New NV Back panel keeps you cool and unsweaty, and it has an integrated rain cover for when things get moist.
Singletrack Bobble Hats
These glorious hats are now available to pre-order (they’re expected in on 11th Dec), especially to keep your follicles warm in the cold months ahead. Lovingly crafted from supersoft Cashmilion yarn, they come complete with a so-hot-right-now polychrome bobble and they’re emblazoned with your favourite biking brand.
Here’s what they look like on a couple of reprobates:
Price: £30, or £24 to subscribers
From: The Singletrack Shop
That’s all for this week – we’re off to hit the trails in the brief window of sunshine before the forecast snow appears – or doesn’t. Have a great weekend!