Fresh Goods Friday 225

by Barney Marsh 13

Things are beginning to return to normal here at ST Towers after holidays and hangovers and deadlines (although the latter two happen throughout the year). But we console ourselves preparing the feast of bike-related goodness we’ve laid out before you in this week’s Fresh Goods Friday!


A couple of bikes came in this week for an upcoming biketest:

Merida Big.Nine

/Mexican accent/ Merida Merida!

The Merida Big.Nine carbon hardtail is Merida’s ‘budget’ carbon machine. This one is an XL. Very racy looking…

IMG_3420Very tidy, swoopy carbon frame, tapered headtube, and it’s lavished with Deore and Rockshox…

IMG_3418…3×10 speed for extra more fasterer.

Price: £1500

From: Merida

Giant XtC Advance 29er 2

IMG_3439giantAlso in for our grouptest is this very tidy-looking Giant XtC.

IMG_3437The XtC has a HUGE box-section down-tube…

IMG_3426…Deore and SLX drivetrain, and Rockshox forks.

IMG_3434Logo handily visible from both sides!

Price: £1500

From: Giant

Merino Jerseys

Lots and lots of merino jerseys – these are all destined for issue 96’s grouptest. Also featuring the many grumpy (but startlingly attractive – sorry ladies, he’s taken) faces of Barney, who is allergic to outside (cold and wet and probably hungover knowing him), and the happy face of Jenn, who has a day off today.

Cafe du Cycliste Yolande jersey

IMG_3444Price: £134.00

From: Cafe Du Cycliste 

Cafe du Cycliste Violette jersey

IMG_3456Price: £105.00

From: Cafe Du Cycliste 

Ground Effect Median Strip jersey

IMG_3445Price: £65.00

From: Ground Effect 

Ground Effect Flying Nun jersey

IMG_3452Price: £69.00

From: Ground Effect

Mission Workshop Faroe pullover

IMG_3447Price: $185.00 (UK TBD)

From: Mission Workshop

Mission Workshop District Henley

IMG_3448Price: $139.00 (UK TBD)

From: Mission Workshop

Howies Cadence L/S jersey

IMG_3450Price: £79.00 (£69.00 for S/S)

From: Howies

Embers Glow jersey

None more miserable, eh Barney?

Price: £95.00

From: Embers

FINDRA Velo cowl neck

IMG_3455Findra is a new company setting up AS WE SPEAK! We’ve got some sneaky samples of its made-in-Scotland merino women’s jerseys to play with… they’ll be available very soon.


Sign up for info here: Findra (website should be live at the end of the month)

FINDRA Marin Cowl Neck

IMG_3453Price: £80.00

Sign up for info here: Findra (website should be live at the end of the month)

RST Forks

We’ve had a selection of RST’s finest forks in – we’ll be strapping them to a variety of bikes and riding them hard in the name of keen-eyed hawk-nosed (Spock eared? – Ed) journalism.

RST Stitch


26in or 27.5in, 160 – 180mm travel, 20mm axle, 36mm stanchions. Air sprung, coil negative spring, and has a dual compression stack. I’m not going to mention the “E” word. But it looks just the ticket for it in any case…

Price: £574.99

RST Champ


26in or 27.5in, 32mm stanchions, QR, air sprung, hydraulic damping. 80 – 120mm travel: nuskool XC neeeow.

Price: £499.99

RST Rogue


26 or 27.5in, 160mm travel, 34mm stanchions, 15mm axle, 2020g. Enduro or gnarly trail? It certainly looks just the job…

Price: £549.99

All RST forks from: Claud Butler

Maxxis Griffin tyre

IMG_3464A fast rolling DH tyre for hardpack trails (it says here). But never fear; it’s also available in supertacky. These ones are the 3C Maxx grip numbers. We’ll be pointing them downwards very soon…

Price: £54.99 in 3C compound; £44.99 in 42a single compound

From: Maxxis

Maxxis Minion DHR II

IMG_34663C, EXO, TR, Kevlar. We like’em.

Price: £49.99

From: Maxxis

Scott Jackets

3 layer Gore-Tex Active jackets with a hood that’s designed to be worn over a helmet. Dave and Sharon are heading into the mountains, and a good jacket in winter conditions can make the difference between a good ride and a very bad one.

Scott Trail MTN 10 Jacket


From: Scott 

Scott Trail MTN 10 Women’s Jacket


From: Scott

And with that, we’ll ride off into the sunset and that ominous black, black cloud. Have a great weekend, everyone!

Comments (13)

  1. Yeah, I’ll second that. Hardtails ahoy.

  2. Jeez Barney,

    Smile and give your face a joyride.

  3. Only the grumpiest of pics for my beloved audience 🙂

  4. The Merida looks pretty sweet, but something about the profile of the Giant makes it look like a £600 bike not a grand & a half. :-/
    (I think it must be the stem / bar height.)

  5. Love the Mission Workshop kit…

  6. Is that a Park Tools bottle opener I spy mounted in the background?

  7. All those tools look suspiciously shiny to me.

  8. “All those tools look suspiciously shiny to me.”
    So which STW staffer is the tool polisher?

  9. Except the hacksaw with a rusty blade

  10. Merida Big Nine looks suspicously like a Pivot Les 29
    Looks very good value though.

  11. Not seeing the Mexican accent connection to Merida. But nice to see some proper hardtails 🙂

  12. Merida Merida – areebah areebah… Gedit?

    A lovely looking bike. Shocking that £1.5k gets you a Deore HT!

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