Hello! Welcome to FGF! This one’s a whopper, believe me. This Fresh Goods Friday we’ve got greatness from… oh heck, just take a look – there’s loads of stuff:
Norco Range Carbon 7.1
With a year’s worth of big mountain adventure ahead of him, Dave was happy to take delivery of this little carbon beauty from Norco to deal ably with both the ups and the downs. It’s not cheap, but then it’s a pretty sorted bike perfectly geared up for long climbs and descents.
Up front a 160mm dual position Rockshox Pike takes care of business. There’s a nice short and wide Race Face cockpit and SRAM Guide RSCs take care of stopping duties. Wheels are a nice mix of DT Swiss 350 hubs matched to Stan’s Flow EX rims just waiting to be tubelessed up with Maxxis 3C Maxx Terra High Roller 2 tyres.
A nice clean linkage hooks up the Cane Creek DB
Inline Air shock to match the 160mm up front. There’s plenty of opportunity for tweaking suspension settings and it’s nice to see a field notebook and pencil included in the package.
A SRAM XX1 1×11 drivetrain deals with the pedalling bit of the fun promised. An X1 cassette completes the picture. Nice to see a 30T ring up front, someone’s been thinking about the need for a bit of spinning range to get you up those long alpine climbs. As the bike is also intended as an off-the-peg enduro racer, the inclusion of an E13 chainguide will be appreciated for that extra security.
It’s a well thought-out package, but it’s also available as a frameset if you’d prefer to build your own
Kinesis Maxlight FF29 Chubbie
We’ve had this FF29er in to review, set up for the so-hot-right-now 27.5+ semifat sort of thing. It’s a 29in frame and fork, and with those 27.5 fat tyres in there it LOOKS ACE! Apparently Kinesis will be offering the wheels, frame and fork as part of a rolling chassis. We’ll update with prices etc when we get them. For now…
Frame price: £499
Turn Girder M30 cranks
All from: Upgrade
WTB Scraper rims and Trailblazer 2.8 Tyres
All from: Upgrade
We suffered an overabundance of trigger-happy when taking these pics, so here’s a slideshow for your delectation:
SDG’s popular Duster saddle now available in a hard to be missed pattern that’s really a form of camouflage: Dazzle pattern. Boom!
SDG Belair 2.0
RaceFace Indy 3/4 Jersey
He’s back! Glowering Victorian Man has returned from his Great Northern Miserablist Architecture Tour, and has been coerced into modelling up-to-the minute clothing once again! To those many of you who sent really lovely emails about him, thank you. To the other emails we got – we appreciate your enthusiasm, but we’re not sure that that’s biologically possible. This is the Indy 3/4 top, with a stash pocket, wicking fabric, and (unsurprisingly, given the name) 3/4 length sleeves.
RaceFace Indy Short
Russell, the chap who came to test our fire alarm, got roped in to demonstrate the Indy in this pyrotechnic orange. Stash pocket, mesh bits and reinforced seams. The inner lower leg features a ‘slip panel’ to ‘slide over protection’. We assume that means knee pads, rather than prophylaxis. That might sting.
RaceFace Stash Bib
It’s a bib short with loads of cunning little pockets to house your goodies – tube, CO2 canister, what-have-you, and a larger pocket to house your bladder-of-choice. Tidy.
RaceFace Rip Strip
It’s a lumbar strip with storage for bits and pieces: great apparently ‘if you’re not going for an epic, but you’re just going out for a rip’. Well, quite. Waterproof media pocket, and lots of little pockets so you can wear your finest bagginess, appear totally relaxed, and no-one will know that you’re actually really well equipped for everything short of a nuclear war (it’s a bit small for a HAZMAT suit though).
Price: UK £39.95
RaceFace Stash Tank
Price: from £44.95
RaceFace Stage Glove
RaceFace Turbine Cinch Direct Mount cranks
RaceFace Turbine Stem
RaceFace Next 35mm Riser Bars
Wolf Tooth Components
- 30T 5 Spoke SRAM Direct Mount – $69.95
- 30T 88 BCD XTR – $78.95
- Chainring bolts – $19.95
- Giant Cog 42T Red Shimano range extending sprocket with 16t replacement sprocket – $89.95 and $14.95 respectively
- 18T stainless steel singlespeed sprocket – $59.95
All from Wolf Tooth Components
Gamut Cillos bar
Broken Riders Single Crown T-shirt
A 100% organic cotton t-shirt which is apparently climate neutral. James tries to out-do GVM, and fails miserably.
Price: £22 (plus free stickers!)
From: Broken Riders
Marzocchi 44 Micro STA fork
BSG Adapt Sport Glasses gift box
*OK, maybe just lots
A2Z brake pads
Price: from £7.95
BBB iPhone holder
Vaude Moab Jacket
The Moab is made of water shedding, stretchy fabric, ‘for maximum flow’. It says here. This is actually a ladies’ jacket, but GVM was keen to try that ‘raving’ thing he’d head so much about, so it was difficult to coerce him out of it, frankly. It’s a little bit like herding a bearded pitbull. Any minute now, he’s about to ‘throw some shapes’ and ‘get large’. I think I preferred the out-of-time mill-owner, personally. That’s the last time I let him take three ibuprofen.
This is what happened when Chipps demanded to photobomb proceedings with his lovely up-to-date Pace top. See the expression on GVM? Mere seconds later, it took three people to pull him off Chipps’ leg.
Vaude Tremalzo Rain Jacket
There’s a blue lightweight 2.5 layer waterproof jacket hiding underneath GVM’s snarl, if you look closely. Loads of vents, zips, pockets and other bits and pieces with adjustable cuffs. Although GVM hasn’t quite worked out Velcro yet.
All from: Vaude
And with a monumental exhale, that’s all we’ve got for this week! Okay, it was quite huge. We’re going to turn tyres to the trailside now, and squirm off into the distance, spraying mud and whoops in all directions. See you next week!