Well now, here’s a fine to-do! It’s Good Friday, the day when children are officially allowed to eat as much chocolate as they like, and grownups get to clear up after them and/or try to catch them following the inevitable hyperactivity that results. HOORAY! But in the mean time, stop reading this introductory blather, and divert your attention away from noises of children scoffing Easter eggs by staring at drooling pictures of bikes, an’ that. It’s Fresh Goods Friday!
Mondraker Foxy SE 27.5
This very limited edition Mondraker Foxy is only available in limited numbers, and Our Rich will be hammering it round a few Enduro races. He’s got it as a long termer, so he’ll be riding it, tweaking it and reporting on what he’s done and why…
Price: From £45.99
Available from: Windwave
Warden 2.3 – a mudspike in the new High Grip Tough compound and Breakout 2.3 tyres in the same compound. They may tell us that spring is on the way, but given the weather this past week I think we’ll hang on to the mud-tyres for just a little longer, eh?
Price: Warden – $73.95, UK TBC. Breakout – £45.99
Ritchey WCS Ergo Truegrip, Foam
Chipps has a Ritchey frame to build up, and bits and pieces are coming through for it. These sponge grips are lighter than a very light thing, and are comfy to boot, in a comfy, light spongey kind of way.
Ritchey Headset Spacers
Headset spacers (£17 per bag of 10), and headsets (Comp Drop In, £26; Upper WCS DI TC 8.3mm, £30; Lower WCS DI HT 52-56mm, £28) for the mobile attachment of forks to headtubes of bicycle frames for to make with the big yes funtimes.
Ritchey WCS Vantage Wheelset
Price: £625 per pair in the standard qr/15 front, 12×142 rear combo. The rear q/r conversion kit is extra, rrp £55
All from: Paligap
Tom Ritchey – he of Ritchey fame – is a man of substantial cohones (and moustache). Here are some pics of a trail ride undertaken on a road bike recently. We suspect that it’d be more fun on a mountain bike, but we’re glad folks like him exist to shake us out of our existential bubble every now and again.
DMR Zone Alpine Wheelset
Price: £149.99 F, 199.99 R
Aldi Men’s Waterproof MTB Jacket
Aldi have long been purveyors of much cheapness, and occasionally they step up to the plate to allow us bikers to nuzzle the nutritious teat of value. We had to persuade GVM into this jacket by promising him industrial quantities of sherbert (he likes sherbert) and the ‘shiny face things’ I fear I may never see again – at least unchewed. And I got them from Boots, so they’re like posh an’ that.
But back to the point! The Aldi jacket is waterproof, natch, and can be packed into itself. I couldn’t find any assurances about breathability (apart from some flannel about Bionic Approval) but it beads moisture, doesn’t look too bad and it’s £25 for heaven’s sake.
Aldi Bike Gloves
These are gloves, see. Minimal padding, and they seem pretty well made. Handy, as GVM is demonstrating, for removing the possibility of leaving your fingerprints anywhere incriminating. Like round the photographer’s neck.
All from: Aldi.
The next bike extravaganza starts apparently on April 12th, so head over to Aldi then for some bike-related cheapness.
Santa Cruz Tallboy LT pivot bearings
Price – bearings: £34.00
From: Santa Cruz UK
Well, that’s it for now! Better lift your head from the monitor to see what sort of a mess the family has made of the soft furnishings – or better yet, slope off for a ride! Fingers crossed the weather’s good and the trails are tolerable wherever you are. Have a happy Easter!