Fresh Goods Friday 270

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In a recent ‘news’ story no doubt bolstered by the imminent release of the latest movie, it emerged that the total cost of the Death Stars from Star Wars and Return of the Jedi was somewhere in the region of $419 quintillion – which is $419,000,000,000,000,000,000. Which is quite a lot, and make the toy cardboard Death Star I wanted as a child (but never got – curse you, parents!) a positive bargain by comparison.

But even as a snot-nosed eight year old, it always bugged me that , while an X-wing was more or less to scale, and so was the Speeder Bike from Return of the Jedi, the toy Death Star WASN’T. It needed to be the size of a pretty large county to be to scale, of course, but a chap can dream (especially when he’s 8). Still, talk of that sort of money also makes the latest high-falutin’ carbon mountain bike awesomeness a veritable giveaway…

Scott Genius 710 Plus

DSC_0214Oh, now we’re talking. Chubby tyres – Carbon main frame, and an aluminium back end. The Genius comes with all of Scott’s shock-trickery to bestow 130mm, 90mm or no travel at all to the lucky rider at the flick of a switch. There’s a 140mm fork up front too.
DSC_0216Black and neon colourscheme even extends to the lockout cables.DSC_0215Fox34 140mm Boost up front handles front bouncy duties…DSC_0225Here’s the cockpit. The Twinlock switch on the left also controls fork lockout, As well as letting you have the two rear travel modes – 130 and 90mm, you can totally lock the back and the front out at the same time. Clever.DSC_02211×11 SRAM GX drivetrain…DSC_0219Nice shiny carbon link there. And colour-coordinated graphics even extend to the shock, which is a Fox Evol with special Scott specialness…DSC_0223..and Syncros rims.

Price: £3799

From: Scott

Shimano AM9 shoes

DSC_0205New newness from Shimano, to supercede the venerable AM45 – they’re lighter, have a little more tread, and arguably are lots better looking – and this as a fan of the old ones…

Price: £99.99

From: Madison

The Ride Journal no. 10

DSC_0182A gorgeous, gorgeous occasional magazine from some of Our Friends In The South. This is apparently the last one (there have been nine before) and it’s truly a thing of glory and wonder. It even includes some words from Our Glorious Leader (a.k.a. Chipps, a.k.a.Legend)

£8 plus postage

From: The Ride Journal

OTE Sports Nutrition stuff

DSC_0174A variety of tasty stuff, packed with enthusiasm and optimism* to get down your throat when all you want to do is curl into a little ball of pain and regret

Price: Pineapple Caffeine Gels £1.85 Mint Chocolate Protein Bars £1.90

From OTE sports

*or possibly pineapple and chocolate

SKS Spaero Double Action Mini Pump

DSC_0183Inflates on both the pull and the push, to get those tyres up even fasterer, to a maximum of 75psi. T handle, flexible hose and a bunch of other good stuff…

Price: £39.99

From: Zyro

Mavic Base Layer Tees

DSC_0195White t-shirts from Mavic – surprise surprise they’re all technical, an’ that. There’s the Mavic Wind Ride SS Tee, for windy rides, and the Mavic Cold Ride SS Tee for, er , cold rides.

Prices: £50 for windy, £42 for cold


Mavic Ksyrium Elite Thermo Jersey – Women’s

IMG_0503None more purple thermal long-sleeve for layering or using on its own…

Price: £68

From: Mavic

Mavic Inferno Socks

DSC_0186Socks. Copper thread too, apparently. Which reflects heat back in to your feet, apparently again. Intriguing.


From: Mavic

Odpod standDSC_0085

The Odpod is a self-supporting bike stand which supports our bike around the bb and lets you elevate the rear wheel for fiddling etc in a small, pack-downable package.

Price: £34.95

Prototype stand


Od Designs are going to be starting a crowdfunding initiative to get these puppies rolling very soon – it’s a light series of interlockable racks which support a bike by its chainstays – keep an eye on their website for more details.

Price: TBC

From: Od Designs

Thule Proride 598

Thule ProRide 598A new improved rack from Thule (the old one was the 591), which isn’t out until February! Bike weights of up to 20kg, and an optional fatbike accessory. It’s got a new torque limiter dial, too – so you don’t squish anything expensive.

Price: £100

From: Thule

Shimano Deore XT M8020 trail pedals

2015-11-24 13.10.59You know the score – XT pedals. 2016 flava. ’nuff said.

Price: £79.99

From: Madison


Transpire Fleece Socks £9.00

Reed Chillcheater Transpire Fleece Top and Beanie

IMG_0535Chipps is typically troubling in the fleece top and beanie to keep him warm in those cold winter months. Hopefully the spanners won’t stick to his eyes….

Price: top-  £39.00; beanie – £9

From: Chillcheater

Singletrack Sub in A Hip Flask Gift Pack

One of these, plus a lovely magazine

A perfect combination of inspirational magazine content and trail-side tipple sharing. Or alternatively, you can ensconce yourself in your favourite winged armchair, next to your favourite roaring fire, and read possibly the best mountain bike magazine in the world for an entire year – that’s eight issues!

Price: £50


Books By Boxer

Stocking fillers!

The lovely guys at Books by Boxer have sent us these ideal stocking fillers, if you need of a bit of stocking filler inspiration, they’ll see you right:

Cycling’s Strangest Tales (£7.99): Ace excerpts of the weird, wonderful and two-wheeled. The ‘real’ world of cycling, the strange and twisted nooks and crannies of cycling’s bizarre history.

Muck Sweat and Gears (£9.99): Our favourite of the bunch is a compendium, packed full of juicy bike snippets and no doubt bound for long (and short) sessions on the toilet!

Vive le Tour! (£9.99): Pitched as the ultimate guide to the competition’s heroes, cheats, controversy, extreme terrain, triumphs and tragedy.

Price: £Various

From: Books By Boxer

Sealskinz Knee Length Waterproof Socks

DSC_0185Knee length socks of waterproofness. Just the job for riding some of the trails round here these days…

Price: £37

From: Sealskinz

Sea Sucker Talon bike rack


First in a few suction-based bike carriers we’ve had in from Sea Sucker. You stick the suckers on your roof or wherever, pump the little button until the white bit no longer shows, and it should be set fast. The Talon is good for one bike with QR – or anything else, with appropriate adaptors.

These suction things fit any car – even supercars, it says here – so you can stap your Bronson to your Murcelago and head to the trails at 180mph, should you choose.

Price: £249.99

Sea Sucker Bomber 3-bike rack


Looks like a stealth bomber, and should be good to hold 3 bikes by the fork dropouts. Same principles as the Talon.

Price: £449.99

Sea Sucker Hornet Bike Rack

DSC_0199The smallest of the bike racks we’ve had in. This one sucks to your car roof in the same manner, but holds the bike upside down, by the handlebars.

Price: £159.99

All from: Fisher Outdoor

KS Ether Stem

DSC_0209Light, stiff, forged stem from KS. Available for 31.8 and 35mm forks in 50mm and 70mm lengths. This one is the 70mm.

Price: £55

From: Jungle

KS Post PasteDSC_0210

Does your post need lubing? The right combination of sticky and slippery to keep your shaft sliding superbly. Oh, stop it.

Price: £5

From: Jungle

KS Crux seat post

DSC_0196Bargain ‘stealth’ seatpost with 100mm of drop in 27.2, 30.9 or 31.6 flavours.

Price: £190

From: Jungle

KS LEV Carbon seat post

DSC_0197One for the XC brigade perhaps? Light as ‘owt carbon outer conceals the droppy gubbins; you get 65mm of saddle-lowering goodness from this puppy. Pic is in its lowered state, natch.

Price: £460 internally routed; £480 externally routed as this one is.

From: Jungle

Skratch Labs Apple and Cinnamon energy drink


Very festive flavoured drink to put steam in your strides and a sparkle in your step, power to your pedals, whizz in your wheels… oh, you get the idea. You drink it hot, people. HOT. I think it’d be ace with whisky in it, but that would defeat the purpose, I suppose. Spoilsports.

Price: £13.95 for a 1lb bag

From: Silverfish

Yup, that’s it! Fingers crossed you actually have some trails extant instead of the huge quagmire-y expanse of mud I suspect many places will face. But even if you do only have glop, go ride anyway – it’s good practice, innit? Relentless optimism will last for at least another 15 minutes…


ST out.

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