In case you’ve not already seen, here’s the background on the CSG Connection, as well as new bikes from Cannondale and GT Bicycles.
The mainstay of the Charge MTB range – the Cooker has gone big for 2017. The bikes are now specced as 27.5+ across the range. Prices start at £749.99 and range up to £2999.99.
We also loved the Charge Mini Cooker. Available in either 20″ or 24″ wheels, both come with disc brakes and 7 gears.
Probably best known for their saddles, but now taking a sideways look at more and more cycling products, Fabric always seem to be able to combine innovation and good design. They brought a few new products to show us, as well as their mainstays.
First up, we are currently testing the Fabric cageless waterbottle (£11.99 including mounts). Tom has been really impressed. In fact his only criticism was that the bottle itself isn’t as big as some. Fortunately, Fabric now have a larger volume bottle available (£12.99), as well as an insulated version (£15.99) and tool keg (£13.99) that fits via the same frame mounts.
Fabric have also expended their multitool line up, with the eight (£17.99), sixteen (£24.99) and chain tool (£19.99). All are nice and light, but felt solidly made.
Fabric also had a new range of pumps on show – ranging from get me home through to a classy looking track pump.
The other products in Fabric’s collection were a range of lights. Think “be seen” rather than lighting the way, but keep your eyes peeled (but not looking directly into the light, obvs) for some brighter lights in the future.
Finally, Fabric had their full range of saddles on display. This is largely unchanged for this year, but did feature a new women’s saddle – the Scoop Gel Women’s. It takes the Scoop’s general shape and tweaks it for a women’s anatomy… and adds gel inserts for the first time. Expect to see this making it’s way across to some of the men’s range in the future.
That just about sums up our round up from Fabric and Charge. Stay tuned for our last report from CSG – Sombrio clothing…