Fresh Goods Friday 332

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Is it really Friday? Have we actually survived a whole week without proper coffee? No, this is not a Singletrack Towers health drive, this is a forced into abstinence scenario.

On Monday, our long standing faithful employee the coffee machine kind of exploded a bit onto Mark. Health and Safety notices were issued. The coffee machine was not to be used. It was switched off. Which is probably just as well – it takes quite a while to heat up, and there are those of us here who might otherwise have been prepared to risk a scalding in the quest for coffee.

A saviour was found. Someone who could come and fix the coffee machine. Shakily and slowly we came into work on Tuesday, safe in the knowledge that Nigel the Fixer would soon come to our rescue. Then a second disaster struck – he was called away to another coffee machine, to a cafe, whose needs were deemed to be more urgent than ours. Yes, they’re a cafe, but don’t they understand that our business is just as dependant on the smooth flowing of coffee as any coffee shop? We have needs too!

And so we sit. Forlorn in our tower. Waiting, hopefully, for Nigel the Fixer. Quite honestly, we don’t know what we’ll do if he proclaims the coffee machine irrepairable. Surely, if we don our hi-vis jackets, we could safely switch the machine on, just for a bit? Just one, short, teeny, espresso?



Sorry. We’ll get a grip on ourselves. First world problems and all that. The show must go on. And so, without the assistance of coffee, we bring you Fresh Goods Friday*

*May contain less jabbering that usual.

Genesis Tarn 20

Genesis Tarn 20
Much bigger than it looks

Looking strangely small in this picture – for it is in fact a humungorous size to fit our James – this is a 27.5+ steel hardtail from Genesis.

Genesis Tarn 20
Rockshox Yari RL Solo Airfork

With 120mm travel up front and a hardtail rear end, this is going to be a fun change for James, who has been on a lot of big bouncers of late.

Genesis Tarn 20
Shimano brakes
Genesis Tarn 20
We like this waspy paint job

The Tarn 20 sits at the top of the Tarn range. There’s also a Tarn 29 -set up with 29in wheels – and a Tarn 10, which has 27.5+ and a slightly lower specced build kit. You could always go for the frameset option and build your own of course.

Genesis Tarn 20
Proper clearance for British mud
Genesis Tarn 20
Shimano SLX 1x drivetrain
Genesis Tarn 20
Gotta love the Genesis headset cap.
Genesis Tarn 20
KS DropZone 125mm dropper
Genesis Tarn 20
No remote with this dropper!
Genesis Tarn 20
One for the ‘steel is real’ crew?
Genesis Tarn 20
490mm reach on this XL.

Ritchey WCS Trail Mountain Pedals

Ritchey Trail Pedals

With a forged alloy cage for a larger footprint and greater stability, these pedals have a bushing, needle and cartridge bearing system for long service life and protection from the elements.

Ritchey Trail 35 Stem

Ritchey 35mm Stem

For this stem, Ritchey has revised the patented C260 clamp to a 220-degree version that fits a wider variety of riser bar bends and still gives increase in stiffness and strength.

Ritchey WCS Locking Trail Grip

Ritchey Locking Grips

Made from dual density, no-slip Kraton rubber with dual side secure locking and  anodized and laser etched end caps. And we love this green. So fresh, like the first shoots of spring.

Ritchey Trail 35 Rizer Mountain Bar

Ritchey Handlebars
Bars. Hand not included.

Triple butted 7050 alloy bars with 15mm rise. 780mm wide and 35mm OD. Fashionable numbers there then.

Giant Full E+1

Giant Full E+1 Ebike FGF
Giant Full E+1

A second bike! This time an e-MTB from Giant, in the form of the Full E+1. It’s a 27.5in wheeled alloy plus bike, though as it comes with 2.6in tyres it’s the ‘new plus’. Plus-lite? Plus-minus?

Giant Full E+1 Ebike FGF
Giant Full E+1

Hannah will be riding this full sus e-MTB with 140mm travel front and rear. Actually, truth be told, she’s already been out on it – with assist to help her up the hills it gives her time to squeeze in an off road commute. Much nicer than the valley bottom.

Giant Full E+1 Ebike FGF
There’s the vroom bit.

The motor is a Giant SyncDrive Sport, 80Nm, 250W.

Giant Full E+1 Ebike FGF
140mm travel, Maestro suspension
Giant Full E+1 Ebike FGF
Display screen with back light

There are three levels of assist.

Giant Full E+1 Ebike FGF
22 gears.
Giant Full E+1 Ebike FGF
140mm travel Fox 34 Fork
Giant Full E+1 Ebike FGF
Many cables – including a dropper post

Equipped with a dropper post, this is a trail bike for trail riding – it just has a motor to help you get out there.

Giant Full E+1 Ebike FGF
200mm rotors
Giant Full E+1 Ebike FGF
Assist controller, plus ORANGE grips.

Wolftooth 1×10 Goatlink

Maa-aa-aa (that’s a goat noise, BTW)

A little thingammyjig to get your derailleur correctly positioned when using a large cassette expander  on a 1×10 set up. Also available in 1×11 version.

Manitou Magnum Pro Fork

  • Price: £699.99
  • From: Hayes
Manitou Magnum Fork
Magnum…mmm…ice cream

The Magnum is “specifically tuned to maximize the rolling inertia of the larger tyre patch”. The Manitou Magnum was one of the first suspension forks built for the new Plus size bikes and came fitted to top-end Trek Stache bikes. The suspension is tuned to work with the more supple, lower pressure tyres. And obviously comes in Boost only with tons of room for tyres up to 3.0. Ours here is 140mm travel with a 15mm thru-axle.

Manitou Magnum Fork
Stealthy black stanchions

Manitou Mattoc Pro2 Fork

  • Price: £619.99
  • From: Hayes
Manitou Mattoc Fork
Mattoc…mmm…drain digging?

Mattoc Pro 2 is the result of three years of racing and test feedback from riders all over the world.  Incorporating the same dual-chamber, self-regulating air spring and Hydraulic Bottom-out system as found in Manitou’s  race-pedigree Dorado DH fork, the Mattoc Pro 2 is largely regarded as  the ‘downhiller’s enduro fork’. Ours is a 160mm travel beastie.

Manitou Mattoc Fork
Available in a range of colours

Syncros Matchbox 16 Multitool

Syncros Multi Tool
Many tools in one.

16 piece multi-tool including a chain breaker and a magnetic chain link holder. Ninja.

Stem CAPtain Clock

Stem Captain - Clock
Hannah needs this.

If you’re like Hannah and always wondering how much time you’ve got before you have to be somewhere, then this could be for you. No more scrabbling to see your watch when it’s buried under your carefully tightened layers, or stopping to root for your phone in your pack. Just glance at your headset. Is there time for that extra trail? Or the route that goes via that pub?

Backcountry Research Tül Bag

Keep your sh*t together

Big enough for a multi-tool, co2 trigger, tyre lever, spare links and your beer money. It has a sealed zip, rip-stop fabric on the front and a grippy rear to ensure it stays put in your jersey pocket.

Africa Solo by Mark Beaumont

  • Price: £14.99
  • From: All good bookshops
Mark Beaumont - Africa Solo Book
Just a normal Sunday ride?

Mark Beaumont’s account of attempting to ride from Cairo to Cape Town in under 50 days. Very impressive – all that way in so little time, and he found time to write a book along the way?

Geese. Too fresh to eat.

Now we’re not obsessed, or addicted, or dependent, or feeling sorry for ourselves, but COFFEE. We can think of little else. This weekend may be spent doing long rides with caffeine gels, just to offset this week of abstinence. What will you be getting up to?

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