A Threesome Of Bikes, Lots Of Pants, And A Couple Of Strap-Ons – Fresh Goods Friday 396

by Hannah Dobson 7

There is no introduction today because it’s *ping* too difficult *ping ping* to think straight when *ping* your Twitter feed has gone *ping* into overdrive because you *ping ping* innocently tweeted about a column that Bez wrote.

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It’s quite the experience. Being famous and having a Twitter account must be a full time occupation. And on that note, apologies to Chris Boardman who found himself copied into the entire argument. And *ping ping ping* oh sod it, let’s skip to the *ping* good stuff. Fresh Goods Friday, here we come!

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Nukeproof Mega 275 Comp

Shimano SLX drivetrain and Deore brakes.

This is the entry level model of the Mega, in 27.5in flavour. It’s an alloy frame with 170mm RockShox Yari fork and 165mm of rear travel. Oodles of travel, but designed for enduro rather than downhill, or maybe where enduro meets downhill. This monster has headed down south with Rad Dean for an upcoming bike test.

Al-oo-min-ee-um.

The Good Mountain Biking Guide

  • Price: £25.00
  • From: All good bookshops
500 – That should keep you busy for a while.

This is an updated edition of this comprehensive route guide book. Maps and images have been updated, though if you look closely you’ll still spot the odd retro bike that was in fact new fangled technology the first time this was published.

9Point8 Fall Line Long Stroke Dropper

Not a Toblerone. Is disappoint.

200m of drop! Or indeed, a long stroke, for our Barney. Fnar. A mechanical brake stops the post in an infinite number of positions (between the top and the bottom of the stroke, obviously). Available in 31.6mm and 30.9mm diameters, we have the girthier variety here.

Shimano Hydraulic Mineral Oil

Not a nutritious cocktail mixer.

We’ve clearly been hauling on the brakes far too much, as we’ve had to get a bunch of workshop spares in for fixing up our stoppers. First up, mineral oil.

Shimano Disc Brake Rotors

  • Price: £39.99 (160mm), £44.99 (180mm)
  • From: Madison
The hiss of hot rotors – the sound of a good descent?

They go round. They help you stop. Strangely, this mountain bike version of them seems much less prone to slicing your limbs like bacon than their roadie equivalent. Maybe. There might be no science here. *ping*.

Shimano Saint/Zee Brake Pads

Saint Zee: the patron saint of sleep?

Finally, new pads. If you think keeping up with new standards is tricky, you should try keeping up with brake pads – with so many test bikes and so many different brakes, it seems that we rarely have just the set of spare pads that we need.

Hoy Bonaly 24

There was one very excited new tester when this landed.

We’ve already had the drop bar Meadowmill 24 in, over on grit.cx, and now we’ve got a flat bar bike from the Hoy range. With 8-speed Acera derailleur and Altus shifters, there are just enough gears here (push shift ones) for little hands to control and little legs to get up hills. It’s been designed to be as light as possible, right down to floaty light foam grips and a foam saddle. 2.1in tyres might be skinny by modern mountain bike standards, but on a 24in wheel they look quite nicely chunky.

Weirdly, Chris Hoy’s signature looks just like Chipps’.

Troy Lee Designs Skyline Jersey and Shorts

  • Price: £50 (jersey), £75 (shorts)
  • From: Saddleback
If Heidi did mountain biking.

Amanda had a long sleeved Ruckus outfit in blue in last week’s Fresh Goods Friday, all lined up ready for a photoshoot – and then the sun came out! So to make sure she didn’t look all hot and bothered, she’s also got this short sleeved and lightweight pairing from Troy Lee Designs.

Dakine Descent Duffle Bag

Dakine Descent bag
A veritable Tardis of a bag.

Wil has been on so many press trips that his old bag has worn out (get out your tiny violins) so he’s got this new one from Dakine that will hold 70 litres of his stuff. Which is a lot of Lycra. There are internal mesh pockets for separating out things like goggles, and there’s a helmet-specific side pocket too. The front pocket has more handy dividers in, so you can hold your breakfast, lunch and trailside snack in different sections too.

Whyte G-170C RS

Apologies for the lack of tulip/bike coordination

Bike number three! We are spoiling you this week. Again heading for our Dean, this is another big travel monster pushing at the boundaries of enduro. Although it comes with an air-spring, it can be fitted with a coil-spring for what Whyte reckons is the true EWS set up. Extra wide chainstays allow you plenty of mud clearance, or the option to go for some really wide tyres. This model comes with a RockShox Lyric 170mm travel fork, SRAM GX Eagle drivetrain, and SRAM Guide R Brakes, with a carbon frame and alloy rear triangle.

Stag or antelope?

Saxx Everyday Underwear

We’re assuming the 5″ refers to the inseam.

Pants for wearing every day. Not one pair for all the days, please. The ‘Vibe’ offer a ‘modern fit’ – presumably because genitalia have evolved in shape considerably since the invention of pants in 1911. The other ‘Ultra’ pants are a slightly looser fit.

Saxx Performance  Underwear

Sadly there is no women’s version with labial plaza.

Performance pants! For performing in. Or for when you need better performance from your pants. These pants are packed with features, even before you’ve put them on. The ‘Kinetic’ pants offer semi-compression (which sounds like it could save all sorts of embarrassment), and the ‘Kinetic Boxers’ and ‘Quest’ pants offer a ‘ballpark pouch’. Which should make any quest more of a brief search really, since they’re hopefully where you left them, or at least somewhere in the ballpark. Whatever you find there, there shouldn’t be any chafing, and they’re quick drying – though we’d still recommend a fresh pair each day.

Oakley Flight Jacket Glasses

  • Price: from £175
  • From: Oakley
Oakley
‘Look manly’ Hannah said. Chipps did this.

Available with a range of different lenses to suit your riding needs, these new glasses from Oakley have a clever trick or two up their nose. The lack of upper frame gives you an increased view looking forwards, as well as the presence of the lower frame helping to stop you slicing your face if you do crash (we’ve seen a few nasty rimless frame/cheekbone interfaces). But even cleverer still is the nose piece, which clicks out away from your face on climbs or other sweaty activities to give extra ventilation – rather than having to take them off and then find somewhere to put them.

AMS Chainguard

AMS = All Mountain Style

Funky chainguards available in a range of colours and whacky patterns. Made in Spain, which might explain the ‘Chain Protection For Cool Bikes’ wording on the packing (Don’t try using the word ‘cool’ in front of any under 25s). The honeycomb structure provides more protection than just a sticker, although you do just stick them on your bike, they’re pre-glued.

Sensus Swayze Lite Grips

Contour line grip pattern.

These are a thinner grip than you might usually find in a lock on grip. They’re single lock on so you can ride with your hands right at the end of the bars if you like. Available in these three colours, they’re made in the USA – where Cam Zink apparently uses them.

AMS OS Strap

Straps are in fashion right now.

Claiming to be the only rubber strap on the market – rather than Velcro or elastic – it comes in black or red, and is made by the Spanish All Mountain Style brand.

Singletrack Cowbells

Cowbell
Does your dongle dingle?

Ring in the weekend with our cowbells, now back in stock! Or get one and ring it to alert your children to the fact that dinner is ready. Or put one round the neck of each of your children so that you can hear where they’re roaming as you lie in your hammock sipping a gin and tonic. Or just get one to heckle riders at your local trail centre. But get one.

Amanda gets to pick the music this week, and coincidentally she’s been listening to this, called ‘Betty’, which takes us nicely *ping* back to the column that Bez wrote that triggered the Twitter storm.

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Comments (7)

  1. £26.99 for rubber straps, stif have them at £14.99 still £10 overpriced

  2. “The ‘Vibe’ offer a ‘modern fit’”

    I was hoping for so much more 🙂

  3. Sorry folks! Price cut and paste typo. The straps are £14.99.

    And @rubber_buccaneer – I did think that really, the vibe pants could probably use the semi-compression more than any of them.

  4. What are the rubber straps for? (oo-er, do I want to know?)

  5. The music sounds funny like a smurf,or maybe it’s my tablet not working properly.

  6. That Whyte looks a wrong ‘un. I usually like the look of their kit, but something about that doesn’t look rhyte.

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