Thursday was a big old day for the Singletrack Team and indeed for the whole cycling industry for it was the 2018 Singletrack Readers’ Awards. We had bike riding, bants and beer, lots and lots of beer, and more beer. It was a great day and night, but we’re all feeling a little delicate this morning so FGF 418 is going to be a short one.
Specialized Turbo Levo FSR Expert
- Price: £6250.00
- From: Specialized
The eBike experts among you will have noticed that this isn’t the new Levo which we rode at the launch a few weeks back, but the 2018 model. The reason we have this bike at the office is for the Singletrack Readers Awards where you voted the Levo the best eMTB of 2018.
The Expert version of the bike gets a carbon frame, carbon wheels, Ohlins suspension and is painted in a rather hot red! Unfortunately, we’re under strict orders not to ride this eMTB but we hope to get the new Levo to review soon.
Nordest Bardino Ti
- Price: From 1,299 Euros Frame only
- From: Nordest
Tenerife, it’s where we all want to be right now. Basking in the sun, paddling in the sea, and riding along stunning volcanic rock trails, what we wouldn’t give for that. While we all pine for a little extra sun, Nordest has managed to brighten up the office with the arrival of the Bardino Ti hardtail.
We’ve got the Bardino Ti in for a Titanium hardtail bike test which will be published in issue 122 of Singletrack Magazine, but for those of you wanting to learn more about this 160mm travel, plus sized, Enduro wagon, we’ve published a short first look article here.
Muc-Off Disc Brake Covers
- Price: £22.50 a pair
- From: Muc-Off
Picture this. You’ve just had a great day out on the bike. You smashed some KOM’s, you hit lines you’ve always wanted and now your back at home tired, and a little muddy. First thing you do is break out the hose pipe and bike cleaner to give your ride a good hosing down. Once cleaned you reach for the Bike Spray and apply to your frame, water beads. You continue to spray down your fork shaft (where is this heading?), more water beads and gently rolls away.
The spraying continues, your bike is lubed and shiny and before you know it… you’ve covered your discs, callipers and pads with silicone…. If only you had used protection! Muc-Off Disc Brake Covers wrap around those sensitive bits meaning you can go crazy with lube and not live to regret it.
Flat Tire Defender Elite 29
- Price: £134.99 a pair
- From: Madison
In case the spelling hadn’t given it away already, Flat Tire Defender is a “Made In The USA” foam insert that fits inside your tyre to help protect your wheel against dings when running lower pressures, and also help to prevent punctures but that’s not all! According to the Flat Tire Defender website, once fitted these foam hoops “DAMPENS bike vibrations over rough terrain”, “improve traction” and offers “improved cornering and stability”. There are other claims and testimonials on the site too, and with Aaron Gwin and Katy Winton both running Flat Tire Defender we have pretty high expectations for them.
Each set comes with a front and rear specific defender, the rear being slightly thicker than the front, and a pair of “No Clog” tyre valves, which, well.. don’t clog apparently.
Ion K-Pact Knee Pads
- Price: £69.95
- From: Ion
The ION K-PACT kneepads may not look all that high-tech, but they are. These revised versions of the kneepad feature a sleeve design for a great fit and are made of Super Perforator Neoprene, a material that offers flexibility and superior breathability. Protection is handled by SAS-TEC 3D protectors while the outer material is the same stuff they use to manufacture bulletproof helmets and bow strings.
Keep your eyes peeled for the write up of the Singletrack Readers Awards coming your way soon, in the meantime enjoy these organic, hand picked tunes.