Fresh Goods Friday 434 – The Ross Isn’t Our Friend Edition

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Chipps is still on holiday, none of the rest of ST Towers cares. Except maybe Amanda, who is falling out of love with Jess The Love Croissant Very Naughty Dog. Techno Pigg is too poorly to care, the only bit of him that isn’t dying is too pre-occupied with hating Ross for giving him Rossitis. Hannah is about to go on a holiday she’s been planning for years – if she gets ill now Ross should probably find a new job, new house, and new name. Especially as she’s already in a bad mood because she’s going to the desert, and the forecast is for rain.

Most of the rest of the office are gently recovering from Rossitis. Ross is not popular. Google searches for ‘fates worse than death’ are.

Wil is of course well out of the way of Rossitis, and his Friday started early. Check out his Fresh Goods Friday Live:


For those of us the right way up, Fresh Goods Friday starts here…

Death From Above

Sick Bike DFA Titanium
Wrong, or right?

Just passing through, this is neither goods, nor fresh. It has been ridden, and we’re not testing it. But as far as we know it’s the only one in the world, so far. If we’re wrong, and you’ve got your DFA, or indeed any other Sick Bike, be sure to let us know! Full suspension titanium? Yay, or nay? Is this a unicorn or a donkey?

Sick Bike DFA Titanium
This is pretty pleasing.
Sick Bike DFA Titanium
Sick! Dude! Gnarly!

Rimpact#SendNoodz Tyre Inserts

  • Price: £36.99 for a pair with valves, £31.99 without
  • From: Rimpact
Noodles for sending, not a sexting request.

Joining the ranks of the many tyre inserts we have on test is this UK brand. Claiming to be lighter and with better feel than other tyres inserts, these are available in 26in, 27.5in and 29er sizes, with or without valves.

Poc VPD Air Sleeves

  • Price: £60.00
  • From: 2pure
Hannah has skinny biceps and chunky forearms, apparently.
These lightweight pads arrive pre-shaped and feature silicon strips at the top and bottom to keep them in place. The perforated fabric is designed to increase airflow and offer good ventilation and moisture control.

Dainese Trail Skins 2 Elbow Guard

In-house crash test dummy.

Designed to offer the perfect balance of mobility and protection, these low-profile guards claim to deliver unrestricted arm movement and all-day comfort. Adjustable bands at the top and bottom allow for a more customised fit, and the run-resistant mesh should keep you cool and comfortable so you can focus on the ride.

Leatt 3DF 3.0 Impact Shorts

They are very mesh-y. We have photographed carefully.

These impact shorts from Leatt offer high levels of protection in a lightweight shell. The elasticated mesh shorts house padding for both hips and thighs, feature an extra wide elasticated waist band, certified 3DF hip impact protection and anti-odour moisture wicking fabric. Finally, the silicone printed elastic leg cuffs should help keep everything in position.

3DF hip impact protection.

Available in sizes small to XXL these shorts don’t have a padded chamois section, so while they’re unisex, if you can get them over your bum/hips, women may well find these are a comfortable option.

Hayes Dominion Brake Pads

David really likes the brakes that these go with.

Here we have Sintered and Semi-Metallic brake pads to fit the Hayes Dominion brakes which David tested and recommended recently. Clearly he’s still using them then!

Etnies Jameson Mid Crank

Wonder how long they’ll stay that colour?

Developed with Brandon Semenuk, these have been designed to offer the perfect balance of stiffness and pedal feel, giving you the kind of flexible stability you want for jumps and tricks. There’s an asymmetric collar that gives a little more protection to the inner ankle for when those no footers don’t go quite to plan, and a Geo-Hex sole for pedal engagement.

Burgtec Penthouse MK4 Composite Pedals

Burgtec Penthouse MK4 Composite pedals
Burgtec Penthouse MK4 Composite pedals.

Burgtec has released a new composite version of its extremely popular Penthouse Mk4 flat pedal. The mould of the composite pedal is designed so that it looks identical to the alloy version, but being made of fantastic plastic they’re much much cheaper. Eight colour options will be available at launch, which should be around March, with pricing set at just £39.99.

Gusset S2 Pedals

  • Price: £79.99
  • From: Ison
Is anyone else thinking ‘stroopwafel’?

From Ison’s in house brand, these are 6061 alloy body pedals with chromo axles. The nine pins are custom designed with a flanged base, and the pedal body is slightly concave.

Guy Martin Proper Degreaser Starter Pack

We can’t help but think he might use this as shower gel.

Adding to the range of cleaning products, Guy Martin has launched this degreaser. The cleaner itself comes as a sort of lozenge, which you add to water (which you provide yourself). Once you’ve got this starter kit, which includes the bottle, you can just order new lozenges as you need to – much lighter and easier to transport.

Douchebags Passport Wallet

Probably going to have to take it out the case to get through the electronic reader…

Maybe you’re trying to cover up what colour your passport is? Or maybe you just want a nice posh case to keep it safe, along with a few important credit cards? Gold ones so you’re more likely to get upgraded? This wallet, available in a variety of colours, will hold your passport and a few cards besides.

Aventyr MTB Boardgame

Warmer than the real thing.

A board game based around the popular ‘Trail Quest’ concept. Now you can enjoy arguing about directions, getting lost among some nettles, and taking the long and fast way round only to discover a big hill – all from the comfort of your sofa. For up to six players.


On to the weekend – either staying well, or getting well (Get well soon, Techno Pigg!). Relaxation, rest and recovery are key to maintaining a strong immune system. Put on some headphones, sit back, and let this wash over you while your body takes a moment to rebuild. We are all made of stars. Except Ross, who is made of germs.

 

Amanda Wishart

Singletrack Art Director

When Amanda arrived at Singletrack she had only been riding for a couple of years, but having already ticked off a healthy list of uplifts and races including Megavalanche, we didn’t see any problems with her keeping up. Previously serving 11 years in a publishing house, she was keen to continue her art and design career without being tied to a desk, and has progressed as both a rider and a designer from all the fresh air Calderdale offers.

She began mountain biking to keep herself occupied out of snowboard season, but bikes have since taken over as the preferred sport. It’s not a hobby - it’s a lifestyle, and the impact riding has had on Amanda’s life is more than just how she chooses to spend her weekends. Relocating to Calderdale, giving up driving, being more economically aware are all either directly or loosely related to the sport and the future of it.

Her love of bikes isn’t for the adrenalin rush, the exercise, achieving goals or even the travelling, it’s mostly about the people she meets along the way. She’s our in-house tree hugger and is interested in any earth positive products and vegan trail snacks.

Comments (13)

    Ooh a titanium full susser. If they’ve managed to avoid the ususal potholes of this combnation then win. To be honest I’d ide it anyway as it sure does look pretty!

    should have had ross from friends as this weeks tune obvs

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8tKKNV5sXUs

    No Stanton FS this week?! 🙁

    @Kamakazie No. Sadface. I thought it might be here by now. I bet it arrives just as I go on holiday.

    Monday is a great day for a First Look.

    I think we need to know what Jess The Love Croissant did to annoy Amanda!

    @stwhannah what rainy dessert you off to?

    @Rubber_Buccaneer the Sonoran, Arizona. I have a thing for cacti. I’m quite excited.

    @stwhannah Envious, now stalking you on Instagram for the cacti pics.

    Hooray for Naxatras! \ö/

    @BillOddie She is not good in the mornings. And she was very very naughty.

    That Sick DFA should be called the Ponzi really.

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