Fresh Goods Friday 453 – At Least We Have Eccles Cakes Edition

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Could that be summer, peeking its little sunny head round the corner? Or is it just the glint of our tears as we stare out at another day of foiled ride plans and wet shoes… OK, so it’s not quite that bad, but we do love a bit of melodrama. And it’s not all been bike riding anyway, with people being away, bikes being built and a sort of mid-summer (for that is upon us) re-gathering of our mountain bike lives.

We’ve got Hannah off at the Crank Tank trade thingy in Idaho and Wil is off to something secret and Specialized in Northern California. And then we have Amanda off to the Bike Connection summer gathering next week. But we’re not jealous, no sirree (OK, maybe a lot) because we’ve got fun stuff to distract us!

Ross is building up a new super bike, Andi has a new frame arriving next week and I’m taking stuff apart and trying to put it back together again in the right order, but with one-more-sprocket! So it’s all fun times here and we’re not jealous of those folk off to America, or riding the Trans Provence, or working on their tan lines somewhere nice. No, because we’ve got – er (looks around for something that they don’t have…) – Eccles Cakes! That’s right. I bet they don’t have delicious Eccles Cakes in Lake Tahoe!

Right, on with the show, while I shower my keyboard in Eccles Cake crumbs…

FGF453 | Specialized Stumpjumper EVO Alloy 29 – Frameset

fresh goods friday 453 specialized stumpjumper evo
Frame only colour, and a logo-free design.

Oh yes, here’s a sneaky spy shot of the new frame that Ross has just bought to replace his trusty Transition Sentinel. This is the frame-only version of the Specialized 29er Stumpy EVO (the bike is reviewed in the current issue of the magazine as it happens) and it’s made Ross all giddy at the stealthy looks (see how many Specialized logos you can spot…) and the comedic slackness of it all. It should be up and running by next week, so stay tuned for the whole bike run down.

FGF 453 | REV Grips

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An investment?

The how much for a pair of grips? That’s what we thought, to be honest, but David here has been using some for a few months now and has no plans on sending them back any time. Short of stealing his handlebars, the only way we could get a go ourselves was to get our own set in. It seems that the lure of buzz-free grips via the medium of suspension is a strong one – and our local shop, Cycle Factory had taken orders for a half dozen the same afternoon they announced they’d be stocking them.
What manner of witchcraft is this?

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FGF 453 |Shimano XTR 9100 Front Hub

fresh goods friday 453 shimano xtr 9100 hub
Moss not included.

The final piece of the puzzle, (not counting the rims, which aren’t here yet, or the actual frame to fit them on) but this is the final Shimano bit to get Andi’s secret new bike frame up and running with 2020 Shimano XTR 9100 series stuff. And then he’s got about ten minutes to get it ridden and written about before we start seeing Shimano XT and hopefully SLX start appearing on the shelves.

FGF 453 | FUNGUYS Grips

fresh goods friday 453 funguys grips
31mm x 135mm, available in three colours.

Half mushroom, half micro-hex texture with a soft compound and closed end, these grips claim to be durable, tough and FUN.

FGF 453 | Smoove Prep – and Lube

fresh goods friday 453 smoov prep
You’re Smoove you are…

And here are a couple of bottles from South African lube company, Smoove. There’s a Universal Chain Lube (for lubing universal chains, of course!) and Smoove Prep, which is a chain cleaner ideal for getting rid of your old chain lube before you turn completely over to this way of life. Huw Oliver certainly liked it in his review for us.

FGF 453 | Quick Release Mudhugger Guards

  • Price: £20.99 Shorty, £26.00 FRX
  • From: Mudhugger
fresh goods friday 453
No more zip-ties!

Using the slots and reusable hook and loop straps, you can attach and remove the guard with speed and ease. Great for those who transport their bike in the back of a car, or if you live somewhere with weather that changes on a daily basis… You can of course fit them with zip-ties too, if you want, but with the 2 short and 4 long straps provided, there’s no need.

Summit Gear Bothy Bag

fresh goods friday 453 summit gear bothy bag
Of course Chipps bought the pink one.

It was on a biblically wet weekend in March, while shooting the e-bike article that’s in the current issue that I first saw these Summit Gear bothy bags. As the owner of a two and four-person emergency shelter for my occasional guiding forays, seeing Phill from MTB Wales’ teeny tiny version was a revelation. It’s about the size of a tall can of cider and weighs about the same, probably less, yet it’ll fold out into a waterproof, windproof shelter big enough and good enough to sit inside on a horrible day and eat your sandwiches (or if needed, keep an accident casualty warm and dry while help is summoned.) Compared to a Terra Nova or similar, it’s a bit more expensive and a lot more teeny.

And, purely because Colin Hay is touring the UK with Men at Work this week, here’s the bizarre cameo he got in Scrubs…

Friday Tunes

Here’s our regular playlist of the week to go along with our Fresh Goods. Each track is picked by a staff member here in the office and added to their individual playlist over on our Spotify page. Head over there to identify exactly who is responsible for each choice.

Tunes tunes tunes, get dancing.

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Remember to use the hashtag #themtbchain to suggest your additions. If we like your suggested tune and your reason for adding it then it will be included in the playlist.

Check out our MTB Chain page here to keep up on the additions and to try out more of our Singletrack playlists.

All of the Singletrack staff have their own playlists that list all their choices for each FGF. So if you want to see who is responsible for which song you can find out by checking out their personal choices.

Staff playlist | Andi

It’s Friday home worker Andi’s playlist this week (How did he manage to score that?) and since he’s currently still sat on zero Spotify playlist followers we thought we’d pity share his almost genre defying playlist for you to consider.

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Chipps wasn’t around for the dawn of mountain biking in the UK, but he likes to claim that he arrived in time for second breakfast (about the time he shows up for work, then…) starting in the bike trade in 1990 and becoming a full time mountain bike journalist at the start of 1994. Over the subsequent quarter century, he has seen mountain bike culture flourish and diversify and bike technology go from rigid steel frames to fully suspended carbon fibre (and sometimes back to rigid steel as well.)

His riding style is best described as ‘medium, wheels on the ground, trail riding’ though he’s been spotted doing everything from endurance downhill racing to 24 hour cross country racing. He favours mid-travel trail bikes and claims to be wheel-size, gear, brake and tyre agnostic. In fact, his garage spans most bicycle flavours, taking in steel hardtails, carbon trail bikes, even a mountain bike tandem, along with road, touring and gravel/cyclocross bikes.

While he’s happy to chat about bikes all day, his real interest is in the people and places that bikes can introduce you to and he talks as fondly about the trails he’s ridden and riders he’s met as the bikes that took him there.

Comments (15)

    Any info on the brake pads?

    There’s a picture of brake pads below the XTR hub!

    I thought Wil had left Singletrack? Or was last week just his last visit to the UK? He has posted reviews this week and is going to product launches.

    The ubiquitous how much FGF comment: £2,100 for an alloy frame?

    What Jim said….. really £2100 for a alloy frame.

    Tunes.. not the overkill I was hoping for.

    Well, I never thought that I’d say this, but thanks, thanks fir the Colin Hay bit. Super cute.

    Someone tell Ross he needs a bigger front rotor

    Ooh sneaky, the picture has gone……..

    I’m currently in Idaho and have just finished eating a packet of Welsh cakes. I think that trumps your Eccles cake.

    Ahem. See you when I’m back, I’m working hard, there will be stories…

    I like both but a Welsh cake is NEVER EVER going to trump an Eccles cake.

    Zach Braff loves a bit of Colin Hay

    Overkill is great song, studio or acoustic version and Men at Work are very awesoem.

    “£Who knows?” for the bothy bag?

    Top Investigative Journalism skills there chaps 🙂
    Looking at the website the pictured 4-man bothy bag is £54.99

    Ahh, sorry Graham. That was in the early draft and the full price didn’t make it in. I should know the price as I paid for it myself 🙂

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