Fresh Goods Friday 465 | 3 Bikes, Maximum Waffle

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Did you vote in the Reader Awards? Well, it’s too late if you didn’t – you’ve lost your democratic right to pick your favourite. Next week there will be some pro-rogueing, with Chipps donning his nattiest of outfits to present the awards to all the finalists and winners.

It might be too late to vote, but it’s not too late to take advantage of the generosity of our awards sponsors, Freewheel, who have provided a discount code for Singletrack readers:

If you don’t want to spend money, you should probably stop reading now. Half the point of Fresh Goods Friday is to make you want stuff. The other half is just to distract you from work before the weekend hits. The other quarter is to give us the opportunity write vaguely amusing captions, and wandering introductions. However, all the energy is being used up the preparation of the awards, and the magazine (two deadlines in one week – who should we blame for that?) so we’re going to hand over to a bot to generate this week’s intro waffle:

Ever since I was a teenager I have been fascinated by the endless oscillation of the zeitgeist. What starts out as triumph soon becomes manipulated into a cacophony of greed, leaving only a sense of nihilism and the prospect of a new reality.

As wavering derivatives become reconfigured through emergent and critical practice, the viewer is left with a testament to the edges of our condition.

OK then. Waffle done. On with the important stuff.

YT Decoy CF Pro

  • Price: £4,999
  • From: YT Industries
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Decoy. Not a duck.

Andi rode the Decoy at the launch and came away impressed, but wanted more time on it to check out things like durability and battery life. His wish has been granted, and this CF Pro model has arrived. 29 front and 27.5in rear wheels, 160mm travel, Fox DPXII rear shock, Fox 36 Forks, and Shimano Steps motor,

Nukeproof Reactor

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Available in 27.5 and 29er.

Revealed earlier this week, Ross got the secret review time in and had a lot of fun. He tested it in 27.5 incarnation, but you can get a 29er version too. 160mm travel up front should be more than enough for trail bike purposes, and with 140mm at the rear it’s definitely in the burly trail end of things. Which is just right for Ross. Finished with a selection of Nukeproof build kit, it also has Mavic wheels – which even Ross didn’t break.

Kona Remote 160

  • Price: £5,699
  • From: Kona
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Paddle friendly
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Doesn’t really look very E, does it?

Andi bagged a first look at this beast and you can read about it here. It’s like an e-bike version of the Process, and uses a Shimano E8000 motor to help you enduro further. 160mm travel front and rear, 27.5in wheels at both ends too, and it’s available in this perky turquoise or a subdued grey.

French Navy ST Beanie

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We think Charlie is compensating for something with extra hair.

A warm hat for head warmth, hair control, and style improvement. Subtle Singletrack branding so you can attract the attention of those who know but not those who don’t. Buying one keeps your ears warm in the winter months, and comes with the added warm glow of knowing you’re helping us keep the heating on.

Kirkby Lonsdale Elemental 4.5% and Imperial Dragon 8.2%

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8.2% probably needs a good loaf of bread and butter for absorption.

Stu sent us some beer. It’s not Singletrack ale, but it’s made by the same long distance pedaller. There’s a ‘just the one’ Imperial Dragon beer that promises lots of hop and a fruity hit, while the Elemental is both gluten free and vegan.



Nukeproof Horizon Pro Pedals

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Currently unadorned with Ross flesh

The Horizon Pro has all the features found on the Horizon Sam Hill. Each pedal body spins on high quality DU bushings with 2 sealed cartridge bearings to help spread the stress loads from heavy impacts. Meanwhile a lip seal between the axle end and pedal body helps to reduce ingress of water and dirt prolonging pedal life between services.

iXS Trigger Full Face Helmet

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Death stare, don’t mess.

A DH certified helmet claiming to be the lightest on the market. There’s a ‘Vortex’ airflow system for cooling, plus a Fidlok magnetic closure to keep it on your head. Available in five colours, they’re all a nice solid colour – no shouty flames or squiggles – making for a stylish looking noggin wrap.

Specialized 2FO Clip 2.0 MTB Shoe

Liquorice Allsort anyone?

Designed for racing (and winning), apparently, though presumably results aren’t guaranteed. These have a ‘Landing Strip’ cleat pocket designed to make it easy to get your fit in and out, and a ‘Stiff Lollipop’ (no sniggering at the back there) inner plate set into a bed of EVA for softening landings.

Megmeister Women’s DRYNAMO Base Layer

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Place dance partner here.

This baselayer has a bunch of mesh panels for breathability, it’s label free and seam free for comfort, and is made with 4-way stretch fabric. It comes in men’s and women’s cuts, in a variety of colours. We’re slightly sad we didn’t get a black and grey one, as that would totally have sorted out our next dressing up as a robot needs.

Gowaan Gals Tie Dye Tee

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Our resident hippy.

Hand dyed by Martha and Bex themselves, this T-shirt is guaranteed to bring the sunshine out. Or at least make you feel that way.

Fol de roll and tra lalala. Time to head into the weekend, maybe assisted by some of the Kirkby Lonsdale beer. And then we’re going to ride, like this. Maybe.

Tunes!

Tunes get us through the week, here’s our selection. Dance, mosh, shake your thang. Just do it in the kitchen where your kids can’t see.

Check out our complete collection of playlists here.

On Thursday evening, after the awards have been handed out, the tunes we all the guests will be listening to is from the Singletrack Staffer playlist with the most followers. Currently in the lead is our Editor, Chipps. You can influence the final mix by checking out our staff playlists and following the ones you like.

Hannah Dobson

Hannah came to Singletrack having decided there must be more to life than meetings. Having worked in policy and project management roles at the Scottish Parliament and in local government, Hannah had organisational skills that SIngletrack needed. She also likes bikes, and likes to write.

Hannah likes all bikes, but especially unusual ones. If it’s a bit odd, or a bit niche, or made of metal, she’s probably going to get excited. If it gets her down some steep stuff, all the better. She’ll give most things a go once, she tries not to say no to anything on a bike, unless she really thinks it’s going to hurt. She’s pretty good with steri-strips.

More than bikes, Hannah likes what bikes do. She thinks that they link people and places; that cycling creates a connection between us and our environment; bikes create communities; deliver freedom; bring joy; and improve fitness. They're environmentally friendly and create friendly environments.

Hannah tries to write about all these things in the hope that others might discover the joy of bikes too.

Comments (8)

    I bet shes just spotted someone taking the last biscuit.

    “Doesn’t really look very E, does it?”

    It really does.

    The Nukeproof’s price tag looks very E.

    That helmet looks like something out of Tron…..

    What helmet is that?!? Looks amazing!

    iXS Trigger Full Face Helmet.

    Two entries up – there’s a write-up all about it.

    I thought the price of the bikes was ludicrous bit 4.50 for a little can of beer??????

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