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We’ve reached that time of year where Fresh Goods Friday is a helpful assist for you all to winterise your rides. Who else has dusted off the hardtail and put their lights on charge?

We’ve also been playing more car Tetris. Last week featured a Tesla with a bike rack. This week we have confirmed that you can fit a fully packed Evoc bike bag in the back with plenty of room to spare. Less exciting (and less economical) is how to fit a full suspension 29er into a Mini Cooper S.

Let’s take a look at what products have been squeezed through our letterbox this week.

Hope Tech HB.130

  • Price: £6299
  • From: Hope

Here’s a very anticipated bike, the Made in the UK, 29er carbon frame, full suspension bike from Hope, the HB.130. Hot on the heels of the popular HB.160, 27.5in bike, the new HB.130 is slacker, lower, steeper (seat angle) and longer – basically everything that ‘modern geometry’ is all about.

We have a medium, complete bike, which features a 455mm reach, 66.5°/76.7° angles and a Hope HB.130-specific finishing kit. Full custom builds, and chassis-kits are available too.

2019 Ragley Bigwig Frame

Anyone who has ever had a bike stolen will most likely agree that replacing it like-for-like just isn’t the same. Anyone who has met Amanda will know how much she loved her Ragley Piglet. So the obvious cure for her broken heart was the bigger wheeled sibling, the Ragley Big Wig. This 29er frameset is made from custom triple butted 4130 chromoly tubing and designed to take 130mm travel. For this build, so far Amanda has a Timber Bell.

Gloworm XSV

Not shining this in your eyes.

This is the latest light from New Zealand lighting experts Gloworm. It seems that every year, it has a new improvement or tweak on an already robust system. This is the XSV, the flagship light in the range – and the XSV stands for ‘eXceSsiVe’ amount of Lumens – 3400 to be precise. It doesn’t need to be run flat-out all the time though, there’s Low/Medium/High modes with a special ‘Super Dim’ setting for those through the night missions.

The Gloworm XSV comes in Gloworm’s signature neat box, with everything you need for bar mounting, GoPro adaptor mounting and even helmet mounting. There are even different lenses for the lights, AND a wireless handlebar remote control.

Santa Cruz Carbon Bottle Cage

Lifetime guarantee

This right handed carbon bottle cage has a matte black finish with a subtle glossy Santa Cruz logo. It has a claimed weight of 27g, and at £50 costs roughly the same as 178 Sesame Snaps. It also comes with a lifetime guarantee!

SRAM Truvativ Descendant Handlebar

  • Price: £177
  • From: SRAM

This carbon Descendant handlebar has a 35mm clamp diameter, it’s 800mm wide with a 20mm rise, 5deg up sweep and 9deg back sweep.

SRAM Truvativ Descendant Stem

  • Price: £61.99
  • From: SRAM

Conveniently, we also have the Descendant stem with a 35mm clamp diameter. It’s 40mm in length and has a shape that you just want to run your finger around.

SRAM Dub Bottom Bracket

  • Price: £31.99
  • From: SRAM
Rub a dub dub.

One BB to rule them all, or to be fitted to Chipps’ new test bike. The DUB (Durable Unifying Bottom Bracket) is going to be put to the test of a life in Calderdale, being neglected looked after carefully, cleaned gently, and definitely not getting wet at all.

Evoc Women’s Haul

Following a recent holiday press trip to Thessoloniki, Amanda has returned with more than just a tan. Being the only female on the trip she received this light olive short sleeved jersey, matching shorts, gloves and a bumbag.

Patagonia Women’s Dirt Roamer Jacket

This lightweight, stretchy, breathable jacket is wind resistant, has a great sized hood and packs down small enough to stuff into a pocket. It is available in two colours, shown here in Tasmanian Teal.

Specialized Women’s Therminal™ Jersey


Specialized has arrived with the goods just in time for the cooler winter months. This Thermal Mountain Jersey is made of a Therminal material to keep you warm while maintaining decent levels of breathability. The thermal top has thumbholes in the sleeves, multiple pockets for your swag and a 3 panel hood with adjustable drawcord.

Outline Adventures Tee

The other side was cold.

Outline Adventures are a mountain bike adventure company based in Thessoloniki, Greece. If a trail is worth riding, they know about it. If you need to borrow a bike, they have a range of Evil Bikes available.

Patagonia Women’s Houdini Air Jacket

This jacket almost flew away in a gentle breeze. It’s a super lightweight packable jacket that reduced down to roughly the size of a rolled up sock. Available in three colours in both mens and womens cuts.

That’s all for this week. Don’t forget to check out the latest products in the Singletrack shop, and login for member only prices!

Friday Tunes

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 eco 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 (7)

    Far be it from me but I’m not sure I’m sold on the warmth properties of the Therminal™ jacket…

    I really want to like that Hope bike but something about it just isn’t doing it for me. Can’t quite put my finger on it , but it might be that top tube……

    That BigWig frame looks really nice though.

    Is that yet another pair of womens shorts that have failed to take into account hips?

    That Hope looks very not “modern” geometry…

    @hamishthecat I did add a caption to that effect but it seems it was removed!

    @hamishthecat I came here thinking the same thing, but wasn’t sure I’d have the courage to say anything.

    @stwhanna probably something to do with editorial integrity!

    Wow £50 for a bottle cage I’ll stick to my Lezyne side loader at 48grams

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