Another riveting episode of Fresh Goods Friday featuring spendy carbon bits, the latest head protection, and powerful new Shimano stoppers.
This week’s episode stars the Orbea Occam M10, a beautiful carbon-framed all-mountain bike, that plans to tempt Ross away from his newly acquired Mega Tower! Will the raunchy Spaniard have its way with our Ad salesman or will true love prevail?
Orbea Occam M10
- Price: £4566
- From: Orbea
The standard Orbea Occam M10 costs £4399, but the Spanish brand offers upgrades to most of its bikes so we’ve switched the tyres to more UK specific options and beefed up the fork from a Fox 34 to a Fox 36 with Grip 2 damper and 150mm of travel, 10mm more than the 34.
The Occam is seen as more of an all-rounder than the enduro Rallon, still the carbon framed bike boasts 140mm travel, a slick carbon frame and geometry that looks as enduro ready as any bike.
Watch out for a full review of this bike coming as soon as Ross finally dares to get it dirty.
Dakine Reserve Windbreaker Jacket
- Price: £84.99
- From: Dakine
A women’s specific windbreaker that is so packable that you’ll have no excuse not to carry it with you. The softshell material is durable and water-resistant too. Perfect for those unexpected showers.
- Price: £169.99
- From: Kali
The Kali Invader is another option for those of us looking at the all-around protection of a full-face helmet but also want to wear something lightweight and airy. With 35 vents the Invader certainly looks like it will offer enough air-flow while the Composition Fusion EPS foam liner protects from impacts.
Kali has also followed the trend of adding some rotational protection to the Invader, in this case using an LDL (Low-Density Layer) soft gel padding to absorb those rotational and low-g impacts.
Crankbrothers Synthesis Carbon Rims
- Price: £699 each
- From: Extra
A set of Crankbrother’s clever ‘tuned’ rims are waiting to be built and added to Andi’s Production Privée. The Synthesis rim is designed with a specific carbon layup from and rear and needs to be precisely built with accurate spoke tension. The finished wheelset should offer more stiffness at the rear than the front, and due to the technical nature of the build, we’re keeping Ross well away from it.
Shimano BR-M7120 SLX 4 Piston Brakes
- Price: £154.99
- From: Madison
Shimano’s 4 piston brake technology has trickled down to SLX with the new BR-M7120 brake. The new calliper feature a 4 piston design and a new faster piston retraction time for a claimed 10% power increase over the M7000. The lever end of the brake has the same bracing points to prevent flex as XT and XTR.
The added power makes them a great budget downhill brake or a great upgrade for an e-Bike, which is exactly what this set now lives on.
Endura MT500 Helmet
- Price: £149.99
- From: Endura
The MT500 helmet seems to be a firm fixture here at Singletrack Towers. Amanda is the latest staffer to be rocking the Koroyd equipped safety lid. Endura offers the MT500 in a range of colours including green and the black that we saw Andi test way back.
Cibo Matto anyone?