Put you left foot in, your right arm out, stick your bum into the air and shake it all about. Never mind tiers, levels, deal or no deal, or clips vs flats. Don’t breathe on anyone, wash your hands, don’t burn peat bogs, be kind, and ride your bike. It’s Friday, in a long list of Fridays, and there will be more Fridays to come. Some of them will be less confusing than this one.
In an effort to inject relaxation in between the squawks of ‘How Much!’ and ‘We can’t do what now?!’, we will intersperse this week’ FGF with some gentle tunes.
- Price: Shifter £110.00, Rear mech £220.00
- From: Upgrade
• Shift levers designed and located for optimum performance by Aaron Gwin
• New linear actuation for improved ergonomics and consistent thumb contact
• Enhanced grip & tactile feel built into lever paddles: embossed grooves on advance and release lever
• Carbon fiber upper housing & advance lever
• Ball bearing equipped
• 12 speed
• Tool-free straight lace cable changes
• Rider adjustable home position of lower lever with a 40-degree ranges.
• Hall Lock to prevent movement around the mounting bolt
• G-Spec Ratchet Clutch
• G-Spec finishing touches:
• Carbon fiber cage & Upper link
• Extra wide parallelogram pivot
• Sealed cartridge bearings pulleys
Have yourself some peppy poppy relaxation.
X-Fusion Manic Seatpost
- Price: £240.00
- From: Upgrade
170mm drop, internal cable routing only, new shifter style remote. Double key-way design prevents lateral twisting, the X-Fusion Manic has a wide range of seatpost angle adjustment and a two bolt style head.
- Price: £89.99 (Stronghold Ground Anchor), £129.99 (New York M-18 U-Lock), £69.99 (Messenger Mini with Extender)
- From: Freewheel
It’s almost exactly a year since Hannah and Amanda had their bikes stolen off them in the street, and it’s not something we’d like to experience again. The Stronghold Ground anchor gives a solid fixing in your garage or shed to bolt your bike to, and the New York M-18 U-Lock should give potential thieves pause for thought too. Both have the strongest ‘Sold Secure Gold’ security rating. If they’re a little bulky for out and about, there’s the Messenger lock. This one comes with a handy extension loop, making it easier to fit round posts, bike racks or other fixed street furniture. The keys come on stretchy bracelets, meaning you can wear them messenger style and not lose them. Portability comes at the cost of security – it’s Sold Secure Silver – but it’s still a sturdy feeling piece of kit.
Well, we’re not going anywhere, so here is going to have to do. Only, we’re not there, are we?
Five Ten Trailcross XT
- Price: £119.95
- From: Adidas
The Trailcross XT are the newest addition to the Five Ten Trailcross lineup. This new version benefits form a neoprene cuff to keep out dirt and debris and is designed to have the comfort of a trail running shoe ut with the grip and durability off a proper mountain bike shoe. The sole is Five Tens amazing Stealth ruber and the XT as has other cool features such as water drain ports – perfect for British Autumn!
Nukeproof Blackline Waterproof Shorts
- Price: £100
- From: Nukeproof
The Nukeproof Blackline water proof shorts are designed to keep you riding throughout the wettest of weather. Constructed from a stretch Cordura Nylon Ripstop fabric, the Blacklines offer 10,000mm waterproofing along with 10,000gsm breathability for ultimate wet weather comfort. Internally you’ll find a weather gaiter for even more protection form the elments and the pockets feature YKK Aquaguard waterproof zips bonded.
Feeling bashed about?
Singletrack Cotton Organic Beanie Hat
- Price £16.99 (Members get a good discount)
- From: Singletrack Merch Store
Technically these are not fresh as they were delivered to the Singletrack Merch HQ in the summer. However, it is now very fresh outside. Hannah was asked to get some product shots, but instead came back with proof she is as mad as a hat stand. Our cotton beanies are cosy, organic, very hatty and just the ticket for waiting around for that chump who never turns up for rides on time.
Further research into Hannah’s hat “condition” uncovered this revealing footage. Some say it is from her student days, others believe it’s simply a glimpse into her millinery crazed mind.
Nukeproof Blackline Trail Pants
- Price: £80
- From: Nukeproof
The Nukeproof Blackline Trail pant are made from a 4 way stretch fabric and are designed for year round riding, with a slim tapered cut. The material features a DWR coating to help shrug off splashes the thighs feature laser ventilation for added comfort. The pockets feature YKK zips with an added pocket loop for hooking keys onto.
Skatepark love. Get your heart warmed and your nerves soothed.
Magura MT7 Pro
- Price: €214.36 per brake plus rotors
- From: Magura
The Magura MT7 Pro is the brands top end, super powerful gravity brake. Based around a one piece forged 4 piston caliper and Maguras ergonomically-optimised 1-finger HC lever blade, they can be found bolted on to the bike of one of the fastest men in the world – Loic Bruni. These brakes are destined for Ross’ Megatower rebuild into (in his opinion!) ‘ultimate enduro’ bike, although he may not be travelling as fast as Mr. Bruni.
One for you guitarists, here’s our local rider ‘Jazzy Brian’.
Cascade Components Megatower Link
- Price: £331
- From Cascade Components
Cascade Component are a company that specialise in making after market links for various bikes to improve the suspension performance from various manufacturers. While the Megatower is an amazing bike, some people have questioned the firmness of the suspension. The Cascade components link aims to address this issue and is designed to improve already impressive cornering and descending performance. This is achieved by changing the leverage curve to offset the high low speed compression damping tune that the stock shock has. The link also ups the travel to 166mm and also allows different stroke shocks to be run to increase the travel to as much as 180mm.
Nukeproof Super Light Steel Spring
- Price: £69.99
- From: Nukeproof
Another addition to Ross’ ‘Ultimate Enduro’ build, the Nukeprood SLS spring is claimed to be up to 40% lighter thn a standard steel spring. This is achieved by putting the springthrough a unique process changes the Silicium/Chromium/Steel Alloy mix to produce a super hard, yet lightweight metal that is strong enogh for the demands of gravity use.
Ok. Onwards people. Keep your heads, stay calm, see you next Friday.
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