Ahh, Friday, the gateway to the weekend and freedom from work. Or not, as seems the case with many of us at the moment. Wherever you are, we hope that you’re still able to get out on a bike (or at least spin some wheels and fit some new grips or something) while you think of some of the dusty summer spins gone before and the potential of dusty trails in your future.
In keeping with some of the more musical Fresh Goods Fridays of recent times, let’s start with an optimistic and still-relevant tune from mountain biker Mike Edwards and his pals from Jesus Jones.
And with your ears warmed up, lets get on with the eclectic mix of bits and pieces that have arrived in the office in the last few days.
Orbea OIZ M-Pro TR
- Price: £4999
- From: Orbea
Here’s the 2021 Orbea OIZ M-Pro TR – TR for ‘Trail’ – this is a 120mm trail bike based very closely on the racier 100mm OIZ race bike. There’s just enough comfort on tap here to see you through the toughest long distance rides and marathon races. Look for a full review in the December issue of Singletrack
Continental Kaiser Projekts
- Price: £64.95 for the tyres, £37.95 for the sealant
- From: Continental
26×2.4, 27.5×2.4, 29 x 2.4, made for the UCI World Cup & EWS. The tyres feature an intermediate race pattern and weigh from 900grams, with reinforced carcass and double sidewall for lower running pressures. They use a special version of Conti’s Black Chili compound, and James Vincent will be reporting back on how that tastes.
Lezyne Stick Drive 30
- Price: £30.00
- From: Upgrade
A very neat design with a built-in USB charger. The package simply contains a light and two rubber goobers for securing it to whatever size tube you have. It has 7 light modes to take you from commuting to trail riding without blinding your pals behind you.
Nukeproof Oil Slick Sam Hill Range
- Price: Grips £30, Saddle £80, Tubeless Valves £25, Ti Stem £100
- From: Nukeproof
A bunch of favourites from the Nukeproof Sam Hill range, now available in Oil Slick. The Sam Hill Enduro saddle is a unisex model but work on the trail is that it can be extremely comfortable for females with narrow sit bones.
Hazzard Racing MuckyNutz Full Face Fender
- From: MuckyNutz
A ‘good luck on your first Munro’ gift from Mr Joe Barnes himself, these mud guards added some colour to otherwise stealth bikes and saved some happy faces from getting wet. Unfortunately they did not come with his cycling superpowers.
Nukeproof Oil Slick Sam Hill Pedals
- Price: £125.00
- From: Nukeproof
Amanda and Andi’s favourite pedals are already available in a host of great colours, but for those who can’t decide on one, Nukeproof now offer an oil slick version. Designed in line with Sam Hill, the pedals have a chiselled down platform for better clearance, DU bushings with two sealed cartridge bearings and polished contact points to keep them looking fresh.
- Price: £6.49 each
- From: Nukeproof
A lightweight bottle that uses the thinnest possible BPA-free plastic and features a mouthpiece cap to keep it mud free.
You want more tenuously mountain bike linked music to keep you going? How about The Cure, featuring famously bike mad bass player, Simon Gallup?
All In Multitool V3
- Price: €67.90
- From: allinmultitool.co.uk
The All In Multitool V3 features the previous 6 bit multitool, now with an added chain tool. It’s easy to fit, you simply pop it in the hollow bit of your cranks (assuming you have one) and it holds itself in with a strong magnet.
Maxxis Wetscream 29 x 2.5
- Price: £74.95
- From: Maxxis
Originally designed for the muddiest DH race track in the World – Les Gets in France – the Wetscream is a no-holds-barred mud spike. Designed to keep you riding and racing in the filthiest if conditions, it’s now available in a 29 x 2.5 size. With only one variant available, the Wetscream comes in a 3C Maxx Grip DH casing and weighs in (claimed) at 1172g.
- Price: Quite Reasonable
- From: JustHaat
You don’t want to be running out of pickles in the middle of a local lockdown now, do you? Luckily, Chipps has discovered that he can get kilo jars of pickles delivered to his door, to keep things suitably spicy during those long, dark months of Yorkshire gloaming. And who doesn’t like the idea of 2.3kg of Hot Mango pickle? No one, that’s who!
Cush Core 29 Pro
- Price: $149
- From: Cush Core
Cush Core isn’t just another rim protection tyre insert, but a ‘tyre suspension system’, with the air acting as the spring and the Cush Core as the damper. It’s designed to add damping to tyres to increase grip and rolling speeds, and aid cornering and wheel protection. The Cush Core Pro is designed or enduro and DH use and is available in 26″, 27.5″ and 29″ sizes. In each box comes a pair of inserts along valves, and there’s also a handy installation guide.
And so, how are we going to slide you into the weekend? Got that Friday feeling yet? How about some live piano playing some nineties dance classics? We reckon that should set the mood…
Whatever the weather, whether it’s blowing a hoolie, or unseasonably warm and dry, we wish you a great weekend. Don’t forget that the clocks go back this weekend in the UK too…
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