This week in Fresh Goods Friday we have cordless tools, beautiful German bikes, and limited edition rubber!
Has the bike and component shortage finally come to an end? No, we don’t think so either, but in what must be a momentous event we’ve had so much kit sent to us this week that we’ve already started work on next weeks edition of Fresh Goods Friday!
2022 Canyon Lux CF 8
- Price: £5399
- From: Canyon
Canyon announced the updated Lux range this week featuring new models that blur the lines between XC racing and trail riding. The Lux Trail is a 120mm travel bike aimed at trail riders who want something light, fast and capable. The model we have in for test is the Trail CF 8 which packs a SRAM AXS wireless dropper and GX AXS rear mech fitted to a slender carbon frame. Keep an eye out for this one in an upcoming review.
Raaw Madonna Frame
- Price: From €2.008,40 without shock plus shipping & taxes
- From: RAAW
Named after the Madonna Del Guardia trail in Finale Ligure, the Raaw Madonna is designed to take on the roughest tracks in the world. This is the recently updated V2.2 version which shares the same geo as its predecessor but has received a host of refinements to the mainframe.
With 160mm rear travel, and the option of either a 170mm or 180mm fork, the Madonna is designed to go fast on the steepest roughest terrain you can find. The full aluminium Madonna is available in four sizes and with two different rockers to suit all sizes and weights of riders.
Five Ten Trailcross GTX
- Price: £150
- From: Adidas
Five Ten has finally released a shoe that UK riders can fully enjoy all year round. The Trailcross GTX features a waterproof GORE-TEX membrane making this the first Stealth grip shoe we can ride well into Winter. The low-cut boot design has a neoprene upper that velcros snug to your ankle to prevent debris from entering, while a standard lace system keeps them in place. We can’t wait to put the Trailcross GTX through their paces and judging at the weather forecast it looks like we have plenty of opportunities to wear them.
Maxxis Minion 20th Anniversary Tyre
- Price: £70
- From: Maxxis
There can’t be many mountain bike components that claim to have remained unchanged for 20 years, in fact, it’s pretty impressive that the DHF has been around for so long, while also still offering good performance in dry conditions. This is a limited edition DHF featuring a retro hot patch and “20 years of shred” message. Now, do we run it and get it mucky or do we keep it box fresh and hope it increases in value over time?
USWE Airborne 15
- Price: £139.99
- From: Hotlines
Andi was introduced to Uswe’s concept of “No dancing monkey” a few years ago on a riding trip with Steve Peat. Uswe’s packs use a strap system that crosses your chest which ensures that the bag doesn’t fidget around while riding. The Airborne 15 is a 15l pack featuring a hydration bladder, numerous storage areas, plus plenty of pockets for keeping tools, change and snacks in place. The Airborne 15 will be added to Andi’s collection of Uswe packs but fits nicely in between the 2 he currently runs being small enough for quick rides, but still large enough to carry a camera and jacket.
Crankbrothers Mallet Speedlace Shoes
- Price: £149.99
- From: Extra
It has been around 25 years since the last time Andi rode clipped in, but he has decided to give it a go again, after all, he might really like the feeling of being attached to his bike while hurtling downhill. For his return to SPD Andi has opted for a pair of CrankBrothers Mallet shoes. With their casual design, the Mallet are a good looking shoe on and off the bike, but these stylish kicks are packed with gravity orientated features. CrankBrothers uses a speed lace and velcro strap system to keep the shoes in place on rough terrain, while the cleat can be pushed further back than most standard SPD shoes. The material feels like it should be hardwearing, offer some moisture protection, and if they’re anything like the flat pedal model, they should also prove comfortable and easy to clean too. CrankBrothers even ship the shoes with cleats installed which saves £25 if you’re running CB pedals!
GT Malverns Mountain Bike Festival 26th to 29th August.
- Price: from £25.00
- From: GT Malverns Classic
Charlie says… Only a week or so to go until the GT Malverns Classic. A long weekend of bitching sunshine, live music, racing, and lounging around with a plastic cup of beer. But for Singletrack members it’s even better. We get our own exclusive camping area, a VIP zone to watch the world cup on a giant £20,000 telly, a Saturday picnic ride, and… wait for it. Chipps is doing a Sunday morning yacht rock easy listening DJ set, so you can gently wake up to a little Fleetwood Mac or maybe the Doobie Brothers.
Tickets are available online, and also on the gate. Simply turn up and join in. 26th to 29th August. See you there.
Ryobi One+ Drill
- Price: £135
- From: B&Q
If building quite a large shed last year wasn’t enough, Andi has now decided he needs another building in his garden meaning a couple of fresh cordless tools were in order. First up is this Ryobi drill, it ships with 2 x 2ah battery packs and a charger, but you can upgrade the system with 5ah battery packs for longer run times. So far a single battery gives more than enough power to run both a drill and a circular saw for building a substantial base.
Ryobi One+ Circular Saw
- Price: £80
- From: B&Q
Upgrading from a handsaw should mean this new building project will take much less time than the last. This is one of those “why haven’t I always had one” type of purchases!