Fresh Goods Friday 571 – The ‘Quick! It’s briefly sunny outside’ issue

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It’s all got a bit ping-tastic up here, so some of us are diving outside and enjoying a bike ride while we can, others have their fingers crossed for half term holiday plans, and others are gazing longingly out the window at the forbidden world. It’s lovely out there, between the slop. Golden leaves, bright fungi, and the nettles are finally starting to flop. If you’re allowed out, or can get out, go out and grab the moment now. The internet will still be here later.

Still here? OK. Well, here are some fresh things for you to behold, it’s Fresh Goods Friday 571…

Yeti 160E T1

How much?

Feel free to cut and paste this handy phrase into the comments below, saving you valuable seconds.

Five years it’s taken for Yeti to develop this bike – at least that’s what they tell us. They didn’t want to rush out an eMTB, they wanted to get it right, apparently. It is a lovely bike and we are told it’s been designed as an eMTB for actual racing! Yes.. on a bike with a motor. It’s a thing.

It’s a carbon framed, 630Wh capacity, Shimano EP8 powered 29r. This one is top spec and so comes with Fox Kashima 38 fork and Float X2 shock. There’s an AXS wireless dropper and XT shifting. The suspension system Yeti have called Sixfinity and is a variation on the Yeti Switch Infinity six bar suspension system from their natural range of bikes (Not ‘acoustic’. Pretty sure I’ll get a turd through my letter box if I use that term anymore).

We’ve got this for a couple of weeks so I’m (Mark) riding this as much as I can so I can bring you my thoughts and opinions on this electric whopper.

POC Rouse Shirt

A relaxed, casual style shirt (but in Rhys’ case, now the smartest shirt he owns) with technical features that mean you’re always ready to ride. The split hem allows for movement, the glasses holder keeps your sunglasses secure when you realise the 4 hours of UK daylight are over, and the poppers make it easy to put on with cold hands.

Singletrack Birthday Deals.

This year is Singletrack’s 20th year of professionally messing about with bikes… and you will no doubt remember we had a special birthday magazine cover, and also made a bunch of cool merch to celebrate. Well, the birthday party is drawing to an end, beer is running low, the cheesy Wotsits are stale, and someone has fallen into the garden pond. So we are doing a few killer deals on: Slicy Fenders, Jigsaws, Tea Towels, and Art prints.  Go on, get a bit of Xmas shopping out the way early.

POC Consort MTB Dungarees

These are waterproof mountain biking dungarees! Hannah can barely believe her luck. And yes, that’s not a typo up there in the price section. For your money, you get unisex waterproof dungarees designed to be worn with knee pads. You zip yourself into them at the sides for a neat fit, there’s a zippered fly for easy wees if you have the anatomy for it, and there are big thigh zips for venting if you get too warm. The knees are slightly reinforced, and there are large pockets on the thighs, a teeny bank card sized one at the back, and a pouch on the front. Elasticated and stiffened cuffs stop any flapping around the ankles, and a band at the back of the waist to cinch things up snugly. Look out puddles, Hannah is going full toddler mode in her onesie, and coming to get you.

Ride Concepts Vice Women’s Shoes

  • Price: £89.95
  • From: Silverfish

A fairly soft shoe with D30 protection built into the sole, designed for those who want to feel their pedals when they ride, and who don’t want to hurt their heels when things go wrong – like dirt jumpers and BMX riders. There’s also toe protection built in, but it’s all packaged up in this distinctly normal looking shoe with suede uppers. Hannah is thinking maybe it’s about time she dug out her BMX and hit the foam pit again. It’s been a while.

New… Favourite Forum Thread Friday

Forum Thread

The Singletrack Forum, both the “Chat” and “Bike” variations, are really remarkable bits of the interweb. Here you will find over 523,000 topics, with 8,670,000 replies covering everything from removing Sudocrem from a cat to “what tyres for not riding much?”.

We will be picking our favourite thread of the week, and sending the Singletrack member who posted the thread a small parcel of cool Singletrack merch. If it is a reply that made the thread our favourite, we will also send the replier some merch love too.

And, the first ever “Favourite Forum Thread Friday” goes to… Johnnymarone for starting a conversation about the ethics of eating plants, and it swiftly becoming very informative, but also super weird. Check the Singletrack Forum out. Start a new thread and maybe win cool things.

ZIPP/SRAM XPLR AM 101 MOTO Gravel Wheels

  • Price: £780/£866
  • From: SRAM dealers. sram.com
Zipp moto
Just a pair of carbon wheels, hangin’ out.

These wheels are the final piece of the SRAM XPLR puzzle. XPLR is SRAM’s gravel-specific groupset and Chipps was very impressed when he got to ride a pre-launch set – however, due to… you know… things, not every bit was available to test at the time, namely the ZIPP wheels. These use ZIPP’s single layer carbon design, that is said to ‘ankle’ (ie flex sideways, like an ankle on rough terrain) which helps with the wheel’s compliance on the rougher stuff. The rims are tubeless taped, 27mm internal and 28 hole, laced three cross, with ZIPP’s own XDR compatible hubs. We’ll be giving these a go in the next couple of months. We’ve fitted them with a set of ZIPP’s G40 XPLR gravel tyres, that we’ve also been very impressed with. Let’s see…

Continental Der Baron Projekt 29×2.4

Patches the rabbit may be small, but he is fierce. And like many other rabbits, there’s nothing he likes more than shredding the local enduro trails on his 29er. Continental’s Der Baron Projekts should ensure he remains rubber side down – Conti’s black chili compound is the swishest one they make, and this particular tyre is endorsed by the Atherton siblings – so you have to assume it’s capable of much more gnar than even the most adrenaline-fuelled bunny can muster. As well as Black Chili, then, the tyres sport all sorts of tech, such as ProTection Apex cut and puncture – er – protection, and they’re tubeless ready and apparently fit ebikes as well as normal (acoustic, old-skool, unplugged, motor-deficient, meat-powered, genuine, proper, sweat, non-e – I think that covers all the bases) bikes too. Also, handmade in Germany, which immediately means that Patches is scurrying off to peruse his extensive Kraftwerk and Rammstein collection.

Singletrack + Hackney GT Colab’ Riding Shirt

hackney GT colab shirt
Dirty tech jersey

Hackney GT have always made neat jerseys, so it is extra cool to buddy up with them on this new long sleeve colab’ jersey. It has a wicked retro perforated front panel, and a dirty rainbow across your chest. We really like the pre-dirtied print… what’s the point in clean mountain biking clothes?

The sizes run from small to XXL. Russ will be making the shirts in a single batch in mid November, so I suggest you avoid all dilly’ing, and negate any dally’ing, and get your order in now.

CORE Body Temperature Monitor

Human core body temperature has always been a tough one to measure (you normally either have to swallow an expensive transmitter pill or get a probe up your bum…) so, understandably, there’s a lot of interest in this ‘external use only’ new device from Swiss company, CORE. It fits on to a heart monitor strap and (if we understood the briefing correctly) works using a sensor that measures the rate of change in your skin temperature to accurately work out your core temperature. This then allows riders (and their coaches) to train for hotter races. Just as Tom Pidcock trained for Tokyo in a homemade ‘hot box’ in his spare room, you can now do the same kind of training. We’ll be getting into the Singletrack Sauna with the indoor trainer to give this one a try.

Gore Endure Jacket

It’s a super lightweight Goretex jacket with a stuff pocket inside and two hand pockets on the outside. Oversized hood with cinch tab for heads and helmets and the ubiquitous velcro cuffs. Nice casual fit means it looks good off the bike too. This one is going in to a grouptest of lightweight winter capable jackets that Mark is working on. Hopefully the blue skies and sun will bugger off for that – not that it’s a worry that it won’t.

The best bluebird skies days are on a Thursday as that means we can all rush outside to get these FGF shots and pretend we live anywhere else in the world other than the UK.

And now, it’s time to put this remix on VERY LOUD and zone out until Friday playtime. See you on the other side, folks!

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  • Fresh Goods Friday 571 – The ‘Quick! It’s briefly sunny outside’ issue
  • Premier Icon pmurden
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    Don’t hate me but I quite like those dungarees.

    Premier Icon Amanda Wishart
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    @pmurden I’m surprised it’s taken this long for them to appear, salopettes are brilliant in the snow so they make sense for mud/rain too. I think they look great!

    Premier Icon pmurden
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    I agree perfect for those long dank days in somewhere like the Peaks. You cannot put a price on warm and dry!!!

    Premier Icon Rubber_Buccaneer
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    I quite like those dungarees.

    Certainly look practical to me, motorcycle commuting through winter I always preferred salopettes to trousers

    I think they look great!

    Shoulda gone to Specsavers 🤓

    Premier Icon Jason Miles
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    I don’t normally comment on the prices, but holy christ on a trike £450 for dungarees. Waterproof or not, that’s almost halfway to a thousand pounds to look a bit like Mr Tumble….

    Premier Icon Ben
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    How much?

    You can choose which product to apply it to.

    Premier Icon Mark Alker
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    If you think those top of range pants are expensive then I recommend never getting into snowsports..

    Snowboard & Ski Outerwear

    Premier Icon Lee
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    450 is cheap as they could double up as fishing waders :):).

    Premier Icon kelvin
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    I like the look of the dungarees as well. And the shirt.

    Premier Icon harry_the_spider
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    £450 for a pair of kecks? You used to be able to buy a bike for that!

    Premier Icon Scott Biles
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    Forget the price of the Yeti. WTF!!! Who wears dungarees????? And at £450 you’re having a giraffe. Wear those with any of the boys and girls I ride with and you will be the butt of the jokes forever more. And another thing, £130 for a shirt! For cycling! The worlds gone mad. Have all those people with £10k+ E-MTB’s got nothing better to spend their money on? Are the dungaress and shirt E-MTB specific by any chance?

    Premier Icon kelvin
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    I’d buy both if I could afford to (I can’t, so I won’t) and there are plenty of people out there wearing £130 winter cycling shirts or jackets (or things that are somewhere between the two). Pricing isn’t that unusual. Can’t comment on the dungaree pricing, because I can’t see alternatives to compare them to. They’re obviously many, many more times more expensive than my Decathlon riding trousers… but I’d give them a go if I was rolling in cash.

    Premier Icon footflaps
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    £450 for a pair of kecks? You used to be able to buy a bike for that!

    To be fair, that will barely get you a rear derailleur these days…

    Premier Icon footflaps
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    Are the dungaress and shirt E-MTB specific by any chance?

    They cost extra….

    Premier Icon gritstone
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    Can we see Patches the rabbit shredding his local trails, as the only thing our rabbits shred is phone cables, internet cables, Fridge and satellite cables

    Premier Icon Sandwich
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    £450 to channel my inner Trev and Simon? Perfect to swing my pants!

    How Much

    For that Yeti?

    Premier Icon Hannah Dobson
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    Who wears dungarees?????

    @Scott_Biles Me! I rarely wear anything other than dungarees! And when I do, it’s bike shorts! I am delighted to be able to avoid waistbands on the bike. And I am delighted to have been sent a pair to test because I couldn’t afford them!

    450 is cheap as they could double up as fishing waders :):).


    @Lee
    Orvis waders make these look pretty cheap. I think I need new flies more than I need waders though. I think all my fishing-not-catching is down to having the wrong ones, not my inability to stand in the water!

    Premier Icon coffeeaddikt
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    Damn that’s a truck load of dosh to drop on a shirt and dungaree combo! add the shoes and I paid less for my VW!

    Premier Icon chrismac
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    How much is that shirt?

    Premier Icon ThruntonThrasher
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    You have forgotten to say what are the dungarees made from?

    Premier Icon footflaps
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    You have forgotten to say what are the dungarees made from?

    £10 notes stitched with gold thread….

    Premier Icon Hannah Dobson
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    @ThruntonThrasher POC says: ‘Highly durable 3-layer stretch weave fabric and reinforced zones featuring Cordura for very wet and muddy conditions.’ ‘ 3-layer waterproof material with a 15 000mm water column, plus a fluorocarbon free DWR treatment.’
    I say: not too rustly and moderately stiff waterproof fabric.

    Premier Icon H1ghland3r
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    Swimming a wee bit against the tide here (budum-tish) but I think they are brilliant.  Bit too spendy at this point but more will appear if they prove popular.  I’m also in the camp of no waistbands while cycling if at all possible and these seem like the perfect thing to wear riding in the slop in the Tweed valley from pretty much now until April.

    Hmm.. thinking about it is this really an absurd amount of money to spend on something that will get that much use and keep me from having to keep hoiking up my troosers at the bottom of every descent only to realise that the vague wet feeling I was having back there is actually a very wet feeling and.. oh no, it’s on the inside.!!!

    Premier Icon howsyourdad1
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    PSA POC dungarees

    Swedish company, I am in Sweden so have a soft spot for POC, can get 35% off those dungarees from a friend who works for POC, but i think the price is disgusting. Utter joke. Mountain biking involves endless mud, falling and pointy things. Plus I presume you would still need an eye wateringly expensive jacket.

    Ski and snowboard clothes are often designed for some of the most extreme environments on the planet (although often used bimbling round St Anton before a long boozy lunch). Doesn’t compare.

    Yours,

    Disgusted of Östersund

    Premier Icon darthpunk
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    12 grand for a bike, £450 for waterproof painters dungarees, £200 to measure body temp, £130 for when you’re just too lazy to put on a cycling top or a t-shirt.

    Mountain biking really has just become a “we are considerably richer than yow” pissing competition

    Premier Icon Thepurist
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    12 grand for a bike,

    Not just any bike though – for that you get all the quality and backup that you’d expect from Yeti with the reliability you expect from an ebike. Hard to resist!

    Premier Icon harry_the_spider
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    Mountain biking really has just become a “we are considerably richer than yow” pissing competition

    Couldn’t agree more. I’ve just blown £247 on a few drive train bits. Nothing bling, just a few bits. Us mortals are getting priced out of the market.

    IIRC many years ago MBR gave their bike of the year award to some cheap and cheerful Univega full susser and there was much whinging from the expensive brands. It’s time for someone to call them out.

    Premier Icon LAT
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    yeti always strike me as the trek of the boutique brands.

    they design a suspension system, claim it’s the greatest ever, then completely change it a few years later with the best ever system.

    the dungarees look like they’d be too warm unless you lived somewhere very cold.

    Premier Icon footflaps
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    Mountain biking really has just become a “we are considerably richer than yow” pissing competition

    No worse than road cycling, I was thinking of upgrading my drive chain to SRAM RED, a snip at £3.5k!

    Premier Icon thebrick
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    I did the dungarees but as everyone else is saying £450 is mad.

    MTB uses core to advertise things but 450£ for dungarees is about as far from core as possible.

    Premier Icon doomanic
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    I’ve wondered for a while why there are no salopette style wet weather trousers, now I know.

    You cannot put a price on warm and dry!!!

    450 quid apparently.

    Premier Icon thebrick
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    Hmm.. thinking about it is this really an absurd amount of money to spend on something that will get that much use and keep me from having to keep hoiking up my troosers at the bottom of every descent only to realise that the vague wet feeling I was having back there is actually a very wet feeling and.. oh no, it’s on the inside.!!!

    Imodium is only a few quid mate..

    Premier Icon LeeGee
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    I saw a bloke riding on Pitch hill today in those dungarees. Not for me at that price.

    Premier Icon rickon
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    To put into context how INSANE £450 for a pair of waterproof dungarees is. Here’s a photo of some for £18.

    POC are making a huge mark-up on them.

    Premier Icon big_scot_nanny
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    @rickon Those might be quite handy for cub camp, I can never get waterproof over trousers to stay up. Those look genius, Will order!

    As others said – you can get arcteryx ski trousers/bibs for considerably more than those POC fellas, or you can go to sportpursuit and get something 90% as good for 20% of the price. There will be trickle down, others will start to make them, as I can totally see the practicality myself.

    Premier Icon Northwind
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    I know people will be thinking “Yeah but they’re proper technical riding fabric”. But a pair of riding trousers has 3/4s the material and most of the complex shapes etc and costs a third as much.

    (OTOH the Fort airflexes are rated 2000mvp which is barely breathable at all, POC claim 30000 which is massively breathable, about as good as it gets. TBF I don’t believe that number’s realistic, for a cordura reinforced garment- at best it’s got to be the lab rating of the most breathable fabric in the things, not anything like the real world result of the overall garment or taking into account the reinforced parts which will be much less good, but I think it’s still fair to say that they’ll be miles more breathable than the cheap alternatives people are looking at)

    Premier Icon johnmu
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    Anyone tried these dungarees from Halfords? A mere £100

    https://www.halfords.com/cycling/cycling-clothing/shorts-and-trousers/polaris-disc%2Fzoned-mtb-shorts-524261.html

    Premier Icon pampmyride
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    Win , Win, Win for the “How Much” bingo this week!

    Premier Icon Nigel Leech
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    I had some Sprayway goretex salopettes for ice climbing around 98/99 and they were about £300 RRP. They’d probably be OK for riding in as they were fitted and had kevlar reinforced patches. Add a couple of decades inflation and £450 doesn’t seem so bad…

    Premier Icon Del
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    It’s a super lightweight Goretex jacket

    brilliant. how much!! does it weigh please?

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