You may find that the music in this week’s edition causes neck injuries. Please undertake some gentle warm up exercises before going full mosh.
It’s started. We are in it. The final month of 2021. We made it. It’s time for countdowns and roundups and best-ofs and ‘your Spotify mood is angst’ all that stuff. Maybe your kids have used your phone a bit too often so you’re too embarrassed to share your music highlights? Don’t be shy, you’re among friends here… we won’t tell anyone your top artist this year was Journey.
If you’re trying to avoid all such stuff, or you only come here for the Fresh Goods, we invite you to broaden your horizons into the Megasack Countdown because we’ve got amazing prizes to give away every day.
And now, if you’ve been out to the shops and encountered rather too many ear worm Christmas tunes, here’s an antidote to see you on your way into this week’s Fresh Goods Friday…
Pace RC529 Frame
- Price: £568.33 (Correction: £682.00 with VAT)
- From: Pace Cycles
It’s hardtail season! This Pace RC529 frame was ordered in July and has just landed in time for a winter build. Can be run as a 29er or a mullet thanks to the ‘sexy dropouts’ that have got Rhys pouting. First look of the build coming soon.
Magura Storm HC 203mm Rotors
- Price: £25.71
- From: Magura
The Storm HC from Magura are 2mm thick and made from a high grade carbon steel. Designed to offer powerful braking under high loads, Magura recommend them for their harder hitting 4 piston brakes and also for e-bikes. Available in sizes form 160m tot 203mm, our 203mm set weigh in at 171g each and there are 6 torque bolts included in the box.
Singletrack Recycled Belts
- Price: £26.99 (members get a discount)
- From: The Singletrack Merch Store
Charlie says… we managed to get a fresh delivery of one of our Christmas best sellers… the Singletrack recycled innertube belt. The last delivery was mugged by My Hermes. One of the best things about these is the small amount of stretch that the innertube allows. This means that your trousers are held securely in place no matter how much wriggling, riding, wrestling and eating you do.
Singletrack Dog Supplies
- Price: From £12.99 (members get a discount)
- From: Singletrack Merch Store
A dog is for life – not just for awesome Christmas presents. New in the Singletrack Merch Store we have a great selection of cool dog accessories. We have leads, bowls, and collars, plus a neat bundle deal where you get all the dog merch plus a key fob at an extra special price.
The collar has a super sturdy metal buckle (rather like a little seat belt buckle, in a Chrome courier bag style), and a bottle opener. The lead also has a bottle opener too, which will make you and your dog extra welcome at parties.
#TOTW Singletrack Forum Thread Of The week
From: The Singletrack Forum
This weeks Singletrack forum thread of the week is on the super seasonal subject of mince pies. Love them, hate them, or scoff them down with custard… we all have an opinion. However please consider this: if mince pies are such a great item of food, why do we only have them at Christmas? (the answer is they are not that great and it’s a case of tradition and nostalgia over substance – Charlie).
Forum user “Jambourgie” will be receiving a small bundle of Singletrack merch for his xmas services to the Singletrack forum.
Funn Hilt ES Grip
- Price: £7.90
- From: FUNN
The Hilt ES is the latest grip from component brand FUNN. designed as a push on version of their popular Hilt grip, the Hilt ES is available in 9 different colours and weighs in at just 100g, the Hilt ES is made from a proprietary compound that is designed to comfortable yet hard wearing and as a 30mm diameter.
Boone Technologies Twist! V2.0 Cranks
- Price: US$345 for the cranks, $185 for the chainring, $21 crank caps
- From: Boone Ti
Andy Carter, our local Cargodale cargo bike rider and all-round bike tart/afficionado popped in with these cranks from Boone Titanium in the US. While looking not unlike a pair of 1993 Grafton Speed Stix, these are bang up to date CNC alloy cranks from the pioneer of the titanium single speed sprocket. They come in a mirror polish finish if too, if you don’t ride your bike anywhere gritty. Oh, and that natty, direct mount chainring? It’s titanium. And yes, that’s what it costs.
Thanks to Andy for letting us look. He’s still got to get a bottom bracket yet. And then they can go on his titanium hardtail. See? Someone buys all this stuff…
Dissent 133 Ultimate Glove Pack
- Price: £109
- From: Dissent 133
This is not just a pair of gloves, this is a whole system of gloves. It’s the Turducken of the glove world. With four different gloves in the system, you layer them up according to your needs and the weather. There’s a 100% silk base layer to act as a thermal and wicking layer. On a cold day, you can pair it up with the knitted Cordura thermal layer. This is seamless for comfort, and has silicone palm and finger grips, so you can wear it on its own if you want. The Showerlite layer is a flexible windproof layer with some water resistance, and they’re lighter than the HDry Lite waterproof layer, rated to 10,000mm, which will be your choice of outer for the wettest of days. It all comes in this laptop-type case, and while they’re designed for gravel and road riding we’re going to take them out on the trails, because it rains there too.
Musical/bran connection interlude…System of gloves…System of a Down…extraordinary beards for those just finishing Movember and looking for future inspiration…
Torq DFND 180 and DFND Ultra
- Price: £14.95
- From: Torq Fitness
These supplements are not designed to take you into the Matrix, but are instead to boost your immunity by initially lifting your levels up to a healthy level (with the DFND Ultra red pills), then maintaining that level with the blue pills. The red pills contain an ultra high dose (4000iu, 2000% of RDV) of Vitamin D3, which taken for 90 days will apparently boost Vitamin D up to desirable healthy levels within the body. They also include15mg (156% of RDV) of Zinc. The red pills are designed to be a course of pills only followed once. Then you follow it up with one blue pill per day to maintain the levels you have built up. Each blue tablet contains 1000iu Vitamin D3 (500% of RDV) and 15mg Zinc.
Torq aTAC Lime and aTAC Orange
- Price: £14.95srp per 28 doses (364g)
- From: Torq Fitness
These Torq aTAC drink mixes contain a combination of Vitamin C, Glutamine and Echinacea. When mixed with water and taken frequently, it’s claimed this 5 day course will work to stop a cold or flu in its tracks.
Ride Concepts Hellion Elite
- Price: £129.95
- From: Silverfish
These very normal looking trainers are in fact women’s riding shoes from Ride Concepts – there’s a men’s version too, in two colours. Using the softest DST 4.0 max grip rubber compound, these promise plenty of grip on the pedals. There’s a D30 liner in the sole for those heel slams, and the tongue is gusseted to keep the trail crumbs out. The synthetic upper is weather resistant, and there are reinforced areas on the toe and heel to protect your shoes. An elastic lace tidy keeps you flap free, and antibacterial mesh linings promise to keep the stink under control.
And finally, how about some whole body exercise to go with the moshing. Dance your way through a whole album to start off your weekend with a few beverages. You’ll need them once you realise that this came out 30 years ago…
Oh, and how much?!!
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