Six James Bonds, seven Popes, fourteen US presidents, fifteen UK prime Ministers, 144 Issues of Singletrack Magazine, 62 Italian Governments.
The UK and many millions around the world are mourning the death of the Queen this morning. Whatever you personally think of the monarchy she served as Queen for over 70 years and that’s really something. She has been a constant and a figure of consistency for her entire reign. She was a proponent of ‘carry on regardless’ and in that spirit here’s our regular FGF, which we hope may contain some respite from the constant news cycle we face over the coming days and weeks.
The first item on the Carry On agenda is Charlie’s wedding, which is today and which we will be celebrating. If you were wondering why there’s a ‘please allow 7 days for delivery’ notice in our shop, that’s why. We all wish Charlie and Tanya a great day of celebration and, well, the rest of their lives together.
More Fuel You book
- Price: £14.95
- From: ST Shop
Do you know what a grrreat wedding present for Charlie (and Tanya) would be? Something from the ST Shop of course!
This is the latest thing to arrive in the ST Shop. Charlie says: “Not just another sports nutrition book. Renee recommends a holistic view: by understanding the human body and being self-aware, you can find the ideal nutritional approach for you personally. Significantly, Renee also discusses areas of sports nutrition in populations that are often overlooked, including women’s health and the menopause, healthy ageing, and the inclusion of individuals who don’t necessarily conform to the stereotype of an athlete, such as people living with chronic health conditions.”
That doesn’t sound very Charlie does it? I imagine there may be a bit of CTRL+C involved there. Which is fair enough. Getting ready for a wedding is quite tying. Literally.
Abus Cliffhanger MIPS helmet
- Price: £179.99
- From: Extra UK
Height-adjustable adjustment system to fit the head circumference. Ponytail friendly. Laterally adjustable, non-slip TriVider strap system. QUIN compatible (a fancy electro gizmo that detects crashes and notifies your Significant Other). MIPS, obvs. ActiCage structural reinforcement integrated in the EPS. Three position visor. GoggFit allows a pair of goggles to be stowed on the helmet while riding without them. Excellent ventilation through eight air inlets and six air outlets. FidLock magnetic buckle.
Abus Airdrop MIPS helmet
- Price: £259.99
- From: Extra UK
Abus’ first full-face helmet. MIPS. Zoom Ace FF sdjustment system. Softer collarbone protection edge inserts. QUIN chip compatible. Breakaway visor bolts. Breathable cheek pad inserts. Sound channels so you can hear what’s going on around you. Double D-ring buckle system. Impressive ventilation through eleven air inlets and six air outlets.
Wolf Tooth Morph Stainless Steel Cage
- Price: £35
- From: Saddleback
LIttle Olive doesn’t know how lucky she is! To go with her Renthal-equipped 20in wheels Hoy kids bike, there’s now a super pimpin’ hipster droolin’ stainless steel bottle cage on there. Well, for the time being anyway. Her evil Dad will no doubt nab it back of her bike in a week or two.
Hand-bent hollow tubing. Versatile option for bikes with multiple bottle cage mounts, full-suspension frames, smaller frames, and bikes with any size of frame bag. Compatible with Wolf Tooth B-RAD Mounting Bases to adjust bottle positioning even further. Made in Wolf Tooth’s Minnesota machine shop.
Santa Cruz 5010 GX AXS RSV MX
- Price: £8,899
- From: Santa Cruz Bikes
The new Santa Cruz 5010 was announced this week. 130mm mullet trail bike with 150mm fork up front init. We’ve ridden one. You can read our first ride review here.
Specialized Hillbilly tyres
- Price: £45 (Grid Trail T9), £50 (Grid Gravity T9)
- From: Specialized
The new Specialized Hillbilly was also announced this week. We’ve not ridden one yet (well, any further than around the car park to help the sealant settle etc). You can read the deets of this intriguing new mud tyre here. We got a Grid Trail on a bike at the moment. The Grid Gravity we also received is waiting for a suitable bike/weather to arrive (winter ebike, in other words).
Magicshine Monteer 8000S Galaxy V2.0 and RN 1500 lights
- Price: £349.99 (8000s), £77.99 (RN 1500)
- From: Magicshine UK
Monteer 8000S Galaxy V2.0 – 8000 lumens max of verified output, 5x CREE XHP 50.2 LEDs. Comes with 2.4G wireless remote control with 15ft range. 10,000mAh battery, USB Type-C charging. 2.5 to 32 hour runtime. Garmin base out-front style handlebar mount (31.8mm or 35mm handlebars).
RN 1500 – lightweight rechargeable bike light that is capable of a maximum output of 1500 lumens. Built-in 5000 mAh 3.7V lithium-ion battery. Runtime：1.5 – 12.5 hours.
Time ATAC XC 8 and Speciale 12 Enduro pedals
- Price: £150.99 (ATAC XC 8), £259.99 (Speciale 12 Enduro)
- From: SRAM
The ATAC XC8 is designed with competitive XC, MTB and gravel riders. Lightweight carbon body alongside a chromed steel axle. Features the iconic ATAC open design that self-cleans any debris off the pedals each time you step in.
The Speciale 12 Enduro pedals offer “wide platform of these pedals allows for a great surface area contact from your feet, while the adjustable pins provide a secure and stable hold.” They ain’t exaclty cheap but they do look really rather fetching it has to be said. Chic clips!
Ride Concepts Flume Clip BOA Women’s shoe
- Price: £199.95
- From: Silverfish UK
MAX GRIP rubber. D3O High Impact Zone Technology insole absorbs impact and reduces fatigue. BOA Fit System with flexible, low-friction textile TX4 ‘strings’. Hook and loop strap for additional forefoot adjustment. EVA midsole for extra cushion and support. Heel pull tab.
Fox 34 Float Factory GRIP 2 fork
- Price: £1,099
- From: Silverfish UK
New chassis. New air/oil channels. New arch shape. New 58mm diameter crown. Updated EVOL air spring.
51mm offset for this pair. GRIP2 damper. 140mm travel (130mm also available). Kashima Rules Everything Around Me.
- Price: £69.99 (S2 31.8mm 30mm stem), £59.99 (S2 31.8mm 50mm rise bars), £23.99 (S2 Lock-on grips)
- From: Ison Distribution
A complete cockpit set-up from Gusset. This little lot will come in really handy on those occasions when we get sent test bikes in that don’t quite have the front end that we all get along with. Mainly the lankier gets amongst us, let’s be honest. Rather than write-off a whole bike for the sake of a niggling front end, it’s always best to give the bike another chance with a different dimension or three. Nicely made stuff. Subtle aesthetics. Not insanely expensive either.
Gusset S2 Alloy pedals
- Price: £89.99
- From: Ison Distribution
This pedals have quite the back story to them. You can read all about the development of them here. It’s genuinley interesting (well, we thought so).
Double bush axle system. Extruded 6061 alloy body. 10 x Maz type pins with flanged base. Chromoly axle.
Sealed bearings with DU bushings. 100mm x 100mm. 1.25mm body concave which creates 2.3mm concave at the pins. Black only. 381g.
Yes, they have top-loading pins. This is always a bit controvz. But, as many flat pedal-o-philes will testify, the hollow octopus-sucker-meets-cookie-cooker nature of top-loading pins can add some serious grip to the shoe-pedal interface.
Gusset Lil Chap ISCG-05 chain device
- Price: £22.99
- From: Ison Distribuition
Destined for Ross’ Raaw Madonna (AKA Her Madge). 6061 alloy with glass reinforced plastic upper guide. ISCG 05 fitment. 30-38t fitment. Weight: 39g. Just another neat little thing from the Gusset gang.
Clifton & Lightcliffe Brass Band
- Price: POA
- From: Clifton & Lightcliffe Brass Band
Charlie says… “I seem to have purchased a brass band, for a few hours. By the time you read this I should be married and enjoying the Clifton & Lightcliffe Brass Band, in a meadow, in the sunshine, with a cold beer. Weddings are rather expensive things, but the handful of hundreds spent here feels like much better value than all the vases, flowers, table runners, napkins, and fancy superfluous tat etc. I have requested Sabbath’s “War Pigs”. I am probably pushing my luck.”
Have a day!
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