Fresh Goods Friday 629: The All Wrapped-Up Edition

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This is the Grintro… it’s like an intro but smiley 🙂 Time to down tools and check out what the various couriers and posties have lobbed at us this past seven days.

It’s definitely that time of year. New bikes are launching daily and those new clothes/shoes/components are finally in stock at the bike shop down the road. With Chr… er, the festive season starting to loom, are we the only ones who have two shopping lists? You know, ‘One for them… one for me’ – just us then? What with Black Cyber SunMonday and all of the invented holidays for spending, it’s very easy to get caught up in the consumer frenzy and convince yourself that ‘2023 Me’ will only achieve mountain bike nirvana with a new cycling jersey, some shoes, a wider handlebar, shorter stem and a spanky new front tyre.

We say, if that’ll inspire you to get out in the darker, colder months, then go for it. If you’d rather have the carrot of shiny new things than the stick of the bathroom scales, or of trying to keep up with your mates, then do what works for you. Conversely, if you’re pure of heart and only need the sun to rise to be inspired to get out riding, then good for you too. And besides, there’s no harm in a bit of window shopping, right? Even if you’re meant to be buying oven gloves and Lego. (Or were those on your Christmas list anyway?)

Anyway, with the weekend looming and some enforced trips to the shops on the cards, we have test bikes to ride. In fact, as you read this there’ll be another three (we think) test bikes being dropped off at STW HQ. Honestly, it’s like Christmas ’round ‘ere sometimes.

Mr & Mrs Spotify declare this as my [Benji] most played track of 2022. Yep. I’ll take that.

Cannondale Moterra Neo 3

Straight on to the top o’ the hills above STW HQ

The Cannondalers visited the Calderdalers last Friday and left with us a great many things. All of which you will witness as you scroll down this very webpage. The most significant thing deposited with us was this Bosch-motored, 750Wh-batteried Moterra Neo 3.

Hannah will be the principal tester of this bike, although the Medium size didn’t stop lanky Benji nabbing it for the weekend and rinsing the battery completely flat (which took quite a while, as it happens). Initial verdicts? “That’s a good one, that is.”

Cannondale Gripper Stacked 600ml bottle

Water bottles are something that it is all too easy to become obsessed with. Obsessed with finding The Perfect One, that is. This H2Offering from Cannondale is a pretty decent go. Nothing overly proprietary when it come to body shape, so it should fit it most folk’s cages without any annoying gaps or rattles. Big flow valve design. Easy to grab dimpled neck zone. And – most importantly – an aesthetically pleasing graphic on the outside. 8/10.

Obviously, the best/worst thing about bottles is that they go tatty depressingly quickly (especially when ATBing) so you have to begin the search all over again.

Cannondale Apparel

Some cotton based garments that don’t appear to exist. Well, we can’t find any details about them on The Internet anyway.

Cannondale Set-Off Flat Kit

Twist-controlled dinky CO2 inflator with built-in non-piercing cartridge storage. Two PriBar tyre levers. Two 16g CO2 cartridges. Molded silicone insulator sleeve. Polyurethane straps fits most bikes. Just add your inner tube of choice.

Cannondale Precise Floor Pump

“Perfect for multi-bike households” apparently. Or the Singletrack BikeCave. Massive dual-stage gauge, bleed valve and suggested pressure ranges, if you’re feeling unsure. Gripper foothold. Ergonomic handle. AutoSelect head adjusts to Schrader or Presta valves.

Giro Montaro Helmet Pads

  • Price: £9.99
  • From: Giro

A ropey old phone pic snapped before heading out into the frozen hinterland beyond Tosside (AKA Gisburn Forest). I [Benji] washed the pads from my much-loved Giro Montaro helmet the other day. For some insane reason I thought it would be okay just to lob them in with some other garments. Big mistake. I will never see the two smaller pads ever again. Well, not until they fall out of the sleeve of a rarely worn long sleeve shirt or something. So I got some replacements. Next time I will definitely* remember to be bothered to put the pads in a zip-up mesh bag before washing to keep them from going AWOL. Honest.

*I almost certainly won’t

SKS MSP Mountain Suspension Pump

This is where bikepacking meets biketesting. Not many normal people need such a compact shock pump. When fettling new test bikes it’s very much a necessity to take a shock pump with you. Carpark/workshop sag setting is all well and good but sometimes a bike just doesn’t quite like what you’ve done with its PSI pumpers once you’re out on the trails far from your toolbox.

Regular shock pumps are just that little bit too big to take out in a bumbag or jersey pocket. This is where the SKS MSP comes in handy; the overall size can be reduced to a minimum thanks to the detachable steel flex hose. The connection is made using a two-stage screw connection, which allows screwing on/off without loss of pressure. No one likes screwing under pressure.

Privateer 161 GX

Not a new-new bike by any means (the first stirrings of the 161 date all the way back to 2019) but the 161 is still way up on a lot of people’s shortlists when it comes to relatively inexpensive enduro sleds that don’t have sucky geometry. What does this particular 161 build proffer? Well, it’s a size P3 which gives us a 490mm reach, 450mm seat tube length, 446mm chain stays, 120mm head tube length. The other geo stats are shared across the sizing range: 64°head angle (which doesn’t sound that ‘progressive’ anymore does it? At least it’s Angleset-friendly), 80° seat angle and 30mm BB drop.

As regards build-up bits ‘n’ bobs, there’s Ultimate level RockShox boinging dampers, Race Face cockpit stuff, One-Up dropper, Hayes Dominion A4 brakes, SRAM GX Eagle drivetrain, Hunt Enduro Wide V2 wheelset, Assegai DHR II rubber combo.

Pinnacle Alder Flat & SPD Shoes

Men’s
Women’s

With these sneaks, your feet will be “treated to a mesh tongue and collar while the non-slip heel helps keep your foot securely in place and the heel loop aids pulling them on and off.” What else? Lacing with additional Velcro strap, abrasion panel around the toes.

That ‘flat or SPD’ claim then. Hmm… we’ve worn shoes like these before and often find they’re very much SPD-y and not very flat-y. We’ll give them a go as pure flat pedals shoes, just to see. As it is, we reckon our in-house clipper innerers will end up with these.

Bentley Components Titanium Top Cap

CNC engraved titanium. Includes M6 x 30mm low profile stainless screw. Each one is anodised by hand, some are hand polished to contrast, some are disco anodised, some are flat and some are domed. Something for almost everyone.

Shower Pass Men’s Cloudburst Jacket

Charlie says: “At the time of writing this, Shower Pass have 25% off in a ‘Cyber Week Sale’.

“The jacket is made from an innovative EliteAIR three layer fabric, that has good breathability and waterproof levels. It’s a 4 way stretch fabric, with a soft feel and an athletic fit, which is very welcome. I am a big chap and find that often an XL or XXL jacket is required for sleeve length, but some brands assume I am also 20+ stone and give me enough space around the belly to accommodate myself and a sheep. Great for rustling but bad for cycling.  This is one of those near minimalist jackets that has everything you need such as vents, pockets front and rear and an adjustable hem, and none of the bulky extras such as a hood. Its packability makes it a great ‘weather looks OK, but I don’t trust it’ jacket.”

Women’s European Football Champions Top Trumps

Excuse the slightly covert/rushed nature of the photograph; this set of Top Trumps is a top secret birthday present for a soccer-loving small female art-director-in-training who turns 7 very soon. Soon after this pic was taken the cards were quickly stashed back in The Official Prezzie Hiding Zone.

Seven years old. Eeeh… I don’t know, it only seems like yesterday since we were mopping down the blood-soaked walls of the birthing suite.

Everyone was perfectly fine by the way. Apart from the ever so slightly squeamish father…

Pete Scullion Issue 139 A3 Art Print – The Sound of Arisaig

Charlie says: “Pete recently won the Singletrack Readers Award for best photographer, and it really is no surprise. Take a look at the picture here that we used on the cover of issue 139. Yeah, stop what you are doing and spend 30 seconds lost in this picture, whilst listening to Wolfmother below. 1, 2, 3…

“… 28, 29, and 30. You back? Pretty damned cool isn’t it. How do you feel now? Pretty neat feeling isn’t it. We found that people who looked at this picture before 9am have a very high propensity to call in sick and ride their bike. These people are legends and will go on to be extra happy. Pop this on your wall for instant inspiration… and maybe a P45.”

Thread of the Week

This week’s winning TOTW is hereby awarded to winerwalker for this peach… Honestly. Can you imagine living like that? Just imagine. Ahem.

Every week the winning TOTW in FGF gets a prize. And it’s now the fabulous majestic Singletrack x Granite Designs RockBand Strap that is to be awarded. So HIYA! to winerwalker. Please email editorial@singletrackworld.com. Please include your postal address, as it really speeds up delivery times.

Classified Ad of the Week

iainc: “This is in very good condition with no marks or scratches. Boxed with cable, manual etc. Not worn much as I use my Apple Watch for daily wear. Looking for £120 posted UK.”

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  • Fresh Goods Friday 629: The All Wrapped-Up Edition
  • b33k34
    Full Member

    Massive dual-stage gauge

    That looks really clever. If it’s accurate (and doesn’t break – it’s not going to be a standard replacement part)

    teethgrinder
    Full Member

    Love my Bentley

    pmurden
    Full Member

    Love that top cap.

    teethgrinder
    Full Member

    Hopefully allowed… You get the sentiment.

    Love mine

    ooOOoo
    Free Member

    Interesting AssBike from Cannondale

    On-oneplus26
    Full Member

    Not sure why it is acceptable now a days to have top caps like that. Substitute ‘Tories’ with a religious group, ethnic group, sexual orientation etc and it would be (rightly) shamed into oblivion but because its being offensive towards a particular political group its fine…
    Strange.

    honourablegeorge
    Full Member

    On-oneplus26

    Not sure why it is acceptable now a days to have top caps like that. Substitute ‘Tories’ with a religious group, ethnic group, sexual orientation etc and it would be (rightly) shamed into oblivion but because its being offensive towards a particular political group its fine…
    Strange.

    Really not strange at all.

    Rubber_Buccaneer
    Full Member

    Maybe there will be a ‘**** the Lefties’ top cap next week when there isn’t a load of Cannondale stuff in FGF?

    ballsofcottonwool
    Free Member

    Is a luxury titanium topcap with that engraved on it, which costs £28, to replaces a plastic or alloy OEM one that cost pence, some kind of ironic joke?

    desperatebicycle
    Free Member

    Seriously… Why would you want to be reminded of “the” tories every time you ride your bike?

    darlobiker
    Full Member

    Are Cannondale being a bit sneaky with the name of that pump and hope we confuse precise with accurate?

    charliedontsurf
    Full Member

    If top caps were much much bigger then one could elaborate… Brexit, 11,000 people waiting in ambulances last week. 7m on an NHS waiting list (including me). Inflation. Tax. Mini budget, Truss, took control of borders without taking control of borders. Lies on a big red bus. Underfunded police. Potholes. Sold off publicly owned services. Poll Tax. Help I’m a Tory celebrity. Boris and Pepper Pig. around 3/4 of million water pollution incidents so far this year

    But in fairness Winston Churchill did abolish road tax.

    And I do enjoy Michael Portillo’s TV shows about trains.

    cookeaa
    Full Member

    Not sure why it is acceptable now a days to have top caps like that. Substitute ‘Tories’ with a religious group, ethnic group, sexual orientation etc and it would be (rightly) shamed into oblivion but because its being offensive towards a particular political group its fine…
    Strange.

    Don’t worry they do one for Tories as well:

    chrismac
    Full Member

    Yet the use of the word Christmas has been hidden as to not to offend who exactly?

    stwhannah
    Full Member

    @Rubber_Buccaneer deserves more credit for that post.

    teethgrinder
    Full Member

    Meh. I don’t even use mine as I’ve got a OneUp EDC.

    How bougie is that. Still hate Tories.

    chipps
    Full Member

    “the word Christmas has been hidden ” – so as to not offend people who only do their Christmas shopping on Christmas Eve. Although at least we’re now into December. I wonder if Mark still owns ‘keepchristmasindecember.com’? 🙂

    cookeaa
    Full Member

    Yet the use of the word Christmas has been hidden as to not to offend who exactly?

    Eh?

    PrinceJohn
    Full Member

    Not sure why it is acceptable now a days to have top caps like that. Substitute ‘Tories’ with a religious group, ethnic group, sexual orientation etc and it would be (rightly) shamed into oblivion but because its being offensive towards a particular political group its fine…
    Strange.

    I kind of get what you’re saying, but then I look around & see what they have done to the country. Most recently in my local area, a seaside town & they’ve shut to only public swimming pool, so now there isn’t anywhere easy for kids to learn to swim.
    Several other council run facilities are also under threat. Mean while, they carry on syphoning money from the poor to the rich so yeah **** em & all that sail in them.

    zerocool
    Full Member

    I wish I needed that top cap. If I could afford it I’d buy all my biking friends one as well

    sargey2003
    Full Member

    On-oneplus26

    Not sure why it is acceptable now a days to have top caps like that. Substitute ‘Tories’ with a religious group, ethnic group, sexual orientation etc and it would be (rightly) shamed into oblivion but because its being offensive towards a particular political group its fine…
    Strange.

    Probably because that particular political group choose to do so much damage to the vast majority of the citizens of this country whilst working for the benefit of a tiny minority and lying through their teeth as they do so.

    Plus everything Charlie said.

    desperatebicycle
    Free Member

    Charliedontsurf’s post: yep, exactly all the things we’re constantly aware and reminded of that riding a bike is perfect to get away from. But each to their own eh.

    jameso
    Full Member

    Not sure why it is acceptable now a days to have top caps like that. Substitute ‘Tories’ with a religious group, ethnic group, sexual orientation etc and it would be (rightly) shamed into oblivion but because its being offensive towards a particular political group its fine…

    That argument doesn’t really work though.

    Eg .. A bunch of people defraud your family and refuse to help your starving children with the money they took or donate any of it to a needy cause, because it’s all for them.
    But you’re saying no-one can call them a bunch of a thieving bastards because you could substitute ‘them’ for an ethic or religious group and that would obviously be wrong because as we know, those groups as a whole don’t do those things. The Tories as a whole, do, because it’s a supported and protected power system who collectively act in a certain way and accept leadership of someone who continues in that way. We’ve seen it over and over again and it’s not an opinion or a political point anymore, it’s simply an observation.

    LAT
    Full Member

    Not sure why it is acceptable now a days to have top caps like that. Substitute ‘Tories’ with a religious group, ethnic group, sexual orientation etc and it would be (rightly) shamed into oblivion but because its being offensive towards a particular political group its fine…
    Strange.

    possibly because the Tories, not known as give Conservatives have for decades been implementing policies that are damaging to the country and the people who live in it.

    i’m not sure what the stem cap achieves to fix the situation. they may donate money to another political party.

    Maybe there will be a ‘**** the Lefties’ top cap next week

    you will need to wait until Labour are in power. then you can have the equivalent of the **** Trudeau sticker that is so popular with the pilots of black, lifted dodge rams all over canada

    prettygreenparrot
    Full Member

    but because its being offensive towards a particular political group its fine

    we’ll ignore the lack of an apostrophe. But let’s consider ‘particular political group’.
    1. Not a protected population under any legislation
    2. A bunch of fools who have wrecked the U.K. economy over decades thanks to their weak grasp of economics, support for economy-wrecking policies, and general idiocy.
    They deserve all the approbrium levelled at them.

    sillyoldman
    Full Member

    Pinnacle are very optimistic re both the versatility and the value that those gowping shoes offer.

    sillyoldman
    Full Member

    And I love the top caps. That’s why I bought one.

    FTT.

    TrailriderJim
    Full Member

    Anyway, enough top-cap politics. Helmet pads in your shorts’ pocket (if you have a zip-up one) for the (washing) win.

    jameso
    Full Member

    1. Not a protected population under any legislation

    apart from the legislation and voting influence they create to protect their own interests and the interests of their backers.

    (but I know what you meant)

    hodge1365
    Full Member

    I used to enjoy just riding my bike

    tomhoward
    Full Member

    What’s stopping you?

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