Fresh Goods Friday 638: Blasting From The Pasting Edition

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This is the bintro… very much like an intro but please be careful to sort the cardboard and paper from the glass and plastics.

This week The Singletrack Staffers had their Xmas Do. Yes, it is February. We all bundled into Blast From The Past in Halifax’s Piece Hall and shot loads. And pinned a lot of balls. And ducked a lot of hunt. Best game? Uni-Wars. Obvs.

Anyhoo, on to this week’s gorgeous Fresh Goods Friday!

(Have we used this track before? Sorry not sorry)

OneUp Carbon Handlebar

The first of a fair few OneUp bits this week. OneUp’s bar profile minimises the length of the (35mm) clamp area “as this is the stiffest portion of any 35 diameter bar … The 35mm clamp diameter quickly changes to a flattened, oval shape in the transition zone and then to a standard 22.2mm clamp diameter for the control zone”. 800mm wide. 35mm rise (20mm available). 35mm clamp. Sweep 8° back, 5° up. Weight 225g.

OneUp Stem

This holds that. 35mm clamp stem to go with the above bars. Stack Height: 39mm. Bar Clamp Width: 55mm. Material: 6061-T6 aluminium. Lengths: 35mm (155g), 42mm (163g), 50mm (173g). 0° Rise.

OneUp Grips

Single lock on grip with diamond knurled texture, saw tooth “finger ramps”, in a sticky 20A compound provide ultimate traction. Benji is interested in these. Obvs.

OneUp EDC Lite Tool

Multi-tool that lives in your fork steerer. No steerer thread-tapping shenanigans required. You ‘just’ have to wallop (accurately) your SFN a couple of inches further down into the darkness. Then insert this thing. NB: you can still tighten your headset if it comes loose mid-ride; the 4mm Allen key is position in the middle to do exactly this (it will rotate the plastic carrier as it turns but hey, sort things out when you get back home if you like your plug alignment just-so).

OneUp EDC Pump

A mini pump with a hollow head. Why? It can hold OneUp’s EDC multi-tool, or a CO2 canister or “your favorite stash”. Hmm…

OneUp Aluminum Pedals

One of those semi-controvs thin-with-axle-bulge flatties. 6061-T6 aluminium. 115x105mm. Ten pins per side. Thicknesses: 8.3 to 12mm. Pin to Axle distance: 112mm. Colour options: Black, Green, Grey, Red, Orange, Blue.

Elite Fly MTB Bottle

MTB = dirt cap. There’s also new Elite Fly bottle with a textured surface (Elite Fly Tex) for added grip, but the construction on those remains the same.

Elite Jet Green Bottle

The Jet Green bottle from Elite, which uses some sort of bio-based plastic, this time from sugar cane so it’s non-petroleum based.

Elite Cannibal XC Bio-Based and Prism Cages

  • Price: £14.99 Cannibal, £16,99 Prism
  • From: Freewheel

The new Cannibal XC cage is 62.5% ‘bio’ materials; it’s ‘majority made’ from a polymer from the castor oil plant, reinforced with fibreglass. The new Prism side-entry cage is made from 67.4% recycled plastics – mostly from the textile industry apparently.

Maxxis Shorty Gen 2 Double Down

Yes, we’ve had Shorty Gen 2 tyres in before (review imminent actually, SPOILER: well good) but this is the first non-DH Casing Shorty 2 we’ve encountered. Being Double Down casing it’s still not exactly svelte but it is a bit lighter and – more importantly – a bit less stiff than the DH Casing version. Ross has nabbed this tyre. Obvs.

Apidura Expedition Full Frame Pack

If you watch any touring or ultra-racing videos, you’re likely to see this frame pack. Available in 6, 7.5, 12 and 14litre options, the site has a handy sizing tool and a database with almost all frames in it, to make sure you get the right bag for your bike. The main selling point for me (Amanda) is the 3litre bladder…

Apidura Frame Pack Hydration Bladder

Hydrating is the most important thing on a long ride, and it’s the thing I am most terrible at. I struggle to drink whilst riding, unless I’m just freewheeling down a gentle gradient, so I’m hoping the easy-access hose will make for less of an excuse.

Apidura Packable Backpack

A deceivingly small packable backpack that straps to your frame. It has a 13litre capacity, it’s waterproof and tear proof, and unlike many other packable backpacks it has a chest strap for a more secure fit on the bike. The roll top closure has velcro and a clip to secure it. I will be using this for airport travel on an upcoming bikepacking point-to-point trip, and no doubt also for lots of food shopping whilst I’m there.

Apidura Backcountry Food Pouch

The second most important thing on a bike ride or multiday trip is fuelling, so having your snacks right there on the bars with a simple cinch open/closed should help keep the pedals turning. This food pouch has a three-point attachment system, subtle tapered shape to avoid knee contact, and is available in three sizes. On the ‘plus’ sizes (not pictured) it has a mesh drainage and external mesh wrapper pockets.

Albion Women’s Sleeveless Mesh Base Layer

A women’s fit mesh base layer designed for core temperature regulation when riding in warm conditions thanks to the lightweight, highly-breathable, moisture wicking fabric. So now we just need the warm weather!

Singletrack Magazine Bundles

Charlie says… In times or great boredom we should turn to the classic British philosophers for inspiration:

Bored, bored, bored, BORED, BORED BORED, BORED, BORRRRED”  Vyvian Bastard, 1982.

It is gonna be a long winter folks. Singletrack is packed full of timeless features, adventures and opinion. Plus, the quality photography never gets goes out of date. Awesome will always be awesome.  Grab yourself a bargain bundle of magazines to see you through the long winter, long flight, dentist waiting room or anything else that will become boring. Three copies of Singletrack Boredom Slayer for a tenner. Whoop whoop.”

Exped FlexMat Plus M

This sleep mat is like a giant foam egg carton. Not the smallest item in the world for carrying around, but Hannah is hoping it will be comfortable. It’ll definitely be puncture proof, since there’s no air required. This is the 138cm long Medium FlexMat Plus – it comes in three different lengths. The ‘Plus’ element is the thick 3.8 cm / 1.5″ of closed-cell foam mat comfort. Packed dimensions are 52 x 18 cm and it weighs 480g in this medium size.


Yeah, sometimes we have fruit thrust upon unawares. We guess we must on some sort of cycling publication marketing dept hitlist (Dole sponsor some sort of road race team apaz). Pass the squirty cream!

Thread Of The Week

It may not technically be January anymore but… February is basically January in disguise, so with that in mind, this week’s winning TOTW is this gem from user ‘rockbus’:

The winning TOTW in FGF gets a prize. And it’s the fabulous majestic Singletrack x Granite Designs RockBand Strap! Therefore, howdy! to rockbus. Please email Please include your postal address, as it really speeds up delivery logistics init.

Hasta la vista, baby!

This week’s ‘nice promo vid slot’ goes to Propain. Nice promo vid…

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  • Fresh Goods Friday 638: Blasting From The Pasting Edition
  • tthew
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    OneUp’s bar profile minimises the length of the (35mm) clamp area “as this is the stiffest portion of any 35 diameter bar …

    Which leaves less room to mount your lights, Garmin, handlebar pack bracket etc. Meh, just give us 31.8mm clamps then you don’t need to compromise other aspects of the design to accommodate overly stiff bars.

    I like the look of the grips and the stash tool though.

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    “On the Dole” could become new roadie slang for fruit-based doping!

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    Omg another bottle with a dirt shield/cap, finally! Seemed an easy design feature for Camelbak to have a monopoly on

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    3l of water carried on the bike? Blimey. It’d be like Catch 22 – wow riding such a heavy bike is making me really thirsty I need to drink more..! 😆

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    The logo for Albion looks like a loose thread….id be constantly trying to pick it off thinking its not suppose to be there

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    The Apidura backpack has already gone up to £46!

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    Love the one up Stem stash tool thing – & that you can purchase the the stash part separately so you can just swap it between bikes before going out.

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    I think the pricing is wrong in the article. I got one last month and it was £44.

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    Does seem like oneup just want to invent the 31.8 bar? And yet they don’t sell one I think, only a 35mm one with minimised 35mm ness

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    Surely the price of that tyre is a misprint? ( Makes a change from how much????🙄)

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    Omg another bottle with a dirt shield/cap, finally! Seemed an easy design feature for Camelbak to have a monopoly on

    They’ve been around for ages, and are unfortunately a bit rubbish. Even in the photo there the cap isn’t hinging where it’s supposed to, so it just wears itself out and falls apart

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    Surely the price of that tyre is a misprint? ( Makes a change from how much????🙄)

    I’ve never seen a MTB tyre that expensive. That’s madness.

    I recently bought 2 Wolkfpack trail tyres and they were £15 cheaper including shipping from Germany than that one tyre. I will never spend that on a push bike tyre – there will always be decent alternatives.

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