Fresh Good Friday 645 – Things that make you go Mmm…

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Mmm… Pentax 645.

Benji wrote that, and then went on holiday. So who knows? What sort of ‘Mmm’ is it?

Perhaps it’s a ‘Mmm’ of the variety you give to your three year old as they tell you a long winded tale of what their Teddy said to them on the way to the park and why Teddy doesn’t like mushrooms, and what Teddy would do to a mushroom if he met one when he was in the supermarket.

Maybe it’s a ‘Mmm’ of the sort you give when your mates tell you ‘it’ll be reet, just go fast’.

Or is it a ‘Mmm’ of the kind you let out as you sink into freshly laundered sheets in a hotel bed, after a day out on bikes and an hour or more making full use of the hotel power shower, deep bath, and plentiful towels?

So many varieties of Mmm. We haven’t covered the eyebrow raising version yet – or is that a ‘Hmm’? Check out today’s Fresh Goods Friday and find out.

Canyon Neuron AL 6

At the more budget end of the new Canyon Neuron line up, this is the AL 6 version with FOX 34 Float Rhythm 140 mm fork, FOX Float DPS Performance shock, and Shimano SLX 12 speed drivetrain. For the full run down on this ‘bike for the 99%’ check out Benji’s First Look and video. Lots has changed since the last Canyon Neuron!

New Timber! Yew Mountain Bike Bell

Charlie says… “The fastest bike is the bike with a Timber bell! You can keep your carbon cranks and £800 rear mech. This £33 bell will make you faster. How? Because all the ramblers, dog walkers, and sheep will now get out of your way. It has a switch, so you just turn it on when you need it, leaving you in control with your hands on grips. Trail awareness when you need it. Silence when you don’t. Turn “bloody cyclists” into a cheery “hello, nice day for it”.

I must have sold over 3,000 of the original Timber Bells over the years. So, it is great to see the best trail bell get even better. The older bells, literally only a dozen out of thousands, could wear out and your donger wouldn’t go back up. No one wants a donger that they can’t get up.

Let’s run through what’s new. Servicable and rebuildable. A spring loaded piston to the on/off lever for smoother shifting. A hinge pin in the bar clamp for easier mounting. Now fits 35mm bars and includes shims for standard 31.8mm and 22.2mm bars. The 22.2 allows you to mount it in the thumb zone near your grip. Don’t be a trail dick, get your ding-dong on”


  • Price: £590 mech, £160 shifter, £430 cassette, £105 chain
  • From: Zyro Fisher
Front view

It’s not like Benji to have his head turned by shiny things, but he’s rather impressed with this…this…transmission? It’s a drivetrain, innit. Transmissions are what you receive through your tinfoil hat? We’re not sure why SRAM is keen for this to be called a transmission, but there you go. Anyway, read about how good it is here. You should go and read that – there is way more tech in this than we can cover in FGF. Things you might not know if you’ve not been paying attention this week: you can stand on it without breaking it, there is no B-tension setting or fiddly hi/lo stop screws, the chain is flat on one side, and you can shift gears under load with it.

What’s this?

Why is this pea so worried? Amanda has been doodling again. To see the full picture, make sure you’re on the mailing list for our Weekly Word editorial newsletter – it’s free and open to all!

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Leatherman Micra Keychain Multi-Tool

Amanda says: Thanks to @schmiken for letting me know about Leatherman warranty – I returned my broken Squirt and was given a choice of the current range of mini tools to replace it. This Micra has a set of very sharp scissors, a ruler, tweezers, Phillips Screwdriver, nail cleaner, nail file, bottle opener
medium and xtra-small screwdrivers, and it comes with a keychain hoop. Along with my Gerber Dime, I basically have a toolkit attached to my keys!

Crankbrothers Mallet Trail

The new Mallet Trail pedal sits between the Candy and Mallet E pedals, aimed at trail/gravel riding. It promises a long spindle for stability and speed (and shoe clearance), two adjustable pins per side for added traction, and Crankbrothers’ eggbeater system with 4-sided entry. Designed to shed mud, and available in purple, black, and ‘champagne’. Which is a sort of metallic mushroom colour. We’re wasted over here, we should be doing colour naming.

Deity T-Mac Pedals

For the flatties and the freeriders, we have Deity T-Mac signature pedals. Flip your cranks. Do a can-can. T-bog to superman. Or, just ride along the trail. Extruded and Machined from DEITY moulds and 6061 T6 aluminum, this is the largest of the Deity pedal range with a 110mm x 105mm footprint. They have a concave 2.5mm deep pedal profile per side, and 14mm thin at the centre. The pedal profile is symmetrical for added foot support and stability (and perhaps better re-acquaintance with your feet after your latest trick?). Dual sided pins with pre-applied Loctite, plus spares included.

Islabike Rothan 12 Balance Bike

  • Price: £129.99 (35% off price, this colour only)
  • From: Islabikes

Yay! Look! New bike day isn’t this exciting! Erm… Can’t you just feel the joy in this toddler’s soul at being given a new bike? We’re hoping he’s not feeling the parental disappointment vibes too much. This Rothan balance bike is one of a number currently on offer at reduced prices at Islabikes. It’s their first sale ever! Pop on over and maybe you can make your child just as happy and delighted as this one?

Mmm… Cake

  • Price: Waistline
  • From: Emily

This picture makes this cake look small. In reality, it was a skyscraper of a cake. A towering vegan wonder, which Amanda declared to be the best looking cake we’d ever had in the building. It was a joint happy birthday Amanda and goodbye Tom cake. So it needed to be big, it was covering a lot of ground. Which is what we’re going to have to do having troughed it. Vegan is not calorie free, as it turns out.

Thread Of The Week

It’s not a new thread this week – it’s actually a whole year old. Yet RustyNissanPrairie is still out there picking up litter – and inspiring others to join the cause. Much discussion of litter pickers and sharing of finds. Good vibes. Well done. We can’t award knighthoods, but we can award TOTW.

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

OK, that’s it. For no particular reason other than everyone needs an opportunity to jump up and down a bit, have some Amyl and the Sniffers.

What is Fresh Goods Friday?

It’s Singletrack’s long running, weekly roundup of all of the new products that have been sent in to the magazine.

Where do all of the goods come from?

They’re sent in by bike companies and marketing agencies

What happens to all of the products?

They’re featured and then some are reviewed down the line in either Singletrack Magazine or in online reviews and photoshoots.

What happens to them when you’ve finished with them?

They’re usually sent back after review, or kept on long-term test bikes. But no one ever asks for shorts and shoes back. Trust us on that. Once we were asked to return some brake pads.

I’m a company making the next big thing. How much does it cost to feature in FGF?

Nothing. Nil. Zero. Diddlysquat. Sod all. Just send all ‘next big things’ to us at – Fresh Goods Friday, Singletrack Magazine, Lockside Mill, Dale Street, Todmorden. OL14 5PX. Please note that if you require the products back after they have featured then you are responsible for arranging collection at your cost. While it is our policy to feature everything we receive in FGF if we decide your product is not suitable for publication we won’t do it. Publication is at our discretion. Whether a product goes on for publication as a review is at editorial discretion. Beer, coffee & spirits will ALWAYS be tested.

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  • Fresh Good Friday 645 – Things that make you go Mmm…
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    1990. Good god!

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    Pentax 645. Always wanted one. Medium format camera init. Mmm…

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    Just run me through how you get 4 sided entry on the Mallet pedal? 😁

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    Just run me through how you get 4 sided entry on the Mallet pedal?

    The clip mechanism can be entered on 4 sides. Thought that was fairly obvious 😁

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    Just run me through how you get 4 sided entry on the Mallet pedal?

    Left side, right side, top side and backside?

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    How are you clipping into the left and right with the body of the pedal around it?

    Unless the clip bit can rotate within the body, in which case I’m the numb nuts.

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    Many Happy Returns, Amanda and best of luck to Tom, wherever he has moved on to. That looks like a good cake. Mmm, indeed.

    Is it just me, or does the statue in the Canyon picture look like it’s exclaiming, “Goodness!”

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    Unless the clip bit can rotate within the body, in which case I’m the numb nuts.

    You got it.

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    Unless the clip bit can rotate within the body, in which case I’m the numb nuts.

    Correct. 😉

    But there is no left and right, there’s just four sides to the (freely rotating within the pedal cage) clip mechanism.

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    I don’t think I’m ever going to get to like Tan wall tyres. They just look wrong to me.

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    I don’t think I’m ever going to get to like Tan wall tyres. They just look wrong to me.

    Luckily they’re the hard compoound speedgrip ones, so you’ll be ditching them anyway for grippier ones

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    Unless the clip bit can rotate within the body, in which case I’m the numb nuts.

    You got it.

    Correct. 😉


    So, not things that make you go Mmm, more like things that make you go

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    I hope so the products featured are made in a stw approved manner and not using cheap labour round the world. I would hate them to be promoting products that don’t meet their standards

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    We have the statue from the Canyon ad in our back garden. 😁

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    The Micra is an excellent keyring Leatherman® tool. I was hard-pushed to choose between it and the Squirt or whatever the pliers one is. Micra won out as scissors are a winner.

    Just remember to remove it from your keys when boarding a plane.

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    Amyl and the sniffers. Great choice! Not seen any of their promo videos before but the music is great.

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    Happy birthday 🎂 Amanda!
    Goodbye to Tom? 😢 all the best for your next step.

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    You’re welcome and happy birthday!

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