Fresh Goods Friday 649 – Sparkling Finger Magic Edition

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Hello, good evening and welcome to this week’s Eff Gee Eff. It must be evening somewhere, right?

We’ve been struggling for instrospiration this week, possibly due to motivation being carried off by the 75km/h wind. But fear not! The rain has arrived, and brought with it some sopping wet words of encouragement for the readers heading off to the Dirty Reiver tomorrow. Taking a look back at this STW Forum Thread from 11 years ago (thanks @DazH) we suggest taking spare brake pads with you. Don’t forget to fuel, smile and dress for the worst to ensure it never happens. Good luck to you all!

A Tune

Finisterre Nautilus 23L Backpack

Finisterre Nautilus 23L Backpack Price: £145.00 From: Made from recycled fabrics with a water based wax treatment, this roll top bag has almost all the required features for a commuter. There’s a laptop sleeve at the back with padding, secret storage inside, a phone pocket you can reach without removing the bag and a large pocket on the front to save you unrolling the top for more frequently used items.

Nukeproof Blackline Women’s Long Sleeve Jersey (Race ’23)

Polartec Powderdry and Delta fabric. Flatlock stitched seams. Anti-bacterial finish for odour battling. Silicone print on the shoulder for bag grip. Bluesign Approved and OEKO-TEX Certified apparently. Nice pink.

Nukeproof Blackline Womens Short Sleeve Jersey

Made in Europe. Anti-bacterial finish. Crewneck. Set-in sleeves. Dropped rear hem. UV protection (well, apart from your arms). Also Bluesign Approved and Eco-Tech Certified.

DMR Odub Bars

Odub is essentially Olly Wilkins. Mr Wilkins had a hand (possibly two) in designing these bars. 7075 heat treated spiral butted aluminium. 31.8mm or 35mm clamp options. 20mm, 35mm or 50mm rise options. We’ve got these 35mm clamp 50mm rise jobbers. Always useful for raising the front ends of (L and XL) test bikes that still often come with too-low front ends.

Canyon CLLCTV Socks

Or should that be SCKS? Ths r blck scks. Tht’s prbbly ll y nd t knw.

Scott Sports Supertrac Amphib Shoes

These are running shoes designed for wet and muddy conditions. Which sounds perfect for our neck of the woods. Lugged soles for grip – including a lug right on the end of the toe, for bog ballet perhaps – and a construction designed to drain easily. The rubbery exterior lines should help fend off the snaggy bushes. We’re finding that our local peaty bog water has a tendency to eat through shoes, so we’re looking forward to seeing if these prove more durable.

Ryder Innovations Cage Mount

See? Sometimes triathletes can be useful to have around. Actually, I’m just guessing as to the inspiration behind this excellently handy product. Whether it was originally created for sticking bottles on to triathlon bike seatposts or not (a job it no doubt does admirably), we’re going to be using this to attach bottles and other things to any naughty bikes that we come across that don’t have bottle bosses on them.

Canyon Undershots With D30 Protector

More fancy pants. Hip pockets have (removeable) D30 pads in them. There’s a chamois in the usual chamois zone. Flat seams abound. Jacquard knit for the waistband and leg openings. Very nicely made all told.

Assos Trail LS Jersey T3

  • Price: £100.00
  • From: Assos

Assos: “Incorporating feedback from our World Cup athletes—and from our own experience—we updated our TRAIL fit. The T3 evolution features a slightly roomier chest to better accommodate pads and allow movement in the saddle. We also shifted the sleeves from a raglan cut to a set-in design to better map the body, and we equipped the forearms with additional abrasion resistance to fend off tree limbs and other trailside hazards.”

Assos Trail Jersey T3

  • Price: £80.00
  • From: Assos

Imagine the jersey above but with the most of the sleeves chopped off. That.

XLC x Fidlock Twist Bottles for HaiBIke Modular Rail System

Remember that HaiBike Nduja7 – sorry Nduro7 – ebike from a couple of weeks ago? You know the one. It weighed quite a lot. Well, as it happens I [Benji] have kinda fallen in love with it. It is the most ebike ebike ever. It doesn everything amazingly. Apart from get lifted over anything. No one else likes it. People make rude comments about it. None of these horrible people have ridden it though. partly because they say they don’t want to, but partly because IT’S MINE ALL MINE. MINE!

Anyhoo, it doesn’t use normal bottle bosses. HaiBike use something called the Modular Rail System (MRS for short) to attach things to the top of the down tube. Essential a mini metal trench that you insert quarter-turn brackets into and cinch into position. You can theoretically attach a piggyback battery AND a battery to the MRS.

USE FLOW Wide Carbon 40mm Rise 800mm

USE have added 10mm to each end of their previous FLOW carbon handlebars. They now stand (lie?) at the Industry Fullness Standard of 800mm.

USE 30.9mm to 34.9mm shim

Sometimes a test bike comes with a dropper post that either, A) goes pop or, B) is frustratingly short of travel. Sometimes there is even an option C) a frustratingly short dropper that goes pop. Enter USE to save the day. This new shim goes alongside all our other USE seatpost shims to enable us to fit our 30.9 Standby Dropper Post* into bikes that come with the modern vogue 34.9mm seat tube diameter.

* OneUp Dropper V.2 30.9mm 210mm

Digital Subscription to Singletrack

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Thread Of The Week

A hearty well done to TrailriderJim for being duly awarded this week’s winning forum posting…

The winning TOTW in FGF gets a prize. And it’s the fabulous majestic Singletrack Forum Bottle Opener! So, YOWZA! to TrailriderJim! Please email Please include your postal address, as it really speeds up delivery logistics init.

Just when you thought you couldn’t love these two things more

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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Hannah Dobson

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  • Fresh Goods Friday 649 – Sparkling Finger Magic Edition
  • philstone
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    Has anyone reviewed the USE carbon bars – they seem to be light but how strong are they?

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    High bars FTW. Pump those numbers up!

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    Little Feat what a great band, Willing one of their finest tracks, Lowell George left the planet too soon.

    T-Shirt print from back in the 80’s “My Father knew Lowell George” :-) (for the historians out there).

    I was only talking some younger MTB buddies about Little Feat and Lowell George while on a ride in the Purbecks last Sunday, spooky!

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    I’ve been interested in sticking some higher rise bars on my XL 2019 Orbea Rallon so I don’t feel like I’m bent right over (ooerr). Currently it runs RaceFace bars with a 10mm rise, would those 35mm rise ODub bars affect the handling at all? What changes could I expect?

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    What changes could I expect?

    Your hands will be 25mm higher than before and you might be more comfortable. That’s my experience anyway. Other people will tell you that you’ll be understeering wildly off the trail at every corner as if you don’t have flexible elbows.

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    When will MTB jersey designers start putting decent collars with zips in their jerseys? I find riding with crewnecks really uncomfortable and restricting but only road jerseys seem to have zips.

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    I’m with you on this @ThePinkster. I live somewhere hot and sunny and mostly I wear rare long sleeve roadie shirts because they have high collars, zips, pockets and long sleeves. I want to keep the sun off my arms and neck but I do get kinda hot, so a zip is welcome.
    I’m getting into long sleeve loose mtb tops and cargo bib shorts but the neck thing is still a problem for sun exposure.

    Free Member

    That Sesame St clip is great! Although James Gandolfini still cuts a terrifying figure while showing a more vulnerable side. Makes me want to watch the Sopranos again.

    Full Member

    @philstone There’s not enough danger money in the world for that.

    Full Member

    I’m with you @thepinkster – all cycling jerseys should have zipped collars (preferably the concealed 3/4 sort). If I want to look like I’m riding in a T-shirt, I’ll ride in a T-shirt…

    Full Member

    That giant talking vegetable had about 20 seconds to live after they cut

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    @philstone – I bought and fitted the previous 780mm version of the USE bars to my full-susser when I bought it a couple of years ago, along with the matching Vyce stem. I don’t do big jumps, but do get airborne a bit and like to hammer the descents. At 90kg I’m on the heavier side.

    I love the bars for shape and comfort and they’ve been rock solid in use. After a couple of months of owning them I bought a second set for my hardtail which have been equally impressive.

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