Fresh Goods Friday 650: Fashionable Goods Friday

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I (Hannah) am tempted to go and moonlight at some sort of fashion magazine for a few weeks, in the hope that there is a Fashionable Goods Friday equivalent. This Fresh Goods Friday has a lot of clothing in it, but none of it seems particularly appropriate for getting married in. I was feeling all relaxed about the whole dress to get married in thing. A nice frock, some jazzy sandals, sorted. Except I can’t find a nice frock anywhere. Or, more to the point, I can’t find a frock that looks nice on me that doesn’t cost more than I just sold my car for. Or indeed, much more than a top notch waterproof jacket. I reckon I can wear a waterproof jacket for at least 50% of the year. A nice frock… it rather depends how many people I know decide to have 50th birthday parties. Maybe once or twice a year?

Anyway, FGF is often a series of photos of bad modelling, so it seems in keeping to share some wedding dress shopping nonsense. Consider it my audition for Fashionable Magazine Monthly. It’s a bit scary. Like I’m a sextuplet.

I did not buy any of these. I am still looking. Anyway. On with bikes, and bike stuff. Familiar ground. Phew. PSA: It is Friday. It’s all going to get confusing from here, what with all the bank holidays. Ground yourself now, with Fresh Goods Friday 650.

Scott Genius ST 900 Tuned

This is the most Scott-ish Scott we’ve seen for quite some time. There’s flagship and then there’s FLAGSHIP. This not-cheap mountain bike has had everything that Scott can do, done to it. Top drawer carbon fibre, hidden shock, one piece bar and stem, multi-lever remote doohicky, Syncros stash tools, internally routed pretty-much-everything. Not everyone’s cup of tea but there are plenty of people who love this sort of thing. We’re just going to tell you how it rides. Vital stats: 160mm fork, 150mm rear, 63.9° head angle, 77.2° seat angle (Large), 485mm reach, 440mm chainstays, 33mm BB drop, 440mm seat tube.

Canyon CLLCTV L/S Jersey

Subtly branded jersey with small zip pocket on the left (apparently that’s the right place for lift tickets, if you live in that sort of a place). Nice snug neckline and sleeve cuffs. Available in a selection of colours, with all the colours being available in men’s and women’s cuts. The CLLCTV branding on the back doesn’t hold mud spatters the same as the jersey fabric, giving a very artistic relief effect on a muddy ride.

Endura Women’s Hummvee Lite 3/4 Shorts

This is making Hannah feel old: her first ever MTB specific clothing purchase was some 3/4 length Humvees. These ones are floaty light and have a PFC free water repellant finish. They come with a basic liner short which clips in using the Clickfast popper system.

Endura Women’s SingleTrack II Jacket

  • Price: £164.99
  • From: Endura

You wont find this colour on the Endura site yet, but we promise it does exist. A waterproof yet breathable jacket with an Exoshell20™ outer fabric, which is somewhere between a waterproof and a softshell to the touch – very soft and rather quiet.

Endura MT500 D30 Shin Guard

These are the new D30 shin pads from Endura, in size L-XL. Many of you seemed oblivious to the potential need for such protection until Hannah wrote about thin shin skin, repeated scars, and gaping wounds. As well as scar tissue, as you age your skin loses its elasticity, leaving your skin more vulnerable to bashes and scrapes. And lower leg injuries can take an especially long while to heal up. Which is very annoying when you want to ride your bike. These shin pads are super light weight, and easy to put on or take off without removing shoes. Silicone gripper at the top should help them play nice with your kneepads too, and keep everything in place. Plenty of ventilation makes them look like they shouldn’t be too sweaty either. Protection only works if you’re actually wearing it!

Endura Women’s MT500 Waterproof Jacket

  • Price: £239.99
  • From: Endura

The most waterproof, durable and breathable of the entire Endura range, the MT500 is packed full of features that will help keep you comfortable when the weather is trying to ruin your day. Underarm zip vents, front pockets that double as vents, lycra inner cuffs and much more.

Endura Women’s MT500 Spray Baggy Trouser

  • Price: £124.99
  • From: Endura

Lightweight 4-way stretch fabric with a DWR finish on the front and waterproof panels on the rear, and compatible with Endura’s Clickfast liner stystem. These are a Medium, but rather a different shape to the other Medium Endura pants being worn by Amanda.

Endura Women’s SingleTrack Tank Top

Made with a minimum of 50% recycled polyester yarn, and Endura will plant a tree when you buy it. It’s much redder than it looks here. And Hannah is scarier.

Mountain Footing Holiday In Italy

Charlie says… “Mountain footing is just like mountain biking but instead of a bicycle, you ride your feet over the mountains. This new sport could catch on.

I took a 4-day mountain foot expedition along the Amalfi coast of Italy, followed by a beach/beer day and then a visit to the ancient Roman city of Pompeii. It dawned on me, on the first day, which had over 4,000 feet of climbing, that as a mountain biker the downhills will be hell without a bike. Checking out the trail and admiring the drop offs, all the time wishing I had a bike. The reality was OK, as much of it was too technical or just a bit dull on a bike.

Our bags were taxied to the next hotel each day, leaving us with just our swimming gear and a picnic in a camelback. The food was out of this world, and somehow, we broke dietary science. How can you climb thousands of vertical feet, over many miles, for up to 9 hours a day… for many days…  and put on weight?

The winged Roman phallus from Pompeii is a symbol of prosperity, fertility and good luck. They are carved into the pavements and if you follow them, you will find yourself at a brothel. One of these brothels is in great condition and still has various sexual positions illustrated on the wall, which would have been used as a menu.”

Endura Women’s SingleTrack Liner Short

A mountain bike specific mesh liner short, with Clickfast fastenings. Not made of recycled fabrics, but Endura will still plant a tree for you.

Endura Women’s Hummvee Waterproof Hooded Jacket

  • Price: £114.99
  • From: Endura

The Hummvee is designed to popular both on and off the bike. No big logos or colour blocks, just a smart 2-layer waterproof with all the features you need from an outer layer. Underarm vents, hood adjustment, hand warmer pockets, reflective trim and adjustable cuffs.

Endura Women’s Singletrack LS Jersey

A lightweight and fast wicking fabric made from over 80% recycled material. There’s a rear zipped pocket, upper back perforation and no garish logos for a nice casual look.

Endura Women’s MT500 Burner Lite Pant

These Atherton Endorsed downhill trousers are available in blue or black, they have a 4-way stretch fabric, mesh panels behind the knees for breathability, zipped pockets, perforation for airflow at the front and are compatible with the ClickFast Endura liner.

Falke Maximum Support Bra

  • Price: £74
  • From: Falke

The Bra Top is for cup sizes C and D for sports with higher activity levels. No side seams, compression zones and the a strong rib structure in the middle of the back as well as in the area under the bust should make it comfortable and supportve. Between the cups, there is a breathable mesh structure.

Falke Impulse Cycling Socks

  • Price: £20
  • From: Falke

These promise ‘stimulating mesh to prevent numbness’, which is very intriguing. Have the full blurb: ‘The innovative mesh knit stimulates the receptors on the ball of the foot. The stimulation and permanent massage minimise numbness in the cycling shoe. In addition, the open structure ensures fast transport of heat and sweat and keeps your feet cool and dry. In addition, the ultra-light padding combined with the stimulation of the receptors in the ball of the foot and the toes offers improved balance and dynamics, as well as immediate power transmission in all cycling shoes.’. Power socks! We might have to test them out with a power meter. Or just wear them a lot – Falke stuff is usually long lasting in our experience.

Zephyr All Surface Gloves

A knitted glove with great breathability paired with an anti-slip palm and minimal padding. They feature touchscreen conductive fingertips, suede palms for grip even in the wet, a water repellent coating and a stretchy, flexible fit.

Challenge Tyres Strada Bianca

These handmade tyres are available in 30, 33, 36, 40 and 45mm and designed for use on tarmac, cobbles, gravel and anything else you might find on an epic road adventure. They’re tubeless ready and are going on Amanda’s gravel bike for the Frontier300…

7Mesh Women’s Chilco Vest

A thermal cycling vest with a loft back fabric for slower paced days out, or extreme low temperatures. The rear stuff pocket includes straps to attach it to the bike.

7Mesh Women’s Ashlu Merino Jersey LS

Long sleeved merino cargo jersey with plenty of storage in the pockets. Ideal for road and gravel, merino offers great thermoregulation and antibacterial properties. Multi-day adventures where you can’t wash your kit are made much more pleasant with merino!

7Mesh Women’s Chilco Neck Warmer

7Mesh Women’s Northwoods Windshell 

A very lightweight and breathable cycling jacket with DWR coating, on-bike storage straps, a hood with draw cords for adjustment, elasticated cuffs and a side pocket with a double sided zip so you can pack it down. You’ll struggle to choose between Bottle Blue (pictured), Matcha and Peat, as the new colour range is lovely.

To-Go Ware Bamboo Cutlery

Charlie says: “Spring is here and eating outside is no longer a fearsome challenge of avoiding horizontal drizzle, frozen puddles and trying not to attract polar bears. Get classy on your mid ride picnic with this ethical as hell bamboo cutlery set. However be warned as the bamboo may attract panda bears. Let’s be careful out there.”

Specialized 2FO Method

SlipNot rubber outsole. Canvas upper ‘sits’ into a cupped sole for a lower profile. Foam core midsole. Internal heel support. I (Benji) haven’t really pedalled around in there yet, apart from a couple of school runs, but I think they may have a place for the old summer evening sojourn on MTBs.

Thread Of The Week

This week’s gratifyingly irritating winning forum post goes to chrisyork for this teeth-grinding and/or eye-rolling classic…

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

The “Antony Gormley clingfilm thing”?!

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Where do all of the goods come from?

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What happens to all of the products?

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  • Fresh Goods Friday 650: Fashionable Goods Friday
  • Harry_the_Spider
    Full Member

    The blue one.

    tthew
    Full Member

    Have those Specialized shoes not been ridden much, but walked around in a lot? They look really tired.

    stwhannah
    Full Member

    @Harry_the_Spider I think of that one as ‘shrink wrapped mermaid’

    dirkpitt74
    Full Member

    Are endura doing a mens version of the 3/4 Humvee lites?

    As for wedding dress choice – no idea as I’m clueless when it comes to that sort of thing.

    davros
    Full Member

    Get married in the endura mt500 kit.

    stanley
    Full Member

    The Perky Purple one 👍

    stwhannah
    Full Member

    @dirkpitt74 It looks like the Lites are women’s only, but there is a non-Lite version for men (and women).

    The correct answer to dresses is: none of them

    nickc
    Full Member

    You look amazing in all of them, He’s a lucky man

    Also I’ve got that chilco vest, and it’s warmer than a warm thing with a cat sat on it’s lap next to warming fire in a warm house on a sunny day.

     

    brakestoomuch
    Full Member

    If you’re worried about how often you can wear a posh frock, perhaps you could hire one. It’s all the rage, apparently. Just make sure you don’t get it caught in the chain on the way to the ceremony.

    dangeourbrain
    Free Member

    What has been said to Amanda to produce the “you wanna’ come over ere an say tha” pose in the third photo for the jersey?

    I’ll ask Mrs brain where she got her wedding dress from, seem to recall it was about £75 from somewhere in white rose centre. That said I’d happily pay significantly more not to go to white rose centre or the like

    FB-ATB
    Full Member

    Thought this going to be about TJ’s thread! Got to be the Endura Singletrack jacket for the wedding. New revenue stream for Trail centres- get married on the trail & reception at the site cafe.

    willard
    Full Member

    There’s something just not right with the Scott, the proportions just look a little wrong on it. And also, handmade tyres? Really? I think that is probably the most niche thing I have heard so far in this place.

    Dress: Wear something that you are comfortable in. If it’s going to cost you the same or more as a pair of carbon-soled SPD disco slippers, make sure you can wear it for other things as well. Most wedding-y though (IMO): Left-most.

    noeffsgiven
    Free Member

    The last two on the right were fashioned from bed sheets, you don’t fool me 😀.
    Nice of Endura to include matching nail varnish with their women’s hummvee jackets.

    spyke85
    Free Member

    Handmade tyres are not niche at all, just not common in the mountain bike world.

    Challenge are famed for it, with the supple ride they provide from their casings and are the biggest brand in cyclocross because of it. Same benefits transfer across to gravel and road. I love them

    chrismac
    Full Member

    I do like the look of that Scott

    ElShalimo
    Full Member

    CSI Todmorden on the way to look at something nasty

     

     

    FB-ATB
    Full Member

    The last two on the right were fashioned from bed sheets….

    as makeshift garments for a toga party.

    sharkattack
    Full Member

    When I was a bike mechanic we used to run a mile when we saw a Scott coming through the door. 10 years later nothing has changed.

    ped
    Full Member

    New revenue stream for Trail centres- get married on the trail & reception at the site cafe.

    Coincidently I went to a wedding at a trail centre just last weekend. I hadn’t paid attention to the venue and so didn’t take a bike. Doh!

    And there was a comedy moment with a kid careering off line and so yelling ‘no. no! NO!’ mid-ceremony.

    dangeourbrain
    Free Member

    I heard some features at a trail centre can require commitment but that’s not quite what I expected!

    Northwind
    Full Member

    Yeah the blue one, or the one on the right- your right- if you want more traditional.

    Does the MT500 jacket have a removable hood or at least proper hood stowage? And could you please tell us these things about every jacket with a hood? It’s a pretty big deal

    robertajobb
    Full Member

    The removable hood can double up as a veil for the walk up the isle

    dangeourbrain
    Free Member

    I’ll ask Mrs brain where she got her wedding dress from

    Debenhams, so I guess that’s not helpful

    davidmoyesismydad
    Free Member

    I’d agree that spending hard earned on a posh frock to only wear once doesn’t make sense and whilst you needn’t spend a fortune it’s important you feel a million dollars on the lovely day.
    I personally live the idea of us stw fans buying you the dress,no not choose it for you that would highly likely be a disaster according to my good lady but I would love the idea of the dress been gifted from the stw massive forum magazine call us what you will I’ll say stw family .
    I know you are far to humble to ever consider it and all I’m wanting to do is ask you @stwhannah if you would allow us the stw family to contribute to your big day dress (not a fan of thatvterm but hey ho) lovely day dress as a thank you and as a wedding gift from us all to you .
    Maybe @amanda could convince you for us

    doomanic
    Full Member

    In all the furore surrounding Hannah’s wedding dress conundrum we appear to have overlooked the price of that Scott…

     

    How **** much??? £11K? Seriously?

    doomanic
    Full Member

    I personally live the idea of us stw fans buying you the dress

    This, I like.

    no not choose it for you

    This, not so much. It could be the sartorial equivalent of Boaty McBoatface.

    stwhannah
    Full Member

    That’s very sweet of you but my mum has already said she’ll buy my dress! And I’ve just ordered one off Etsy. It might result in me hugging trees and harnessing my inner moon goddess. Or something. If the effect is suitably comic I’ll be sure to share before I return it!

    dangeourbrain
    Free Member

    How **** much??? £11K? Seriously?

    I know. you could buy a Santa Cruz with xc32s or an ebike with rs 35s for that.

    I don’t think it’s that crazy for what it is which is a top tier, best of everything utterly daft hyper bike.
    The crazy thing is that flippancy aside you really could buy a fairly bog standard bike for that sort of money today.

    Harry_the_Spider
    Full Member

    moon goddess

    You’re not going to show your arse are you!?

    dangeourbrain
    Free Member

    Not at your own wedding. Surely that’s frowned upon.

    ElShalimo
    Full Member

    How do you think the Moonies started out?

    dangeourbrain
    Free Member

    How do you think the Moonies started out?

    If I remember my 80s films, a man faking his own death to escape from jail

    Clink
    Full Member

    I like 7Mesh kit, but I find advertising that you can store your clothing ‘on the bike’ laughable. Surely it just gets covered in mud/shit/water and becomes unwearable??

    b33k34
    Full Member

    Shin guards look interesting. I’ve long wondered about a pair for late summer to deal with the worst of the brambles and nettles.

    weester
    Free Member

    Had a pair of 33mm Challenge Strada Bianca’s on my Thorn Audax. Very supple tyre, yet still fast rolling even at relatively low pressures.

    FB-ATB
    Full Member

    we appear to have overlooked the price of that Scott…

    How **** much??? £11K? Seriously?

    That’s ridiculous, you can get a wedding dress for that!

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