Fresh Goods Friday 666 – The Number of the Wee Beastie

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Welcome to Fresh Goods Friday, number six hundred and sixty six! There’s obviously only one tune that can start off this instalment – so make sure your office speakers are turned up full for maximum workplace embarrassment. And the ‘wee beastie’ bit is in honour of Scotland’s national bird, the midge, and a nod to the absolutely fantastic week and a bit of World Championships just gone. If you’ve been under a rock and not seen any of the racing highlights yet, we won’t spoil any surprises apart from to tell you to get watching before you find out the winners anyway.

Meanwhile, in STW Land, Amanda is back from her travels, Hannah is off on hers, Mark is about to disappear, Benji is in Holland and I (Chipps) am still larking around as usual, though with added ‘new bike day’ building going on for my wife, as you’ll see below.

First, though, on with the show! Bring on Fresh Goods Friday 666!

Ibis RipMo V2

It’s new bike day in the Chipps’ household*, with this shiny new Ibis RipMo in SRAM GX spec. There’s currently a sale on, so this was too much of a temptation. The RipMo is the longer travel, enduro-friendly bike in the Ibis range, with a 160mm Fox 38 up front and 140mm of DW Link travel out back. Launched a few years ago, it was a mash up of the Ibis 29er Ripley with the burlier Mojo – hence the name. It has been recently refreshed (hence the V2 moniker) and it’s also the first of the Ibis bikes to now come with a SRAM UDH dropout (ensuring SRAM T-type (and who knows who else?) compatibility.

(* It’s actually Beate’s, but Chipps can ride it if he’s been good)

CushCore Bumper Box

This bumper box of Cush Core has come in with the express intent of changing the mind of Mr ‘I never puncture, why would I need inserts’ Chippendale. After a chat at Eurobike, the bosses of Cush Core were persuasive in their argument that, even if you never pinch flat, any rider can benefit from the lower pressures and tyre support that Cush Core (and presumably, some other inserts) offer. We’ll see… Luckily, they’ve supplied their ‘third hand’ Bead Bro tyre clamp (£16.99) and inevitably phallic Bead Dropper tool (£23.99).

MSR Hubba Hubba NX 2 person tent

Amanda: This tent was a panic-purchase days before we set off to France. Our van died, so we decided to go bikepacking, and couldn’t face bivvy bags for two weeks. It is so easy to put up, really lightweight and packs so perfectly into a Tailfin Aeropack you’d think it was designed to be paired with them.

Sea to Summit Pocket Shower 10L

Amanda: This is basically a drybag with a twist action showerhead that is so small it fits in a cargo pocket on a jersey, or takes up as much space as a mobile phone in your bag. If you have a multiday bike trip, it could be a great option, assuming you can either handle a cold shower, or you have time to leave it in the sun to warm up.

Col de la Bonette Trophy

  • Price: €6.00
  • From: Tat shop on the Col du Galibier

Amanda: I’ve been up plenty of Cols and never felt the need to buy a little trinket, but this is one beautiful mountain. Not only is it super scenic on the way, you are completely surrounded by layers of mountains as far as your eyes can see from the top. So yeah, I bought some tat to remember it.

Specialized Pathfinder Pro 700×47

Amanda: I normally run 38mm Pathfinder Pro tyres on my gravel bike, as it’s mostly used as a road bike so I don’t need the volume, but I do need the toughness for Potholemorden. I ordered the 47mm for riding the Torino Nice Rally route, with the addition of some more mountains at either end of the trip. They’re super comfy, still fast rolling on tarmac, and despite me riding down the odd MTB trail I didn’t have a single puncture.

Fox Union Flat Shoe

One piece welded seamless upper is the big feature here plus the Ultratac™ Grip sole for sticking to your pedals. Gun metal grey is not the only colour option, although we reckon these look understated and rather classy. Not the best look for photoshoots but still, we’ll do our best to shoot them pretty when we review them.

These have Benji’s name attached to the delivery note although they are size 6. Benji won’t be testing them – his feet are massive!

1980’s Dutch Football Shirt

  • Price: Holiday money isn’t real money
  • From: Benji

Amanda: Benji has sent these photos over with no more information than the year the shirt is from. I can almost guarantee he’s desperately jealous that the shirt is Olive’s size and not his own, as that 80’s wallpaper pattern is right up his street. Wouldn’t that make a great MTB clothing range… 80’s wallpaper? With the avocado bathroom suite colour for an accent, maybe the shorts? If we get a rush of subscribers before Christmas, I’ll design it.


  • Price: Who cares
  • From: Benji

This iconic Dutch breakfast is basically sprinkles for toast. No doubt what MVDP had before the World Champs road race.

Thread of the Week

The hallowed award (of something from Charlie’s bottom drawer) this week goes to @duncancallum for starting off this most amusing thread about inappropriate wedding songs – either imagined, or increasingly numerous – actual playlists of not very appropriate nuptial choonze

The winning TOTW in FGF gets a prize. So @duncancallum please email for your random prize. Don’t forget to include your postal address, as it really speeds up delivery logistics like. Ta!

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Get your Friday started!

So, all that remains is to send you on your way with some good wishes for the weekend. May it be all that you ever dreamed of, eh? And what better way to send you off, than with Calderdale’s finest Mr Wilson’s Second Liners having a clog-off on a Blue Monday…?

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.

Chipps Chippendale

Singletrackworld's Editor At Large

With 23 years as Editor of Singletrack World Magazine, Chipps is the longest-running mountain bike magazine editor in the world. He started in the bike trade in 1990 and became a full time mountain bike journalist at the start of 1994. Over the last 30 years as a bike writer and photographer, he has seen mountain bike culture flourish, strengthen and diversify and bike technology go from rigid steel frames to fully suspended carbon fibre (and sometimes back to rigid steel as well.)

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  • Fresh Goods Friday 666 – The Number of the Wee Beastie
  • duncancallum
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    Whoop I won!

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    Longest standing mountain bike magazine editor in the world! That deserves rather more of a celebration.  Perhaps a letter to the King will bring a much deserved honour.

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    Whoop I won!

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    It might be me but I havent worked out this lower pressure with cushcore. I fitted one for the Alps to the rear wheel and found that with the same pressure as before fitting it felt like I was riding with a flat back tyre and have increased in by a coupe of psi

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    Longest standing mountain bike magazine editor in the world!

    it was going to be ‘bike magazine editor’ but Dan from Cycling Today has me by about six months… 😜

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    Up the Irons!🤟

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    That ‘clog off’ is fantastic! 👍 😄

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    I’ve already got the Fox shoes. £100 at Go Outdoors. Big fan very like.

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    That Ibis looks rather dated now, eh?

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    When reviewing shoes, can you please pull the liner out and stand on it? I’d like to see how much of the foot tries to overspill the last.

    Thank you.

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    A pic from directly above to show the shape of the toebox is also useful.

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    Never understood people’s love for the Ibis looks, I fail to see the appeal.

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    I have a Ripmo v2, and love it to pieces.

    Despite Bex Barona’s Enduro success on her Ripmo a year or two back, I definitely still think of mine as a very capable trail bike, rather than an Enduro machine (if we must pigeonhole things). Just as happy pedalling all day on undulating terrain as it is blasting down rocky or rooty trails.

    Never ridden anything that’s as good at everything off-road. I did swap the Assegai on the rear out for a Dissector though, to get it rolling a little more efficiently.

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    Anyone else got the music LOUD?

    Wouldn’t that make a great MTB clothing range… 80’s wallpaper? With the avocado bathroom suite colour for an accent, maybe the shorts? If we get a rush of subscribers before Christmas, I’ll design it.

    Errrr, only if Chipps grows a mullet to match…

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     That Ibis looks rather dated now, eh?

    I got one of the Ripmo AF DVO/SLX bargains from Merlin earlier this year as my bikes had been stolen and I needed something reasonably priced and quickly. In the side on official photos the Ripmo AF looks weird but in real life it’s actually not that ugly and more importantly it rides really well.

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    @matt_outandabout – I reckon I could only grow a very sketchy Klaus from Scorpions bald mullet… Probably not worth the effort… 🙂

    I probably still have some stretchy trousers that’d work though…

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    I ordered the 47mm for riding the Torino Nice Rally route,

    This was a good decision

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