Fresh Goods Friday 668 – The Scientifically Calculating Edition

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Saddle up and pack your pony because it’s time for this week’s majestic Fresh Goods Friday!

Benji is still dealing with the aftermath of racing surviving last weekend’s Naughty Northumbrian Enduro event. You’ll be able to read – and watch – all about his (mis)adventures very shortly, suffice to say it was caps lock STEEP and WET up there. His bike and kit are just about finally clean again. His mind, body and soul still require quite a bit more work.

On with FGF!

No reason (apart from itself)

Cotic FlareMAX

  • Price: Complete bikes from £3799
  • From: Cotic

Amanda: “We had a turquoise Cotic FlareMAX Gen 5 in for test a couple of months ago, and I took it out for a ride simply as an excuse to nip out for an hour. I had no intention of buying myself a bike… but here I am, the proud owner of the Limestone version, which is by far the better colour. As far as buying bikes goes, I think the Cotic Framebuilder is excellent and the customer service is faultless. I took this straight to Shackwrap for frame protection, and somehow they made me love it even more with a matte/silk finish wrap that I can’t even locate the edges of.”

bloK pod MTB Fork Mount

This machined and anodised fork mount is a genius solution for bike transportation, particularly for those building custom van storage like me (Amanda). The red inserts are 15mm x 100mm for my turbo trainer that I want to build a custom block for, however when it comes to putting the bloK pod in the van, additional inserts are £10.99/pair, and you can get any size possible, from QR road axles up to fat bikes.

Wera 073593 HexPlus 9 Piece Ball End Allen Key Set 1.5-10mm

Charlie says: “After around a decade of loyal service, much of it in a bike shop working 6 days a week, I retired my last set of Wera allen keys because I could not find the tiny 1.5mm and the 5mm had started to show wear. They really do last very well (especially if you don’t lose them and put them back in their handy holster thingy).

“The colour coding is super handy and gives you a fighting chance of picking up the right size first time. Check out the ball ends. These allow you go in a jaunty angles which is just mega when bike designers put the rear brake mounts inside the rear triangle.

“And if all that is not enough, how about a little complimentary anarchy? The box tells me “You are a tool rebel“. I sort of knew that already, as that has been said to me before… but without the rebel bit”.

Complimentary Anarchy

Northwave Overland Plus

These shoes feature Vibram’s ‘Fort Augustus” clipless-friendly sole. There’s an EVA midsole in the mix to “reduce weight and improve shock absorbing”. The BOA – sorry, SLW3 rotor – tightens the shoes from mid instep to toes, while the Velcro – sorry, hook-and-loop – strap deal with the upper arch area. TPU insert in the toe box, Ripstop reinforced shoes upper. The heel cup is designed to “adapt to your heel avoiding slippage and delivering a precision fit at all time.”

Northwave Tailwhip Eco Evo

The flattie shoes are all about the eco. The Tailwhip Eco Evo is Northwave’s first cycling shoe with a 53.34% “responsible impact”. Upper, lining, tongue, laces and insole top sheet are made of 100% RePET, recycled post-consumer polyester. Insole footbed partially made of 86% ReFOAM, recycled polyurethane foam. Sole partially made of 26% ReRubber, recycled pre-consumer rubber chips. We’ll let you know how they perform as cycling shoes. They’re a nice blue.

Northwave Good Times Great Lines Socks

Some freebie socks to go with the Northwave shoes above. The big question is: will these feature in our end-of-year Best Socks feature? Surely, the most important feature of the year, if not the whole history of Singletrack World. What socks do you lot rate? Let us know in the comments!

Feedback Sports Bike Holding Stuff

Chipps says: I’ve been revamping my home workshop this summer and decided that I needed some drastic measures to keep my unruly heap of bikes tidy, so out went the mishmash of bikes leaning on bikes and the shelves that never had anything on them because there were bikes in the way. In their place is going a Feedback Sports A-frame bike stand with some Rakk XL stands for frequently used bikes. I also took the opportunity to upgrade my decade-old (at least!) Feedback Ultralight workstand with the big heavy duty Pro Mechanic HD stand for working on e-bikes, and for the fantastic quick release clamp.

Feedback Sports A-Frame

Instant bike tidy, right?

Yes, you could build the same thing from scaffold poles, but it wouldn’t assemble and disassemble as rapidly. The A-frame holds up to eight bikes (totalling 90kg) by their saddles and it’ll disassemble in a couple of minutes and it all zips into a Cordura bag. Great for 24 hour race pits and home use alike.

Feedback Pro Mechanic HD workstand

The Feedback Pro Mechanic HD is probably the chunkiest portable bike stand you can buy. It’ll hold bikes up to 45kg(!) and so will handle ebikes, tandems or downhill bikes and yet is delicate enough for road bike servicing. There’s a quick close clamp, with hand-cranked fine tuner, which quick releases on the tap of a button. Three oblong section legs keep everything stable and it’ll all fold up in a matter of seconds to chuck in the back of the car.

Rakk XL Bike Stand

Instead of stacking bikes against each other in the utility room or garage, the Rakk XL stand holds bikes upright by their tyres, and unlike older racks (like we have in the STW offices) it accepts that tyres are now wider than two inches. The Rakk XL will take tyre widths of 2.5in and up, so plenty of room for those enduro treads. You can even bolt several together, though expect your partner to ask why the garage is resembling a bike shop – and that surely you don’t need that many bikes, eh?


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Some freebie decking planks to sort out Benji’s bust back area. How long do you think these will remain untouched laying on top of this bench acting as a ‘temporary’ drying rail for soggy cycling gear?

Casio FX-85GTCW Scientific Calculator

  • Price: £12.00
  • From: Asda

Monday sees the resumption of schooling. Hurray! Some kids will be moving up from Little School to Big School. And they will need scientific calculators like this one. 5318008, 71077345 etc. Ah, memories. Good luck gang!

Shimano GRX RX820

This Shimano launched its new GRX gravel groupset – Shimano GRX RX820. You can read about it here. If you want hear some scorching hot Op. Ed. copy courtesy of Chipps (which you do) you need to subscribe our newsletter, ‘cos it’ll be in there 👇

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Thread Of The Week

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

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?

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Scientific calculators FTW

Orange Switch 6er. Stif Squatcher. Schwalbe Magic Mary Purple Addix front. Maxxis DHR II 3C MaxxTerra rear. Coil fan. Ebikes are not evil. I have been a writer for nigh on 20 years, a photographer for 25 years and a mountain biker for 30 years. I have written countless magazine and website features and route guides for the UK mountain bike press, most notably for the esteemed and highly regarded Singletrackworld. Although I am a Lancastrian, I freely admit that West Yorkshire is my favourite place to ride. Rarely a week goes by without me riding and exploring the South Pennines.

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  • Fresh Goods Friday 668 – The Scientifically Calculating Edition
  • tthew
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    Yes, you could build the same thing from scaffold poles…

    It’s like you are living in my head.

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    At Charlie The Bikemonger we built the same thing…. using my scouts as labour… using bamboo poles and square lashings. Old inner tubes were used rather than rope. Broom handles from the hardware store for the cross braces.

    It lasted for years and years… looked cool too.

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    That Cotic looks ace, they really have refined the look of their bikes.

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    The BOA – sorry, [very much inferior] SLW3 rotor –

    It’s almost as if someone at northwave thought the trick to avoiding patent infringement was to remove the functionality.

    Be interested to know how they go though. My last set of northwave shoes were very comfy and lasted 14 months of easy use before the metal loop holding the velco strap broke.

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    There you go… massive bamboo rack… cost about £45.

    bamboo rack

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    Is it just me or is the surly on the wall so heavy it’s broken one the joist it’s hung on?

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    @dangeourbrain  yes it is. no it didn’t

    That is an Instigator, the first production MTB plus bike ever (sits back and waits to be proven wrong), a 26×3.0 bike. It was built tough. However it is hanging from two pieces of wood that a customer who lived in a forest had given us. The wood is engraved with “our drinking club has a cycling problem”.

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    Vibram’s ‘Fort Augustus” clipless-friendly sole

    There is some unique naming….



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    sits back and waits to be proven wrong

    You’ve been here before haven’t you?


    I think you mean 5318008

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    I bought a similar fork mount for 12 pounds on ebay that came with all the adapters included.
    I put mine on the runners on the cargo bike so we can tow the kids bikes when they get tired.

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    I can’t help thinking that the very narrow channels in the Overland shoes will become clogged with mud and they will become V slippy.

    Free Member

    The soles look similar to the shoes I had which were surprisingly not terrible. Not good,but not terrible.

    That said they were absolutely shoes for on the bike not walking.

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    Pretty sure that’s the phone number for that old chat line they used to advertise on TV late at night. The one with the really friendly chaps representing all walks of life.

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    Amusingly that calculator is the latest model from Casio but has been widely panned by maths teachers as being worse than the model it replaced. If you are getting one for your child, I would recommend the older model (FX-83GTX), or the FX-991EX for A level. Great to see some calculator chat on stw!

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    I had a problem at school because my parents bought me a scientific calculator with one more decimal place than my teacher’s and on a not insignificant amount of sums it would give a very slightly different answer to my teacher, who then, because he was a bastard, would always mark it as wrong.

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    FX-82LB for the win.

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    I’d go for the FX GT83 like the poster above, the new ones are nowhere near as intuitive and easy to use.

    Or go for the 991EX – can be used all the way through to A Level!

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    Ah I remember the joys of an unattended calculator being swapped to radians and the utter rage and bafflement until you figured it out!

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    I have seen some students at A level who have  two calculators: one permanently set to degrees and one permanently set to radians. What a luxurious setup!

    Another favourite ‘joke’ is turning the contrast of the screen down to zero so it looks like the calculator isn’t working- hilarious!

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    Pretty sure that’s the phone number for that old chat line they used to advertise on TV late at night.

    the jingle is burnt into my brain.

    0891 50 50 50

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    HP48GX FTW \end of thread

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    I looked at the BlokPod mount as well as the MT Zefal one, but ended up buying a ZTTO one from Amazon for about £10-12. It came with all the adapters (apart from 100×20 which was a bit annoying on Sunday when I tried to bolt the jump bike to it).

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    When I was at uni (mechanical engineering) we weren’t allowed calculators and had to use a slide rule.

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    A truly excellent Fresh Goods Friday. I left school before calculators were available.  We had to do sums in our heads, or if difficult like the proverbial constipated mathematician work it out with a pencil.  And then there were log tables and slide rules.

    I have got used to pocket calculators but they irritate me by refusing to offer a numerical value for the square root of minus one.

    Now, my brethren of the Singletrackworld.  Take your calculator and enter the mystic number  5318008  Now turn your calculator upside down and on the screen you will see BOOBIES. The benefits of a modern education.

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    The Wera torx set is also very good.

    Full Member

    congratulations on the lovely new cotic. i’ve always wanted a flare max. just looks so good.

    – out of interest, will it replace an existing bike? if yes, do you mind saying what?


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    Woo Full Member

    You must be special to be granted a name change, do you have dirt on Mark?

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    I can’t believe there are more comments about calculators then there are about the Flare Max (which is very nice, by the way). What is the world coming to?

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    But can you still use the calculator for its most important function? To write “boobies” with it held upside down?

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