Fresh Goods Friday 680 – L’Edition Vendredi Noir

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In a sea of products and Black Friday discounts and invitations to buy, we bring you… another tide of products! Check them out, drop an incredulous comment below, and then maybe just head outside for a bit of peace.

Somewhere out there there are leaves clinging onto the trees, mud is waiting to squelch, and remote honesty boxes are tempting you with their cakes. Honesty boxes… one of the great delights of the rural explorer. Is there anything better than an unexpected supply of sugar? Yum.

Drool on this way, peruse the goods, and then head for the door. Make sure you’ve got some change, just in case there’s cake.


Ribble Gravel AL Pro

“For the serious gravel adventurer who wants a gravel machine that offers a pro-level of performance, there’s our top-end Pro Edition model.” This alloy frame/carbon fork bike comes in a variety of build options, but we have the top spec SRAM Rival XPLR AXS. Our test bike doesn’t have the G One tyres you’ll currently find listed. Instead we have the Pirelli Cinturato Adventure 45c – a spec that will be available soon at the same RRP.

Fox 38 Float Factory GRIP2 170mm 29in

Pretty much everything Fox know about single crown forks is on this thing. Internally elliptical steerer tube design. Lower leg bleeders. Air/oil channels. GRIP2 damper. Variable Valve Control on HSC and HSR circuits. Rounded arch shape to better clear more head tube designs. 31% stiffer transverse shear, 9% stiffer fore/aft and 20% torsionally stiffer than a 36. EVOL air spring. 58mm crown diameter to match modern frame shape profiles. Not cheap. But arguably the best in class. We shall find out…

Fox Fork 36 & 38 XL Mud Guard

Bolt-on mudguards are nice. Aside from saving the planet in one fell swoop (if only) by not requiring zipties, they just look neater and don’t leave markings/tidemarks on your fork legs and crown. This is a Fox-specific guard that mounts via a pair of behind-the-arch bolt holes and anchor points on those air bleeder thingies. “Optional mudguard with sturdy and seamless 4-point direct-mount attachment protects upper tubes and dust wipers from dirt and debris.”

Madison Protec Mens 2-Layer Waterproof Overtrousers

An extra layer for when you don’t have quite enough leggy layers to throw on for a chilly mountain bike ride. Or you can use them as Madison intended as a pair of commuting over-trousers. You could also also use them as a removable/stowable layer for your legs on the aforementioned mountain bike ride. Whilst they’re not exactly tangerine-sized when rolled up, they don’t weigh very much and could easily go in a bumbag or backpack. Layers. Love a good layer. 5k/5k waterproof fabric with taped seams. Elasticated waistband with drawcord. Hang-up loop. Adjustable lower leg openingfor easier on-offing as well as to generally ‘tune’ the fit.

Pete Scullion 2024 calendar

If you like Pete’s pics in the magazine, you’ll love this selection of (bike free) landscapes. 350gsm A3 pages. Weeks start on a Monday and the cover gets a matte laminate to help protect the pinhole. Price includes delivery to the UK! An ideal gift for anyone who likes the outdoors, or nice views. And who doesn’t?

Roo VX 1.5L Bum Bag

Hannah spotted this at Kendal Mountain Festival and had to have one, so she bought it with her own actual money. She’s been looking for a teeny pack for electronic dance nights at the Golden Lion, where all you need is a phone, wallet and keys – and ear plugs. Freed of the need to have pockets, she can now dress however she likes, while still being able to throw shapes with wild abandon. This little pack is made near Keswick from scraps of fabric left over from making other packs. Each one is unique, and you get a lucky dip if you order online because you can’t choose the colour/layout!

MegaSack Double Entry for Subscribers

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Anyone with a login to Singletrackworld can enter the daily prize draws. But free accounts can only submit one entry to the Megasack prizre draws. Paying subscribers can enter twice. Because you are rad. The cheapest way of becoming a subscriber at the mo is our Black Friday-tastic ‘1 month Subscription to SingletrackWorld was £4.99 now 99p!’ The code STBF99 gets you a month of digital subscription for 99p. That’s our Black Friday offer. Go ad free with MAXIMUM content for just 99p.

Thread Of The Week

Hewge congratulations go to blah BigJohn blah for this week’s Bestest Forum Posting. Honestly, how some of you can still type with chronic scurvy is very impressive. Keep it up!

The winning TOTW in FGF gets a prize. So @BigJohn please email for your random prize (it will probably be a Singletrack Forum Bottle Opener). Don’t forget to include your postal address, as it really speeds up delivery logistics like. K thx bye!

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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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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  • willard
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    I have to say it: I quite like the look of that Ribble. The colour suits it well too

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    One of Montell’s homies appears to be wearing a slinky as a necklace. The thought of having to untangle that is giving me the heebie-jeebies.  Screenshot 2023-11-24 at 16.16.44

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    That Ribble looks lovely but why do the dropout welds look so rough when the rest of the welds have been so beautifully filled and smoothed? Is it a structural thing or just not worth bothering with that low down on a bike?

    BTW, this is a genuine question, not just a comment on the finish.

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    I like the content around the name for the winner of thread of the week 😂

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    My Boardman was the same, the obvious welds were filled while the BB and behind the brake mount was lumpy as.

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