It’s the middle of December and things are already beginning to slow down in the world of Fresh Goods. BUT we have still have just about enough stuff pushed through the front door to bring you: FGF Episode 683.
Orbea Occam LT M-Team
- Price: £8,599
- From: Orbea
At the very start of this year we reviewed the previous version of the Orbea Occam LT, which you can read here. This new revised version features a few modest – but significant – geometry change. Essentially it’s got a bit slacker and a bit longer and there’s more dropper post insertion potential now (Steep N Deep, baby!) Other than that, the signature Orbea-ness of the Occam LT remains. The single strut-sided frame… thing. The linkage driven single pivot rear suspension design. And the general tube shaping aesthetic of the whole thang. It’s very Orbea.
The M Team guise is the flagship Occam LT and as such it ain’t cheap and there’s not much that ain’t top tier componentry on this machine. SRAM AXS XO Transmission, Fox Factory level bouncers, Oquo Mountain Control MC32TEAM wheelset, Maxxis rubbers, Ergon bits… Oh, it’s 150mm travel at the back and a 160mm fork up front. Full carbon frame. Flip-chip in the rocker linkage (we’ve stuck it straight into Low mode, OBVS).
Stan’s NoTubes Flow MK4 Wheelset
- Price: £TBC (Front $320.00, Rear $675.00)
- From: Upgrade Bikes
Freaking magnets dude. The star of this wheelset is arguably the rear hub: M-pulse ultra-low drag magnetic pawl adjustable hubs with 1.66° angle of engagement. That is pretty flipping fast. And potentially without some of the usual drawbacks that come with quick-engaging hubs, namely bearing drag and axle scoring.
Stan’s NoTubes: “Low-profile 30mm internal width optimizes tire shape, traction, and control for 2.3-2.6in tyres. Durable 6069 aluminum with welded joint and reinforced spoke bed. BST-Asymmetric design combines Stan’s legendary easy tubeless inflation with a stronger, more balanced wheel build. Enduro bearings with double-row freehub bearing. Matched wheelsets use traditional J-bend lacing and share a single spoke length for easy serviceability.”
As with pretty much all the traily-enduro wheelsets that we’ve had sent in for review, these will be tag-teamed by Ross and (if they survive him) then on to Benji to chinstroke ‘pon.
76 Projects Enduro Computer Mounts
- Price: £14.50
- From: 76 Projects
Having a Garmin* on your handlebars is all well and good if you’re using it to navigate but if you’re using a GPS to record and log your riding stats, it’s a better (safer) idea to have it positioned on your top tube. Having a Garmin on your bars is asking for it to be knocked off during a crash. Very probably by your own knee. Which also hurts your knee. Anyway, one solution to the safer solution of top tube mounting (that doesn’t require faffing with super long O-rings) are these dinky things from 76 Projects. Essentially a 3M-backed stick on mount. Simples.
*other GPS units are available but… you know? ‘Hoover’ etc.
Pasties From Silverfish UK
- Price: N/A
- From: Silverfish UK
Following on the heels from last week’s delivery of beery bribes form Orbea, here’s a box of pastry prizes from almost certainly the bestest bike distributor in the whole of the western world – Silverfish UK! There’s a dozen pasties here. Half are classic Cornish affairs. The other half are cheese and leeky ones.
Funn Python Pedals
- Price: £110.00
- From: Funn MTB
Yes, we’ve had Funn Python pedals in Fresh Goods Friday before but hey. These particular ones are worth mentioning because they’re going in THE MEGASACK! You very probably noticed them as being the prize in yesterday’s Megasack Giveaway Day 10. So yep, you’ve missed one chance to win a pair but there’s always the chance that you could win THE MEGASACK entire if you’ve enter any of the remaining Giveaway Days.
Monday December 18th @ 10am is Cut-off for Singletrack World Shop Orders!
- Price: from £3.00
- From: The Singletrack World Shop
Some shop items that sell well at this time of year:
- Singletrack Forum Bottle Opener, £5.99
- Further Adventures in Rough Stuff Book, £18.99
- Singletrack Lockdown 2020 Jigsaw Puzzle, £8.99
- Singletrack Not Jumpy Not Grumpy 426ml Coffee Mug, £11.99
- Singletrack Granite Designs Rockband Strap, £9.99
- Singletrack Organic Tea Towel, £11.99
Or you could just get something that doesn’t even need Real World Actual Delivery Methods: a gift Print & Digital subscription to Singletrack World, £49.99!
Here’s Hannah looking back at what you might have missed this year if you don’t subscribe. She’s alone in the office. It’s like, raw, lo-fi, retro-edit. Innit. Sort of. Annual appraisal notes for Ms Dobson: learn video shizzle.
Privateer Gen 2 Tease
- Price: £TBA
- From: Privateer Bikes
Try not to get overly excited; the next generation Privateer models aren’t out just yet (Jan/Feb has been mooted). But we were graced by the presence of a Privateer 141 Gen 2 the other day, so we took it into the woods and shot it. Although the headline New Thing is probably the flip-chippy mullet-ability of the new Gen 2 bikes, there’s plenty of tweaks been made to the whole shebang. Geometry, suspension kinematic, fabrication methods etc etc. You can read more about it via the link to the Privateer Bikes website above.
Thread Of The Week
The winning TOTW in FGF gets a prize. So @matt_outandabout please email email@example.com 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!
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They’re sent in by bike companies and marketing agencies
They’re featured and then some are reviewed down the line in either Singletrack Magazine or in online reviews and photoshoots.
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.
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