Fresh Goods Friday 691 – The Bells Edition

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This week has been about a big delivery that we’ve all been waiting for. Yes, we have become a grandmother. Er, no. Sorry. That’s not it. That’s not it at all.

THE NEW ISSUE HAS ARRIVED!

Not just “new” as in “the latest one” (although that is also true). But “new” in the sense of new format. New size. New paper stock. New printing house.

Inc. version!

LAST New Coal

  • Price: Complete bikes from €4,714
  • From: LAST Bikes

Let’s kick things off with a bike that’s set to kick things off… between Benji and Ross at least. Have you ever seen Kramer Versus Kramer? It doesn’t matter. The point here is that this looks like it’ll be a goshdarned good bike to ride. Full 29. Can be mulleted if opted. 180mm fork. 165mm rear travel. 490mm reach on this size ‘1.85M’. 63° head angle. 77.1° effective seat angle. 430mm seat tube. 438mm chain stays. And a suspension philosophy/kinematic that we can get behind ie. not massively (18%) progressive. Anyway, some sort of double paternity suit will have to be enforced.

FGF 691: The Movie

Brought to you by Patagonia Singletrack World

The New Look Singletrack World Magazine!

As featured and fondled in the video above, the new format Singletrack mag is here! What’s new about it? New shape. Thicker. Heavier. More colour depth. Vertically stiff and laterally compliant new cover.

Stan’s No Tubes Tire Sealant

Fit the best: Everest. No, that’s not right. It was just a marketing phrase that popped into our head as we pondered tyre sealant. Why use anything that isn’t classic Stans No Tubes white stuff? Sure, it’s probably not the cheapest sealant out there. But it’s the very definition of reliable. Well, it is for us anyway. No doubt YMMV.


Wine

  • Price: £dunno
  • From: The Falkland Islands. Kind of.

All of these wines were sent by a typically lovely Singletrack Subscriber. Long story short: they live in the Falkland Islands, we sent him some missing mags, he noticed the cost of the postage and sent us some wine as a thank you. He has also sent us some penguin photographs. You’ll need to be signed up to our Newsletter to see those.


Lizard Skins Gradient Grip

A new semi flange finned grip from Lizard Skins. Think of them as less full-on version of those big paddle Ergon grips you see on touring and marathon ATBs. The Lizard People state: “The Gradient is the most ergonomic grip we’ve ever created. The multi-directional grip surface offers superior traction for grip control. What makes this grip truly unique is its shape. The visible slope to the grip offers superior palm comfort and vibration damping.” Single lock-on alloy ring with stainless steel M4 bolt. Length: 136mm. Diameter: 30.5-36.5mm. Weight: 115g.

Timber Bell Yew Bolt On and Quick Release

Timber gone gone got itself a new UK distributor (Upgrade Bikes, like a lot of this week’s stuff). The classic Yew bell is like a mini cowbell but with a lockable clacker; set your clacker free if you want the bell to pleasantly tinkle along as you ride, or lock the clacker to engage stealth mode. As ther names suggest, they come in either bolt-on or quick release mountings. Now fits 35mm bars (includes shims for standard 31.8mm and 22.2mm bars.

Lezyne Macro GPS

All about the dink. Unit size: 42.9mm x 67.8mm x 27.5mm (screen size: 31.7mm x 40.1mm). Bit bigger than a Mini Babybel Light. What else? Backlight screen. Bluetooth connectivity. Multiple real-time features when paired to the Lezyne Ally app. Four button operation. Up to 22 hours of runtime. Micro USB rechargeable. Stores up to 100 hours of ride data. Customizable fields and page count; I [Benji] have chopped this one down to just show the time and the distance (so I can keep an eye on when I have to go and collect the kid from school and/or so I can see how ebike battery life/range trend is getting on. “Extremely weather resistant”, which is handy because we’re getting a lot of extremely weather [sic] at the moment. X-Lock mount (which, when bar-mounted, places the GPS itself high enough to run it slap-bang next to the stem without it fouling).

Leatt Gravity 6.0 Carbon V24 Helmet & Velocity 4.0 MTB X-Flow Goggles

  • Price: £299.99 helmet (£TBC goggles)
  • From: Leatt

Leatt’s flagship, lightweight gravity helmet. Yep, it appears identical to the 4.0 but it isn’t. New stuff: new liner, Double-D (instead of Fidlock), ‘M-Forge Carbon’ shell uses less resin, a semi-transparent visor extension for filthy conditions. But also yep, still has the 4.0’s dual density EPS/EPO, ‘360° Turbine technology’ (“to reduce concussions and rotational acceleration” and the removable mouthpiece. The X-Flow goggles are essentially a bit less goggley and bit more singlassesy; there’s no foam along the lower edge of the lens… er, box(?). The idea being to make them feel a bit more airy/venty/sunglassesy.


Thread Of The Week

Well done to the one and presumably only didnthurt for kicking off this award-winning thread

The winning TOTW in FGF gets a prize. So @didnthurt please email editorial@singletrackworld.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!

Video: Harry Barrett joins Privateer Bikes and HUNT Bike Wheels

“My aim for 2024 is to ride as much as possible. I’ve moved away from racing and just want to enjoy riding bikes for what it is. That said, I’ll still enter a few select races, and I can’t wait to see how my Gen 2 Privateer is going to perform; I just don’t plan on committing to a full season. I’ll continue to make more videos with the brands that support me, and I’ve already got another in the works for Privateer. I plan to do many more in the future!” – Harry Barrett

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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  • Fresh Goods Friday 691 – The Bells Edition
  • BB
    Full Member

    New issue just dropped on the doormat – Very impressed!

    My son (off ill from school) said it felt ‘premium’…

    mashr
    Free Member

    That Last is lovely. Shame the chain stays are pretty short on the 175 size

    brakestoomuch
    Full Member

    That helmet can’t be that lightweight, judging by the state of the cat.

    fahzure
    Full Member

    That Last seattube angle is not great and gets worse, the taller you are.

    matt_outandabout
    Full Member

    Looking forward to this months mag and the review of those grips.

    noeffsgiven
    Free Member

    That Last looks like a hybrid of a Saracen and a Knolly but with an attractive front triangle, subtle fish scaling on the welds caught my eye, but can’t decide if I like it or not.
    So is thirty odd quid for lock-on grips gonna be the going rate soon.

    bikesandboots
    Full Member

    That Last seattube angle is not great and gets worse, the taller you are.

    I wonder if this is some compromise due to sharing parts across their range.

    prettygreenparrot
    Full Member

    a bit less goggley and bit more singlassesy

    ‘Singlasses’? they sound fun

    doomanic
    Full Member

    I don’t think I’d consider ditching Fidlock in favour of d-rings an upgrade/improvement. Singletrack’s recommended deal isn’t much of a bargain either…

    streetrider
    Full Member

    Just received the new issue, all I can say is – bravo. The design is outstanding, all the hard work has well and truly paid off, thank you Singletrackers!

    Northwind
    Full Member

    Love that Last, I had a Herb a while back that was bloody brilliant, you can sort of see the family resemblance but everything’s more evolved. Seat angle does look slack, though. Hope the linkage pivot location doesn’t stop it taking a long seatpost.

    “Why use anything that isn’t classic Stans No Tubes white stuff?” OKO Hifibre is cheaper, just as good at fixing punctures, but lasts far better, and is waterbased so if it’s starting to dry up you can just add a little water and wet it again. Halo is the same stuff. Literally the only downside is that you can buy Stans anywhere, but not everywhere sells OKO, and they shouldn’t be mixed. Other’n that the OKO is just better.

    fluffsri
    Free Member

    Last time I went to the Falklands I took my bike and went for a ride to see the penguins. Nice day out LOL.

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