Fresh Goods Friday 703 – The May Day Yay Edition

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Happy Bank Holiday to all of y’all. Well, all of y’all who have a Bank Holiday and don’t have to show up at work.

For those who don’t have a Bank Holiday Monday, at least you can maybe take some solace that World Cup Downhill racing resumes this weekend.

Should you feel so inclined you could even join the Fantasy DH 2024 STW league over on The Other Site. As well as some stellar forumites, there’s at least a couple of STW Staffers in there too if you look hard enough…

I’ve had this riff(?) as an earworm for nigh on twenty years now. Send help.

Starling MegaMurmur Enduro

Don’t worry. The regular Murmur is still in Starling Cycles’ range. This new Mega Murmur, as you may be able to guess by the name, is the bigger travel version. 140 or 165mm of rear travel (we have the 165mm one to test). Paired with up to 170mm travel forks up front. Longer (455mm) chain stays than Murmur for “riders that want more travel OR taller riders looking for a more balanced fit” Vital stats: 64.1° head angle, 77.2° effective seat angle, 440mm seat tube (Large), 110mm head tube (Large), 485mm reach (Large). Oh, and Starling frames now come with a 7 year warranty. Feel free to read our Starling Murmur review (form 2018) and our Starling Twist review (from 2022).

Fresh Goods Friday 703: D’Movie

Emmy Nominated. Not.

Cannondale Moterra SL

  • Price: £8,550
  • From: Cannondale
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It’s one of the new breed of pedal assist mountain bikes that bears the SL suffix. But it’s not a mid-power motor on this one (unlike the recently reviewed Whyte ELyte 150 Works, or the soon-to-be-reviewed Focus Jam 2 SL). The 150mm travel (160mm fork) Moterra SL has a Shimano EP801 motor with 85Nm of torque paired to a 602Wh battery. You can read Hannah’s Cannondale Moterra SL 1 First Ride Review from the press launch back in February. This is a Large size that our resident ‘SL e-bike chinscratcher’ Benji will be pedalling, pondering and pontificating about.

Fidlock Twist Bottle 750 Compact & Bike Base

Yay for Fidlock. One of those brands/products that didn’t even exist a few years ago yet now has firmly cemented itself into MTB culture. The Fidlock system is, in my [Benji] opinion, just better than the trad bottle and cage system we inherited from the road cycling world. And here’s their new 750ml bottle. It’s not any longer than their 590ml bottle, it’s just girthier, and as such will fit in bike frames that do not accept regular (narrower, longer) 750ml bottles. Check the photo above. And the bottle comes with a removable dirt cap spout-cover as well. Just a great solution to an issue.

Schwalbe Tacky Chan Super Trail Addix Soft

  • Price: £68.99
  • From: Schwalbe
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Yep, we’ve all seen the Tacky Chan before (read our Schwalbe Tacky Chan review while you’re here) but this is the first time we’ve got hold of a Tacky Chan that isn’t purple flavoured (Addix Super Soft). This TC is orange flavoured (Addix Soft). The purple TCs are a surprisingly swift-rolling tyre, so this slightly firmer version could be a whippet wheeler. We’re thinking it might make for a handy rear tyre on the right sort of upferrit trailduro bike… Yes.

Fidlock Vacuum Handlebar Base Flex

Hannah: “I’ve written a Fidlock Vacuum Phone Holder System review before, and find it so useful that I even replaced my old phone with the same model because I wanted to keep the case I had. This is an addition to it, in the form of a tool-less bar mount. Very useful indeed – especially for hire bike type city roaming, or exploring a new network of bridleways. I’ve used the others in the range on bridleways without losing my phone, so it’s a pretty robust attachment.”

Stan’s Exo Core Valve

A nice looking new take on valves from Stan’s. It has multiple threads on it, so you can screw off the bit you want to without inadvertently undoing everything else. The valve core/needle is designed to let in as much air as a standard valve does with the core removed, but if you do need to get a big blast of air in, you just unscrew the top section. If things get clogged, it’s a simple pin/rod to pull out and wipe off. The base will fit a variety of narrow and wide rim shapes, and the valve is compatible with tyre inserts. Plus, a selection of pretty coloured bits is available to keep things decorative. Looks like a winner.

Hiplok Z-Lok Combo

  • Price: £19.99
  • From: Hiplok
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A combination lock version of the Z-Lok. It’s the sort of thing that’s useful for keeping your helmet with your bike – a deterrent rather than an all out security solution for a bike.

Potholes and Pavements by Laura Laker

  • Price: £16.99
  • From: Bloomsbury
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Out next week, this book by Laura Laker take a look at our National Cycle Network – or lack of it. If you’ve ever wondered why the blue signs send you along canals, behind industrial estates and then onto a bit of paint on a busy road, this will help explain it. Hannah has been reading it, review coming on official publication day!

Thread Of The Week

This week’s winner is blokeuptheroad for this thread right here:

The winning TOTW in FGF gets a prize. So @blokeuptheroad 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!

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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 703 – The May Day Yay Edition
  • nickc
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    “Girthier” 🤔

    Good idea though.


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    Since the advent of Fidlock I have given up entirely on hydration packs/bumbags. My only complaint is that it costs a lot more to equip all your bikes than bottle cages.

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    Megamurmur –  phwoarraaarrrgh!!!!

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    what is



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    Cannndale curious. Looks the same price as that new Orbea (both still out of my budget) but with a bit more gruntage.

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    I like the fidlock bigger bottle. Would be good if you can buy the bottle separately as I have 2 bases already.

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    What’s a Bank Holiday? What’s work ? Smug retired person comment 😉

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    Fidlock great fantastic bit of kit but £50 really they used to be £30 taking the piss

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    I assume the £50 bottle is filled with kool aid though

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    what is
    Available from and Sigma Sports (£8,550.00)

    er.. It’s available from Sigma Sports for £8550?

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    that fidlock compact is awesome, bought one as soon as i picked up my medium top fuel, as it was super difficult to fit any of my other fidlock bottles of any significant size. And riding packless/bum bag less is definitely a bonus

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    I’d be really interested to know the actual weight of the Moterra SL. I’ve never list a Fidlock bottle since switching over years ago.

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    That Starling is very pretty but the rear stays don’t look the stiffest, or is that the point?

    Tacky Chan has to the the best name for a tyre. 😀

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