Fresh Goods Friday 704 – The Nadir E Me Edition

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Welcome to episode 704 of the Freshies, as nobody calls them. Benji is all waffled out, so you can have an opening rant from Hannah instead:

I have builders. I don’t mean I have builders in doing work on my house that is disruptive and messy and expensive but will ultimately end up benefitting me in the form of a nice new kitchen, or extra bathroom, or whatever. No. In fact, I have been doing epic amounts of solo DIY, which only serves to add insult to the injury of my current position. ‘I have builders’ should be read in the same sort of terms as ‘I have herpes’ or ‘I have nits’. These are neighbouring builders. On three sides, at one point this week. But the builders on one side in particular are of such disruptive disrespect that I would be reaching for the lawn sausages were it not for the fact that the reason for their presence is the large scale removal of all things green and replacing with patio. I have wondered if perhaps I could lay the patio myself, over the builders.

I have a builder/mountainbiker/friend coming soon to do some work that I cannot do. He could probably give up building and deliver builder education and etiquette programs. How Not To Disrespect Women – entry level skills. How Not To Make A Mess – advanced course. Appropriate Conversations For The Public Workplace – Intermediate Level. But I am tempted to get him to set his usual habits aside, in the name of revenge. With the lack of lawn, sausages aren’t an option, so what is the appropriate treatment for acres of hard surfacing?

No reason. Just rawk.

Cairn BRAVe 2.0 Flat Bar

Can anyone tell us what they’d use this bike for? There is no wrong answer by the way. Hannah wrote a Cairn BRAVe review a few years ago but that was the dropbar version. Those of you with functioning eyes will notice that this is the flat bar version. Hannah will be reviewing this version an’ all. Same frame. Different motor (Shimano EP6 Cargo instead of the previous E7000). 630Wh battery. Same tyres (Maxxis Rekon Race 29×2.35in Tanwall). Loads of bosses for hydration and luggage. To my [Benji] mind it looks like an e-gravel bike that’s realised that dropbars are a waste of time. Embrace the touring vibe. Possibly even the electric vicar vibe. Do what thou wilt (E-Leister Crowley?)

Fresh Goods Friday: D’Movie

Keep those vital questions coming in!

Giant Revolt 0

  • Price: £1,799
  • From: Giant

Holy aggregate Batman! Another gravel bike! This one doesn’t have a battery. Or a motor. It’ll be down to pure Amandapower to keep this sucker rollin’, rollin’, rollin’, rollin’ (weren’t Limp Bizkit the nadir of… everything?). Aluminium frame. Composite fork. Higher front end, long reach, short stem, lower BB drop, dropped seatstays and you can swap out the D-profile D-Fuse seatpost to a regular round (thus potentially flexier) or one of those new fangled dropper posts. And blimey Charlie, there’s a flip chip on this bike! The chip on the dropout adjusts the wheelbase both for handling aspects and also the long setting allows for tyre volume up to 53mm.

Vittoria Corsa Pro 700x32c tyres (Amanda)

Er. Road tyres. Um… Over to you Vittoria: “Corsa PRO, feel what the pros feel. Vittoria launches Corsa PRO – the most advanced cotton road tyre ever made, delivering unmatched pro-level racing performance and riding feeling – winner of 22 stages and 12 one-day races at World Tour level since the start of the season, including Milan San Remo. Corsa PRO uses Vittoria latest developed graphene and silica compound, and a new electrical vulcanization process, allowing a seamless application of the tread to the casing. Protection Belt layer below tread surface to improved puncture resistance. Graphene + Silica compound. TSS (AKAK hookless) compatible for Tubeless-Ready 28mm width size up.”

OYL Mushroom Coffee

  • Price: £39.00 (400g bag with V60 Dripper)
  • From: Oyl

A forty quid bag of coffee with mushroom in it. Okay then… “OYL Mushroom Coffee is a blend of 100% specialty arabica coffee and medicinal mushroom extract … Organic Lion’s Mane, Reishi and Cordyceps mushrooms are blended with our best in class coffee to give you a beverage that will literally change your life.” You may remember that we featured this in a previous Fresh Goods Friday video.

KOM Stem Mount Bundle Set

A double-ender that goes up the front. GPS and Action Cameras a go go! Compatible with most four-bolt stems (M5 bolts, 35mm max face plate bolt width). Works with many Garmin and Wahoo computers thanks to the included interchangeable quick-release discs. 55.5g (or 69g with the quick release adapter).

Hiplok D1000 & DX1000 Locks

  • Price: £249.99 (D1000) & £299.99 (DX1000)
  • From: Hiplok

The world’s first portable anti-angle grinder bike D locks. Hiplok claims these lcoks can “withstand sustained angle-grinder attacks at least 20x longer than rival D-locks.” At 1.9kg, the D1000 is one of the lightest Sold Secure Diamond rated D locks. Square profile; needs two cuts to remove the lock. Graphene reinforced premium hardened steel shackle. Lifetime warranty. Three coded replaceable keys included.

Hiplok Original & Switch

  • Price: £74.99 (Original) & £74.99 (Switch)
  • From: Hiplok

The Original was the first product that Hiplok came out with. Hence the name Original. It’s a really, really heavy belt. That can also be used as a chunky chain (8mm premium hardened steel chain and 12mm premium hardened steel shackle) for locking up your bicycle. The Switch is Hiplok’s folding lock. Six steel bars link to provide up to 85cm locking length. Folds down to 190 x 42mm. Comes with a bracket that fits to standard bottle bosses. Also has a belt clip type thing for carrying it on your kecks/bag strap.


We just thought we’d feature these socks again for those folk who may have missed them in Hannah’s recent Sea Otter Classic coverage. You’re welcome.

A Real Winner

This is Gary. Gary is a lucky person. He was so lucky that he won the Cannondale Habit LT Carbon that was the prize in our first ever edition of The 502 Club Raffle. You too could be this lucky. We’re running another raffle as of yesterday, with the chance to win a Niner Jet 9 RDO worth £4599.00! Well now, what the blinking flip are you waiting for? Get a ticket got!

Care Package from The Megasack Winner

Who remembers The Megasack (“megasack…“) Countdown in the rup up to Christmas 2023? Here’s some liquid thanks that arrived from the person who won the whole Megasack (“megasack…“). This little happy hoppy bundle arrived quite a while ago actually but we kept forgetting to put it in Fresh Goods. Until now. Thanks for the thanks! You’re welcome.

Thread Of The Week

Congratulations this weeks go to Kramer for this thread right here:

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

Just thinking of you Brian 🙌

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What happens to all of the products?

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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.

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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 704 – The Nadir E Me Edition
  • nickc
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    Some things

    Thing 1. How are we to pronounce the name of the Cairn bike Brav-e? Brave? something else entirely

    Thing 2. Giant forgot the “-ing” ending to that bike name (boom, possibly tish)

    Thing 3. Coffee with additional mushroom – No.

    That is all.



    Full Member

    Wow. Best FGF in ages! features 3 of my most disliked things of all time!

    – coffee

    – mushrooms (mushroom coffee – I must not think about this combo or I will vom)

    – The Beach Boys.

    Off to buy a 502 raffle ticket :)

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    A forty quid bag of coffee with mushroom in it

    Better be **** magic for that price!

    Full Member

    Thing 1. How are we to pronounce the name of the Cairn bike Brav-e? Brave? something else entirely


    Full Member

    Gary looks over the moon…

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    What’s up with Gary, he looks like he’s lost a fiver and found a penny?

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    Gary’s been made to pressure wash the patio before he can show of his new bike?

    Full Member

    Never mind £40 for coffee, £90 for a skinny tyre!

    Full Member

    a beverage that will literally change your life

    And, did it…?


    Free Member

    I’m getting me one of those Hiplock DX1000s.

    Full Member

    Any chance of some mtbs or at least mtb bits next week or have we given up on mountain bikes?

    Full Member

    I imagine what goes in these is what showed up during the week.

    Full Member

    Can I just say “How much?” for a lock….

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