It’s Thursday. It must be time for our weekly gallery round-up of the best new stuff that’s arrived recently. Features a welcome return of our famous freehub noise videos!
Halo fatbike inner tube
Let’s kick off this week’s show with a nice bit of rubber for perverts. 1mm thick. High quality butyl rubber. Presta valve. 530g.
Supacaz Super Sticky Kush bar tape
We’ve been out of stock of red Supacaz bar tape for ages but we’ve finally got some back in. Yay! It ain’t cheap for bar tape but it’s one of those products that is really hoovering up converts left right and centre.
Uvex Race 1 helmet
Germany is not a country you associate with making helmets. Helmets always seem to be made in Italy or somewhere in the far east. But look at that little Deutschland flag on there. Uvex are perhaps better known for their entry level stuff but this Race 1 helmet is a good example of a mid-to-high end road cycling lid.
DMR V12 Magnesium pedals
The recent flat pedal ‘arms race’ to have the thinnest pedals possible has calmed down a bit now. It all went a bit silly with some super thin pedals being overly compromised on bearing quality and overall grip and support. The wise old owls at DMR watched all this silliness play out and then came out with the new V12. Not too big. Subtly concaved. Good bearings. Daddy knows best.
Giro Factor ACC shoes
Now that all the lace-up brouhaha has died down a little, let’s have a look at the top end Giro shoe that most racey folk will be interested in. Giro’s Evofibre technology has the advantage of moulding specifically to the unique shape of your foot while the clever micro-adjustable buckle permits useful adjustments on the fly. Thinner, lighter and stiffer than its predecessors, and featuring replaceable walking pads at the heel for durability.
SiDi Moon women’s shoes
These are not like most SiDi shoes. For a kickoff (ha!) they’re not for fellas. The other unique thing is: they don’t cost a million quid. Even without our current sale discount the Moons are at the affordable end of the SiDi spectrum.
SiDi Tarus shoes
An affordable way to get that iconic red swirl on the back of your heels. Beware of the Tarus: they are the ‘gateway drug’ for a subsequent expensive spiralling addiction to SiDi cycling shoes.
Bont Vaypor Sprint shoes
The uppers of these shoes are made from recycled golf ball shells. Just kidding! The dimples may possibly be there for marginal gain aerodynamics but their principal job is to look cool. The Vaypor Sprints are the best shoes that Bont make. They’re stuffed with features. Perhaps our favourite feature is Bont’s anti-stretch technology. Between the outer skin and the liner Bont add a material that is proprietary to them to stop the shoe from stretching. This material has similar strength characteristics to Kevlar. The material is stitched to the outer skin and bonded to the liner so it can never move or be removed, it becomes part of the cycling shoes structure. This layer assists in pedalling efficiency by maintaining a supportive structure over the top of the foot in the upward part of the pedal stroke. It also means these shoes won’t go baggy over the years ahead.
Vittoria Cross EVO XG tubular tyres
We freely admit that we over-represent tubular tyres in our photos. We just think they’re cool. Sorry! The 410g Cross EVO XG is a top-tier cyclocross tubular that offers a supple and silky ride due to Vittoria’s 320 TPI casing. The Cross EVO XG features a “self-cleaning tread pattern” – handy!
Veloflex Sprinter and Continental Sprinter Gatorskin tubs
Yet more tubs. These two tubs illustrate the difference in tubs that we have available. The Veloflex one is very trad, almost retro, with its stark graphic and skinny 22mm girth. The Conti Sprinter has Gatorksin armouring, lots of logos and comes in the ‘new standard’ width size of 25mm.
Cateye Padrone Smart with HRM and Cadence
Three boxes in one compact package. Big display. Heart rate info. Cadence info. Links to Smartphone for GPS altitude info. The Padrone package is a serious training tool.
Giro Feature helmet
Not a new model of helmet but this navy and deep orange colourway caught our eye. The Feature was one of the first helmets in the affordable enduro genre and, truth be told, it is probably still the best one. Light enough. Airy enough. Adjustable enough. Lots of protection. Looks good. Not expensive.
Campagnolo Bar-End Shift Levers 11 speed
Something for the TT and Tri nutters. Aerodynamic efficiency is maximized thanks to the Back to Zero position mechanism that always keeps the lever in the optimal position with respect to airflow.The start position can be adjusted to fit your own riding position and will always return to the Back to Zero position.
Garmin Edge Silicone cases
You have a case for your smartphone right? You don’t?! We are shocked and appalled. Anyway, these are the same sort of things for your Garmin. If you’ve not dropped your Garmin on the floor yet, believe us, it is only a matter of time. We stock cases in all kinds of garish colours but most folk just get black or white. Very wise.
Lezyne Femto Drive rear LED
Yes you can get bog standard rear LEDs for about 2 pence but why not splash out and get something stylish as well as functional? £12 is hardly even splashing out anyway is it? Crisply made and the leave-no-trace mounting design is neat-o too.
Sensa Romagna Special road bike
Review from Mr Rigler: “This bike is amazing for the price, pictures and pro-mo video does not to do it justice, beautifully built bike, I love the smooth welds on the frame the frame has a 1st class finish to it with lovely simple graphics. 105 groupset does what you expect, smooth and precise shifting, great hubs wheels and efficient brakes make it a great buy have no doubts just get one. Merlin Cycles were excellent from start to delivery I only wish I bought it much sooner.”
Colnago Master X-Light
If you know, you know.
Mavic Cosmic Pro Carbon freehub noise
We’ve not done a freehub noise vid for ages have we? So here’s a cool one to restart the series. The freehub noise is all well and good (we always like the way deep section rims amplify and deepen the sound) but it’s the trippy zoetrope visual effect of the spoke protector disc that’s the best bit innit?