Another bumper edition of bikey bling that has arrived through our door this week. Kask helmets, XTR, Sram XX-1, Thomson Elite, Oakley, Morvelo, Hope and more! A feast for your tired eyes.
Easton EC90 Setback seatpost
Does anyone remember the first incarnation of Easton’s EC90 full-carbon seatpost? It wasn’t a particularly nice looking or well finished piece. It was probably brought out a bit before its time. The modern day EC90 has certainly come on a long way since then. There’s still not much else that looks quite like it – but in a good way these days!
Thomson Elite Covert dropper seatpost
A different kind of seatpost altogether from the Easton EC90. The Elite Covert is made of metal and it goes up and down via remote control. The RockShox Reverb is the market leader – and well sell loads of them – but for those folk prepared to drop (ha!) a few more pound notes on post, the Thomson is the best dropper out there bar none.
Evoc Cycling Saddle Bag Tour
A seat pack that’s just a bit bigger than your typical dinky unit. With 1 litre capacity it can hold a few more spares for longer rides or weekend trips. Typically sturdy construction from Evoc.
Hope F20 flat pedals
We were supposed to go and take some pics of the Wellgo C162 CNC pedals but they didn’t look suitably bling. So we pulled out a set of these purple bad boys instead. I think we can all agree that these are rad, yeah?
Kask Mojito helmet
We’ve had a big drop of Kask helmets this week at Merlin. This helmet is set to be one of the most popular sellers. The Mojito is a great all-rounder lid. Light, airy, good looking and with Kask’s signature Up-and-Down retention system offering unparalleled adjustment and comfort.
Kask Bambino Pro time trial helmet
Now this helmet probably isn’t going to be one of the high sellers. But for all you time trialling nutters – sorry, riders – out there, listen up. The Bambino Pro is arguably the best example of an up-to-date aero helmet. Gone are the days of long, pointy ‘back tails’. Behold! The brave new world of aero. The visor is held on with magnets. That is cool that is.
Etixx Quick-Step musette
A musette is a simple bag that’s used in racing for holding team riders’ lunches. These days you can see them flung over the shoulders of cycling fans of varying degrees of hipster-ness. We have musettes in Etixx Quick-Step colours and Lotto Soudal colours. Biking butty bags!
Lotto Soudal team socks
Lotto or Quick-Step? Lotto or Quick-Step? Lotto or Quick-Step? It’s not an argument as far as I’m concerned. Quick-Step may be the better squad but Lotto win the fashion battle hands down. End of.
Apologies for the plastic bag-tastic pic. We haven’t got these out on display in the shop yet. Mens and womens tees available.Which is our favourite? Hmm… probably the ‘FiN’ one.
Morvelo Cafe racing jersey
Cafes, coffees, cakes, cycling. The four Holy C’s. Morvelo are celebrating cycling’s C culture with this splendid jersey design. The fact that it looks like a pack of twenty Marlboro reds is an added bonus.
Oakley Nuts For Oakley T-shirt
You’d have to be nuts not to like this T-shirt. Sorry. What sort of bike is that meant to be anyway? A downhill bike with a 27.5+ rear wheel?
Oakley Factory Road glove
A most splendid set of retro track mitts from Oakley. And we don’t mean boring, obvious olde worlde retro either. These are proper late 80s/early 90s affairs that will get cyclists of a certain age rose-tinting on and on about Greg Lemond or John Tomac.
Oakley Large Caribiner and Oakley Square O lanyard
Do you have loads of keys? Do you like wearing things around your neck? Maybe you’re a caretaker? Or a prison warder? Whatever. Here’s some Oakley trinkets.
Oakley Method 360 and Sports 20 backpacks
The Method 360 is a low-profile daypack. Dedicated storage for your tablet, laptop, sunglasses and board keeps you ‘connected’ and ready for action at all times. The Sport Pack 20 is a versatile backpack. Interior padded sleeves house your laptop and a hydration bladder so you stay ‘connected’ AND ‘refreshed’ on the go. Phew.
Fizik Superlight Classic Handlebar tape
This week’s pretty coloured bar tape. We have to one in every instalment of Goods In. Super tough, stretch resistant and breathable.
Camelbak Mule 3.0L
Now to me and you this hydration pack may look ‘green and dark grey’ but it’s now. It’s actually ‘charcoal and Andean Toucan’. Camelbak do use some of the most admirably daft colourway names in the business. It may well confuse and annoy loads of people but you have to admire their perseverance in keeping on coming out with such crazy names.
Shimano XTR Double chainset
We have actually taken delivery of the new 11 speed XTR but this pic is of the existing 10 speed chainset. Why are we showing this pic instead of the 11 speed? Well, just look at it. Let’s just take a moment to reflect upon the coolest looking incarnation of an XTR chainset ever.
Zipp 808 Firecrest Carbon Clincher
Okay, this is not really very Goods In. But we have to have a carbon wheel featured every week. It’s the law (again). This is the rear wheel from OUR LAST REMAINING pair of 2013 Zipp 808 wheels. Bargain rollers. (Scroll to the end of this blog to see a YouTube vid of the fabulous freewheel noise)
Sram XX1 X-Glide 11 speed cassette
Less a bike component more a piece of engineering art! It comes with a rather ‘art gallery’ price tag too. Even at our prices this is a cassette that you’d always feel a bit awkward paying for in front of somebody else at the till. Still, if you want the pinnacle of mountain bike groupsets, this is currently it.
Kask Rapido Road helmet
A Kask for the masses. The rapido is an entry level helmet stacked with pro features including excellent ventilation, adjustable fit, and available in a range of colours.
Kask 50NTA Road helmet
With helmets you pay more to get less. Less weight. More holes. The bizarrely named 50NTA is one of the chilliest lids that you’ll find for under £100. And it’s one of the comfiest too. Despite all the en vogue talk of aero, it’s the comfort of Kask helmets that people are most impressed with.
Kask Infinity Aero Road helmet
This one is affectionately known as the ‘sunroof helmet’ by some of the Merlin staff. This is all about aero. Slide up the middle panel when you’re climbing, slam it down when you’re hammering the sprints. Okay, so it’s a bit OTT for Sunday morning cafe runs. This hat is meant for high stakes racing.
The Alter of Colnago
Come and worship at the Chorley division of St Ernesto His Divinity. It’s just off the M61 you know? Praise the Lord!
Sensa Lombardia Green Pro road bike
The 2015 Lombardia is a decidely racey carbon bike. Oversize tubing, a tapered head tube and a particularly large BB area. Supra carbon tapered fork. Stiff is the word. Modern geometry (long top tube, higher head tube). Internal Wire System cabling allows for scratch-free and silent cabling. In a nutshell: Sensa’s third generation carbon bike takes things to the next level of stiffness.