Our weekly round-up of all the fresh shiny produce that has arrived at Merlin HQ in the past seven days. With SiDi shoes and Santini Giro d’Italia jerseys there’s a definite Italian vibe to this week’s bounty. Tutti bene!
What’s this sticker all about? All will be revealed further down this blog…
Craft Puncheur jersey
A teasing glimpse of Craft’s new Puncheaur jersey. The blather says: lightweight, micro polyester fabric with a 6-channel fiber construction that effectively pulls perspiration off the body to keep you cool, bodymapped mesh inserts at hot spots with mesh superlight fabric for active cooling and moisture transport. 10 bonus points if you tell us what ‘puncheur’ means (leave a comment below).
Northwave Extreme Tech Plus socks
You gotta love it when a pair of socks gets called “extreme”. And what’s so tech about them? Well now, a thread “made from silver fibres which uses the natural properties of silver to inhibit the growth of bacteria, dissipate electrostatic charges and reflect heat. Extremely hygienic and wash-resistant”. So there you go. Whatever. These socks are the ‘correct’ length and that’s what matters most.
SiDi Ergo 3 Carbon Vernice road shoes
Mmm, mmm, mmmmmm! Shiny SiDi goodness. Vent Carbon Sole? Check. Soft Instep Closure System? Check. Caliper Buckle? Check. Tecno II System? Check. Velcro Security System? Check. Adjustable Heel Retention Device? Check. Replaceable Heel Cup? Check. Indefinable sexiness? CHECK!
SiDi Genius 6.6 Carbon Mega road shoes
A SiDi for people who don’t have skinny Italian feet. Or just prefer the feel of a more room shoe. High-volume or high arched feet also suit these shoes. With Soft Instep 2, Vent Carbon Sole, Caliper Buckle, SiDi Heel Cup and Velcro Security System they’re chock-full of tech.
SiDi Kaos road shoes
Black steel in the hour of chaos. The Kaos pares down a few of the high-end features and concentrates on a mighty fine carbon sole and a nice ratchet-and-boa retention combo up top. Something of less in-yer-face shoe but not at all lacking in style or quality.
SiDi laser road shoes
Yep, these are similar to the Kaos above but replace the lower boa with a pair of Velcro straps and the sole is a different sort of carbon composite. This is a good pic that shows the famous SiDi heel-cupping design.
SiDi Wire Carbon Vernice road shoes
The picture doesn’t do justice to how bright the yellow is. Although it sounds odd, the hi-viz yellow and black combo really works. You’d need to be careful what colour bike you pair them with but if you have a predominantly black bike then these sleek sneakers (sleakers?) would look fabulous. SiDi’s top end shoe. 60g lighter than the Ergo 3.
Castelli Presa and Secondapelle gloves
The Castelli Presa gloves (on the left) are a pair of your classic cycling gloves, with AX Suede palm for secure grip, micro mesh back and easy pull off tab. The Secondapelle gloves (on the right) are made with extra-lightweight fabrics and minimal construction techniques. They’re a very close, sprayed-on fit.
Castelli Gabba 2 jersey
Yadda yadda yadda it’s all about the Gabba. Or Gabba 2 in this case which is essentially a long sleeve version of the original short sleeve Gabba. Waterproof fabric with remarkable stretch and breathability, bur with an almost weightless feel when on the body. Cut long in the back to keep wheel splash at bay, and with generous zippered vents to aid cooling.
Castelli Velocissimo jersey
Red, black, white, scorpion. With the Gabba grabbing all the headlines it’s well executed jerseys like these that get forgotten about even though they’re the stuff that gets worn the most.
SKS Spaero Double Action minipump
“There is no better pump!” according to SKS. And they should know. The slide-on T-handle allows for optimal pumping force and ergonomics. It is the first SKS mini pump with double-action pump technology, meaning tyres are inflated by both pulling and pushing. The flexible hose attachment eliminates damaging valves and has no loss of pressure.
Santini Giro d’Italia Sanremo jersey
A big drop of Italy-flavoured Santini jerseys have arrived this week. This jersey celebrates stage 1 of the 2015 Giro d’Italia – a 17.6km Team time trial stage running along the cost from San Lorenzo to Sanremo.
Santini Giro d’Italia La Spezia Abetone jersey
Jersey for Stage 5 of the 2015 Giro d’Italia – La Spezia to Abetone.
Santini Giro d’Italia Leaders jerseys (plus World Champ jersey)
The white jersey is for Best Young Rider. The pink one is for overall leader. The red is for sprint points leader. The one with the rainbow stripes on it technically has nothing to do with the Giro d’Italia but we thought it would make for a nice photo.
Craft Bora Argon 18 team jersey
The new name for the NatApp-Endura team. Quite a lot has changed since the new sponsors have taken over. Craft have taken over as manufacturer of their clothing. Canadian bike brand Argon 18 have brought an entirely revamped race bike for the team to battle on. Of principal interest to cycling fans in UK and Ireland will be Brit Scott Thwaites and Ireland’s Sam Bennett. Bennett is stuffed with potential. 2015 could see him breakthrough to be one of the top tier of racers. Fingers crossed.
Sealskinz Lightweight Halo overshoe
Overshoes with slotted pockets on the heel for special rear-facing LED lights (supplied) to fit into. Ingenious. Well done Sealskinz!
Light and Motion Stella 300 light
If you want a total steal of a light then act fast. This is LAST one in the building. An excellent light for commuting or maybe as a secondary light for proper night riding.
Camelbak Podium Ltd Ed Cannondale-Garmin Team bottle
A limited edition Camelbak podium bottle with pro cycling team Cannondale Garmin graphics. Good if you like green. Or Cannondale-Garmin riders.
Campagnolo Record Ultra Torque CT Carbon crankset
It’s a shame that once you’ve installed this magnificent crankset into your frame you’ll not be able to see the Ultra Torque teeth of the axle. Having said that, you will be able to see the gorgeous carbon fibre ‘marbling’ of the crank arms. Whit-whoo!
ENVE 1.65 Tubular Chris King wheel
Felt Virtue Nine 60 mountain bike
We’ve not got may of these left. A 130mm travel full suspension twenty niner. Those in the know appreciate just how much of a total trail weapon bikes like these are. Bolt through front and rear. Loads of standover. Routing for a dropper post. Short stem. Decent bars. Ready to RAWK.
The wall of helmets
We’ll not be happy until one entire wall of the shop is entirely covered with helmets. Bell, POC, Giro, SixSixOne, Bluegrass, Kask, Smith Optics and others. Come and have a go to see which lid fits your bonce best.
Blackburn Local Trunk bag
Remember that “LOCAL TRUNK BAG FOR LOCAL PEOPLE” sticker at the top of this blog? It refers to an ‘on demand’ pannier bag designed by Blackburn. The idea of it is that it sits on top of your rear rack and when you need to carry a bit more stuff the sides unzip and flop down to form mini-panniers. As you can see, we managed to stuff one of the pannier sides with fifteen inner tubes. You’d have to be really unlucky/pessimistic to take that many though eh?
ENVE 1.65 Tubular Chris King freehub noise…