A little grab of recent reviews that the better parts of the cycling press have written this past week.
The Shimano 105 gruppo is a big ‘un and well worth a read even if you’re not looking for any drivetrain stuff at the mo. Lots of good insights.
The rest of the stuff includes mega-bright rear lights, mega-warm winter boots, mega-wooly socks, mega-tasting energy gel and probably the most mega dropper post currently available.
“The new Shimano 105 5800 groupset offers improved shifting, faultless braking, and all-round great performance and efficiency as it makes the jump up ot 11-speed for 2015. The performance gap to Ultegra is smaller than ever, and with an RRP of £559.99, it’s a hard choice to make.
“Impressive shifting. Easy trimming of the front mech. Reliable braking. Great value. Hard to find fault at this price.”
“The Knog Blinder Road R is a seriously powerful little light. The slim casing houses four LEDs and the Blinder Road R can chuck out 70 lumens of vivid red light across five modes.
“The different modes provide a range of run times and thanks to the brightness of the light and the flashing and strobe mode patterns, you should be very noticeable. A continuous illuminated slit around the body of the light gives great side visibility too.”
“Proper road shoe performance in a cosy, fuss-free winter-proof boot
“Winter boots offer the function of a shoe and overshoe – but are quicker to put on and remove and keep your best road shoes in good nick. There are several on the market, usually with a nylon or reinforced nylon sole, but these from Northwave, updated from last year, have a full-carbon sole.”
“Even when wet, the socks have kept me pretty snug, and they’ve also dried out surprisingly quick when sat in a pub or cafe mid ride.
“If buying for winter boot duty, be aware of the slight downside that is the slightly bulkier nature of wool. Otherwise a brilliant, warm and useful pair of socks for outdoor use.”
“Top performance, reliability and aesthetics make this one of the best droppers on the market
“Actuation of the post’s stop-anywhere 125mm of drop is effortless and smooth. There’s zero play or side-to-side movement thanks to Thomson’s cam design, making the Elite Covert Dropper one of the most solid feeling dropper posts out there and helping to justify the price tag.”
“All the simple, transmission taming performance of SRAM 11-speed in the most affordable, yet durable format.
“That makes it a total no brainer in terms of being the best SRAM transmission option for all but the most weight obsessed or those convinced that smaller jumps between their gears are worth all the strife and weight of multiple rings, derailleurs and shifters. Bear in mind it’s still pretty expensive in general terms though.”
“Great protection from the elements despite a couple of niggles.
“To create this amount of protection Sealskinz have used in effect two gloves combined in one. The inner layer is 100% polyester, which sits inside the outer shell and creates an additional layer to bolster the warmth provided by the outer shell.”
“These gels are amongst the nicest we have tried. The consistency is good and the taste isn’t too sickly. For a convenient source of carbs they are useful, but like many sports nutrition products they are expensive. Nice taste. Good consistency.”