Weekly Reviews Roundup #14

Is this the biggest Reviews Roundup we’ve done to date? We think it might be you know. There’s a whole load of sunglasses and helmets in here but plenty of other shiny stuff too. Checkitoutnow.

19727_northwave_team_cycling_sunglassesNorthwave Team sunglasses – Road.cc

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“These Northwave Team sunglasses are in a style that’s very much of the moment; a lot of glasses in this price range look similar. They perform well. The come in a good solid protective case that is filled with foam to keep your glasses safe and pristine between uses. There is a carry bag and two extra sets of lenses. The lenses are probably the most important aspect of any sunglasses. Here we have 2mm thick polycarbonate lenses, that are claimed to be light and have a good impact resistance.”


20110_pair_continental_gp4000_s_ii_folding_tyres_with_2_free_inner_tubes_700cContinental Grand Prix 4000S II 28mm tyres – Road.cc

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“Assuming you can live with the 70g weight penalty over 25mm tyres, and you can squeeze them into your frame, there aren’t really any downsides. These are big tyres that feel like race tyres, only more comfortable. And comfort is a performance advantage, don’t forget. Verdict: Excellent big-chambered race tyre with a fast and smooth feel.”


18895_oakley_tour_de_france_radarlock_sunglassesOakley Tour de France Radarlock sunglasses – Cycling Weekly

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“If you’re looking for a subtle way to celebrate the world’s biggest bike race and you’re looking for a top of the range set of sunglasses, then the Radarlock’s are certainly the model for you. An expensive option, but there’s no doubt you’ll be getting a unbeatable set of glasses here.”


13789_bont_riot_road_shoes_whiteBont Riot shoes – Cycling Weekly

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“The Bont Riot is cheapest road shoe from the Australian comoany, yet for under £100 you still get distinctive styling, heat-mouldable technology, and a carbon sole. The Riot has a microfibre upper, with perforations and mesh inserts for plenty of breathability. There’s also a clever and elegant retention system, comprising a ratchet-based upper fastener and a single Z-shaped Velcro strap covering the lower part of the foot — thus saving a little bit of weight and effort. They’re pretty light too, for this price point, giving away just 40g to their senior partner the Vaypor.”


18869_sportful_bodyfit_pro_cycling_bib_shortsSportful Bodyfit Pro bibshorts – Cycling Weekly

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“The price may be slightly above par, but if there’s one bit of kit you don’t want to skimp on, it’s bib shorts. Thankfully the Sportful Bodyfit Pro bib shorts deliver exactly the performance and comfort that you’d expect for this sort of price. The basis for these excellent shorts is the superb Total Comfort Pro pad, which offers the right level of padding to make long days in the saddle a breeze, without being overly bulky and getting in the way when riding hard in a low, aggressive position.”


11704_bsg_43_select_team_sport_glassesBBB Select sunglasses – Cycling Weekly

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“Of course, priority number one with a pair of sunnies is to look good, so thankfully the BBB Selects are available in five different colour options, so they should be easy to pair with your helmet, kit, and bike. The frame and lenses are also fairly small, meaning that they should look good even if you’ve got a relatively small face.”


18395_k_edge_computer_mount_for_garmin_edge_xlK-Edge XL Out Front Garmin mount – RCUK

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“Given that the Garmin Edge 1000 comes with an out-front mount, you might find it hard to justify to shelling out £39.99 (that’s the RRP, naturally it’s available for less) for an alternative mount. But if you’re tempted then the K-Edge XL is an attractive upgrade and for your money you get a beautifully machined mount, which holds the computer in an ideal position in front of the stem. It’s a smart piece of kit and available in a selection colours, too.”


18587_cannondale_garmin_volo_cycling_bib_shorts_2015Castelli Volo bishorts – RCUK

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“£90 for a set of bib shorts is usually seen as either a rip off or a bargain depending on your approach to buying bike kit. But shorts play such a key part in comfort that spending a little more to get the perfect fit is a worthy investment. The Volos are a quality set of shorts that fall right in the sweet spot where quality and price overlap on the proverbial Venn diagram of bike kit, as far as I’m concerned. Pay much more and you’ll get a few marginal improvements, but the returns will diminish quickly, but pay less and although your pockets may be fuller, you may not get the performance that you want.”


16876_supacaz_super_sticky_kush_handle_bar_tape_single_colourSupacaz Super Sticky Kush bar tape – RCUK

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“Supaca’z bar tape is hard-wearing, comfortable and thick enough to make gloves an optional extra. Plus, with around 40 colour schemes and designs, you’ve got a massive scope to get exactly the right one for your bike. Paying a lot for bar tape is always a difficult thing to do, but this stuff will keep you going for a long time and look good, too.”


18500_gore_bike_wear_power_gt_as_cycling_jacketGore Bike Wear Power GT AS jacket – Grit.cx

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“As mentioned in earlier posts, Gore-Tex is a long-proven and reliable fabric. It’s totally waterproof and in this jacket it’s keeping it up with every single ride I can throw at it. It’s the breathability I found especially good – even wearing a rucksack on commutes or extended off-road trips. Good strong colours, usual level of detailing of fabric types – zip cover, neck lined, Velcro cuffs and reflective details.”


13564_poc_do_blade_eyewearPoc Do Blades sunglasses – Grit.cx

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“They’ve remained my go-to glasses for riding – off road and road, gravel, grit or whatever. I understand the looks might challenge some, but in terms of performance and fit, for me, they are excellent. Little to no fogging, and the lenses tenaciously resist build up of grit and mud. I have washed them once with warm water to clear any dried dirt.”


18919_oakley_jawbreaker_prizm_sunglassesOakley Jawbreaker sunglasses – Cycling Tips

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“The ultra-modern look paired with the retro design reference to the Factory Pilots give these glasses something that we’re both familiar with, and something new. Aside from aesthetics, the Jawbreakers have set a new standard with lens optics, functionality and fit. They’re not cheap, but when I think about how long I’ve owned my many sets of Oakleys for and the thousands of kilometers of enjoyment and protection, the cost every three years seems insignificant.”


18679_polar_v650_cycling_computer_with_heart_rate_monitorPolar V650 bike computer with HRM – Cycling Tips

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“Polar is well known for wireless heartrate measurement and the company has also been involved in the cycle computer market since the early ‘90s. Now Polar is embracing GPS with the release of the V650, a cycle computer that uses Bluetooth Smart for data collection. In this review, CTech editor Matt Wikstrom looks at what the V650 has to offer.”


14443_crank_brothers_iodine_3_wheelset_29_Crank Brothers Iodine 3 wheelset – Enduro MTB

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“The Iodine 3 is one of the pimpest wheel sets out there, and with their new found durability impressed our testers. There are certainly cheaper and lighter wheels available but the striking looks, excellent machining and high finish of the Iodine 3 will appeal to many.”


17586_time_xpresso_15_carbon_hollow_ti_pedalsTime Xpresso 15 pedals – Road.cc

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“Weight weenies will be delighted when they remove the top-of-the-range Xpresso 15s from their natty metal box. With their carbon bodies, hollow titanium axles, and Ceramic Speed bearings, ours hit the road.cc Scales of Truth at just 140g for the pair (Time claim 66.5g each, or 133g the pair). That’s very light when you consider that Look claim 180g for their Kéo Blade 2 Ti pedals. There’s a maximum rider weight of 90kg (14st 2lb) for the titanium axles.”


18596_santini_giro_d_italia_leaders_cycling_jersey_2015Santini Replica Maglia Rosa jersey – Cycling Weekly

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“All up, this is a great choice, at least while the Giro is on, and did seem to make me go faster too – although that may just have been the tailwind on the return leg. Verdict: A comfortable lightweight jersey for riding through the Dolomites – or High Wycombe.”


17519_castelli_prologo_4_cycling_jerseyCastelli Prologo 4 jersey – RCUK

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“The Prologo 4 jersey is a high quality, comparatively low priced piece from Castelli. The great thing these days is that you don’t have to pay premium prices for premium kit and although £75 might seem a lot, this is a jersey which will get plenty of use through summer.”


19705_enve_m60_forty_gen_2_carbon_29er_rim_handbuilt_wheelEnve M60 29 rims on Chris King hubs – Bikeradar

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“The price tag is staggeringly high but these stiff, light (ours weighed 1,670g) and accurate wheels really elevated the performance of our 29er test bike. Pickup from the rear hub is rapid and consistent and it doesn’t take long to spin them up to speed. It’s in steep, high load turns where they stand out though, with none of the vagueness and flex that 29er wheels can be prone to.”


19780_hope_single_spider_cranksetHope crankset – Bikeradar

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“Hope’s new cranks use a patented splined interface to connect the oversize 30mm axle to a pair of cold forged and CNC machined crank arms. This means they’re not as easy to install/remove as, for example, Shimano or SRAM cranks (the latter requiring just a single 8mm Allen key). In fact, they require a set of specialist tools. Thankfully these are included in the box.”


15622_smith_forefront_mountain_biking_helmet_neon_orangeSmith Optics Forefront MTB helmet – mbr

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“Arguably the most cutting-edge helmet around, the Forefront displays exceptional build quality throughout. It uses a honeycomb structure built around short plastic tubes that sit perpendicular to the head and a carbon veneer framework that holds the two outer shell halves together. Adjustability and comfort is excellent, and best of all, the Forefront is outstanding at quickly removing any heat, effectively absorbing sweat into the matrix of tiny tubes.”


17221_bluegrass_golden_eye_moutain_bike_helmetBluegrass Golden Eye helmet – mbr

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“Bluegrass has ticked a lot of boxes with this rugged, deep coverage lid. A sophisticated shell construction adds additional impact security, and the gel-padded headband keeps the lid rock-solid and is effective at steering sweat away from your eyes. There’s a clip for your goggle strap at the back and space under the peak to stash them on the limbs. It’s not the lightest, but the extra grams aren’t noticeable and the fit is superb.”


17861_bell_super_2_mountain_bike_helmetBell Super 2 helmet – mbr

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“Available in four sizes, the fit is top notch and airflow excellent thanks to the 25 vents. These include four inlet ports on the brow, which effectively channel cool air around the head. Thick X-Static anti-bacterial comfort pads — perforated in the forehead region — soak up moisture and complement the front vents.”

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