Weekly Reviews Roundup #4

The start of a month always seems to bring out a decent bunch of online reviews. Here’s our pick o’ the bunch.

A new month it may be but we’re quite clearly still stuck in winter aren’t we? Hence this week’s reviews mostly seem to be about surviving the bad weather and the dark conditions.

15966_niterider_lumina_400_cordless_bike_lightNiterider Lumina 400 front light – Road.cc

Read the review | Buy it here

“The light is provided by CREE LEDs, considered to be the brightest on the market. NiteRider says LEDs come in a wide range of color temperatures and many other light manufacturers use whatever is cheapest. They claim to spare no expense and only use LEDs with a colour temperature between 5700 and 6500 degrees Kelvin. The colour temperature of daylight is 5780 degrees Kelvin. By selecting LEDs that are as close to daylight as possible and a little on the blue side of the colour spectrum, this produces a very white light that simulates daylight and enhances the human eye’s ability to detect all the little things that go bump in the night.”

18107_assos_ij_bonka_mille_long_sleeve_jacketAssos iJ.BonKa.6 Cento jacket – BikeRadar

Read the review | Buy it here (the Mille version)

“Unusually, Assos‘s iJ.BonKa.6 jacket – along with other garments from the Swiss maker – comes in two fit options, the more generous Mille, and Cento for the very athletic. Gear stowage is amply catered for by three deep drop pockets and zipped media pockets on each side too. It’s eye-wateringly expensive, but offers outstanding winter protection.”

15094_moa_fredonia_short_sleeved_cycling_jerseyMoa Fredonia short-sleeve thermal jersey – Cycling Weekly

Read the review | Buy it here

“Great Fit.
Quality construction.
Good water resistance.
Good breathability.
Good tail.
Good pockets”

16818_santini_reef_water_and_wind_resistant_jerseySantini Reef Rain Jersey – Cycling Weekly

Read the review | Buy it here

“Its wet-weather protection is among the best that have been tested recently, and we stayed dry through lengthy rides in persistent rain — helped by the waterproof front zip, high collar, and sizeable bum flap. Reflective trim along the bottom and rear is a nice touch, making the Reef Rain a good choice for dark, miserable mornings.”

15244_sportful_fiandre_norain_cycling_bib_tightsSportful Fiandre NoRain Bibtights – Cycling Weekly

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“In terms of fit and comfort we were generally pleased with the performance of the Sportful Fiandre NoRain bibtights. As well as improving warmth, the brush-fleeced inner was extremely comfortable, as were the mesh bib straps and the slim Bodyfit Pro chammy. The ankle grips and zippers also ensured the bibtights were kept firmly in place, not riding up while pedaling.”

15367_castelli_gabba_2_long_sleeved_cycling_jerseyCastelli Gabba 2 jacket – Cycling Weekly

Read the review | Buy it here

“Superb fit.
Excellent breathability.
Good water resistance.
Perfect length tail.
Range of colours.
Looks great.
Good size pockets.”

10683_shimano_dura_ace_9070_di2_groupsetBuyer’s guide: road bike groupsets – RCUK

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“The groupset or ‘gruppo’ is the collective term for the components on your bike that take care of gear shifting and braking. As a result, the groupset is a key part of the make-up of your machine, alongside the frame itself and the wheels. In this buyer’s guide we’ll take a closer look at the groupset components, run through which manufacturers supply the mechanical heart of your bike and consider what you get for your money.”

11672_castelli_diluvio_all_road_cycling_shoecover 15287_sportful_diva_women_s_cycling_bib_tightsMy favourite pieces of winter clothing – London Cyclist

Read more | Buy the Sportful tights here | Buy the Castelli overshoes here

“Of course, I’m a ‘lady’, and many readers out there will be men – but never fear, all of these items come in male varieties, anyway (as is pretty much always the case, you guys have all the luck in cycling kit).”

17398_cateye_rapid_mini_rear_bike_lightCateye Rapid Mini rear light – Road.cc

Read the review | Buy it here

“All in all then, the Rapid Mini is a great option for a cheap and effective rear light, suitable for commuting on unlit roads. But what’s been most impressive is how it has stood up to some properly nasty winter conditions and some manhandling on the part of the tester. Too lazy to remove it before cleaning my bike, it has taken direct hits from the hose pipe and lived to tell the tale.”

17352_merlin_x2_0_105_11_speed_alloy_cyclocross_bikeMerlin X2.0 cyclocross bike – Cycling Weekly

Read the review | Buy it here

“The Merlin X2.0 is a good option for anyone looking to get into cyclocross without having the bank manager knocking on the door. It comes with a carbon fork for a little extra comfort, and more importantly has a great spec with the Shimano, Avid, and Fulcrum kit doing everything we asked without complaint.”

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