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Billed as the lightest gilet on the market - which it isn't - Rapha's Emergency Gilet is still light and compact, especially in its sausage-shaped stuffsack.
One of the most waterproof jackets we've ever tested. The recent spate of torrential downpours showed just how well it performed.
Northwave's Dart has two gel pads.
Here is the Perp - a darn clever machine from John 'The Kid' Cramer and friends at Cannondale.
Although the MT31s are Shimano's entry-level leisure shoes, they're not short of features.
The Ozons are towards the upper price bracket but this is reflected in their attention to detail, which includes abrasive resistant lycra panels along the insides of the legs, protecting them from saddle rub.
The Alassios are a comfortable, well fitting 3/4 with six panels. The waistband is wide for more comfort, but it is still relatively tight.
The new Meta 666 marathon DH bike is a serious piece of kit, with the top model featuring a Fox Float RP23 rear shock and Marzocchi 55 fork, along with Commençal's adjustable head tube.
The 100 per cent polyester Optik is cut from a silky soft, translucent ripstop fabric, packing down into a fist-sized ball that will easily stow in a racing jersey pocket.
Weighing in at an incredible 19.7lb, the Scale is a bike that's begging you to take it out to the hills and let rip.
The Xess 1 is Saracen's mid-range dirt bike, sitting midway through the sixbike £225 to £750 Xray/Xess/Xtort family.
Forget suspension seatposts and suspension forks, if you want a comfortable city bike you want fat slicks. They're light, simple and relatively cheap
Schwalbe's Black Shark Mud tyre has been around for years but has recently seen an update in carcass technology.
This super-fast and surprisingly grippy tyre caused something of a rubber revolution a couple of years ago and most makers are still playing catch up.
The Shield is thin, lightweight and compressible - though the Pearl Izumi Optik vest packs down smaller. However, it's got some interesting extras.
The appearance of the Absolute from Selle Bassano wasn't immediately a hit. But the two silver bullet like projections at the back is a structure that actually works.
This carbon fibre framed saddle feels solidly made but tips the scales at just under 200g. It's reasonably light for the money.
The Aspide's minimalist weight and sleek looks scream race but it has a big crossover for those tackling high miles at a more relaxed pace.
What you get for your money is the excellent 3W Luxeon LED built into a tilting head unit and powered by four AA batteries.
This oversized handlebar from Canadian street/ trials company Simtra is built to inspire confidence.
Smart's single 10W Halogen headlamp setup is typical of the many 'basic, but bright enough to get you going' options around.
This is the most basic model in the Motivation range and is outwardly similar to the Comp version, instead using some fibreglass with the carbon to save costs.
The New Express is touted as a puncture-resistant urban tyre but it's a very different beast to armour-plated offerings such as Specialized's Armadillo series.
The Salsa Team Socks feature padded toe and heel sections for increased durability and comfort, and are held securely in place around the ankles.
Ritchey has fully committed itself to oversized bars, and that dedication shows - this is one of the best seamless aluminium XC bars out there.
It's every Holt for himself at Newport Nocturne
British kids are being taught cycling skills as part of the DHL Sprint School.
Like the ITM Over 5, this is a great-looking minimum rise bar with the sort of obvious shiny-lacquered carbon wrap that seduces buyers.
One of the oldest tyre designs around reworked with the latest technology to give this rapid retro rubber contemporary performance.
All the Merino comfort and performance is present and correct.
The Lip Lock from Salsa is basically the bolted clamp mate of the Flip Lock.
The ground breaking SDG I beam seat post and saddle technology started with our dirt riding cousins.
Post Moderne's Smica Pro post is a quality unit with a shaft and lower clamp crisply forged from one piece of aluminium.
The Talon is an impressively light budget XC fork fray. The remote handlebar-mounted lockout lever is a definite bonus for the low price.
Syncros' BHT - Big Hit Tyre - is a sticky tread for hard riders. It's meant to be used as a set in a front and rear pairing.
Made from 7075 T6 aluminium and weighing a svelte 268g, these bars are an excellent alternative to traditional drops.
You may not have heard of Spinner before, but the company has been making forks for other people for decades. Now Spinner is coming out of the kitchen with a bang.
Members of the Giant for Women Ride Society can go online to learn about favorite bike rides discovered by other members across the country and around the world.
Favourites falter in wet conditions
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Favourites falter in wet conditions
American Kirk O'Bee (HealthNet-Maxxis) took the USA national criterium title after finishing second behind Canadian Martin Gilbert (Kelly Benefit) at the USA Cycling Professional Criterium Championships in Downers Grove, Illinois August 19.