Just in: Latest kit from Louis Garneau, Dare2b and O'Neal

New helmet, clothing, grips and more

Louis Garneau were founded in Quebec, Canada 28 years ago and produce just about every road cycling accessory imaginable, calling themselves a “one-stop shop” for riding enthusiasts. The 2012 version of their Diamond helmet line weighs in at 300g – 15g more than claimed – for a medium size, and with 40 vents, Garneau promise “an absurd amount of ventilation.”

The lid's main feature is “exo-insert technology” – lightweight strips of plastic on the interior that help to maintain its structure and spread the shock of impact. Retailing at £129.99, the Diamond is available in four colours (red, royal blue, black and gray/blue) and small, medium and large sizes.

Garneau diamond:

Dare 2b

Dare 2b are a UK company who specialise in clothing for outdoor sports, whether it’s skiing, climbing or mountain biking that floats your boat. The first of the bike products we’ve just received, the Scramble, is a lightweight polyester/elastane jersey, with 3/4-length zip, three rear pockets and reflective details. It comes in Acid, ActiveGreen, Grenadine and Iron colours and costs £40.

Dare2b scramble jersey:

The Struckout windshell is billed as a summer jacket and is lightweight enough to justify its tag. It’s made from the breathable and waterproof Ared 5000 fabric and features elasticated cuffs and an adjustable hood. It can be packed away into a zipped pocket and is available in Iron Scratchy, Iron Monochrome and White colours. RRP £50.

Dare2b struckout jacket:


O'Neal have some interesting-looking kit for 2011, and they've just sent us a sample of their riding kit. The Pin Itshorts (£69.99) and jersey (£44.99) are aimed at all-mountain and freeriders, with a baggy cut but lighter, more breathable fabrics than O'Neal's downhill kit. The cyan and gold colour option seen will certainly make you stand out, but they're also available in black and black/white.

O'Neal pin it jersey and shorts:

The knee-length shorts are made from a stretchy fabric and have some neat features, including front-of-leg zipped vents and mesh areas, a reinforced seat and inner legs, two zipped pockets and a ratchet waist adjuster. Also pictured are O'Neal's Elementgloves, RRP £19.99.

O'Neal's pin it jersey and shorts are also available in black/white: o'neal's pin it jersey and shorts are also available in black/white


Swiss bike makers BMC sent us this rather nifty T-shirt inspired by rappers Run-DMC. Apparently the shirts aren't available to buy, so you'll have to search high and low if you fancy one. It made us chuckle so we thought we'd feature it anyway.

BMC t-shirt:


Diamondback'sUV Reactive Grips, as their name suggests, react to sunlight and change colour. The ones we have make a subtle change from blue to purple, but they are also come in white to pink, green to red and grey to purple options, which promise a more substantial change. They're available in one length (135mm), are made from Kryton rubber and cost £7.99 a pair.

Diamondback uv reactive grips:

The diamondback grips look decidedly more blue under artificial light:


There's still no clear winner in the energy drinks war, with Red Bull, Monster, Relentless and several other brands battling it out for supremacy. Relentless have just sent us some samples of their Inferno flavour, which has a distinct orange tang. It contains the same proportion of caffeine as Red Bull – 32mg/100ml – and contains actual fruit concentrate (5%) as well as the usual artificial ingredients. RRP is £1.35.

Relentless inferno:

After early cycling flirtations with the Tour de France on childhood holidays, John Whitney fell for it hook, line and sinker in his mid-20s as an escape from the more sedate sports of his youth. As a classically trained news reporter, he snagged his dream job as a cycling writer straight out of college and is now fully immersed in the industry and wouldn't have it any other way.
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