11spd: This week's best new bike gear

New road and mountain gear from GoPro, Acre, Race Face, Maxxis and more

Friday is finally here! We hope that means you're gearing up for a weekend full of riding. But until you're able to sneak away from work, take a look at some of the latest products to land in the BikeRadar offices for test.

New mountain bike gear

Acre Traverse XC shorts

Acre's new Traverse XC Short has a slim profile with all the features found on the Traverse All-Mountain version
Acre's new Traverse XC Short has a slim profile with all the features found on the Traverse All-Mountain version

The Traverse XC is a slimmed down variant of Acre’s Traverse All Mountain shorts.

The XC is cut to fall just above the knee with a more tailored fit. Like the original Traverse, the XC version has a contoured waist belt with a single-sided pull to keep the shorts in place. There are also zippered cargo pockets strategically placed on each leg to keep items from jostling around while you pedal.

A single-sided pull on the right side takes care of adjustments
A single-sided pull on the right side takes care of adjustments

The four-way stretch Nylon fabric is water-repellent and comes in charcoal as well as this limited edition camo print.

Acre offers the American-made shorts in sizes 28, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34 and 36.

£135 / US$165 / AU$220

acre-supply.com

Maxxis Aggressor

The Aggressor is a relatively new tread from Maxxis that is now available in a 29x2.3 version
The Aggressor is a relatively new tread from Maxxis that is now available in a 29x2.3 version

The Maxxis Aggressor is designed for loose and loose over hardpacked terrain. It has ample side knobs for cornering traction and mid-height center knobs that look to balance rolling resistance with all-around braking and climbing traction.

The Aggressor with the lighter EXO casing in a 29x2.3 size weighs in right at 900g. Maxxis also offers the Aggressor in a Double Down version with a 120tpi, dual-ply casing that is suited to sharp, rocky terrain.

The Aggressor's tread pattern is designed for loose to loose over hardpacked trails
The Aggressor's tread pattern is designed for loose to loose over hardpacked trails

This looks like a stellar rear tire that we've matched with a Maxxis DHF upfront. Stay tuned for a full review.

£55 / US$80 / AU$85

www.maxxis.com

Northwave Enduro Mid shoes

Cedric Gracia collaboarted with Northwave on their new Enduro Mid
Cedric Gracia collaboarted with Northwave on their new Enduro Mid

Northwave collaborated with gravity and enduro racer Cedric Gracia to develop this enduro-ready pair of kicks.

At first glace, it might appear that this shoe uses the Boa system to adjust tension, but it’s actually Northwave’s own SLW2 lacing system. This system dials in tension and uses a lever to release the cable. There’s also a removable cover to keep the reel mechanism clean.

Northwave uses it's own cable-tensioning system, rather than a Boa. There's also cover to keep debris out of the reel
Northwave uses it's own cable-tensioning system, rather than a Boa. There's also cover to keep debris out of the reel

The Enduro Mid has plenty of off-the-bike traction thanks to grippy Michelin rubber.

£135 / US$158 / AU$230

www.northwave.com

Ortlieb Saddle Bag Micro

Ortlieb's Saddle Bag Micro is compact and easy to install
Ortlieb's Saddle Bag Micro is compact and easy to install

For minimalists who only plan to take a tube, a CO2 and a multi-tool, German pack specialist Ortlieb offers the Saddle Bag Micro.

The slide and click system makes it simple to install and remove the bag from the saddle rails. The Saddle Bag Micro is constructed from waterproof PU-coated nylon and features a roll-top closure.

ortliebusa.com

£TBC / $26 / AU$TBC

Race Face Next SL G4 crankset

Race Face's Next SL G4 crankset weighs in at a paltry 440g with a 32t chainring installed
Race Face's Next SL G4 crankset weighs in at a paltry 440g with a 32t chainring installed

Race Face’s premier ultra light crankset is now even lighter and stronger. The Next SL G4 weighs in at a paltry 440g with a 32t chainring installed. In addition to the alloy ring we have mounted, the company also has a chaining with a carbon direct-mount spider in development that will make it even lighter.

The Next SL G4 uses Race Face’s modular Cinch System, which allows for a variety of chainring mounting options, including the direct mount system we’re testing.

£330 / $480 / AU$595

www.raceface.com

New road bike gear

iZip Dash e-bike

The iZip Dash provides four levels of pedal assist up to 28mph
The iZip Dash provides four levels of pedal assist up to 28mph

Electric-assist bikes comes in three categories, the first two of which have a maximum speed of 20mph. The third class is the fastest, with a top assisted speed of 28mph / 45kph. This iZip Dash is a Class 3 e-bike, with 73 NM of torque and a 350w Currie motor that can catch you off guard if you aren’t prepared for the serious oomph.

The Dash has four levels of assist, which are activated by pedaling.

The Dash has integrated front and rear lights that come on automatically at night, and can also be switched on with the left-thumb controls.

Shimano M355 hydraulic brakes handle stopping, which you’ll need with a bike this heavy and this fast.

$2,999 / £N/A / AU$N/A

www.izipusa.com

Hincapie Edge kit

The main selling point on the Edge jersey is the waterproof phone pocket
The main selling point on the Edge jersey is the waterproof phone pocket

The Hincapie Edge kit has a few talking points — cooling sensations from Xylitol, reflective logos for safety, lightweight grippers — but the cool thing is the water-resistant fourth pocket with a zipper that can fit smartphones as large as an iPhone 6 Plus.

The kit comes in four styles, each with mesh side panels on the jersey and Schoeller coldblack treatment on the bib shorts.

Hincapie's Edge kit features longer sleeves and a silky feel
Hincapie's Edge kit features longer sleeves and a silky feel

US$130 jersey / US$140 bibs

hincapie.com

Sapo Bjro Mini Pump

The 69g Sapo Bjro mini pump won't exactly replace your floor pump — but it could get you out of a jam
The 69g Sapo Bjro mini pump won't exactly replace your floor pump — but it could get you out of a jam

Coming in seven color options, this tiny 69g mini pump can get road tires to a claimed 100psi / 7-bar despite the fact that it’s the height (12cm) of an energy bar.

The screw-on attachment works for Presta and Schrader valves.

The pump comes with attachment clips, but can easily tuck into a jersey pocket.

US$29 / £N/A / AU$N/A

saposrl.com

Topeak Ninja C

Topeak has a Ninja series of integrated products. This two-piece chain tool doubles as handlebar end caps
Topeak has a Ninja series of integrated products. This two-piece chain tool doubles as handlebar end caps

Topeak’s Ninja series tucks tools inside the bike. The Ninja C is a chain tool that doubles as handlebar plugs.

The 11-speed chain tool weighs 77g and uses the included 4mm Allen key to operate.

It works with SRAM, Shimano and Campagnolo chains, but requires a minimum 70mm of straight bar at the drops to fit.

www.topeak.com

$TBC / £TBC / AU$TBC

Sugoi RSE kit

The Sugoi RSE kit is thin and lightweight with seamless grippers
The Sugoi RSE kit is thin and lightweight with seamless grippers

Sugoi’s top-end RSE jersey and bib shorts are lightweight pieces with flush hems.

The RSE jersey features long sleeves and four pockets, with wide mesh side panels for hot-weather riding.

Generous use of mesh keeps the RSE jersey light and airy
Generous use of mesh keeps the RSE jersey light and airy

The RSE bibs use a chamois with an antimicrobial surface layer and gel inserts plus a perforated front section for ventilation. The shorts have seamless grippers for a svelte look and feel.

Jersey: £129 / US$220 / AU$TBC;  Bibs £129 / US$240 / AU$TBC

us-store.sugoi.com

GoPro Hero Session

The GoPro Hero Session is a compact, one-button camera
The GoPro Hero Session is a compact, one-button camera

This one-button GoPro can easily tuck under a saddle or a handlebar for wide-frame action video.

The Session is GoPro’s first waterproof camera (without the need for housing) that can also adapt to being mounted upside down without the need for manual adjustment.

The red button turns the camera on and starts recording with a single push
The red button turns the camera on and starts recording with a single push

With resolution options of 1440p30, 1080p60 and 720p100, the Session can also record at 60 or 100 fps for slo-mo playback.

£159 / US$199 / AU$TBC

shop.gopro.com

Josh Patterson

Tech Editor, US
Josh has been riding and racing mountain bikes since 1998. Being stubborn, endurance racing was a natural fit. Josh bankrolled his two-wheeled addiction by wrenching at various bike shops across the US for 10 years and even tried his hand at frame building. These days Josh spends most of his time riding the trails around his home in Fort Collins, Colorado.
  • Discipline: Mountain, cyclocross, road
  • Preferred Terrain: Anywhere with rock- and root-infested technical singletrack. He also enjoys unnecessarily long gravel races.
  • Current Bikes: Trek Remedy 29 9.9, Yeti ASRc, Specialized CruX, Spot singlespeed, Trek District 9
  • Dream Bike: Evil The Following, a custom Moots 27.5+ for bikepacking adventures
  • Beer of Choice: PBR
  • Location: Fort Collins, CO, USA

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