11spd: This week's best new bike gear

Featuring fresh new gear from GoPro, POC, Continental, Specialized and more

Summer may be drawing to a close in the northern hemisphere, but BikeRadar is here to encourage you to rage, rage against the dying of the light. To help your fire burn brighter, here are 11 pieces of new gear.

Best new road bikes and gear

The Specialized Venge ViAS Expert Disc Ultegra

The Specialized Venge ViAS Expert Disc Ultegra
The Specialized Venge ViAS Expert Disc Ultegra

Specialized recently rolled out the disc version of the ViAS aero bike, and the Expert Disc Ultegra is the third in the line behind the S-Works eTap and Pro Disc Ultegra Di2.

A Specialized Pro carbon crank rounds out the Shimano Ultegra hydraulic group with 52/36 and 11-28.

While Specialized's first disc performance road bike, the Tarmac Disc, had quick releases, the new Venge goes for thru-axle. The bike comes with DT R460 Disc Pro tubeless wheels — not the carbon Roval models shown.

The sculpted down tube wraps around the front wheel and features what for Specialized is a surprisingly low-profile logo

The Aerofly handlebars come in 25mm drop (down to the stem) and flat versions.

The Aerofly handlebars come in 25mm drop and flat versions
The Aerofly handlebars come in 25mm drop and flat versions

£3,900 / US$4,500 / AU$6,400

specialized.com

Sako7 Pro Solitude

Sako7 socks come in a range of styles — none of them subdued
Sako7 socks come in a range of styles — none of them subdued

The Pro Solitude socks come in a range of styles, each made in the US or Belgium with a 6in cuff.

Obsessed with stylish socks? Meet the man behind Sako7

£16 / US$21 /AU$N/A

sako7.com

GoPro Pro Seat Rail Saddle Mount

GoPro now has a saddle-rail mount
GoPro now has a saddle-rail mount

GoPro now has a saddle-rail mount for its cameras. Compared to the K-Edge model that has been available for some time, the GoPro mount is more compact and only uses a single fastening bolt.

£32 / US$39 / AU$54

shop.gopro.com

Garmin Edge 820

You can set routes by address, by uploading files or by selecting a distance for a round-trip and letting the computer determine a route
You can set routes by address, by uploading files or by selecting a distance for a round-trip and letting the computer determine a route

The Garmin Edge 820 combines features from the racer-friendly 520 and the navigation-wizard 1000. Turn-by-turn navigation features on the touchscreen computer and you can set routes by address, by uploading files or by selecting a distance for a round-trip and letting the computer determine a route.

Also new with the 820 is GroupTrack, which lets you see where fellow Garmin users are on your 820 — provided they have a newer Edge computer (like a 510, 520, 1000, etc.) paired to their smartphone.

Late to group rides? Maybe the Edge 820 can help

£329 / US$399 / AU$649

garmin.com

Mavic CXR Ultimate aero helmet

The Mavic CXR Ultimate aero helmet — with another paint scheme, it could be quite Japanese
The Mavic CXR Ultimate aero helmet — with another paint scheme, it could be quite Japanese

Seemingly every company has an aero helmet these days, most of which feature fewer vents and a more elongated shape than a standard road helmet.

Mavic, however, takes a slightly different approach to many others, using a solid area over the forehead (compare this to, say, the POC Octal Aero Raceday that features a big vent at the center of the forehead) that the company says moves air over and around the helmet rather than into it.

Some 28 vents handle ventilation, and X-Static pads add cushioning with anti-bacterial properties.

We weighed this size Large at 278g.

Mavic goes for a mix of ventilation and speed with the CXR
Mavic goes for a mix of ventilation and speed with the CXR

£150 / US$219 / AU$N/A

mavic.us

Best new mountain bike gear

Prestacycle TorqKey T-Handle

PrestaCycle has a range of preset torque wrenches
PrestaCycle has a range of preset torque wrenches

Prestacycle has a range of preset torque wrenches that can be purchased individually or in various bundles.

There are 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10 and 12Nm wrenches available, each with a magnetic 1/4in hex bit retention and a crisp snap when the torque value is reached.

Bundle options include an individual wrench plus a 20-bit set; a 4, 5, 6 plus 20-bit set; a 7, 8, 10 and 12 plus 20-bit set; and all the wrenches plus the 20-bit set.

Each comes with a one-year warranty.

£23 / US$15 and up

prestacycle.com

Yeti Cycles Freeland shorts

Yeti's Freeland short has four pockets and two vents
Yeti's Freeland short has four pockets and two vents

Are you a member of the Yeti Tribe? Or maybe you’re just in the market for a new pair of baggies? Either way, the Freeland Shorts are worth a look.

The Freeland has a relaxed fit with a kneepad-friendly inseam length of 14 inches.  Features include an adjustable waistband, two hand pockets and two zippered hip pockets. There are also two zippered vent pockets on the top of the thighs to allow the rider to regulate their temperature.

We’ve got the black version in for test, but if you’re a die-hard Yeti fan, you’ll be glad to know they are also available in turquoise.

£80 / US$100 / AU$130

yeticycles.com

POC Crave+ sunglasses

The POC Crave+ sunglasses provide ample coverage
The POC Crave+ sunglasses provide ample coverage

POC’s more than just a body armor and helmet company. The Swedish brand also has a full line of eyewear. The Crave+ is the latest model.

The partial frame is constructed from a flexible polymer called Grilamid. This flexible frame is less likely to get damaged if you stow the shades in your pack or jersey pocket.

POC offers the Crave+ with a wide range of lens colors to suit different riding environments. We have the light blue lenses, which are well-suited to the changing light conditions frequently found while mountain biking.

£250 / US$350 / AU$375

pocsports.com

Continental Der Baron Projekt 29x2.4in tires

The Continental Der Baron Projekt in a 29x2.4in size
The Continental Der Baron Projekt in a 29x2.4in size

German rubber specialist Continental worked closely with enduro racers to refine this design. The Der Baron Projekt has sturdy knobs and a very open tread pattern that should fare well in muddy or loose conditions.

These treads use Conti’s Black Chili compound that balances grip with durability. The Der Baron is built around the company’s sturdy ProTection Apex casing, which uses four 240tpi plies under the tread and three 180tpi plies under the sidewalls to ward off punctures.

Weight for our 29er test tires is 1025g.

There are plenty of sturdy, widely-spaced knobs on the Der Baron Projekt
There are plenty of sturdy, widely-spaced knobs on the Der Baron Projekt

In addition to the 29x2.4in version we have in, this tubeless-ready tire also comes in 27.5 and even 26in versions.

£60 / US$70 / AU$105

continental-tires.com

Katadyn BeFree water filter

The Katadyn BeFree water filter is easy to carry in a pack
The Katadyn BeFree water filter is easy to carry in a pack

The new BeFree water filter combines a wide-mouth .6l HydraPak SoftFlask bottle with Katadyn’s EZ-Clean hollow-fiber filter. This filter is designed to filter out microorganisms such as Giardia and Cryptosporidium, and bacteria, such as E-Coli and Salmonella, frequently found in outdoor freshwater sources. 

The soft flask makes this filter highly-packable. This could be a good option for short, one or two-night bikepacking adventures. It could also be a hit with riders looking to extend the range of daily rides without resorting to a larger pack.

Stay tuned for a review.

$40 / £TBC / AU$TBC

katadyn.com

Pearl Izumi MTB WRX Jacket

The Pearl Izumi MTB WRX Jacket
The Pearl Izumi MTB WRX Jacket

The MTB WRX is a lightweight, packable shell that is wind- and water-resistant.This version of the Pearl Izumi’s classic WRX jacket has a relaxed, trail rider-focused cut and several mountain bike-centric features.

The MTB WRX Jacket has a hood that easily fits over a trail helmet
The MTB WRX Jacket has a hood that easily fits over a trail helmet

It’s not just designed to look good with baggies, it also has room in the sleeves to be worn over elbow pads. The hood is designed to fit over the rider’s helmet and there’s an exhaust vent on the back of the hood and vents under the armpits to regulate temperature and moisture build up.

There's an exhaust vent on the back of the hood and under each armpit to dump heat
There's an exhaust vent on the back of the hood and under each armpit to dump heat

£135 / US$175 / AU$230

pearlizumi.com

Ben Delaney

US Editor-in-Chief
Ben has been writing about bikes since 2000, covering everything from the Tour de France to Asian manufacturing to kids' bikes. The former editor-in-chief of VeloNews, he began racing in college while getting a journalism degree at the University of New Mexico. Based in the cycling-crazed city of Boulder, Colorado, with his wife and two kids, Ben enjoys riding most every day.
  • Discipline: Road (paved or otherwise), cyclocross and sometimes mountain. His tri-curious phase seems to have passed, thankfully
  • Preferred Terrain: Quiet mountain roads leading to places unknown
  • Current Bikes: Scott Foil Team, Trek Boone 5, Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL4, Marinoni fixed gear, Santa Cruz Roadster TT bike
  • Dream Bike: A BMC Teammachine SLR01 with disc brakes and clearance for 30mm tires (doesn't yet exist)
  • Beer of Choice: Saison Dupont
  • Location: Boulder, CO, USA

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