11spd: This week's best new bike gear

New bikes and gear from Trek, Castelli, Shimano, VeloToze and more

Greetings, BikeRadar readers. You've made it through another work week. We hope you have plans to hit the roads and trails this weekend. In the meantime, here's a look at some of the latest bikes and gear that we're preparing to test at our BikeRadar offices in Colorado.

Best new road gear 

Gore Bike Wear Men's Power WindStopper Softshell Short-Sleeve Jersey

Gore Bike Wear Men's Power WindStopper Softshell Short-Sleeve Jersey — a mouthful of a name. We'd call it the WindStopper Jerket, as it's part jersey, part jacket
Gore Bike Wear Men's Power WindStopper Softshell Short-Sleeve Jersey — a mouthful of a name. We'd call it the WindStopper Jerket, as it's part jersey, part jacket

We’ve seen rider reviews calling this “the perfect UK jersey”, which may be true. But it’s also true that this jersey is almost a short-sleeve jacket. Think Castelli Gabba, but much thinner.

Made with Gore’s WindStopper fabric, the jersey is water repellent and somewhat breathable. On warmer days you can definitely end up wet from the inside, but on cooler and/or rainy days this jersey works quite well. 

Yes, it's WindStopper. We get it. We appreciate the long sleeves more than the giant logo
Yes, it's WindStopper. We get it. We appreciate the long sleeves more than the giant logo

The long sleeves and extended tail work well for keeping the weather off.

£125 / US$139 / AU$TBC

www.goreapparel.com

VeloToze helmet cover

The VeloToze helmet cover keeps the rain off
The VeloToze helmet cover keeps the rain off

Made with the same stretchy material as the brand’s shoe covers, the VeloToze helmet cover is a straightforward affair: just pull it on over your helmet to keep the rain or snow away.

The cover weighs less than 45g, and packs down for easy storage, even mid-ride. We’ve put it on a couple of helmets and haven’t torn the thin material yet.

We recently took this cover into the GST Wind Tunnel in Germany. Stay tuned for a story on how much time (or not) you can save with a cover.

The VeloToze cover is fairly ease to get on and off
The VeloToze cover is fairly ease to get on and off

It also comes in white, yellow and red.

 £18 / US$22 / AU$TBC

www.velotoze.com

Lazer Z1 MIPS

The 190g Z1 MIPS comes in three sizes, and works with Lazer’s accessories like the LifeBeam heart-rate monitor that works on your forehead, and the Z-Led light that tucks into the back of the helmet
The 190g Z1 MIPS comes in three sizes, and works with Lazer’s accessories like the LifeBeam heart-rate monitor that works on your forehead, and the Z-Led light that tucks into the back of the helmet

Lazer’s top-end road helmet now comes with a MIPS liner. The 190g helmet comes in three sizes, and works with Lazer’s accessories like the LifeBeam heart-rate monitor that works on your forehead, and the Z-Led light that tucks into the back of the helmet.

It also comes in orange, black and yellow/black.

 £219 / US$310 / AU$TBC

www.lazersport.com

Castelli Perfetto Long Sleeve

The Castelli Perfetto Long Sleeve comes in men's and women's cuts
The Castelli Perfetto Long Sleeve comes in men's and women's cuts

With the often-imitated Gabba jersey still going strong, Castelli now has a slightly thinner, long-sleeve version called the Perfetto.

This water-resistant piece is half jersey, half jacket, using Gore Windstopper X-Lite Plus fabric along with Castelli’s Nano Flex fabric under the arms for added stretch and breathability.

A long tail keeps the rain rolling off the back and protects against spray off your rear wheel.

If it's raining hard enough that your pockets need drain holes… send us a picture
If it's raining hard enough that your pockets need drain holes… send us a picture

It also comes in a women’s cut, as well as in red, yellow, blue, green and gray.

 £175 / US$199 / AU$TBC

www.castelli-cycling.com

Pearl Izumi P.R.O. Pursuit Softshell Jacket

Pearl's P.R.O. Pursuit Softshell Jacket has windproof panels (in black) along with breathable thermal fabric
Pearl's P.R.O. Pursuit Softshell Jacket has windproof panels (in black) along with breathable thermal fabric

The P.R.O. Pursuit Softshell jacket mixes thermal fabric with a three-layer membrane softshell.

The jacket is cut for the cycling position, with a high waist, sleeves shaped for reaching forward, and a long tail with reflective elastic below the pockets.

There is a large main pocket plus two zippered pockets.


Pearl uses bright patches it calls Bio-Vis along with reflective elements like on the waist band
Pearl uses bright patches it calls Bio-Vis along with reflective elements like on the waist band

£139 / US$200 / AU$TBC

www.pearlizumi.com

Clement BOS tubeless cyclocross tires

Clement's BOS is designed to take on muddy courses
Clement's BOS is designed to take on muddy courses

Cyclocross season is in high gear. As we head deeper into fall and onto muddier courses, a good set of mud tires should be in your arsenal.

Enter the BOS, Clement’s latest ‘cross clincher. It’s designed as an even more aggressive tire than the PDX, with tractor-style center knobs to plow through muck and sturdy side knobs for cornering grip.

There's no shortage of sturdy knobs on the BOS
There's no shortage of sturdy knobs on the BOS

This 700x33 tire is tubeless compatible and features a 120tpi casing. Both of our test tires weighed in at 402g.

As you can see, testing has already begun. Stay tuned for a full review after a few more muddy miles.

£55 / US$70 /AU$90

clementcycling.com

Best new MTB bikes and gear

Trek Slash 9.9 29 Race Shop Limited

Trek's Slash 9.9 29 looks fast at a standstill
Trek's Slash 9.9 29 looks fast at a standstill

Trek shook up its mountain bike line this year. The company retired the venerable Remedy 29, gave the Fuel EX 29 a bump in travel and slacker angles, and turned the Slash into a long-travel 29er designed to tackle the world’s toughest enduro courses.

The Slash 29 has a reassuringly long and slack front end
The Slash 29 has a reassuringly long and slack front end

The Slash 9.9 29 has OCLV carbon frame with a 160/130mm Fox TALAS fork and 150mm of travel via a Fox Float X2 rear shock that serves up 150mm of rear wheel travel. SRAM’s wide-range XO1 Eagle drivetrain provides plenty of gearing for long climbs.

SRAM's XO Eagle drivetrain should help this long-travel 29er make it up the climbs
SRAM's XO Eagle drivetrain should help this long-travel 29er make it up the climbs

Trek’s ABP suspension with a Mino Link allows the rider to adjust the Slash between slack and ultra-slack position. For reference, this adjusts the head angle from 65.6 degrees down to 65.1 degrees.

The 150mm of rear wheel travel is managed by a Fox Float X2, which is currently being recalled. So testing might be delayed for a few weeks...
The 150mm of rear wheel travel is managed by a Fox Float X2, which is currently being recalled. So testing might be delayed for a few weeks...

Stay tuned for our review.

£6,000 / US$7,999 / AU$8,999

www.trekbikes.com

Shimano ME7 trail shoes

Shimano's new ME7 shoes are designed for trail riders and enduro racers
Shimano's new ME7 shoes are designed for trail riders and enduro racers

The new ME7 replaces the AM900 as Shimano’s high-end shoe designed for trail riding and enduro racing. This new pair of kicks uses Shimano’s TORBAL sole to balance pedaling performance with walkability. Shimano teamed up with Michelin to develop the dual-density rubber compound and lug pattern.

Michelin supplies the dual-compound rubber on the bottom of the ME7
Michelin supplies the dual-compound rubber on the bottom of the ME7

The ME7 has a reinforced toe box for protection, a neoprene ankle collar to keep rocks out and mesh ventilation on the top of the toe box, and sides off the ankle for improved ventilation. Retention is handled by a speed lacing system that is tucked under the cover and a ratcheting buckle.

Michelin supplies the dual-compound rubber on the bottom of the ME7
Michelin supplies the dual-compound rubber on the bottom of the ME7

£155 / US$200 / AU$279

bike.shimano.com

Ergon GE1 Factory grips

Ergon's new GE1 Factory grips use a soft and sticky rubber compound
Ergon's new GE1 Factory grips use a soft and sticky rubber compound

Ergon has updated its enduro-specific GE1 grip with a softer rubber compound on the new "Factory" version.

The company stumbled across the material while one of its employees was on a long flight — it was developed to keep silverware and other items from bouncing around while in flight. This sounds about right for aggressive mountain biking as well.

The new GE1 Factory is noticeably tackier than the standard version. Time will tell how they hold up. Stay tuned for a full review.

£35 / US$40 / AU$60

www.ergon-bike.com

BiKASE Superband

The BiKASE Superband can carry your phone, food or other small items
The BiKASE Superband can carry your phone, food or other small items

If you’ve been searching for a way to secure your smartphone, or any other small items, to your stem, top tube or handlebar, BiKASE my have a solution for you.

The Superband combines a rigid plate and elastic bands to hold pretty much any item that’s under 3 inches in diameter. 

£TBC / US$20 / AU$TBC

bikase.com

Bontrager Foray Softshell Jacket

Bontrager's Foray softshell jacket is wind and water-resistant
Bontrager's Foray softshell jacket is wind and water-resistant

The Foray is a new cycling jacket designed for mountain biking. The soft and stretchy Profila fabric is wind-resistant and has a DWR finish. 

This semi-fitted jacket features a cycling cut with a 5cm droptail, perforations under the armpits to aid in temperature regulation, and a detachable hood that’s large enough to fit over a trail helmet.

£90 / US$130 / AU$180

www.trekbikes.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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