11spd: This week's best new bike gear

New gear from Gore, Platypus and more

While many of us have been gripped by the plethora of political happenings taking place this week, we here at BikeRadar have been getting our hands on Shimano's new Ultegra groupset, recovering from a hectic weekend at the Fort William World Cup and taking a first ride on SRAM's more affordable 12-speed drivetrain, the GX Eagle. But now it's Friday, and almost the weekend, so of course that means bikes, yaks, a bar fly, dragons, a platypus and more. Say what? This week's 11spd has a little bit of everything.

 Sealskinz Dragon Eye Trail gloves

SealSkinz' Dragon Eye Trail gloves allow you to get your ‘Gram on
SealSkinz' Dragon Eye Trail gloves allow you to get your ‘Gram on

Sealskinz is best known for its waterproof gloves and accessories, but the company also makes more traditional mountain bike mitts for fair weather riding.

The Dragon Eye Trail has a synthetic leather palm with pre-curved fingers and stretch panels for improved dexterity.

Conductive stitching on the thumb and index finger will allow you to get your ‘Gram on.

  • £38 / $58 / AU$TBC

Platypus Duolock Softbottle 1L

The Platypus DuoLock SoftBottle is very packable
The Platypus DuoLock SoftBottle is very packable

This flexible new water bottle from Platypus might be a hit with bikepackers.

The DuoLock SoftBottle has a double locking cap to reduce the likelihood of spills and the flexible BPA-free soft plastic body is easy to fit in a frame bag and can be rolled up when not in use.

The DuoLock is available in 1 liter and .75 liter versions

  • £11 / $13.95 / AU$18

GORE Fiber Socks

GORE's new Fiber Socks use high tech with merino wool to improve durability
GORE's new Fiber Socks use high tech with merino wool to improve durability

The material specialists at GORE have some new socks to show off.

Merino/synthetic blend socks are nothing new, but GORE has combined the wicking and naturally odor-resistant elements of Merino with ePTFE (expanded polytetrafluoroethylene) fibers to improve durability, so you can love them long time.

There are short, mid and long lengths to choose from.

  • $25.99 / £TBC / AU$TBC

MODe cold-pressed juices

MODe's line of natural cold-pressed sports nutrition products
MODe's line of natural cold-pressed sports nutrition products

MODe has a different take on sports nutrition than most other companies. It combines organic, cold-pressed whole foods and natural extracts to boost performance.

You can choose from the Beet + Berries endurance booster, Mango + Ginger to lessen cramps and increase energy, or Cucumber + Lime to aid in recovery between workouts.

All the products are WADA approved and each six-pack includes overnight shipping.

  • $54.99 / £TBC / AU$ TBC

Kora Azog Jersey

The Kora Azog Jersey is a heavyweight top made from yak wool
The Kora Azog Jersey is a heavyweight top made from yak wool

We’ve highlighted numerous types of wool products in past 11spds — including socks made from possums — but this might be our first jersey made from yak.

The Kora Azog Jersey is made from yak wool. It’s a heavyweight long sleeve jersey designed for long days in the saddle. The three rear stash pockets are extra deep to hold additional food and accessories, and there’s reflective striping on the zipper to improve visibility.

The thumbholes will keep the cold out when paired with gloves, or give your hands a bit of cushion when used without.

  • £170 / $225 / AU$300

Bar Fly Air Levers

Bar Fly's Air Levers combine your flat fixing essentials in one handy package
Bar Fly's Air Levers combine your flat fixing essentials in one handy package

You need tire levers and you need a CO2 for a quick fix on your ride, so why not make two into one? That’s Bar Fly’s take with the Air Levers.

The CO2 inflator built into the lever is compatible with both Presta and Schrader valves. The Air Fly is only compatible with threaded CO2 cartridges. Both levers weigh a measly 40g.

  • $29.95 / £24 / AU$30

Stan’s Avion R

Stan's Avion R wheels are tubeless carbon clinchers
Stan's Avion R wheels are tubeless carbon clinchers

Stan’s may indeed be the first name in tubeless — Stan Koziatek came up with his liquid sealant back in 2001 — so of course the company’s wheels are tubeless.

The new rim-brake version of the Avion Pro weighed 1,470g out of the box, and with Stan’s that means with tubeless tape and valves already installed.

The Avion R rim packs a whopping 21.6mm internal width. It is 40.6mm tall and 28mm across at its widest point.

Stan's ships with rim strips and valves installed
Stan's ships with rim strips and valves installed

The rim weighs 444g, compared to 415g for the original disc rim weight.

The wheels come with brake pads, extra spokes and a detailed graphic printout of the tension of each spoke.

  • Price TBD

Garmin Forerunner 735XT

The Garmin Forerunner 735XT is the latest multisport wonder-watch
The Garmin Forerunner 735XT is the latest multisport wonder-watch

Wrist-based heart rate, smartphone connection for incoming calls and text notification as well as wirelesss uploads, color graphic with custom layouts and Strava Live Segments are just a few of the features on this Garmin watch.

The 735XT is the second of six Forerunner watches. Only the new 935 has more features.

This watch is ideal for triathletes, but can also be a good solution for cyclists who also run. (Hey, we know a pair of shoes is a lot easier to take on work trips…)

  • $449 / £399

SIS Go and Rego

SIS is well known for its isotonic gels. Now it has hydration and recovery mixes, too
SIS is well known for its isotonic gels. Now it has hydration and recovery mixes, too

You may know SIS as the isotonic gel provided to Team Sky. (What’s isotonic, you say? Basically it means you don’t need water with it.) SIS also has hydration and recovery drink mixes.

GO is a hydration mix that comes in various flavors by region, providing carbohydrates and electrolytes.

Rego is a recovery mix that comes in two flavors, with a mix of protein, carbs, electrolytes, vitamins and minerals. It is gluten-, wheat- and nut-free, but contains soy.

  • Go (500g): £11 / $17 
  • Rego (500g): £13 / $20

Blackburn Raceday Fluid

Blackburn's Raceday Fluid is a portable trainer
Blackburn's Raceday Fluid is a portable trainer

The Raceday Fluid is a portable trainer designed for pre-race warm-ups. It also works as a home trainer, although its top-end power is limited.

The trainer adjusts for wheelbase length, is compatible with quick release and thru-axle frames, and folds down into a handy carrying case.

Like the Feedback Sports Omnium, the Raceday Fluid is designed primarily as a pre-event warm-up tool
Like the Feedback Sports Omnium, the Raceday Fluid is designed primarily as a pre-event warm-up tool

BikeRadar will be testing the Raceday against the original Feedback Sports Omnium soon.

  • $399 / £TBD

Custom Lux-735 D

Custom Wheels are not actually custom, but they are somewhat unique
Custom Wheels are not actually custom, but they are somewhat unique

First things first: custom wheels aren’t custom wheels. They are made in an unusual way, though, and sold at competitive prices.

The LUX-735 D is made with filament winding, meaning carbon is wrapped around a mandrel in the shape of the rim. Once the mold is removed, a carbon rim bed is inserted, and heated and pressed to solidify the structure.

Custom claims this method is better than the normal process of putting multiple pieces of carbon cloth into a mold because the fibers in that process can end up curved and thus weaker, whereas the filament-wound fibers stay straighter.

The LUX series uses mandrel wrapping to make the rims
The LUX series uses mandrel wrapping to make the rims

Custom also claims that this process is greener and more efficient because Custom uses raw filament and wet resin instead of pre-preg cloth that has to be refrigerated.

This disc-brake carbon clincher set weighs 1,460g with rim tape.

  • $1,449 / €1,286
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 Issue, Specialized S-Works Tarmac, Priority Eight city bike... and a constant rotation of test bikes
  • 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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