Friday Five-a-side: this week’s best new bike gear

By Sam Dansie | Friday, January 10, 2014 12.00pm

What’s been pushed through the BikeRadar letterbox this week? Our Friday five-a-side is a round-up of some of the cool road cycling and mountain biking gear that’s been delivered this week…

New road cycling gear

Salice Bolt helmet

 Buy now from:

Probikekit

The salice bolt helmet with integrated rear light: the salice bolt helmet with integrated rear light

A clever piece of kit, this. The Italian shades and helmet specialist has integrated a cunning rear light into the dial of the ratchet tightening system. Press once and it gives a constant light, twice and it flashes. Twizzle it around and it fits nicely to your head. It’s not the most aerodynamic helmet out there but with 23 vents it should perform well in hot weather.

£114.95 / US$222

www.saliceocchiali.it

Rapha Cross Transfer jacket

 Buy now from:

Rapha

The rapha cross transfer jacket: the rapha cross transfer jacket

A jacket for riders and supporters alike, the Cross Transfer is pitched at pit crews, supporters and riders who are getting ready to race or who need a jacket to throw on after the action. It’s packed with PrimaLoft insulation so it should perform well in the cold and it’s got the usual Rapha design flourishes, including a liner in the colours of the Rapha-Focus pro team.

 £190 / US$295

www.rapha.cc

AirStreeem Carbon Aero 50 Superlight tubular wheels

Airstreeem aero 50 superlight - in pink: airstreeem aero 50 superlight - in pink

AirStreeem – an Austrian cycling and triathlon brand – has gone psychedelic for 2014. The company is offering its Carbon Aero 50 and fancier Superlight tubular wheels (pictured above) in a selection of natty colours, including this shocking pink. Performance is as bright as the colouring - German triathlete Rebecca Robisch uses them and she recorded the fastest leg at the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final in London in September 2013 on a pair. The 1,122g wheels (claimed weight) are only available in Europe for now.

£1,499.99 / US$N/A

 www.airstreeem.com

Quechua Mountain Phone 5

 Buy now from:

Decathlon

The quechua mountain phone 5: for rugged, outdoorsy types: the quechua mountain phone 5: for rugged, outdoorsy types

Shock resistant, waterproof and crammed with useful features and enhanced GPS, the Quechua Mountain Phone 5 is billed as the device for rugged outdoorsy types such as cyclists and hikers. At 82mm by 151mm, it’s a big Android unit. The phone is an exclusive to Decathlon and though it’s not sold in the USA, there’s nothing to say Stateside buyers couldn’t ship one over.

£199.99 / US$N/A

www.decathlon.co.uk

Hutchinson Fusion 3 Road Tubeless tyres

 Buy now from:

Wiggle

Hutchinson fusion 3 road tubeless tyres: hutchinson fusion 3 road tubeless tyres

Hutchinson Fusion 3 tubeless tyres have been around for ages, but the French tyre manufacturer has recently added this 25mm version to the family that’s big on comfort and puncture resistance. We’re looking forward to rolling out on a pair - they should offer an even suppler, more comfy ride.

www.hutchinsontires.com

£59.99 / US$105

New mountain biking gear

Azonic CFK handlebar

 Buy now from:

Kustom Bikes

Azonic's cfk riser bars - nifty: azonic's cfk riser bars - nifty

This new all-mountain/freeride bar would complement almost any setup, thanks to its good looks and low weight – this 790mm version with a 31.8mm clamp size weighs a claimed 210g. We’re told a 35mm clamp, 800mm width version is to be launched at the end of the month too.

£99.99 / US$149.99

www.oneal.com

Canyon Spectral AL 9.0 ex

The canyon spectral al 9.0 ex: the canyon spectral al 9.0 ex

Canyon’s rep for kitting out great frames with excellent componentry at keen prices continues with the bike we first saw at Eurobike. The Spectral is the German direct-to-consumer brand’s bridge between all-mountain and enduro. It's fitted with a RockShox Revelation RCT3 Solo Air 150mm travel fork, a Monarch Plus RC3 rear shock, SRAM X0 One shifters and Elixir 7 Trail brakes.

£2,700 / US$N/A

www.canyon.com

Kona Process 153 DL

 Buy now from:

Evans Cycles

The 27.5-in kona process 153 dl : the 27.5-in kona process 153 dl

We tried out the 26in-wheeled Kona Process DL back in May last year and liked it. A lot. This is a revised version for 2014, a 650b (27.5in) wheeled beast that bangs yet another nail into the coffin of its smaller-wheeled counterpart. The biggest change though is new linkage design: a rear swing arm yoke connects to the top tube mounted rear shock.

£3,999 / US$4,999

www.konaworld.com

 Exposure Equinox helmet light

 Buy now from:

Evans Cycles

The powerful, remote control exposure equinox:

We saw an Equinox dummy model at Eurobike last year, so it wasn’t the shape, weight or feel that grabbed our attention but the impressive spec sheet. Its 2000 lumens will turn night into day, but most impressive is wireless technology. It means there's no fiddling with a button to change setting – a wireless handlebar-mounted thumb button takes care of that. Various settings mean the battery will last between 30 minutes and 24 hours.  

£264.95 / US$399

www.use1.com

Mojo Suspension custom tuned Fox 34 Float fork

The technicians at mojo suspension have had their paws on this fork:

While Fox Racing Shox pro riders have access to their top flight RAD tuning program, it's not available to the general public. However, British Fox distributor and service centre Mojo Suspension are now offering a similar level of tuning to those willing to spend the time and money with their Pro Bike Clinic tuning service. It involves a full day of testing with trained technicians at BikePark Wales, complete with uplift. The aim is to get rider and bike working as well as possible, not just from altering suspension settings, though for those willing then pro-rider levels of suspension trickery can be carried out. We spent some time testing with them and this highly adapted Fox 34 Float is the result. The price is yet to be finalised, but don't expect it to be cheap.

www.mojo.co.uk

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