11spd: This week's best new bike gear

New gear from Shimano, Look, e*thirteen, Club Ride and more

Welcome to another edition of our weekly new gear round-up. This has been a busy week at BikeRadar. We bought, rode and promptly broke an incredibly cheap city bike and wrapped up a year of hard riding on Cannondale’s Scalpel Si Team.

We also reached out to cycling industry experts to get their take on the status of road disc brakes as we move further into 2018. Spoiler alert: rim brakes fading fast. And, yes, that was a pun…

So without further ado, kick back, relax and take a look at some of the latest gear to land at BikeRadar’s Colorado offices.

Bontrager Circuit MIPS Helmet

Bontrager's Circuit MIPS helmet features magnetic attachments for lights and/or GoPro cameras - but the helmet looks normal
Bontrager's Circuit MIPS helmet features magnetic attachments for lights and/or GoPro cameras - but the helmet looks normal

The Circuit is a mid-priced, high-value road lid, with a MISP liner and integrated magnetic attachments for a rear light and a front light or GoPro.

The Circuit uses a BOA dial for fit adjustments and has antimicrobial pads.

A Bontrager R Flare light snaps cleanly onto the rear
A Bontrager R Flare light snaps cleanly onto the rear

For our tester, it’s comfortable, too, both in fit and air flow.

The top Blender mount snaps into place, and works with either a light or a GoPro
The top Blender mount snaps into place, and works with either a light or a GoPro

If the day-glo scheme isn’t your thing, it also comes in black, blue, grey and white.

Specialized Power Arc

The Specialized Power Arc is a slightly more curved version of the relatively flat Power
The Specialized Power Arc is a slightly more curved version of the relatively flat Power

Specialized’s popular Power saddle with its short nose and Body Geometry channel now comes in a new shape, the Arc, which has a slightly more rounded profile.

The Power Arc comes in three models, from the $130 Expert to the $200 Pro, up to the $300 S-Works model. More money means a lighter saddle.

This 143mm-width Power Arc Pro weighs 193g, and the 155mm model weighs 199g.

The saddle has a carbon shell, titanium rails and a SWAT rear mount for attached Specialized tool bags or extra water-bottle holders.

The standard Power at left has a flatter rear platform than the Power Arc
The standard Power at left has a flatter rear platform than the Power Arc

Rapha Pro Team Insulated Gilet

Polartec Alpha insulation is a new thing for cycling vests
Polartec Alpha insulation is a new thing for cycling vests

The windproof-front, stretchy-back formula isn’t new for cycling vests, but what is unique is the Polartec Alpha insulation inside the front of the Pro Team Insulated Gilet.

Polartec claims its Alpha insulation offers the warmth of down but without the bulk.

Rapha's Pro Team Insulated Gilet has a windproof front treated with DWR
Rapha's Pro Team Insulated Gilet has a windproof front treated with DWR

The vest isn’t waterproof but the front does have a DWR coating.

The $220 / £140 vest is on sale through March.

The back is stretchy and breathable, with three standard pockets and one zippered compartment
The back is stretchy and breathable, with three standard pockets and one zippered compartment

Stages Power L Dura-Ace R9100

Stages keeps improving its left-crank meter. The latest iteration is the Power L
Stages keeps improving its left-crank meter. The latest iteration is the Power L

The latest iteration of Stages power meters have a few improvements, including:

  • +/-1.5% claimed accuracy
  • Claimed six times stronger ANT+ signal
  • LED indicator for battery life and confirmed zero rest

As with previous Stages meters, the Power L reads wattage at the left crank and doubles it for your total power number. Temperature changes are accounted for by the meter.

The LED indicator shows battery life and flashes for zero-offset confirmation
The LED indicator shows battery life and flashes for zero-offset confirmation

Cadence is handled via accelerometer, and there is no need to glue a magnet to your frame.

The meter adds 15g to the crank, which comes in 165-180mm lengths in 2.5mm increments.

Look 785 Huez

Look's 785 Huez with Shimano 105 is $2,500 (not available with 105 in the UK)
Look's 785 Huez with Shimano 105 is $2,500 (not available with 105 in the UK)

Look’s 785 HUEZ is a cost-effective version of the 785 D'Huez RS. It's made with the same mold as the high-end bike, but with a different type of carbon.

The 785 HUEZ frame weighs a claimed 990g (in an unspecified size). We weighted this size Large demo with Shimano 105 at 8.3kg / 18.3lb.

Lezyne Out Front Mount

Lezyne's Out Front mount uses the company's press-down, eighth-turn engagement
Lezyne's Out Front mount uses the company's press-down, eighth-turn engagement

Like your Lezyne GPS computer but don’t like how high it sits with the included mount?

The Out Front Mount is a relatively inexpensive way of getting your computer in line with your stem.

It works with all the Lezyne GPS computers: Super, Micro, Mini and Macro.

The Out Front Mount works with all Lezyne GPS units
The Out Front Mount works with all Lezyne GPS units

Club Ride Sprint Hoody (Women’s)

Club Ride's Sprint Hoody is good on or off the bike
Club Ride's Sprint Hoody is good on or off the bike

The Sprint Hoody was designed to be your riding companion on brisk days. It also functions as a mid-layer when bundling up for frigid adventures.

It’s constructed from a wicking polyester blend with mesh panels on the back and sides to keep you from overheating. Creature comforts include a single front zippered pocket, reflective accents and thumbhole cuffs.

Thumb holes on the cuffs
Thumb holes on the cuffs

Club Ride offers the Sprint Hoody in men’s and women’s versions.

e*thirteen TRS tires

The e*thirteen TRSr is super sticky and has an additional layer of sidewall protection
The e*thirteen TRSr is super sticky and has an additional layer of sidewall protection

Component manufacturer e*thirteen rolled out tires to accompany its wheelsets — complete with matching decals — in 2016. The company recently revamped its already very capable tires with additional sidewall protection.

The TRS Race and TRS Plus tires share the same versatile tread pattern in a tubeless-compatible casing.

The TRS+ tire is the longer-wearing version of e*thirteen's tire family
The TRS+ tire is the longer-wearing version of e*thirteen's tire family

The Race version uses a softer, slow-rebounding rubber compound for the center treads with high-tack side knobs. This version also gets an additional Aramid layer to guard against sidewall cuts. Our 29x2.35in tire weighs 1,095g.

The Plus version uses the same sticky slow-rebounding rubber for the center and edge knobs. Since it lacks the additional Aramid sidewall protection, our 29x2.35in TRS Plus is slightly lighter, at 1,035g.

Gore Power Trail WS Light Gloves

Sometimes you don't need insulation, just a bit of windproof fabric
Sometimes you don't need insulation, just a bit of windproof fabric

Sometimes you don’t need bulky insulation; you just need a windproof layer to block the elements. That’s Where Gore’s Power Trail WS Light Gloves comes in. A layer of Windstopper fabric on the back of the hands keeps your digits warm.

Gore included silicone strips on the fingers to improve grip. There’s also gel padding on the palms and plenty of soft material on the thumbs to wipe away perspiration.

Shimano GR7 Shoes

The GR7 flat pedal shoes
The GR7 flat pedal shoes

Shimano’s gravity-oriented GR7 flat pedal shoe has a low-key look with plenty of technical features.

A cuff around the ankle keeps rocks from working their way in
A cuff around the ankle keeps rocks from working their way in

A neoprene cuff wraps around the ankle to keep debris out. Large mesh panels on the sides and a perforated toebox improve breathability. The GR7 gets its grip from a Michelin rubber outsole.

Michelin rubber keep the GR7 stuck to the pedal
Michelin rubber keep the GR7 stuck to the pedal

Otium Bluetooth Earbuds

Looking for quality earbuds on a budget? The Otiums will do
Looking for quality earbuds on a budget? The Otiums will do

If you’re the type of rider who likes to listen to music while you ride, you probably already know how expensive Bluetooth earbuds can be. This doesn’t always have to be the case, though.

Many times, you’re paying for brand recognition. If you couldn’t care less about which rap mogul endorses your earbuds, Otium’s Bluetooth Earbuds may sound sweet to your budget-minded ears.

These sweatproof earbuds have a claimed run-time of eight hours and look and perform like models that cost significantly more.

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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