According to the nursery rhyme, Friday’s child is “loving and giving”. That may be true, but Friday’s adult-with-a-job is a jaded shell of a human being who’s just barely hanging on for the weekend. Luckily this is BikeRadar, where we offer a soupçon of solace for tired souls. Yes indeed fair reader, it’s time for 11 speed, your weekly round-up of lust-worthy bike tat!
New road bike gear
Svelte LS jersey and funky arm warmers
For something a little funkier, the Green Geo arm warmers certainly stand out. They’ve got the usual brushed interior for snugness, and they’re available in a wide range of sizes for a good fit.
- Long sleeved Heritage jersey – £110 / $156 / AU$205
- Green Geo arm warmers – £20 / $28 / AU$37
Fizik R1 shoes
£279.99 / $400 / AU$TBC
Anker PowerPort 6+
£27.99 / $35.99 / AU$TBC
VeloVita Pocket Packs
- Small (iPhone 5 size) – £25
- Large (iPhone 6/Galaxy 6 size) – £27.50
Scott Addict Team Issue
£6699 / $8549.99 / AU$LOADS
New mountain bike gear
Fox Metah helmet
The Metah is a fresh new trail helmet from Fox. Like most designs now, the Metah’s polycarbonate outer shell and impact-absorbing EPS foam liner are formed in one mould. Fox has clearly concentrated on temperature control with 10 large vents across the Metah. Inside, the single dial retentions system used in the Metah is a first from Fox and also incorporates a height adjustable cradle. The design certainly divided opinion in our office – though nobody was impressed with the helmet’s non-adjustable visor. It’s available in various colour combinations and our S/M test lid tipped the BikeRadar scales at a heavier than claimed 408g.£100 / US$150 / AU$220
Park Tool Multi-tools
Park has redesigned its popular multi-tool range with options that are lighter and more compact than before. The ultra compact MT-10 is the smallest option in the range and weighs just 75g. Along with Phillips and flat-head screwdrivers, there’s a T25 Torx key, 3,4, and 5mm Allen keys – the latter usefully gets an 8mm adaptor too. The 94g MT-20 is only slightly larger and features the same tools as the smaller MT-10 but also includes a CO2 inflator. The MT-30 is considerably larger and heavier at 158g but is an altogether more complete package with 2.5,4,5,6 and 8mm Allen keys, T25 and T30 Torx bits plus 8/15mm spanners and both types of screwdriver – no CO2 inflator on this one, though. Last up is the 240g MT-40, which is similar to the MT-30 but does away with its spanners in favour of a chain breaker and CO2 inflator.
- MT-10 – £19.99/US$23.95
- MT-20 – £29.99/US$31.95
- MT-30 – £24.99/US$33.95
- MT-40 – £49.99/US$54.95
OneUp Shark 50t sprocket and cage kit
Drivetrain specialist OneUp Components has launched a new, ultra-wide range kit for riders with Shimano’s XT M8000 transmisision. The Shark kit consists of a massive 50t cog along with a modified derailleur cage and an 18t hardened steel sprocket.In order to fit the dinner-plate sprocket and keep things 11-speed, the stock 17 and 19t cogs of the Shimano cassette are replaced with the supplied 18t hardened steel cog. This creates a cassette progression of 11, 13, 15, 18, 21, 24, 28, 32, 37, 42, 50. The Shark upgrade cog is said to add 80g to the 447g weight of an XT 11-42t cassette.
The result is what OneUp claims to be the widest range cassette available for use on a standard freehub body (any 8-9-10spd Shimano freehub), OneUp suggests that running Shark with a 4-tooth larger chainring will increase your gear range at both ends. For more info check out our first look article.
US$125, international pricing TBC
Outdoor Tech Big Turtle Shell wireless speaker
There are Bluetooth speakers and then there’s this beast! Containing a hefty 7800 milliamp lithium-ion cell, the cheekily named Big Turtle is good for 16 hours of continuous music playback while its outbound USB port will happily charge other devices at the same time. Its claimed 110-decibel output can be accessed via Bluetooth or through one-touch NFC if your device supports it, while those who prefer good old-fashioned wires will be glad of the auxiliary cord in the box.The two grab handles built into the base of the speaker make for easy transport and also open up various hanging/strapping options too. Its rugged, rubberised construction and IPX5 rated water resistance mean the turtle will be able to follow you though all but the worst conditions.
£159.99 / US$199.95 / AU$299.95
Turner’s much-respected RFX model dates back to before the last millennium and returns for 2016 in this fourth carbon-framed iteration. 160mm of DW-link suspension now sits between its 650b wheels and behind a large 49/62mm-diameter tapered head tube with plenty of room for an optional angle-adjustable headset – one that offers up to 1.5 degrees of adjustment at the 64.5-66 degree head angle.
Following on from first ride impressions of the model filed last year by our American colleagues, this bike will go to the testers at our sister title Mountain Biking UK who will be putting it through its paces in very different conditions.
Frame-only price £2695 / US$2,995