The Torch 2.0 road shoe sits at the lower end of Specialized’s mid-range selection.
The shoe has a single Boa IP1 dial as opposed to its slightly bigger, more expensive and stiffer brother, the Torch 3.0, which has dual S2-SV dials.
Specialized Torch 2.0 road shoesReuben Bakker-Dyos / Immediate Media
Specialized rate all its shoes with a Stiffness Index and the 2.0s are rated at a 7.0. For reference, the Torch 3.0 are an 8.5 and the top-of-the-line S-Works 6 shoes are a 13.
The soles feel stiff enough in the hand though, but Specialized has considered all-day comfort with the Torch range. There is a generous amount of padding around the ankle and heel cup (although there’s no cat’s tongue on the heel to prevent slippage).
There’s generous padding around the ankleReuben Bakker-Dyos / Immediate Media
Claimed weight per shoe is 235g in a size 42 and ours, in the same size, came in at 237g.
The lights are actually pretty brightOli Woodman/Immediate Media
Has technology gone too far? Do we need lights integrated into our clothing? British clothing company Métier thinks so with its two-item Beacon range that features its BrightRide LED system.
Both set of lights are controlled by a single, removal battery pack that sits in its own little pocket on the rear of the gilet.
There are three modes — slow flash, fast flash and constant. Both flash modes are claimed to last up to 72 hours with constant lasting up to 12 hours.
Red at the rearOli Woodman/Immediate Media
It comes as no surprise that the gilet comes with all the wind-resistant, water-repelling-but-breathable material claims as well. However, this isn’t a lightweight gilet, as it comes in at 299g for a size medium (its claimed weight was 280g).
Although there is no international pricing available, Métier does offer free worldwide shipping.
Look has been in the pedal game a long time and this X-Track model represents its latest and greatest MTB offering.
It’s a full reworking of its previous model and now closely resembles Shimano’s off-road pedals — in fact Look claims that Shimano and Look cleats are interchangeable with its new pedals.
Look’s new X-Track pedalsOli Woodman/Immediate Media
However, where the Looks differ is it claims to have the best weight/contact surface ratio out there.
Marketing speak aside, this basically means the pedals have a large surface area, which should help transfer your precious watts into forward momentum and ultimately glorious victory against your cycle-based nemesis.
Scott’s AR (all round) BOA Clip Shoe is designed for, you guessed it, all-round riding, or, as we like to say ‘generalist mountain cycling’. Well, perhaps we don’t like to say that, but there’s no doubting this shoe’s trail/enduro credentials.
The super-sticking sole helps with tractionReuben Bakker-Dyos / Immediate Media
There’s a super-sticking sole to help with traction whether you’re walking or riding, and a tough upper for those untimely rock strikes. BOA dials do the job of keeping your foot secure and obviously it’s compatible with clipless-style pedals.
The tough uppers keep your feet secureReuben Bakker-Dyos / Immediate Media
All in all it appears to be a sorted product and one we’re looking forward to spending more time on.
This tasty number from the minds of Deviate Cycles is called The Guide, obviously the most striking thing about it is that it has a gearbox instead of a standard drivetrain.
Lots has been written about the perceived pros and cons of a gearbox drivetrain, with Deviate Cycles claiming zero pedal-kickback and amazing suspension performance from its bike.
Deviate Cycles’ — The GuideOli Woodman / Immediate Media
But, as ever, the proof is in the riding, so before we jump to any conclusions, the thing needs to be tested, and test we will, under the powerful legs of our tester extraordinaire and physics graduate Seb Stott.
For those unfamiliar with his reviews, he’s not afraid to hold back if something’s not right, and he’ll be casting his critical eye over The Guide soon.
Reduced kick-back and improved suspension performance are among the supposed benefits of gearboxesOli Woodman / Immediate Media
Cycliq has updated its Fly12 light/camera comboColin Levitch / Immediate Media
A few months back Cycliq updated its HD camera/light combos with an aesthetic makeover and a few nifty new features. BikeRadar has taken delivery of the first of the two lights, the front-facing Fly12 CE.
The new front-camera combo is smaller and lighter than its predecessor, tipping the scales at 197g (down from 240g) and it’s got a new quarter-turn mounting system too.
The battery life of the new unit has gone from 10 to eight hours, and the company says it received tons of feedback from customers saying they prioritised a smaller lighter unit over battery life.
They’ve swapped to a quarter-turn mounting systemColin Levitch / Immediate Media
It’s more powerful with 600 lumens, and the dimmer settings can either be accessed through the app via a bluetooth connection, through a Garmin headunit with the new ANT+ connectivity (like Bontrager and SeeSense), and of course on the light itself.
On the video side of things, the camera now features 6-axis stabilisation and can now shoot up to 1080p at 60fps, as well as 1080p 30fps HDR (High Dynamic Range), which in theory should allow for you to read license plates even if the camera is pointed directly into the sun.