11spd: Kit from Mission Workshop and 7Mesh, wheels from Crankbrothers, Specialized’s Venge and more

This week’s best new bikes and gear

Specialized Venge S-Works, Mission Workshop The Sans jacket, Bedrock Bikepacking Moab bag and 7Mesh Mk3 bib shorts

Wow, so where has the start of this year gone? We’ve been successfully propelled into the quasi-Summer time after spending way too long stuck in the doldrums of winter. So, to keep your spirits lifted and the wind in your sails, we’ve been busy bringing you some top-notch reviews and buying advice for all of the latest bits of kit on the market.

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YT has launched an electric bike, the Decoy, we’ve seen Orange release two new single pivots, the Five and Alpine 6 and our road and MTB Bike of the Year awards are now all done and dusted.

To top it off, the cobbled classics are now finished, with Philippe Gilbert winning the Paris-Roubaix on the brand new Specialized Roubaix that our Warren checked out just before the race.

So what have we got to look forward to in the coming months? Well, the racing scene, both mountain bike and road, in the Northern Hemisphere is starting to get into full swing, so keep tuned for your dose of tech coverage right here on BikeRadar.

We’ve also got a summer of shredding ahead of us — what are your goals for the coming months? Whatever they are, maybe some of this kit will help you achieve them.

Mission Workshop The Sans jacket

Mission Workshop The Sans jacket
Mission Workshop’s The Sans is beautifully made
Alex Evans

It’s a pricy bit of kit, The Sans, but please don’t let that put you off.

Designed and manufactured to last, the Toray-built jacket uses an Entrant microporous membrane that’s claimed to be exceptionally waterproof while still being breathable and stretchy.

Mission Workshop The Sans jacket
The 3L jacket is made by Toray in Japan
Alex Evans

The jacket’s got an adjustable hood, a breast pocket with zip, taped seams and weighs an insanely light 167g.

Despite its light weight, it doesn’t feel like a plastic bag and the jacket exudes levels of quality that are virtually unparalleled.

Mission Workshop The Sans jacket
At 167g, it’s mega light but doesn’t feel like a wafer-thin shell
Alex Evans

The three-layer construction helps reinforce that feeling of quality, but it does almost seem a shame to drag the jacket through hell and back on the mountain bike considering its price and presence.

Mission Workshop The Sans jacket
The cuffs are fairly large and should fit over gloves
Alex Evans

We’ll have a full review soon.

  • £390 / $475 / AU$790 / €455

100% Surpass knee guards

100% Surpass knee pad
The Surpass is 100%’s toughest most gravity orientated knee guard
Alex Evans

100% has now branched out into the protection range and the Surpass knee guard is its top tier protector that’s been impact tested and has the maximum level two protection accolade.

It features a fully-vented plastic cup over the knee, is pre-curved into the riding position for maximum comfort and the pad fabric’s elastic helps to keep them secure on your knees.

Top that off with two straps and silicone webbing and it’s unlikely the pads will slip when you’re sending it.

  • £115.99 / $139

Crankbrothers Synthesis XCT wheels

Crankbrothers Synthesis XCT wheels
Crankbrothers’ new Synthesis wheels are individually tuned as front or rear wheels
Alex Evans

In a move away from a lot of other brand’s offerings, Crankbrothers’ Synthesis wheels are front and rear specific. Each wheel has been tuned to be either stiffer or more compliant depending whether it’s for the front or rear.

The rear wheel has more, heavier spokes that are under higher tensions and are laced on a tougher rim with a narrower internal width, which Crankbrothers says will make the tyre’s profile more rounded. Crankbrothers claims this improves the tyre’s grip and reduces rolling resistance.

Crankbrothers Synthesis XCT wheels
The hubs have Project 321 hubs with magnetically activated pawls in the rear’s freehub
Alex Evans

Up front there are fewer spokes which are lighter and run with lower spoke tensions. The rim is lighter and its internal width is larger. This, Crankbrothers claims, rounds the tyre’s profile and increases its contact patch, improving turning.

Crankbrothers Synthesis XCT wheels
They look very well made
Alex Evans

The jury’s out on whether the claims translate to on-trail performance, but we’ve got a set in to review so stay tuned.

  • £1,500 / $1,699 / €1,699

Muc-Off High Performance Waterless Wash bike wash

Muc-Off high-performance bike cleaner
Muc-Off’s latest product is a waterless wash. Simply squirt it on and wipe away with a microfibre cloth for gleaming results
Alex Evans

Designed to remove smaller amounts of dirt, don’t expect the waterless wash to do a thorough all-bike clean.

Muc-Off claims it cleans and polishes the bike to keep it sparkling clean in seconds. Simply spray it on and then rub off the dirt with a clean, dry microfibre cloth. If you want the ultimate shine, buff the now clean surfaces with another cloth.

Bedrock Bikepacking Bags Moab handlebar bag

Bedrock Bikepacking Moab bag
The Moab bag is designed to work with shorter, 80mm or less stems
Alex Evans

If the adventurer in you fancies getting a bit gnarlier, then you’ve probably been plagued by ill-fitting frame and bar bags that don’t work with bikes that have more extreme intentions.

Well, Bedrock has an answer for the handlebar bag, at least. Traditionally-shaped bar bags had a tendency to interfere with brake levers, especially if you’ve got a short stem fitted, but the Moab is shaped so that it avoids the levers’ action.

It does still butt up against and interfere with the bike’s brake cables but it shouldn’t affect how they perform.

  • $160

Ghost Hybride Slamr X S4.7+ AL U

Ghost Hybride Slamr X S4.7+ AL U e-mtb
Ghost’s Germanically-named Hybride Slamr X S4.7+ AL U is massive and purposeful

Looking beyond the very Germanic nomenclature and what we’ve got here is a rather hardcore and exceptionally large bike, in extra-large at least.

Ghost Hybride Slamr X S4.7+ AL U
The battery sits on the top of the down tube
Alex Evans

With a 1,299mm wheelbase, a 65.7-degree head angle and hard-hitting components, the Slamr looks like a veritable beast to ride. Our Seb is going to be putting this XL bike through its paces soon.

Wearwell cycling clothing

Wearwell cycling kit
Beautifully modelled by Jack, the Wearwell kit certainly looks smart
Alex Evans

Wearwell Revival Jersey – Second Edition jersey

Wearwell logo
The logo is certainly bold looking
Alex Evans

The Revival jersey has some neat features beyond its rather bold styling.

It’s got a waterproof pocket for your most treasured items with headphone cable routing, silicone grippers on the bottom of the jersey to help keep it in place and has small perforations on the sleeve cuffs, which also feature silicone grippers.

Wearwell Revival jersey sleeve
The Wearwell Revival Jersey has some nice features
Alex Evans

The pockets, they claim, are designed to not sag whilst still having plenty of cargo space.

  • £98

Wearwell Bib Shorts – Revival Collection bib shorts

Wearwell logo
The bib shorts have a mesh back and a sewn-on logo
Alex Evans

Contrasted against the matching jersey, the bib short’s styling is particularly subtle. The bibs are designed to help you last for longer in the saddle, offering high levels of comfort.

There’s a small ‘radio’ pocket on the rear of the shorts, but we think you’d be brave to store anything of value in there. The chamois pad is made from dense foam and the mesh backing should help to wick away sweat.

  • £118

Wearwell Revival Mitt fingerless gloves

Wearwell Revival Mitt fingerless gloves
Fingerless gloves aren’t to everyone’s taste, but arguably have their place
Alex Evans

With padded palm sections made from a hard-wearing blend of nylon and polyurethane, these gloves should shake off the abuse any fanatical rider can throw at them.

The backs of the gloves are lightweight and breathable and the fingerless design is best suited to warmer climes.

  • £29

7Mesh MK3 Bib Shorts

7Mesh MK3 bib shorts
These are the third iteration of 7Mesh’s fantastic bib shorts
Alex Evans

Even though these aren’t the cheapest of cycling shorts out there, after the first couple of rides I can confirm that they’re the comfiest bib shorts I’ve ever worn.

And that’s just as well, because 7Mesh set out to make an ultra-comfy long-distance set of road riding shorts. Featuring an Elastic Interface chamois that’s got high-density foam and fantastic breathability, every detail has been considered.

7Mesh MK3 bib shorts
The material is soft and the over the shoulder braces are stretchy
Alex Evans

The inside of the shorts, where they contact your skin in sensitive areas, is entirely smooth with the seams moved away from these places. Not only that, the fabric is fairly compressive but highly stretchy.

7Mesh has decided not to fit aggressive hem grippers to the legs that means they fit smoothly around your legs.

I can’t wait to spend more time in these bibs and you can expect a full review soon.

  • £130 / CA$250 / €175

Oakley Sutro glasses

Oakley Sutro glasses
Oakley’s Sutro glasses are inspired by the urban cyclist and certainly look dramatic
Alex Evans

The Sutro is a modern-looking wraparound pair of riding glasses that should help to protect your eyes against debris and the elements when you’re out racking up the miles.

Oakley Sutro glasses
They’re assembled in the USA
Alex Evans

Fitted with Oakley’s Prizm lens technology, the lens promises to turn up the colour, making everything look more vibrant and lively.

  • £130 / $163 / AU$214.95 / €152

Castelli Linea Pelle combi pack

Castelli Linea Pelle combi pack of body lotions
This little combi pack from Castelli will keep your derriere and private bits feeling sweet after long days in the saddle
Alex Evans

Give your skin the love it deserves with this kit of three different types of cream. There are two pre-ride balms to apply; one to heat your muscles up and one to protect it from the elements.

Castelli Linea Pelle combi pack of body lotions
It features three types of cream for your skin
Alex Evans

There’s also a chamois cream to keep your private bits well lubricated out on the bike.

Specialized S-Works Venge

Specialized Venge S-Works
The Specialized Venge S-Works looks amazing
Alex Evans

This has to be one of the sleekest and smartest looking road bikes out there. Designed for pure speed with an aero shape that’s the manifestation of plenty of hours of research, there’s no denying how quick this bike has the potential to be.

But for the price tag, it had better be. With this level of components, it’s a safe bet to make that the rider is going to be the weakest link.

Read Warren’s review of the slightly cheaper Venge Pro here.

  • £9750 / $12,520 / AU$14,500 / €11,299
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