This week we’ve been over in Taiwan at the Taipei Cycle Show and brought you a mega gallery of the good, the bad and the ugly, mused over what could be the greatest bike ever made, probably, and looked at Relic MTB’s 40t cassette extender for the road.
But hopefully, like us, you’re winding down your work week and looking forward to logging plenty of quality time with your bike this weekend. In the meantime, here’s a look at some of the latest bikes and gear that we’re preparing to test at our BikeRadar offices in Colorado.
New road bike gear
Campagnolo Shamal Mille wheels
The Campagnolo Shamal Mille is a lightweight (1,490g) alloy clincher Ben Delaney / Immediate Media
The Shamal Mille clinchers are one of the best metal wheelsets we have ridden in some time. They’re light, comfortable, easy to accelerate, easy to slow and, seemingly, very well built overall.
For 2017, the rim has gone to a 17mm internal width. You don’t need rims strips because the rim is smooth and unbroken thanks to a magnetic building process.
A grooved brake track, ceramic bearings, carbon hubs, an anti-rotation spoke system and more round-out the black wheels.
We weighed the set at 1,490g.
The Shamal Milles have a grooved brake track for more friction and thus better braking Ben Delaney / Immediate Media
IRC Formula Pro Tubeless Light 28mm
The IRC Road Tubeless Light comes in a few widths. This is the 28mm Ben Delaney / Immediate Media
The Japanese tire company has three tubeless road models. The X-Guard is the durable model, the RMCC is for best grip, and this Light is for, you guessed it, low weight and minimal rolling resistance.
Also coming in 23 and 25mm widths, the Pro Light has an interesting casing design that features tread from bead to bead. You’re probably not going to be leaning your bike over so far as to use the tread near the bead, but IRC uses it there to protect the sidewalls from cuts.
IRC’s Road Tubeless Light 28 features bead-to-bead tread to protect the sidewall Ben Delaney / Immediate Media
Lezyne Zecto Drive lights
Lezyne’s Zectro Drive front and rear LED lights are USB-rechargeable, easy to strap onto a bike (or clip onto a bag or a pocket) and pretty bright (the front goes up to 120 lumens) Ben Delaney / Immediate Media
Lezyne has a deep range of lights and the Zecto Drive front and rear can either clip on to bags or pockets, or wrap around bars or seatposts.
Run time ranges from a claimed three to 10 hours, depending on the setting.
Small side colored indicators show charge amount and offer some side visibility, too.
The rear Zectro Drive goes up to 20 lumens with five different light patterns Ben Delaney / Immediate Media
Topical Edge is a sodium bicarbonate lotion. The company claims it reduces lactic acid buildup Ben Delaney / Immediate Media
Topical Edge is a lotion with sodium bicarbonate, which the company claims can reduce lactic build up in the muscles, effectively reducing fatigue and increasing performance.
The company details the study findings of two Phd students on the product on its website, and says another test at San Diego State University is ongoing.
The company suggests applying one packet per leg 15 minutes before a hard workout.
- $20 for 10 packets / £N/A
Velo Year of the Rooster Angel saddle
Velo who? Velo Saddles is the largest high-end saddle manufacturer; the Taiwanese company makes perches for many big saddle brands Ben Delaney / Immediate Media
2017 is the Year of the Rooster and Velo is celebrating with a special edition Angel saddle.
Who is Velo, you ask? Only the biggest high-end saddle supplier to the bike industry. The 37-year-old company supplies a claimed 15 million saddles per year to various brands.
The Angel saddle uses Velo’s AirForm padding, which dissipates heat faster than normal high-density foam.
2017 is the Year of the Rooster and Velo is celebrating with this special edition Angel saddle Ben Delaney / Immediate Media
LillyLube is a petroleum-based lubricant that cleans your chain as well as reduces friction Ben Delaney / Immediate Media
LillyLube is similar to ProGold Prolink in that it’s a lube that also cleans your chain. You apply it generously, then wipe the chain clean and let it set for a few hours.
LillyLube is a mix of lubricants, solvents and a few ‘proprietary’ additives.
We bought this after seeing it in use on the workbench of Vecchio’s Bicicletteria owner Jim Potter.
New mountain bike gear
Adidas Zonyk Aero Pro sunglasses
The Zonyk Aero Pro is a new half-shell performance model from Adidas Josh Patterson / Immediate Media
These new shades from Adidas use Vario lenses to adjust to changing light conditions. The Zonyk Aero Pro also has a detachable sweatband to keep perspiration out of your eyes and off the replaceable lenses.
Adidas offers the Zonyk in small and large sizes to fit most faces, the adjustable nosepiece should take care of the rest.
Bontrager Rhythm gloves
Bontrager’s minimalist Rhythm gloves Josh Patterson / Immediate Media
If you’re a fan of minimalist gloves Bontrager’s Rhythm mitts are worth a look. They sport synthetic leather palms, a lightweight woven panel on the top of the hands and a nose wipe on the thumb.
The thumb, index and middle finger have silicone grippers to help you shift and brake.
It’s worth noting that there’s no silver stitching on the fingertips to help you get your ‘Gram on while you ride, so you’ll have to leave your hashtags at home.
Pearl Izumi X-Project PRO shoes
Pearl Izumi’s X-Project Pro is the company’s top end mountain and cyclocross shoe Josh Patterson / Immediate Media
The X-Project Pro is Pearl Izumi’s top-end mountain bike shoe. It has a stiff carbon sole and TPU plastic lugs co-molded with rubber on the ends to provide extra traction off the bike.
Unlike many other high-end race shoes there’s also a layer of EVA foam in the heel to make them a bit more forgiving when walking or running in them, which should make them popular with cyclocross racers.