We hope your 2018 is off to a good start. The first 11spd of the year comes to you from BikeRadar‘s Colorado cowboys. Bags, shoes, jackets, wheels and ‘mid-chub’ rubber — we’ve got plenty of good stuff for your perusal.
Chrome’s Brigade Backpack has a padded laptop sleeve, a big cargo hold, and all manner of external carrying optionsBen Delaney / Immediate Media
Chrome has a slew of messenger bags and backpacks, and the new Brigade is a larger pack.
There are a few internal pockets, including a padded laptop sleeve for computers up to 15 inches. Externally, the Brigade has side pockets for water bottles, two big reflective straps for big cargo, two felt-lined zippered pockets and more.
At 20.5 x 12.5 x 6.5in, the Brigade boasts 28 litres of capacity, plus you can strap things to the outside, as well — including your helmet with a stretch, magnetic-snapping strap. However, at 1.6kg/3.6lb, it’s a little on the heavy side.
Ravemen’s CR900 light features touchscreen control and an LED battery-life indicatorBen Delaney / Immediate Media
You’ve seen touchscreen on cycling computers, but what about cycling lights?
Brightness ranges from 35–900 lumens for this 130g light, and it has a variety of intensity and pulsing/steady settings, like many lights. But two features set it apart — the LED indicator shows the run-time (from 1.5 to 36 hours, depending on the setting) for the current setting, and you toggle between settings by swiping forward or back on the touchscreen, which runs along the top.
The CR900 also comes with a little wired remote if you want to control the light while keeping your hands near your shifters.
Tis the season for 4 Season. Continental has a new 32mm Grand Prix 4Season for the US marketBen Delaney / Immediate Media
Continental’s Grand Prix 4000 clinchers are a gold standard of sorts for road tires. The Grand Prix 4 Season model is a sturdier version of the GP 4000, featuring a double Vectran puncture-protection belt and DuraSkin sidewall protection.
The Grand Prix 4 Season comes in 23, 25, 28 and 32mm widths, with this 32mm version marked US-only on the packaging. We weighed the tire at 364g.
If our experience with the 28mm 4 Seasons is any indication, these wide, sturdy tires should be good for the long haul. Unlike some other winter tires, Conti’s 4 Season has a reasonably supple ride. You won’t mistake it for a race tire, but it doesn’t feel like a sluggish cyclocross tread either.
Mission Workshop’s Helmsman Duffel can be mounted to a front rack or carried with a shoulder strapJosh Patterson / Immediate Media
If you prefer to carry your daily gear on your bike, rather than on your back, Mission Workshop’s Helmsman is worth a look. It’s a weatherproof duffel that mounts to porteur-style front racks.
This US-made bag features an expandable roll-top main compartment that’s large enough to swallow a day’s worth of gear. There’s also a padded laptop sleeve, four quick-access pockets on the exterior and two zippered pockets on the sides.
The Helmsman has a roll-top main compartment and waterproof zippers to keep the elements at bayJosh Patterson / Immediate Media
In addition to straps to secure the Helmsman to your rack and handlebar, there’s a pair of grab handles and an adjustable shoulder strap that can be tucked away when not in use.
Pearl Izumi has a new clipless mountain bike shoeJosh Patterson / Immediate Media
The X-Alp Elevate is Pearl Izumi’s latest trail shoe intended to handle trail riding and enduro racing, as well as bikepacking.
A Boa dial on the tongue handles fit adjustmentsJosh Patterson / Immediate Media
These new kicks have aggressively lugged Vibram rubber outsoles. The upper is constructed from three seamless layers with plenty of protection around the toe box, while mesh panels and perforations along the sides should keep the shoes from getting too steamy.
The seamless upper has plenty of mesh vents and perforationsJosh Patterson / Immediate Media
Fit adjustments are handled by a Boa IP1 dial that can be tightened or loosened in 1mm increments. A single Velcro strap allows the wearer to adjust the volume of the forefoot just behind the toe box.
The sole has plenty of Vibram rubber lugsJosh Patterson / Immediate Media
£150 / $180 / AU$239
Available from authorized Pearl Izumi retailers in late January
The Showers Pass Ultralight Wind Jacket is windproof and water resistantJosh Patterson / Immediate Media
The Ultralight Wind Jacket is constructed from Elite Wind Fabric that stops the wind in its tracks and shrugs off light precipitation. Stretch panels under the arms and along the sides allow for breathability and improved fit.
This 165g jacket packs down into a jersey pocket or stows easily in a hydration pack when not in use.