Spring has most definitely sprung – or at least it has in the UK. You can tell because your riding day can start in sub-zero temperatures, rise enough to warrant short sleeves, and then get pelted with hailstones. Ah spring!
As well as wildly variable weather, spring also means two other important things. First, the results of the long-awaited Bike of the Year 2019 awards were announced — keep your eyes peeled on BikeRadar as more reviews are going up each day, and if you want to check out the winners, let us make it simple for you, they are:
Second, it’s when lots more new kit starts to come on the market, and if there’s one thing we love here on BikeRadar, it’s new kit. In recent weeks we’ve had news of a budget RockShox fork, short-reach shifters from Shimano (good news for small handed riders) and more.
Endura PFC-free kit cleaner and re-proofer
Environmentally friendly cleaner and reproofer? Yes please!Aoife Glass / Immediate Media Co
Given the impact we’re having on the very environment we love to ride, it might be a good idea to consider choosing products that have a lower environmental impact.
Step forward Endura who has produced a new PFC-free cleaner and reproofer to keep your kit in top nick.
PFC stands for Perflourinated compounds, which have a number of properties such as hydrophobicity (aka water repellency) and stain resistance, which makes them understandably popular in technical fabrics.
However, there are concerns with its use. PFC can be toxic to animals and are highly persistent in the environment: it doesn’t break down easily, meaning it can hang around for a long time and can, as a result, accumulate and build up to stronger, more harmful, concentrations.
There are two items in the range, a wash-in cleaner/re-proofer and a spray-on re-proofer.
Good, comfortable support is important for many female ridersOdlo
While all base layers are pretty important, sports bras are critical to get right. They need to be comfortable, fit well and offer the right level of support.
Odlo is hoping it’s new seamless sports bra ticks all the boxes. It has a seamless construction designed to encapsulate and support the bust with a racerback design and adjustable underbust band. A range of different knit styles are used to provide flex or support where needed, and it comes in a range of colours. Sizing ranges from XS to L.
Specialized S-Works SW Road Carbon Seatpost and SL alloy stem
S-Works carbon seatpost and alloy stem, for added understated blingAoife Glass / Immediate Media Co
If you want to lighten your bike and give it that subtle, pro-racer, ‘I go very fast’ look, then finishing kit is a relatively inexpensive way of doing that.
Or if money is no object, then why not bung on a bit of carbon bling?
The SW Road Carbon seatpost is constructed from — you guessed it — FACT carbon. It has a cylindrical profile and a single bolt head assembly which makes shifting the saddle position fore and aft or adjusting the tilt nice and easy.
A single bolt makes adjustment easierAoife Glass / Immediate Media Co
Don’t sniff at the alloy stem though, just because it doesn’t have the materials pedigree the seatpost has. It may be formed of CNC machined 7075 alloy but it’s also got titanium hardware, and has an expander plug so it can play nicely with carbon steerers.