These FSA SL-K Modular Adventure cranks come in 48/32t or 46/30t and weigh just 617gJamie Beach / Immediate Media
We know all about the current trend for super-compact cranksets, but what do they actually look like?
Well, Italy’s Full Speed Ahead humbly presents this, the SL-K Modular Adventure. Our example’s made from hollow carbon arms with an alloy spindle and weighs a very respectable 617g.
It comes in two variants — the 48/32t pictured or an even easier 46/30t version — both of which feature Asymmetric Bolt Spacing for increased power transfer and are compatible with Shimano 11-speed systems.
If you’re keen on tough gravel rides, or touring without a triple chainset, this could be the one for you.
This is the Katusha Rain Parka and it’s very niceJamie Beach / Immediate Media
This smart-looking commuter jacket is made from a very clever fabric called Schoeller c-change, which is inspired by… wait it for it… pine cones.
Just as the forest-bound conical wonders open up when the temperature rises, so too do the pores in this waterproof fabric to allow more heat to escape. Biomimicry, people.
It’s made from very clever Schoeller c-change fabric, inspired by pine cones for better temperature regulation. Cycling-specific details include these reflective articulated shoulder panelsJamie Beach / Immediate Media
There’s a smattering of cycling-specific features that make it more enjoyable — and safe — to ride in.
There’s a two-way front zip that can be opened from the bottom for more comfort when pedalling, reflective detailing on the hood and rear of the articulated shoulders, a waterproof chest pocket for your phone and nicely tacky zip pulls.
The new Haynes Road Cycling Manual — like a car maintenance guide, but for cyclistsJamie Beach / Immediate Media
Car workshop manuals may be its bread-and-butter, but Haynes now wants to help us all be better bike mechanics too.
That’s actually doing a bit of a disservice to the Haynes Road Cycling Manual, which covers every aspect of modern road cycling, from choosing a bike, to setting it up, and fitness training through to riding techniques and bike maintenance.
The manual applies Haynes’ distinctive step-by-step style to all aspects of road cycling, from choosing a bike to fixing it, training and moreJamie Beach / Immediate Media
It’s authored by Luke Edwards-Evans, a former editor of Bicycle magazine, and is aimed at all experience levels.
Using Haynes’ distinctive step-by-step approach, the manual covers all the options when choosing and buying a bike as well as preparing it for a long-distance ride, fixing common problems and upgrading various components.
No more clunky material cluttering up your barsJack Luke / Immediate Media Co
Here’s a solution to a problem you never knew you had — are your bars too cluttered to mount a bell? Or is mounting a bell on your handlebars just too simple for you?
If so, this top-cap mounted Crane Sakura bell may be the solution.
Produced in Osaka, Japan, the Sakura mounts via a vestigial looking threaded lump, which is cast into an otherwise regular top-cap.
The bell emits a very pleasing ding, you’ll be pleased to hearJack Luke / Immediate Media Co
The bell has a delightful ring that will please the pickiest of campanologists — it is just slightly ear piercing enough to warn even the most distracted of cycle-path-straying pedestrians and dogs, and continues for some time after the initial strike.
We’ve gone for black, but the Sakura also comes in brass, copper and silver.
Crane also produces the Sakura with stem and regular ol’ bar mounts.
Get your suspension dialled to perfection with the Quarq ShockwizJack Luke / Immediate Media Co
If you’re obsessive about your suspension or just want to get the best out of it, then the ShockWiz from Quarq is likely to be on your lust list.
This compact little device monitors the performance of your air-sprung suspension as you ride and, together with the app it runs with, allows you to fine tune your suspension to get the most from it — adapting it to different terrains and riding styles.
Quarq is keen to point out that this isn’t just for hardcore enduro racers or the dedicated bike settlers; there are advantages for riders of all levels, disciplines and interests using the ShockWiz, in its opinion.
We’ve actually had a sneaky ride on this already, with What Mountain Bike technical editor Tom Marvin putting it to the test last year, but it’s finally been released to market so if you’ve been waiting to get your hands on one, now’s the time!
Quarq ShockWiz suspension tuning gadget — first ride impressions
Kore Stronghold N/W chainrings
Kore claims the narrow/wide tooth design improves chain retentionJack Luke / Immediate Media Co
While the Kore Stronghold chainring has been around a while, what is new is the range of different sizes (and the fetching colours they come in) allowing you to change your 2x drivetrain into 1x with relative ease, according to Kore.
The are several size options available: 30T, 32T, 34T and 36T and a rainbow of anodised colour options including blue, green, red, black, purple and of course silver.
The N/W name refers to ‘narrow/wide’, an element of the tooth profile that’s designed, Kore says, to provide better chain retention, eliminating the need for a chain device.
The Spectral Women’s is part of our Trail Bike of the Year testJack Luke / Immediate Media
When BikeRadar put the Spectral AL 8.0 EX to the test, we were impressed, calling it a ‘bargain trail bike that’s more than the sum of it’s parts’.
The WMN version of the bike has been put together specifically for female riders, incorporating a women’s specific custom shock tune on the RockShox Pike RCT3 forks and Monarch XX shock, plus SDG Allure saddle. The aluminium frame geometry is the same as the unisex/men’s version, however.
The bike also boasts a SRAM X01 Eagle 12-speed drivetrain and Mavic XA Elite wheels, and is available in XS, S, M and L sizes.
This bike is also one of the bikes we’re testing for the upcoming women’s Trail Bike of the Year awards — so keep your eyes peeled on BikeRadar to see how it does!
Primal is known for producing some pretty lairy kit and has now made the move to mountain bike kitJack Luke / Immediate Media
You may already be familiar with the brand Primal for its bright and bold road cycling kit. What you might not realise is that it also dabbles in MTB kit.
The company’s focus is very much still on the road side, but there is a limited selection of both men’s and women’s kit which, in the case of the women’s kit, certainly channels Primal’s bright aesthetic.
The Escade shorts come with their own removable chamois liner, plenty of pockets and an adjustable waist band.
The fabric is lightweight and has some stretch to it, though it’s worth noting that they look like they’re cut to sit above the knee.
The MTB jersey is a loose-fit jersey with a female cut that’s constructed from lightweight fabric panels. Sections of a stretch mesh fabric at the back and sides are designed to aid breathability and there is even a little zipped rear pocket for stowing change or keys.
The Nukeproof CS pedals are aimed at trail and enduro ridingJack Luke / Immediate Media Co
The brand spanking new CS pedals are one of two new pedal options from Nukeproof.
Along with the CL pedals, they were developed in-house and the design is an evolution of its Horizon Pro pedals.
The CS model is the smaller of the two, aimed at trail and enduro riding, with a smaller outer cage around the clipless mechanism — and through adjusting the pin height it’s possible to get the optimum level of traction to suit you.
Nukeproof produce cleats to pair with the pedals and Shimano cleats are also compatible.
We’ve got the CroMo version on our desk, but there are also Ti versions available.