11spd: This week’s best new bike gear

The latest tech and bike gear, from suspension tuning to compact cranksets

Another Friday, another week gone by, and suddenly you realise you’re halfway through the second month of 2017 already!


Hopefully if you’ve promised yourself you’ll get out more on the bike this year, you’re managing it, and for everyone stuck at an office desk today, the weekend is just around the corner.

So for now, get your bike fix with our weekly dose of the latest goodies that have landed on the BikeRadar desk and remember — not long now!

New road cycling gear

FSA SL-K Modular Adventure cranks

These FSA SL-K Modular Adventure cranks come in 48/32t or 46/30t and weigh just 617g
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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.

  • £415 / $399 / AU$N/A

Clement Strada USH tyres

Clement Strada USH tyres are the third entry in the French brand’s gravel range
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Billed as a light and fast gravel tyre for unpredictable roads, this is the third entry in the X’PLOR adventure/gravel series from French firm Clement Cycling.

It’s 32mm wide, tubeless-ready, with a fast-rolling centre and grippy herringbone-patterned shoulders.

The Strada USH is lower-profile than its siblings, the X’PLOR USH and MSO, and should be well-suited to commuting, touring and some very light off-road antics.

It weighs 341g and comes in two versions: 120tpi folding with puncture-protection belt (pictured) and 60tpi folding, again with puncture-protection belt.

  • £55 / $75 / AU$TBC

Katusha Rain Parka