Friday is finally here! We hope that means you’re gearing up for a weekend full of riding. But until you’re able to sneak away from work, take a look at some of the latest products to land in the BikeRadar offices for test.
Acre’s new Traverse XC Short has a slim profile with all the features found on the Traverse All-Mountain versionJosh Patterson / Immediate Media
The Traverse XC is a slimmed down variant of Acre’s Traverse All Mountain shorts.
The XC is cut to fall just above the knee with a more tailored fit. Like the original Traverse, the XC version has a contoured waist belt with a single-sided pull to keep the shorts in place. There are also zippered cargo pockets strategically placed on each leg to keep items from jostling around while you pedal.
A single-sided pull on the right side takes care of adjustmentsJosh Patterson / Immediate Media
The four-way stretch Nylon fabric is water-repellent and comes in charcoal as well as this limited edition camo print.
Acre offers the American-made shorts in sizes 28, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34 and 36.
The Aggressor is a relatively new tread from Maxxis that is now available in a 29×2.3 versionJosh Patterson / Immediate Media
The Maxxis Aggressor is designed for loose and loose over hardpacked terrain. It has ample side knobs for cornering traction and mid-height center knobs that look to balance rolling resistance with all-around braking and climbing traction.
The Aggressor with the lighter EXO casing in a 29×2.3 size weighs in right at 900g. Maxxis also offers the Aggressor in a Double Down version with a 120tpi, dual-ply casing that is suited to sharp, rocky terrain.
The Aggressor’s tread pattern is designed for loose to loose over hardpacked trailsJosh Patterson / Immediate Media
This looks like a stellar rear tire that we’ve matched with a Maxxis DHF upfront. Stay tuned for a full review.
Cedric Gracia collaboarted with Northwave on their new Enduro MidJosh Patterson / Immediate Media
Northwave collaborated with gravity and enduro racer Cedric Gracia to develop this enduro-ready pair of kicks.
At first glace, it might appear that this shoe uses the Boa system to adjust tension, but it’s actually Northwave’s own SLW2 lacing system. This system dials in tension and uses a lever to release the cable. There’s also a removable cover to keep the reel mechanism clean.
Northwave uses it’s own cable-tensioning system, rather than a Boa. There’s also cover to keep debris out of the reelJosh Patterson / Immediate Media
The Enduro Mid has plenty of off-the-bike traction thanks to grippy Michelin rubber.
Race Face’s Next SL G4 crankset weighs in at a paltry 440g with a 32t chainring installedJosh Patterson / Immediate Media
Race Face’s premier ultra light crankset is now even lighter and stronger. The Next SL G4 weighs in at a paltry 440g with a 32t chainring installed. In addition to the alloy ring we have mounted, the company also has a chaining with a carbon direct-mount spider in development that will make it even lighter.
The Next SL G4 uses Race Face’s modular Cinch System, which allows for a variety of chainring mounting options, including the direct mount system we’re testing.
The iZip Dash provides four levels of pedal assist up to 28mphBen Delaney / Immediate Media
Electric-assist bikes comes in three categories, the first two of which have a maximum speed of 20mph. The third class is the fastest, with a top assisted speed of 28mph / 45kph. This iZip Dash is a Class 3 e-bike, with 73 NM of torque and a 350w Currie motor that can catch you off guard if you aren’t prepared for the serious oomph.
The Dash has four levels of assist, which are activated by pedaling.
The Dash has integrated front and rear lights that come on automatically at night, and can also be switched on with the left-thumb controls.
Shimano M355 hydraulic brakes handle stopping, which you’ll need with a bike this heavy and this fast.
The main selling point on the Edge jersey is the waterproof phone pocketBen Delaney / Immediate Media
The Hincapie Edge kit has a few talking points — cooling sensations from Xylitol, reflective logos for safety, lightweight grippers — but the cool thing is the water-resistant fourth pocket with a zipper that can fit smartphones as large as an iPhone 6 Plus.
The kit comes in four styles, each with mesh side panels on the jersey and Schoeller coldblack treatment on the bib shorts.
Hincapie’s Edge kit features longer sleeves and a silky feelBen Delaney / Immediate Media