The bike is built around a Bosch motorJack Luke / Immediate Media
The incredibly chunky alloy frame looks pretty damn unique, with a head and down tube chunkier than nearly anything we’ve seen before.
The Reba fork is a bit of an odd spec choiceJack Luke / Immediate Media
The bike has a Shimano XT M8000 drivetrain and Bosch Performance CX motor, but we can’t help but feel the skinny Reba fork up front is a bit of an odd choice given the heft of the bike.
£4,699.95, international pricing and availability TBC
Race Face Cinch power meter spindle
Track your cadence and pedal efficiency data as you ride, and track it on your smartphoneOliver Woodman / Immediate Media Co
Training, racing and riding with power — it’s already well established in the world of skinny rubber, and it’s creeping into the knobbly rubber world too. The CINCH power meter spindle from Race Face has been designed for XC and enduro racing and boasts a claimed accuracy of +/- 2 percent.
The action on the Funn Ripper pedals has a smooth movement on the clipless mechanismOliver Woodman / Immediate Media Co
Newly landed on the BikeRadar desks are these pedals from Funn. The Ripper pedals are dual-sided cleat pedals with a large platform (93mm x 100mm x 21mm) and optional pins.
The Rippers have a spring-loaded engagement system which, Funn says, improves the smoothness of SPD cleat engagement action.
A CroMo axle forms the base with sleeve bushing and cartridge bearings, and there’s a CNC-machined aluminium body. We measured them at 557g per pair, minus studs.
You can pop your studs in to suit your riding preference (eight per pedal, four per side), and there are six colours to choose from including this rather sunny orange shade.
£TBC / $149 / AU$TBC
Evoc Stage 3L rucksack
Designed to keep the bag comfortably in place when riding hardOliver Woodman / Immediate Media Co
If you like your rucksacks minimalist, and just big enough to carry water and a few essentials, then the compact Stage 3L rucksack is a rather good-looking option.
Available in new colours including dark grey and green, yellow and khaki or good-old plain black, it comes with a 2-litre water reservoir.
Evoc says that this bag is aimed at riders who race in intense or hot conditions, and it has a number of features designed to keep you as cool and comfortable as possible.
The bag is designed to provide maximum ventilationOliver Woodman / Immediate Media Co
The back of the bag has shaped foam panels underneath a mesh panel that sits in contact with the rider’s back. Both features are designed to keep the main body of the rucksack away from the body to allow airflow, and to provide cushioning and comfort.
Shoulder straps feature a ‘brace-link’, which is a connection that allows the top of the strap to move independently from the bag — again to optimise comfort.
Other elements include a packable helmet carrier, two small front pockets, including one fleece-lined one for popping in sunglasses, phones etc, plus minimalist waist and shoulder straps.
The Langma now comes in a disc brake optionOliver Woodman / Immediate Media Co
We tested the top-of-the-range Langma Advanced SL 0 recently and scored it a rather excellent 4.5 out of 5 stars.
This new disc brake version was released after the Adanced SL 0 and sits at the mid-range point in terms of price. It features the same geometry and a slightly lower-priced carbon Advanced frame.
While disc brakes are increasingly popular, not least because of their excellent stopping power, one downside is that the hoods tend to be on the chunky side, as is the case here, which can be uncomfortable for some riders with smaller hands
While the Langma Advanced SL 0 weighs an extraordinarily light 6.48kg for the medium sized bike, the Advanced Pro Disc weighs heavier at 7.84kg due in part to the increased weight of those disc brakes. It comes with Shimano Ultegra, flat mounted hydraulic disc brakes and Giant finishing kit, including the SLR 1 wheelset.
Incidentally, it’s part of our women’s Bike of the Year test, so keep your eyes peeled for updates!
Coordinating colours, understated style, and a premium price tag from AshmeiOliver Woodman / Immediate Media Co
For riders who prefer a natural-feeling fabric next to the skin, the soft Merino of the Ashmei Classic Jersey will be right up their street.
The British-based company produces cycling and running kit for women and men and was launched six years ago by a keen cyclist and runner with extensive experience as a product designer for brands such as Rapha and The North Face.
The look of the range is smart and understated. Ashmei has several new women’s specific items currently in development too with plans to expand its offering.
Spot the price point and you’ll see that Ashmei gear is not a budget option, but with the tagline “outperforming the best” the focus here is clearly on performance and premium technical fabrics. That’s a strong claim that we’re definitely going to put to the test!
The Classic Jersey is constructed from a technical Merino fabric that’s woven with carbon, which is designed to aid the wicking and breathability properties of the material.
The jersey features a full-length zip opening with a soft jacket at the top to prevent chaffing on the neck or chin, raglan-cut short sleeves and a drop tail with a reflective strip around the seam, and silicone gripper dots inside to help keep things in place.
At the rear there are two large pockets, one narrow pocket for a pump, and a zipped pocket for valuables, plus a little hook for keeping headphones or a race radio cable in place.
Ashmei also produces a range of accessories including a long, soft neck gaiter and some cosy socks, made from the same Merino/carbon mix fabric as the jersey. These are available in colours designed to coordinate, mix and match across the range.
Renthal’s legendary bars are now available in a handsome shade of noirOliver Woodman / Immediate Media Co
For fans of Renthal bars who prefer all black everything, rejoice, for the company has just released a black version of its popular Fatbar Lite. While carbon handlebars were offered in both black and the traditional Renthal gold, this is a new addition to the alloy bar lineup.
There are a few different width and rise options, and the bars we’ve got our grubby little mitts on are 760mm wide with a 20mm rise, 5-degree upsweep and 7-degree back sweep.
Renthal claims the bars weigh in at 280g, and we got 279g when we popped them on the scales — so pretty damn good.
We’re waiting on the prices and availability on the new black bars, but rest assured we’ll be putting them through their paces!
International pricing TBC
FHOSS Illuminated Signalling saddle bag
Indicate your intent AND carry your repair essentialsOliver Woodman / Immediate Media Co
Imagine the scenario: you’re cycling down the street in an urban environment, and you need to indicate that you’re about to turn right. You can (and should) use the appropriate hand signals, but if you want something akin to an indicator designed for bikes, FHOSS has your back.
The company has developed a saddle bag in a bright orange shade with a handy additional feature: a lighting panel on the back that, with the flick of a handlebar-mounted control switch, will display a left or right arrow, as well as a forward arrow and an exclamation point stop sign.
The remote control for the FHOSS bag sits on the handlebarsOliver Woodman / Immediate Media Co
One problem that’s sprung immediately to mind is that the controller doesn’t give you any sign of what the light on the bag is actually doing, so you have to assume you’ve pressed the right button, and that you’ve remembered to switch it off again once you’re done indicating.
The buttons are also fairly small and require reaching with one hand or the other, which may make hand signalling tricky to coordinate.
But, if you’re all for more lights combined with what’s actually a rather spacious saddle bag, this could be just the ticket.
These boots from Lake, which combine the features of a rugged outdoor walking boot, the insulation of a cold weather boot, and the two-bolt cleat system of a mountain bike shoe, are a fairly niche product. But the chances are that a few of you out there are thinking ‘yes! This is just what I’ve been looking for!’
Aesthetically they look like a fairly traditional pair of walking boots, with a waterproof leather last that’s designed to be big enough to accommodate thick socks without affecting circulation, and a Thinsulate insulating layer to help keep the heat in when out in the cold. There’s a chunky Vibram sole too.