Plus Ben Delaney has given his first impressions on the Wahoo Kickr Climb before taking part in a livestream on Zwift’s Facebook page this week, where you can see it in action: Friday 23 February (1pm MST / 8pm GMT), Tuesday 27 February (12:50pm MST / 7:50pm GMT) and Wednesday 28 February (6pm MST / 1am GMT).
But now, with the working week soon to be finished and weekend fast approaching, it’s time to take a look at 11 of the hottest products to fall into the hands of our writers, videographers and reviewers here at BikeRadar Towers.
Developed in collaboration with Team Sky, the Kask Valegro is a lightweight helmet that’s big on breathability but also very weight conscious. No fewer than 37 ventilation holes feature as part of the Valegro’s wind tunnel sculpted shell.
Kask’s Valegro helmetReuben Bakker-Dyos / Immediate Media
Our formidable scales of truth revealed that this size medium Valegro arrived at exactly the 200g weight the company said it would. In its smallest size the Valegro comes in at just 180g.
The cradle and dial retention system offers all the adjustment you’d expect from a premium lid, and Kask’s signature faux leather strap finishes the whole thing off nicely. This matte black finish is the most subdued of nine different colour options.
Understated logosReuben Bakker-Dyos / Immediate Media
While the Valegro isn’t available to purchase just yet, some retailers have started listing it ready for pre-orders.
Decathlon brand B’Twin has recently revamped its clothing line, and these, the firm’s entry-level road kicks, have received a whole lot of loving.
We reckon you’ll agree that these do a great job of looking considerably more expensive than they are, particularly in this fetching dark blue.
B’Twin’s 500 Road Shoes are budget friendly and not at all bad lookingReuben Bakker-Dyos / Immediate Media
Three straps provide a quick and wide range of adjustment to the soft synthetic upper. They’re lined with a quick drying 3D mesh and feature a scuff resistant surface to prevent damage at the toe for when a rider comes to a stop.
Underneath there’s a vented fibreglass sole with a raised rubberised heel, and at 302g each for a size 43 they’re a reasonable weight to boot.
Keen motorsport fans might recognise ‘Aussie Grit’ as the social media handle of former F1 star Mark Webber. Webber now heads up this startup clothing company and it’s sent us three items: shorts, a jersey and a thermal gilet.
Aussie Grit’s Apparel jerseyReuben Bakker-Dyos / Immediate Media
Colour range is pretty limited to black with touches of, uh… less black, but there is some nice topographic detailing on the jersey. With its casual cut, this jersey is more designed for general trail riding than anything performance orientated.
The thermal gilet is designed for comfort and warmth on cooler daysReuben Bakker-Dyos / Immediate Media
The Flint bike shorts come with some interesting features including an elasticated waistband that conforms to your body, while reduced material around the waist reduces heat build up as well as push down the overall weight.
Aussie Grit’s Apparel shortsReuben Bakker-Dyos / Immediate Media
All three garments have reflective trim and dedicated weather protected pockets, so you’ll never run out of places to store your mobile while out riding.
Named the Dynamite Panther colourway, it’ll certainly help you stand out from the crowd whether you’re shredding the trails or just putting your feet up at the cafe.
Specialized’s 2FO Flat 1.0 Dynamite PantherReuben Bakker-Dyos / Immediate Media
For a trail shoe they’re pretty light coming in at 339 grams per shoe in a size 45. Combine that with the super sticky rubber sole and the internal bootie makes for a shoe which should perform as well as it looks.
MT Zoom is a company run by passionate riders who race their bikes hard and being a direct sales business, it also aims to make its products more affordable, which is no bad thing.
MTZoom valves are well thought out with bigger locking rings and a spare coreReuben Bakker-Dyos / Immediate Media
These tubeless valves show its well thought out and rider focussed approach to products. There’s a spare valve core if you happen to damage one, and a larger compression nut, making installing/removing the valve easier. This could reduce crucial faffing time in a long race or ride when you have a puncture.
They’re available in a variety of different lengths too and will work for both road and mountain bike.
The Katusha cycling team has changed in the last couple of years, going from a nearly all Russian outfit to a decidedly more international team.
To assist with the quest of winning hearts and minds, Katusha now makes cycling clothing without team branding for you and I.There’s a whole range to choose from, but this Windblocker baselayer is what immediately caught our attention.
Katusha’s Windblocker Tank baselayerReuben Bakker-Dyos / Immediate Media
Designed for chilly rides, it’s got a traditional mesh liner which is paired with windblock material on the front of your body. Obviously, the idea is to keep you dry and cool while still keeping the worst of the wind out.
Not ones to miss out on the latest trends in the world of cycling, Begamont has come up with the Grandurance. It’s basically one bike, which aims to cover just about all of you road/touring/gravel/commuting needs.
Bergamont’s Grandurance EliteReuben Bakker-Dyos / Immediate Media
The frame is a subdued grey, but the fork has a colourful rainbow paint scheme, suggesting you’re a committed rider with a wacky side that could break out at any moment and head off on roads (or paths) less travelled.
Dropped stays are so hot right nowReuben Bakker-Dyos / Immediate Media
Jokes aside, it’s an interesting looking bike and one we’ll be learning more about in this year’s Bike Of The Year tests.