And just as sure as that new carbon wonderbike is 7 percent stiffer and 4.8 percent lighter, 11spd is here with your weekly roundup of the coolest, swankiest and freshest mountain and road bike gear to land at BikeRadar.
Brynje’s baselayers are among the least attractive out there but are among the most respected on the marketJack Luke / Immediate Media
Bryjne baselayers have a near legendary status in the mountaineering community and they first came to our attention via an article on keeping warm by Andy Kirkpatrick on UKC (a seriously good read).
The baselayers were used on the first ascent of Everest and are estimated to still be used by approximately 90 percent of ‘professional’ Polar expeditions today.
Some well-known Norwegian pro riders are also said to forgo their sponsor-supplied kit in favour of Brynje baselayers.
The polyester baselayer is woven into an open fishnet-like pattern that allows a ‘pocket’ of air to be trapped next to your body. The same air can be easily ‘dumped’ by opening the zip of a jersey.
The baselayer is made from a synthetic polyester fabric and feels remarkably soft against the skin — though there is also a Merino wool version available for those who are allergic to or don’t like the feel of synthetic fabrics.
The polyester fibre is said to absorb very, very little moisture, allowing sweat to easily wick away from your body, keeping you comfortable and warm.
Nobody should have to see this — keep it under the jersey, JackJack Luke / Immediate Media
The baselayers are quite possibly the least sexy undergarments ever, with a slightly Rab C Nesbitt-like aesthetic, so are definitely best kept under the wraps of a jersey.
Jack has been riding with these two baselayers right through the recent heatwave here in the UK as well as during some more inclement weather, and first impressions are very, very good. Keep an eye out for a review in the months to come!
Lezyne has updated its steel drive pumps for 2018Jack Luke / Immediate Media
The new Steel Floor Drive pump from Lezyne features the same hefty cast alloy base and steel barrel and piston of the old model, but gains a totally redesigned head for 2018.
The all-new head goes back to Lezyne’s roots with a classic thread-on designJack Luke / Immediate Media
While we were fans of the ABS2 valve ‘chuck’, it wasn’t the most intuitive system and Lezyne has openly admitted that it wasn’t particularly well received by dealers or end users.
As such, the brand has decided to move back to its roots with a super solid, thread-on head that is now angled at 90 degrees to improve ease of use. This head will also be available for purchase separately.
As with all of Lezyne’s pumps, it’s fully rebuildable including the vegan-friendly — we’re not sure why Lezyne has chosen not market its pumps as such — rubber o-ring gasket. The pump also retains Lezyne’s signature wooden handle.
The pumps are shipping to distributors now and are available for pre-order.
Griffin recently sent us through this hardy case for iPhonesJack Luke / Immediate Media
There’s no shortage of options for high-quality phone cases out there, but Griffin is among the most respected names on the market.
Clip it without shame we sayJack Luke / Immediate Media
The Survivor Summit series — which is available for all popular smartphone models — is rated to protect your phone for a drop of up to 3.0m in height and is IP-55 rated, so will protect your precious gadgetry against rain and snow.
The case also includes a belt clip backing plate so you can complete that joiner-with-a-rugged-phone look. You know exactly what we mean.
Absolute Black XT M8000/SLX M7000 oval chainring and chainguide
Absolute Black is one of few manufacturers who make oval rings compatible with XT M8000 cranksJack Luke / Immediate Media
This chainring from Absolute Black is one of very few oval options that fits Shimano’s asymmetric bolt pattern.
Despite the potential to hold this captive audience to ransom, Absolute Black is asking a pretty reasonable £42.90 for this handsome, highly machined 34t ring.
We love the machined aesthetic of Absolute Black’s kitJack Luke / Immediate Media
We’ve also opted to try out the brand’s oval-friendly, direct-mount guide. While clutch derailleurs have largely negated the need for a chainguide, this one comes in at a mere 30g including mounting hardware. So it’s not a lot of extra weight to carry given the extra peace of mind it affords.
This funky top-cap is a little fungi lookingJack Luke / Immediate Media
Absolute Black also included this nifty, super-light integrated top-cap/bolt combo thingy. We think it looks a little like an anodised Chanterelle, but it doesn’t smell half as good as its fungal lookalike.
The “entire chassis” of the shoe is heat moldable owing to the brand’s “proprietary resin” that becomes highly pliable at high temperatures. Bont claims that this makes its shoes among the most comfortable on the market.
The shoes are secured using a Boa dial and a large Velcro strap that crosses over the top of the shoe. This claims to support the forefoot better than other designs and a cursory pad about the office indicates that these are indeed comfortable shoes.
Available in Bont’s usual range of lairy designs, we’ve opted for a slightly more muted black/blue colour combo that should go well with the majority of kit.
The interior features a couple of gear organising pocketsRussell Eich / Immediate Media
On the flip side of the fashion-focused, uber trendy world of high-end shades comes a useful handlebar bag from Bikase. Actually, it’s not the complete opposite as bar bags have had a resurgence with the popularity of bikepacking and touring.
Zipp’s Tangente Speed tires come in 23 and 25mm widths. We have the bigger size in for testRussell Eich / Immediate Media
Zipp claims its Tangente Speed tires have the lowest rolling resistance and highest cornering grip, and set up tubeless without sealant. Wow, can they also make me skinnier? And more handsome?
Seriously though, in BikeRadar‘s road tire test, the non-tubeless Tangente tires faired quite well in rolling resistance and ride quality, and we imagine the tubeless versions will only improve on that.
As far as airing up without sealant, well that’s something we’ll have to see to believe.
Claimed weight for the Tangente Speed RT25 is 292g, the 28mm is 302g.
Kali’s new Interceptor helmet features new crash protection technologyRussell Eich / Immediate Media
Bicycle helmet technology has been slowly evolving in the last 3–5 years. MIPS got the ball rolling, Koroyd has been pushing the standards lately, and now Kali Protectives is aiming to make a safer helmet, too.
What makes it safer? Specially placed sections of a padding called Armourgel. Bike helmet crash performance is claimed to be improved by lowering low G impact forces by 12 percent and rotational forces by 25 percent.
The little green open dots are said to squish upon linear impacts and bend sideways on rotational hits.
Outside of all that safety stuff, the new Interceptor lid is built for trail and enduro antics with 24 vents, extended rear coverage, a Boa dial and an accessory mounting system.