Maap has released its All Conditions Phone Pouch in a new colour and sizeColin Levitch / Immediate Media
Australian outfits Maap and Bellroy have once again teamed up to produce a riding wallet, the All Conditions Phone Pocket.
A bit classier than your classic zip lock bag, it’s made from water resistant leather and the YKK Aquaguard Zipper is semi sealed to keep moisture out as well.
The case is lined with soft microfiber and there are internal pockets to keep your cards, cash and whatever else you may be carrying organised.
The new larger size is designed to hold an iPhone 7+ or similarly sized device and comes in a new Arctic Blue colour.
In working with Bellory, Maap also wanted to create something that could be used off the bike. MAAP’s director said: “When I ride, I want a functional wallet that protects your phone but can also act as your primary wallet off the bike. The All-Conditions Phone Pocket definitely achieves this.”
Cateye’s Volt 400 XC is a sleek looking 400 lumen lightColin Levitch / Immediate Media
Cateye has just updated its Volt range of lights, and we’ve just received the new Volt 400XC. The light sees a sleeker aesthetic, reduced weight and size, and a new 360 rotatable rubber band mounting bracket.
With up to 400 lumens on offer it has a claimed 2.5 hour battery life at full power or up to a claimed 110 hours on the flashing mode. Weighing just 95g by our scales, the light has four flashing modes on offer and comes with a mini-USB lithium ion rechargeable battery.
We’ll be heading to Sufferlandria via The Sufferfest AppColin Levitch / Immediate Media
Created by David McQuillen, The Sufferfest has evolved from just a series of training videos to a full blown training suite.
With a subscription to the app you not only get access to the full library of cycling videos (37 in total), but a full series of cycling yoga, guided by Abi Carver of Yoga15.com, as well as training plans for road, MTB, CX and triathlon hosted by Neal Henderson and Mac Cassin of APEX Coaching.
You’ll also get a nutrition plan designed by Alan McCubbin from Next Level Nutrition and a new mental training program from APEX Coaching and Lifesparq’s sports psychologists.
In addition to the full catalogue of videos, you also get training and nutrition plansColin Levitch / Immediate Media
The app is available for Mac, Windows, and iOS and connects to your powermeter, smart trainer and heart rate monitor via Bluetooth or ANT+. Should you not have a powermeter or smart trainer, the app can also utilise data from speed and cadence sensors for virtual power.
A subscription to the app costs $10 a month and one subscription works across all your devices. If you’re not totally sold, there is a seven-day free trial available.
The Trek Super Commuter+ 9 e-bike has won a rare award at BikeRadar towers, and that’s before we’ve even ridden it.
Basically it’s the only bike we’ve ever had that is too heavy for our scales to weigh, and they max out at 25kg. But this bike has got a motor, so as long as you stay within that 25kph speed limit, it should pedal along quite nicely.
The Super Commuter+ 9 from TrekOli Woodman/Immediate Media
The gears are pretty clever, using a grip shift style throttle to handle those inevitable changes in gradient on your commute.
As e-bikes go, we really like the look of this one with plenty of smart and practical integration. If any bike is going to be a replacement for your car, this could be the one.
As a more stylish alternative to the traditional multi-tool, Blackburn’s Switch is a two-fold case with four dual-headed bits that should have you covered for basic adjustments. The included handle allows for T or L configurations for increased leverage, too.
Blackburn Switch Multi-Tool kitReuben Bakker-Dyos / Immediate Media
The Switch weighs 98g, which in comparison to a normal multi-tool (our Topeak Mini 20 came in at 148g) isn’t too shabby. Plus you get a decent little case with pockets for your money.
Bold’s B4R wheels were designed as its all-round wheelset with a 45mm rim depth, front and rear, and 17.5mm internal width.
We suspect these rims are open mould, but don’t let that put you off. As proven by the Flux 350R wheelset, they can perform as well as or even better than some of the big name brands out there and for considerably less money.
Bold B4R wheelsetReuben Bakker-Dyos / Immediate Media
The rims are built to Bold’s own six pawl hubs that come with an anti-bite strip to stop your cassette from digging into and damaging the free hub body.
We weighed the B4Rs at 1,548g (697g front and 851g rear — with rim tape, but without skewers) and each wheelset comes supplied with its own carbon specific brake pads, titanium aero skewers and spoke tension graphs for future reference.
Anti-bite strips on the freehub body help stop damage caused by cassettesReuben Bakker-Dyos / Immediate Media
£700 / International pricing not currently available
Component giant Deda Elementi also makes wheels and its new SL 38c represents its take on an all-round carbon clincher. They weigh 1,542g on the BikeRadar scales of truth, making them light, but not super light.
Deda’s latest lightweight carbon clinchersReuben Bakker-Dyos / Immediate Media
Combine this with a width of 26mm, tubeless compatibility and ceramic hubs, and it means they tick all the fashionable wheel boxes.
Fashionably wide rimsReuben Bakker-Dyos / Immediate Media