11spd: this week’s best new bikes and gear

Feast your eyes on new kit from Patagonia, Kenda, Pinarello and more

The week following the emphatic Tour Down Under 2019 win by Daryl Impey, we’ve had loads of great road bike tech trickle in from Australia. With bike checks galore, tech galleries and even world exclusives on some of the most anticipated tech that is yet to be released, it’s fair to say the Tour Down Under didn’t disappoint.

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Back in the UK, things have been much colder, wetter and more wintry than ever, so we’ve been trying our hardest to keep you in good spirits with a smattering of winter-beating kit on the site.

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Need some grippy rubber for the icy conditions? Check out these half-price Schwalbe Marathon winter tyres. What about some gloves to keep your fingers warm? Yeah, we can help there too, with these winter-specific gloves deals.

If you’re one of the hardcore few who are still getting out there on the bike during these dark and cold evenings, we’ve listed our top six helmet mounted lights to help you see through the dead of night.

Not only that, our hill climbing boys asked you to vote for your favourite hill climb bikes from this year. The loser of the vote is going to tackle a monster ascent on a cheap and cheerful. but exceptionally weighty, Barracuda from a popular online marketplace. Stay tuned to our YouTube channel to find out who won, who lost and whether they make it to the top of the hill!

Anyway, enough of that. Read on for your weekly indulgence of some of the best kit and bikes that have passed through the BikeRadar office this week.

Latest cycling kit and bikes at BikeRadar

Patagonia mountain biking kit

Alex is stoked to be looking sharp in the full outfit
Alex is stoked to be looking sharp in the full outfit
Oliver Woodman

Starting as a climbing tool manufacturer, Patagonia has become a champion of doing its best to try and modify corporate practices towards pollution, waste and ethical working conditions.

And rightly so, it donates at least 1 percent of its sales, its time and services to help grassroots organisations protect the planet and our environment. It’s also now started to branch out from their core sports into mountain biking.

Patagonia Dirt Roamer Bike Shorts

The Dirt Roamer shorts are light and sleek
The Dirt Roamer shorts are light and sleek
Oliver Woodman

These slim-fitting, lightweight and very subtle-looking shorts could be the perfect bit of kit for environmentally conscious trail riders. The shorts sit on the knee and there’s enough space around the cuff for a set of slim kneepads.

They’re made from a stretchy fabric with DWR coating and feature a discrete thigh pocket that’s just about big enough to stash your phone in. Stay tuned for a review soon.

  • £90 / $99 / AU$N/A

Endless Ride Liner Shorts

The whole outfit is finished off with some Endless Rider liners
The whole outfit is finished off with some Endless Rider liners
Oliver Woodman

Made to go with the Dirt Roamer shorts, these padded liners have a popper-fastened loop to keep them and the shorts in place when you’re getting gnarly. Their leg grip should stop them riding up, too.

  • £70 / $79 / AU$N/A

Patagonia Nine Trails Bike Jersey

The back pocket is a nice touch
The back pocket is a nice touch
Oliver Woodman

The fairly-relaxed fitting jersey complements the Dirt Roamer shorts exceptionally well, which is handy because they’re designed to be worn together.

Featuring lightweight fabric that’s soft and stretchy, the styling is timeless and is anything but showy thanks to subtle logo placement and muted tones. We’re excited to get out on the trail with this top, too.

  • £N/A / $59 / AU$N/A

Patagonia Dirt Craft Jacket

Patagonia's Dirt Craft jacket is well fitted and looks understated
Patagonia’s Dirt Craft jacket is well fitted and looks understated
Oliver Woodman

To top off the Patagonia ensemble, it’s also got the Dirt Craft jacket. Made from a mix of nylon and ripstop spandex, the jacket’s coated in a DWR finish so if you’re out braving the elements it should keep you dry and warm.

The jacket’s got a dropped tail to help keep mud and water away from your bum and back, and, like the other Patagonia products, it’s subtly-styled and won’t look out of place in the pub post-ride or down the shops on a Saturday afternoon. Hurrah.

  • £130 / $129 / AU$N/A

Kenda Nevegal 2

The Kenda Nevegal is back!
The Kenda Nevegal is back!
Alex Evans

The Nevegal tyre has been around for quite a while. Fast forward over a decade and the Nevegal has received a refresh worthy of an incremental name-change — it’s now dubbed the Nevegal 2.

With ramped and well-spaced middle tread blocks that help give the tyre fantastic claimed rolling speed, and a solid braking surface coupled with the parallel-running knobs that are more suited to cornering, the tyre looks like it could perform well.

The tread looks familiar, but that's no bad thing
The tread looks familiar, but that’s no bad thing
Alex Evans

It comes in sizes 2.4 to 2.6 inches wide in 29-inch diameter and 2.4 to 2.8 inches wide in 27.5-inch diameter. They are tubeless ready and have been designed with extra reinforcing for e-MTB usage, if that’s your tipple.

Aaron Gwin has been spotted running Kenda tyres on his brand new Intense Factory Racing team bike — and if Aaron is going to be helping to develop them, it’s a solid bet that Kenda will be producing some of the best tyres out there.

  • $79.95

Shimano AM5 SPD shoe

The AM5 comes in three colours: red and black, black and olive
The AM5 comes in three colours: red and black, black and olive
Alex Evans

The AM5 is Shimano’s newest gravity-specific mountain bike SPD shoe. It’s got a grippy sole for off-the-bike traction, the cleat is recessed to increase the shoe’s contact with the pedal’s surface and the body is made from a synthetic leather and mesh combination for breathability and durability.

The shoe’s are available in three colours: red and black, black and olive.

  • £79.99 / $N/A / AU$N/A

Gore M Baselayer Briefs

If you've never tried 'sporting briefs', then we wholly recommend getting then to keep your tackle in place
If you’ve never tried ‘sporting briefs’, then we wholly recommend getting them to keep your tackle in place
Alex Evans

Undercarriage comfort is no laughing matter, and as a male cyclist or mountain biker, sometimes it’s hard to know what to do with your family jewels. Cue Gore’s briefs.

Made from a sleek and stretchy synthetic material, the briefs promise to keep everything where it needs to be, no matter what you’re doing. These briefs could even dispel the commonly pedalled thought that you should go commando under padded shorts.

  • £19.99 / $29.99 / AU$N/A

Rondo Booz urban bike

The bike's a looker!
The bike’s a looker!
Alex Evans

The Rondo Booz caught our eye as a wild-looking, belt-driven, internally geared, flat bar urban monster with 650b, 47mm wide tyres.

Rondo touts the bike as a no f***s given (their words, not ours!) curb bashing machine whose name hints at its anti-social tendencies, although we wouldn’t recommend riding the bike whilst intoxicated!

The belt that drives Shimano's Nexus hub is carbon
The belt that drives Shimano’s Nexus hub is carbon
Alex Evans

Along with the carbon belt drive and Shimano Nexus hub gears, the bike’s also got another party piece; the fork has adjustable dropouts that change the bike’s riding position by altering the fork’s trail and head angle.

  • £1,499.99 / $2,599.99 / AU$N/A

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Pearl Izumi Tour Road shoes

The Pearl Izumi Tour Road shoes are bright in white!
The Pearl Izumi Tour Road shoes are bright in white!
Alex Evans

These exceptionally-jazzy looking clipless shoes aren’t only available in white, thankfully. Pearl claims these shoes are a modern take on the classic lace-up shoe we all love, thanks to a carbon plate located on the ball of the foot that should help you transfer all of your magnificent watts to the wheels.

The carbon sole has plenty of adjustment
The carbon sole has plenty of adjustment
Alex Evans

They’re compatible with both two and three bolt SPD cleats and weigh a claimed 270g for the size 43.

  • £N/A / $130 / AU$N/A

Casio F30 ProTrek Smartwatch

The watch isn't too heavy or too big
The watch isn’t too heavy or too big
Oliver Woodman

Boasting a whole host of outdoorsy features, such as GPS, 50m water resistance, tolerance of temperatures down to -10 degrees Celsius and WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, the new Casio could be an adventure biker’s best friend.

The watch supports full-colour maps, a breadcrumb navigation feature and a compass, altimeter and barometer, so no matter where you are or what you’re doing, it’s likely that this watch will prove to be useful.

Not only that, it can last for up to a full month on one charge, depending which features you’ve got turned on or off.

  • £450 / $550 / AU$N/A

Loffi Glove

Smile if you're happy
Smile if you’re happy
Oliver Woodman

The literally-named Loffi cycling glove ‘Glove’ features a reflective smiley face on the back of the hand and a cushioned smiley face on the palm. Loffi claims the glove is water-repellent, windproof and breathable, and it’s compatible with touchscreen phones.

There’s also a fleece section on the thumb to help you wipe away sweat and water without scratching your beautiful skin.

The reflective backs should help you stay safer on the roads
The reflective backs should help you stay safer on the roads
Oliver Woodman
  • £32.95 / $N/A / AU$N/A

Halo Ridge Line 650b wheelset

Halo's new wheels don't cost a bomb
Halo’s new wheels don’t cost a bomb
Oliver Woodman

These new-from-Halo trail wheels cost just £240 / $310 for the pair. They’re compatible with Boost and non-Boost bolt-thru hubs, are tubeless-ready out of the box and have a 30mm internal rim width.

The hubs feature a cro-mo axle and freehub body
The hubs feature a cro-mo axle and freehub body
Oliver Woodman

The rims are laced to Halo’s RL hubs, which have five pawls with 30 points of engagement, a chromoly axle and freehub body and sealed bearings.

They've got a 30mm internal rim width
They’ve got a 30mm internal rim width
Oliver Woodman

They certainly look the part and we’re excited to give a set a thorough thrashing soon.

  • £240 / $310 / AU$N/A

Mamnick custom headset cap

Taking customisation to another level
Taking customisation to another level
Oliver Woodman

The gorgeously engraved Mamnick headset cap is a spot-on way to add a touch of individualism to your bike.

The caps are fairly expensive and cost even more to get a custom engraving, but owning a one-of-a-kind product has to be priceless, right?

  • £40 / $N/A / AU$N/A

Pinarello Bolide TR+

The Bolide is a tri-aero-racing-machine
The Bolide is a tri-aero-racing-machine
Alex Evans

This triathlon-ready speed-demon is Pinarello’s first attempt at a tri bike and looks like a mighty-fine debut.

It claims the bike was born in the wind tunnel for extra speed. It features two snack-friendly stash areas for food that are also aero-optimised. We first looked at the bike back in October 2018, check out our thoughts here.

It’s eye wateringly expensive though, at £11,000 / $14,500+tax.

  • £11,000 / $14,500+tax / AU$N/A
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