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.
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 outfitOliver 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 sleekOliver 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.
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.
Patagonia’s Dirt Craft jacket is well fitted and looks understatedOliver 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.
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 thingAlex 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.
The AM5 comes in three colours: red and black, black and oliveAlex 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.
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 carbonAlex 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.
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 adjustmentAlex Evans
They’re compatible with both two and three bolt SPD cleats and weigh a claimed 270g for the size 43.
The watch isn’t too heavy or too bigOliver 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.
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 roadsOliver Woodman
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.