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

Some high-end carbon road wheels, a dropper post, a funky jacket and a lot more

With Valentine’s done and dusted we can do away with the stress of trying to impress our loved ones and get back to what really matters: bike stuff!

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This week on BikeRadar I introduced you to my long-term test bike, the Surly Bridge Club, and asked you to help me decide how to kit it out. I also teamed up with MBUK’s Matt Orton to bring you some top tips on what you need for a bikepacking adventure.

Staying in off-road territory, Jack has given us everything we need to know about the best trail centres in Northern Ireland. But if you’re more into tarmac, then we’ve rounded up the best road bikes for under £1,000, while Joe has taken us through the anatomy of his 5.1kg hill climb bike.

Pro Koryak dropper seatpost

The Pro Koryak dropper post comes with a range of options from 70 to 170mm travel
The Pro Koryak dropper post comes with a range of options from 70 to 170mm travel
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Pro recently expanded its lineup of dropper posts to include a wider range of travel from 70mm to 170mm.

We’ve got our hands on the Koryak internally routed dropper post, which is constructed from 3D-forged AL-2024 series alloy, and features 170mm travel, a one-bolt clamp design and includes a shifter-style remote lever with Shimano cable set.

It has a diameter of 31.6mm and with its long travel is particularly suited to enduro riding. If you’re more in the XC or gravel market, you’d be better opting for a shorter travel option.

  • £249.99 / International pricing TBC

HED Vanquish 4 wheelset

The HED Vanquish 4 wheelset is disc-only, tubeless-ready and designed to be versatile
The HED Vanquish 4 wheelset is disc-only, tubeless-ready and designed to be versatile
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HED is attempting to redefine the standard with its Vanquish 4 wheelset. They’re designed to be versatile; light enough for the toughest climbs and aero enough to battle the elements.

It’s a carbon, tubeless-ready, disc-only clincher wheelset with a wide, aero sculpted rim profile. They come available in three rim depths: Vanquish 4 — 40mm, Vanquish 6 — 60mm and Vanquish 8 — 80mm. They’re compatible with Shimano, SRAM and Campagnolo hubs, 12mm and 15mm thru-axles and are best for 700×23–28c tyres.

They weigh a total of 1,511g (712g front, 799g rear) and come with tubeless-ready rim tape and valve extenders included.

  • Pair: £1,999
  • Front: £950
  • Rear: £1,050
  • International pricing TBC.

Stolen Goat Climb and Conquer women’s winter jacket

The Stolen Goat Climb and Conquer is a women's winter jacket that has a lovely fleecey lining
The Stolen Goat Climb and Conquer is a women’s winter jacket that has a lovely fleecey lining
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This jacket is as attention-grabbing as the name of the company that produces it. Stolen Goat’s Climb and Conquer women’s winter jacket is part of its ‘be seen’ collection, and it’s easy to see why. The bold and colourful striped design is eye-catching to say the least.

The jacket features Tempest Protect fabric, which is claimed to be both windproof and waterproof, and is designed to keep you warm when temperatures reach below 8 degrees Celsius.

It’s cut with a performance fit and features reflective back pockets — three main pockets and a fourth waterproof stash pocket — as well as a headphone hole and a soft Roubaix lining for a lovely finishing touch.

  • £149 / $270 / €195 / AU$346.80

Charge Spoon Digi Camo saddle

Charge's new Spoon Digi Camo saddles will be available from mid-March
Charge’s new Spoon Digi Camo saddles will be available from mid-March
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These Charge Spoon saddles are designed with comfort and performance in mind, and they look good to boot with these fetching camo patterns. Weighing in at 285g, they’re claimed to be perfect for XC, enduro and road riding alike.

They’ll be available to buy from mid-March and are available in a variety of colours, with a choice of chromoly or titanium rails.

  • £29.99 / International pricing TBC

Help Mildred kit out her Surly Bridge Club

Chrome Industries DKlein handlebar bag

The DKlein bar bag is understated with that urban chic
The DKlein bar bag is understated with that urban chic
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Chrome Industries products are undeniably cool, and this handlebar bag is no exception.

Designed by Dustin Klein (artist and self-proclaimed lifestyle cyclist, and founder of Cadence), it’s built for urban riding and features reflective details and a detachable crossbody strap.

The hook and loop attachment system keeps things simple, and its size is understated but incredibly useful for valuables. It measures 9x4x3.5 inches with a two-litre capacity.

  • $40 / International pricing TBC

Specialized Deflect Reflect H2O jacket

The Specialized Deflect Reflect H2O jacket has impressive visibility and a rather fetching geometric pattern
The Specialized Deflect Reflect H2O jacket has impressive visibility and a rather fetching geometric pattern
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This updated version of Specialized’s Deflect Reflect H2O Jacket is impressive in its ability to remain stylish while being super reflective.

Specialized has opted for a two-layer construction instead of three to make it more breathable and lightweight. The waterproof membrane is covered with micro-fleece dots which raise it away from the skin, allowing for more airflow and avoiding that clammy feeling you sometimes get with waterproof garments.

Both the black and hi-vis yellow versions feature a geometric reflective pattern that’s composed from millions of microscopic glass beads. It’s claimed that these provide 360-degree visibility, and judging by the photo with flash, it’s easy to believe.

  • £200 / $250

Hiplok Spin combi lock

The Hiplok Spin is a wearable chain lock, and it actually feels pretty light
The Hiplok Spin is a wearable chain lock, and it actually feels pretty light
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The Hiplok Spin is a wearable chain lock that uses the brand’s patented carry system, which essentially makes it possible to wear it as a belt. At 75cm in length and weighing 768g, it will fit 26–44-inch waists.

The lock mechanism is a four-digit, resettable combination lock, so no keys are required. The bulk of it is made from 6mm hardened steel chain, and it comes with two colour options: a low-key black and a more hi-vis yellow.

  • £34.99 / International pricing TBC

Sigma Rox 12.0 Sport GPS computer

The Sigma Rox 12.0 Sport has a transflective screen which apparently makes it more legible in direct sunlight
The Sigma Rox 12.0 Sport has a transflective screen which apparently makes it more legible in direct sunlight
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The Sigma Rox 12.0 Sport can help take care of navigation and training needs. It has multiple map functions and training features, including a route-drawing option and six customisable training pages so you can tailor it to suit your goals.

Your training data can be uploaded to the Sigma Cloud and synchronised to the Sigma Link app and Data Centre, where you can connect it to Strava, Komoot, GPSies and TrainingPeaks.

An interesting feature is the transflective 3-inch colour display, which means it should be legible in bright sunlight.

  • £TBC / $575

Pro Vibe SL carbon handlebar

The Pro Vibe SL carbon handlebar feels light and feathery but pretty tough to boot
The Pro Vibe SL carbon handlebar feels light and feathery but pretty tough to boot
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The SL stands for superlight, and it’s easy to see why when you hold these bars in your hands. The Pro Vibe SL bars are constructed from unidirectional carbon and high-performance Innegra fibres, to strengthen the most vulnerable areas on the bar without compromising on weight.

This bar is 40cm in width with a 31.8mm diameter and weighs in at 187g. They feature entry and exit ports for a clean and integrated setup for both mechanical and hydraulic brake cables, as well as Di2 shifting.

  • Pricing and availability TBC

Le Col Pro Bibshorts

Le Col claims these Pro bib shorts are its fastest yet in terms of performance offerings
Le Col claims these Pro bib shorts are its fastest yet in terms of performance offerings
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Le Col’s Pro bib shorts are designed with performance and speed in mind, however the brand has done its best to not sacrifice comfort where possible.

The Lycra soft fibre fabric in the upper part has been updated to keep material to a minimum, flat-locked seams help avoid irritation, and Le Col’s trademark oversized silicone grippers keep everything in place.

Finishing them off is a Pro Dolomiti chamois pad. It’s on the thinner end of the chamois scale with a silicone treatment, which is claimed to provide comfort while removing the excess of a bulkier pad.

  • £150 / International pricing TBC

Drysure shoe dryer

If you're fed up with whiffy wet shoes, the Drysure shoe dryer might be right up your street
If you’re fed up with whiffy wet shoes, the Drysure shoe dryer might be right up your street
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There’s nothing worse than slipping into a pair of damp shoes that haven’t quite recovered from a previous soggy ride. Not only do they feel unpleasant but there’s the smell as well.

Drysure has come up with a solution in its shoe and boot dryers, which uses highly absorbent desiccant silica gel (the kind you find little bags of in new purchase from electronics to leather) rather than heat, designed to facilitate air flow.

The dryers are claimed to be 12 times more effective than normal air drying, while hindering bacterial and fungal growth that causes the smell.

Drysure’s shoe dryers are one size fits all and work with cycling shoes and ski boots alike.

  • £29.95 / International pricing TBC
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