With just under a month until the clocks go back, we’re slowly getting a taste of spring and summer, and the longer days and shorter nights will only mean one thing: more bikes.
Even though the off-season is coming to an end, it doesn’t feel like there’s been much letup since the end of last year and we’ve all been flat out at BikeRadar to bring you the best tech, reviews and advice on the World Wide Web.
I’ve been checking in Italy at the Bike Connection and got to test out Vee Tire Co’s Snap WCE Top 40 tyre, while Colin reviewed the latest folding bike from Aldi that’s now available in Australia, the Crane Folding e-bike, and Jack brought us news of Time’s €350 road shoe!
Plus, Rapha launched its new custom clothing tool this week, so if you need some unique kit for your cycling club or event now could be the time to get designing.
RockShox Lyrik RC2 fork
RockShox’s Lyrik RC2 fork is the benchmark of enduro performance Alex Evans
As a truly awesome performer, the Lyrik, with its RC2 damper, has firmly cemented RockShox as the king of enduro forks.
It’s got amazing small bump sensitivity while retaining big hit support. The RC2 damper has plenty of tuneability too, which means that the fork’s travel is exceptionally well controlled.
Although it’s not a budget option, if you’re after best-of-the-best performance, the Lyrik is currently unrivalled even by Fox’s fantastic 36 forks. Check out what our tech guru Seb Stott thought of the 2019 Lyrik here.
- £981.49 / $999 / AU$N/A / €1,109
7Mesh Callaghan Merino hoody
7Mesh’s Callaghan hoody is made from Merino wool and has a great fit Steve Behr
With the latest trend towards muted tones and less garish but highly performing clothing, the 7Mesh Callaghan Merino hoody ticks a lot of boxes.
Made from Merino wool and polyester, the inner layer works hard to keep your temperature just right, while the outer synthetic material is tough enough to handle any knocks out on the trail.
The fit and sleek looks mean this hoody is just as at home in the bar and cafe as it is on the trail. It’s quite pricey, but the quality of 7Mesh clothing is second to none.
- £165 / $200 / AU$N/A / €200
DMR Deathgrip snow camo grips
Brendog approved grips by DMR Alex Evans
Whether you’re into the snow camo look or not, there’s no denying that a grip developed by and named after the outlandishly stylish and fast rider Brendan Fairclough is going to be good.
Sorry for partying — S4P Alex Evans
With a flange that sits around the lock-on collar, two different grip tread patterns and available in two sizes — a thin 29.8mm diameter or thick 31.3mm diameter — the grips have plenty of features to keep your hands happy on your bike.
Oh, and they’re available in both soft and hard compounds to boot.
- £17 / $26.99 / AU$37.94 / €23.99
Pirelli Scorpion MTB tyres
The recently-revealed Scorpion MTB tyres are Pirelli’s first attempt at a mountain bike tyre range. They come in four flavours for different terrain types and feature Pirelli’s specially-created compound that, it claims, offers the same grip in both wet and dry conditions.
Pirelli has entered into the MTB market with four tyre models under the Scorpion moniker Alex Evans
Pirelli Scorpion MTB R tyre
Its rear-specific tyre is fairly aggressive Alex Evans
The Scorpion MTB R is a rear-specific tyre that is designed for use on mixed terrain types, both soft and hard. The tread has been developed to offer improved braking and accelerating grip and is available in 2.2-, 2.4- and 2.6-inch sizes.
Pirelli Scorpion MTB S tyre
The S tyre is for soft terrain, both wet and dry Alex Evans
The Scorpion S tyre is designed for soft terrain and is suited to conditions from mud to sand. It’s the type of tyre people in the UK (and other wet climates) will naturally gravitate towards. Like the R tyre, it’s also available in 2.2-, 2.4- and 2.6-inch sizes.
- £46.99 / $69 / AU$79 / €49.90 for 29er 2.2 Lite and 2.2
- £49.99 / $73 / AU$85 / €52.90 for 29er 2.4 Lite and 2.4 models
This 130mm travel monster is very capable going up hills and on the enduro race track Mountain Biking UK
As a boutique bike brand, Yeti has built its reputation around having some of the highest quality frames out there designed for pure performance. The SB130 is no exception to this rule.
With 130mm of hard-hitting travel, a slack 65.5-degree head angle and a long 480mm reach (size large), the bike has much bigger aspirations than the amount of suspension travel it has would suggest.
We’ve seen Jared Graves and Richie Rude take the Yeti to great success on the Enduro World Series, and you too can have that level of performance if you want. It does come at a price, though, and the frame-only variant costs an eye-watering £3,299!
We tested the SB130 recently and awarded it five out of five stars. Now that’s an accolade.
- £3,299 / $3,500 (frame only)
Marin Rift Zone 1
29er fun has never been more affordable Steve Behr
Marin has seen a real resurgence in recent times. And for good reason. It’s producing some of the most affordable and best-performing bikes out there and the Rift Zone 1 is a perfect example of this.
With 120mm of travel, both front and back, and with 29-inch wheels, the Marin Rift Zone screams “ride me faster and have more fun“. Although it foregoes certain luxuries, such as a dropper post and branded components, the bike’s kit is still perfectly formed and performs brilliantly.
Stay tuned for a more in-depth review on BikeRadar soon.
- £1,350 / $1,599.99 / AU$1,999 / €1,650
Lezyne Mega XL GPS
With more information on display and navigation, it’s a bike geek’s dream Cycling Plus
Bigger is better, right? Well, according to Lezyne it is.
Its new Mega XL GPS can be mounted and used in both portrait and landscape orientations, it has the ability to pair with both Bluetooth Smart or ANT+ accessories at the same time and is compatible with certain electronic drivetrains.
With the device connected to your phone, you get turn-by-turn navigation on screen and notifications from your phone. Offline maps and navigation are also available.
There is a host of other features too, but the icing on the cake is that it’s got a claimed 48-hour battery life. Wow. Does the new GPS offer great performance and value for money? We’ve got one in to test so keep tuned to find out what we thought soon.
Altura Sector 25 backpack
Altura’s Sector bag is great for commuting Alex Evans
This smart-looking pack has got a built-in bladder sleeve, a well-vented back panel to help reduce sweat and has enough space to fit a 13in laptop with all of your affairs for a day at work.
It’s good-looking enough to take into the office, but packed with performance features for serious cycling, including a built-in hydration sleeve, draft venting back panel to avoid sweat build and a large front pocket complete with bike tool organiser.
The bag includes space for a bladder and hose for longer rides Alex Evans
It weighs a claimed 600g but has a 25-litre storage capacity. There are reflective details to help you be seen on dark nights and there are plenty of pockets and internal organisation compartments to keep your possessions separate too. The bag looks like a great commuting companion and doesn’t cost the earth.
Time Xpro 10 pedals
The Xpro 10 is good enough for both enthusiasts and hardcore racers Alex Evans
With a large pedalling surface area and three positions of adjustable clip-in tension, this carbon Time pedal is sure to be a high-performing favourite. It’s also got an aerodynamically-designed lower faring, so if you’re looking for speed and improved times, maybe this pedal will help.
- £149.99 / $N/A / AU$N/A / €160
Kali Protectives Saha helmet
This lid is eco friendly and looks good on the streets Alex Evans
This piss-pot style commuting lid is made using recycled and eco-friendly materials, so it’s a great option for the environmentally conscious out there.
It’s made from recycled EPS foam and has a Fidlock buckle Alex Evans
It features a Fidlock buckle, a removable fabric visor and a PLA-ABS shell, so it’s tough enough to take on even the gnarliest of commutes.
- £39.99 / $50 / AU$N/A / €N/A
Le Col Pro Bib Shorts
These tasty looking bibs are Le Col’s fastest bib shorts Alex Evans
These bib shorts were developed by riders in the pro peloton, which means they’re performance-focused, but don’t skimp on comfort, Le Col claims.
They’re made from 80 percent polyamide and 20 percent elastane, which means they’re flexible but tight-fitting. The cuffs have silicone gripper tabs to keep the shorts in place when you’re giving it 110 percent on the climbs.
The Pro Dolomiti Chamois has a silicone treatment to help with comfort and is small enough to keep the shorts light for competition. They’re fairly pricey though at £150, but if you’re after a competitive edge, it’s got to be worth the cost, right?
- £150 / $N/A / AU$N/A / €N/A