First off, happy holidays from all here at BikeRadar! We hope that Santa brought you all the cycling goodies you could have wished for this year.
But, if ol’ man Noel didn’t deliver on the cycling swag, fret not — here are 11 of the freshest bicycling delights to land at BikeRadar, some of which are pricey enough to set your Christmas-drained wallet into a true panic.
This new sealant from Halo claims to use microfibre technologyJack Luke / Immediate Media
Halo’s tubeless sealant is an interesting synthetic-latex-based sealant that is claimed to be filled to the brim with “micro-fibre technology”. This is said to be able to seal punctures up to 6mm wide.
Expensive, yes. Lovely? Also yes.Aoife Glass / Immediate Media
We’ll never tire of ogling at Silca’s high-end track pumps — sure, they’re expensive (this model coming in at a heady $275), but they’ll last a lifetime and are totally rebuildable should anything go awry.
Previous models have relied on a mechanical gauge for pressure readouts, which although rather handsome, isn’t the most practical option for day-to-day use.
The new pump features a digital gauge located close to the top of the pump for improved visibility. The chuck is also stored here to save you from bending down to retrieve it — a subtle but much-appreciated touch at the end of a long day in the workshop.
As with Silca’s other high-end pumps, the SuperPista Digital uses its much-loved and oh-so-lovely Hiro chuck for valve grasping duties.
While titanium makes for reasonably light cages, with each cage coming in at just 31g, the real attraction is durability — these are heirloom-quality bottle-cages (with an heirloom-quality price) that will likely last the rest of your riding career.
Le Col launched its new carbon road shoe just two weeks ago and we already have a sample in for testing. Will the shoes deliver performance as speedy as the fine work of the Royal Mail? Only time will tell.
The Therapy — which is claimed to let you “slay your inner demons as you log some serious miles” — is available in a delightful range of hues and comes in at 317g for our size L/XL test model. The helmet is also rated for cross-country riding.
The Legit is Bluegrass’ top-end full-face lidAoife Glass / Immediate Media
Sticking with the helmet theme, we have the Legit — Bluegrass’ top-end full-face helmet designed for enduro and downhill racing.
The helmet features an EPS liner and a full-carbon outer shell that is said to exceed standards for both enduro and downhill riding. Our size Large comes in at 1,202g, which is fairly competitive for the world of full-face helmets.