Glory, glory to the gods of cycling goodies for 11spd is here, your weekly roundup of the very best cycling trinkets, knick-knacks and doodahs to land in our collective grubby paws.
This week, BikeRadar’s resident sommeliers of swag have curated a list of kit that will set the heart of even the most unperturbable cyclist aflutter — with mountain bike and road kit from Wolftooth, Shimano, Velo Orange and many more, there’s something for everyone.
We were surprised to find that the seat tube measures just 54cm on this example. Something about not having drop handlebars seems to make the frame look a lot larger than it isOli Woodman / Immediate Media
The new Rose Backroad range is a hot topic among the gravel and ‘cross crowds right now, but this Multicross version with its flat handlebar is something really quite interesting.
Is it a gravel bike with a flat bar? is it a flat bar hybrid with big clearances? Does it even matter? Still, but we’d be lying if we said this one didn’t have us scratching our heads a bit.
Those who enjoy the stability and speed of a road bike but crave the chuckability and position offered by a flat handlebar may well have had their prayers answered with this model. We can see it doubling up as an excellent fast commuter too.
The build leans heavily on Shimano Ultegra bits but adds a few non-series parts into the mix in order to move shifting and braking to the flat handlebar. Thru-axles secure the DT Swiss P1750 Spline Disc wheels, which are shod with plump 38mm G-One Evo tyres from Schwalbe. At 8.74kg it’s also properly light.
It’ll be really interesting to see what our testers make of this one.
Shimano’s new motor system seemed very promising indeed, we are looking forward to spending more time with itOli Woodman / Immediate Media
A few weeks back, Jack and Oli swept across London on a couple of hybrids equipped with Shimano’s latest Steps E6100 system.
Lighter and more efficient than any previous Steps system, E6100 claims to deliver up to 170km of assistance from a single charge. That’s a colossal range and we are looking forward to sourcing a test bike to try and confirm that claim.
The new shift controls were a pleasure to useOli Woodman / Immediate Media
A new Nexus Inter-5E hub gear can combine with the drive unit to offer 5-speed automated shifting too. Stop at traffic lights and the bike will automatically place you into a gear suitable for pulling away, then the bike will shift through its five ratios intelligently as various sensors read the terrain and your inputs.
Keep your eyes peeled on site for more info soon.
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Trek Madone SLR 9 Disc
The Madone is famed for thinking past the punishingly stiff aero bikes of the pastOli Woodman / Immediate Media
Since then, Ben Delaney was wowed by the bike’s performance at its launch in Wisconsin and promptly praised it as the world’s most comfortable aero bike thanks to the unique adjustable IsoSpeed system under its top tube.
This SLR 9 build is the range topper with a price that’s set to stun the “you can get a new car/motorbike for that” crowd. It’s in for a Cycling Plus grouptest where it’ll find itself pitted against similarly priced superbikes.
These bars from Velo Orange are a play on the classic profile of a rando’ barVelo Orange
Designed to “appease even the most discerning cockpit aficionado”, the Nouveau Randonneur is Velo Orange’s take on the classic rando’ bar.
The typical long ramps, deep drops and gently up-swept and ovalised tops — which give you lots of comfortable hand positions, ideal for long days in the saddle — of a typical rando-style bar have been slightly altered so that they will work better with modern integrated shifters.
Jack has been riding and fettling bikes for his whole life. Always in search of the hippest new niche in cycling, Jack is a self-confessed gravel dork, fixie-botherer, tandem-evangelist, hill-climbing try hard, and thinks nothing of taking on a daft challenge for the BikeRadar YouTube channel. With a near encyclopaedic knowledge of cycling tech — from the most esoteric niche nonsense to the most cutting edge modern kit — Jack takes pride in his ability to seek out tech and stories that would otherwise go unreported. Jack has been a Senior Staff Writer at BikeRadar for three years now and is currently testing an All-City Mr Pink as his long term test bike.