This week on BikeRadar was all about the new. New bikes from Ibis and Santa Cruz, and of course the launch of our Get Britain Riding campaign.
It was also a week for lively discussion. Our opinion piece on the bike industry and its approach to weights and measures certainly got you talking. There were a fair few words of wisdom added on our 7 rookie errors that’ll ruin your ride to work article too… talking of which, if you have any gems to impart don’t forget to pop them in the comments section.
And possibly the most popular article this week was 5 roadie rules you can ignore. We’re all in support of getting out riding, so don’t let arbitrary fashion rules and tech trends deter you from a good bike ride! As Rob Smale can attest, it’s good for the mind as well as the body.
Sigma Rox GPS 7.0
There are plenty of functions packed into the Sigma ROX GPS 7.0 Oliver Woodman / Immediate Media
It may not have the sleekest of looks or a colourful display, but in the box the Sigma Rox GPS 7.0 seems to really pack in the features.
It has of course got all the features you’d expect, including speed, distance, time, temperatures, ETA, various lap and altitude functions, and many more besides.
The built in GPS allows you to track your route and navigate, and fans of Strava will be pleased to hear you can load and compete against segments.
You get a micro-USB cable for charging your device and a mount.
Truvativ Troy Lee CoLab Descendant handlebars
The Truvativ Troy Lee Design bars — loud and proud Oliver Woodman / Immediate Media
Like your bars loud and lairy? Get an eye-full of these bright Troy Lee-style Descendant handlebars by Truvativ.
The aluminium bars are 800mm wide with a 25mm rise and a 5-degree upwards and -9-degree backwards sweep. They came in at 353g when we weighed them.
Do what the bars tell you Oliver Woodman / Immediate Media
Available in either a bold blue or a bright black and orange, and in true TLD style both colorways come with coordinating gloves and colour-matched RockShox fork decals.
If you’re feeling flush there’s also a carbon version which retails for £189.99.
- £94.99 / $99.99 / €109.99 / AU$TBC
Fabric Scoop Gel women’s saddle
The women’s Fabric Scoop Gel saddle has a female specific profile Oliver Woodman / Immediate Media
The Scoop Gel Women’s has a female specific profile and three soft gel inserts on the nose and on each side, which are designed to provide comfort without being as chunky as some gel saddles out there on the market.
It features what Fabric calls its ‘radius profile’, which means it’s constructed to support riders in a more upright position and is therefore aimed at commuters, mountain bikers and leisure riders — but, of course, what saddle works best for you is a matter of personal choice.
This version comes with a Cro-Mo rail and a 155mm width. Fabric claims a weight of 280g and it came in at 283g for us, so not bad!
Veloforte nutrition bars
Made from natural ingredients, Veloforte bars have a premium look, texture and taste Oliver Woodman / Immediate Media
Veloforte’s tagline proudly claims ‘100% real food performance, and cracking open you’re faced with a bar that would look at home on the counter of a delicatessen in Italy.’
That’s hardly surprising, since the bars are inspired by the Panforte, an Italian delicacy, which is a blend of seeds, nuts, fruit and spices, and is a specialty of Tuscany.
For those on a restricted diet there’s good news; the bars are gluten, dairy, egg, soy, GM and preservative free, and have a reassuringly identifiable list of ingredients. In fact, the ingredients list sounds more like the things you’d put into a particularly delicious cake mix than an energy bar.
Each ingredient is carefully considered to provide a measured blend of sugars, carbohydrates and proteins, so expect lots of almonds, pistachios, honey, dates, cocoa, cinnamon and rosemary.
There are currently three flavours available: the Celiac-friendly Ciocco, packed with cocoa and almond pieces; the Classico with citrus peel, almonds and spices; and finally the Di Bosco with red berries, almonds, pistachios and vanilla.
- £6.99 for a pack of three bars / international pricing TBC
All In Multitool
The All In Multitool weighed 114g Oliver Woodman / Immediate Media
Some say it’s the rise of enduro, others the growth of trail centres… but whatever the reason, more and more people are looking for efficient, minimalist setups that allow them to head out for a ride without carrying heavy packs full of tools and equipment.
It pops nicely into the hollow of the bottom bracket Oliver Woodman / Immediate Media
One interesting development is the ingenious ways people have found to carry tools, and All In have a nifty solution.
The All In Multitool slides into your bottom bracket through the cranks and is held in place with a neodymium magnet.
A magnet makes a pleasingly secure clunking noise and is designed to keep the tool in place when riding Oliver Woodman / Immediate Media
The tool has a selection of hex and torx heads plus a Phillips screwdriver head that covers all the main and necessary sizes. These slot into a socket at the end, with the body of the tool forming a handle.
We weighed the All In at 114g.
- £86.43 / €99 / $111.27 / AU$149.85
Dakine Party Pack
As well as a chiller bag section, there are three external pockets for popping your drinks in Aoife Glass / Immediate Media Co
The sun is shining, the trails are dry, you’re out with your mates and the one thing missing is a cold beer.
Well, not any more if Dakine has anything to do with it!
The purveyor of functional luggage has developed a line of bags with the purpose of transporting beer (or the beverage of your choice) from A to B while also maintaining a pleasantly chilled temperature.
The Party Pack is an amazingly well thought out rucksack for the beverage-focussed cyclist.
The little side access zip is a nice touch… easy access to the cold drinks! Aoife Glass / Immediate Media Co
Not only does it have a lower insulated pocket for stowing the majority of the drinks, with a side port for easy distribution, it also has two pockets on the back in case you want to have two drinks to hand and a chest holder too.
You could probably fit a straw in to your drink of choice too and use it as an alternative hydration source, though of course we could never recommend you try that while riding.
Obviously, BikeRadar has plans to put this to a very thorough test, all in the name of research, of course!
Continental Contact Plus tyres