The women’s Fabric Scoop Gel saddle has a female specific profileOliver 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!
Made from natural ingredients, Veloforte bars have a premium look, texture and tasteOliver 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
The All In Multitool weighed 114gOliver 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 bracketOliver 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 ridingOliver 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.
As well as a chiller bag section, there are three external pockets for popping your drinks inAoife 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!
The Altor 560g is a folding lock, which actually weighs 580g. Just sayingOliver Woodman / Immediate Media
There are so many bike locks on the market that it takes a lot for one to stand out, but this latest effort from US firm Altor certainly does. For a start, the 560g — yes, that’s the name — from US firm Altor is made from 1/2-inch thick titanium.
Four pivots make for a design that rotates smoothly from near flat to a diamond shape. More specifically, it’s been designed to secure a bike’s frame and rear wheel to something secure, while its titanium tubes have been wrapped in a transparent plastic sheath to minimise scratching.
The lock is designed to work through the frame and rear wheelOliver Woodman / Immediate Media
Despite its somewhat spindly looks, this is apparently one very tough cookie. In fact, the 560g was created to defeat bolt cutters, chisel and wedge attacks as well as handsaws.
The lock mechanism itself is a six-disc detainer component that uses a push button mechanism, meaning you won’t need to pull your keys out to lock your bike.
Included in the box is a Velcro carry strap and a frame mount to keep things portable. We’ll be trying it out soon, so stay tuned for a full review.
The company do ship internationally, though there are no specific international prices listed on the site so you will likely be charged at the exchange rate at time of purchase. It’s also worth noting that there may be additional taxes and duties to be paid.
The Zeiss lenses are interchangableOliver Woodman / Immediate Media
When Italian helmet brand Kask launched its eyewear brand KOO last year it did so with this innovative pair of sunglasses.
The arms of the Koo Open sunglasses rotate on a pivot near the temple area of the frame, allowing the lens to angle forward independently of the arms, improving airflow and reducing any fogging.
KOO Open glasses are available in other colours if you’re not a fan of greenOliver Woodman / Immediate Media
Three lens options are available, each produced by Zeiss. Switching out between them is simple thanks to a couple of tabs on the side of the frames; flip the tabs upwards to release the frame, switch out the lens and then return the tabs to their original position.
We’ve got about ten hours of riding in with these already, and despite raging temperatures and vast perspiration in race conditions we haven’t managed to get them to fog up at all.
YT’s Jeffsy 29er trail bike was quite a departure from the bikes previously sold by the German direct sale brand. Still, it was well received and received high praise when we tested it late last year.
A lot of people are still hesitant towards 29in wheels though, and the addition of this 650b wheel version certainly reflects that. As you’d expect from YT, this second from the top model comes particularly well equipped for the money too.
Top components for the cash as we’ve come to expect with YTOliver Woodman / Immediate Media
Spec highlights include a carbon frame, ‘Performance Elite’ series dampers from Fox and a SRAM X01 Eagle 12-speed drivetrain. With smaller wheels usually comes slightly more suspension and YT has added a further 10mm to each end in the case of this model over the 140mm 29er.
Our size large test sample weighs in at a commendable 28.7lbs (13.01kg). The lads over at Mountain Biking UK will be putting this one through its paces, so stay tuned for their write up.