With that out of the way, we can now feast upon the bountiful harvest of cycling loot that the industry hath bestowed upon us. Enjoy!
Velo Orange cantilever brake rack mounting bolt
Want to make your rack a little more secure? These might just be for youJack Luke / Immediate Media
For those wanting to attach a front rack to a bike without mid eyelets, use a lightweight decaleur or add another bracing point for a rack, then these nifty little bolts that turn a cantilever boss into a rack mount are well worth a look.
One end of the bolt takes the place of a regular brake bolt and is cinched down with a 10mm spanner. A rack can then be attached onto the M6 threaded protrusion.
The bolts allow you to attach a rack to cantilever bossesVelo Orange
It is possible to mount a rack to a regular canti’ boss by using a longer bolt, but experience has shown the constant wiggling and vibration tends to cause the bolt to come loose over time.
At just £8 a pair, this is a cheap way to make sure your luggage stays secure.
The Nukeproof Mega Pro 275 was one of our enduro bike of the year contenders. Check out what we thought of it on our YouTube channel
Unior 1756 speed nipple bit
A nipple driver is the key to speedy wheel-buildingUnior
A proper nipple driver is an invaluable investment for the dedicated wheel builder, but for the real pros out there, a screwdriver nipple bit is the true key to speeding up the process of batch-building wheels.
Designed for use in a cordless drill, the Speed Nipple Bit from Unior allows you to initially tension wheels very quickly.
If you’re just dipping your toes into wheel building, at $8.99, the bit is also a much more accessible investment than a dedicated driver. If used in conjunction with a ratcheting screwdriver, it could considerably speed up the process compared to using a nipple wrench alone. Unior demonstrates the use of the bit in this video.
What a good-looking bikeJack Luke / Immediate Media
In a bid to quench his throbbing metallic lust, he has procured this lovely new Trek Emonda ALR, which is set to be his next long-term test bike.
We’ll save all of the juicy details for Matthew’s first look, but can tell you this is going to be one dreamy build. In the meantime, check out our first look on the new bike for prices, specs and details.
Cannondale SystemSix Hi-Mod Dura-Ace Di2 aero road bike
Cannondale SystemSix Hi-Mod Dura-Ace Di2; ‘the fastest bike in the world’Aoife Glass / Immediate Media co
Back in July our senior tech editor shared his first ride review of the new Cannondale SystemSix aero bike. Now, far from the sunkissed tarmac strips of Girona, the bike has landed in the BikeRadar office for more extensive testing. And for us to drool over.
Cannondale makes bold claims for this bike — it claims it’s the world’s fastest road bike, no less!
This model is constructed from Hi-Mod Ballistec carbon with Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 electronic groupset and Cannondale SiSL2 cranks with integrated Power2Max NG Eco power meter and Vision rings.
One particular interesting feature is the Knøt system handlebar — it looks like an aerodynamically formed one-piece handlebar in stem, but isn’t, which means much more adaptability in terms of fit or customisation.
New chamois cream for women. We can’t say what will happen if a man happens to use itAoife Glass / Immediate Media co
Yes, that’s women’s specific chamois cream, and it’s a new addition to the Athlete Performance range from MucOff.
One obvious difference between the two products is the marketing spiel — the unisex version uses CAPITALS to emphasise that this chamois cream can help you ‘GO HARDER, GO FASTER’, whereas the women’s one is ‘enriched with natural oils’, ‘uses natural fragrances’ and is ‘suitable for use on sensitive skin’. We hope both are good for sensitive skin to be honest since, whatever you have in your undies, it’s pretty sensitive.
The cream is pH-balanced and contains aloe vera, shea butter and sunflower oils. It’s also paraben-free, and doesn’t contain sodium laureth sulfates or diethanolamines.
It comes in a squeezy tube which is, in our opinion, more hygenic than the dippy tub the non-women’s specific one comes in (although, as long as you don’t double dip those are probably okay too).
Not many people get to have their name emblazoned on their bike partsWarren Rossiter / Immediate Media Co
Senior tech editor Warren Rossiter has just been out to visit CeramicSpeed at its Danish facility, and while there he got to build a custom OSPW (oversized pulley wheel) system to fit to his long-term Giant TCR Advanced SL disc running SRAM eTap.
At 55g, this alternative to the standard eTap jockey wheel and cage, lowers friction by as much as 60%, according to CeramicSpeed. It also claims to save a not inconsiderable 2.4 watts of energy in the process.
Warren Rossiter watched the creation of his bespoke parts in personWarren Rossiter / Immediate Media Co
Versavalves are suitable for road, mountain and cyclocross wheels and can adapt to different rim shapes and depthsAoife Glass / Immediate Media co
These handy wee valves are designed to work on most rims including mountain bike, cyclocross and road, and come in a selection of lengths to suit even deep-section rims. They come with a selection of differently shaped rubber grommits that are designed to give an airtight fit on most rim-sections.
And if colour-coordination is your thing, or you’d like to add a tiny contrasting colour flash, then the teeny lock nuts come in a choice of six colours including orange, red, blue, black, pink and green.
The shoes are waterproof up to the top of the black section on the sole, and even come with a matching pair of socksAoife Glass / Immediate Media co
British-based boutique shoe company Quoc Pham started out in 2009 with a range of city cycling shoes and, over the past few years, have gradually expanded its range to include road bike shoes.
Now, the brand is poised to release its first gravel/adventure shoes in the form of the Gran Tourer. It’s built with a carbon-composite sole with deep tread for added grip when walking and is compatible with SPD cleats. The bonded upper is waterproof from the sole to the top of the black section, and they have a classic-looking lace-up closure system.
Pop on your SPD cleats and away you rideAoife Glass / Immediate Media co
The black/camo version pictured here has a patterned upper, based on a mixture of Vietnamese tiger prints and topographical maps of the UK, and there are three other colour options — pink, black and green camo. They even come with a matching pair of socks!
Quoc Pham shoes come in a rather nice shoebox with an encouraging messageAoife Glass / Immediate Media co
The shoes are only available on pre-order at the moment, except we did manage to wrangle a pair for a closer look and full test.
£219, approximately $279 / AU$382. Free shipping to the US and Australia for orders over £100