A brand new Garmin GPS, riding kit from Santini, Fox’s Rampage carbon lid and more

Headlining kit from Alpinestars and Specialized, a saddle from 3 West Designs and a burly BMC electric mountain bike

A collage of cycling kit including a bicycle, a jersey, a full face helmet and a Garmin GPS computer

The week leading up to the Fort William mountain bike downhill World Cup is full of mixed emotions for the dirt-loving British MTBers out there. There’s trepidation about whether a Brit will be crowned champion on home soil, whether the gloriously unpredictable weather will play its hand in the results and how brutal the midgies are going to be.


No matter what happens, we’re sure it’s going to be a fantastic show full of insane action.

But as only the second downhill World Cup race of the season, it marks just the beginning of things to come, with the rest of the season spread out before us.

Obviously downhill racing isn’t the only sort of competition going on — last weekend saw the second round of the mountain bike XC World Cup in Nové Mesto where Mathieu van der Poel won the men’s race just ahead of Nino Schurter, and world champion Kate Courtney won the women’s event.

The mountain biker’s tarmac brethren are all getting exceptionally excited about the impending Tour de France. Until that kicks off, we’re going to be treated to some bar-to-bar action from the Critérium du Dauphiné in the French Alps and Jura region, which runs from 9–16 June.

There’s also the mountainous Tour de Suisse, starting on the 15 June. Exciting times in the road world.

Alpinestars mountain biking kit

Alpinestars MTB riding kit worn by man
Felix is one gnarly dude, looking right at home in the Alpinestars kit
Alex Evans

Sponsoring Aaron Gwin, who’s arguably one of the most successful downhill mountain bike racers of the modern era, gives Alpinestars a great resource to guide them on how riding kit should and should not be made. It looks like this ensemble from the Italian brand is certainly ticking quite a few boxes.

Alpinestars Alps 6.0 jersey

Alpinestars Alps 6.0 LS jersey
We like the simple design on the Alpinestars Alps 6.0 jersey
Alex Evans

The simple design and long sleeves are a winner for us. It’s also thin enough to keep body temperatures down, has mesh panels on the back and underarms, and promises to wick sweat away if you do get too hot.

  • £55 / $64.95 / AU$100.99 / €59.95

Alpinestars Aspen Pro gloves

Alpinestars Aspen Pro gloves
With a smooth palm and padded knuckles, the Aspen Pro gloves look like good performers
Alex Evans

Made from synthetic suede, these gloves should last. The palms are perfectly smooth, too, which can help to reduce soreness. The knuckles have an EVA compound foam to help protect from impacts to keep your hands looking dainty and fresh when you get gnarly.

  • £30 / $39.95 / AU$54.99 / €37.95

Alpinestars Bunny Hop shorts

Alpinestars Bunny Hop shorts
The thigh pockets are massive!
Alex Evans

Made with a four-way stretch material, the shorts are designed to be comfortable and light, and there are small perforations to help with cooling. There are also two massive pockets on the front of the thighs that could be used as ventilation.

The crotch area is made from Taslon to help improve strength as well.

  • £90 / $94.95 / AU$137.48 / €84.95

Alpinestars Cascade socks

Alpinestars Cascade socks
The Cascade socks are regulation height
Alex Evans

These socks are regulation height, so, mountain bikers, wear them with impunity.

  • £15 / $18.95 / AU$N/A / €N/A

Alpinestars Paragon Pro knee guards

Alpinestars Paragon Pro knee guard
The Paragon is designed to be light and flexible, perfect for longer rides
Alex Evans

With a flexible, pre-shaped ergonomic design, the pads should be easy to slip on and off. They’ve got internal silicone grippers to help stop them from slipping when you shred, too. They also have a tough-wearing front panel to prevent them ripping if you do hit the floor.

  • £70 / $84.95 / AU$128.48 / €79.95

Mission Workshop The Faroe : Merino hoody

Mission Workshop the Faroe Merino wool top worn by a man
The fit is relatively relaxed so it’s perfect as an after-ride layer to keep warm, but the material isn’t thick enough to be a problem being worn under a waterproof jacket
Steve Behr

As a sucker for Merino wool based clothing, The Faroe from San Francisco’s Mission Workshop certainly gets my juices flowing. Made from 100 percent Merino wool, it’s soft enough to be worn next to your skin or as a layer.

Mission Workshop the Faroe merino wool top sleeve
Mission Workshop’s The Faroe Merino wool top is exceptionally high quality
Steve Behr

It’s thin enough to fit under a waterproof jacket but isn’t so tight that you can’t wear a layer beneath it. To top it off, the quality is exceptional.

Thule VeloSpace XT 3 towbar mounted bike rack

Thule VeloSpace XT3 tow bar mounted bike rack attached to a black car with two bicycles loaded
The VeloSpace XT3 bike rack is sturdy and strong, but that comes with a weight penalty
Andy Lloyd

This towbar mounted bike rack is designed for three bikes, sitting one below Thule’s top-of-the-range EasyFold XT. It’s a weighty bit of kit, but with that weight comes a very sturdy construction.

It’s possible to increase the rack’s capacity to four bikes with an additional adaptor and the rack’s tyre mounting ratchets can apparently accommodate up to 4.7in tread.

Thule VeloSpace XT3 tow bar mounted bike rack attached to a black car with two bicycles loaded tilted away from the car's open boot
The tilt function gives you plenty of room to access whatever you’ve got in your car’s boot
Andy Lloyd

The rack also tilts forwards so that you can easily access your car’s boot without having to remove it and the bikes attached.

  • £575 / $N/A / €709.95 / AU$1,249

Fox Rampage Pro Carbon full face helmet

As a firm favourite among mountain biking’s gnarliest creatures — the downhiller – Fox has gone to town reworking the Rampage lid.

With a magnetic peak that comes off in impacts and Fluid Inside technology, Fox is confident its lid has a bias for comfort and safety.

It’s got a dual-density Varizorb EPS liner and has Multi-Composite Technology in the shell that should help to manage impacts while retaining good strength. The size medium weighs a claimed 1,230g.

  • £450 / $499.95 / AU$699.98 / €500

BMC Trailfox AMP SX eMTB

BMC Trailfox AMP SX electric mountain bike
Big tyres, big frame and big, long travel suspension. This thing is a bruiser!
Alex Evans

As the burliest electric mountain bike on offer from BMC, the Trailfox AMP SX has 150mm of rear wheel travel that’s controlled by a Fox Float DPX2 shock and is mated to an electric mountain bike-specific Fox Float 36 fork with 170mm of travel.

It’s running massive Vittoria Mota DH tyres and uses Shimano’s STEPS E-8000 250-watt motor.

BMC Trailfox AMP SX electric mountain bike
BMC’s Trailfox AMP SX is its burliest electric mountain bike — the thickness of the down tube should give that away pretty quickly!
Alex Evans

The bike’s made from a carbon front end with an aluminium rear and the battery pack is integrated into the down tube. Even if you dislike electric mountain bikes, you’ve got to admit it looks pretty mean!

3 West Design Trinity saddle

3 West Designed Trinity saddle
The Trinity saddle’s design is interesting and should help to reduce numbness in the perineum region
Alex Evans

With the aim of ending saddle pain, the 3 West Design Trinity seat certainly looks unique. And if you’ve ever suffered from saddle soreness then you’ll quite happily welcome an alternative approach to whatever the status quo is. We’re excited to try this one out to see if it does help improve comfort.

Santini road cycling kit

Santini orange-coloured cycling jersey and green shorts worn by a man
The Tono shorts and jersey make a very stylish combination
Alex Evans

As a company that’s been around in the road cycling world since 1965, it comes as no surprise that Santini kit is well-honed stuff. The Tono jersey and bib shorts are no exception.

Santini Tono jersey

The Tono jersey is designed to be worn in extremely hot temperatures and is claimed to be exceptionally light and breathable thanks to the micro-mesh fabric. The bright orange colour might not be to everyone’s taste, but it went down a treat at BikeRadar towers.

Santini Tono bib shorts

Santini green shorts with ornage highlight on seam worn by a man
The bib shorts have very few seams and Santini claims they take comfort to new levels
Alex Evans

The shorts have been built with comfort in mind. Made with an elasticated finish, they feature an internal honeycomb silicone grip pattern on the leg’s hems that should help keep the shorts in place.

To top it off, the shorts are made from Thunderbike Power with tattoo effect and Monica fabrics. Wow.

Garmin Edge 830 GPS cycling computer

Garmin Edge 830 GPS cycling computer
The Edge 830 is brand new from Garmin and has touchscreen features
Alex Evans

The latest addition to Garmin’s GPS lineup is the Edge 830. It’s got a touchscreen display and has more training-related features than you’d care to dream about, including VO2 max, recovery status and training load, heat and altitude acclimation, nutrition and hydration, and loads more.

It’s also got the routable Garmin Cycle Map feature with popularity routing, taking you on the best and most ridden tracks on any A to B ride. It also has on-device route creation, so you don’t need your laptop to work out where to go, off-course route recalculation and loads more.

Garmin Edge 830 GPS cycling computer
The GPS has a 79g claimed weight
Alex Evans

The MTB bundle lets you track jump count, jump distance and hang time. It also gives you a statistic on how gnarly your ride was with Grit. This tracks how smooth your descent was, scoring you to give you a target to beat next time.

  • £349.99 / $399.99 / AU$599 / €399.99

Specialized S-Works 7 road shoes

Specialized carbon-soled cycling shoe