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Assos kit, a lightweight 3D-printed saddle, Chris King headset, Koo Cosmo sunglasses and Patagonia trousers 

Plus all the latest news and reviews from the week

First Look Friday collage 30/12

Although Christmas is now in the past and the New Year almost upon us, we have one bonus batch of First Look Friday presents to unwrap before 2022 is over.

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We hope you’ve been enjoying the holiday season and received all the cycling goodies you lusted after, as well as spending quality time with friends and family.

Kudos to you if you’re undertaking the Festive 500. If you need some pointers to get through the final few kilometres, why not check out digital writer Jack Evans’ tips?

Despite the festivities, the content sleigh ploughs on and we’ve been bringing you some tasty tech treats throughout the week.

We published a round-up of the best winter cycling shoes to keep your feet warm and dry. While wearing a pair of the best overshoes over your regular summer shoes is a valid alternative, winter cycling shoes are arguably a more hassle-free option.

Our esteemed writers continued to share their Gear of the Year selections, with senior videographer Robyn Furtado treating us to her gravel and long-distance picks.

Senior technical writer Simon von Bromley also revealed his top products of 2022 – and you may be surprised by his final curveball choice.

Our Bike of the Week was the Moots Womble, a titanium hardtail with 140mm suspension travel. Moots has incorporated some impressive details into the frame design and the build is bedecked with components from SRAM, ENVE and Wolf Tooth.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at this week’s fresh picks.

Assos Superléger clothing range

Assos’ Superléger clothing range is designed for indoor training or cycling in hot weather. Using breathable fabrics to keep you cool, the range consists of a jersey, bib shorts, a baselayer, socks and sweat bands. Yes, you read that last entry right…

The Equipe RSR Jersey Superléger S9 weighs in at a feathery 81g in a size medium, a claimed 35 per cent lighter than its Equipe RS Jersey Targa S9.

The jersey interestingly forgoes a zip and has a single pocket at the rear, so you’ll need to pack light if you’re heading outside. It’s available in sizes from XS to XLG and comes in ‘Holy White’.

The baselayer is also suitably airy.
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The jersey has been designed to fit a baselayer underneath and Assos claims the NS Skin Layer Superléger wicks and cools better compared to wearing the jersey against bare skin.

We’ve got the sleeveless variant in, but Assos also makes short and long-sleeve versions.

The bib shorts weigh in at a scant 132g in a size large. To achieve this low weight, Assos says it has reduced the number of seams over the RSR equivalent and incorporated lighter and better-ventilated materials at the panels.

Like the Equipe RSR S9 Targa bib shorts, the Superleger shorts use suction-cup like grippers rather than a silicone band.

Both the jersey and bib shorts are, well… rather revealing in places, so you’ll want to make sure you apply sunscreen beneath the shorts and jersey if you’re wearing them outside.

The socks are said to be Assos’ lightest to date, weighing in at a claimed 15g each, a claimed 20 per cent saving over the brand’s RSR socks.

Rounding out the range are the RS Sweat Blockers, fitting around your lower arms to further wick away sweat.

  • Assos Equipe RSR Jersey Superléger S9: £125 / $170 / €140 / AU$250
  • Assos NS Skin Layer Superléger: £65 /  $90 / €75 / AU$135
  • Assos RSR Bib Shorts Superléger S9: £220 / $300 / €250 / AU$430
  • Assos RS Socks Superléger: £20 / $30 / €24 / AU$45
  • Assos RS Sweat Blocker Superléger: £11 / $15 / €12 / AU$23

Bjōrn Setka saddle

The Setka is seriously lightweight.
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Slovenian brand Bjōrn specialises in producing seriously lightweight carbon components, ranging from handlebars, seatposts and saddles to bottle cages and even stem top caps.

The brand first drew my attention when I noticed its carbon Sedlo saddle specced on the Sturdy Eimar at this year’s Bespoke Handmade Bicycle Show.

The Setka is its 3D-printed saddle, which weighs in at a featherweight 127g in the 155mm width we have here. It’ll be even lighter in its narrower 143mm offering and, despite the low weight, Bjorn approves the saddle for off-road use too.

The base and rails are constructed from carbon fibre and the Setka features a large cut-out through the middle to relieve pressure.

3D printing is a burgeoning technology in bicycle saddles, with Specialized and Fizik leading the charge in its use. Selle Italia also joined the club earlier this year when we spotted its debut effort at Eurobike.