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A high-powered light from Exposure, waterproof Five Ten flat pedal shoes, Fox’s latest mountain bike shocks and a Lezyne pump

A selection of the hottest kit to cross BikeRadar's desks this week

First Look Friday

It seems there’s no let-up in the world of bikes, with plenty of exciting product announcements dropping every week.

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First up in the world of mud, jumps, and high speed, Canadian brand Devinci launched its latest high-pivot enduro bike, the 2022 Spartan HP.

I was lucky enough to test the carbon fibre, 29in-wheel plough machine in the months leading up to the launch. Check out my review of the mid-range Spartan HP GX 12s to find out whether the latest bike is worthy of your cash.

Next up was big news from Yeti, the famous American brand based out of Golden in Colorado. After nearly six years in development, Yeti felt it was ready to launch its first electric mountain bike, the 2022 Yeti 160E.

Using Shimano’s EP8 motor system, the 160E uses a six-bar linkage design rather than the Switch Infinity link seen on the rest of its full-suspension range. Stay tuned to BikeRadar for a full review in the not too distant future.

Elsewhere, we’ve published reviews of the Vitus Escarpe 29 CRS, where I said it’s a “carbon fibre beauty with no-compromises on kit”.

Fellow Technical Editor Tom Marvin reviewed the Santa Cruz Blur XC X01 AXS RSV – a mega-money, lightweight full suspension XC race bike.

GoPro launched its newest Hero 10 action camera that can shoot 5.3k video and has a lofty price tag of $599.

We also got a look at Orbea’s new 2022 Occam trail bike, now coming in two variants. There’s a a shorter travel 140mm bike and a 150mm travel Occam LT that sports a slacker head-tube angle.

It’s been a little quieter on the road riding side of the sport, but we’ve published an in-depth article on how to train with power so you know what you need to do to get stronger and faster.

We’ve also seen the rather pricy Muc-Off Ludicrous AF chain lube that’s claimed to reduce power sapped by drivetrain losses.

Finally, American Classic is back after a hiatus from the industry since 2018 with gravel and road tyre collections, now concentrating on rubber rather than rims. We’ll try and get some in to test soon.

Fox Float X Factory and Fox DHX Factory rear shocks

Fox is renowned for producing a wide range of high-performing products like the Fox 38 Factory GRIP2 fork, and DHX2 and Float X2 shocks.

The brand hopes the latest additions to its range – the air-sprung Float X and coil-sprung DHX shocks – look to strike the balance between performance, weight and price for trail-focused rather than descent-focused riding.

The DHX and Float X share the same rebound and compression damping circuits, both with externally adjustable low-speed rebound and compression dials, and a climb lever.

There are 11 clicks of compression adjustment and 16 clicks of rebound adjustment on both shocks. Of course, it’s possible to get the shocks custom-tuned for your bike and riding style, too.

Differentiating the two shocks is the way in which they’re sprung. The Float X uses a high-volume, tuneable air-spring, while the DHX has Fox’s linear coil spring.

Each spring type will provide its own advantages: coil-sprung shocks can be fluttery and smooth off the top with a linear spring curve, making them best-matched to bikes with progressive leverage rates; air-sprung versions can be more easily tuned with changes in pressure or volume thanks to volume reducer spacers.

These spacers will make the spring rate increase as the shock compresses through its travel and are well-suited to more linear bikes.

I’m currently testing both shocks in their metric, trunnion-mount format. A 205×65 Fox DHX shock without hardware but with a 475lb spring weighs 862g (spring is 353g).

The Fox Float X 205×65 shock without hardware weighs 507g.

Stay tuned to BikeRadar to find out how they perform.

  • Fox Float X: £659
  • Fox DHX: £629

Five Ten Trailcross Gore-Tex flat pedal shoes

Five Ten Trailcross GTX mountain bike shoes
They’re not as bulky as the Impact shoes.
Alex Evans

Arguably one of the most important flat pedal shoes released in a long time, the Five Ten Trailcross Gore-Tex (or GTX for short) is the first, fully waterproof flat pedal shoe.

Although other brands have offered flat pedal waterproof shoes before, very few have even come close to the grip offered by Five Ten’s dot-pattern and extra-grippy Stealth rubber sole.

Mix the almost infallible flat pedal grip with the renowned waterproofing of a Gore-Tex lining across the entirety of the shoe’s upper, and the Trailcross GTX shoe appears almost perfect.