By the time you read this, the World Championships will be in full swing up in bonnie Scotland.
Our deputy editor, Jack Luke, has already made his way up to his home country with camera and microphone in hand, ready to get the biggest scoops from the event. Keep an eye on BikeRadar for all the juicy tech news.
Outside of the racing, this week has been busy.
Tuesday saw a whole host of bike launches – all within one minute of each other at 8am.
The hottest was arguably the Cervelo ZFS-5 XC race bike. This was hugely anticipated, with plenty of early sightings, including one with a metal replacement for the shock. We have a bike here, and guess who’s the lucky one who’ll be swinging a leg over it? Yep, that’ll be me.
Curly bar fans who like a bit of dirt will also want to check out the new Santa Cruz Stigmata.
There have been multiple other launches this week too, including DJI’s new action camera, Canyon’s new track bike and Campagnolo’s new track wheel. We also brought you a review of the new RockShox BoXXer Ultimate fork. The news broke a couple of weeks ago, but we’re finally allowed to tell you exactly how good it is.
In non-new tech news, our writers have told us all about the top five ways your bike is different from the pros’, and Jack Evans has been topping up his sodium bicarbonate levels to see if it’ll supercharge his performance.
e*thirteen tyre lever and plug kit
I love a nice bit of integration – combining various tools into one package makes life so much easier.
e*thirteen clearly agrees because this pair of brightly coloured, nice and long tyre levers hide a hidden (related) talent.
Split them apart and a tubeless plug kit is revealed.
The barb has a curved hook design, which in my experience helps reduce the risk of pulling the plug out by mistake, while the base of the tool holds a number of spoke key widths. A serrated edge is there so you can trim the plug before you set off.
Tubeless plugs come included in the kit, too, fortunately.
The levers are long, and have been designed to remove the toughest of DH rubber, while there are spoke hooks to keep them in place.
Mission Workshop MTB kit
Mission Workshop kit is unashamedly towards the top end of the clothing spectrum, and the Baja SS jersey and Traverse XC shorts I have here certainly have that premium feel.
The Baja SS jersey is simple and understated, with a three-tone finish inspired by the ‘golden age of moto and off-road adventure’, apparently.
The mesh fabric has differential yarns for enhanced wicking, and is light in feel.
The dropped rear should keep your lower back free from dirt.
The Traverse XC shorts are a little more involved, with a slimline cut designed for XC, trail and gravel riders who want the additional coverage of baggy shorts, without the bagginess.
The waist belt is highly adjustable, with aluminium hardware, while there are YKK zips and Prym snaps.
A pair of cargo pockets, secured with a zip, sit on each thigh for your valuables.
The fabric has a four-way stretch and DWR coating, which should hold up well in all but a downpour. Some readers will appreciate its US construction.
- Mission Workshop Baja SS jersey: £120/$115/€145
- Mission Workshop Traverse XC short: £190/$185/€230
Route Werks The Handlebar Bag
This has to be one of the most advanced handlebar storage systems on the market.
The Handlebar Bag has a 3.2-litre storage volume, which should be ample for long days in the saddle, all accessible via a hinged, hard plastic lid that has an integrated GPS/phone mount moulded into the top.
The bar bag is held in place by a quick-release lever mechanism that clamps onto a metal bracket, bolted to your bars. With a shoulder strap integrated into the bag, it’s easy on, easy off and ready to pop over your shoulder if you need to go in search of extra calories in a shop.
Inside the bag are a number of pockets, which have poppers to keep them closed, while there’s a range of elasticated strings around the bag, into which soft items can easily be stashed.
The top pops with a small clasp near your bars, so you can flip the lid while you pedal.
Off for a shorter ride? Route Werks has an out-front GPS mount ready to clamp to the bar bracket. Bar Fly, K-Edge, Wahoo, Garmin and Quad Lock compatible mounts are available for both the bag and the out-front mount.
Need your bars to carry lights? No fear, bar stubs (not photographed) can be mounted to the side of the bag, so you can still mount your lights in a visible position.
- Handlebar Bag: $189
- Out-front mount: $64
- Accessories and adaptors: from $5.50