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Look flat pedals, Robert Axle secure thru-axles, Corima gravel wheels and Rapha kit

Our round-up of the latest products to land at BikeRadar

First Look Friday

It’s Friday and that means shiny new things for your perusal. This week saw the launch of the astonishing Specialized S-Works Aethos with its claimed 585g frame and the 2021 Stumpjumper Evo.

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Schwalbe released a 41g inner tube while Canyon finally unveiled its much anticipated (and leaked) new Aeroad.

Strava added functionality to its Goals feature and we picked apart some pet peeves we have with bike makers in the BikeRadar podcast.

Read on for this week’s product highlights.

Look Geo City Grip and Trail Grip flat pedals

There is no brand more closely associated with clipless pedals than Look, so there’s a certain novelty in the idea of it making flat pedals. Look says: “we recognise and respect that not everyone wants to be locked onto their bikes”.

Launched last month, the Geo City Grip and Trail Grip pedals feature grippy covers designed in partnership with shoe sole maker Vibram, and they really do look a bit like soles stuck to pedals. 

The covers are replaceable and ours arrived with an alternative set, allowing a radical change of appearance. 

The Geo City Grip pedals are aimed at the urban rider and their covers have a low-profile ‘tread’ pattern that claims to be grippy in all weathers, while not risking damage to your shoes in the way that conventional mountain bike pedals with pins do. 

An alternative version with built-in lights called the Geo City Grip Vision is also available. 

The Trail Grips have a more aggressive design and are aimed at actual mountain biking and other off-road riding. 

While there are no pins per se, the tread has ultra-hard protrusions (they’re not steel, I checked) to add purchase.

Both sets weigh 522g and get chromoly steel spindles and cartridge bearings, similar to those of Look’s road pedals. 

Corima G30.5 gravel wheelset

Gravel specific wheelsets have been coming thick and fast this year, so Corima’s G30.5 is bang on trend. 

Based on a 30.5mm deep carbon rim, the Corimas feature an internal width of 22mm, which is very wide by conventional road standards, but not as extreme as say, the Zipp 303 Firecrest (25mm) or Enve SES 3.4 AR Disc (also 25mm).

What the G30.5 shares with those wheelsets is its hookless rim design, which has some potential advantages although does mean that you must run tubeless-ready tyres, even if you’re not running them without inner tubes. 

In any case, they’re designed to be used with tyres from 28mm to 60mm wide, covering everything from endurance road to the gnarliest end of the gravel spectrum.

Corima uses what it calls a ‘torsion box’ rim construction with a horizontal reinforcing member with the rim, and a structural foam that’s claimed to increase stiffness and absorb road vibrations. 

Unusually, the rims also feature a pressure release valve to prevent damage in the event the tape is compromised, and the rim itself becomes pressurised.

The G30.5s are built around DT Swiss’s latest 240 hub, while the spokes are standard J-bend items, so sourcing spares should be straightforward. 

The wheels weigh 1,572g for the set on our scales, including tape and valves.

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