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Two pressure checkers, on-bike storage from Topeak, Park Tool grease and a windproof riding top by 7Mesh

Some of the hottest, most practical and interesting kit to hit BikeRadar's virtual desks this week

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It’s been another eventful week in the world of two wheels, which kicked off with the jubilance and afterglow of the track cycling events at the Tokyo Olympics.

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We’ve digested everything we saw during the games and have come up with five track tech talking points from Tokyo 2020, so make sure you give it a read to see where track cycling is heading in the future.

There have been a host of bike launches too. Pivot’s brand-new carbon fibre Firebird enduro bike, which costs a whopping £15,600 / $13,099 / €14,249 in its top-spec format, makes it, we think, the most expensive off-the-shelf non-electric bikes you can buy.

On the same day, GT launched the latest iteration of its Force enduro bike. The newest model gets a high-pivot placement, which means it should absorb bumps better. It’s more affordable than the Pivot though, costing $6,000 for the top-spec model.

Arguably SRAM’s latest launch stole the limelight somewhat, with its brand-new gravel-specific SRAM and RockShox XPLR range that’s designed to make gravel riding faster and more fun. Be sure to check out our initial ride impressions.

Still in the world of gravel, Bianchi announced the Impulso Pro. Although the new bike looks good, it left us asking whether it could do with a little more tyre clearance.

We’ve also covered off a load of product reviews this week with brakes from Formula and Shimano and listed our best mountain bike grips.

There have been reviews of Velocio’s Women’s LUXE bib shorts, dhb’s Modas and Giant’s long-standing TCR too. This time, it was the Advanced model, which is made from carbon and costs just a pinch under £2k.

Finally, for those looking to relax and improve their flexibility, strength and mobility on the bike we’ve got eight yoga poses for cyclists.

Topeak Ninja Master+ Cage SK with Topeak Ninja Master+ Toolbox T11

Remember when the best way to carry around a day’s worth of supplies for a ride was in a hydration pack? Although not that long ago, this does seem like a distant memory.

In the last few years, hip packs have become the coolest and most practical way to carry your bits and bobs, performing a full fashion U-turn from their mid-90s uncool status. Although I’m a proponent of the bum bag, it now looks like trends are on the move again.

On-bike storage is becoming the next big thing. It would be fair to say Topeak has gone in feet-first with its range of integrated on-bike kit, and this Ninja Master+ Cage SK with Ninja Master+ Toolbox T11 tool kit is no exception.

The switchable left to right entry bottle cage – that weighs a meagre 44g – can be paired with a host of Ninja Master+ Toolbox accessories (the Toolbox T8, T16, T11, T20, T30, Free StrapPack, and CO2 FuelPack) to combine hydration transportation and tool kit storage.

Pictured is the T11 kit which features Topeak’s 11-function multi-tool that has the tools needed to fix a torn tubeless tyre including a tyre lever, knife and plug tool along with a tubeless plug storage box.

The Ninja Master+ Toolbox T11 also comes with a separate frame-mounting bracket so you don’t have to attach it to the water bottle cage if you don’t want to.

  • Topeak Ninja Master+ Cage SK: £9.99
  • Topeak Ninja Master+ Toolbox T11: £49.99

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