It’s the end of yet another week, and that means only one thing in the BikeRadar office – it’s time for our Friday Five-a-side round up of the most interesting bits and pieces of road cycling and mountain biking gear that have recently landed on our doorstep. Take a closer look at what we’ll be testing in the upcoming weeks and months.
New road cycling gear
Biologic Bike Mount Plus for iPhone 5/5S
Biologic’s bike mount plus for iphone 5/5s seals your smartphone in a rain and splashproof case: biologic’s bike mount plus for iphone 5/5s seals your smartphone in a rain and splashproof case James Huang/Future Publishing
Commuters who like to keep their iPhone 5/5S in view but also regularly tackle inclement weather can consider Biologic’s Bike Mount Plus to keep their precious smartphones safe. The hard-shelled plastic case features a weatherproof design with O-ring seals, a touchscreen-compatible transparent membrane, and quick-release clamps that together will supposedly seal out rain and splashes – just don’t go scuba diving with it.
Clever SoundPipe channels keep the speakers and microphone working even when the case is shut, additional sealed ports allow access to the headphone and Lightning ports, and there’s even a folding ‘kickstand’ on the back for tabletop use. The included clamp will fit most stems and handlebars with 360-degree rotation for portrait or landscape viewing.
US$45 / £39.99
Specialized S-Works Turbo Road Tubeless tyres
Specialized’s new s-works road tubeless tires are impressively supple will rolling resistance and ride quality that rivals some of the best tube-type clinchers we’ve used: James Huang/Future Publishing
Specialized’s impressive overhaul of its road tyre range continues to soldier forward with the new S-Works Turbo Road Tubeless. In contrast to the company’s previous Road Tubeless offering, this revamped version is built with a far thinner and suppler 180tpi casing, yet can still be run without sealant.
We’ve already starting logging miles on our test samples and just like with the latest non-tubeless Turbo tyres, these are awfully impressive with a surprisingly supple ride. As promised, the Gripton synthetic rubber compound produces a notably fast roll and excellent grip. In fact, Specialized even claims that these new tubeless tyres have nearly identical rolling resistance to the non-tubeless S-Works version.
Actual weight for a 700x24mm sample is 256g – 30g less than the Continental Grand Prix 4000s and ultralight butyl tube it replaced, even with sealant installed.
US$120 / £N/A
Syncros Speed Ride wallet
The syncros speed ride wallet keeps all of your essentials organized into one handy package that fits into most jersey pockets: James Huang/Future Publishing
Hate using saddle packs but tired of having little bits floating around in your jersey pocket? The Syncros Speed Ride wallet includes dedicated compartments for your smartphone, glueless patch kit, tyre levers, money, identification, money and a mini-tool – all in a tidy nylon pack that fits easily in your jersey pocket. There’s even an elastic loop to secure a mini-pump.
Sadly, none of those accessories are actually included in the asking price but chances are you’ve already got most of them already.
US$24.99 / £14.99
Williams Cycling Aeros Genesis road frameset
Williams cycling is branching out into complete road bikes and frames under the aeros label, highlighted by the new genesis model : James Huang/Future Publishing
Williams Cycling made its name by offering reasonably priced, high quality road wheelsets direct to consumers. Company founder Keith Williams recently branched out into componentry and is now making the leap to carbon fibre and aluminium road framesets under the Aeros label.
This top-end Genesis model features a modular monocoque carbon fibre frame made in Taiwan by the folks at Trigon. Key features include deep-profile tubing, a tapered head tube, convertible internal cable routing and a conventional threaded bottom bracket shell – plus stiffness, ride, aerodynamic, and durability characteristics that Williams claims will rival similar models from the major labels.
Pricing on the bare frameset is pretty good but the fully built options are downright cheap, with a complete Shimano Dura-Ace machine going for just US$4,385. Actual weight for our 49cm sample (535mm effective top tube) is 1,149g with the matching fork adding another 458g. We’ll have ours built up and on the road shortly so stay tuned for a ride report.
US$1,899 / £1,145
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