Friday Five-a-side: this week’s best new bike gear 04/04/14

Featuring Specialized, Shimano, Wilier, Look and more

It’s the end of another working week – and time to show you the recent arrivals at the BikeRadar office that we’ll be reviewing in the coming weeks and months. Take a look at some of the most interesting mountain and road products to come our way in the past few days.

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New road bike gear

Bar Fly for fi’zi:k Garmin computer mount

Bar Fly’s most specialised design to date works only with fi’zi:k stems but it’s also the cleanest option we’ve seen – from any company – for attaching a Garmin Edge computer to your bike. This latest Bar Fly model uses the same two-position quarter-turn interface as the company’s other mounts, but instead of clamping around the bar, the fi’zi:k version secures with a custom T-nut and bolt that’s ultra-secure, easily adjustable for angle, and nearly invisible.

Bar Fly's new fi'zi:k-specific mount is ultra-sleek
Bar fly’s new fi’zi:k-specific mount is ultra-sleek:
James Huang/Future Publishing

US$29.95 / £29.95 / €29.95

www.barflybike.com

Fix It Sticks Replaceables

The idea behind the original Fix It Sticks is as simple as they look: two ‘sticks’ with tool bits at either end that can be joined together to form a ‘T’ for leverage. The elegant, lightweight, and supremely compact concept was a huge hit on Kickstarter and the new Replaceables version is well on track to exceeding its fundraising goal by three-fold.

Fix It Sticks Replaceables are extremely compact and can be customised with the exact bits that you need
Fix it sticks replaceables are extremely compact and can be customized with the exact bits that you need:
James Huang/Future Publishing

As the name suggests, the Replaceables version improves on the original Fix It Sticks idea by using replaceable bits (held in place by neodymium magnets) so that users can customise their tools as needed. The more durable bodies are now made of steel, too. A complete starter set comes with eight bits (2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, and 6mm hex, #2 Phillips, and T25 Torx) and actual weight for the complete package is just 145g. We’ve already started using these and may have just found a new favourite multi-tool.

Fix It Sticks Replaceables snap together with neodymium magnets to form a high-leverage T handle
Fix it sticks replaceables snap together with neodymium magnets to form a high-leverage t handle:
James Huang/Future Publishing

US$35.99 / £18.19 / €21.79

www.fixitsticks.com

Look KéO Blade 2 CR pedals

Look’s new KéO Blade 2 CR pedals use the same carbon fibre retention spring concept as the original Blades but with a new shape that effectively includes the sleek shaping of the KéO Blade Aero model at no extra charge. Compared with before, the carbon ‘blade’ now extends across nearly the entire width and length of the body to form a smooth undercarriage while supposedly making for easier entry plus a more secure hold as well.