It’s Friday, 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 kit and mountain biking gear that have arrived on the post van this week…
New road products
Optrix CycleX Bundle for iPhone
Optrix iphone bar mount: Jonathan Ashelford/Future Publishing
This case and mount combo from Optrix allows riders to securely mount their iPhone 5 or 5S to their handlebars in either a portrait or landscape orientation. The bundle includes a tough, fully waterproof housing and protective insert, along with a mount to fit it to oversize bars. The complete set-up will add 135g to your bike (excluding the weight of your phone).
£125 / $129.95
Zipp SL Sprint stem and Service Course SL handlebar
Zipp sl sprint stem and service course sl handlebar: Jonathan Ashelford/Future Publishing
Zipp’s SL Sprint stem was designed to meet the demands of Grand Tour sprinters and claims to offer the highest stiffness-to-weight ratio of any stem on the market. The SL Sprint even comes with its own top cap, designed to be aerodynamically efficient it blends neatly into the body of the stem. It’s available in sizes from 90 to 140mm.
Zipp’s Service Course SL handlebar is an aluminium race bar with a difference. It’s described as ‘a bike fitter’s dream’ and is available in three reach options (the horizontal distance from the bar’s stem clamp area to center of the brake perch). With the usual range of widths on offer too, the Service Course SL allows riders to get closer to their perfect cockpit than ever before.
Stem: £199.99 / $250 Bar: £89.99 / $120
NiteRider Lumina Micro 220 front light
Niterider lumina micro 200 front light: Jonathan Ashelford/Future Publishing
If you’re looking for an affordable and versatile front light unit then the Lumina Micro 220 from Niterider may well be the one for you. Even though it’s designed primarily as a commuter light, we found that a helmet mount is all it takes to make this little unit a capable off-road illuminator too.
£54.99 / $69.99
Vittoria CX belt
Vittoria cx tyre belt : Jonathan Ashelford/Future Publishing
Vittoria have produced this nice little novelty item for the slack trousered among us. This leather belt holds the tyre tread of Vittoria’s popular Corsa CX tyre and is finished with a laser etched buckle. It’s the ideal gift for the smart-casual bike nerd – if you can get hold of one then they’ll retail for around €30. It’s packed in own case, which doubles up nicely as a tool pack.
Vulpine clothing: Jonathan Ashelford/Future Publishing
Here at BikeRadar we’ve previously been very impressed with Vulpine garments. The last batch we received were good looking and performed well both on and off the bike. The new items add fresh colours to familiar designs plus there’s a few new items for us to review over the new year.
Mountain bike products
Flandria personalised name stickers
Flandria custom stickers: Jonathan Ashelford/Future Publishing
Flandria offer these name stickers as a cheap and effective way to add a personal touch to your bike. There are a whole host of options as far as font styles are concerned, and you can choose to include your national flag in the design. They’re nice quality too, and the likes of WD-40, GT85 or cleaning products will not damage these decals.
Focus SAM 2.0
Focus sam 2.0: Jonathan Ashelford/Future Publishing
With a view to delivering a bike that can ascend without hampering its ability to descend technical and aggressive terrain, Focus hit the drawing board to create the SAM series of enduro-ready bikes. Rolling on Schwalbe Hans Dampf equipped 27.5in wheels, with 160mm of front and rear travel courtesy of a Fox Talas 34 fork and a Magura TS RC shock, the SAM 2.0 is built to take the rough with the smooth. Add to that some responsive geometry, plenty of standover, wide bars and a dropper post, and Focus may well have an enduro contender on its hands.
£3129 / US$TBC
Cube beanie bobble hat
Cube bobble beanie hat: Jonathan Ashelford/Future Publishing
If you own a Cube then you don’t even have to justify this one, keep your head warm while repping your favourite German bike brand – it’s a no-brainer.
£19.99 / US$N/A
Miveu-X iPhone case and chest mount
Miveu iphone 5: Jonathan Ashelford/Future Publishing
Turn your iPhone into an action camera with this nifty kit from Miveu. The tough hard-case houses your iPhone (both 4/4S and 5 options are available) while a screw on fish-eye lens gives you a full 190-degree viewing angle for pictures or video capture. We’re currently testing this kit soon so keep your eyes out for a review soon.
£69.99 / $99.99
Speed: How to make things go really fast by Guy Martin
Motorcycle racer, truck mechanic and general legend Guy Martin has a fresh book available to pre-order for the new year. In the new hardback, Guy and his team attempt to pedal a bicycle over 100mph by using the slipstream of an articulated lorry, build the world’s fastest human-powered aircraft, hydroplane a modified motocross bike across a 2km lake, and become the fastest man on a toboggan! A televised version of this series of challenges will soon be airing on Channel 4 in the UK.
£20 / $33