Friday five-a-side: This week’s best road and MTB gear

Featuring kit from GT, Burgtec, Saracen, Suplest and more

Friday is here, and with it comes your opportunity to discover the finest new products to land with us here at BikeRadar this week. Ladies and gents, it’s Friday Five-a-side time.


New mountain bike gear

Loaded AMX 27.5 carbon rims on Hope Evo hubs

Loaded amx 27.5 carbon rims on hope evo hubs:
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Carbon fibre rims are often associated with high costs and potential durability issues, but judging by the crazy price of these hoops, Loaded USA is hoping to dismiss that notion. These unidirectional carbon knitted rims are designed to take a beating. They’re certainly tough, and Loaded claims that they’re the strongest on the market.


GT Sanction Expert 2015

2015 gt sanction expert:
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With its hard-charging layout and aggressive geometry, GT’s Sanction range represents the brand’s take on enduro and progressive trail riding. The Sanction Expert shown here is specced with serious yet budget-conscious riders in mind, and is eager to tear up and down the most demanding trails.

Pricing TBA

Works Components SRAM Spiderless chainring

Works components sram spiderless chainring:
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This one-piece ‘spiderless’ chainring from UK manufacturer, Works Components, removes the need for a spider on your SRAM (X9, X0, X1, X01 & XX1) cranks. It will help save some extra weight too, while the alternating thick and thin teeth will help keep your chain on over the rough stuff. It’s available in sizes from 28 to 34 teeth.

£49.99 / US$TBA

Polar Pro GoPro Hero 3+ filter three-pack

Polar pro gopro hero 3+ filter three pack:
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A cost-effective upgrade to squeeze even more performance from your GoPro camera, this three-pack of easily attachable glass filters, includes a magnifying filter for creative close-ups, a polarised filter for sunny days and a neutral density lens for sports use.

US$59.99 / £TBA

Burgtec RideWide carbon trail bars

Burgtec ridewide carbon trail bars:
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Carbon bars help reduce weight, increase stiffness when pushing hard and reduce trail vibrations. Burgtec’s new RideWide carbon bars are 760mm wide with a 15mm rise and a friendly 9-degree backsweep and 4-degree upsweep.

£124.99 / US$N/A

New road bike gear

Saracen Avro

Saracen avro 2015 :
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Ask UK firm Saracen what road bikes of the future should look like and they’d steer you in the direction of the all-new Avro. It’s a bike that has picked up a few tricks from the world of mountain bikes – disc brakes are an obvious one but look closer at the carbon frame and fork and you’ll find a 15mm and 142x12mm axle standard at the back and front-end respectively. It’s a bold release from the company and we can’t wait to get the miles in on it. For more information on the Avro check out our first look.

£1,799 / US$N/A

Stan’s No Tubes Cyclocross Tubeless Kit

Stan’s no tubes cyclocross kit:
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If you’re into your ‘cross and want to go tubeless but don’t have a dedicated tubeless setup then this is what you’ll need. It’s suitable for 17 to 21mm rims.

£60 / US$68.95

Moon ADJ1300 front light

Moon adj1300 front light :
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Looking amusingly like the Pixar character Wall-E, is the 1,300-lumen ADJ front light from Moon. Kicking out its full punch, it’ll last for 90 minutes, but knock it down to a more sensible 550 lumens and the 300g unit will give a claimed three hours and 40 minutes of illumination.

£234.99 / US$N/A

Suplest Streetracing Carbon Road shoes

Suplest street racing carbon shoes:
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These top of the line road riding kicks from Suplest are about as light, rigid and flash as you’d expect for the price. We’ll be taking a closer look at these over the weekend so stay tuned for that.

£270 / US$N/A

The Race Against Time by Edward Pickering

The race against time by edward pickering:
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Focused on the legendary rivalry between Chris Boardman and Graeme Obree, this book not only concentrates on an era when Britain first started to dominate cycling but tells the story of two complex characters and the unique approaches they used to try and become one thing – the fastest man on two wheels.

£9.99 / $US18.95 (paperback)