Rejoice to the cycling heavens for 11spd is here, your roundup of the bestest-most-freshest goodies to fall into the lap of BikeRadar’s swag-thirsty test team.
But first, a throwback to the best content to grace the homepage of BikeRadar, this week. We started the week trying to get our heads around Seb's monstrous guide to MTB geometry, then had a go on Brompton's newish e-equipped folder, learnt how to get a correctly sized women's bike and read about where we can tune in to watch this year's edition of the Vuelta.
With that out of the way, we can now feast upon the bountiful harvest of cycling loot that the industry hath bestowed upon us. Enjoy!
Velo Orange cantilever brake rack mounting bolt
For those wanting to attach a front rack to a bike without mid eyelets, use a lightweight decaleur or add another bracing point for a rack, then these nifty little bolts that turn a cantilever boss into a rack mount are well worth a look.
One end of the bolt takes the place of a regular brake bolt and is cinched down with a 10mm spanner. A rack can then be attached onto the M6 threaded protrusion.
It is possible to mount a rack to a regular canti’ boss by using a longer bolt, but experience has shown the constant wiggling and vibration tends to cause the bolt to come loose over time.
At just £8 a pair, this is a cheap way to make sure your luggage stays secure.
- £8 / $10 / AU$ N/A
Unior 1756 speed nipple bit
A proper nipple driver is an invaluable investment for the dedicated wheel builder, but for the real pros out there, a screwdriver nipple bit is the true key to speeding up the process of batch-building wheels.
Designed for use in a cordless drill, the Speed Nipple Bit from Unior allows you to initially tension wheels very quickly.
If you’re just dipping your toes into wheel building, at $8.99, the bit is also a much more accessible investment than a dedicated driver. If used in conjunction with a ratcheting screwdriver, it could considerably speed up the process compared to using a nipple wrench alone. Unior demonstrates the use of the bit in this video.
- $8.99 / €6.95, international pricing TBC
ASW 41mm socket and 640mm Draper Expert breaker bar
You know what’s great? Big heavy tools.
This combination made short work of the job and now rests with pride as a satisfyingly heavy plaything beneath Jack’s desk.
In a world gone mad for exacting and low-torque values, it was a pleasure getting to order and use a tool that you’re more likely to need on a HGV than a bicycle.
- £62.99, international pricing TBC
- £80.35, international pricing TBC
Trek Emonda ALR frameset
As his column defending the underloved material illustrates, our Matthew has an unbridled passion for alloy bikes that is unmatched on the BikeRadar test team.
We’ll save all of the juicy details for Matthew’s first look, but can tell you this is going to be one dreamy build. In the meantime, check out our first look on the new bike for prices, specs and details.
Sun Ringle Rhyno Lite rims
For the dozen — which might be an overestimation — of you crying out to know where you can still get tandem and touring-friendly high-spoke-count rims, we present the venerable Sun Ringle Rhyno Lite.
The Rhyno Lite is a long-standing name in the Sun Ringle lineup and was once much-loved by mountain bikers looking for a super hardy and wide rim.
It is still produced in 40h drillings and is destined to replace the ageing rims on Jack’s aforementioned tandem (which may be the most-often-referenced bike on this site).
- £29.99 / $39.99 / €35 / AU$ TBC
Cannondale SystemSix Hi-Mod Dura-Ace Di2 aero road bike
Back in July our senior tech editor shared his first ride review of the new Cannondale SystemSix aero bike. Now, far from the sunkissed tarmac strips of Girona, the bike has landed in the BikeRadar office for more extensive testing. And for us to drool over.
Cannondale makes bold claims for this bike — it claims it's the world's fastest road bike, no less!
This model is constructed from Hi-Mod Ballistec carbon with Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 electronic groupset and Cannondale SiSL2 cranks with integrated Power2Max NG Eco power meter and Vision rings.
One particular interesting feature is the Knøt system handlebar — it looks like an aerodynamically formed one-piece handlebar in stem, but isn't, which means much more adaptability in terms of fit or customisation.
- £7,999.99 / $11,000 / AU$TBC
MucOff Luxury Chamois Cream Pour Femme
Yes, that's women's specific chamois cream, and it's a new addition to the Athlete Performance range from MucOff.
One obvious difference between the two products is the marketing spiel — the unisex version uses CAPITALS to emphasise that this chamois cream can help you 'GO HARDER, GO FASTER', whereas the women's one is 'enriched with natural oils', 'uses natural fragrances' and is 'suitable for use on sensitive skin'. We hope both are good for sensitive skin to be honest since, whatever you have in your undies, it's pretty sensitive.
The cream is pH-balanced and contains aloe vera, shea butter and sunflower oils. It's also paraben-free, and doesn't contain sodium laureth sulfates or diethanolamines.
It comes in a squeezy tube which is, in our opinion, more hygenic than the dippy tub the non-women's specific one comes in (although, as long as you don't double dip those are probably okay too).
- £13.99 / $TBC
CeramicSpeed Oversized Pulley Wheel system
Senior tech editor Warren Rossiter has just been out to visit CeramicSpeed at its Danish facility, and while there he got to build a custom OSPW (oversized pulley wheel) system to fit to his long-term Giant TCR Advanced SL disc running SRAM eTap.
At 55g, this alternative to the standard eTap jockey wheel and cage, lowers friction by as much as 60%, according to CeramicSpeed. It also claims to save a not inconsiderable 2.4 watts of energy in the process.
At £399 the OSPW doesn’t come cheap, though if your pockets are deep enough you could always opt for its super high-end 3D-printed hollow titanium version at €1,500!
- £399 / €459 / $499
Orange Seal Cycling Versavalves tubeless valves
These handy wee valves are designed to work on most rims including mountain bike, cyclocross and road, and come in a selection of lengths to suit even deep-section rims. They come with a selection of differently shaped rubber grommits that are designed to give an airtight fit on most rim-sections.
And if colour-coordination is your thing, or you'd like to add a tiny contrasting colour flash, then the teeny lock nuts come in a choice of six colours including orange, red, blue, black, pink and green.
- From £21.99 / $23.99
Quoc Pham Gran Tourer bike shoes
British-based boutique shoe company Quoc Pham started out in 2009 with a range of city cycling shoes and, over the past few years, have gradually expanded its range to include road bike shoes.
Now, the brand is poised to release its first gravel/adventure shoes in the form of the Gran Tourer. It's built with a carbon-composite sole with deep tread for added grip when walking and is compatible with SPD cleats. The bonded upper is waterproof from the sole to the top of the black section, and they have a classic-looking lace-up closure system.
The black/camo version pictured here has a patterned upper, based on a mixture of Vietnamese tiger prints and topographical maps of the UK, and there are three other colour options — pink, black and green camo. They even come with a matching pair of socks!
The shoes are only available on pre-order at the moment, except we did manage to wrangle a pair for a closer look and full test.
- £219, approximately $279 / AU$382. Free shipping to the US and Australia for orders over £100
Scott Centric Plus road cycling helmet
If you like a nice cooling airflow over your head when you ride, then the Centric Plus helmet from Scott Sports promises to deliver.
Large vents at the front are designed to allow air to move over the top of your head, and there's a good gap between the MIPS liner and the shell itself to provide some welcome cooling.
A twist ratchet at the back allows you to tweak the fit, while the chin strap has dividers at the side to allow better adjustment and fit.
It's available in three sizes — Small, Medium and Large, with the Large we have in the office weighing in at 308g.
- £154.99 / $TBC