11spd: This week's best new bike gear

Featuring Campagnolo, Lezyne, IRC, Lilly Lube and more

This week we've been over in Taiwan at the Taipei Cycle Show and brought you a mega gallery of the good, the bad and the ugly, mused over what could be the greatest bike ever made, probably, and looked at Relic MTB's 40t cassette extender for the road.

But hopefully, like us, you're winding down your work week and looking forward to logging plenty of quality time with your bike this weekend. In the meantime, here's a look at some of the latest bikes and gear that we're preparing to test at our BikeRadar offices in Colorado.

New road bike gear

Campagnolo Shamal Mille wheels

The Campagnolo Shamal Mille is a lightweight (1,490g) alloy clincher
The Campagnolo Shamal Mille is a lightweight (1,490g) alloy clincher

The Shamal Mille clinchers are one of the best metal wheelsets we have ridden in some time. They're light, comfortable, easy to accelerate, easy to slow and, seemingly, very well built overall.

For 2017, the rim has gone to a 17mm internal width. You don't need rims strips because the rim is smooth and unbroken thanks to a magnetic building process. 

A grooved brake track, ceramic bearings, carbon hubs, an anti-rotation spoke system and more round-out the black wheels.

We weighed the set at 1,490g.

The Shamal Milles have a grooved brake track for more friction and thus better braking
The Shamal Milles have a grooved brake track for more friction and thus better braking

  • $1,699 / £TBC / AU$TBC

IRC Formula Pro Tubeless Light 28mm

The IRC Road Tubeless Light comes in a few widths. This is the 28mm
The IRC Road Tubeless Light comes in a few widths. This is the 28mm

The Japanese tire company has three tubeless road models. The X-Guard is the durable model, the RMCC is for best grip, and this Light is for, you guessed it, low weight and minimal rolling resistance. 

Also coming in 23 and 25mm widths, the Pro Light has an interesting casing design that features tread from bead to bead. You're probably not going to be leaning your bike over so far as to use the tread near the bead, but IRC uses it there to protect the sidewalls from cuts.

IRC's Road Tubeless Light 28 features bead-to-bead tread to protect the sidewall
IRC's Road Tubeless Light 28 features bead-to-bead tread to protect the sidewall

  • £59 / $99 / AU$TBC

Lezyne Zecto Drive lights

Lezyne's Zectro Drive front and rear LED lights are USB-rechargeable, easy to strap onto a bike (or clip onto a bag or a pocket) and pretty bright (the front goes up to 120 lumens)
Lezyne's Zectro Drive front and rear LED lights are USB-rechargeable, easy to strap onto a bike (or clip onto a bag or a pocket) and pretty bright (the front goes up to 120 lumens)

Lezyne has a deep range of lights and the Zecto Drive front and rear can either clip on to bags or pockets, or wrap around bars or seatposts.

Run time ranges from a claimed three to 10 hours, depending on the setting. 

Small side colored indicators show charge amount and offer some side visibility, too.

The rear Zectro Drive goes up to 20 lumens with five different light patterns
The rear Zectro Drive goes up to 20 lumens with five different light patterns

  • Pair $65 / £TBC / AU$TBC

Topical Edge

Topical Edge is a sodium bicarbonate lotion. The company claims it reduces lactic acid buildup
Topical Edge is a sodium bicarbonate lotion. The company claims it reduces lactic acid buildup

Topical Edge is a lotion with sodium bicarbonate, which the company claims can reduce lactic build up in the muscles, effectively reducing fatigue and increasing performance.

The company details the study findings of two Phd students on the product on its website, and says another test at San Diego State University is ongoing.

The company suggests applying one packet per leg 15 minutes before a hard workout.

  • $20 for 10 packets / £N/A

Velo Year of the Rooster Angel saddle

Velo who? Velo Saddles is the largest high-end saddle manufacturer; the Taiwanese company makes perches for many big saddle brands
Velo who? Velo Saddles is the largest high-end saddle manufacturer; the Taiwanese company makes perches for many big saddle brands

2017 is the Year of the Rooster and Velo is celebrating with a special edition Angel saddle.

Who is Velo, you ask? Only the biggest high-end saddle supplier to the bike industry. The 37-year-old company supplies a claimed 15 million saddles per year to various brands.

The Angel saddle uses Velo’s AirForm padding, which dissipates heat faster than normal high-density foam.

2017 is the Year of the Rooster and Velo is celebrating with this special edition Angel saddle
2017 is the Year of the Rooster and Velo is celebrating with this special edition Angel saddle

  • $149 / £TBC / AU$TBC

LillyLube

LillyLube is a petroleum-based lubricant that cleans your chain as well as reduces friction
LillyLube is a petroleum-based lubricant that cleans your chain as well as reduces friction

LillyLube is similar to ProGold Prolink in that it's a lube that also cleans your chain. You apply it generously, then wipe the chain clean and let it set for a few hours.

LillyLube is a mix of lubricants, solvents and a few 'proprietary' additives. 

We bought this after seeing it in use on the workbench of Vecchio's Bicicletteria owner Jim Potter.  

  • $15 / £N/A / AU$N/A

New mountain bike gear

Adidas Zonyk Aero Pro sunglasses

The Zonyk Aero Pro is a new half-shell performance model from Adidas
The Zonyk Aero Pro is a new half-shell performance model from Adidas

These new shades from Adidas use Vario lenses to adjust to changing light conditions. The Zonyk Aero Pro also has a detachable sweatband to keep perspiration out of your eyes and off the replaceable lenses.

Adidas offers the Zonyk in small and large sizes to fit most faces, the adjustable nosepiece should take care of the rest.

  • £TBC / $195 / AU$TBC

Bontrager Rhythm gloves

Bontrager's minimalist Rhythm gloves
Bontrager's minimalist Rhythm gloves

If you’re a fan of minimalist glovesBontrager’s Rhythm mitts are worth a look. They sport synthetic leather palms, a lightweight woven panel on the top of the hands and a nose wipe on the thumb.

The thumb, index and middle finger have silicone grippers to help you shift and brake.

It’s worth noting that there’s no silver stitching on the fingertips to help you get your ‘Gram on while you ride, so you’ll have to leave your hashtags at home.

  • £25 / $30 / AU$55

Pearl Izumi X-Project PRO shoes

Pearl Izumi's X-Project Pro is the company's top end mountain and cyclocross shoe
Pearl Izumi's X-Project Pro is the company's top end mountain and cyclocross shoe

The X-Project Pro is Pearl Izumi’s top-end mountain bike shoe. It has a stiff carbon sole and TPU plastic lugs co-molded with rubber on the ends to provide extra traction off the bike.

Unlike many other high-end race shoes there’s also a layer of EVA foam in the heel to make them a bit more forgiving when walking or running in them, which should make them popular with cyclocross racers.

A bit of EVA padding at the heel absorbs impacts off the bike
A bit of EVA padding at the heel absorbs impacts off the bike

A pair of IP1 BOA dials allow the rider to reel in cable tension at 1mm increments to precisely adjust fit. The dials pop up to release cable tension for an easy post-ride exit.

The claimed weight for a size 43 is 370g.

  • £TBC / $350 / AU$TBC

Dainese Trail Skin 2 kneepads

The Dainese Trail Skin 2 kneepads use geometric forms to provide cushioning
The Dainese Trail Skin 2 kneepads use geometric forms to provide cushioning

The Italian armor specialists at Dainese has updated its Trail Skin line of lightweight knee and elbow protection.

The Trail Skin 2 kneepads use wider straps than the original version for better pad retention. The company claims the geometrically inspired Pro Armor padding is 15 percent better ventilated than the original version, which was already pretty airy.

In addition to the rubberized kneecup, there are foam pads to safeguard the sides of your knees.

  • £70 / $85 / AU$112

Pearly’s Possum Socks — Road Pearly

Pearly's latest socks are a bit taller and a bit thinner, making them well suited to warm weather riding
Pearly's latest socks are a bit taller and a bit thinner, making them well suited to warm weather riding

Another pair of Pearly’s Possum Socks has arrived at BikeRadar’s doorsteps.

Like the originals, these socks are made from a blend of possum fur and merino wool that does a great job of insulating and wicking away moisture.

Unlike the original version, which is a great winter sock, but can be too thick for four-season riding, the Road Pearly is designed as a slimmer-fitting option with a stylishly high 7in cuff.

Despite the pavement-centric name, we’ve found these are excellent socks for mountain biking and bikepacking adventures.

  • £35 / $44 / AU$58
Josh has been riding and racing mountain bikes since 1998. Being stubborn, endurance racing was a natural fit. Josh bankrolled his two-wheeled addiction by wrenching at various bike shops across the US for 10 years and even tried his hand at frame building. These days Josh spends most of his time riding the trails around his home in Fort Collins, Colorado.
  • Discipline: Mountain, cyclocross, road
  • Preferred Terrain: Anywhere with rock- and root-infested technical singletrack. He also enjoys unnecessarily long gravel races.
  • Current Bikes: Trek Remedy 29 9.9, Yeti ASRc, Specialized CruX, Spot singlespeed, Trek District 9
  • Dream Bike: Evil The Following, a custom Moots 27.5+ for bikepacking adventures
  • Beer of Choice: PBR
  • Location: Fort Collins, CO, USA

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