11spd: This week's best new bike gear

Bibs with banana holsters, a secret box from Fox and much more in this week's gear round-up

Greetings, dear readers. It’s been another exciting week at BikeRadar's Colorado offices. 

We’ve raved about the new Specialized S-Works Tarmac S-Works Disc and ranted about the cycling industry’s obsession with making products lighter (sometimes at the expense of durability).

We also asked SRAM some questions about products we would like to see and were met with the sound of crickets chirping. Does this mean they're on their way? Your guess is as good as ours. 

In addition to these happenings, we have a host of new bikes and accessories to check out. 

Douchebags Carryall Duffel 65L

The 65L Carryall Duffel
The 65L Carryall Duffel

Other than being known for its interesting name, this luggage brand is gaining a following for its stylish and durable luggage.

The 65L Douchebags Carryall Duffel is large enough to carry all your ride gear.  The massive hatch for the main compartment makes it easy to find the gear you need. There’s  a side compartment large enough to store cycling shoes and a second, smaller side compartment to hold your phone, wallet and other essentials.

The EVA foam top doubles as a back panel when worn as a backpack. When not in use, the shoulder straps can be tucked neatly underneath.  

  • £145 / $199 / €165 / AU$250

Feedback Sports Ride Prep Tool Kit

Feedback Sports Ride Prep Tool Kit
Feedback Sports Ride Prep Tool Kit

Feedback Sports designed this tool kit to keep your bike running smoothly by staying on top of simple fixes. The Ride Prep Tool Kit is a handy item to keep in your car for last minute adjustments at the trailhead or as a first tool kit for budding home mechanics.

The Ride Prep Tool Kit is perfect for pre-ride tweaks or for learning how to work on your own bicycle
The Ride Prep Tool Kit is perfect for pre-ride tweaks or for learning how to work on your own bicycle

This compact kit includes a chain tool, #0 Philips screwdriver, three 3-way wrenches with 2/2.5/3mm, 4/5/6mm, and 25/27/30 Torx combos, a spoke wrench, a pair of steel core tire levers, an 8mm pedal wrench, 15mm pedal wrench, rotor truing tool and a valve core tool that works with Presta and Schrader vales.

  • £150 / $100 / €73 / AU$200

POC Tectal Race SPIN helmet

The POC Tectal Race SPIN
The POC Tectal Race SPIN

POC has a new version of the Tectal Race helmet that incorporates the company’s SPIN system. SPIN is POC’s take on a technology designed to mitigate the force of oblique impacts.

Unlike the widely-used MIPS system, which relies on an inner layer to dissipate energy in the event of an impact, SPIN seeks to achieve similar results through the use of pads designed to shear during an impact, allowing the helmet to move more than the wearer’s head.

The SPIN pads are designed to move in the event of an impact to reduce rotational impacts
The SPIN pads are designed to move in the event of an impact to reduce rotational impacts

In addition to this new safety system, the Trabec Race has an integrated goggle strap, adjustable visor and 15 vents to keep you cool. 

A band on the back of the Tectal Race holds goggle straps in place for all your enduro needs
A band on the back of the Tectal Race holds goggle straps in place for all your enduro needs

  • £250 / $219.95 / €230 / AU$280

Fox box

Fox has some new suspension products ready to debut this spring
Fox has some new suspension products ready to debut this spring

In the words of Brad Pit in Seven “What’s in the box?”

Thankfully, it’s not Gwyneth Paltrow’s head. Inside is a new suspension offering from Fox that we’re not free to divulge yet. Actually, that’s not true, there’s actually nothing in this box, as we’ve already started testing what was inside. Check back in a few weeks for more details.

No pricing yet, but as you probably guessed, it will be expensive.

Rapha Cargo Bibs

The Rapha Cargo Bibshort has pockets / banana holsters
The Rapha Cargo Bibshort has pockets / banana holsters

Rapha is the latest brand to test the waters of kit designed for the gravel/adventure scene.

Ride prepared: you never know when you'll find yourself in a banana standoff
Ride prepared: you never know when you'll find yourself in a banana standoff

The new Cargo Bibs are based on Rapha’s Brevet model with the addition of deep mesh pockets on the thighs along with pockets on the rear of the bibs large enough to hold a smartphone and wallet.

You can hold up to two bananas per pocket, or other useful items such as energy gels
You can hold up to two bananas per pocket, or other useful items such as energy gels

  • £195 / $270 / €230 / AU$340

Wilier Cento 10 NDR

Disc brakes or rim brakes? With the Wilier Cento 10 NDR that would be a yes
Disc brakes or rim brakes? With the Wilier Cento 10 NDR that would be a yes

The key feature here is a small, elastomer damped pivot that Wilier calls ActiFlex. While the front triangle remains static, the rear triangle can compress laterally ever so slightly, using one of three densities of elastomer.

Although total movement is 7mm, Wilier says most movement is in the 2–3mm. You know, just enough to take the edge off.

Like most bikes these days, the Cento 10 NDR comes in a variety of builds — this one being the top end with Shimano Dura-Ace 9170 and DT Swiss ERC 1400 Spline 47 Carbon wheels.

Unlike most bikes, the Cento 10 NDR frameset can adapt between rim- and disc-brake configuration. Whether that is a handy thing or an eyesore depends on you.

Wilier calls its elastomer-damped pivot Actiflex. It moves 2-3mm for most bumps, Wilier says. Maximum travel is 7mm
Wilier calls its elastomer-damped pivot Actiflex. It moves 2-3mm for most bumps, Wilier says. Maximum travel is 7mm

With rim brakes, the bike can take up to 28mm tires; with discs, up to 30mm fit.

This XL frame (57.4cm effective top tube) has a 389mm reach and 604mm stack, putting the rider in a sportive position.

  • £9,300 / €10,300 

GU Recovery Drink Mix, Stroopwafels and Gels

How do you do GU? Let me count the ways
How do you do GU? Let me count the ways

A tasty chocolate protein mix that actually mixes easily, instead of sticking in stubborn chunks? Sign us up. Besides a chocolaty flavor, the Recovery Drink Mix has carbs, amino acids, sodium and, of course, protein.

GU Energy Gels are 100-calorie packets of maltodextrin and fructose that also have sodium and branched-chain amino acids. They also come in all manner of crazy flavors.

The GU Energy Stroopwafel packs carbs, amino acids and electrolytes into a waffle-like snack in a few flavors.

GU Energy Chews offer carbs, sodium and branched-chain amino acids (seeing a pattern here?) is an easy to carry pack. Each eight-piece pack has a total of 160 calories.

  • Recovery Drink Mix: $36, 15 serving
  • Gels: $12, box of 8
  • Stroopwafel: $22.50, box of 16
  • Chews: $36, box of 18

Shimano S-Phyre X1

Shimano has two lens tints for its new S-Phyre glasses. One is photochromatic, meaning it darkens under bright light
Shimano has two lens tints for its new S-Phyre glasses. One is photochromatic, meaning it darkens under bright light

Following its S-Phyre shoes and clothing, Shimano now has sunglasses. These wide-lense shades have anti-scratch coatings and UV400 protection in addition to the cool-looking tint.

The 28.6g glasses are available in two lenses. A Photochromic (PH) style Dark Grey-Red lens changes tint in a claimed eight seconds to adapt to varying conditions. And an Optimal PL Red MLC lens is for bright daylight.

Shimano claims the polarization reduces glare and reflections, and provides better visibility of LCD screens and puddles on the road. (In brief testing, the numbers on our Garmin Edge screen did appear crisper.)

All the lenses are made from Japanese Teijin Policarbonate. Hydrophobic coatings on both sides of the lens increase the water repellency (many glasses, such as Oakley, only use this coating on the outside), and help keep the lens clean.

The S-Phyre lens has a hydrophillic treatment on both sides, which is somewhat novel and certainly helpful
The S-Phyre lens has a hydrophillic treatment on both sides, which is somewhat novel and certainly helpful

  • £N/A / $159

Velocio Men’s Ultralight Link Jersey and Wind Vest

Velocio has a range of women's and men's clothing with fun designs
Velocio has a range of women's and men's clothing with fun designs

How light? Depends on your size, but this new jersey is made from 105gsm perforated polyester, and a medium (shown here on a 6ft/183cm rider) is well under 100g. The long sleeves stay in place without constricting or bunching, and the whole jersey feels like a thin, easily stretchable baselayer. Reflective logos and trim details add visibility.

The new Men’s Wind Vest has a close cut that doesn’t feel constrictive thanks to a stretchy mesh back panel. The front and sides are windproof, the tall, soft collar has a light fleece lining, and the three back pockets store your stuff.

If you have stuff stored in your jersey, the double zipper lets you access those pockets without unzipping the whole vest. Also available in celeste, navy and gray.

The Men's Lightweight Jersey is indeed that. It's also very comfortable on warm days
The Men's Lightweight Jersey is indeed that. It's also very comfortable on warm days

  • Men’s Ultralight Link Jersey: £N/A /$149 / €134
  • Men’s Wind Vest: £N/A /$159 / €146

JET Roll III Super Sabre 2.0

As we have learned the hard way, you need to strap the thing down tight, otherwise it can unroll
As we have learned the hard way, you need to strap the thing down tight, otherwise it can unroll

Three pockets roll up into a pouch that buttons closed, and a toe strap secures it to your saddle.

The soft material stretches a bit, and comes in silver or blue.

JET stands for Just Enough Tools
JET stands for Just Enough Tools

  • £N/A /$60

100% Speedtrap

The large shield lens on the 100% Speedtrap is well constructed, with good clarity and zero distortion
The large shield lens on the 100% Speedtrap is well constructed, with good clarity and zero distortion

Want the Peter Sagan look? The Speedtrap has the brand’s signature tall-frame-center lens, which is treated with scratch-resistant and hydrophobic coatings.

Three-way adjustable temple tips provide a secure fit. The glasses come in a variety of frame and lens colors, and come with a hard case, microfiber cleaning bag and a clear replacement lens.

The lightweight frames stay securely in place, and a variety of lens and frame colors are available
The lightweight frames stay securely in place, and a variety of lens and frame colors are available

  • £185 / $205 / € 210 / AU$325
Ben Delaney

US Editor-in-Chief
Ben has been writing about bikes since 2000, covering everything from the Tour de France to Asian manufacturing to kids' bikes. The former editor-in-chief of VeloNews, he began racing in college while getting a journalism degree at the University of New Mexico. Based in the cycling-crazed city of Boulder, Colorado, with his wife and two kids, Ben enjoys riding most every day.
  • Discipline: Road (paved or otherwise), cyclocross and sometimes mountain. His tri-curious phase seems to have passed, thankfully
  • Preferred Terrain: Quiet mountain roads leading to places unknown
  • Current Bikes: Scott Foil Team Issue, Specialized S-Works Tarmac, Priority Eight city bike... and a constant rotation of test bikes
  • Dream Bike: A BMC Teammachine SLR01 with disc brakes and clearance for 30mm tires (doesn't yet exist)
  • Beer of Choice: Saison Dupont
  • Location: Boulder, CO, USA

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