11spd: This week's new bike gear

Lust-worthy kit from Dare Bikes, Marzocchi, SRM, Abus and Bontrager

It's Friday and you know what that means! It's time for another eleven, lust-worthy items from the world of cycling. This week we bring you a new helmet, an incredibly light but uncomfortable looking saddle, an alarmed lock and a cunning alternative to plastic water bottles (and no, we don't mean bidons).

We like to think of 11spd as a gentle wind-down from the week, a chance to grab a drink and relax with a little read. And if you'd like a little further reading, might we suggest the following?

For anyone riding in the heat this week — which would be pretty much anywhere in the Northern Hemisphere at the moment — then our tips for riding in the heat or pro-tips for staying cool are almost a necessity.  

Following the Tour de France? Peruse our huge race tech gallery, scope out the pro bikes or have a look at the top 5 custom bikes as ridden by some of the biggest names! And some of them are even still left in the race!

Marzocchi Bomber 58 fork

Guess what's back in all its 203mm travel glory?
Guess what's back in all its 203mm travel glory?

The Bomber is back! Marzocchi's classic downhill fork has had a serious upgrade, with 40mm chassis offering 203mm of travel for 27.5-inch wheels with 20x110 DH axles (non-boost). 

Internally, there's a Fit Grip damper which offers compression and rebound adjustment, plus a FLOAT EVOL air spring to give better small bump sensitivity.

Oh, and they're available in black or this classic gloss red.

  • £1,069.00 / US and Australian prices TBC

Ion Transom 24 rucksack with protection

The Ion rucksack has plenty of internal space for stowing your bits
The Ion rucksack has plenty of internal space for stowing your bits

Ion has certainly packed in the features with the Transom 24 rucksack.

First, it's designed to sit away from the body when climbing to help keep you cool. Second, it's size adjustable to get the best fit with a decoupled waist band to allow you to move without your rucksack flying all over the place. Third, it's got a spacious 24-litre capacity, which can take a 3-litre water reservoir (not included).

The ripstop nylon outer is, Ion says, stain resistant, and there are lots of internal pockets and compartments, so there should be a place to put everything.

And, of course, it features a built-in back protector that will help keep you in one piece if you decide to try flying.

  • £170

SRM Origin Power Meter

Will the SRM Origin power meter help BikeRadar's Joe Norledge climb quicker this hill climb season?
Will the SRM Origin power meter help BikeRadar's Joe Norledge climb quicker this hill climb season?

Now here’s a bit of uber-fancy German manufactured kit, SRM’s Origin power meter. It’s destined for our hill climb fanatic Joe Norledge and his Trek Emonda, and should been seen thrashing up some of the UK’s steepest hills during the 2018 hill climb season.

As you’d expect, it’s very light (537g without chainrings), no doubt thanks to the Look manufactured carbon arms. Combine this with SRM’s reputation for producing accurate and durable power meters and hopefully Joe will be on to a winning combination.

  • €2,261 including Look crank (€1,428 without)

Abus Bordo Alarm bike lock

Any thief who wants to have a go at this lock is in for a surprise
Any thief who wants to have a go at this lock is in for a surprise

This compact folding lock has a surprise in store for any would-be thieves. Try to tamper with it when it's locked around a bike and it emits an alarm sound that's as loud as a pneumatic drill.

The lock itself consists of a series of interlocked bars, which unfurl and can be wrapped around your bike and the object you're locking it to. It locks in the usual fashion, but sat at one end of the lock is the chunky alarm body.

You can set it the alarm to on or off, which is handy if you don't want it to go off while you're riding.

If the alarm gets knocked when activated it will sound a warning noise. If it's tampered with further the alarm proper will sound and will continue to make a racket for another 60 seconds, or continue if the lock is still being tampered with.

  • £129.85

Bontgrager Carbon XXX saddle

The light and minimalist Bontrager Carbon XXX saddle
The light and minimalist Bontrager Carbon XXX saddle

At a rather impressive 73g, the Bontrager Carbon XXX saddle is a weight-weenie's dream seat. For pretty much anyone else, the minimalist carbon rail, shell and seat look like they may make for a pretty uncomfortable saddle after a relatively short about of time. 

Bontrager claims the central cut-out in the saddle relieves pressure on soft tissue for all-day comfort, but really the main reason anyone will be buying this saddle is because they want something that weighs next to nothing.

In this case, it's another bit of kit destined for Joe's lightweight hill climbing machine. Watch this space to find out how he gets on!

  • £299.99 / $379.99 / AU$TBC

Le Col by Wiggins Sport Collection short sleeved jersey

Inspired by the king of cycling mods himself
Inspired by the king of cycling mods himself

Pro cyclist kit collaborations are nothing new, but when it's the mod-influenced, Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins, the kit has to stand up in the style stakes too.

The side-burned one has opted to work with Le Col to develop a range of jerseys, shorts, caps and socks, and there are an equal number of women's kit items to the men's range too.

According to the man himself on the Le Col website: "In true Mod style, I’ve picked colours that contrast and divide the jersey in to clear blocks. This is the perfect Sunday club ride jersey, with gold highlights found to accent the reds, whites and blues".

  • £85 for the jersey

Dare MR1 bike

Could Dare Bikes threaten the likes of Canyon?
Could Dare Bikes threaten the likes of Canyon?

Taiwanese direct-sale brand Dare Bikes is going after the likes of Canyon and Rose in a big way with its line of well configured, customisable road bikes.

The MRS1 is Dare’s headline road model, and this particular example has been sent across for Oli to test. This 58cm Dura-Ace mechanical build with its DT Swiss PRC1400 Spline 35 wheels totals exactly 6.8kg / 15lb.

The same frame can be had with cheaper DT wheels and Ultegra R8000 for significantly less, or it’s possible to spend considerably more by upgrading to a DI2 drivetrain and ticking options such as Dare’s own aero cockpit or making use of the company’s custom colour configurator.

Initial impressions of this bike are great but you’ll have to stay tuned for the full review.

  • £4,339 / €5,009 / $5,419  (prices are excluding VAT and customs charges)

Le Tour de France: the official history

Perfect for those getting into pro cycling, but without an encyclopedic knowledge just yet
Perfect for those getting into pro cycling, but without an encyclopedic knowledge just yet

Blood, sweat, tears, triumph and a few shady chapters. Le Tour is nothing if not dramatic, and for those of us who just can't get enough of it this book will be right up our street.

The 'official history' is a chunky tome packed full of snippets of information, glorious old photographs, documents and insights into the most famous characters in the history of the greatest race on Earth.

  • £20 / $29.95 (currently on sale for £13.17 / $20.59)

Trek Drops mineral water

Water in a can. Why didn't we think of that before?!
Water in a can. Why didn't we think of that before?!

Now this is a genuinely interesting idea.

Anyone who cares even slightly about the environment will know the huge amount of pollution that's caused by single-use plastic. Plastic bottles, used for water, fizzy drinks, etc. are one of the big culprits.

That's where this can comes in. Women's cycling team Trek-Drops has worked with the 'Every Can Counts' recycling campaign to produce a limited edition branded can filled with refreshing spring water.

The cans will be available for spectators during the Tour de France, and also at the Prudential Ride London event in the UK this Saturday.

Cans are much easier to recycle than plastic bottles, and each one can be transformed into a new can in just 60 days

And, of course, it's another opportunity to raise the profile of women's cycling.

  • Price TBC, limited edition
  • Available at the Tour de France and Prudential Ride London

2019 Specialized Crux Expert CX bike

The 2019 Crux Expert from Specialized is no shy bairn
The 2019 Crux Expert from Specialized is no shy bairn

Oh hello lovely newness! There's no way you'd ever miss this retro-coloured Specialized Crux Expert cyclocross bike. That orange to yellow fade blends into no background whatsoever.

But who wants to blend in when you're getting a PB on the CX track, right?

The Crux features SRAM Force shifters and gears
The Crux features SRAM Force shifters and gears

As well as the striking paint job, the Crux Expert has a FACT 11r carbon frame, thru-axles, SRAM Force 1 groupset with hydraulic disc brakes and Roval C38 Disc carbon wheels.

  • £4,000 / US and Australian pricing TBC
Aoife Glass

Women's Cycling Editor
A mountain biker at heart, also drawn to the open road. Likes big long adventures in the mountains. Usually to be found in the Mendip Hills or the Somerset Levels in the UK. Passionate about women's cycling at all levels.
  • Discipline: Mountain, road
  • Preferred Terrain: Rocky, rough and a long way from anywhere.
  • Current Bikes: Liv Avail Advanced Pro 2015, Juliana Furtado 2013, Canyon Roadlite AL
  • Dream Bike: Juliana Roubion, Liv Avail Advanced SL
  • Beer of Choice: Red wine for the win!
  • Location: Weston Super Mare, Somerset, UK

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