11spd: This week's new bike gear

Brand-spanking-newness from Scott, MucOff, Quoc, Cannondale and more

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.

This week we have big tools, little tools, fancy shoes, new helmets, a go-fast bike, a bike made of — would you believe it — metal and all manner of other delights to share with you.

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

Want to make your rack a little more secure? These might just be for you
Want to make your rack a little more secure? These might just be for you

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.

The bolts allow you to attach a rack to cantilever bosses
The bolts allow you to attach a rack to cantilever bosses

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
YouTube : https://youtu.be/4C884T3vlO4

Unior 1756 speed nipple bit

A nipple driver is the key to speedy wheel-building
A nipple driver is the key to speedy wheel-building

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

Look at the size of this bloody socket
Look at the size of this bloody socket

You know what’s great? Big heavy tools.

Removing a terribly seized drum brake from Jack’s tandem called for this epic 41mm socket from ASW and a 640mm breaker bar from Draper’s Expert line.

41mm!
41mm!

This combination made short work of the job and now rests with pride as a satisfyingly heavy plaything beneath Jack’s desk.

Removing this drum brake took a not inconsiderable amount of grunt
Removing this drum brake took a not inconsiderable amount of grunt

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

Matthew has taken delivery of this new Emonda ALR and. oh my goodness, does it look resplendent in that shade of purple!
Matthew has taken delivery of this new Emonda ALR and. oh my goodness, does it look resplendent in that shade of purple!

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.

What a good-looking bike
What a good-looking bike

In a bid to quench his throbbing metallic lust, he has procured this lovely new Trek Emonda ALR, which is set to be his next long-term test bike.

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

Many years on, the Sun Ringle Rhyno Lite is still a thing
Many years on, the Sun Ringle Rhyno Lite is still a thing

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.

40h rims are still a thing
40h rims are still a thing

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

Cannondale SystemSix Hi-Mod Dura-Ace Di2; 'the fastest bike in the world'
Cannondale SystemSix Hi-Mod Dura-Ace Di2; 'the fastest bike in the world'

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.

YouTube : https://youtu.be/1ajV_i9qRjY

MucOff Luxury Chamois Cream Pour Femme

New chamois cream for women. We can't say what will happen if a man happens to use it
New chamois cream for women. We can't say what will happen if a man happens to use it

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).

CeramicSpeed Oversized Pulley Wheel system

Not many people get to have their name emblazoned on their bike parts
Not many people get to have their name emblazoned on their bike parts

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.

Warren Rossiter watched the creation of his bespoke parts in person
Warren Rossiter watched the creation of his bespoke parts in person

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

Versavalves are suitable for road, mountain and cyclocross wheels and can adapt to different rim shapes and depths
Versavalves are suitable for road, mountain and cyclocross wheels and can adapt to different rim shapes and depths

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

The shoes are waterproof up to the top of the black section on the sole, and even come with a matching pair of socks
The shoes are waterproof up to the top of the black section on the sole, and even come with a matching pair of socks

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.

Pop on your SPD cleats and away you ride
Pop on your SPD cleats and away you ride

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!

Quoc Pham shoes come in a rather nice shoebox with an encouraging message
Quoc Pham shoes come in a rather nice shoebox with an encouraging message

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

The Scott Centric Plus helmet, resplendent in grey and red
The Scott Centric Plus helmet, resplendent in grey and red

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.

The Centric Plus includes MIPS for added protection from oblique impact forces
The Centric Plus includes MIPS for added protection from oblique impact forces

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.

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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