Friday Five-a-side: this week's new bike gear

Bikes, MTB wheels, pumps, Christmas gifts and more...

Friday in the BikeRadar office means one thing: new stuff! This week we've taken delivery of a couple of two-wheeled stunners, more SRAM kit than you can shake a dropper post at, some handy last-minute Christmas stocking fillers, and more...

New road gear

Look 795 Light

Look 795:
Look 795:

Purveyor of pedals Look never disappoints with its outlandishly beautiful bikes. The 795 Light is no exception, with its trademark integrated stem and a host of other unique features. This is the 'cheap' version with the slightly more practical conventional brake calipers. If you want to go the whole hog, the 795 Aerolight is a mere £1000 (US$1,600) more.

£5999.99 / US$TBC / AU$TBA

www.lookcycle.com

Cycling Souvenirs gifts

Cycling souvenirs gifts:
Cycling souvenirs gifts:

Gift shop Cycling Souvenirs is a perennial favourite at BikeRadar, an endless useful source of gifts for your favourite cyclist. We're not sure we've got the chutzpah to wear the World Champion stripe cuff links, but who are we to judge? The Ventoux mug is a safe bet in any case – head over to their website for lots more stocking fillers.

  • Ventoux mug: £10 / US$16 / AU$TBA
  • World Champion cuff links: £15 / US$24 / AU$TBA

www.cyclingsouvenirs.com

Lezyne Micro Floor and Steel Travel Floor Drive pumps

Travel pumps from lezyne:
Travel pumps from lezyne:

Planning a trip? Need a new pump? Shiny inflater maker Lezyne sent us these. The Micro Floor is small enough to mount on the bike, but includes a track-style foot to keep it planted, as well as an inline pressure gauge. The Travel Floor Drive is a fun-sized track pump – it's shorter than a standard one, and takes up a lot less space in your suitcase thanks to its flat profile when laid flat. 

  • Lezyne Micro Floor: £34.99 / US$59.99
  • Steel Travel Floor Drive: £44.99 / US$59.99

www.upgradebikes.co.uk / www.lezyne.com

Flandria Bikes name decals

Flandria name decals:
Flandria name decals:

Another ideal stocking filler, these name decals from Flandria Bikes give your bike a bit of a personal touch. Numerous styles and designs are available, including (naturally) your choice of national colours. 

£8 / US$N/A / AU$N/A

www.flandriabikes.com

Endura Airshell helmet

Endura airshell:
Endura airshell:

Scottish manufacturer Endura knows a thing or two about cool breezes, so they've put their expertise to good use with this generously vented road lid. At 269g for a medium/large on our scales, it looks promising for the money – look out for a full review in the coming months.

£89.99 / US$TBC / AU$TBC

www.endurasport.com

New mountain gear

Mondraker Vantage RR

Mondraker vantage:
Mondraker vantage:

Mondraker's Forward Geometry concept has been a huge hit with our testers, with the company's full suspension Foxy winning What Mountain Bike's Trail Bike of the Year 2014, among other plaudits. The radical looking Vantage RR applies the same long reach/short stem philosophy to a hardtail. The look won't be for all, but we love it, and we're looking forward to thrashing the bike mercilessly to see how it compares to its bouncy big brother. 

£1699 / US$TBA / AU$TBA

www.silverfish-uk.com

Rockshox Reba RLT

Rockshox reba:
Rockshox reba:

The Rockshox Reba has long offered a great trade-off between value and performance, and we've every reason to think the latest incarnation will be just as good. Not a lot has changed, except now it's got that sexy Fast Black coating on the stanchions. We've heard black is the new black – you know you want them.

www.sram.com/rockshox

Santa Cruz Highball

Santa cruz highball:
Santa cruz highball:

Santa Cruz bikes always score highly for style, and we think the latest version of its Highball 29er frame is just gorgeous. In addition to being painted the best shade of blue ever, it's also now got 142x12mm rear axle spacing – no more QR. It's also got a sensible threaded bottom bracket shell, so there'll be no creaky press-fit worries. Lovely...

£599 / US$750 / AU$TBC

www.santacruzbikes.co.uk / www.santacruzbicycles.com

Bontrager Line Elite and Rhythm Elite 27.5in wheels

Bontrager  line elite and rhythm elite wheels:
Bontrager line elite and rhythm elite wheels:

Wide rims are practically obligatory these days, so with a huge internal width of 28mm and a claimed weight of 1,760g the pair, the Line Elites from Bontrager are an appealing prospect if you're enduro-inclined. And frankly, who isn't these days? 

Alternatively, for an all-rounder trail option, the Rhythm Elites are a more conventional 21mm internal, and have rather neat reinforced nipple areas. (Oo-er, etc.) Both wheelsets convert to tubeless with ease using the supplied TLR plastic rim strips.

  • Line Elite: £699.98 / US$999.98
  • Rhythm Elite: £699.98 / US$999.98

www.bontrager.com

SRAM, SRAM and more SRAM

A big ol' pile o' sram: a big ol' pile o' sram
A big ol' pile o' sram: a big ol' pile o' sram

Sometimes Christmas comes early, and this week the chaps from SRAM dropped by with a huge box of bits for us to play with. I say us, but we're unlikely to get to play with any of this, because What Mountain Bikeeditor Jon Woodhouse has some sort of cunning plan up his sleeve, something about proving that he can build a better bike than, well, anyone. What's he on about? No one's sure, but a leaked geometry chart suggests it's going to be longer than a really long thing, and slacker than a pair of slacks. Watch this space, by which we mean, consider investing in a subscription to What Mountain Bike

£lots / US$more / AU$even more

www.sram.com

Matthew Allen

Senior Technical Writer, UK
Former bike mechanic, builder of wheels, hub fetishist and lover of shiny things. Likes climbing a lot, but not as good at it as he looks.
  • Discipline: Road, with occasional MTB dalliances
  • Preferred Terrain: Long mountain climbs followed by high-speed descents (that he doesn't get to do nearly often enough), plus scaring himself off-road when he outruns his skill set.
  • Current Bikes: Scott Addict R3 2014, Focus Cayo Disc 2015, Niner RLT 9
  • Dream Bike: Something hideously expensive and custom with external cables and a threaded bottom bracket because screw you bike industry.
  • Beer of Choice: Cider, please. Thistly Cross from Scotland
  • Location: Bristol, UK

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