11spd: this week's best new bikes and gear

Giant Trance e-MTB, Moots Routt YBB, DMT KR1 shoes and more

It’s Friday and that means new bikes and kit for your perusal. This week we’ve marvelled at Specialized’s insane 99g road shoe, gawped at 2019 bits and bobs things at IceBike and got full details of Rotor’s incredible 13-speed groupset.

The unseasonably warm weather in the UK might have gone to our heads because we tried to convince you to get a fixie and started banging on about onesies, again. Sorry about that.

Giant Trance E+ 2 Pro e-MTB

The Trance is still a looker in e-MTB form
The Trance is still a looker in e-MTB form

E-MTBs have evolved rapidly in the last few years and the integration of batteries and motors has got progressively neater. Giant’s latest range includes four electrified versions of the Trance trail bike and this one is the second most affordable.

It’s powered by a Yamaha SyncDrive Pro motor and Giant’s own EnergyPak 500 battery unit, which is tidily integrated into the downtube.

That massive battery is slickly integrated into the downtube
That massive battery is slickly integrated into the downtube

The Trance has 140mm of rear travel and uses the same Maestro suspension platform as Giant’s other higher-end bikes, including the forged composite rocker arm. Bounce is supplied by Fox, with a stout 150mm 36 up front and a Float DPS Performance shock.

Shifting is a mix of Shimano SLX and XT-level components, while the brakes are non-series Shimano M520 four-pots. The finishing kit is all Giant.

  • £3,999 / $4,830

Juliana Furtado

The Juliana is very appealing thing
The Juliana is very appealing thing

The do-it-all Furtado, Juliana’s 130mm trail bike, is back with a bang and some impressive updates.

Based around the same unisex frame as the Santa Cruz 5010, it boasts new pivot link uprights designed to give a stiffer, sturdier feel and a ‘flip chip’ which allows you to switch the geometry between a steeper high position and slacker low position for when riding gets more downhill focussed. That gives it a head angle switch from 66.5 degrees in the high position to a slightly slacker 66.2 degrees in the low position.

The C-grade carbon frame is marginally heavier than the premium CC carbon frame-maker Santa Cruz also produces but is also a little cheaper as a result.

The bits bolted on includes a SRAM NX groupset paired with Guide T brakes, plus a Fox Float DPS Performance Shock and Fox Rhythm 34 forks with a lighter, women’s-specific trail tune.

We’ve been testing this bike as part of Bike of the Year 2019, so you can expect to see a full review of this beasty in the near future!

  • £3,999 / $3999 / AU$TBC

Ion Tee LS Scrub Select jersey

It's a bit sunny for a waterproof jersey today...
It's a bit sunny for a waterproof jersey today...

Ion's Scrub Select jersey is somewhat unique, in that it's a jersey that's also waterproof. It's not waterproof-jacket-waterproof (if that makes sense), but Ion claims that the 5,000mm waterproofing and 5,000 gr/m/24hr breathability makes it a handy addition to your wardrobe for those rides in light rain or splashy conditions.

Shiny, stretchy, shower-proof
Shiny, stretchy, shower-proof

It has a slightly shiny finish and a very slight rustle to it too, however, the fabric has a 4-way stretch built-in. The inside of the jersey has a brushed finish that feels ok against the skin, while a glasses wipe and zipped pocket finish the features.

There's a wipe for your glasses
There's a wipe for your glasses

There's a pocket for your keys
There's a pocket for your keys

  • £80, international pricing TBC
Why yes, you should get a fixie

Adidas Terrex Free Hiker shoes

Adidas' Terrex Free Hiker boots will probably find their place on our feet as we scramble up the side of WC DH courses
Adidas' Terrex Free Hiker boots will probably find their place on our feet as we scramble up the side of WC DH courses

Ok, while these might not be a core MTB product, and their design perhaps more fashion than function-oriented, these all-terrain mid-top trainers from Adidas's 'extreme' Terrex range could find their way to a carpark near you soon.

Toe protection should save stubbed pinkies
Toe protection should save stubbed pinkies

Tyre brand Continental provides the sole, which has a fairly chunky tread, while there's Adidas' 'Boost' cushioning (which we've found to be very, very cushioning in our office trials) and scuff protection around the toes.

It's not the first Adidas/Conti colab we've seen
It's not the first Adidas/Conti colab we've seen

  • £170, international pricing TBC

Bont Riot MTB+ shoes

Bont is well known for its heat-mouldable shoes
Bont is well known for its heat-mouldable shoes

Bont Cycling may be better known for its premium feature-packed road and track race shoes but the Riot MTB+ shoe promises much of the same tech at a more reasonable price.

The shoes are made from heat moldable resin that is designed to soften at 60 degrees C. After 15–20 minutes in the oven the shoes can be moulded to your foot shape. This could be particularly useful for anyone that struggles with foot pain as it allows for a more custom fit.

Chunky soles should help with traction
Chunky soles should help with traction

The shoe fastens with a single BOA dial and Velcro strap and also have fully replaceable sole guards.

  • £170, international pricing TBC

Moots Routt YBB

The Moots Routt RBB is part gravel racer, part retro MTB
The Moots Routt RBB is part gravel racer, part retro MTB

It’s a cliché to talk about the timelessness of Ti but there is something evergreen about the stuff. The Routt YBB is a curious combination of old and new — it’s an achingly hip gravel bike with a ‘soft-tail’ suspension design that dates back to the 1990s and offers 20mm of squish at the back.

Rear suspension on a gravel bike? Sure, why not
Rear suspension on a gravel bike? Sure, why not

This incredible looking bike weighs 9.3kg with Ultegra Di2 and Mavic Ksyrium Allroad wheels. It sports gorgeous ‘multi-fade’ anodised logos, an added option over the standard bike which comes with etched graphics.

  • $8,345 / £7,535 as specced

Riding in the Zone Rouge, Tom Isitt

Think your riding is tough? Try crossing battlefield covered in explosives
Think your riding is tough? Try crossing battlefield covered in explosives

The Circuit des Champs de Bataille (the Tour of the Battlefields) was a bike race staged in 1919, just months after the end World War One. It crossed the still-ravaged battlefields of the Western Front covering 2,000km and just 21 riders finished.

This book tells the story of this largely unknown race and retraces its route. It looks to be the perfect gift for the cyclist in your life who’s just a little bit complacent about their mortality.

  • £20, international pricing TBC

DMT KR1 road shoes

DMT's KR1 makes clever use of materials for a sock-like fit
DMT's KR1 makes clever use of materials for a sock-like fit

We love fancy shoes at BikeRadar and while these don’t compete on sheer chutzpah with those fancy S-Works ones launched this week, DMT’s new KR1s are very on-trend with a stretchy ‘elastic rib’ surrounding the ankle and joined to a ‘3D knit’ to form a one-piece upper.

Yes, the soles are stiff
Yes, the soles are stiff

This pair of 45s weighs 586g and while they’re relatively sober in appearance there’s a lairy orange option too, as seen on the feet of Italian national champion Elia Viviani.

  • £310, international pricing TBC

Selle San Marco Shortfit Carbon FX saddle

Selle San Marco's Shortfit Carbon FX saddle
Selle San Marco's Shortfit Carbon FX saddle

Selle San Marco has been making bicycle saddles since 1935 so know a thing or two when it comes to the component in terms of design, finish and performance. However, this isn't to say they aren't open to new ideas.

Like a number of other brands, Selle San Marco has released a shorter saddle — potentially to imitate the performance of the ever-popular Specialized Power saddle — dubbed the Shortfit.

Designed with the shorter length and wider rear section, the Selle San Marco Shortfit Carbon FX also features a central cut-out section for reduced pressure on the soft tissue area under your pelvis.

The carbon rail features a Dynamic Node Action design at the front end of the saddle improving strength and weight properties, says Selle San Marco
The carbon rail features a Dynamic Node Action design at the front end of the saddle improving strength and weight properties, says Selle San Marco

A carbon rail with a Dynamic Node Action at the front end improves stiffness while reducing weight, claims Selle San Marco.Available in a narrow or wide fit and three different sizes within each fit following the idmatch system, the size S3 sent weighed an impressive 136g.

€199 / £189

Bolle Shifter glasses

Bolle's Shifter glasses are straight from the pro peloton
Bolle's Shifter glasses are straight from the pro peloton

You know what they say, sunglasses maketh the roadie. The Shifter shades look properly pro and indeed they are, having graced the fair visages of AG2R La Mondiale riders including the likes of Romain Bardet.

The Shifters feature all the niceties you’d expect including vented, anti-fog lenses and rubbery bits for grip. The large one-piece lens gives a generous field of view and the stout frames feel like they should be reasonably robust.

  • $149 / £149

WTB Exposure 30mm tubeless road tyres

WTB can be depended on to produce the niche rubber that Jack Luke demands
WTB can be depended on to produce the niche rubber that Jack Luke demands

Tyre clearances have grown ever more generous on road bikes in recent years — these days, it’s not uncommon for even the most race-focused models to have space for plump 32mm-wide rubber.

When running tyres of this size, it makes even more sense to make the jump to tubeless, however, the availability of life-proof chunky tyres that can be run sans-tubes is still limited.

On a hunt for a tyre of exactly that specification for his All-City Mr Pink, Jack stumbled upon the Exposure, WTB’s range of do-it-all all-road/gravel tyres.

The tyres are available in 30mm, 32mm and 34mm wide sizes. The slimmest tyre — which is the model we are testing — has a light file tread with the aggressiveness of the tread increasing with each size up.

Following a painless tubeless setup, Jack has been riding the tyres for a week now and early impressions are very positive.

That they come in a handsome tan wall finish is just the icing on the cake.

  • $83.95 / £44.99 / €60.99
The Lauf Anywhere is a speedy gravel machine
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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