11spd: This week's best new bike gear

Featuring fresh forks, beefy brakes and some very diddy shoes

Welcome to 11spd, where we proudly present the latest bikes and bits to arrive at BikeRadar for testing.

This week we’ve seen a whole host of fancy new bikes from Specialized, including revisions to its popular Allez Sprint and Crux models. Fans of old school BMX were lapping up Raleigh’s limited edition remake of its iconic Aero Pro Burner, and we let expert bike-fitter Thomas McDaniel school us on why our cycling feet need arch supports.

Without further ado, here’s the shiny stuff…

Niner Boost RDO carbon fork

Niner's RDO rigid fork is made almost entirely from carbon fibre
Niner's RDO rigid fork is made almost entirely from carbon fibre

Destined for the new long-term bike of MBUK’s Matt Orton is this carbon RDO fork from Niner. It’s a full carbon design with a tapered steerer and boost spacing, meaning he’ll be able to squeeze up to 3 inches of 29ertyre inside.

Mid-blade eyelets will also allow Matt to saddle up to 55lbs of stuff over his front axle too. The fork totals 679g including its 15mm Maxle and Niner’s top cap.

Niner's top cap is ready to accept a bottle cap from your favourite brew
Niner's top cap is ready to accept a bottle cap from your favourite brew

  • €599 / $550

Mission Workshop Axis waist pack

Ditch the backpack for those shorter rides
Ditch the backpack for those shorter rides

Leaving the backpack at home can sometimes feel particularly good, and this little waist pack from Mission Workshop could even mean doing away with yours completely. 

The Axis is all about packing light and keeping the essentials close by. Its rugged waterproof outer and spacious interior make it ideal for those who cram a compact camera into their bag during rides.

Mission Workshop bags are very desirable indeed
Mission Workshop bags are very desirable indeed

It can also integrate nicely with a majority of Mission Workshops existing backpacks and duffle bags thanks to the company’s smart Arkiv system. Like the rest of its stuff it’s made by hand in small batches in the USA.

  • $120
Top 5 - 2019 aero road Bbkes

SRAM S-900 direct-mount rim brakes

SRAM's direct-mount brakes should bring real performance benefits
SRAM's direct-mount brakes should bring real performance benefits

Direct-mount rim brakes offer a notable performance advantage over a traditional single bolt system, and they often save a bit of weight too.

Fear not, the red piece of plastic is only here to hold the brakes together for the photograph
Fear not, the red piece of plastic is only here to hold the brakes together for the photograph

SRAM sure took its sweet time with these and they remain the company’s only direct-mount design, but we now have a set to hand.

We are told they will clear 28mm tyres.

They come in at 152g each, which makes them considerably lighter than the 326g SRAM claims.

  • $125 / €130 / £116 each

Liv Intrigue Advanced 0

The Liv Intrigue might not be coming to the UK in this exact spec, but you'll be able to buy a more affordable version that uses the same frame
The Liv Intrigue might not be coming to the UK in this exact spec, but you'll be able to buy a more affordable version that uses the same frame

Liv has reintroduced the Intrigue to its product line for 2019 following a two year hiatus. The new 140mm/150mm travel 650b trail bike sandwiches perfectly between the more cross-country focussed Liv Pique and enduro-focussed Liv Hail.

Women’s editor Aoife Glass has just returned from Canada where she was fortunate enough to try this bike out at the MTB mecca that is Squamish.

This top spec bike with its fancy DVO suspension, SRAM X01 groupset and other generally enviable bits will sadly not be brought to UK shores, but buyers will be able to get their hands on two cheaper builds that use the same frame.

Find out more about these and more on the Intrigue here.

  • £N/A / $8,000 / AU$TBC

Hayes Dominion A4 brake

Hayes is back with these fantastic looking stoppers
Hayes is back with these fantastic looking stoppers

The Dominion is a fresh four-pot hydraulic disc brake from Hayes, and it’s one that looks set to please the gravity crowd.

The Dominion’s chunky cold-forged caliper uses two bleed ports in a design that borrows from motorsport tech, while an all-new lever design promises enviable feel, minimal dead stroke and a crisp biting point.

A closer look at the latest generation Hayes disc rotor
A closer look at the latest generation Hayes disc rotor

Anyone worried about reliability should find some comfort in Hayes’ “Lifetime Leakproof Warranty”. The rear brake photographed totals 313g excluding mounting hardware and rotor.

We’ll soon have these (don’t worry we’ve got a set) bolted to a bike in order to put them through their paces.

  • $229 / €235.00 per brake excluding rotors

Five Ten Freerider Kids’ MTB shoe

These diddy Five Tens almost caused a fight among the dads in the office
These diddy Five Tens almost caused a fight among the dads in the office

These adorable kids’ shoes are a scaled down version of Five Ten’s immensely popular Freerider flats.

A three strap Velcro closure takes the faff away for young hands, but there’s the same legendary Stealth rubber sole that you get in adult Five Tens.

They’re available from size EU28–EU31.5 including half sizes.

  • £54.99 / €70

Specialized Women’s Torch 2.0 road shoes

The Torch 2.0 is available in a men's version too
The Torch 2.0 is available in a men's version too

These mid-range road kicks from Specialized prioritise comfort but not at the cost of too much performance and are sold as the perfect choice for all-day riding.

Specialized’s medium stiffness FACT carbon sole includes a rubber heel and toe section for safe walking, while clear markings make it easy to accurately set up cleats.

A single BOA dial and lower Velcro strap make for easy adjustment on the fly. They’re nice and light too with our dinky size EU38 pair coming in at 411g.

  • £150 / $150

Birzman Velocity-Apogee mini pump

A quality mini pump is something we should all own
A quality mini pump is something we should all own

Nothing new here, but Birzman’s Velocity-Apogee mini pump was in for a grouptest with Cycling Plus magazine and we couldn’t help but be dazzled by its neat anodised body.

Like most Birzman stuff it has a real feel of quality and we like its snap-on head that easily adapts from Presta to Schraeder valves.

Its high-pressure barrel means it's perfect for road bikes and will get you up to 160psi. A bottle cage mount comes included for a convenient fit against your frame.

It’ll add just 114g to your bike.

  • £29.99

Mobius X8 wrist brace

Not quite a bionic arm
Not quite a bionic arm

Already hugely popular in the world of motocross, this Mobius wrist brace has been designed to provide support and limit excessive lateral and medial movement.

It’s something that can be used by riders with an existing injury or for those who want to proactively prevent aggravating an older injury.

The Mobius is already a popular sight at Motocross races
The Mobius is already a popular sight at Motocross races

Tension is applied to the wrist via an adjustable cable that dynamically changes its tension throughout the wrist’s full range of motion. A screw can tweak the support’s movement range from anywhere between 10 and 70 degrees.

  • £179.99 / $199.95

Sprintech Racing rear view mirror

Putting eyes in the back of your head... well, sort of
Putting eyes in the back of your head... well, sort of

Placing a small mirror on the handlebar of your road bike definitely won’t appeal to everyone, but for those looking to boost their awareness on the roads it sure looks like a sensible option.

Granted, this aero cockpit and the mirror are an unlikely combination
Granted, this aero cockpit and the mirror are an unlikely combination

The mirror couldn’t be easier to fit and sits in place of a regular handlebar end. A ball joint means it’s easily repositioned. The glass seems well sized and produces a clear reflection.

  • £22.99

Cane Creek AER Series II headset

It's almost a shame that most of this headset will never be visible
It's almost a shame that most of this headset will never be visible

Headsets simply don’t come any lighter than Cane Creek’s AER. Now in its second generation, the AER uses a hybrid steel and aluminium bearing that’s around 40% lighter than what you’d normally find in a similar headset.

Strategic yet aggressive machining means the entire top half of this short cover headset, including the top cap, bolt and star nut, total just 39g!

The bottom half of the headset is sold separately to the top, and that’s kind of lucky because the Trek frame this part is destined to be fitted on uses a larger lower bearing than Cane Creek currently produces for its AER series.

  • £84.99 / $60
Secret life of Canyon — the brains behind the bikes
Oli Woodman

Section Editor, UK
With more than 10 years of experience riding mountain bikes, Oli knows the good from the bad when it comes to gear. He's a total bike nerd and loves few things more than fettling with spangly riding bits. Also, he seems to have a talent for crashing hard but emerging unscathed.
  • Discipline: Mountain
  • Preferred Terrain: Loamy singletrack
  • Current Bikes: Marin Pine Mountain, Pinnacle Dolomite
  • Dream Bike: Honda RN01
  • Beer of Choice: Corona
  • Location: Bristol, UK

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