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
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.
- €599 / $550
Mission Workshop Axis waist pack
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.
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.
SRAM S-900 direct-mount rim brakes
Direct-mount rim brakes offer a notable performance advantage over a traditional single bolt system, and they often save a bit of weight too.
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
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
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.
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 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
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
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.
Mobius X8 wrist brace
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.
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
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.
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.
Cane Creek AER Series II headset
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