Fisher Expo 3: Road round-up

New gear from MET, Tacx, Santini, Schwalbe and more

There was plenty of cutting-edge road kit on display at UK distributor Fisher Outdoor Leisure's '09 trade show. Here are the highlights from MET, Tacx, Schwalbe, Santini, Maxim and VDO. Click on the thumbnails on the right for more images.


MET had their new SINE-Thesis helmet on display. With an integrated composite exoskeleton, it is said to weigh just 200g (medium) and offer "360-degree ventilation". The SINE-Thesis has gel padding, ventilated Kevlar straps and MET's Safe T Lite retention system, and will cost £149. It will be available in black or white.


Tacx were showing off their new Bushido, the first totally wireless high-resistance trainer. They also had a demo of Fortius Google Earth. Due out in the summer, this enables you to import Garmin and Google Earth rides to make indoor training on your Tacx Fortius more realistic and engaging.

Tacx are making indoor training more interesting


Schwalbe introduced their new Ultemo R road tyre at the show. This has been designed to have less rolling resistance yet more puncture protection and more grip. It features Schwalbe's nano technology and is available in seven colours.

Schwalbe's Ultremo R is tougher, faster and grippier


Road clothing firm Santini had their latest fashion and 365 ranges on display, along with some team replica kits. All of their products are hand-made and designed in Italy.


Santini offer a wide selection or road jerseys and shorts, including team replica kits


Sports nutrition company Maxim had new Active Hydration drink tablets in grapefruit and lemon flavour, along with a new raspberry energy gel.

Maxim have new grapefruit and lemon hydration tablets


VDO had their latest range of cycle computers on display, from basic four-function models up to their top-of-the-range £280 multi-function sports watch. The 22-function Z3 has all the normal functions plus countdown, lap and time trial timing modes.

VDO: vdo
VDO: vdo

VDO's Z3 boats 22 functions including countdown, lap and time trial timing modes

CW has been riding mountain bikes for more than two decades now. He's the first to admit he's not the fittest or most skilful rider on the hill, but that doesn't stop him sweating up the climbs to have a blast on the downhills.
  • Discipline: MTB, commuting
  • Preferred Terrain: Big mountains and flowing singletrack
  • Current Bikes: Whyte T-129 S SCR, Stanton Sherpa 853, Pinnacle Dolomite 6
  • Dream Bike: Evil The Following
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston Old Peculier
  • Location: Bristol, UK

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