Spin are best known for their titanium bikes but they have a penchant for deep-section carbon hoops too. Just arrived in the office are their new, hand-built Supersonic SSC50s. As with all things Spin, they’re completely customisable.
From £549 per pair, you can pick from Shimano, SRAM or Campagnolo compatibility, a range of coloured hub shells (red/silver/metal/purple), DT Swiss Competition or Sapim Race spokes and brass/red alloy nipples. You could just mix and match your spokes and nipples, as with the model in the gallery. The 50mm section clincher set weighs in at 1,648g.
While it may be a dead ringer for the Starship Enterprise, this is in fact the Bandito, the latest integrated carbon aero bar from Deda Elementi. It weighs in at 432g, has space for internal cable routing and has an adjustable lift angle from 73-76 degrees. It’s 42cm wide, with 300mm aero extensions and a choice of 100, 110 and 120mm stem lengths. It’ll be available later this month in the UK from Chicken Cycles for £599.99.
We got a look at Bell’s new range-topping Gage lid at Madison’s iceBike* show in February, but as it wasn’t a full production model we were forbidden from putting it on our scales (actual weight is 251g for a medium). It’s already being used by Bell-sponsored pro teams including BMC and it’ll soon be available to everyone else, from £159.99/$190.
On top of an all-new logo to celebrate their tenth birthday, hydration boffins Nuun have added five new flavours to their flagship electrolyte tablet range. Strawberry lemonade, grape, lemon tea, fruit punch and tropical now sit alongside old favourites lemon lime, tri-berry, orange, citrus fruit, kona cola and banana.
Of the new varieties, grape was our pick of the bunch. Nuun say it was one of the most requested flavours so they came up with “a blend of white grape varietals which creates a crisp mouthfeel and a softly sweet finish that’ll leave you wanting more”. We wouldn’t go that far, but it was pleasant.
Nuun’s low calorie (6kcal per 480ml drink) tablets are said to optimise salt balance and prevent cramping. According to Nuun, light flavouring “fuels the subconscious drive to drink” more than pure water. You can buy them directly from their website for £24/$24 per pack of four tubes, each of which contains 12 tablets.
Eddy Merckx: The Cannibal, by Daniel Friebe
Procycling magazine’s European editor Daniel Friebe targets arguably cycling’s greatest champion for his latest book. Published by Ebury Press in hardback for £16.99, Eddy Merckx: The Cannibal chronicles how the Belgian, with his insatiable appetite for winning, revolutionised the sport during his 14-year career.
Despite clocking up an unsurpassed 525 victories, Friebe’s book reveals a complex, nervous character full of self-doubt who found an escape from his torment on the bike. He interviews many of Merckx’s greatest rivals, including Felice Gimondi, Roger de Vlaeminck, Freddy Maertens, Bernard Thevenet and Raymond Poulidor to help uncover the truth behind the enigma.
The Enlightened Cyclist: Commuter Angst, Dangerous Drivers, and Other Obstacles on the Path to Two-Wheeled Transcendence, by Bike Snob NYC
The latest book by Bike Snob NYC, AKA Eben Weiss, of the popular blog of the same name, takes on the trials and triumphs of bike commuting with Weiss’s own brand of humour, asking the question: If we become better commuters, will that make us better people? From the deadly sins of biking to tactics for dealing with careless drivers, zoned-out pedestrians and other cyclists, Weiss’s take on bike travel is designed for cyclists old and new. It’s available from May, published by Chronicle books, for £10.99.
Performance Cycling: The Science of Success, edited by Dr James Hopker and Dr Simon Jobson
Written by sport scientists working at the forefront of cycling research, this book documents the latest research to help your understanding of current training, nutritional and recovery strategies and how you can adopt them. It’s available from 12 April for £19.99.
The Pocket Mountain Bike Trail Guide – Your Slope Saviour, by Clive Forth
From the author of The Mountain Bike Skills Manual, this is a guide that fits in your back pocket and covers everything you need to know when you’re out on the trails. Mechanic skills such as changing your chain, adjusting your gears, fixing brakes and punctures, and straightening buckled wheels, plus core techniques like braking, cornering and jumping, are all included. Other topics include crucial emergency and first aid procedures, trail etiquette and bike setup advice. It’s available from 12 April for £9.99.
The Ventoux 1912m, named after the famed Alpine climb, is the latest jacket from British firm Telegraph-Road. It’s made from a waterproof, windproof fabric and is packed with features including a fold-down rear rain flap and zipped pocket, and a reflective strap. It’s available now from their website for £120.
Mucky Nutz Butt Fender 1.0
Mucky Nutz now have a rear mudguard to go with the Bender Fender. The Butt Fender requires no additional fasteners to attach to your saddle rails, meaning it’s simple to fit and remove. It’s compatible with all standard double rail saddles and available now directly through their website for £6.90.