Congratulations, you've nearly made it to the weekend and to help celebrate/procrastinate a bit more, here is this week's 11spd.
But before we delve into some new kit, here are this week's highlights. Oli headed to Milan to give the HiRide ESAS road-bike suspension system a go while Specialized announced a slightly cheaper (but still expensive) Venge Pro model. We also had a video feature from Reuben, Jack and Joe about their adventures on the Isle of Arran for the second edition of Grinduro Scotland.
Finally, if you’re still suffering from a Tour de France hangover (like we suspect Geraint Thomas is), then you can get some hair of the dog with CyclingNews’ latest film Running With Wolves, which is now available on Vimeo.
K-Edge Limited Edition Computer Race Mount
To celebrate two of K-Edge’s sponsored teams winning jerseys at the Tour de France, the Idaho-based aluminium-accessory specialist has created limited edition versions of its popular out-front computer mounts.
Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) won the points and climbers jerseys respectively, and K-Edge has produced limited-edition green and polka dot mounts to commemorate the victories.
Weighing 33g, the mounts fit 31.8mm handlebars and are suitable for Garmin 820, 520, 510, 500, 25 and 20 computers although a replacement insert for use with a Wahoo, Omata or Sigma Sport computer is available for $5.
Two threaded holes on the underside of the mount allow the addition of a mount for a GoPro.
Priced at $64.99 each, the mounts are at the higher end of computer-mount options but with a lifetime warranty, the CNC-machined aluminium mount can be moved from bike to bike for years to come.
Rever mtn1 Brake Lever and Caliper
The Rever mtn1 brakes have been designed to pick up where hydraulic systems lack — cold weather performance and complex maintenance for the average user.
The box comes with everything required to get you up and running — lever, dual-piston caliper, cables, pads and a heap of different bolts and adapters. Also included is Rever's own 160mm rotor.
Claimed weight for the lever is just 67g (66g on the BikeRadar Scales of Truth) with the MSRP coming in at $165 per lever and caliper set.
Roval CLX 32 Disc 650b wheelset
The Roval CLX 32 Disc 650b wheelsets are a tubeless-ready gravel/road-plus wheelset.
The CLX 32s have a decently wide (for road/gravel standards) 21mm internal width and have a claimed weight of just 1290g, which should appease even the most hardened of rough road-orientated weight weenies.
In the box you get everything included to fit modern road-bike standards including QR adapters and quick-release plugs for 12mm thru-axles and tubeless plugs and valves. Also included are padded wheel bags for safe storage.
However, they don't come cheap.
- £1,700 / $2,400
Rudy Project Strym Helmet
Rudy Project's latest lid, the Strym, is designed and styled as its all-round helmet. Not designed for one specific discipline, the Strym looks at home whether you're blasting around your local trails on a cross-country bike or riding through the city on your daily commute.
Ventilation is aided by 16 vents as well as Airframe padding. Also included is the company's bugstop netting which, as the name suggests, stops bugs getting caught in your helmet. Useful, eh?
The Strym is available in several colourways including a bright-yellow fluoro, black-and-pink fluoro, red or blue-and-orange for greater visibility while out on the road. It might be easily seen, but it’s not the lightest coming in at 268g for a size Large.
The Strym is currently available in most European countries, including Italy, Germany and France, with a recommended retail price of €99.
Cartes du Tour
Let’s face it, there are already a ton of books about the history of the Tour de France but Cartes du Tour uniquely plots the evolution of Le Tour through the route maps of each edition.
From the days when the race was a full loop around the edges of France right through to the modern-day version full of long transfers and flights, Paul Fournel gives you a sense of how the race has changed, all while packing in facts (sure to impress your non-cycling mates down the pub).
Known for making extremely high-quality, but eye-wateringly expensive hex keys, Silca now has the relatively wallet-friendly HX-Three set.
Designed ‘for the mechanic who’s simply looking for the highest quality hex keys’ the tools are made to incredibly tight tolerances using uber-fancy S2 tool steel. This means they should last you a very long time and remain a snug fit for all those hex bolts on your bike.
We wouldn’t consider them to be super-cheap, but compared to Silca’s top spec HX-One essential kit, you’re getting that quality and reputation at a bargain price.
- £35 / $40 / €40
Silca SuperPista Floor Pump
If you’re tired of flimsy plastic floor pumps and want quality workshop tools instead, then Silca’s SuperPista Floor Pump will be right up your street.
It has a full metal construction with aluminium internals and a brass check valve (i.e no plastic), so it should last a long time. The gauge is claimed to be accurate to within 2%, trumping the industry standard of 5%.
Just picking the thing up makes you realise it’s a quality piece of kit, with a reassuringly solid heft. It also comes with a lifetime warranty, which should go some way to justifying the monumental asking price.
Curve G4 carbon disc wheelset
Curve’s G4 carbon disc road wheels are available in a variety of depths from 25mm to 55mm, and we’ve got our hands on the all-round 35mm option with DT Swiss 350 hubs. Our 35mm choice comes in at 1475g for the pair (802g rear, 673g front).
The rim has a fashionably wide 25mm external width and 18mm internal width, meaning you can run equally fashionable wider tyres up to 32mm.
They also have a fairly generous weight limit of 110kg, so could be great for all you powerful riders out there.
Being built to order means the lead times can vary, but by the looks of these G4s, we think they’ll be well worth the wait.
Trek FX Sport 6 Commuter Bike
Trek’s FX Sport 6 is a fitness/commuter bike on steroids, which has borrowed tech from its road race and mountain-bike lines.
The 400 series OCLV carbon frame keeps the weight down, while Trek’s IsoSpeed decoupler should help dampen some of that road buzz during your daily commute.
Shifting duties are taken care of by Shimano’s ever-reliable 105 groupset, and the brakes are Tektro’s HD-R310 hydraulic-disc model.
All this adds up to a bike that would be great for a fitness enthusiast/commuter who wants to get to and from the office as quickly as possible.
- £1,900 / $2,500 / €2,220
RH+ Lambo Helmet
Tested by Pro Continental road racing team Wanty-Groupe Gobert, the Lambo from Italian brand RH+ is said to be inspired by automotive shapes and designs.
Now that’s a whole load of marketing kool-aid right there, however, this brash design looks like a well-thought-out piece of kit.
We’re big fans on the Y-shape divider, which helps keep the straps away from your ears, and the large front vents should be up to the task of keeping your head cool.
Coming in at 273g for a size Large on the BikeRadar Scales Of Truth & Power, it sits on the light (but not earth-shatteringly so) end of the market.
Miche Advanced Pista 44t chainring
SRAM’s Omnium crankset — one of very few track cranks on the market built around an external bottom bracket — is much loved by track-going and general fixie-istas the world over for its super-stiff feel and narrow Q-Factor.
However, SRAM only supplies the cranks with a 48t chainring as stock, which if you want to use them anywhere but the track, is a fairly tall choice.
Italian marque, Miche, is one of the few brands who make smaller chainrings in 144mm BCD and Jack has got a hold of this Advanced Pista ring in a 44t option to make his State Undefeated test bike a little more hill-climb friendly.
The chainring is hard anodized to improve longevity and we think it looks great mounted up to the cranks.
- £39.99 / $50.30 / AU$71.49 / €52.49