11spd: this week's best new bikes and gear

A big bike from Canyon, a woolly jersey, and way to keep the party going

Yes! It's Friday again! Weekend rides and other shenanigans are mere hours away. To celebrate the day we have BikeRadar's 11spd, showcasing the newest, neatest and freshest gear to land in our well-calloused hands.

Before we dive in though, let's recap the week where we showed you a new aero bike from Ridley, a whole bunch of tech from the Tour de Suisse, and provided a guide to some important stuff

On the mountain bike side, we reviewed the playful, long-travel Intense Carbine, and reminded new riders that if they're just getting started off road, they didn't miss out.

Vee Tire Crown Gem

Vee Tire's Crown Gem comes in 27.5 x 2.6, 2.8 and 3.0in options
Vee Tire's Crown Gem comes in 27.5 x 2.6, 2.8 and 3.0in options

Ahh, tire sizes, the one constant with them seems to be there is no constant. 26in was shaken up by 29in, then 27.5in came in and made a ruckus. Next up was fat tires, then plus-tires emerged. 

But wait, it's not over yet. Around the intersection of big, enduro rubber and soft, squirmy plus-tires comes 2.6in tires. This middle size can be found in both 27.5in and 29er diameters and promises the best of, oh you know, nevermind...

Vee Tire's 27.5in Crown Gem is one such example. It comes in the not-quite-plus-size 2.6in, as well as 2.8in and 3.0in versions.

The tread's well spaced and a bit round for predictable cornering action
The tread's well spaced and a bit round for predictable cornering action

Vee's 57a Tackee rubber compound forms the variable height knobs. To keep rolling resistance to acceptable levels, the center tread has shorter knobs while the side knobs receive a bit of height for cornering bite. 

A 120tpi casing and folding bead aim to keep the Crown Gem light and supple.

  • £42 / $65 / AU$ TBD

Fly Racing Warpath shorts

Fly Racing's Warpath shorts tick all the mountain bike boxes with venting, pockets and knee pad friendly length
Fly Racing's Warpath shorts tick all the mountain bike boxes with venting, pockets and knee pad friendly length

Fly Racing comes from another two-wheel discipline, that being motorcross. While there are lots of similarities between the two sports, the angrily named Warpath shorts are decidedly for mountain biking.

The material is a breathable, stretchy polyester and the shorts include a chamois-filled mesh liner. A one-side Velcro waist adjuster allows a bit of size range.

Zippable vents on the thighs keep the breeze flowing through and zippers on all pockets help to keep your on-ride necessities yours. 

  • £TBD / $109.95 / AU$145.95

Sweet Protection Merino SS jersey

It's all wool, no polyester blends here with Sweet Protection's Merino SS jersey
It's all wool, no polyester blends here with Sweet Protection's Merino SS jersey

Sweet Protection's Merino SS jersey is 100 percent Merino — no fillers, no fluff, no plasticky feeling additions.

Being comprised of Merino allows the jersey to remain cool in the heat, warm in the cold, and best of all, not smell like it's been worn four days in a row, when this is precisely what you've done.

  • £59.95 / $59.95 / AU$TBD

RockyMounts Carlito lock

RockyMount's Carlito lock comes with three keys and is wrapped in a soft touch rubbery coating
RockyMount's Carlito lock comes with three keys and is wrapped in a soft touch rubbery coating

RockyMounts' Carlito lock has the size, security and finish to make it the best out of any urban rider's necessary gear. 

Its size is a pocket-friendly 75 x 127mm, it weighs a respectable 395g, and it's coated in a soft-touch rubber silicon to protect your bike's finish and not cause issues when tossed in a bag with other gear.

With a 14mm shackle, it looks beefy and secure, too. Three keys are included because losing lock keys is sadly a cycling ritual.

  • £37 / $39.95 / AU$52.48

Canyon Torque CF 9.0 Pro

Super-enduro, freeride or DH light, whatever you call it, Canyon's 175mm travel Torque CF 9.0 Pro is impressive
Super-enduro, freeride or DH light, whatever you call it, Canyon's 175mm travel Torque CF 9.0 Pro is impressive

Canyon's Torque bikes are impressive, so much so, the one-step-down Torque CF 8.0 snagged BikeRadar's Enduro Bike of the Year award.

With 175/180mm front and rear travel, the carbon Torque CF 9.0 Pro is at home on burly enduro tracks and at the bike park. Up front, Fox's 36 Factory fork leads the charge and a factory-spec Float X2 shock handles the rear-end action.

Yet, Canyon didn't completely leave climbing out of the equation. SRAM's X01 Eagle is on board with its dinner-plate size 50T bail out gear should you desire to winch yourself uphill before shredding down.

It's always a pleasure to see Fox's Float X2 in the middle of a bike
It's always a pleasure to see Fox's Float X2 in the middle of a bike

It's also easy to firm up the ride as the rear shock has a compression climb lever and the 36 Factory has three easy-to-adjust compression settings. When it's time to make the most with gravity, the big Torque has Mavic Deemax Pro wheels wrapped in Mavic 2.5in tires on duty as well as SRAM Code RSC discs. 

And this beast also has some beauty in my opinion; It's absolutely gorgeous with a quality black-to-blue fade and a stealthy matte finish down tube. 

  • £4,499 / €4,999 / $4,999 / AU$7,199

Kali Strike knee armor

Kali's Strike knee pads have a material that hardens upon impact for the big hits
Kali's Strike knee pads have a material that hardens upon impact for the big hits

Striking a combination of hard and soft knee protection is Kali's Strike knee armor. 

Some curiously named stuff called Xelion makes the hard, impact-shunning knee pad. Xelion is 3D molded and is supposed to firm up upon impact. 

On the sides of the knee (you know the bony bits that more often get banged up in a crash) the Strikes feature EVA padding.

The back panel has a thin mesh that resists bunching and lets the air flow through. 

Finally, the pull-on design features silicone grippers at the top and bottom, and there's a small Velcro strap to snug them up a bit more.

  • £64 / $85 / AU$112

Outdoor Tech Turtle Shell 3.0 speaker

Keep the party going, or just have some tunes when getting your bike dialed with Outdoor Tech's Turtle Shell 3.0 wireless speaker
Keep the party going, or just have some tunes when getting your bike dialed with Outdoor Tech's Turtle Shell 3.0 wireless speaker

Keeping the good times rolling off the bike is all about setting the right vibe and music plays one of the biggest roles in that. Outdoor Tech's Turtle Shell 3.0 speaker claims to pump out tunes for up to 20 hours. 

This wireless boombox connects via Bluetooth and has a range of 32 feet, which is ideal if you want to keep your phone in your pocket instead of sitting beside the speaker.

Speaking of phones, the Turtle Shell 3.0 is also a powerbank capable of recharging GoPros, tablets and other small devices with its 3,600 mAh capacity.

Outdoor Tech says it's waterproof and it even floats should something interesting happen. 

  • £TBD / $99.95 / AU$TBD

Adidas Zonyk Aero Pro sunglasses

With Adidas' Zonyk Aero Pro glasses, you too could look as edgy and cool as Matthew Allen
With Adidas' Zonyk Aero Pro glasses, you too could look as edgy and cool as Matthew Allen

These delightfully Euro-style glasses from Adidas are to be Jack’s new sunnies for the summer after his previous pair were squished by a car when they flew out of a jersey pocket.

The glasses are available in a range of shades (get it?)
The glasses are available in a range of shades (get it?)

The shades feature a half-rim style, which improves peripheral vision, ventilation and also makes them a touch easier to clean.

The foam sweat bar is more useful than it looks
The foam sweat bar is more useful than it looks

The foam sweat bar on the brow may seem a bit gimmicky at first glance, but our experience has shown this is quite useful on hot ’n’ sticky days in the saddle.

The glasses are available in a delightful range of lairy hues, but we’ve gone for a plain black frame with some striking purpley-blue lenses. Vario reactive lenses are also available.

£152 is undoubtedly a lot of money to spend on a pair of sunglasses, but in the wider context of high-end cycling sunnies, these present pretty decent value for money.

  • £152 / $210 / AU$277

Chapter2 Rere frameset and Knight wheels

We've got Chapter2's Rere aero bike in for test
We've got Chapter2's Rere aero bike in for test

Clearly not a fan of the spacebar, Chapter2 — not to be confused with David Millar’s CHPT3 (we were) — was founded a few years ago by ex-NeilPryde engineer, Mike Pryde.

We’ve just taken delivery of this rather lovely looking limited-edition Rere frameset, the brand’s aero offering.

The bike features heavily shaped tubes and a unique profile that is said to have been extensively tested in the University of Auckland’s in-house wind tunnel.

Our test bike is outfitted with Chapter2’s own Mana integrated cockpit and a set of mid-depth rims from Knight, which are laced to a set of those low-drag Rotor RVOLVER hubs that we featured last year.

The rest of the build should arrive soon
The rest of the build should arrive soon

The rest of the build is on route and is one we’re really looking forward to seeing complete.

  • £1,695 / $2,699 / AU$3630, international pricing TBC

Pelotan sun lotion

Pelotan is an all-new suntan lotion for cyclists
Pelotan is an all-new suntan lotion for cyclists

Pelotan is a new single application alcohol-based spray-on sun lotion designed for cyclists looking to curate the sharpest of tan lines.

The SPF30-rated lotion is said to absorb quickly and be highly breathable. Pelotan also claims  the lotion is 'lightweight' — roadies are known to be weight-conscious, but this takes things to a whole new level.

A 200ml bottle of Pelotan will set you back £20 and is live now on Indiegogo (and has reached half of its £7k goal as of writing).

  • £20 (introductory price), international pricing TBA

Saikel Segments jersey and bibs

We're really taken by Saikel's new jazzy kit
We're really taken by Saikel's new jazzy kit

There’s no shortage of startups bringing high-quality cycling kit to market these days, but there’s few bringing products with as much flair as this funky swag from Saikel.

The kit has a charming neo-retro '80s-ish Memphis Group-like aesthetic that has tickled the collective pickle of the BikeRadar office.

The kit is really nicely finished
The kit is really nicely finished

The kit isn’t just a looker — it’s also really nicely finished with laser-cut edges, flat-lock stitching and suitably on-trend long sleeves and legs. The kit is available in both men’s and women’s fits.

Anything that injects a bit of colour into cycling is a good thing in our eyes
Anything that injects a bit of colour into cycling is a good thing in our eyes

Monochrome kit, of course, has its place, but we’ll gladly welcome anything that injects a bit of fun into a sport that often takes itself far too seriously.

  • Saikel Segments jersey: €125, international pricing TBC
  • Saikel Segments bib shorts: €170, international pricing TBC
Russell Eich

Tech Writer, US
Russell fell head over heels in love with bikes in the '90s, and has been involved in the bike industry ever since. Between wrenching in bike shops, guiding professionally, and writing about bikes, Russell has honed an appreciation for what works, gained knowledge of what doesn't, and can barely contain his enthusiasm for what comes next. His two-wheeled passion continues in the Rocky Mountains high above Boulder, Colorado.
  • Discipline: Mountain, road, cyclocross
  • Preferred Terrain: High altitudes, forgotten singletracks, bike parks, roads without cars
  • Current Bikes: Custom Meriwether steel hardtail, Specialized S-Works Enduro 29, Kona Jake the Snake, Trek 69er, and a bunch more
  • Dream Bike: Yeti SB5c, Intense Tracer 275C, Black Cat custom road
  • Beer of Choice: Gin + Tonic
  • Location: Rollinsville, CO, USA

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