Friday Five-a-side: this week's best new gear

Featuring Bontrager, Smith, Castelli, Santini and Wahoo

It’s the end of yet another week – and that means it's time for the latest edition of our Friday Five-a-side. As per usual, we're rounding up of the most interesting bits and pieces of road cycling and mountain biking gear that have recently landed on the BikeRadar doorstep.

New mountain bike gear

Scorpion Bike Stands

Scorpion's moto-inspired stands will work with any bicycle, provided it is eqipped with a crankset that has a spindle:
Scorpion's moto-inspired stands will work with any bicycle, provided it is eqipped with a crankset that has a spindle:

Scorpion’s unique bike stands can be used for storage, cleaning or general maintenance. These patent-pending bike stands are available for road, mountain and BMX and work with Shimano, SRAM and any other crankset with a hollow spindle. There’s also a travel version that folds flat for easy transport. 

US$69-$89 / UK TBA / AU TBA

scorpionbikestands.com

Bontrager Jackalope TLR fat bike wheelset and Hodag tyre

Bontrager is bringing its tubeless-compatible technology to the fat bike market in the new jackalop wheelset:
Bontrager is bringing its tubeless-compatible technology to the fat bike market in the new jackalop wheelset:

Fat bike tyres weigh enough without having to resort to running tubes. Thankfully, tubeless options for fat bikes are on the rise. Bontrager’s Jackalope TLR wheelset brings proven tubeless-ready technology to the fat bike market.

The Jackalope TLR wheelset is available in several configurations to fit most fat bikes currently on the market. The front wheel is available in a 135mm quick-release spacing as well as the increasingly popular 150mm width with a 15mm thru-axle. The rear wheel comes in 170mm quick-release as well as 177x12mm thru axle versions. The rims have an internal width of 75mm. The weight for the complete wheelset shown here is 2,882g.

US$999 / UK TBA / AU TBA

Bontrager has a tubeless-ready tire to accompany the wheelset. the hodag measures in a 26x3.8in and weighs 1224g pre tire:
Bontrager has a tubeless-ready tire to accompany the wheelset. the hodag measures in a 26x3.8in and weighs 1224g pre tire:

Speaking of tubeless technology for fat bikes, Bontrager has just released its first fat bike tyre, complete with a tubeless-ready bead. The Hodag is a 26x3.8in tyre with an aggressive tread pattern. The zig-zag siping on the knobs is intended to further enhance grip.

Weight for this burly tyre is 1,244g.

US $149 / UK TBA / AU TBA

www.bontrager.com

Smith Pivlock Overdrive

The smith pivlock overdrive sunglasses come with three sets of interchangeable lenses:
The smith pivlock overdrive sunglasses come with three sets of interchangeable lenses:

The pivlock Overdrive is the slightly less techy member of Smith’s Pivlock family of sunglasses. Unlike other Pivlock shades, such as the Pivlock V2 Max, the Overdrive features a full frame to protect the lenses (and the wearer) from impacts.

Shared features with the rest of the Pivlock line include a three-position adjustable nose piece to fine-tune fit and three pairs of interchangeable lenses suitable for a broad range of conditions.

US$199 / UK TBA / AU TBA

www.smithoptics.com

Fix It Sticks T-Way Wrench

Fix-It-Sticks now has a shop quality t-way wrench that uses replaceable 1/4 bits:
Fix-It-Sticks now has a shop quality t-way wrench that uses replaceable 1/4 bits:

Fix It Sticks began life as a Kickstarter project and has gone on to make a name for itself for producing simple, high quality multitools. The T-Way wrench is intended to replace the Y wrench most of us keep in our tool chests. It has two short arms that can fit in tight spaces and a longer arm for leverage. The T-Way wrench ships with 2mm, 2.5mm, 3mm, 4mm, 5mm, 6mm hex bits as well as a Torx 25 bit. You can also pick up any 1/4in bit at your local hardware store to add to the tool's functionality.

US $29 / UK TBA / AU TBA

www.fixitsticks.com

New road bike gear

Castelli Gabba 2 Short Sleeve

Castelli's gabba jacket now comes in a short sleeve: castelli's gabba jacket now comes in a short sleeve
Castelli's gabba jacket now comes in a short sleeve: castelli's gabba jacket now comes in a short sleeve

Castelli's Gabba now comes a convertible/zip-off long sleeve version as well as this short-sleeve version. With Windstopper X-Lite Plus fabric, the Gabba is a race-quality garment for nasty weather. The material is water-resistant and breathable, with Nano Flex fabric under the arms assisting with fit. A drop tail, thick reflective bands and drainage mesh on the pockets spell out that this isn’t a piece for bright, sunny days.

US$179 / UK TBA / AU TBA

castelli-cycling.com

Santini Race One Panel bib shorts

Santini's new race one panel bib shorts: santini's new race one panel bib shorts
Santini's new race one panel bib shorts: santini's new race one panel bib shorts

For this new bib, Santini uses a fabric called Onda (meaning 'wave'), in which single and multiple elastane threads alternate for varying compression and allow for the elimination of grippers – the legs just stay in place. As the name implies, the One Panel short is made of a single panel of fabric, stitched just once here on the inside of the legs. The chamois has a gel core, which Santini says provides a cooling effect.

US$250 / €190 / £150 / AU N/A

www.santinisms.it

Giro Merino Wool gloves

Giro's merino wool gloves work with touchscreens: giro's merino wool gloves work with touchscreens
Giro's merino wool gloves work with touchscreens: giro's merino wool gloves work with touchscreens

Giro's Merino Wool gloves work with touchscreens. The rubber gripper dots add some grip – whether on handlebars or your phone – and conducive thread in the thumb and index finger lets you navigate your screen.

US$30 / UK TBA / AU TBA

www.giro.com

Wahoo's Tickr X heart rate monitor

Wahoo's tickr heart rate monitor can work without a computer or smartphone - then you can download the data later: wahoo's tickr heart rate monitor can work without a computer or smartphone - then you can download the data later
Wahoo's tickr heart rate monitor can work without a computer or smartphone - then you can download the data later: wahoo's tickr heart rate monitor can work without a computer or smartphone - then you can download the data later

With the Tickr X, you can work without a computer or smartphone – then download the data later. Or, you can use this strap with a computer, or a smartphone, on either Bluetooth or ANT +. Vibration alerts and lights let you know when the Tickr X is connected and picking up a heart rate.

US$99 / N/A in UK & AU

www.wahoofitness.com

VP Components VP-R73H Pedals

The vp-r73h pedals are a good budget option: the vp-r73h pedals are a good budget option
The vp-r73h pedals are a good budget option: the vp-r73h pedals are a good budget option

VP Components' VP-R73H pedals are a good budget option. Their most notable feature is the cleats, which let you maintain exact position when changing cleats (you remove half the cleat at a time, then snap the new half into place). We reviewed the pedals two year ago, and are eager to see how well they stack up against Shimano’s offerings now that some small in-line tweaks have been made following pro-rider feedback.

US$95 / UK TBA / AU TBA

www.vp-usa.com

Ben Delaney

US Editor-in-Chief
Ben has been writing about bikes since 2000, covering everything from the Tour de France to Asian manufacturing to kids' bikes. The former editor-in-chief of VeloNews, he began racing in college while getting a journalism degree at the University of New Mexico. Based in the cycling-crazed city of Boulder, Colorado, with his wife and two kids, Ben enjoys riding most every day.
  • Discipline: Road (paved or otherwise), cyclocross and sometimes mountain. His tri-curious phase seems to have passed, thankfully
  • Preferred Terrain: Quiet mountain roads leading to places unknown
  • Current Bikes: Scott Foil Team Issue, Specialized S-Works Tarmac, Priority Eight city bike... and a constant rotation of test bikes
  • Dream Bike: A BMC Teammachine SLR01 with disc brakes and clearance for 30mm tires (doesn't yet exist)
  • Beer of Choice: Saison Dupont
  • Location: Boulder, CO, USA

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