Oh my God, doesn’t time fly? Does anyone still feel festive or, like me, do you still think your brain is stuck somewhere in mid-June 2020?
Either way, bikes are still an exceptional gateway to the cerebral (and physical) Neverlands of skids, wheelies, speed tucks and watts, providing a welcome distraction from real life – at breakneck speed or as a smooth cruise.
I certainly hope BikeRadar has been a great place to get your two wheeler fix, and we’ve had an amazing week to start.
Road tech writer Warren Rossiter has posted four reviews of lightweight and affordable commuter electric bikes: the Mycle Classic, Revolutionworks Whippet, Pure Electric Flux One, and Carerra Impel IM-2.
We also explained the history of the 700c wheel, which became the perfect size for road bikes.
Cycling Plus editor-in-chief Matt Baird has taken on the UK’s toughest sporting challenge, the Fred Whitton Challenge. Read his story to learn more about an adventurous race that included 33% inclines!
In the big tire world, I covered the launch of the all-new Specialized Turbo Levo Alloy, the brand’s most affordable version of the S-Works Turbo Levo electric mountain bike I reviewed earlier this year.
Focus has also launched a new Jam2, its most popular electric bike.
And because it’s the season, take a look at my top seven tips for mountain biking at night.
Keep scrolling through this week’s premier kit selection!
POC Consort mtb overalls
POC’s Consort MTB Overalls are ridiculous and insanely expensive.
But there is a method in the Swedish brand’s madness and if the features of the Consort are to be retained, it will become the go-to style of riding pants in the future.
Made from an ultra-tough stretchable and reinforced three-layer Cordura waterproof material with a 15,000mm water column, coated with a PFC-free DWR treatment, there isn’t much that should be able to enter the Consort.
To boot, it has a breathability rating of 30,000g / mÂ² / 24 hrs and also has two ventilation holes along the thigh length to help regulate temperature.
There are four zippered pockets: one on each thigh, a chest pocket large enough to store a cell phone, and a small card pocket.
There is an adjustable waist strap and the elasticated shoulder straps can be used to adjust the height with Velcro tabs.
There is enough space in the knees for the knee pads and the ankles are elasticated to prevent water from rising up the legs due to splashing.
E * thirteen TRS Plus chain guide
Light chain retention and protection nicely complements a narrow and wide chainring. While the contoured teeth on the narrow and wide chainrings used for 1x drivetrains arguably make chain devices redundant, there are still times when extra protection against falling chain comes in handy.
This ultra-light (96g) chain guide must not only keep your chain on its ring even on the most rough terrain, but thanks to its removable chain guard, it must also be protected from damage caused by impact to the ground.
Two bash guards are included with the device – a smaller and a larger one – and the ISCG spacers are all-in-one tabs, rather than individual washers, making setup easy.
PINND CS2 flat pedals
PINND’s CS2 pedals were designed and manufactured in Scotland to withstand the worst conditions on the planet.
Each pedal has a HK1015 needle bearing and two cartridge bearings, rotating on a grade 5 titanium axle, all protected from the elements by oil seals.
There are 13 pins per side, and each pin is sharpened with a tapered taper design to provide good grip. The original pins are steel, but aluminum and titanium pins are also available.
The 7075-T6 anodized aluminum body of the pedal has been CNC machined to have a concave shape and chamfered edges.
On my scale, the silver spiked pedals weighed 416g per pair.
PNW Components Rover Belt Bag
PNW Components is new to apparel and accessories, having once been known for their aftermarket dropper levers.
But the brand recently launched a slew of clothing lines, including a jacket, shorts and riding jersey.
In my opinion the most interesting addition is the Rover Hip Pack.
It has four zipped pockets coated with PU YKK, one on each hip strap, plus two on the body of the bag. Inside there is a mesh compartment in the main pocket and a neoprene padded smartphone pocket.
It is made from a three-layer 100% recycled polyester sail fabric with a DWR coating.
The adjustable waistband can stretch from 24 to 48 inches and has fender adjusters for a precise fit.
It has a removable water bottle pocket that attaches to the side straps with snaps.
On my scale, the Rover Hip Pack weighed 370g.
To boot, it has a lifetime warranty, like all PWN components.
Misspent Summers ATV Directories
During the last two years hit by the pandemic, mountain bike racing has been a staple for fans of the sport.
And Misspent Summers has taken care of producing her annual Enduro and Downhill World Cup yearbooks so you can relive the ups and downs of the dramatic, explosive and captivating 2021 racing season.
Along with epic storytelling, the directories are packed with features and opinions from some of the biggest personalities in the business.
On top of that, they are printed on beautiful, high quality FSC certified paper.
At BikeRadar, we love to see the world of mountain biking documented in print, and Misspent Summers’ books do the job wonderfully.
- Global Stage 4: 2021: Â£ 17
- Hurly Burly 5: 2021: Â£ 17