Any pro level road bike that still uses an external bearing headset will most likely have a Chris King NoThreadset - it's pretty much a standard fitment.
The Assos Intermediate Evo is designed for use in temperatures between 10- 20°C, and no other garment we've tried manages to cope as well with balancing body temperature in these temperate conditions.
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A good base layer is essential for cold weather riding; everyone should own at least one. The base layers from Norwegian outdoor clothing masters Helly Hansen have been some of our favourites since the dawn of biking and this, the Charger Half-Zip base, is another great garment out of their stable.
Following the same quality theme as the rest of the great Sombrio range, the Triton jersey has a great cut for wearing over armour or without and, being made from Coolmax material with mesh panels.
Needless to say, a shock pump is an essential item if your bike has an air-sprung shock, but this little number from Topeak has a trick hidden up its screw-on sleeve.
TSG's Nose Dive pads are very similar to the excellent 661 Tomcats. The actual pad is a lightweight neoprene sleeve which features a removable hard cap that slides in place, so you can easily take it out for washing and have the option of running the pads under jeans for lightweight protection.
It's a well known fact that your arms contain a good amount of veins and a couple of decent sized arteries. Bearing that in mind an excellent way of controlling your body temperature is to expose or cover your arms to the wind as you cycle
Dubbed the Pro's choice the Ultra certainly ticks all the boxes! First impressions are of a very light shoe with excellent application of modern materials and fasteners.
There are light helmets and there's the Catlike Kompact. At 242g it's the lightest XC lid we've tested.
Setting up good cable routing on suspension forks used to depend on how creative you were with zip-ties, but no longer thanks to the Fate guides.The bottom guide clamps on to the brake hose
Fox's 36 TALAS (Travel Adjustable Linear Air Spring) air fork is a fantastic big hitter, but it's not the plushest and it's proper pricey.
Gore's latest jacket is a masterpiece. Their Windstopper fabric does exactly what it's supposed to, and it shrugs off showers.
Identiti are easily the most productive UK-based mountain bike component company right now, with a constant stream of new products hitting the shelves and more in development all the time.
These bars are made in Japan but originate from the States, where they were designed for long distance cycling by the Rivendell Bicycle Works. The tops curve back gently to provide a more upright riding position.
You can spend a lot of money on a fancy CNC machined stem, or you can buy a really well designed, really cheap one like this. The thin four bolt clamp and super light (126g) weight of this tiller might cause doubts considering the price.
The summer is great for long day rides in great weather. However if, like me, that means just one thing - burning - you need to think about your protection.
The Tiagra chainset is now a two-piece design and is outwardly similar to the Hollowtech II components further up the Shimano range, but with cost-saving C-section crank arms that are available in 165mm, 170mm and 175mm lengths.
Campy's latest continues to meld art with engineering
The Vaude Aquarius bladder supplied with this pack comes with its own cleaning brush and some oddly IKEA-esque DIY instructions for assembly. It slides neatly into a zipped sleeve at the back of the slender pack, while another full-length zip pocket with an extra mesh pouch does a grand job of providing sensibly minimal storage space. The soft and thickly padded waist belt and lightly wired back system do a truly great job of transmitting the load to the hips where it belongs, giving this pack a really airy, barely-there feel. Bright canary yellow might not be for everyone though, so other colours are available.
Ultra tough U-lock
Aggressive yet comfortable ride