Glory, glory to the gods of cycling goodies for 11spd is here, your weekly roundup of the very best cycling trinkets, knick-knacks and doodahs to land in our collective grubby paws.
This week, BikeRadar’s resident sommeliers of swag have curated a list of kit that will set the heart of even the most unperturbable cyclist aflutter — with mountain bike and road kit from Wolftooth, Shimano, Velo Orange and many more, there’s something for everyone.
If that’s not quite enough to fill your boots, fear not for this week has brought a bountiful harvest of good news from the world of cycling; among lots else, we started our week marvelling at Denise Mueller-Korenek's remarkable achievement, smashing the world record for speed on a bike.
We then got familiar with Specialized’s new Turbo Levo, took a closer look at Rose’s new cyclocross bike and rounded out the week with news that GoPro has launched its latest model.
Rose Backroad Multicross
The new Rose Backroad range is a hot topic among the gravel and ‘cross crowds right now, but this Multicross version with its flat handlebar is something really quite interesting.
Is it a gravel bike with a flat bar? is it a flat bar hybrid with big clearances? Does it even matter? Still, but we’d be lying if we said this one didn’t have us scratching our heads a bit.
Those who enjoy the stability and speed of a road bike but crave the chuckability and position offered by a flat handlebar may well have had their prayers answered with this model. We can see it doubling up as an excellent fast commuter too.
The build leans heavily on Shimano Ultegra bits but adds a few non-series parts into the mix in order to move shifting and braking to the flat handlebar. Thru-axles secure the DT Swiss P1750 Spline Disc wheels, which are shod with plump 38mm G-One Evo tyres from Schwalbe. At 8.74kg it’s also properly light.
It’ll be really interesting to see what our testers make of this one.
- £1,950 / €2,149 / $NA/ AU$NA
Wolf Tooth Components Drop-stop 110 BCD chainring
If you have a 110 BCD Shimano crankset but fancy converting it to a single chainring setup, then Wolf Tooth has you covered.
It's recommended for use with clutch style rear derailleurs and the now standard narrow/wide tooth profile should mean that dropped chains are all but a thing of the past.
It's made in the USA, so they don't come as cheap as some other options, but the quality will be up there with the best.
Our 40t model weighs just 71g and will be going on a very special hill climb build. Keep your eyes on BikeRadar for more information in the coming weeks.
- £80 / $59.95 / €TBC / AU$TBC
Shimano E6100 Steps motor system
A few weeks back, Jack and Oli swept across London on a couple of hybrids equipped with Shimano’s latest Steps E6100 system.
Lighter and more efficient than any previous Steps system, E6100 claims to deliver up to 170km of assistance from a single charge. That’s a colossal range and we are looking forward to sourcing a test bike to try and confirm that claim.
A new Nexus Inter-5E hub gear can combine with the drive unit to offer 5-speed automated shifting too. Stop at traffic lights and the bike will automatically place you into a gear suitable for pulling away, then the bike will shift through its five ratios intelligently as various sensors read the terrain and your inputs.
Keep your eyes peeled on site for more info soon.
Trek Madone SLR 9 Disc
We first spotted Trek’s Madone Disc back at the Criterium du Dauphine in June of this year. As the first disc-equipped aero frameset from Trek, it’s a very important bike for the brand.
Since then, Ben Delaney was wowed by the bike’s performance at its launch in Wisconsin and promptly praised it as the world's most comfortable aero bike thanks to the unique adjustable IsoSpeed system under its top tube.
This SLR 9 build is the range topper with a price that’s set to stun the “you can get a new car/motorbike for that” crowd. It’s in for a Cycling Plus grouptest where it’ll find itself pitted against similarly priced superbikes.
- £10,000 / $12,500 / AU$13,499
Addition Performance Components 3D printed titanium top cap
This top cap from industrial designer and former bike builder Spencer Wright is completely and utterly excessive, but damn, is it cool.
Pitched as “the ultimate aerospace upgrade for your bike’s cockpit”, nobody is going to claim this top cap is in anyway a reasonable way to spend your money, but is it cool? Heck yes.
We’ve got a full first look planned for this top cap, but in the meantime, check out Spencer’s very interesting newsletter and marvel at how incredibly prolific this multi-talented young man is via his blog.
- $139.00, international shipping available
Velo Orange Nouveau Randonneur bars
Designed to “appease even the most discerning cockpit aficionado”, the Nouveau Randonneur is Velo Orange’s take on the classic rando’ bar.
The typical long ramps, deep drops and gently up-swept and ovalised tops — which give you lots of comfortable hand positions, ideal for long days in the saddle — of a typical rando-style bar have been slightly altered so that they will work better with modern integrated shifters.
A full rundown of the design rationale behind the bars is live on the Velo Orange blog.
The bars are available in silver or black, 42, 44 or 46cm widths and a 31.8mm clamp.
- $65, international shipping available
Rotor 11-28t UNO cassette
This feathery cassette from Rotor is machined from a single block of steel, with the largest two cogs and the lock ring machined from 7075 aluminium.
All of this metallurgical magic results in a cluster of cogs that weighs a mere 135g — so light that we’ve had to pin the cassette down to our desk for fear of it floating away.
It’s no surprise, but said magic also comes with a heady price tag — at £320 you’ll probably be saving this one for race day.
- £320 / €320, international pricing TBC
Shimano Meteor sunglasses
These urban-styled shades from Shimano are part of its ever-growing urban range.
The simple dark frames are paired with large lenses that offer good periphery cover. At £39.99, they’re also reasonably affordable.
Now that they’ve been modelled by BikeRadar’s own Aoife you can expect these to become the next must-have accessory and fly off the shelves in quick order.
- £39.99 / €44.99 / US and AU pricing TBC
Cab9 The Edge sunglasses
It seems to be sunnies week at BikeRadar, because here’s another pair of sharp looking shades that look perfect for getting rad and a bit of urban posing.
The Edge glasses are designed by snowboarders who we expect know a thing or two about bright light.
The TR90 plastic frames feel tough and lightweight, and they house polarised lenses that claim to offer near-infrared protection to reduce eye fatigue.
Hydrophilip nose and ear pads are designed to keep things grippy when the going gets sweaty, while fully-encased stainless steel screws are used in the hinges for durability.
Not that it matters, but these weigh 27g on our scales, light enough that you’ll hardly notice them on your face.
- £60 / €68, international shipping available
Team GB cycling kit
Team GB has just released its kit for 2018 and we’ve got a hold of one of the cool new minimalist jerseys.
Due to be first raced this December at the UCI Track Cycling World Cup, our very own Helen Cousins will also be wearing this particular jersey to the sub-editing world championships this autumn.
- £99.90, international shipping available
Specialized Turbo Levo
Specialized shook up the world of e-bikes this week with the arrival of its radical new Turbo Levo and accompanying advert.
- Specialized Turbo Levo Expert FSR e-MTB first ride review
- Even if you hate e-bikes you will want one after watching this
The new bike boasts a whole host of really interesting tech, which you can learn about in our comprehensive first ride review.
- £7,250 / €7,999 / $8,250 / AU$11,500