We spent Friday checking out the new products on display at the London Bike Show and here's our pick of the most interesting.
Torch helmet integrates LEDs
This Torch T1 helmet comes with lights integrated into the moulding: five LEDs front and rear.
The helmet, developed in California, initially sought funding on Kickstarter back in 2012, achieving over 50% more than its $45,000 goal, and it is now available to buy through more conventional means priced at £85.
There are no protruding edges and the electronics are said to be fully stormproof. The LEDs are USB rechargeable (in about 1.5hrs) and offer a runtime of up to 12 hours.
The T1 is available in several sizes and features a dial-adjust fit system.
Torch give a weight of 366g. That is more than a standard helmet but it’s not mega-heavy considering that it includes 10 LEDs.
We’ll try to get one in for review on road.cc.
For more info go to torchapparel.eu.
Neat wheels and clever cassette from Edco
Edco wheels are back in the UK, the range starting out at £549.99 for the aluminium Tubeless Ready Roches. The rim width is 24mm so you can easily run wider tyres. Edco claim a wheelset weight of 1,571g.
Like the rest of the wheels in the lineup, they feature Edco’s patented MultiSys cassette body that will take both Shimano/SRAM and Campagnolo sprockets. Usually it’s an either/or situation. That’s a big plus if you have bikes with groupsets from different manufacturers, or if you’re ever thinking of swapping.
This the Edco SuperG hub as used on the Optima series wheels. It shows you where to line up a Shimano/SRAM cassette...
...and where to line up a Campag cassette.
The Aerosport Bernina carbon clinchers (£2,199.99) come in the same 24mm width but, as you can see, they have much deeper rims.
They’re 90mm rims from Reynolds. For comparison, Zipp 808s are 82mm deep. Other models are available in other rim depths: 72mm, 58mm, 46mm. The Bernina wheelset claimed weight is 1,891g.
If light weight is your priority you need to go to Edco’s Supersport section where the tubular version of the Neggia wheels weigh in at a claimed 999g (the clinchers are 1,179g). That’s superlight and there’s a rider weight limit of 85kg.
Of course, you have to pay a premium for them: £2,249.99. The carbon rims are 25mm deep, the hubs are Edco’s own Aptera design, and they use double butted Sapim Lightweight SuperSpokes. The claimed weight is 1,891g.
They’re getting even lighter for 2016. This is a sneak peek at next year’s model.
All Edco wheels come with Continental tyres as part of the package.
One other interesting item fro Edco is this clever Monoblock cassette that allows you to fit an 11-speed hub onto a 10-speed freehub body.
Usually, that would be impossible because a 10-speed body is smaller than an 11-speed body, but Edco use long cams (teeth) at the front of the cassette and a proprietary lockring.
If you want to use it on an 11-speed body, you just use a different lockring.
The Monoblock, as the name suggests, is a one-piece cassette. It’s made from a hardened cromo steel with a helluva lot of machining that gets it down to a claimed 163g.
It comes in 11-25, 11-27, 12-25, 12-27 and 11-28 versions and at prices from £150 to £160. Let’s face it, that’s a lot of money for a cassette.
For more info go to www.edco-wheels.co.uk or edco.ch.
Beyond the Peloton exhibition for London
Photographer Geoff Waugh and artist Vincent Kamp are holding an exhibition in London this summer focusing on British road and track cycling.
Geoff has been one of Britain’s most eminent cycling photographers over many years. Vincent is less known to us but he has a lot of experience in portraits in various media.
Called Beyond the Peloton, the exhibition will feature exclusive photos and paintings of some of Britain’s most successful riders like Bradley Wiggins and Chris Hoy. It runs 15-21 June 2015 at Artefact, 36 Windmill Street, London W1T 2JT.
For more info go to beyondthepelotonshow.com, GeoffWaughphotos.com or Vincentkamp.com.
Glow-in-the-dark bikes from Pure Fix
Pure Fix now have bikes that glow in the dark. You have to give them an hour of sun to activate the finish and you’re promised over an hour’s glowing.
The frames and forks are made from hi ten steel and they come with flip flop fixed/freewheel hubs.
The Kilo (pictured) is priced at £375.
The bikes are available in a whole bunch of non-glowing options too. For more info go to purefixcycles.eu.
Rose show 4.95kg bike
This Rose X-Lite Team-8800 custom-made bike weighs in at a claimed 4.95kg. It would cost £4,768 in this build.
The frameset is sub 1,200g, according to Rose, and it is built up with a SRAM Red groupset, Ritchey bars, stem and seatpost, and a Selle Italia SLS Kit Carbonio Monolink saddle.
In its standard version it comes with Mavic R-Sys SLR wheels. However, if you want the super-light configuration shown here, you have to pay a surcharge for the AX-Lightness wheels.
Exposure Lights add new helmet light to range
Exposure Lights has got itself a new logo, here it is…
That’s not the only news, the company has launched the new Link. It’s available in two versions, the regular Link and the Link Plus, and basically is a helmet-mounted front and rear light.
It’s essentially the Trace and TraceR melded together into one unit. Helmet lights are popular with mountain bikers for off-road night riding, and also commuting and urban cyclists wanting to boost their visibility to other road users with a high mounted light.
The rear light is canted at a slight angle, to take into account the angle of the light when it’s on top of your head when you’re crouched over the handlebars. The USB charging port is underneath the thick rubber band in the middle of the light. It'll cost from £65.
Fabric’s ALM saddle now available
Fabric is a new brand from the creators of Charge Bikes, and they’re focusing on saddles at the moment… We’ve tested the Scoop, but when we popped down to see them last year they showed some really interesting saddles in development. One of them, the ALM, was a real head-turner and the good news is that it’s now available.
The name stands for additive layer manufacturing (commonly referred to as 3D printing) and owes much to the brands work with Airbus. The pair have previously collaborated, producing the 3D printed titanium dropouts for the Charge Freezer ‘cross bike.
So the new ALM saddle started out as similar development, and has now gone into production. While the early development was for it to be a 3D printed saddle, prohibitive production costs have meant they’ve actually made it from carbon fibre using more regularly available manufacturing techniques. The result is actually a lighter saddle.
The saddle features a carbon fibre base and rails with a one-piece appearance and an polyurethane foam pad and cover vacuum bonded to the thin shell. It’s an extremely minimalist saddle in appearance, and it’s extremely light, just 130g for the lightest version.
That lightest version is the ALM CRB Buffalo Ltd, which features a Buffalo leather cover with laser etched decals. It isn’t cheap, costing £249.99. Weighing 10g more (140g) is the ALM Ultimate which costs £225.99. This one is available with a white or black cover.
The rails have been designed to provide a high level of flex, mimicking a leaf spring design. This way the saddle offers a lot of comfort, and that means they can get away with only minimal padding across the top.
Secret Training launches Stealth energy gels and drinks
Secret Training has launched its latest product, Stealth energy gels and energy drink. Secret Training, if you’re not aware, was started by the same Tim Lawson who founded SiS. We previously tested the company’s first product, the Race Day Personal Care Kit.
We know the nutrition market is a crowded one, there’s no shortage of choice. Stealth’s aim though is to provide energy products that are gentle on the stomach and digestive system. Speaking from personal experience, hard racing or multi-day rides fuelled by energy products can leave me with a bad gut and it's not very pleasant at all.
The Stealth energy drinks attempt to achieve this by using nitrous oxide modulators to protect the gut, with 20g of carbohydrate per litre. The isotonic gels use rice starch and fructose with natural flavours and sweeteners to provide a quick supply of energy and be easily digestible and easy on the stomach.
All sounds very interesting. I had a taste of the drinks, and they’re certainly very light on the taste buds, and the gels - I tried the banana one that uses real bananas - was particularly tasty. Not an extensive test of, course, so I brought back some samples to have a go on during my next ride.
Check out the full range at www.secret-training.cc/shop-stealth
The London Bike Show runs until 5pm on Sunday 15 February: www.thelondonbikeshow.co.uk.
Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been road.cc technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now pushing 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.