Brooks have launched a new jersey, new colour options on existing bags, and they’re also working on a multitool that features a spanner for adjusting the tension on their saddles.
If you were taken by Brooks’ 1866 jerseys when I did a feature on L’Eroica retro ride in Tuscany back in October, they’re now available to buy.
Brooks originally had De Marchi make a limited run of the jerseys for assorted staff, dealers and journalists - 'blaggers', you might say - who rode the event, the brand being one of the long-term sponsors. Lots of people asked whether the jerseys would be available to buy, so now they are.
The Italian-made jerseys are a wool/acrylic mix and, as I’m sure you could guess, 1866 was the year the company was founded. As well as the year, ‘Birmingham’ is sewn across the back because… well, if you don’t know you can guess that one for yourself. You get a little Union Flag on the left sleeve too. Priced at £146.21 (€180) they’re not cheap… but they are available.
Brooks’ Challenge Tool Bag is now available in four new colours: royal blue, red, apple green, and ochre. These are in addition to the existing more subdued options: brown, honey, aged (a worn brown), and a darker green.
The Challenge was originally designed and patented back in ’96 – that’s 1896 – and it’s designed to buckle on to saddles that feature bag loops. It measures 175 x 45 x 78mm and is priced at £56.86 (€70).
Brooks are working on a new 21-function multitool that’ll be released at next year’s Eurobike (August). Interestingly, the design takes into consideration the views of 700 Brooks users who responded to a tool questionnaire., and it incorporates a Brooks saddle spanner, allowing you to adjust the tension on the leather. We’ve no word on price yet.
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.