Another week, another hardcore week of tinkering and testing to the max from road.cc's review team. Here are some of the highlights of the gear we've seen pass through recently...
Yes it's nearly 300 quid, and yes it looks more at home on the shooting range than on a bike, but this collab between Barbour and Brompton is specifically made for the needs of urban cycling with easy-access pockets and a dropped back tail to keep the grime off your backside. A 100% cotton lining, reflective tape and zipped vents on the rear and sleeves make this a very classy Christmas present in theory (plus it's reduced to a bargain £210 on Barbour's website currently) but what will our tester Caroline Dodgson make of it? Her review is due soon.
The Urban 1000 FC packs, you guessed it, 1000 lumens into an impressively light 122g package - in fact Light and Motion say it's the most compact light you can buy that delivers an output this strong. A simple rubber mount, additional side lighting for extra safety and a one-touch toggle for ease of use make for an impressive sounding beam, but does it trounce the competition in the £100-£150 price bracket? I'll be giving you my tuppence worth later this week.
This women's jacket is a 'simple yet elegant' number according to Sportful themselves, with a fleece-lined softshell construction to provide adequate warmth and wind resistance in chillier temperatures. A back panel with ThermoDrytex Plus and silicon elastic hem completes the garment. Emma Silversides is your tester, with a verdict coming later this week.
The 2018 version of the Trek Emonda has got even lighter still, and our test model with Shimano 105 groupset weighed in at 8.5kg - pretty feathery for a bike at this price point. Trek's 500 Series Ultralight OCLV carbon frame takes BB90 and has full internal cable routing as standard, with direct mount brakes and a tapered head tube. Is Mat Brett loving the lightness? Check back for a review next month.
These high-end calipers are self-proclaimed as setting a new standard in high performance road braking, at half the weight of their competitors. No tools are required for pad centering and every detail has been meticulously thought through in these USA-made beauties. Can the big price tag really be justified? Jez Ash is applying some pressure to them right now...
Arriving at road.cc in 2017 via 220 Triathlon Magazine, Jack dipped his toe in most jobs on the site and over at eBikeTips before being named the new editor of road.cc in 2020, much to his surprise. His cycling life began during his students days, when he cobbled together a few hundred quid off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story) and bought his first road bike - a Trek 1.1 that was quickly relegated to winter steed, before it was sadly pinched a few years later. Creatively replacing it with a Trek 1.2, Jack mostly rides this bike around local cycle paths nowadays, but when he wants to get the racer out and be competitive his preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking - the latter being another long story.