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Five cool things coming soon from Black Mountain, Giant, FLR, Muc-Off and Raleigh

A run (or ride) through some of the finest test kit, bikes and accessories that have come through Towers this week...

While the sun hasn't exactly been shining this weekend, we're set for plenty more warm weather this week which means plenty more time out testing warm weather gear for's reviewers. Here's our pick of the test pile at the moment... 

Giant Elevate bib shorts



These bibs from the usually budget-conscious Giant don't come cheap, but superior performance and comfort is promised from the Elevate and they are Giant's top level shorts. Their 'TransTextura' fabric is said to enhance heat ventilation, quick moisture transfer and drying, while a high stitching count should ensure superior comfort and durability in the Italian fabric. The chamois has been tested by and is now being used by Giant-sponsored pro teams, and has various thicknesses of foam and different types of reinforcements where appropriate to improve weight distribution on the saddle. Are they now Ash Quinlan's best bibs? Check back for his review soon.

Black Mountain Pinto kids bike



Black Mountain make kid's bikes with a difference, the main difference being the unique frame that adjusts in size and the fact that it can operate as a balance bike or a geared bike. It means that although it's a considerable investment, the bike literally grows with your child as they move from balance bike through to riding a pedal machine thanks to the IN:GEAR two-speed drive system. It's very light at less than 6kg, and Black Mountain say it's essentially three bikes in one: a balance bike, a 12" and a 14", and suitable for kids aged from three to five. It all sounds mighty impressive, but what will our young testers think? Find out if our pint-sized testers prefer the Pinto in the review coming soon.

Muc-Off No Puncture Hassle tubeless sealant



Muc-Off's new sealant is claimed to have the world's first 'UV detection system', which basically means the formula highlights any punctures you haven't seen during your ride so you can sort it before your next one. Muc-Off say their cutting-edge microfibre molecules fill bigger holes and tears, whilst the advanced latex forms a strong seal instantly. The solution is non-corrosive, biodegradable and you can wash it off with water, and it works from 15-120psi in temps from -20°C to +50°C. Stu Kerton will be checking to see if No Puncture Hassle seals the deal.

FLR F-35.III Road Shoe



These road shoes are some of the most keenly priced we've had in for a while, and FLR say the minimalist and comfy design "sets the standard in entry level cycling footwear". FLR's R250 outsole is said to provide the right blend of stiffness and comfort,  and has non-slip treads for safe walking plus a vent port at the front for cooling. The synthetic upper has nylon mesh lining for extra breathability, and is secured by three low-profile straps, with the main hook-and-loop strap angled to provide heel support while helping to reduce friction and an easy opening. Do they provide a decent bang for your buck? Mike Stead's review will be in shortly.

Raleigh Extreme Pro helmet



Pro in name but not in price, this mtb lid from Raleigh weighs in at 310g for a small and has 22 vents to keep you cool. It comes in a wide array of colours (there's also a plain black version) and it benefits from a full in-mould construction with soft webbing inside, Raleigh's 'detox' fitting system plus a sturdy Nexus chin buckle. Does the low price come with high performance? Stu Kerton's verdict is coming soon...

For all the latest test reports, head over to our reviews section. If you want some more advice before splashing the cash, check out our buyer's guides.

Arriving at 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 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.  

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