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Shimano's new Ultegra RX rear derailleur plus a carbon bling from Specialized and Praxis

As you can probably guess, there's a constant flow of products passing through the road.cc office all the time. We already offer you a glimpse at some of these new products in the Five Cool Things series, but I wanted to offer you an even closer look. So in the first of a hopefully regular video series (depending on how well it goes) I've picked three particularly interesting, and shiny, new products that I'll be testing over the coming weeks. 

To kick it off, I've got the new Shimano Ultegra RX rear derailleur which brings the clutch-style mechanism from the company's mountain bike range over to the road cycling market for the first time, with a choice of mechanical and Di2 versions. It looks ideal for dealing with rough roads and a spot of adventure riding.

- Shimano reveals Ultegra RX chain stabilising rear derailleur

There's also a very nice looking Praxis Zayante carbon fibre chainset that uses a modular design so it can be switched from 1x to 2x configurations really easily. First saw this at Eurobike last year and was very impressed so looking forward to testing it, it's nice to have another alternative to the Shimano/SRAM crankset domination.

And rounding things off is the Specialized CG-R seatpost, not a new product as it's been a regular fixture on the Roubaix endurance bike for a number of years, but it'll be interesting to test it on a bike without the company's logo on the downtube.

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Hope you enjoy!

David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.