With those temperatures set to plunge in the UK this week, we'll be keeping an eye on the forecast to see just what tyre size we'll be needing to ride to the office without the risk of taking a tumble! Here's some of that kit we'll be using while riding through the ice and snow, assuming it comes to the south west...
The AllModCons from Pearson is supposed to do what it says on the tin... i.e. tackle a bit of everything thanks to a stable geometry and wide tyre clearance, yet it still has performance credentials thanks to the 30mm deep Fulcrum Racing 5 wheels and Shimano 105 groupsets. A triple butted aluminium frame is paired with a full carbon fork, and the brakes are TRP's Spyre C cable pull discs. There's plenty going on with the colourway, and the bike comes with 25mm Continental Ultra Sport tyres with room for something wider. Does it fit the bill as a good value do-everything roadie? Check back for Stu Kerton's review soon.
The long-awaited update to the Tax Neo is here, and Tacx claim the sequel is even quieter and more powerful than the last. max power output is a huge 2200 watts, and they say the power accuracy is +/-1%. it even changes colour based on your training intensity so you can better control your efforts. It has thru-axle capability out of the box now with an adaptor supplied, and you can simulate gradients of up to a whopping 25%. Is it the ultimate direct drive on the market once more? Dave Atkinson will be telling us if he thinks as much in his full test report soon.
Cycling products with indicators have been met with their their fair share of cynicism and eyeball rolls on road.cc in the past, but these little gadgets look like they could genuinely be useful. The wristbands detect your hand signals and light up automatically with flashing LEDs, so your thumbs will stick out like a sore... thumb. You also get a carrying pouch and a double-headed micro USB charging cable included. At over £60 for the pair though, are they really worth the investment for some extra illumination while sticking your arm out? Stu will be telling us if he thinks so in his review soon.
The latest version of Pro's Griffon is recommended for a less flexible body geometry with a more rounded shape, and has lightweight EVA padding infused plus a smooth PU material on the upper to minimise friction with cycling shorts. You can also mount a whole host of Pro accessories to the back such as their camera mount and fenders, and it's made out of lightweight carbon reinforced polymer with an in-moulded construction. Is it the perfect perch for Steve Williams? Check back for his verdict soon.
Muc-Off seem to have a solution for everything nowadays, and this solution has been made specifically for cleaning your indoor trainer or gym equipment. As those of us who train indoors will know the sweat can get particularly salty, and Muc-Off say the Sweat Protect's protective anti-corrosive layer solves the problem by keeping the harmful effects of moisture and sweat at bay - it even works on equipment that's already rusty and corroded, they claim. The protection lasts up to three months, and Muc-Off's Integral tracer dye also helps you to make an accurate application to ensure complete protection. Has it protected Mike Stenning's gear adequately? Find out in his review early next month...
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.