The sunshine keeps on coming, so we're happy to keep putting in the extra miles while testing some of the latest and greatest bikes, tech and kit! Here's the pick of the pile at the moment...
Yes it's a whole load of cash, but Ashmei are promising a highly breathable, wind-resistant fabric and a super-lightweight, high performance garment in their Breton jersey. The fabric uses Ashmei's unique micro structure use yarns which they claim are at the cutting edge of moisture management and breathability technology, offering superior wicking on warm rides with UPF 50+ protection. It's available in various colours with the striped pattern (that appears to distort photos looking at the one above) and has three rear pockets with a pump loop. is it worth investing? George Hill will be reporting back soon.
They started out in the triathlon biz making wetsuits and unusual sports-specific aviators, but now US brand Roka are well immersed in the cycling world too with their premium range of apparel and performance shades. The CP-1 are supposed to be ultra lightweight, with Roka claiming 'best in class' peripheral view and a customisable fit for any face size. Multiple nose piece sizes and bendy arms should ensure you can always get the right fitting, and they come in a variety of frame and lens colours.
Best known for their power meters, the new compact Stages Dash computer can be paired with any other power meter or training device via Bluetooth or ANT+ whether you're loyal to Stages with your other tech or not. They promise the M50 has a smart and intuitive interface, with a vivid colour screen they've dubbed 'Everbrite'. Turn-by-turn navigation also features and it spits out more data that you can shake a stick at. It's a tad smaller than their L50 in size with a 58mm screen that can show up to 12 data fields, battery life is 12.5 hours and it weighs just 94g. How does it stack up compared to the Garmins of this world? George Hill will once again be doing the honours, with his review due early August.
Sharing the same distributor as Tifosi and fellow Campagnolo, we've seen Miche components pop up on bikes featuring the aforementioned numerous times, although this is the first gravel-specific chainset we've had from them. Compatible with all derailleur brands and for 11 speed systems, it has a four-arm design and is made from 6082 forged aluminium. The chainrings are CNC finished and anodized with a TT (Total Treatment) process, and the total weight is 798g for a 50/34. Equal to or better than options from the big three? Find out in Steve Williams review soon.
DJI say their dual screens and RockSteady stabilisation tech will help you 'capture it all' on your next wild ride, with 4k video quality and 8x slow motion. It's also waterproof to 11m if you want to stop for an impromptu wild swim, and DJR say their HDR video quality delivers natural transitions between light and dark areas to capture rich details even in complex lighting.
How did it perform on road.cc's latest video assignment? Dave Atinson will be reporting in his full review, coming later this month...
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After cobbling together a few hundred quid during his student days off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story), Jack bought his first road bike at the age of 20 and has been hooked ever since. He joined road.cc in 2017 having previously being Staff Writer at 220 Triathlon magazine, and reports on all things tech as well as editing road.cc's live blog. He is also the news editor of our electric-powered sister site eBikeTips. Jack's preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking (the latter being another long story), and on Sunday afternoons he can often be found on an M5 service station indulging in his favourite post-race meal of 20 chicken nuggets, a sausage roll, caramel shortbread and a large strawberry milkshake.