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What's on the way from Shimano, Lazer, Pearl Izumi, Park Tool & more

We take a shufty at the standout stuff from the IceBike trade show

We spent yesterday visiting iceBike, a trade show run by big distributor Madison, and here are some of the most eye-catching products that we spotted...

Shiny new finishes from Lazer

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Later in the year, Lazer will be offering its lightweight Genesis helmet (here's our review and some pics of Liam looking all sulky) in a couple of cool new finishes: Purple Haze Ltd and Chrome Ltd.

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The Purple Haze Ltd (top; great name) version has an oily iridescent effect – the colour alters according to the viewing angle – and the Chrome one is very, very shiny. These will be available from July at £169.99, which is the same price as the Genesis in a standard finish.

www.lazersport.co.uk

Pearl Izumi's new Pro Road V5 shoes

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Pearl Izumi's new top end road shoe (see also pic at the top of the page) looks pimptastic, especially in white (black and atomic red versions are also available). You'd look great in a pair of these! 

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The knitted upper features a dual Boa IP1 dial closure while the full-carbon sole has been cut away to save weight – the plate is 22% lighter than the previous version. Nearly all of the seams are bonded to reduce weight further.

We don't have a claimed overall weight for you, unfortunately, but we do have a price: £399.99. Well, we did say they're top end! The Pro Road V5 will be available soon in EU sizes 40-48.

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It's pretty obvious but just in case anyone gets the wrong idea, your foot doesn't rest directly on any of that gauze you can see there.

www.pearlizumi.com

Shimano's RX8 gravel shoes

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Our sister title off.road.cc first showed us Shimano's RX8 gravel shoes last summer and they're now available in a range of finishes. 

The uppers feature a camouflage-type pattern, even though the colours aren't your usual camo-fare. That one on the far left shines when caught by light, so it's pretty much the opposite of camo.

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Anyway, they come with synthetic leather uppers, a Boa IP1 dial and a carbon sole with fittings for a 2-bolt (SPD-style) cleat. They're available in both men's and women's versions priced £219.99.

www.freewheel.co.uk/shimano-rx8-spd-shoes-varbrx800

New Shimano RC5 shoes

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You want more shoes? Oh, go on then... Shimano's new RC5 shoes (available in men's and women's versions) look a lot like the top-end RC9s but they're a big chunk cheaper – £139.99 versus £319.99.

The uppers are mesh/polyurethane/synthetic leather while the soles are carbon fibre-reinforced nylon, and the RC5 has a single Boa dial as opposed to the RC9's two. If you're after value, though, there's plenty here. We'll ask for a pair to review.

www.freewheel.co.uk/shimano-rc5-spd-sl-shoes-varbrc500

• Cool bits from Park Tool

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The world is divided into people who see beauty in high-quality workshop tools, and people who are wrong. These ones from Park Tool look pretty special. The THH-1 Sliding T-Handle Hex Wrench Set comprises eight components made from a combination of chrome vanadium and S-2 tool steels with machined, chamfered tips.

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The sliding T-handle is designed to give you increased leverage and multiple access positions, and that anodised aluminium 'Speed Spinner' (the blue section) "makes running long bolts in and out quick and effortless", according to Park.

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Each wrench comes with a 'Strip-Gripper twisted hex' that's intended for removing bolts with stripped or oversized hexes. 

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You're looking at £109.99 for the set but these look very neat. The holder/mount is part of the package.

www.freewheel.co.uk/park-tool-thh-1-sliding-t-handle-hex-wrench-set-qkthh1

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Park Tool is also offering two new brake bleed kits, one for mineral oil (BKM-1) and one for DOT fluid (BKD-1). Each is £99.99. It might be worth the investment if you're fully committed to disc brakes.

• Elite reveals Jet 100% biodegradable water bottle

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Elite says that its new Jet water bottle (£4.99) is 100% biodegradable, including the cap, because it uses plastic that's based on corn starch. You can sling it in the compost when you're done with it.

The Jet features an 'integrated blow-off valve', the idea being that the top comes off if it falls on the ground and someone rides over it, reducing the chance of bringing them down.

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Elite is also offering a new Ala resin bottle cage priced £9.99. 

www.freewheel.co.uk/elite-ala-resin-bottle-cage-varalaresin

Shimano evolves its Evolve jersey

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Shimano is updating its Evolve jersey for summer 2020 with a new anatomic pattern and laser cut venting that's now on the chest. The green and grey colour options are new too.

The seams are still bonded and you still get a double layer structure with a mesh lining on the chest, back and under the arms. 

The price is £149.99.

• Ridgeback cargo a gogo

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There could be a big future in e-cargo bikes for urban transportation – what with, you know, the world and that – and Ridgeback are already on board with this aluminium Butcher bike with a Promovec 50750 motor, a Shimano Altus 9-speed drivetrain and Tektro hydraulic brakes.

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The first thing you wonder about this prototype is how it'll steer when fully laden. Well, we've no idea, but it's still an interesting design. 

www.ridgeback.co.uk

Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been road.cc technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now pushing 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.

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