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Five cool things coming soon from Prime, Le Col, Smith, Elite and Galibier

Some more of the best gear and kit on test with’s team of reviewers at the moment...

Feeling the post-Tour blues? At least some lovely sunny weather has arrived as a distraction, and here’s another… a selection of the hottest gear we’re testing at the moment.

Galibier Regale Ultralight Jersey


It’s pretty hot right now so an ultralight jersey is a go-to for enjoying the sunny weather outside and topping up your tan. The Regale is Galibier’s lightest jersey for hot conditions, using a micro perforated fabric that the brand promises provides a cool feeling and is also quick drying.

Weighing in at 90 grams for a size medium, the full skin coverage jersey that offers SPF30 protection is pretty light even compared to mesh jerseys. It also features 1/2 length arms with soft grippers and a low cut collar. Mike Stenning has been testing this in the heat and his verdict is coming soon…

Smith Shift MAG sunglasses


The Shift MAG sunnies are designed for speed and feature Smith’s interchangeable lens technology with promises of quick, fingerprint-free lens changes. It comes with one clear lens as well as Smith’s colour-enhancing ChromaPop lens.

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The two click position adjustable nose piece and the non-slip grip temples should provide a secure feel, even at speed. Mike Stenning has been heading out into the glorious summer sunny weather recently and his full report is on the way…

Prime RR-50 V3 Carbon Clincher Wheelset


Clincher wheelsets are certainly still in with WorldTour team Deceuninck–Quick-Step snapping up a whole load of victories for clinchers in the latest Tour de France. This 50mm deep race-ready rim brake wheelset from Wiggle’s in-house brand Prime has a revised wider rim profile, with an internal width of 19mm and an external of 27.5mm, for increased aerodynamics, comfort and traction.  Prime says the T700 UD carbon fibre construction also makes it strong enough for racing as well as training.

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There’s grey stickers already applied, but sticker packs are also sold separately for a customised colour finish. Liam Cahill has been rolling on these and his full report will be landing soon…

Le Col x McLaren Project Aero Speedsuit


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Le Col developed this skinsuit alongside McLaren’s aero experts to be the fastest out there, and claims it has achieved this by using Elite Italian Tripping fabrics, textured with dimples and dual densities over the arm to break up airflow at the leading edge. There’s also two profiled aero pockets for fuelling hard efforts, and it has compressively mapped for an exact fit on the bike.

This speedsuit has been independently tested and validated by McLaren and Le Col says that it tested 32 seconds faster than WorldTour leading speedsuits over 40km at 300w as well as providing a 6 watt saving a 35kph versus WorldTour leading skinsuits. Liam Cahill has been zipping on this aero layer for his smashfest sessions and his verdict is landing soon…

Elite Mia stainless steel bottle 650ml


The Mia is Elite’s first 100% plastic free bottle with zero plastic used anywhere in its construction, including the lid. The stainless steel reusable drinks container fits in a standard 76mm bottle cage and uses a screw cap with integrated steel loop to allow for easy attachment or carrying when not in a bottle cage. It looks to be a good option for everyday use on and off the bike; George Hill has been testing this eco alternative and his 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

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ktache | 2 years ago

The Elite Mia looks good.

The plastic inner on the lid of my Deboyo is it's weak point.

Having a little look and they seem to have rereleased it.

Sriracha replied to ktache | 2 years ago

I was just looking at the Deboyo. So your mini-review at this point would be useful! What's that about the plastic inner bit, pictures?

There does not seem to be much choice in vacuum insulated bicycle bottles. Plenty on Amazon that claim to be bikeable, but lack the retention groove for a bottle holder.

Edit - to be clear, the Mia bottle featured is the single skin (non-insulated) version, but they also make a double-skin vacuum insulated version. I'm interested in vacuum insulated, both for coffee in the winter and iced water in the summer. So far it seems to be either the Deboyo, or the vacuum Mia.

matthewn5 replied to Sriracha | 2 years ago

There's a kickstarter just now for what looks like a well-designed stainless vacuum insulated water bottle:

Sriracha replied to matthewn5 | 2 years ago

Thanks for that. It seems odd, the guy has specced up a custom design to fit standard bottle cage dimensions, and yet, from all appearances, it is a sub-optimal fit. The bottle cage 'finger' seems to press part way up the flank of the cap, rather than actually engaging within any recess or shoulder of the bottle.

PRSboy | 2 years ago
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I'll be interested to read your report on the Prime RR50 V3s.  I've had a set for a few months and they have been most impressive for the money (they were £499 for a while)

huntswheelers replied to PRSboy | 2 years ago

I picked up some el cheapo disc prime Staglaire wheels...even with the thru to qr caps they were £103....for my mullet gravel spec CX Team Boardman... They do the job well enough, light enough, tough enough so far, set up tubeless on Panaracer 35's ....Three Shires & Alfred's Way will test them further

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