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Five cool things coming soon from Topeak, Zefal, Alba Optics, Defeet and Bontrager

Some of our top picks from the road.cc test pile this week, with reviews coming soon...

Has Spring arrived?? It sure felt like it at the weekend... what glorious weather! But shorts, really? I saw lots of riders braving it out and about...

Zefal Z Adventure R17 saddle bag

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£69.99

The Z Adventure R17 saddle bag is designed to carry a large volume of items without the need of a rear rack fitted to your bike. It attaches to the saddle rails and seat post for optimal weight distribution and can carry a maximum load of 5kg.

Its volume can be adjusted from eight to 17 litres, and the folding closure and waterproof fabric should protect what’s inside from the elements.

Stuart Kerton has been going on adventures with this bag and his full report will be landing soon…

www.chickencyclekit.co.uk

Bontrager Velocis Winter gloves

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£49.99

The new Velocis winter gloves are made of a softshell fabric with a fleece lining and include an integrated waterproof bladder for when you get caught out in the elements. The unpadded gloves feature a Wetgrip palm, which promises “unmatched handlebar grip and feel in any weather”.

Other useful touches include an integrated buckle to keep the pair locked together when not in use, a soft nose wipe on the thumb and a touchscreen-compatible pointer finger. Bontrager says these gloves are “highly dexterous”; Liam Cahill has been out in all weather conditions and he will be letting us know soon if these gloves they live up to Bontrager’s claims…

www.trekbikes.com

Topeak Prepstand ZX

£129.99

This workstand does not require mounting or clamping your bike—with these systems there is always the concern that scratches or damage could be caused to your beloved bike frame. Instead, your seatpost or seat tube can be hung from the arm of the Prepstand ZX. This system lifts the rear wheel up, while the front stays on the floor.

When not in use it claims to be easy to collapse down, store and open with a simple QR clamp—it folds down to 88x11x11cm. It also comes with an optional tool tray to hold tools and small parts, close for quick and easy access. Emma Silversides has been using this stand for repairs and her full report will be up on the site soon…

www.extrauk.co.uk

Alba Optics Stratos sunglasses

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£173.46

A complete and unobstructed view is promised by these glasses made in Italy. The Stratos features the brand’s new S-Lens VZUM lens which is an ultralight polycarbonate interchangeable lens—there are a choice of eight lens that can be swapped in with what Alba Optics says is a simple interlocking system. The frame is telescopic and adjustable in four different positions for a comfy, secure fit.

A central vent is also included to prevent the glasses fogging up. I’ve been testing the photochromatic lens on the Stratos on gloomy and bright rides recently, and my full report will be landing soon…

www.albaoptics.cc

Defeet Evo Mont Ventoux 6inch socks

2021 Defeet Evo Mont Ventoux 6inch socks

£22.99

The Mont Ventoux socks from DeFeet feature a breathable and quick-wicking Ventoux grid pattern that is said to remove material in strategic patterns to create thinner windows that allow sweat to disappear more quickly. The extruded filament polyester thread, rather than a ring-spun yarn, promises to provide a slicker and smoother feeling, as well as saving weight.

Stuart Kerton has been testing the very bright orange versions, but these socks are also available in blue, black, pink and white. Stu’s verdict on these will land soon…

www.i-ride.co.uk

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Anna has been hooked on bikes ever since her youthful beginnings at Hillingdon Cycle Circuit. As an avid road and track racer, she reached the heady heights of a ProCyclingStats profile before leaving for university. Having now completed an MA in Multimedia Journalism, she’s hoping to add some (more successful) results. Although her greatest wish is for the broader acceptance of wearing funky cycling socks over the top of leg warmers.

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