We hope you all enjoyed to bank holiday... it was certainly a hot one, with plenty of opportunities for us to get some sweaty test rides in! Here is some of the best stuff we've been riding, wearing and using recently...
The British bike brand Ribble now offer their R872 carbon frame with reliable Shimano Tiagra gearing and mechanical disc brakes, and the price is quite appealing. Ribble's Level 1 Alloy bars, stem and seatpost feature, and you get a set of sturdy Mavic Aksium Disc wheels with Continental tyres - of course you can customise parts on Ribble's Bikebuilder if you want to spec some upgrades or additions. the Teal colourway makes it stand out from the crowd, and the R872's sportive-inspired geometry should make it easy to get on with on long rides. Serious bang for your buck? Mat Brett will be telling us if he thinks so in his full review soon.
Specifically made for the mountains, Oakley say the ARO3 offers exceptional breathability and ventilation while being comfortable on your noggin for long rides. The cooling vents are larger than those on the ARO5, and Oakley have also included anti-microbial X-static brow pads to keep unpleasant odours at bay. Oakley being Oakley, they've also incorporated an eyewear dock to store your shades if the sun disappears, using their TX1 lace system which lies flat against your head. The fit system also makes use of BOA's FS1-1 360-degree fit system, which adjusts the fit with a simple twist of the dial. For extra protection points, it also has the MIPS system inside. The ultimate lightweight lid? Look out for Elliot Barratt's test report in the coming weeks...
Launched this year, the Warroad is an endurance 'all-road' bike with a bit extra (or 'hero gravel' according to Salsa), as it can also run 650b wheels with tyres up to 2.1” while being built for a speedy ride. It features an endurance road geometry, and Salsa say it can cope with gravel, road, bikepacking... basically whatever you fancy. There are three bottle mounts on 56-61cm frames and two on 49-55cm frames with an extra bottle/accessory mount on the down tube, and there are also mounts for the Salsa EXP Series Toptube pack too. You can also fit Salsa's Wanderlust rear rack using their Rack-Lock system, and for full-blown tours there is also internal dynamo light routing. The frame features Salsa's Class 5 VRS (Vibration Reduction System), which sees specially shaped seatstays with a tall link vertically orientated to promote vertical compliance, which allows the seat stays to flex outwards. Both seat stays and chain stays lack bridges to further the flexibility.
It ain't cheap, but is the high quality frameset worth the extra? Stu Kerton's test report is coming in early September...
This equid-themed women's jersey has a pro fit and is designed for summer riding. Lusso's TX2 fabric is supposed to move airflow more cleanly over the shoulders of the rider, and they say it's also super breathable - ideal for between 15-35°c. there are four rear pockets at the back with one zipped and like all Lusso jerseys, it's made right here in the UK. Has this jersey earned its stripes with our reviewer after numerous test rides? Check back for the full review soon...
The price might be rather alarming, but then again so is the attention-to-detail in this intriguing custom 3D-printed helmet from Hexr. The British start-up say it's the world's first 3D-printed cycling helmet, and claim it can control impact 68% better than foam with its patent-pending honeycomb structure: "No two heads are the same, so why should helmets be?" say Hexr.
The mobile 3D head scanning creates what Hexr say is the best-fitting lid in the world, and the core of each Hexr is a single hexagonal cell, that buckles and softens to reduce pressure on impact. It even ticks the eco box as the inner Hexr shell is made from 100% renewable materials, while more common EPS foam isn't biodegradable. Is the custom cleverness in the Hexr helmet really worth all that cash? Liam Cahill is testing his own custom creation out now, and will be reporting back soon...
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.