We're well into August now, and it's that weird time of year for us when autumn and winter kit plus plenty of lights start rocking up at the office when the temperature is still in the mid-20's outside. Of course it's all on the backburner, and our reviewers are still loving the summery stuff at the moment when it's not hammering it down! Here's the pick of the pile this week...
Ribble Endurance AL e Shimano 105
One to file under 'e-bike that doesn't really look like an e-bike', this is Ribble's Endurance AL e 'Enthusiast' model dressed with Shimano's mid-range workhorse groupset, which makes the price pretty palatable. A 6061 aluminium frame and Mavic Ksyrium S 25 Disc wheels also come as part of the package, and the stealthy assistance is provided by the MAHLE Ebikemotion X35+ system - there's a button on the top tube to alter your assist levels, with the motor in the rear hub and battery sleekly integrated into the frame. Is Stu Kerton having electric dreams after his trial period on this e-road ripper? Watch out for his full review later this month.
Liv Toolshed 13 Multi Tool
Liv very much stands alone as its own women-specific cycling brand nowadays... so even though this 13-function mini tool is exactly the same as the Giant Tool Shed 13, it's good to know that if you have a Liv bike, you can stick with the theme when it comes to accessories. Handy features include various hex key sizes, spoke wrenches and even some tyre plugs, and with the weight at just 115g and the size compact it's no problem to carry in your jersey pockets or saddle bag.
Silca Mensola 3D- printed computer mount
When we first reported on the launch of this luxurious 3D-printed piece of engineering curiousness, some people thought it looked like something else entirely (see the main pic to see what we mean, maybe)... however we can confirm the Mensola is in fact a GPS mount, and no ordinary one either. Said to be up to 12 times stronger than a traditional mount while weighing as little as 27g, there are numerous versions of the Mensola for different stem widths and sizes, and the cradle can swivel to hold Garmin or Wahoo computers. Silca also claims the titanium mount has aero benefits over rivals due to the flush fit.
Is it ever ok to pay almost as much for a mount as the computer that sits atop of it? Hollis Jones will be delivering his verdict soon...
BZ Optics TOUR Photochromic Glasses with HD lens
Weighing in at just 34g a pair, the photochromic lenses on these shades are said to be ideal from mid-dawn until 'Cat 3' light conditions when the sun intensifies and UV levels increase - basically quite a wide range. Dual moulded non-slip flexible temples are fine to wear under open or full-face helmets, says BZ Optics, and it's promised that the non-slip nose piece means an optimum fit and comfort for all face shapes. Do they put all other shades in the... shade? The verdict's due soon.
Brooks Scape frame bag
They don't just do saddles ya know... Brooks' range of bikepacking bags is now quite extensive, and this frame pack looks sturdy and classy as you'd expect from a company in the business of making leather seats that some reckon have long outlasted their bikes.
Fitting most standard-sized frames, the bag is said to be 100% waterproof and can fit larger items such as tent poles and pumps. There are internal dividers to organise your stuff, and also a cable hole if you're running electronics through it. Hypalon velcro straps should attach it easily and securely to your frame. Has Hollis Jones bagged something special? He'll be telling us all about it in the full review very soon...
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That I didn't know, I assumed even a topend bike isn't worth enough for that hassle. Interesting. Still, there are definitely plenty of stolen...
Having bought from them in the past and the order delivered being part incorrect (wrong size tyres) it did put me off but the major issue is the...
Condolences to Mr Mortons family and friends....
Fallacies can be pointed out - but actually changing someone's opinion is a much more difficult task. I'll never forget the motorist who had a ...
It usually costs money for the gadgets though, unless you just use your phone and a free Strava account.
Definitely this, 100%. Judges and juries also drive, so tend to not come down on "fellow drivers" that hard. Driving isn't taken seriously in...
The EPS on the review bike is current-now-previous gen EPS v4 12v. It's replaced by the incoming wireless groupset which is not on this bike.
The bike looks, well.. mean. I'm not sure I produce enough testoterone to even look at it in the wrongway. #createmayhem
Ugh.. more strikes.. FFS not the World Champs and surely any disrutption to these world champs would affect any future bids we might have.. (for...