The latest update to road.cc Recommends is now live and kicking with our pick of the very best bikes and kit that we reviewed in March, and some corking products have been added to the mix.
You all hopefully know how Recommends works by now, so let's get straight into it and list the 11 things that made the cut this time around:
Yes it's over 11 grand, but this list just wasn't complete without the Specialized Crux that Liam Cahill described as "an exceptionally light gravel bike that excels on the climbs and is a blast to ride fast".
At home on the 'cross course too, the Crux combines brilliant low-speed stability that makes it very good at climbing, so it's also a blast to ride on the lanes. Did we mention it’s outstandingly expensive? You'l be glad to know there are less pricey models available in the lineup if your budget won't quite stretch this far!
Far from coming up short, the Prime Primavera Shorty saddle bagged a 9/10 score from Stu Kerton, saying that the seat is "comfortable straight out of the box thanks to its flowing shape and perfectly judged padding."
The spot on shape that is slightly raised at the back gives you a platform to push against when climbing hard, while a subtle arch in the middle provides supportive comfort when tapping out the miles, which stops you sliding forward or backwards. The short nose also allows you to get down low in the drops and really crank the pedals over without interference.
If you also like reading about cycling when you're not out cycling, look no further than God is Dead by Andy McGrath.
Our reviewer Richard Peploe says: "God is Dead tells the story of the colourful professional cyclist Frank Vandenbroucke, who didn't seem to do anything in half measures. It's not the first biography of a cheating cyclist, but Andy McGrath's thorough research does set this one apart."
Head over to road.cc Recommends to check out all the latest additions, as well as those from previous months. We'll be back on Monday with a fresh update to this article after the road.cc Recommends vid for April has gone live, so be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel to watch if you haven't already!
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.