Easton has managed to eke out every last scrap of performance. At 135g it’s close to some XC stems in weight, but it feels and rides like something much burlier.Continue Reading
Decent edge to edge and PT Belt sub tread protection and a genuine 25mm wide carcass mean we’ve not had to repair any flats in it yet despite rough road use. It’s supple and smooth-rolling enough to score well on the rollers and feels fast enough for chain gang sessions on the road, and Panaracer’s ZSG Dual compound has always performed well in the wet.Continue Reading
We’ve thrown it at everything from rough summer bridleways to heavily-loaded urban winter commuting without it skipping a beat.Continue Reading
Altura’s Raceline jersey is one of the heaviest to begin with, weighing in at 340g. But, despite its weight, it’s surprisingly adept at wicking. The top performers in this test are the garments that gain as little weight as possible but are also able to shed that weight quickly afterwards.Continue Reading
From first putting the ABUS on, it felt hugely robust. That’s not to say it felt heavy or cumbersome, despite the excellent protection offered from the lower rear section. All fittings and fixtures simply felt well made. This meant that we never had any issues with straps shifting in use and everything simply stayed put once set.Continue Reading
From the Spanish firm Etxeondo, these were a real surprise. Yes, they sit at hte premium end of the market, but they’re hard to match for comfort. The leg gripper relies solely on elasticated material rather than any rubbery contact point with the leg. It’s effective, though, and doesn’t create too much pressure, sitting comfortable on the thighs. The bib is a seamless construction, and easily the comfiest on test.Continue Reading
Pros: Comfort, looks, fit.
Even the largest computers don’t weigh that much, but if you’re paying out lots of dosh to trim component weights everywhere else on your bike there’s no reason why your computer should carry any extra mass.Continue Reading
Three sizes (1.5, two and three litre) of Antidote are available, the smaller volumes being more squat, and the three-litre version taller and thinner. There’s an internal baffle to support the shape (two and three-litre sizes only) and a large, quick-snap fill port, which means the oversized filling/cleaning hole needs only a quarter of a turn to fasten securely. All Antidote reservoirs also have removeable Pureflow hoses – this saves time as you don’t need to thread the tube out through your shoulder straps after every refill.Continue Reading
Bryton’s Rider 40 is a serious rival to Garmin’s products. As with the Garmin Edge 510 you don’t get mapping, but the Rider 40 is packed with monitoring functionality – heart rate, speed, altitude, cadence – and built in training sessions. You also get heart rate and cadence sensors thrown in for less than £220.Continue Reading
Despite the affordable price, the MT4 is Magura’s most adjustable and trail friendly brake, and a firm favourite of our test team.
The basic Carbotecture composite lever body is a chunkier, heavier design than the MT8, but this means better support for the solidly-anchored alloy lever. The MT4 is the only brake in the Magura lineup to get Bite Adjustment Technology (BAT...yes, really, acronym fans). This technology is a small knob on the lever, and it gives a useful amount of adjustment to cope with big hands or blade-on-the-bar setup preferences. There’s an Allen key reach adjust too.
The calliper is the same distinctive one-piece, twin-bridged design as more expensive MT’s, with easy pad access and better cooling than a closed-top calliper.Continue Reading
Cateye’s light is tough and durable, the mount is simple and solid, and the power button at the rear is stiff enough to prevent accidental turning on – though you might have to hold the light while operating it to stop it twisting around the bar. The beam pattern is really good, with a hot spot in the middle that gives a long reach, and controlled spill for peripheral vision and visibility.Continue Reading