Yet another selection of cutting edge products have landed at road.cc and are being put through their paces by our testers at the moment. Look out for reviews in the next few weeks...
This nifty innovation (main picture and above) does exactly what it says on the tin - it's a GPS mount with a bell all in one! The bell has a small click button but otherwise is concealed within the mount. Weighing in at 48g, there are different versions for Garmin, Polar, Bryton or Mio computers, and you can also buy a GoPro/light adapter to fasten directly onto it for an extra 8 euros. Netherlands-based HideMyBell say the bell itself "doesn't vibrate on rough terrain and rings loud and clear". Dave Atkinson is currently trying it out on the roads to see if it cuts the mustard...
Another clever integration feature, this time courtesy of British-based Stebles bikes. This 3D-printed box is the first we've seen and is an aero-themed replacement for a saddlebag. For the £29.95 asking price you also get an inner tube, tyre levers and a puncture repair patch included, and the box secures to your seatpost with thick 8mm cable ties. The internal partitions are designed so nothing rattles around inside and it simply slides open at a pivot point, so no zips or velcro needed.
The development and Kickstarter project for 3AX took close to four years to complete, and they finally became available to buy in Spring 2017. The pedal tilts when it moves laterally rather than a straight line, which gives you an extra degree of freedom and potentially improves your leg alignment without compromising stability. The pedals come in a smart presentation box with Keo-compatible cleats (as we'd expect for £250) and I'm currently putting the miles in them both in races and on training rides around the south west.
Some more pedals, this time it's a single-sided version of the Powertap P1 pedals, named the Powertap P1S. They pretty much work the same as the P1's except they take a the left-sided power measurement and double it to give you a reading, instead of measuring both legs. The P1S features dual band ANT+ and Bluetooth SMART for compatibility with numerous head units and smart devices, plus Powertap are renowned for being very easy to switch between bikes. The pedals run on an AAA battery that has 60 hours of juice. Unless your left-right balance is serious out then the P1S seems like a cheaper purchase without the compromise, and John Stevenson is currently powering around Cambridge to see if the claimed accuracy level adds up.
Developed with input from the Giant Alpecin pro cycling team, this unusual-looking saddle from Shimano sub-brand PRO has carbon rails and a large central cutout for pressure relief. A claimed weight of 172g makes it a light, racey option, and you can also mount accessories onto the back such as PRO's camera mount. The saddle is designed to be very rigid and strong to minimise power losses, which means the central channel and wide platform will be needed to add some comfort. It's covered with a PU material in order to seal it off from the elements, and is touted as an all-rounder. It also comes in 142mm and 152 mm sizes to optimise fit. I've put a few hundred miles into this perch already, riding it everywhere from Lanzarote to the infamous mountain passes around Snowdonia, with a review coming shortly...
After cobbling together a few hundred quid during his student days off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story), Jack bought his first road bike at the age of 20 and has been hooked ever since. He joined road.cc in 2017, having previously worked for 220 Triathlon magazine. Jack's preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking (the latter being another long story), and on Sunday afternoons he can often be found on an M5 service station indulging in his favourite post-race meal of 20 chicken nuggets, a sausage roll, caramel shortbread and a large strawberry milkshake.