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A preview of the coolest new gear we're testing right now from Bont, Shimano, Watteam, Efneo and Ashmei...

Here's a sneak preview of some cool products currently being tried and tested by road.cc's team of roving reviewers. Look out for our verdicts in the next few weeks... 

Bont Vaypor+

£349.99

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Bont Vaypour Plus - Boa.jpg

This shoe has been given a redesign for 2017, with the upper being made from a luxurious Kangaroo leather that Bont say offers superior efficiency and durability over long distances. An upgrading from the 2016 Vaypor+ is the BOA’s IP1 Dual direction dial with quick release functionality. Ventilation of the Vaypor plus is maximised by including ventilation holes across the tongue, top of the forefoot, through the front bumper and arch area of the shoe, designed to create an even airflow around the foot for cooling. As with all Bont shoes these are heat mouldable, allowing you to mould the entire chassis to provide a custom fit. They're feature-packed and sound impressive, but is the £350 price tag excessive? Mat Brett is currently putting the miles in to see if they're worth the outlay...

zyrofisher.co.uk

 

Shimano Tsukinist T25 commuter bag

PRICE TBC

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Shimano Tsukinist T25 commuter bag - side.jpg

This is so new it's not even on sale yet, and Dave Atkinson is the lucky road.cc tester who has got his hands on one of the first to arrive in the UK. One of a number of cycling bags newly released from Shimano, the Tsukinist is aimed at the commuter with a laptop compartment, rain cover, reflective details and a light attachment loop amongst a whole host of other features. 

www.shimano.com/en

 

Watteam Powerbeat power meter

£485.00

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Watteam Powerbeat.jpg

 

 

Watteam are claiming the world's first add-on 'pro-level' power meter with their Powerbeat system, which measures left and right leg power and has 60 hours of battery life. It's made up of two patent-pending mechanical sensors and intelligent processing units that can accurately measure real-time left and right leg data, and is compatible with most hollow aluminum cranks. It's lightweight at 19g on each side, and supposedly very easy to install. 

watteam.com

 

Efneo three-speed gearbox

$495.00

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efneo GTRO 3 speed gearbox - crank 1.jpg

 

Efneo's front gearbox takes the hassle out of fitting gears, with a simple system that can be easily installed on most types of commuter, hybrid or e-bikes for city tours or commuting.They're claiming "the easiest front gearbox to install ever", with no frame modifications or shifter fine-tuning necessary. Efneo say with their system you can make immediate gear changes much quicker and easier than with a front derailleur, and also change gear when pedalling and in a standstill. It all sounds refreshingly simple, and our tester Mike Stead will be giving his verdict on whether it's as simple as it sounds very soon...

efneo.com

 

Ashmei Emergency wind jacket

£140.00

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Ashmei Windjacket.jpg

 

Ashmei are a high-end sports apparel brand with high-end prices, and this jacket is as light and packable as can be while providing protection from showers when the heavens open. It packs down to 8cm3 and weighs just 121g, which means it easily fits in most rear jersey pockets. The jacket comes fitted with a rear tail guard to protect you against road spray to keep your jersey free from grit, grease and grime.  Ashmei have also added a reflective shoulder seam and rear strip increase visibility in low-light conditions. Mat Brett is currently seeking out wet days to head out riding in this jacket to test its credentials (in rainy Blighty, that'll be most days then...)

ashmei.com

 

Head over to our reviews section for comprehensive verdicts on a huge range of the latest cycling products from road.cc's review team.

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. 

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The Gavalier [25 posts] 1 week ago
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Are the shoulder pads removable?

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check12 [71 posts] 1 week ago
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Bowie inspired, any free eyeliner? 

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Freddy56 [240 posts] 1 week ago
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Star Trek away team jacket

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Harmanhead [47 posts] 1 week ago
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  Power meters are coming down in price and shoes are going up! There's not much technology in a shoe. Stiff sole, soft upper.. simple. But a power meter, I can understand why the price is high. 

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mrchrispy [488 posts] 1 week ago
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Freddy56 wrote:

Star Trek away team jacket

 

Certainly not getting a red one then

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kitsunegari [193 posts] 1 week ago
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Those shoes look great. My Sidi's are coming to the end of their life and there's so much to choose from now. Whilst the Sidi have treated my feet well, I find myself itching for a bit of a change. Very tempted.

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simonmb [409 posts] 1 week ago
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Harmanhead wrote:

  

  Power meters are coming down in price and shoes are going up! There's not much technology in a shoe. Stiff sole, soft upper.. simple. But a power meter, I can understand why the price is high. 

The cost of technology is always coming down. Whereas quality will always command a high price.