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A sneak peek at new stuff we’ve just had in from Pro, Castelli, Canyon, Craft and American Classic that are getting the road.cc ridearound…

Another week, another flurry of the latest bikes, tech and accessories tested to the max by road.cc’s team of roving reviewers. Here’s five things we’ll be giving our verdict on very soon…

 

Canyon Ultimate WMN CF SLX Disc 8.0

£2,999.00 

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Canyon Endurace WMN CF SL Disc 8.0.jpg

It might not have the snappiest name, but our reviewer Tass Whitby will be hoping for a snappy performance from the new WMN CF SLX Disc 8.0 from Canyon. This women-specific bike is an entirely new line, with a geometry designed from scratch that Canyon say is "based on the average female size" for optimum comfort levels. The carbon frame prioritises responsiveness and absorption of road buzz, achieved by using slimmer tube profiles and less material, thus resulting in a more aero and lighter set-up for the female racer. The bike is equipped with Shimano Ultegra, a Canyon cockpit with adjusted lever reach for smaller hands, and DT Swiss PR 1400 Dicut wheels with disc brakes. Sizes go from 3XS to medium (the smallest two sizes come with 650b wheels), and as always all Canyon bikes are sold directly from their website. 

canyon.com/en 

 

PRO Vibe monocoque UD carbon handlebars

£299.99 

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Pro Vibe monocoque UD carbon handlebar - detail 2.jpg

First shown at Eurobike last year, this version of the PRO Vibe bars are top-end and crafted with a full carbon monocoque for the ultimate in stiffness, low weight and seamless integration for your components . They have a Kammtail cross section and slimmed frontal area on the drops for increased aero efficiency, and internal cable routing for Di2 and mechanical componets for a totally clean look out front. The weight starts from 245g for a 40cm wide bar (you can also get it in 42cm). Stu Kerton is currently testing them to see if they ride as smooth as they look... ​

madison.co.uk

 

Castelli Idro packable jacket

£260.00

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Castelli Idro Jacket.jpg

While you can't ignore that whopping great price ticket, Castelli fans are accustomed to paying a premium for what is usually quality kit, and this packable jacket squeezes a whole load of tech in possibly the smallest space we've ever seen. The jacket has Gore-Tex technology to make it totally waterproof, and YKK waterproof zippers for easy pocket access. The Idro weighs in at just 123g, and packs down/zips up to a half-pocket size that fits in the palm of your hand with ease. But do the best things (or technical bike jackets) always come in small packages? Jez Ash will be giving his verdict soon...

saddleback.co.uk

 

Craft Verve Glow jersey

£60.00

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Craft Verve Glow Jersey.jpg

For those who "ride hard on a regular basis and prefer to be seen when speeding across the landscape", the Verve Glow has reflective details on the chest and back to make you extra visible. Stretchy technical fabrics combined with bodymapped mesh panels purport to provide efficient moisture transport and cooling for optimal performance. There are three open back pockets and one zipped, and an opening for a headset wire. Will the extra safety points earn this jersey a glowing review? Stu Kerton is testing now... 

craftsportswear.com

 

American Classic Argent tubeless wheels

£875.00

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American Classic Argent Tubeless wheelset.jpg

 

All American classic wheelsets are "obsessively engineered" by designer Bill Shook, and the Argent tubeless set is crafted with their Series 3 group spoke lacing to create the strongest, stiffest and lightest wheel possible. The concept behind this lacing pattern is to create equal spoke tension for the drive and non-drive sides of the rear wheel, which American Classic claim can't be reached in traditionally spoked wheels. Shook calculated the optimal position for the non-drive side hub flange to create the ideal bracing angle of the non-drive side spokes, and says his three group spike design yields the best spoke tension on both sides of the rear wheel, which means no chance of broken spokes and no flex out of the saddle. Jez Ash is currently testing the credentials of this smart-looking wheelset around the south west... 

amclassic.com

 

Check out all our latest tests in our reviews section

 

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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BarryBianchi [419 posts] 4 months ago
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"While you can't ignore that whopping great price ticket...".

Yes I can.  Because it's going to be attached to the jacket, which I am also going to completely ignore.  £260 for a bloody cycling waterproof - I swear the pricing of cycling gear is now largly driven by marketing people playing "dare" around boardroom tables.

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drosco [415 posts] 4 months ago
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It has Gore-Tex technology! You'll never find that anywhere else, £260 well spent.

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aegisdesign [25 posts] 4 months ago
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drosco wrote:

It has Gore-Tex technology! You'll never find that anywhere else, £260 well spent.

 

You're forgetting the YKK zips.

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Chris Hayes [174 posts] 4 months ago
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Could you put your heaviest rider on the Am Classics test?  I'm intrigued at the concept of equal tensioning on the drive and non-drive side spokes on the rear wheel: my most comfortable set of wheels have a discernable difference in the tensioning, whereas my least comfortable on UK roads (HEDs, which I rode today) have more even tensioning and tend to give feedback and resonate at certain frequencies.  All my wheels are handbuilt, and I was thinking of getting them retensioned, when I read your article...I'm intrgiued that someone is going against convention.  

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Jack Osbourne snr [680 posts] 4 months ago
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BarryBianchi wrote:

"While you can't ignore that whopping great price ticket...".

Yes I can.  Because it's going to be attached to the jacket, which I am also going to completely ignore.  £260 for a bloody cycling waterproof - I swear the pricing of cycling gear is now largly driven by marketing people playing "dare" around boardroom tables.

Potty-mouthedness aside... I could not agree more!

 

 

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Eton Rifle [44 posts] 4 months ago
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drosco wrote:

It has Gore-Tex technology! You'll never find that anywhere else, £260 well spent.

Exactly.  Cycling seems to be one of those sectors where manufacturers routinely jack up the price for no reason.

 You can get a high quality Goretex walking jacket, which has a lot more material in it than a cycling jacket, for under £150.  It's not as if Goretex is even the best breathable waterproof fabric anymore.  Event and Pertex Shield are a lot better.  Fly fishing is another sector where premium prices apply for the same technology.

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taberesc [4 posts] 4 months ago
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Wouldn't buy another pair of American Classics. A new pair of 2016 argents lasted me less than 6000 km of moderate riding before the rims became dangerously worn. Disappointing for not cheap wheels. 

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ROOTminus1 [16 posts] 4 months ago
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Eton Rifle wrote:

It's not as if Goretex is even the best breathable waterproof fabric anymore.  Event and Pertex Shield are a lot better.

Interesting, from my experience E-vent is fantastic the first time it faces a rain-shower, then it's as useless as a soft polyester tracksuit.

My experience of materials is mostly based on mountaineering kit rather than riding, so I can appreciate the demands of use are slightly different, but while Goretex isn't as breathable as E-vent it's held up against a sustained downpour more consistently for me.

All that aside, the price is still about £100 too steep.

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David Arthur @d... [825 posts] 4 months ago
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Eton Rifle wrote:

drosco wrote:

It has Gore-Tex technology! You'll never find that anywhere else, £260 well spent.

Exactly.  Cycling seems to be one of those sectors where manufacturers routinely jack up the price for no reason.

 You can get a high quality Goretex walking jacket, which has a lot more material in it than a cycling jacket, for under £150.  It's not as if Goretex is even the best breathable waterproof fabric anymore.  Event and Pertex Shield are a lot better.  Fly fishing is another sector where premium prices apply for the same technology.

 

You're clearly not aware of Gore's latest Shakedry fabric then? That's okay, it was only launched last year. It's pretty impressive; I've tested it in Gore's own jacket and without a doubt, it's the best waterproof I've ever tested. Breathability is incredibly good - I wore it for 4-5 hours in constant rain in mild temperatures at the weekend and was dry and never overheated

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RobD [539 posts] 4 months ago
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Interesting that canyon have gone for a women specific model at around the time that Specialized have switched the tarmac to essentially a unisex frame with changed contact points. The theories and logic behind womens bikes gets a bit confusing at times (although men's bikes aren't much better with all the marketing BS)

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harragan [221 posts] 4 months ago
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David Arthur @davearthur wrote:
Eton Rifle wrote:
drosco wrote:

It has Gore-Tex technology! You'll never find that anywhere else, £260 well spent.

Exactly.  Cycling seems to be one of those sectors where manufacturers routinely jack up the price for no reason.

 You can get a high quality Goretex walking jacket, which has a lot more material in it than a cycling jacket, for under £150.  It's not as if Goretex is even the best breathable waterproof fabric anymore.  Event and Pertex Shield are a lot better.  Fly fishing is another sector where premium prices apply for the same technology.

 

You're clearly not aware of Gore's latest Shakedry fabric then? That's okay, it was only launched last year. It's pretty impressive; I've tested it in Gore's own jacket and without a doubt, it's the best waterproof I've ever tested. Breathability is incredibly good - I wore it for 4-5 hours in constant rain in mild temperatures at the weekend and was dry and never overheated

Is this jacket shake-dry?  It doesn't say so in the article.

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David Arthur @d... [825 posts] 4 months ago
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harragan wrote:

David Arthur @davearthur wrote:

Eton Rifle wrote:

drosco wrote:

It has Gore-Tex technology! You'll never find that anywhere else, £260 well spent.

Exactly.  Cycling seems to be one of those sectors where manufacturers routinely jack up the price for no reason.

 You can get a high quality Goretex walking jacket, which has a lot more material in it than a cycling jacket, for under £150.  It's not as if Goretex is even the best breathable waterproof fabric anymore.  Event and Pertex Shield are a lot better.  Fly fishing is another sector where premium prices apply for the same technology.

 

You're clearly not aware of Gore's latest Shakedry fabric then? That's okay, it was only launched last year. It's pretty impressive; I've tested it in Gore's own jacket and without a doubt, it's the best waterproof I've ever tested. Breathability is incredibly good - I wore it for 4-5 hours in constant rain in mild temperatures at the weekend and was dry and never overheated

Is this jacket shake-dry?  It doesn't say so in the article.

 

It's using the same 2-layer permanent beading One Active fabric, yes

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harragan [221 posts] 4 months ago
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@David Arthur Thanks