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A preview of some shiny new gear we're testing right now...

Another hoard of bikes, kit and accessories has passed through road.cc HQ once more this week, and the pick of the bunch includes winter essentials, wheels and a proper do-it-all bike. Here's a sneak preview before we deliver our verdicts...

 

Santini Beta wind jersey

£129.99

Santini Beta Light Short Sleeve Wind Jersey - riding.jpg

Santini Beta Light Short Sleeve Wind Jersey - riding.jpg

Promising to 'feels like a slim fit jersey and perform like a windbreaker', this jersey has sleeves that go to just above the elbow and an internal flap that covers the zipper length to reduce wind resistance. It's thermal insulation is supposed to be just right for temps around 10c (and you can pair with arm warmers for more insulation), yet will still be breathable enough for warmer days. Does this durable, Italian-made jersey rival Castelli's gamechanging Gabba for weatherproofing? Mike Stead is finding out now...
zyrofisher.co.uk

 

 

Orro Terra C

£2,099

Orro Terra C - front.jpg

Orro Terra C - front.jpg

This brand new adventure machine is built to conquer any terrain, with a carbon frame and racey Fulcrum wheels to ensure it's just as much at home on a winter road ride as it is on a treacherous trail. It's got thru-axles front and rear for extra stiffness, a low bottom bracket and full mudguard and luggage mounts, plus clearance for 42mm if you really want to batter it off-road. It looks like a very good value package and perhaps all you'll need in the British Autumn and Winter. Mat Brett is putting the miles in on the Terra C at the moment...
i-ride.co.uk

 

 

Sportful Fiandre Windstopper booties

£60.00

Sportful Fiandre WS Bootie.jpg

Sportful Fiandre WS Bootie.jpg

These overshoes from Sportful have Gore's Windstopper technology inside for extra protection from the elements, with strategically sealed seams so nothing chilly gets in. They're not recommended for baltic conditions (recommended for temps between 5-15c) but will do for most UK riding. They've also got reflectivity for extra safety points, and a stretch construction to appease those who are in between sizes. Are they worth the pretty sizeable outlay? Ashia Fenwick is testing now.
sportful.com/cycling

 

Hunt 3650 aero road wheelset

​£1078.00

Hunt 3650 Carbon Wide Aero Road Wheelset.jpg

Hunt 3650 Carbon Wide Aero Road Wheelset.jpg

Hunt's founders Peter and Tom Marchment have years of bike industry experience between them, so you can trust some serious know-how has gone into their range of hand-built wheels. Described as 'scarily fast', this mid-depth race wheelset is wide to fit a big range of tyres and to give a better tyre profile, and you can even have Hunt fit some tubeless tyres for you when you order a set. They weigh in at 1477g, and have a basalt ceramic fibre brake-track for optimal control and grip. Are they the ultimate do-it-all race wheelset around the grand mark? Stu Kerton is riding them now...

 

FWE Folding Workstand

​£49.99

FWE Folding Workstand - with bike.jpg

FWE Folding Workstand - with bike.jpg

Though it's just fifty quid, there doesn't seem to be many compromises within this workstand from Evan's accessories brand FWE. It's foldable so you can travel with it, there are rubber jaw inserts to fit different frame shapes and it's rated up to 35kg, so it will easily take a heavy e-bike or mtb. The clamp is quick and easily to use, and the steel and nylon construction should ensure stability even when you're yanking away at your cassette or cranks. Is it truly cheap and cheerful, or does this workstand need some work? Dave Atkinson will be telling us soon...
evanscycles.com

 

 

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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.