We hate to brag, but the made-up-yet-possibly-sort-of-true Blue Monday phenomenon isn't quite so problematic for the road.cc reviewers, because we're out getting plenty of endorphin-releasing exercise by trying all the latest and greatest cycling gear! Here are some of the most intriguing items out on test this week...
The SuperDura Dynamos are workhorses for bikepacking and CX, with a 24mm depth and 25mm width. Claimed weight is 1939g for the pair, and they also come with SONdelux Dynamo hubs that can power your lights and phone/GPS device while you're on the go. Dave Atkinson is reviewing these hoops, with a review coming shortly.
The component brand revealed their first groupset well over a year ago, and now we know the part-wireless system carries the eye-watering price tag of £2.5K as it nears an on-sale date. What do you get for that? Well it took five years of development, the shifters communicate wirelessly with the mechs via ANT+ and you can customise the brake lever sizes. There's also a dedicated app to fine-tune the shifting to your exact liking. Is it a Force to be reckoned with? Stu Kerton's verdict will be in soon.
This tubeless-ready road clincher tyre is built for bad weather, with Hutchinson's new ElevenSTORM compound said to offer high levels of grip and low rolling resistance. They weigh 254g for a 25mm tyre, low for a tubeless-ready version, and have Kevlar reinforcement for increased puncture resistance. Does it set a new standard in all-season performance? Check back for the review soon.
£99 a year
We've talked about it a fair bit and used it a lot, but then it occurred to us... there aren't many actual reviews of TrainerRoad, the power-based training app that's packed with workouts to improve performance from the 'comfort' of your turbo. Is it a match for the mighty Zwift? Dave Atkinson is putting the virtual miles in before reaching a verdict...
It might seem like a glorified beanie, but it's forty quid and has a cool name, so we're intrigued. The RoboCap is made with Assos' RXQ fabric for warmth, and it's double-layered around the ears and forehead. It's also got integrated elastic suspenders for securing shades, and comfortably fits under a helmet. Is it the ultimate winter warmer for your bonce? Stu Kerton is currently riding with the RoboCap with a review in 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.