As we bid farewell to November, we're thrilled to highlight seven more exceptional products that have earned the prestigious road.cc Recommends badge. These items not only withstood rigorous testing but also garnered high scores in our reviews. From versatile gravel bikes to top-notch cycling gear, these standouts have proven their mettle in performance, comfort, and innovation. For even more in-depth reviews published on a daily basis, check out our reviews page.
Apidura City Messenger
The Fairlight Secan 2.5 is a visually stunning steel gravel bike that impressed us with its capability both on gravel and road. Stu praised its incredible ride quality, numerous mounting points, and meticulous finish - and the proportional geometry ensures a near-custom fit. The Shimano GRX 820 12-speed groupset, FSA components, and Hope 20Five Pro5 wheels all add to the well-rounded bike that this Secan 2.5 is.
The Basso Venta Disc is an endurance road bike that blends performance and comfort well, and its sporty, responsive frameset offers excellent stiffness and rear-end comfort. This bike is a lively ride, despite the basic wheels, and the full bike is a good value option at £2,599.
If you prefer more relaxed cycling clothing, the Altura All Roads Fleece is a jacket that really impressed us. It's t a blend of fleece and softshell fabrics, which results in excellent warmth, weather resistance, and breathability.
You also get two pockets, reflective details, and an overall comfortable fit, which makes this jacket a versatile garment for both on and off the bike.
We've got not only one, but two pairs of Santini winter bib tights added to the t road.cc Recommends in November. These Also tights are the heavier ones, and excel even in some sub-zero temperatures. They sit high enough on the waist, feature Santini's Sitip Acquazero technology for water and dirt repellency, have a comfy C3 endurance chamois and in short, offer very impressive performance without feeling bulky.
The Santini Prime bib tights are a little lighter than the above Aldos, and made with fleece-lined Blizzard thermofleece fabric that excels in breathability and keeps some of the rain at bay, too. The seamless GITevo chamois provides excellent long-distance comfort, and with eight size options, these tights cater to a wide range of cyclists.
Featuring a Gore-Tex Infinium Windstopper for warmth, race fit, and comfy chamois, these winter bib tights received a nearly perfect score in our testing. If you regularly ride in the cold and weather weather, these bib tights are a great purchase to make it that little bit more pleasant.
For those looking for a stylish messenger bag, the Apidura City Messenger could be just the one. This is a waterproof messenger bag ideal for cyclists wanting to carry around a 13-inch laptop – or whatever else you might need.
It offers excellent waterproofing, and is comfortable when carrying on either side of your body. It's got a well-designed lid, multiple pockets, and thoughtful features like light attachment slots, too.
Suvi joined F-At in 2022, first writing for off-road.cc. She's since joined the tech hub, and contributes to all of the sites covering tech news, features, reviews and women's cycling content. Lover of long-distance cycling, Suvi is easily convinced to join any rides and events that cover over 100km, and ideally, plenty of cake and coffee stops.