It's hotter than hell out there, so spare a thought for our poor reviewers out testing all the latest bike kit in the scorching sunshine! Someone's gotta do it...
Lauf's unusually-shaped gravel fork got some mixed comments when our tech writer Dave Arthur showed it off on the bike he used to tackle the 200km Dirty Reiver gravel race back in April. Despite the unusual appearance, the idea brhind it is much more simple - to provide 30mm of suspension via short glass fibre blades between the two carbon halves of the fork. Dave's early verdict wasa that it definitely helped on bumpy gravel roads and alleviated harsh feedback through the handlebars - we'll see if the price tag is justified and the performance was consistently good over a longer period in the full review coming soon.
Want some sport-specific sunnies, but not willing to sacrifice your cool-cat credentials amongst local hipsters? The Tifosi Marzen shades could be for you, as they're polarised, have a lightweight frame yet come in a wayfarer style to make them suitable for daywear too. They feature Tifosi's Swivelink technology to change the lenses, and you get a microfibre storage bag and hard case included. Our reviewer Ben Nickolls will be testing to see if they really can offer all-round style and substance for the reasonable £74.99 asking price.
The latest top end jersey from Rapha was developed using wind-tunnel sessions with professional riders, and they're claiming it's the most aerodynamic they've ever made. A close fit makes this suitable for high-speed training and racing, and a textured mesh fabric creates 'turbulent flow' that breaks up the air when the arms encounter wind resistance. The high-stretch fabric has been improved for 2017 to give a more comfortable fit on the arms, and there's reflective piping on the rear for some safety brownie points too. It all sounds mighty impressive, but £140 impressive? We're testing now to see if the Pro Team Aero is worth the cash...
This iPhone mount is supposedly the lightest and strongest money can buy, and uses Quad Lock's patented twist-and-lock system (similar to a Garmin mount) to attach it to your bike. It's compatible with all Quad Lock Mounts and accessories, has a protective case and it mounts onto both stem and handlebars. It fits tube diameters ranging from 25-40mm in diameter, and even comes with its own 'poncho' to protect your phone from the rain!
'So light you can't even feel it' was the verdict when we reviewed a previous version of the Limar Superlight helmet. This latest road version is a claimed weight of 175g for a size medium, and is used by the Astana and Direct Energie pro teams. 22 air vents make it very breathable and there's a sizeable rotary retention dial to get an optimal fit., There's also a removable rear light for added safety on training rides.
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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.