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A preview of gear we've got on test at the moment, with reviews coming in shortly...

In our final edition of Five Cool Things before crimbo, we go through some more bits and bobs the road.cc test guinea pigs are playing with at the moment. Keep an eye on our social media channels and the site this week, as we're planning something special for next week's edition of five cool things. You could win socks!  

Pedal Plates, (SPD-SL-compatible)

€14.95

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As we all know cleats are infinitely more efficient than flats, but a right bugger to walk in... lucky then, that Pedal Plate offer both Look and Shimano-compatible plates that they say install with ease and make your clip-ins far more rideable for those times when you need to make short journeys in your trainers. Is the design as good as it sounds? Mike Stead will be telling us soon... 
pedal-plate.cc
 

Gore Power Thermo bib tights

£124.99

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Gore say the doubled fabric in the knee area and back seat protect against wind and spray on these premium bib tights. The full mesh bib construction prevents cutting into the skin, and a pre-formed seat insert protects from the wind but is still highly breathable. Ash Quinlan's verdict will be in shortly...
goreapparel.co.uk
 

Silver Label Focus Action Camera 4k

£129.99

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Want a camera for the commute, that can also take videos in top quality on epic weekend rides too? This could be just the ticket, with 4k definition and " jaw dropping video and photo moments" according to Silverlabel. Included are many of the fixing mounts you will need to set up almost anywhere, such as a helmet mount and bike mount, and it also comes with a rugged waterproof housing that goes to depths of 30 metres. The camera can be fixed to helmets, surfboards, cars, mountain bikes, skateboards and has the ability to capture the world in ultra high-definition 4K video. Is it the real deal? Dave Atkinson is testing it down under right now...
silverlabel.co.uk

Scott Syncros Matchbox Coupe Cage HP2.0

£55.99

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This cage seems to have everything, with a pump, tools and of course the cage itself all included.  The sleek design seamlessly mounts on the downtube or seatube, making the integrated tools pretty invisible. Is it worth the rather steep £56 outlay? Mike Stenning's verdict is coming soon. 
scott-sports.com

Reynolds ATR2 650b wheelset

£1,299.00

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Reynolds say the ATR2 "keeps going even when the smooth pavement doesn’t". Built on a robust, wide-profile carbon fibre rim to fit bigger all terrain tyres, they're made for exploring back roads with plenty of traction, comfort and 24 steel spokes for smooth ride quality. Centre lock disc rotor capacity also make them compatible with the latest disc equipment for reliable braking. Should we be embracing 650b? Dave Atkinson's tuppence worth will be in soon...
upgradebikes.co.uk

To read all of road.cc's latest test reports, head over to the reviews section. If you want some extra advice before splashing your cash, check out our buyer's guides. 

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 being Staff Writer at 220 Triathlon magazine, and reports on all things tech as well as editing road.cc's live blog. He is also the news editor of our electric-powered sister site eBikeTips. 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.