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Five cool things coming soon from 2XU, Castelli, Topeak, Kona and Bontrager

A selection of spring swag that we're trying out at the moment...

We just about managed to find some time to go out for a quick ride in between eggs over the Easter break, and with spring kit coming in thick and fast we're hoping for some better weather over the next couple of weeks! Here are some highlights of our current hoard of gear on test...

Castelli Perfetto Light 2



For when it's too warm out for Castelli's much-lauded Gabba, their answer was the lighter Perfetto; and the Perfetto 2 is packed with tech to keep you comfy on those cool but not overly cold days when you still need some weather protection. The Perfetto 2's Nano Light fabric does away with a fleece lining and has Gore Windstopper material that is 25% lighter than the Gabba's for extra breathability, while offering protection from light rain and wind. Three external rear pockets and a quality YKK Vislon zipper complete the package. It sounds impressive, but do you NEED it? Mat Brett's tuppence worth will be in soon..

Kona Rove DL


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There's a lot of competition at the just-under-a-grand mark at the moment, and Kona's Rove DL claimes to offer more for your 899 pounds than competitors thanks to its do-everything suitability. The spec includes Kona's own 606l aluminium tubing and aluminium fork, Shimano Sora groupset, TRP Spyre disc brakes and WTB SX19 wheels, and it weighs in at 12kg. Coming with 35mm tyres and mudguards, the Rove DL is ready for commuting duties, gravel and everything in between, say Kona. Does Stu Kerton agree? Find out later this month.

Bontrager Ion 100 R/Flare R City Bike Light Set



If you enjoy the peace of mind that comes with running day time running lights and want them to work just as well at night too, Bontrager claim to have the answer with their Ion 100 Flare city lights. They feature focused optics, an interruptive flash pattern and a broad range to ensure visibility, and have a compact design with a wide beam spread to make them ideal for city riding. They're easy to switch between bikes with two quick-connect brackets, and are rechargeable via USB. Mike Stenning is currently hitting the city streets with these lights in daytime and after dusk.

Topeak BackLoader 10L


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This large capacity saddle pack is primarily for bikepackers, with a tool-free system for mounting that include a compression straps to stop it swinging about while you ride, which can affect comfort and is just generally annoying. It's lightweight with a polyethylene/nylon construction, and is water resistant with a roll-top closure to keep your stuff dry. There's also a fully waterproof inner bag to keep your valuable and electronics extra safe in a deluge. A safety light clip also means you can keep your bag on and be seen when night falls.

2XU Sub Cycle women's jersey 



Coming to you straight from an 80's music video is the new 2XU Sub jersey, with this loud print marking 2XU's first foray into dedicated cycle clothing after being a big player in the compression gymwear and triathlon markets for quite some time. It's made with their High Fil Sub fabric for 'ultimate moisture management' and also a rear Aero Mesh X panel for 'unmatched breathability', so say 2XU. Does it have style and substance? Emma Silversides will be delivering her verdict soon.

For all the latest test reports, head to our reviews section. If you need more advice before you splash some cash, check out our buyer's guides

Arriving at in 2017 via 220 Triathlon Magazine, Jack dipped his toe in most jobs on the site and over at eBikeTips before being named the new editor of in 2020, much to his surprise. His cycling life began during his students days, when he cobbled together a few hundred quid off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story) and bought his first road bike - a Trek 1.1 that was quickly relegated to winter steed, before it was sadly pinched a few years later. Creatively replacing it with a Trek 1.2, Jack mostly rides this bike around local cycle paths nowadays, but when he wants to get the racer out and be competitive his preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking - the latter being another long story.  

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