The sunshine ain't going away, and we haven't put our bikes away for a good couple of weeks now as we bask in the glorious sunshine. Hallelujah!
The newest shades brand on the block are now repped by Peter Sagan, and the Speedtraps promise enhanced vision and clarity thanks to a six base single lens shield that increases your peripheral, with a Hydrolio treatment over the tough polycarbonate lens to repel oil and water. They offer complete UV protection (100% of course) and the frames are made from a custom moulded Grilamid® TR90 to increase strength. "The ultimate performance paired with aggressive futuristic styling", say 100%... is that the case? Dave Arthur's verdict is imminent.
These are Wearwell's top level shorts with a price tag to match, made with what they describe as the highest quality fabrics to deliver a top quality and comfortable product. Ergonomic panels should ensure both comfort and closeness of fit, while the chamois is made from a dense foam compound to provide support and comfort for the rider. Laser cut straps made with a moisture-wicking fabric minimise rubbing, and th shorts also have a small pocket to house keys or a radio if you're a pro, or want to pretend you're one. Do the wear well for the high price tag? Stu Kerton is assessing them at the moment.
The stylish Vasona is an urban lid with the MIPS brain protection system included for a bit more peace of mind when you're on that busy commute. It's got a universal fit with Giro;s adjustable Roc Loc Sport fit system, and 22 vents with an EPS liner keep you coo and comfortable. Has it become the lid of choice for our reviewer Sarah Langridge? The review's coming soon.
For this review our tester Liam is trying Giant's SLR Zero 42 carbon hoops with their Gavia Zero tyres; and Giant claimed the wheels in their 42mm depth are fine all-rounders for riding through the mountains and attacking off the front in a sprint alike. Weight for the pair is 1395g, with a rim width of 17mm and precision-sealed cartridge bearings. DT Aerolite spokes bring the weight down, and Giant supple their own SLR carbon brake pads for "pinpoint braking performance". Can they compete with the likes of Zipp and Enve? The review is coming soon.
While they will forever be known best for quality steel frames, these tubeless-ready tyres from Tom Ritchey's brand are subject to the same level of precision engineering and detail to create a solid and dependable adventure tyre that was inspired by his rides as a youngster with fellow engineer Jobst Brandt (hence the JB name). This tyre is built for all terrain from tarmac through to very gritty gravel, and has a 120 TPI casing with a unique VFA tread pattern design - the tread is inverse and reccessed into the tyre rather that relying on protruding knobs for grip, which helps them to roll better according to Ritchey. Is it a superior case of Ritchey Logic or does the inverse tread idea lack common sense? Stu is riding the tyres at the moment, with a verdict due 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 was Staff Writer at 220 Triathlon magazine for two years before joining road.cc in 2017, and reports on all things tech as well as editing the road.cc 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.