As the heatwave marches on, we're still in the thick of testing our summer gear and bikes; although with lights arriving in the office, it's a dreary reminder that summer is slipping away! Until then though, enjoy the sunshine...
This patent-pending stem from bar and seatpost innovators Redshift claims to smooth out road buzz and fatigue with elastomers that provide some suspension travel for your road bike. You can get up to 20mm effective on a drop bar bike or 10mm on a flat bar, and with 2 elastomers installed and 3 additional included, you can customise the ride feel to your liking. You can get +/-6 degree or +30 degree high-rise versions and the lengths go from 90mm up to 120mm. Is it a suitable shock absorber for bumpy British roads? Mike Stead is testing it over some monster potholes at the moment...
We finally got our hands on the brand new version of Shimano's most popular groupset last month (see unboxing vid here) and as you may already know, it's third from top in their road groupset heirachy. This latest generation offering takes all the tech from the top-end Dura-Ace groupset but distils it down into a much more affordable package. You get the fat crank arm that appears on Ultegra and Dura-Ace, the weight has been reduced and they've also added 105-level disc brakes to the lineup, whereas before they were non-series. There are now more cassette options too, plus the inner chainring has been positioned to reduce the effects of cross chaining. Dave Atkinson has it installed on his steed, and the verdict is coming soon...
This sturdy bike box comes in various colours if the orange isn't for you, and it comes fitted with a GPS tracker as standard for peace of mind (or little peace of mind if it shows you that your bike hasn't arrived at the correct destination after a flight, but at least you'll know for sure!) It's made from a unique blend of polyethene which provides a high level of strength and security when transporting your steed, and was developed over two years before the finished product went on sale. You can also personalise it by adding a name plate to sweeten the deal.
This tool and tube storage solution fits beneath your bottle cage, and has multiple mounting points that enable it to fit many frame designs. The adjustable strap can fit a tube, levels, multitool and a CO2 inflator, all you need to make a quick fix on a long ride. There is even some built-in storage for chain quick links if you have a major mechanical, and the whole thing weighs just 72g. You can also buy a Piggy Pouch (show above) for an extra £12.00 to keep your tools safe in the wet. Is it a better solution than trusty old jersey pockets? Mike Stead's review is coming soon.
This handy little bell is simple to fit and simple to use, with a magnet to attach the ball to the bar fixing. You simply touch it to get the Nello to make a sound, and there are a few different options from a traditional ringing to a high-pitched whistle. Is the Nello our sound of the summer? Check back for the review before the end of the month...
Arriving at road.cc 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 road.cc 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.