We've had one hell of a deluge here in the south west recently... so much so we're writing this from a temporary office while ours dries out! It hasn't quite stopped us riding though, so here's our pick of what's on test this week.
That'll be 'tubeless' to me and you, but Specialized have a knack for giving things their own nickname so '2Bliss' it is. This tyre comes in a 28mm size only and has a 120 TPI casing, and they claim it "sets the standard for how a modern day performance road tyre should be". They also say the rolling resistance is super low and you can run lower pressures without worrying about pinch flats (like other tubeless tyres, then). Did David Arthur have a blissful experience with them? Find out in his full review soon.
While most Merino wool is difficult to print on and tends to sag a bit of you load the pockets, Morvelo say they've got around it on this jersey by adding a layer of polyester over the top, helping it to keep its structure and making it easier to add a fancy pattern. It also promises to be fast-drying and the naturally breathable merino should do a good job of wicking sweat. Is it a woolly wonder? The verdict is coming soon.
The AeroPod is a device that measures your drag coefficient (CdA) in real time as well as your power, which in theory should help you to hold the most aerodynamic position possible in time trials or on a manic breakaway in a road race. It measure from both legs to get a more accurate power reading and the device itself mounts neatly on to your handlebars. Is this the future of fast riding? Mat Brett's review is coming soon.
If it's reflective you want then it's reflective you get with Proviz' luminous selection, and this new performance jacket promises highly breathable panelling while making sure you're seen. The retro-reflective material appears across the whole front of the jacket, the tops of the arms, across the shoulders and the lower back. While it's very noticeable in the dark it's minimal when the light fades so you can blend in off the bike. Matt Lamy will be reflecting on his time with the jacket in his review later this month.
"A modern design with a familiar feel", say Giro of their latest mid-range road shoes, that have a microfibre and mesh upper for plenty of breathability and a light Easton EC70 carbon outsole. There's a BOA L6 dial to provide closure, and the heel pads are replaceable to help you get more life out of them. Check out Steve William's review soon to see if they fit the bill.
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.