It's a few degrees warmer and quite a bit drier as we start a new week, and we're looking forward to testing some gear in more manageable climes with the forecast looking reasonably clear for the next few days! Here's some highlights from this week's test pile...
dhb have gone all high-end with their new Aeron Lab range, and they claim these bib tights are their best and most technically advanced yet. Designed to 'fill the gap between summer and winter wardrobes', they're perfect for in-between temperatures where you're unsure if you would be better off with winter tights or shorts with leg warmers. The lightweight construction and stretchy fabrics should make getting dressed to ride that bit easier, while taking advantage of enhanced weather protection and dhb's top-of-the-range performance fabrics. Do they fit the bill? Liam Cahill's verdict will be in shortly.
As you may have guessed, this multi-tool has 15 functions and promises to be hard-wearing and simple to keep potential mid-ride adjustment faff time to a minimum. There are seven different hex key sizes from 2-8mm, a T25 torx, chain tool, cross/flathead screwdrivers plus numerous spoke wrench sizes included, covering most mechanical tweaks you might need to make at home or on the road.
It was a long time in the making, but Continental finally thrown themselves in the tubeless ring at the end of last year. The GP5000 tubeless tyre incorporates all the new developments found in the clincher version but is claimed to provide 5% lower rolling resistance and 5% improved puncture resistance over its clincher sibling due to there being less material in the construction, and removing the inner tube reduces friction. Our tester David Arthur has had them on his bike for a number of weeks (and even gone over the fitting process in detail which you can watch in this video), but how did they roll overall? The review is coming soon.
The Roadmachine is BMC's pure race option designed to be a healthy balance between speed and lightness. This version will satisfy all but the most discerning racer, with a full Shimano Ultegra disc groupset and Mavic Aksium Elite thru-axle wheels. Promising a reactive ride with plenty of compliance, BMC say their D-shaped seatpost and shock-absorbing fork both improve comfort, and the Premium TCC carbon frame is stiff where you need it to be and compliant where you don't. Is it as mean a machine as BMC meant it to be? Dave Arthur's verdict will be on the site later this month.
This long nose saddle from Giant is on the pricer side for the usually budget-conscious Giant, but is part of a growing range of premium products from one of the world's biggest bike brands. The Contact SLR uses Giant's Dynamic Cycling Fit Philosophy to guide you towards the right model for you, and this carbon-railed saddle comes in forward, neutral or upright versions based on the contact angle of the rider's pelvis. Giant's 'particle flow technology' is infused into the padding, and it weighs in at just 188g. Find out if it's become Stu Kerton's preferential perch in his review early next month...
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 worked for 220 Triathlon magazine. 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.