With another bank holiday just around the corner and better weather on the horizon, we're looking forward to getting out there and testing some fast bikes and summery kit that's started to pour into road.cc Towers recently. Here's a selection of gear from this week...
At 1690g for the pair, Fulcrum say versatility is the aim of the game for the Racing 3, striking a healthy balance between strength, speed and lightness in a more wallet-friendly package than most race wheels. The material construction of the rim uses 6082 aluminium, the strongest you can get, and a rim width of 23.8mm allows for greater traction to make climbing easier. Fulcrum have employed their 2:1 spoke ratio set-up, which they say offers better torsional stiffness and power transfer. Are they up there with the best do-it-all hoops? Stu Kerton's review is due soon.
It's a lot of money for any tool for any job, but can you really justify spending 170 quid just to make sure your hanger is perfectly aligned and straight? Abbey Bike Tools would have us think so, and this beautifully made device will be just the job for even the most pernickety home mechanic. They say they've gone to extreme lengths to make sure this tool is the best, with tolerances as tight as 0.0063mm in some critical dimensions. It's compatible with 26", 650b and 700c wheels and you can lock in the feeler so there's no need to second guess a measurement after bumping it on a tyre. Did it leave Mike Stead's hanger perfectly aligned every time? Find out in the full review shortly.
We've spent a fair bit of time on this striking superbike now, and the full verdict is imminent. Cervelo have fully redesigned their flagsghip aero road racer, with the all new v-shaped stem providing aero gains and turning heads all at once. This Shimano Ultegra Di2 build with disc brakes has no cables on show at all, with the stem and handlebar combo cleverly hiding everything within. Has this bike set the new aero bike new standard? We'll be telling you soon.
Developed with Fabian Cancellara, Gore's latest flagship jersey is recommended for racing, high intensity training and long rides. it has flat seams on the sleeves, and the 3D rear pocket construction allows for extra storage space. A shaped collar at the back of the neck gives greater comfort, and the technical fabric mix makes for a lightweight yet snug-fitting jersey, so say Gore. Neil Gander will be telling us if it's become his go-to jersey early next month.
Organisation is key on raceday, say Castello, and they say this cube full of carefully thought-out compartments is the answer. At 30x25x20cm it's compact enough to take with you anywhere, and has flip-open top pockets for easy access. The vented shoe compartment can be separated, and there are internal mesh pockets for keeping small bits and bobs. There are also name panels so you don't get yours mixed up in the team car (if you happen to ride for a pro team, that is). Has it worked for our reviewer Liam, very much not on a pro team? You'll be able to find out in his review...
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.