Another week, another exciting selection of bikes and bits that have flown through the office and on to our intrepid team of testers. Here’s the cream of the crop we've picked to preview this week...
This snazzy torque wrench set has a small head to operate in tight spaces (not a euphemism) and comes wrapped in a neat package to keep everything together. It has a capacity from 1 up to 8 Nm for the most precise of tightening jobs, and is easy to use with a clear torque scale so you always know your setting. A loud click allows you to hear when your desired torque has been reached. Is it worth the hefty lump of cash? Mat Brett is finding out now...
These all-round race bibs from Sportful have their BodyFit Pro chamois pad to keep you comfortable over long rides, with variable padding and improved moisture management compared to the previous versions. The mesh upper has also been improved with extra Lycra used to give more stretch and even more comfort, so say Sportful. They borrow tech from Sportful's pro bibs as worn by the Bora-Hansgrohe team, and were developed with pro riders. Do they offer pro performance for the reasonable price? Alex Williams is testing them now...
With a classic-looking logo, 650b wheels and an Ultegra drivetrain the Jena has all the makings of a modern adventure classic. The whole bike weighs a shade over 9kg and it has a full carbon frame and forks to absorb every bump, while the Miche 966 650B wheels with 27.5" Mavic tyres should offer a fast-rolling and grippy ride. R8070 hydraulic disc brakes come as standard and the only cables you see are neatly routed into the frame at the front. Is the Jena a stroke of genius from Wilier-Triestina? The review is coming later this month.
This smart phone case is built for the outdoors and has pockets for your phone, keys and cards so you needn't carry your valuable in different bags and pockets. The material is durable and water-resistant with a YKK zipper, and it's got a welded construction with no stitches for the strongest protection from the elements. The dimensions of 172mm x 82mm x 15mm should mean it will fit in any standard jersey pocket, and you'll be able to get an iPhone 7 (not Plus size), and up to four cards in there.
Though you can get a cheaper version of the Roadie, this one comes with a pressure gauge for more precise pumping (again not a euphemism), and has a durable plastic body with an aluminium head. It's Presta valve only, and the pressure gauge goes up to 120psi. Weighing just 132g and being pretty diminutive in size, it should fit in most jersey pockets and a large saddle bag at a push. Does it do the job in an emergency and more? Mike Stenning will be airing his opinion in the test report, coming later in June...
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.