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Five cool things coming soon from Van Rysel, Sportful, Novatec, Look and Silca

Another selection of the best bikes, kit and equipment we've got in for testing, with full reviews coming soon...

Never thought we'd say this after a mostly miserable June, but we're kind of glad the temperatures have cooled a little for this week! Here are some of the things we'll be testing without sweating quite so much as we were at the weekend... 

Novatec Jetfly SL wheels


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Described as ideal training wheels, the Jetflys are 32mm deep and weigh in at 1,435g a pair. They're tubeless-ready and have 20 stainless double-butted spokes at the front and 24 at the rear, promising to offer a similar rigidity to carbon wheels yet ready to take a good old British battering. We'll find out if they stood up to the abuse George Hill has thrown at them in his review coming soon...

Van Rysel RR 900 Carbon Road Shoes


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Decathlon's Van Rysel sub-brand was launched earlier this year to offer classier and more performance-orientated bikes and gear than their B'Twin and Triban labels, and these carbon kicks look every inch the high performing road racing shoe. Decathlon/Van Rysel say the shoes are the product of extensive collaborations between their engineers and pro cyclists, with the result being a 100% Italian-crafted carbon sole beneath a breathable PU upper with two dials to provide closure. How do they stack up compared to the competition? Stu Kerton's review is due shortly.

Sportful Team 2.0 Ribbon jersey


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In a green and white colourway inspired by the kit worn by the Boras-Hansgrohe team, this stylish jersey might just help you channel your inner Sagan. The performance fit is complemented by a high stretch so it should fit most body shapes, and it's optimised for summer conditions with plenty of breathability. Three pockets appear at the rear as standard, and an internal silicon waist gripper stops it riding up.

Look 785 Huez RS Disc


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The disc brake version of Look's flagship lightweight racer launched in summer 2018, and comes with 28mm tubeless-ready tyres as standard. The crankset is Look's Zed 2, which can be switched around to offer 170, 172.5 or 175mm crank arm lengths. It's adjusted via an insert that the pedal screws in to, and to alter your crank length the insert can be pivoted into any one of the three positions to get the preferred size. Five different types of carbon are used to create the high modulus lightweight frame, and on this disc brake version the flat mount standard is employed front and rear to reduce weight, improve stiffness and allow for direct attachment of hydraulic calipers. 
Can it justify the high asking price? The verdict is coming later this month.

Silca Maratona Minimo gear bag


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This brand new fancy kit bag (and the smaller version of the regular Maratona Gear Bag) is ideal for the 'discerning' cyclist, say Silca, and "your ideal companion on weekend trips and race days." Plenty of pockets and sections to organise your gear feature throughout, and the size makes it fit easily in a plane cabin or the boot of the diddiest of cars. It can be carried like a briefcase, worn like a messenger bag or layered with a small backpack thanks to three grab handles, and there's also a mesh roll-top shoe and garment bag for extra organisation.
A sound investment for the cyclist on the go? David Arthur will be reporting back from his trips with the Maratona Minimo soon...


To see all's latest test reports, head over to our reviews section. If you want some more advice before splashing the cash, check out our buyer's guides

Arriving at 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 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.  

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