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Five cool things coming soon from Ashmei, Miche, DJI, Roka and Stages

Some more of our favourite things from the test pile at the moment before we deliver our full verdicts...

The sunshine keeps on coming, so we're happy to keep putting in the extra miles while testing some of the latest and greatest bikes, tech and kit! Here's the pick of the pile at the moment... 

Ashmei Breton jersey

£164.00

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Yes it's a whole load of cash, but Ashmei are promising a highly breathable, wind-resistant fabric and a super-lightweight, high performance garment in their Breton jersey. The fabric uses Ashmei's unique micro structure use yarns which they claim are at the cutting edge of moisture management and breathability technology, offering superior wicking on warm rides with UPF 50+ protection. It's available in various colours with the striped pattern (that appears to distort photos looking at the one above) and has three rear pockets with a pump loop. is it worth investing? George Hill will be reporting back soon.  
ashmei.com

 

Roka CP-1X sunglasses

£225.00

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They started out in the triathlon biz making wetsuits and unusual sports-specific aviators, but now US brand Roka are well immersed in the cycling world too with their premium range of apparel and performance shades. The CP-1 are supposed to be ultra lightweight, with Roka claiming 'best in class' peripheral view and a customisable fit for any face size. Multiple nose piece sizes and bendy arms should ensure you can always get the right fitting, and they come in a variety of frame and lens colours.   
uk.roka.com

Stages Dash M50 Head Unit

£209.00

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Best known for their power meters, the new compact Stages Dash computer can be paired with any other power meter or training device via Bluetooth or ANT+ whether you're loyal to Stages with your other tech or not. They promise the M50 has a smart and intuitive interface, with a vivid colour screen they've dubbed 'Everbrite'. Turn-by-turn navigation also features and it spits out more data that you can shake a stick at. It's a tad smaller than their L50 in size with a 58mm screen that can show up to 12 data fields, battery life is 12.5 hours and it weighs just 94g. How does it stack up compared to the Garmins of this world? George Hill will once again be doing the honours, with his review due early August. 
saddleback.co.uk

Miche Graff Chainset

£129.99

Miche Graff Chainset

Sharing the same distributor as Tifosi and fellow Campagnolo, we've seen Miche components pop up on bikes featuring the aforementioned numerous times, although this is the first gravel-specific chainset we've had from them. Compatible with all derailleur brands and for 11 speed systems, it has a four-arm design and is made from 6082 forged aluminium. The chainrings are CNC finished and anodized with a TT (Total Treatment) process, and the total weight is 798g for a 50/34. Equal to or better than options from the big three? Find out in Steve Williams review soon. 
chickencyclekit.co.uk

DJI Osmo Action camera 

£329.00

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DJI say their dual screens and RockSteady stabilisation tech will help you 'capture it all' on your next wild ride, with 4k video quality and 8x slow motion. It's also waterproof to 11m if you want to stop for an impromptu wild swim, and DJR say their HDR video quality delivers natural transitions between light and dark areas to capture rich details even in complex lighting. 
How did it perform on road.cc's latest video assignment? Dave Atinson will be reporting in his full review, coming later this month... 
dji.com

 

To read all of road.cc's latest test reports, head over to our reviews section. For some more advice before splashing your hard-earned cash, check out our buyer's guides. 

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.  

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Dingaling | 4 years ago
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I wanted triple on my new (April) gravel/tourer but due to lack of high grade options I opted for FSA 46/30 with an 11-32 cassette.  I'm pleased with it. Works well.

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maviczap replied to Dingaling | 4 years ago
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Dingaling wrote:

I wanted triple on my new (April) gravel/tourer but due to lack of high grade options I opted for FSA 46/30 with an 11-32 cassette.  I'm pleased with it. Works well.

I'm off to the Pyrenees tomorrow, I've fitted 46/30 Absolute Black chainrings to my Ultegra chainset, along with a 11/34 Ultegra cassette. Hopefully I'll be happily spinning up the climbs, as my legs are crying out for me to buy an ebike at my advancing age.

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ridein | 5 years ago
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The Miche chainset pictured has smaller 46T and 36T chainrings, not the suggested 50/34 combination.

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ChasP replied to ridein | 4 years ago
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ridein wrote:

The Miche chainset pictured has smaller 46T and 36T chainrings, not the suggested 50/34 combination.

As a gravel 'sub compact 'I think that's 46/30, with 11s cassettes starting with 11t I really like the idea of these for touring now that triples are unobtainable (11s). I currently run 46/34 on my compact and never need a higher gear but occasionally would like lower without resorting to a wider spaced cassette.

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