We may be suffering from post-Tour de France blues and there's also a bit of rain coming our way to compound the misery, but that ain't quite going to stop us riding! Here's this week's pick of the test pile...
Described as "the first variable geometry gravel bike in the world", the Ruut CF has an all-carbon frame and the innovative 'TwinTip' fork that allows the rider to adjust geometry - the HI position is for racier riding with steeper angles, smaller trail and a lower riding position, and the less aggressive setting allows for slacker angles and longer trail for more relaxed pootling. The 'flex points' on the seat stays, top tube and seat tube are designed to take the edge of potholes and bumps for a comfortable ride feel, and Rondo say it's perfect for covering long distances. Can you really have an aggressive and an easy-riding machine in one? Dave Arthur's verdict is coming soon.
These deep-section hoops offer "top level aero performance on any course", so say Swiss Side, at home on mountain passes, time trials and triathlons alike. The shallow rim profiles are designed to maximise handling in high winds by minimising the response and sensitivity to gusty crosswinds. They're also available in both rim and disc brake versions, and have 20 spokes at the front and 24 at the rear. Can they do it all? Jez Ash is your man reviewing them, and the verdict is due in mid-August.
These swish carbon bars are currently sat proudly on our Basso Diamente SV superbuild with Campagnolo EPS Super Record, and so far they've been a comfy and vibration-dampening addition. Weighing just 230g in a 42cm width, they're also about as aero as you can get on a bar without an integrated stem with a flattened top profile to minimise drag. They're recommended for day-to-day comfort through grand tours and for those who want an aggressive position on the handlebars with rapid and frequent movement between the drops, hoods and tops... but how will a mortal get on with them? The review is due later in August.
This is a jersey you can't accuse of being disinteresting, with a flower power pattern throughout that isn't for shy or retiring types: "Inspired by an 18 tooth cog. It became a colourful flower, then another and so on, finally becoming a Spinning cacophony of happy colour. Much like any bike ride", say Cycology. It has everything you'd expect from a racing jersey under its loud exterior with a performance fit and a lightweight four-way stretch fabric, plus a full length YKK zipper and three sizeable rear pockets.
Their super-versatile ISO recently got top marks over on our sister site off.road.cc this week, so we're expecting more great things from Mason's first foray into titanium. Designed to be "a super-smooth, fast, ultra-distance rocket ship for long rides on variable and unpredictable surfaces", the titanium tubes are still crafted and welded in Tuscany like their aluminium and steel framesets, and also feature Mason's Aperture2 fork that appears through most of their range. If you go for a full build you'll get a choice of Hunt wheelsets and there is up to 35mm of tyre clearance, and the Reynolds 3D printed Ti thru-axle/flat-mount dropouts ensure a perfect marriage between wheel and frame. Just how tasty is this titanium? keep an eye out for Stu Kerton's review, coming soon...
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 was Staff Writer at 220 Triathlon magazine for two years before joining road.cc in 2017, and reports on all things tech as well as editing the road.cc live blog. He is also the news editor of our electric-powered sister site eBikeTips. 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.