We're deep into summer now, to the point where lights are starting to roll in for our annual road.cc beam test... let's make the most of the lighter evenings while they're still here!
The Core range is Rapha at a nicer price, with this jersey described as "a versatile mid-weight option made for comfort on any ride." The latest updated version is made of a new, stretchier fabric for a fit described as close without being restrictive. The fabric is supposed to be soft and breathable for comfort when next to the skin or on top of a base layer, and a marl finish combines with contrast logos on the rear and the chest. It's now also got the signature Rapha armband that appears on their higher end jerseys. How did it perform in all conditions? George Hill's review is coming later in August...
These aluminium oval rings support multi-indexing thanks to a unique fixing concept with threaded chainring holes, with three different fixing positions that are marked on the outer chainring. The different positions are recommended for different riding styles, with position 1 for 'classic' road use, position 2 for intermediate use and the most aggressive position 3 for time trials and triathlons. There's also an optional front mech adaptor available to allow for increased clearance and corrected chain-line for use with braze-on front mechs.
Pro claim this little device is the 'ultimate tool' for internal cable routing, and is suitable for hydraulic, Di2 and mechanical cables and hoses. It's made out of durable aluminium, has a pouch to keep it safe and has a compact design for easy storage. We've sent this one to our house mechanic Liam Cahill for review, which conveniently means he can get fixing our cables for us to be sure of a thorough test...
Oakley's high definition optics lenses on the latest versions of the Radar EV Path shades promise greatly reduced distortion compared to lesser lenses, and refraction technology which offers a 'truer' visual image of what's in front of you. They claim to block 100% of UVA, UVB & UVC rays and harmful blue light up to 400 nm, and are recommended for bright light conditions with a light transmission of 11%. The lens is also taller than the original Radar for an extended range of view in the upper peripheral region. Still the ultimate cycling shades? Check back for Mat Brett's test report later this month.
Shimano's only remaining 10-speed groupset was given better shifters and brakes plus a 48/32 chainring option earlier this year, and they're promising a better mechanical shifting performance on the upgraded groupset. There's also now Dual Control hydraulic brake levers at Tiagra level, mimicking 105, Ultegra and Dura-Ace. This means the bulbous BR-RS405 hoods are out and the ST-4720-L/R are in (Shimano aren't known for being too picky about names) creating not only improved ergonomics but also a much better looking front end on your bike. Is 10 speed all you need? Tass Whitby's verdict is imminent...
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.