The rain continues to beat down, and it's well and truly time to start testing the autumn gear and waterproofs; and lots of bikes and cool tech of course, of which there is a fine selection previewed below...
Weighing in at a ridiculous 69g, this saddle from German carbon experts Tune has exactly zero padding but is anatomically shaped to provide some sort of comfort for serious road racers. A large central cutout should provide plenty of pressure relief (and reduce the weight some more) while the saddle upper and rails are constructed from a single piece of carbon that also happens to be fully recyclable. The width is 126mm which Tune say should fit a wide cross-section of riders, and it's recommended for road or mtb. Tune spent five years perfecting the Skyracer which may have contributed towards that rather large price tag. Is a saddle ever worth this much cash? Liam Cahill is your tester and will be delivering a verdict soon...
This affordable little light set still packs a punch for the pleasing price tag, with 15 lumens coming from the front light and 5 lumens from the rear. A lightweight co-moulded construction results in the front light weighing just 22g and the rear 23g, and they both have five modes including flashing and pulse with over 180° of visibility to make sure you're seen. They're USB rechargeable, and mounting is nice and simple with a rubber strap to stick them on your bars/seatpost. Will they do for urban riding, or would you want some extra lumens? Jamie Williams is using them now with a test report imminent.
This Shimano 105-equipped beauty is part of Orro's 2020 range, and is made for mile munching with endurance geometry and a lightweight full carbon frame. Orro have chosen an oversized downtube to aid extra power transfer, while the slim seatstays should deliver comfort on rough road surfaces. The Pyro Evo is sensibly specced for British roads with hydraulic disc brakes, 28mm Continental Tyres and tough Fulcrum R900 DB rims, and traditionalists will appreciate the threaded bottom bracket. If you're after a seriously classy year-round bike, is this the one? Stu Kerton will be telling us if he thinks so later this month.
The Genesis is World Tour proven and Lazer's lightest helmet - we weighed our test lid at 210g in a size medium, with the small coming in at under 200g according to Lazer. Sizeable vents should keep you cool in all conditions, and Lazer's Rollsys system is included for adjustment. This is a top-mounted dial instead of a dial where it's more commonly found at the back of the helmet, which Lazer say is easier to adjust and more ponytail-friendly if you happen to have one of those. It's so light you'll forget it's on your head, say Lazer... did our tester find the Genesis impressively forgettable? Find out towards the end of October.
High-end cycling apparel brand Assos have released their latest collection, which includes this classy wind vest that is recommended for Autumn or spring and looks perfect for adding as an additional top layer when things get a bit chilly. A blend of proprietary textiles are designed to make the Mille GT Airblock highly breathable while offering plenty of protection against the wind and rain, with an upper front panel constructed from a 3L softshell with a PU bonded membrane. Assos say the 100% windproof vest should protect your chest from biting winds, road spray and low temperatures. There's also some reflective strips to tick the visibility box. Alex Bowden is currently wearing one on his morning commute, with a full test report 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.