Halloween has been and gone, and it's time for bonfires and toffee apples tomorrow... where has 2019 gone!? Here's some of the stuff we've had in that's been sparking plenty of interest at road.cc Towers recently...
The latest larger-than-life shades from 100% as favoured by Peter Sagan allow just 12% of light to pass through the lens while blocking harmful UV400 rays, making them ideal for those rare bright sunny days we'll get between now and around June-time. The 'six-base' curved lenses were designed to boost peripheral vision to offer an unobstructed view of the road or trail, and what's more you also get a clear replacement lens for the overcast and gloomy conditions you're more likely to encounter at this time of year. There are also extra nosepads so you can find your ideal fit. Will they get a 100% score from our reviewer? Find out later this month...
Giant have steadily updated their inventory of gear and accessories in recent years on top of their highly recommended and extensive bike range, and the TL 200 is their most powerful tail light with a max output of 200 lumens, hence the name. The simple design sees the USB charge port on the bottom and a single button on top, with two powerful LED optics that have over 270° of side visibility. The smart light sensor also auto-adjusts the light output, day or night, to ensure you can be seen in all light conditions, and it's waterproof-rated to IPX7.
Mason's highly-rated Bokeh is back equipped with Shimano's GRX gravel-specific groupset, and our test bike comes with a single chainring set-up. Mason's 'ThruBB' internally routed bottom bracket shell and unique MultiPort adaptable internal routing makes for a clean and classy appearance, as does the custom formed, triple-butted aluminium frame with hand-selected Dedacciai tubing. Mason's Bokeh bikes were created specifically to take on 'FastFar' journeys across tough terrain, able to take 650b wheels with 50mm tyres or 700c with up to 45mm. Did it take David Arthur faster and further? His test report is coming later in November...
The Gauge is intended for everything from bikepacking adventures to trail riding, and the looks and rugged design are inspired by trail shoes which makes them suitable for the everyday grind too. The upper is made from supple synthetic fibre and breathable mesh, while the stout injected nylon inner shank helps you to transfer the power - the two-bolt cleat formation allows you to fit SPD pedals for clipping in.
Perfect for the commute and the trails? Mat Lamy is your intrepid tester, and his review is dropping at the end of November...
In classic Dutch orange, Wattsocks promise the latest technologies and Italian materials in their speedy socks that they say won't slipthanks to an anti-slip cuff, and won't smell thanks to 'hyper ventilated' anti bacterial mesh. The Nanoglide fibre is responsible for giving Wattsocks their aero credentials, and if you want a seriously UCI-bothering pair then you can also get them in a longer version with an extra 2cm of length. Watt's so good (or bad) about them? Liam Cahill's review is coming soon...
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.