It's pretty ironic how gloomy the skies are at the moment with Black Friday around the corner... do be sure to check out the Dealclincher for some top offers all throughout this week! In other news, here's some of the best brand new stuff we've got in for test this week...
The Zumo is Elite's most affordable fully-fledged direct drive smart trainer (currently available for £399 at Cycle Republic) letting you enjoy all the benefits of immersive indoor training on the likes of Zwift and Trainerroad for half the price of some higher-end trainers. A +/-3% power accuracy and max power of 1100 watts isn't quite as accurate or powerful as more expensive options, but all the basics are there. It's also suitable for rim and disc brake bikes out of the box with the supplied adapters, and the max gradient simulation is 12%. Is it a truly Elite bit of kit? Liam Cahill's verdict is coming soon.
Though not exactly cheap by any means, the Prince FX is Pinarello's more affordable road racer that takes inspiration from the multiple Tour-conquering Dogma and brings it down to a price more of us might be able to stomach. A T700 full carbon frame with Pinarello's unique design touches and an Italian threaded bottom bracket is paired with a Shimano Ultegra groupset and Fulcrum wheels, with powerful hydraulic disc brakes. This colourway might prove divisive, but it also comes in stealth black if that floats your boat more.
Vulpine are back with their understated collection of classy and casual clothing that can be worn on or off the bike, and they say this Harrington offers "superb freedom of movement and impeccable moisture control". A brushed fleece collar and lining add to the comfort, while cycle-specific features include zipped hand pockets with a carabiner in right pocket to secure keys, a back pocket with a magnetic closure and reflective strip, and buttoned back adjusters. Has it become Matt Lamy's jacket of choice for commutes and casual jaunts? His verdict is coming next month.
This very affordable disc brake wheelset features 'super-lightweight alloy' that Scribe say you can "ride all-year round with confidence." A 19mm wide internal profile gives you the option to fit wider tyres for better stability and cushioning on harsh roads, while Scribe's water repellant contact sealed bearings, brass nipples on the spokes and upgraded Scribe Aqua grease make them suitable for all four seasons. The total weight is 1,586g, and Scribe say they're best ran with tubeless tyres.
Best known for their performance road pedals of course, Look's trekking have a flat surface on one side with an elastomer grip and an SPD-compatible mechanism on the other - ideal for when you want one set of pedals on one bike for clipped-in longer rides and short journeys in your normal shoes without having to do a switcheroo. The platform width is 86mm and Q-factor 56mm, and the axle is chromoly with the pedals weighing in at 400g a pair. Your ideal new pedal platform for adventure riding and casual pootles? Mike Stead's review is due 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.