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Five cool things coming soon from Cannondale, Endura, Schwalbe, Pro and Spektrum

Another fantastic selection of bikes, sunglasses and tyres that we're testing at the moment, with full reviews coming soon...

There’s been some exciting TDF action over the weekend, but the road.cc test team still squeezed in some miles before the stages started on a selection of shiny new things! Here's what we got...

Endura GV500 Reiver SS Jersey

£89.99

Well, this jersey has a lot of pockets. The GV500 Reiver is Endura’s adventure jersey which features super-stretch woven fabric on the sleeves for added durability and ample storage for day-long and multi-day explorations. Pockets wise, there’s three open ones at the rear as well as mesh stash pockets on the sides, plus  zipped chest and rear security pockets.

Overheating shouldn’t be a problem as there’s strategically positioned mesh panels for ventilation. It’s also good to hear it’s made from 50% recycled fabric. Stuart Kerton has been testing this jersey on his recent adventures and his verdict is landing shortly..

www.endurasport.com

Spektrum Blank glasses with Infrared Lens

£135

The Blanks are the brand’s lightweight sunnies that offer a clear natural viewing experience out on the lanes, with zero colour distortion Spektrum promises. The Zeiss grey base lens with Infrared mirror finish is said to be ideal for prolonged use during bright days and there’s also three exchangeable lenses for matching to the conditions. The temple tips are rubberised and adjustable thanks to its bendable copper core. The sunnies also come with two rubber nose pads to accommodate narrower and wider faces.

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Claiming to be eco-friendly too, the bio-based resin Polyamid frame is made mainly from castor oil and Spektrum claims this reduces the overall CO2 emissions by 46% compared to conventional materials. Stuart Kerton has been testing these sunnies and his verdict will be coming soon…

www.spektrumsports.com

Pro Turnix Gel Saddle

£99.99

Pro says this saddle will suit a wide range of riders as it’s designed for those who are moderately flexible. The Turnix should deliver all-day comfort with its semi-rounded profile. It has glass fibre reinforced polymer base, is set on stainless rails, and is available in 142 and 152mm widths. Stef Marazzi will be letting us know how he got on with this perch in his full report which is landing shortly…

www.freewheel.co.uk

Cannondale SuperSix Evo Neo 3

£3,8000

The SuperSix Evo Neo 3 is Cannondale’s lightweight high performance road bike with bit of boost built in; the complete bike weighs in at 12.42kg. The frame features Cannondale’s truncated airfoil tube shapes that are said to reduce drag by up to 30% compared to round tubes, as well as hidden cable routing at the front end for further aero gains. The integrated HollowGram SAVE two-piece bar system should also reduce drag while absorbing shock for improved comfort.

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Electric-boost-wise, it has Mahle’s ebikemotion drive system with a 250W rear hub motor and hidden 250Wh battery for three levels of support. A range extender can also be plugged into the charge port to add 208W to the main battery for a total capacity of 450w. The controller is integrated into the top tube which leaves the bars uncluttered. Dave Atkinson has been testing this e-ride and his full report will be up on the site soon…

www.cannondale.com

Schwalbe G-One Allround Evolution Tyre

£59.99

2021 Schwalbe G-One Allround Evolution Line Folding tyre 1.jpg

The G-One Allround is Schwalbe’s multi-purpose gravel tyre. The tight versatile tread is said to roll easily with low vibration, while also gripping safely and reliably on gravel roads and smoother, dry trails.

> 29 of the best gravel bike tyres for 2021 — get the right go-anywhere rubber

It features Schwalbe’s Addix Speedgrip compound for speed, grip and durability, and RaceGuard double layer Nylon fabric for puncture protection, as well as Tubeless Technology. Jamie Williams has been rolling on these tyres on his off-road adventures lately, and his full report will be coming soon…

www.schwalbe.com

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froze | 264 posts | 2 years ago
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The problem with e-bikes is the cost for a replacement battery.  I bought my wife a Trek Verve +2 and was told by the Trek marketing rep that the battery should last 3 to 5 years at which time it will cost $800 to replace, that's correct, $800.  The battery replacement cost is something people are not considering when they run out and get an e-bike, now I bought the bike for my wife knowing this issue, but she needed a bike that has an assist so as not to hurt her knees when she rides like a regular bike did.

Another thing to consider is how to maintain the battery so it last longer, the marketing rep gave me wrong information on this, he said to wait till the battery is down to about 50 to 40% below half than charge, Bosch said to charge it after every ride no matter how little it was used, and Bosch information is correct because that's how I've been told by light companies how to recharge their lights.  Also don't charge a battery when it is hot, wait a couple of hours for the battery to fully cool down then plug it in.

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wtjs replied to froze | 3081 posts | 2 years ago
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The problem with e-bikes is the cost for a replacement battery

Another problem is that within a couple of years of purchase, spares aren't going to be available. This should affect the losing technology first, which I'm guessing will be anything with the motor not in the BB

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Hirsute replied to wtjs | 8066 posts | 2 years ago
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Glad you decided that a priori

Bikes aren't phones though

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wtjs replied to Hirsute | 3081 posts | 2 years ago
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Glad you decided that a priori

Time will tell!

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EddyBerckx | 1523 posts | 2 years ago
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Considering e-road bikes are not UCI legal anyway (for racing and so on)...they are not subject to the same rules that define UCI approved racing bikes...so why not go crazy and do something super aero with one? Would potentially extend the battery range and look pretty cool as well (maybe).

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TheBillder replied to EddyBerckx | 1414 posts | 2 years ago
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Great idea - could try fairings etc. I think there was one sold for Moultons about 30 years ago which looked fabulous in an eccentric way, and was also breath-takingly expensive by the standards of the time.

In the short term though, find a way to add 208W to 250Wh without reaching a result of 450w (lower case). Dimensionally and arithmetically challenged.

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AlsoSomniloquism replied to TheBillder | 4337 posts | 2 years ago
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Forgetting the unit variations, but the main battery is 252w as well and even Merlhe have then same arimatic problem.
 

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The new optional Battery or “Range Extender” from ebikemotion is one of the most interesting accessories of X35 propulsion system. Its 208w complement the 252w of the main inner battery reaching 450w as total capacity. This numbers can move the system during 4.5 hours with a medium consumption of 100wh that is currently the media consumption of the system.

 

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bobrayner replied to EddyBerckx | 154 posts | 2 years ago
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Yes! And if you're skipping the UCI rules, you might as well go more recumbent - it can be more aero and more comfortable.

 

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