Like this site? Help us to make it better.

TECH NEWS Recommends Spring Special: 27 great new products added from Specialized, Scott, Ribble, Mason + more

Check out the bikes, components, accessories and clothing that has really, really impressed our reviewers over the past few weeks Recommends is back for 2023, and we’re kicking off with a spring spectacular; a whopping 27 products that we’ve reviewed over the past couple of months have been added this time around. We have bikes from huge brands like Specialized, Scott and Brompton, components and accessories from the likes of Exposure, Apidura and Bontrager, and clothing from Endura, Showers Pass and Altura.

You know all about Recommends, right? It’s the section of the site devoted to the very best stuff we review. Products get in only if they’re really, really good.

Here’s the full list of everything that’s just been selected, broken down into sections because there’s so much this time around:





2022 Mason SLR SRAM Force - riding 5.jpg

We reviewed the Mason SLR SRAM Force right at the end of December and it won the Recommends Bike of the Year award for 2022/23. It’s a massively versatile road machine that gives the comfort and confidence of a big-mile tourer, while offering the fun of something much quicker. This is a hard-to-categorise bike that reviewer Stu Kerton described as “faultless”.

Scott Foil RC Pro 2023 full bike

Among the other bikes to feature is the super-high-end Scott Foil RC Pro aero road bike – which is an absolute speed demon – a gravel e-bike from Orro and “the ultimate folding commuter bike” in the shape of the Brompton C Line Explore.

2022 Carrera Intercity Folding Bike - riding 3.jpg

If you don’t want to spend that much, the Carrera Intercity Folding Bike is hugely practical and folds in seconds. Priced at just £380, it proves you don’t have to spend a fortune to get a great bike.

Scribe Race-D Wide+ wheelset

On the component front, we were hugely impressed by Scribe’s light, stiff and durable Race-D Wide+ aluminium wheelset (£510) and two outstanding sets of tyres have got the seal of approval from our hard-nosed reviewers.

2022 Panaracer Agilest TLR.jpeg

The Panaracer Agilest TLR Road Tyre (£59.99) is light and fast while also providing confident and predictable grip...

Bontrager R3 Hard-Case Lite TLR tyre closeup

...and the Bontrager R3 Hard-Case Lite TLR Road Tyre (£52.99) is an excellent option for crappy roads and long distances, and it’s highly puncture-resistant too.

Craft Cadence Backpack

Highlights among the accessories include a couple of superb backpacks. The Craft Cadence Backpack (£94.99), aimed at commuting cyclists, is waterproof and very well built...

Apidura Packable Backpack 13L

...while Apidura’s Packable Backpack (£46) is a lighter-weight alternative that squashes down to almost nothing when not in use.

Liv relay mips helmet

We’ve added three helmets to Recommends too. The Liv Relay MIPS is priced at just £44.99 but it packs in plenty of quality...

Rudy Project Egos helmet

...and the Rudy Project Egos (£169.99) is low profile with vents that direct the airflow really well.

Bell XR Spherical road helmet

In terms of tech, the Bell XR Spherical Road Helmet (£209.99) is the high flyer. It’s supremely comfortable and well-ventilated while the Mips is integrated in a very subtle way. Check it out if you’re in the market for a new lid.

> All you need to know about Mips 

Endura GV500 Thermal Bibtight

Finally on to clothing and Endura’s GV500 Thermal Bibtights (£154.99) put in a stunning performance, reviewer Tom Price saying “they provide a near-perfect answer to the challenging terrain of gravel rides”. High praise, indeed.

Galibier GrandTour Jacket

The Galibier GrandTour Jacket (£82.34) is another highlight product. It provides excellent comfort and a high level of warmth. It might now be March but it’s still worth a look.

2021 Lake MXZ304 Winter Boot 2.jpg

Speaking of winter stuff, Lake’s MXZ304 Winter Boots (£280) really impressed us. Very warm, very comfortable, good water resistance… Lake isn’t messing about here!

Giant Surge Pro Road Shoes

At the other end of the footwear spectrum, the Giant Surge Pro shoes (£299.99) are all about light weight, stiffness, ventilation… you know the deal. They put in a high-level performance across the board and reviewer Stu Kerton reckons the soles are some of the stiffest he’s ever used. And believe us, Stu has reviewed a lot of shoes over the years. We rate the Li2 BOA reels too, and Giant provides two on each shoe.

That’s a quick whistle-stop tour of some of the new products in Recommends, our dedicated section of cycling specialness. Head over there now to see the lot.

Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now over 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.

Add new comment


ChuckSneed | 1 year ago

Isn't this just a list of all the things you reviewed recently?

mark1a replied to ChuckSneed | 1 year ago

ChuckSneed wrote:

Isn't this just a list of all the things you reviewed recently?

Fuck me Sherlock, I think you're onto something...


Latest Comments