Few bikes in the modern era have been more responsible for changing the fortunes of a bike company than Trek’s ABP-equipped Fuel EX series. Before its inception in 2008, Trek’s focus had been primarily on road bikes and XC hardtails for almost a decade, to the extent that the performance of its dual suspension offerings were considered by many to be well off the mark.
The Magellan Switch range of GPS-enabled ‘fitness devices’ are interesting little units. Designed around multi-sport athletes (as opposed to straight-out cyclists), there are four models in the range. The basic Switch models start from $219 and $279 with a heart rate strap. The Switch Up models ($329 with heart rate) will hold the greatest interest with MBA readers, as they are supplied with a bike mount as well as the regular wristwatch strap.
French brand Time’s ATAC (Auto Tension Adjustment Concept) pedals would have to be one of the most enduring products in the entire mountain biking world. They’ve been kicking around on the dirt since the 1990s, and in all that time they’ve gone through remarkably few changes, instead undergoing a steady process of evolution.
Let’s get it out there from the beginning; these rims are expensive—bloody expensive. Think of how much a range topping alloy wheelset will cost, around $1,000 perhaps? Well that’s about the price of a single Enve rim—one rim, no hubs, no spokes! You can also purchase them as complete wheels built with DT Swiss 240 hubs and Aerolite spokes for around $3,500.
When it came to building my Enve rims, I wanted to use some high-quality lightweight hubs. While the obvious choice would be from DT Swiss or maybe American Classic, I was curious to try something a little different. German brand Tune specialises in really light gear and their hubs are offered in a broad range of spoke hole drillings (I wanted to run 28 spokes and some MTB hubs are only offered in 32-hole).
Motorex are perhaps better known for lubricants for planes, trains and automobiles, but they also do bike lubes. Here we are showing you the spray versions of their chain lube in both wet and dry versions. The spray bottles hold 56ml but you can also purchase a 100ml dripper bottle.
Time claim their new Xpresso pedal system is the “fastest pedal system in the world”. Moving from their successful iClic pedals, the Xpresso uses the same pre-open clipless system for easier cleat engagement. Instead of metal springs they use a carbon flexion blade, which makes them extremely light.
This computer mount bridge from Italian parts company 3T is designed for time trialling and triathlons. It connects to most brands of aero bars (via the ports in each end) and allows you to mount a bike computer between them. You can position the computer bridge anywhere along the bars although you will need to maintain an 80mm width. The mounting bridge is made from polymer and weighs just 22g.
It’s the middle of summer, boiling hot and so, time to treat yourself to a new T-shirt. Luckily, Apres Velo have a huge new range to choose from. The new designs shown here are the Flying Low (shown here in men’s and women’s), Cycling Nuts, Bunch Sprint, Bike Path and the Sisterhood of Spinners. These full cotton T-shirts retail for $49.95 and singlets are $29.95.