A new addition to the Bontrager line, the Evoke gloves are designed with breathability and comfort in mind for all-round trail use. The mesh uppers provide good ventilation whilst still offering support, and in a nod to simplicity they do without any form of closure at the wrist.
JetBlack has gone all-out to boost the quality of their new pump line-up and make them visually appealing too. Featuring all-alloy construction, laser etched logos and an anodised finish, they certainly look good.
Lateral thinking has birthed a lopsided solution to the problem of small frames and large water bottles. Even compact frames can sometimes be small enough to obstruct easy access to your standard sized water bottle.
The Moon Meteor 100 (100 lumens) light is a compact, water resistant, USB chargeable unit with three intensity levels and a flashing mode. The light has a stretchy rubber mounting strap for 22-31.8mm bars and is easy to fit and remove.
While the Rocket Ron has been around for some time, it’s only just become available with the ‘Snake Skin’ sidewalls (an update that was apparently requested by the Aussie market). These sidewalls are reinforced with an extra woven layer to make them more abrasion resistant. The Rocket Ron is a super-light model that’s aimed at XC race applications, but the addition of Snake Skin makes tyre it a more reliable and versatile option for high-performance trail use.
Easton was one of the first companies to introduce genuinely tough carbon wheels for trail and all-mountain use. Using carbon to achieve maximum strength at a moderate weight instead of going all-out to win the weight weenie battle, their Haven wheelset flew in the face of traditional thinking. Later they released a featherweight option in the EC90—they weigh just 1,285g or 1,416g in 29-inch.
Industry-wide, it seems that cranks with 24mm spindles remain the most common, but a good number of new frames come with oversized bottom brackets. Best known for their cold-forged chainrings, Praxis also offers a range of adaptor bottom brackets that allow you to run 24mm spindle Shimano, FSA and RaceFace cranks in BB30 and PF30 frames (it won’t work with SRAM/Truvativ 24mm GXP spindles though).
Axiom for some time have been a leader in bike accessories, including bags, fenders, gloves and pumps and they now have a new distributor in Australia. Shown here is a small part of their pump range. The Kompressair and the Propelair are large volume floor pumps, while the Enforceair is a mini, or compact floor pump. In addition, Axiom have a huge range of hand pumps to fit into your jersey pocket.