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Top Gear: The Latest In Cycling

In each edition of Bicycling Australia we ride and review the latest and greatest products in cycling – here’s what we’ve found this time round.

New Nero Continental Devel Frame

Well-known Sydney-based rider Chris Miller recently showcased the latest race bike from Devel. Stunningly finished in team colours, the frameset is the Devel Project A01 Nero Continental 2021 edition.

It features a full FSA (Full Steam Ahead) fit out including Metron 5D bars, Metron 33 Wheels and the FSA wireless electronic WE groupset.

For more on Devel bikes visit Devel Project on Facebook.

New Kask Commuter Helmet

Commute by bike and looking for a snazzy new urban helmet? Kask may have the answer for you.

The Italian safety specialists say the Moebius has been designed “for the commuter rider to cross town or go multimodal with an urban bike helmet that stands up to hard use and fashion critics alike.”

The lid features a modern-looking scratch-resistant shell with vents to promote heat management. There’s a detachable peak and reflective rear insert. Removable, washable internal pads will help keep the Moebius fresh for everyday use.

The Moebius is currently being reviewed, along with an updated Kask Valegro. We’ll have the latest Valegro review in the next edition plus online.

The helmet will retail for around $190. More details at www.kask.com

Latest Campagnolo Jersey

Love Italian flair and ride Campagnolo? If so, this new jersey from Campag may catch your eye.

The Litio is a lightweight and highly breathable top from Campagnolo, designed for long, hot summer days.

“Litio’s close, racing fit delivers maximum aerodynamic benefits, and the reflective badge on the rear help drivers spot the rider, even in lower light conditions,” says the company.

The new DCS (dark copper shaded) colour is inspired by the recently introduced BORA ULTRA WTO wheelset. Along with the decorative copper details, it sure is a stylish Italian offering.

The jersey can be ordered directly from Campagnolo via www.campagnolo.com/WW/en/store

Peloton Support

Peloton Support is a business that has recently launched in New South Wales. It could be described as a road service for riding groups, however, it is more than that. As founder Glenn Murphy explained, the company offer convenience and peace of mind for riders. 

“We bring those little things that you wish would fit into your pockets,” he said.

When you ride, of course there is only so much that you can take with you, so the mission is to make for a more pleasant day’s ride.

The Peloton Support vehicle can carry bicycles on racks and provide repair kits, tools, air compressor and CO2 tyre inflators. They also carry a first aid kit, hot wheat bags, chairs, blankets, fresh towels, cold filtered water, ice, Voltaren, energy bars, electrolyte drinks, cups and utensils. Upon request, they can transport dietary requirements and medications. 

They have a satellite phone to enhance communication, and there’s even a microwave oven on board. If needed, Peloton Support can organise a Portaloo for longer rides.

For more email info@pelotonsupport.com.au 

www.pelotonsupport.com.au

Mobile: 0412 160 131

Bike Insurance

Harm can befall your beloved bike in many ways—the dreaded café drop, that pothole you didn’t see coming, or the dastardly thief hiding in the shadows…

You wouldn’t drive without car insurance, so why ride your bike without it being protected?

Despite the high value we put on our bike, many of us do not insure it. You might think your bike is covered under other insurances like home and contents, but this often isn’t the case. Even if it is, it may just cover the basics, which is why you should consider standalone bike insurance for your bike.

Bike Insure is tailored to cover more of what you need (your bike, components, and kit), and less of what you don’t. Cover includes:

• Accidental damage

• Theft from home and away

• Roof rack cover

• Transit cover

• Personal gear (kit) cover

Worldwide travel cover, accessory cover and racing cover are available as optional extras. Plus, you can get a multi-bike discount if you want to insure more than one bike, and your bike is covered new for old for up to 2 years.

You can learn more or get a quote today at www.bikeinsure.com.au.

Issued by Hollard Insurance, AFSL 241436. Consider the PDS on bikeinsure.com.au.

WHOOP Fitness Band

WHOOP is a wearable fitness and training monitoring band that syncs with an app to provide several metrics 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The company say their system provides “the most accurate and granular understanding of your body.”

It’s lightweight and waterproof, features a 5-day battery life and heart rate broadcast.

Daily reporting is provided via mobile and desktop apps that offer data such as strain and sleep metrics.

WHOOP works on an annual subscription plan with the band offering free and monthly or annual membership fees.

More at www.join.whoop.com/en-au

Soudal Bike Cleaning Box

Cleaning and maintenance is a critical aspect to our sport—who doesn’t take pride in a clean, squeak & creak-free bike?

Soudal, Europe’s largest manufacturer of a wide-range of sealants, adhesives, polyurethanes and cleaning products, is well-known in cycling circles through their major sponsorship with Lotto Soudal.

Among a range of cycling-specific products, the company offers this comprehensive bike care kit: the custom bucket includes a cleaner, all-weather lube, bike wipes and an exclusive Lotto Soudal bidon.

The RRP is $79.95 and the bucket is available through bicycle retailers.

Pinarello Dogma F

Team Ineos bike partner Pinarello launched the latest incarnation of the premium Dogma range on the eve of the Tour de France.

Slicker, more aero and more refined, the latest in the F series is simply now named the Dogma F.

The latest Pinarello Dogma, the impressive F12.

The Dogma F will be available with disc or rim brakes and is built in 11 sizes. Pinarello claim frame weights in size 53 and unpainted are 865g for the disc frame and 860g in rim.

The Dogma F disc brake is 265 grams lighter than the model it replaces. The company says the bike is close to 5% more aero and 12% stiffer. Tyre-wise, it is optimised for 28mm for sufficient clearance.

Australian pricing is to be confirmed—check www.BikeExchange.com.au
for more.

New Lube From Muc-Off

Muc-Off, the leaders in bicycle and motorcycle care and performance, have introduce what they are describing as the ‘world’s fastest lube’.

‘Ludicrous AF’, the company says, is a marriage of speed and sustainability, a stripped back performance lube that uses ingredients derived from renewable sources and is 100% biodegradable.

Ludicrous AF is claimed to offer 18% less power consumption than the nearest competitor, making it the fastest race lube available.

It’s currently used by the Ineos Grenadiers, EF Education Nippo and other select teams. We have not yet tested the claims, but have reached out to do so! More next edition and online.

Ludicrous AF is now available direct from www.muc-off.com

JetBlack Rocker Plate

Indoor training is booming as riders look to more involved, immersive and efficient ways 
to increase all-round bike fitness.

Aussie company JetBlack have recently released the ‘Rocker Plate’, the latest addition to their indoor training ecosystem that includes their Volt smart trainer, front wheel block, trainer-specific television stand, floor mat and more.

We’ve been riding and reviewing the Rocker Plate and can confirm the claims of a more realistic and comfortable indoor experience.

“It will protect your body and bike from the pressures of indoor cycle training and will give a supreme ergonomic experience,” said a JetBlack representative. “The movements of the Rocker Plate help to relieve pressure points on the sit bones, wrists and shoulders enabling you to ride more comfortably for longer.”

RRP $599

More at www.jetblackcycling.com

Temple Brewing Bicycle Beer

Born and bred in Brunswick, East Melbourne, Temple Brewing Co. is a an independent brewery that’s creating an ever-increasing number of award winning craft beers.

Their Bicycle Beer obviously caught our eye (and tastebuds!). The Bicycle Beer won a Gold Medal in the class of Australian Pale Ales at the Aust. International Beer Awards (AIBA) which was announced in late May.

Bicycle Beer is the small company’s flagship ale. It is easy drinking and features a pale body, gentle bitterness, soft fruity aroma, and clean, crisp finish with 4.2% alcohol content. It is super refreshing, particularly after a bike ride, and is our new go-to ale. In Melbourne and want to taste it from the tap? You can visit the Temple Brewing Brewpub at 122 Weston St, Brunswick East.

For more on Bicycle Beer and the Temple Brewing range visit 
www.templebrewing.com.au

Lezyne Top Tube Caddy

Light and accessory company Lezyne pride themselves on design and smart bike solutions. The Aero Energy Caddy is a perfect example of their work—it’s a sleek, aero top-tube mounted bike bag ideal for gravel enthusiasts.

The bag has a volume of 700ml and is constructed from durable woven Nylon. It’s equipped with three simple Velcro straps to fit a variety of frames. The bag also features two rivets in the base so it can be fitted directly via threaded top tube mounting holes and, yes, the straps are removable.

A zippered opening provides easy access to internal storage, plus there are quick access side pockets.

The big retails for around $50 and can be found at your nearest Lezyne dealer or online.

Hunt 42mm Gravel Wheels

Purpose-designed for gravel, the 42 Limitless Disc wheels from Hunt are aero-optimised and built to go fast off-road. The carbon rims feature a 25mm internal width, perfect for wider tyres in the booming gravel scene. 

Cervelo have added a blue chameleon colour option to their revered S5 range.

UK-based Hunt are a direct-to-consumer wheel company. They say with the Limitless 42’s they set out to develop “the premier performance gravel wheelset, optimizing gravel-specific aerodynamics through patented technology.” 

They are tubeless-ready with tape & valves along with spare spokes and axle adapters included. The wheels weigh in at 1548g.

RRP: $2109

www.huntbikewheels.cc

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