The Feature, fitted with MIPS that allows the liner to rotate independently around your head, features a low-profile shape with more coverage than traditional XC helmets and channeled vents that radiate heat up and out when cycling.
"When I saw this was a MIPS helmet fit the same price as non MIPS it was a no brainer. It feels great on, comfy and secure. I wasn't sure about the look at first but all helmets look abit daft on me. I've got used to it now and am very pleased with everything about it."
Pros: Adjustable, Comfortable, Durable, Good Fit, Great Value, High Quality, Lightweight, Rugged
The Ass saver Extended is perfect for Road cyclists. The pro peloton (Lotto-Belisol, Belkin), continental teams, and development teams have all adopted and used Ass Savers in recent years for training and racing.
"I like this bit of kit. It sits under the saddle without any cable ties or bolts and keeps the worst of the wet from giving you a soggy bottom. On particularly wet roads some spray will still get you, but then on this days you ate probably likely to get wet all over anyway. At least it doesn't rattle like my full mudguards used to and looks cool."
Pros: Attractive, Durable, Good Fit, Great Value, Lightweight
The Femto Drive lightset is an affordable yet brilliant compact "be seen" light. Engineered alloy body is light (62g per pair with straps) and tough with long lasting, high polished and anodised finish.
Catlike's Leaf is a helmet dedicated to the mountain bike rider who values performance and great design. Developed using multiple Catlike technologies, it is one of the best helmets in the mountain bike market for both protection and comfort.
"Had the helmet over 6 months now and very happy. Lightweight, feels secure, nice adjustable peak/visor thing. The straps ate easily adjustable too. I like the design, and like the price even more. Went spend daft money on more popular brands when there's products like this now on the UK market."
Pros: Adjustable, Attractive, Comfortable, Durable, Good Fit, Great Value, High Quality, Lightweight, Rugged, Versatile
Hopes Retainer Ring is their take on the Srams narrow/wide tooth chainring. Can be used on 1 x 9, 10 and 11 spd drivetrains and features slightly taller teeth for even better retention and and machined flutes at the bottom of the teeth to help clear mud.
"Slightly holding back on full marks due to an issue when back pedaling. I know this is not something we do much, but when doing slow technical climbing it is quite annoying when the chain drops down on the cassette. I'm not 100% sure it is completely the fault of the chairing, but it is something others mentioned on forums when I researched the problem. Aparently other chairings don't do this. Anyway, it's not a major issue for me and it is light and looks great (I went with gold to match my stanchions and handle bars."
Pros: Attractive, Durable, High Quality, Lightweight
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Hope Floating (Saw) Rotor
Hope's New Floating Rotors are a firm favourite with Performance-Riders and those just looking to personalise their bike.
"I've had several of these on different bikes with different brakes and each set of brakes performed better when they were on. The only issues I've had is to do with the confusing variations of sizes eg 180 and 183mm. Make sure you don't get them confused else you'll have to start messing around with spaces. Also, I have had some rub from the bulky rings that make up the floating part of the rotor. On flexy back ends these catch even more when putting the power down out of the saddle. These things aren't deal breakers but something to be aware of. Otherwise, excellent rotors"
Pros: Durable, Attractive, High Quality, Rugged, Lightweight
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Easton Haven MTB Stem 2012
Rugged, versatile All mountain stem thats ready to go anywhere. Fully CNC machined design with excellent torsional stiffness and strength.
"After having issues with steamy glasses and too much sheep poo in my teeth, and the need for something a little more subtle that big downtube mud guards, I bought this. It's done a good job. Definitely prevents most of the spray and muck flying up, but not everything. I have used it in conjunction with a downtube guard and it is a good combo but not necessary. Only down points are the velcro can get gacky and lose its efficiency, a lot of muck ends up in your fork brace and stanchions still, and it freaked me out once when I got full co,pression of the fork and the guard rubbed on the tyre very loudly. Other than that, it looks great, works great, and is fairly cheap,"