Formula's R1 Racing redefines ultra-light disc brakes for 2014 with its revolutionary new pull master cylinder. The R1 Racing is the lightest disc brake in the market thanks to its titanium hardware, Kevlar braided hose and composite reservoir cap.
"I like to be different, so plumped for these Formula's as with most of my bikes instead of those from the big 'S' that are very popular and very good at the moment. These are expensive brakes and so after initially fitting, I became frustrated with the tight tolerances between pad and disc. However, once I discarded the conical washers that enable you to both adjust side to side and angle, but also the pitch of the caliper, the feel became perfect. It's all about flat-on-flat pad/disc contact. They now feel astonishing both stood still and on the trail. They are seriously powerful with a 200mm front and 180mm rear disc and also the lightest disc brake out there. The polished Silver is a great look too. So after a fiddly set up and bedding in, 50 miles later they are probably the best performing and feeling brakes my bike has ever had. More non-tool adjustments would be nice."
Bring your motivation everywhere with the new yurbuds Race Case. Featuring a breathable silicone hand strap with ambidextrous design, the Race Case allows you to easily access your phone while running or walking.
"Like just about anyone who has a mobile phone, I've purchased a multitude of accessories. From fascias to arm bands for running. for running, I use Strava and often listen to music, but in running gear, a phone in your pocket is impractical as it jumps about too much. I also like to refer to my data as I'm running so needed a way to secure my phone. An arm mount is fine, but you can't use the screen on the run, so I always ended up carrying it, but dry hands on a slippery iPhone results in a great risk of dropping. This case fits the iPhone 5 perfectly with a thick rubber that doesn't cover the front of the phone at all, allowing full use of the phone but somehow manages to grip it so well, no amount of vibration or activity will dislodge the phone, despite not having to grip the case while holding it. If you do drop it, your phone is protected by the thick rubber covering. The strap on the back of the case is very touch and threaded inside the rubber, so you're not relying on any weak joints that could fail. I have really big hands so I have to wiggle my hand in, naturally gripping the case, but there is no need to consciously keep a hand wrapped around it because it's not going anywhere if your hand is wedged in there. I've used it for about 6 weeks now and there has been no fault at all and has performed flawlessly. It's worth pointing out though, while it is insanely ergonomic and protective, this amount of material makes it very impractical as a general phone case unless carried in a handbag. As a chap, there is no way this will fit comfortably in my pocket and the grippy rubber would make removing from a tight pocket very awkward. So I keep the case on my work desk and use it when I run at lunch times."
Pros: Durable, Attractive, Comfortable, High Quality, Rugged, Good Fit
""Designed for maximum grip and control in wet and loose conditions". I suppose the name gave it away really, as riding through Gateaux-like conditions really is what this tyre excels at.
I'm used to riding large-volume 2.4" tyres so when I put narrow tyres on my 29er, I often feel a little 'sketchy'. I opted for these because I needed a super fast and grippy tyre in the loamy, sandy and generally wet conditions of Ash Ranges near Guildford for the Human Race Mudman Duathlon.
Rotational weight was very low, being a light tyre at 550grms. This, combined with the narrower profile and regular central knobbles made for a very fast rolling tyre. As a cyclist competing in a duathlon, I quickly realised that most people's strength was running, so I used the cycle part of the race to go flat out and gain all the ground I would invariably lose on the run. The Gato tyres proppelled me at great speed up really steep climbs with almost zero slip. Even on loose gravel, I was very impressed with the climbing prowess.
It excelled on the tacky, loamy terrain however. After overtaking 20 or so cyclists on the flat meant I had a lot of speed to carry around corners, but even the really lose and stodgy conditions, the tyres gripped remarkably well. Furthermore, when the bog got really deep, there was real minimal tyre spin and I always felt I had good control.
My only dislike was a slightly skittish feeling on flat or descending gravel or hard pack surfaces. But I guess that's not what the tyre was really designed for.
Verdict: A fantastic tyre for those who want speed and sure-footed cornering. But don't expect them to be a perfect all-weather tyre. These are made for Winter!"
Genius bracket that brings to life the cable free design of Exposure Lights. Handlebar Bracket for the new 35mm bars. Quality Forged Alloy parts, Stainless Steel pin and spring mechanism. Compatible with all Exposure Lights since 2005.
"35mm clamp handlebars are starting to become more and more popular and will certainly be the new bar/stem standard for 2014 all-mountain and enduro bikes. I've got 35mm on my XC bike too.
However, I've had a right old time mounting my Exposure light on my bars because the clamps were too small so had to mount it at an odd angle near my brake lever. Luckily, though, Exposure have made a clamp to suit. Exactly the same high-quality clamp as their usual 31.8mm size and am as happy as Larry."
"This is no racing tyre that's for sure! Having come from my summer Schwalbe Ultremo ZX tyres, to these which are heavier, gripier and more puncture resistant, the feeling wasn't fantastic. But the benefits were huge!
When you're rolling along a dry road at pace, you can hear the tread grappling against the ground. That is, you can hear the tyres grabbing the ground, gripping it and letting it go...which can't be very efficient. Well, maybe it is because my commute to work doesn't seem any slower. However, this slight sluggish feeling I first noticed, quickly goes away after a few miles and translates into an unparallelled amount of grip in the wet and puncture resistance has been rivaling the competitors.
"I have a SRAM X9 chainset and wanted to upgrade to a narrow/wide chainring. Problem being, none of the new breed of narrow/wide rings would fit the SRAM pattern and SRAM's XX1 ring won't fit a none-XX1 spider. So I had to buy a new chainset...or so I thought.
This spider easily replaces the existing sram spider (swapped it myself with basic tools) and enabled me to buy a top-quality genuine XX1 chainring. Saved me a fortune really, as I got to keep my X9 chainset. WIN!"
"The first thing you notice about this light, is how good quality it feels. The head-unit is tiny and all the materials are tactile and nicely finished.
The head-unit mounts to the handlebars with a simple rubber strap. Far easier to use than the competition and in the advent of the 35mm handlebar, it's nice having an easy clamp I can shift from mountain bike to road bike without issue. Although the light unit itself detaches from the mount, the mount undoes so easily, I've found myself taking the whole light unit off the bike to keep my bike looking awesome.
The battery is a neat shape with a short cable, to make mounting to the stem really easy. If you'd rather though, you can use the extension lead supplied to mount it to the rear of the seat post and make use of the power light that doubles up as a rear led light that can be constant, flashing or strobe.
As usual, I rode with the light on full power, but with the tiny remote that I mounted to my grip so my thumb could easily access it, I've found myself adjusting power range to save power. However my first ride I used the light on full setting of 1300 lumen's. My ride was about 2:15 long and although the power button on the top of the unit was now red, there was no light loss and I got home without any issues. So, be smart with power and you could ride for hours.
No light is perfect. While the remote switch is brilliant and the button on the head unit is actually easy to press with or without gloves, it can take quite a while to figure out how to switch modes. High-low-lower is easy. But putting it on flashing mode is quite a challenge. And then again, switching it back again. The process requires the light to be completely switched off for a fair few seconds.
One of my big gripes with some lights is, the brand is so intent on delivering the biggest lumen output possible to sell more lights, they don't put enough attention into the beam pattern. Well, I was most impressed with the Moon light and how it laid down the brightness. The pattern was nice and even. Not like my buddy's cheap Chinese light which was a simple spot light. The broad pattern gave me tons of confidence and made my extra helmet light more or less useless.
All in all, I'm not only very impressed with this light, but I would expect to pay quite a bit more for a similar quality from a more premium brand. Good job Moon!"
Pros: Great Value, Attractive, High Quality, Rugged
"I'm a Wiggle staff member but am still looking for a bargain so thought I'd try the Lifeline cleats instead of the official brand. At first the touch and feel of the cleat doesn't feel as high quality, however they are rigid and strong and in use, they are incredibly solid. Much cheaper than the competition and after about 600 miles are performing (and looking) as good as new. Seriously impressed!"
Pros: Durable, Great Value, High Quality, Good Fit
Sintered brake pads offer a stronger initial "bite" with a higher mean friction level than the Organic material. Due to its hardness a Sintered pad has a longer lifespan than an Organic pad making this the best value for money option.
"I've been using RWD brake pads for 3-4 months now. Although I have multiple compounds to try out on various bikes, I haven't got through the first set of Sintered pads yet, so haven't felt the need to try the organic compound pads just yet.
I'm using the sintered models in my Shimano M785 XT Disc brakes and have been riding 2-3 times per week. I've even had a couple of really wet and muddy rides in that time. Yes I know it's the summer but this is Britain! After a clean, the pads still look new. many months more motoring still left.
Power wise, impressive! There is a very slight high-pitch squeal from the front brake which didn't exist with the standard Shimano brakes. However, the power has increased by an estimated (my estimate) 25%."
Meet the Mio Cyclo™ 505 HC: the lightweight, easy-to-use bicycle navigation device, designed with a stylish flat screen and built-in WIFI. With bicycle and road maps pre-installed, you are able to get started right out of the box.
"I've been using GPS computers from various brands for a fair few years now. I've been using this Mio 505 side-by-side with my other large mapping computer from a competitor brand.
Firs thing I notice, is how big and totally crisp & clear the screen is. It's bright, sharp and colourful. All the displays are customiseable, which is good as the screen can fit up to 10 fields on a single page which makes for difficult readying while riding. I prefer to keep it down to 4 or 5 data fields. Mapping is good, good enough for road riding, but to go off road, it would be nice to have seen OS mapping.
What's good on the road, is being able to let the computer show you a good ride. Choose your distance and select 'surprise me'. The computer will think for a second or two and present you with three different options for a route. It makes riding out from an unfamiliar area more interesting and fun.
Battery life is excellent, despite the large and bright screen. At least comparable to the top of the range models from the competition. The computer is also a nice shape. Sometimes these things can look awful when the screen is really large. But this computer is svelte and compact making the most of the screen and hiding as much of the body as possible.
Controls are intuitive. Being a typical bloke, I didn't read the instructions and instead fettled my way through. The first thing I did was turn off the awful control sounds. Computers shouldn't make noise!
The mounting bracket is very secure and the computer mounts to the bracket easily. However I feel the mount feels somewhat on the cheap side. A bit too plasticy. It requires two cable ties to secure which can lead to scuffing of your stem/handlebar in the process and being cable tied on, means you can't transfer from bike-to-bike easily. It would be good if the computer came with two mounts like the competition.
GPS signal was found quickly, meaning you wouldn't have to wait any longer than 20 seconds or so before kicking off. But beware when you've pressed go, the computer annoyingly asks you to confirm your decision. A little thing you just get used to.
All-in-all, a surprisingly good computer that I would consider running full time on all of my bikes above the flagship computer I've been using for the past few years. Missed out on a full 5/5 due to the lack of second mount and ease of transferability between bikes."
A compact, convenient tyre inflator supplied with 2 cartridges. With an angled neck to reach obstructed valves and a head to fit both Presta and Schrader valve types, The LifeLine CO2 inflator is essential for on-the-go tube changes and puncture repair.