This week's new stuff is a mixed bag of gear, there a new Boardman hardtail for £1,000, smooth bearings from Cane Creek, a power meter from Stages Cycling, bike cleaner from Kingud and a different tubeless repair kit from Ryder Innovations.
2020 Boardman MHT 8.9
Boardman Bikes have a range of new hardtails due to be released in September, updating its MHT lineup. We took a closer look at the MHT 8.9, a £1,000 hardtail with 12 speed SRAM SX and a host of other good spec choices. We have a full first look here.
Stages Gen 3 Power Meter for M9100 XTR
While power meters are usually associated with our road cycling cousins, they're super useful on the mountain bike too, whether for training, moderating your effort on a long ride or simply gathering loads of cool data to look into.
We've got the latest generation of their single-sided power meter that's made by modifying the left-hand crank arm of your choice with a stress gauge that calculates your power to a claimed +/- 1.5% accuracy before wirelessly firing that data - plus cadence - to whichever cycle computer you use.
Kingud Biodegradable Bike Cleaner & Bottle for life
There's rightly an increased focus on how planet-friendly the stuff we use on our bikes is and this bike cleaner from Kingud is said to be biodegradable, solvent-free, non-toxic and generally eco-friendly as well as safe for use on your brakes and carbon bits and bobs.
It comes in a rather fancy and reusable aluminium bottle with spray head, with concentrated refill shots being available once you run out.
Cane Creek Hellbender 70 bearings
Named after a rare salamander that lives in the mud and water of Cane Creek's native Appalachian mountains, these replacement high-end headset bearings feature extra sealing and grease to help them survive the worst conditions - something our weather seems likely to provide over the next few months. We're looking forward to seeing how they stand up.
Ryder Innovation Slug Plug tubeless repair tool and Nutcracker tool
This South African brand makes a load of different bits of tubeless repair kit, with the Slug Plug being a rather neat tool for inserting the tubeless repair noodles that come in a fancy cigarette case type affair to keep them dry and clean. The Nutcracker is designed to allow you to tighten down a number of different size nuts thanks to the tapered fork design, plus there's a specific notch for valve cores, a spare one of which is mounted in the middle of the tool. If that wasn't versatile enough, it also works as a disc pad spreader. Cunning indeed.
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