More bikes are filling the off-road.cc HQ this week and we've got quite the pick of cool mountain and gravel bikes to ride. There's a steel Cotic Escapade, a well-priced Kinesis G2 and a carbon cross-country race machine from Canyon, plus clothing from Dakine and a brand new helmet from Bontrager complete with its own version of MIPS.
The drop bar bike world has rather exploded in recent years, with the classic road bike now supplemented by 'cross, sportive, aero, gravel and many other sub-variants on the theme. As the choice has exploded, so too has the desire of many people to have one bike that can do the lot, and the Escapade is Cotic's solution to that problem, we take a first look here.
Canyon Lux CF SL 6 Pro Race
We've also got a new carbon Canyon Lux in for test, this is the model that will cost you the least dollar and still make your lightweight cross country dreams come true. We'll be taking a proper first look at this bike later in the week. If you can't wait until then, here's the news about the bike and its new suspension platform, published back when it was released.
Our cover star this week is the reasonably priced, do-it-all gravel bike from Kinesis, the G2. We told you about the new G2, a £1,500 complete gravel bike back in July and it was one of the first bikes we headed over to take a first look at on our arrival at the 2018 Cycle Show, all the details are here. We'll be sending this bike off to road.cc/off-road.cc's Dave to be thoroughly tested shortly.
Bontrager Blaze WaveCel trail helmet
Bontrager has today released a different design of cycling helmet that incorporates new technology, developed by themselves, called Wave Cel. The technology is designed to be the company’s version of MIPS, with similar safety standards from the flexible WaveCel design incorporated into the lid. There will be two road lids, a commuter offering and a mountain bike helmet, we've got the latter here to test on off-road.cc whilst the roadies at road.cc have the road version.
Dakine Vectra shorts
New from Dakine are these Vectra mountain bike shorts. Built to be stretchy and well ventilated, these are 'all-round' shorts rather than 'all-mountain'. We liked Dakine's more casual women's offerings in the past so have high hopes for these.
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