Our Bike Live demo day at Cannock Chase went off with a bang this weekend just gone with lots of new bikes tested and trails shredded! If you came along, we hope you had a great day! Back to the office this week, we have some new kit from dhb, a gravel bike from Saracen, a kids seat that allows them to ride shotgun, Thule backpacks and sunnies from Smith Optics.
We liked the dhb kit we tested last year so we were keen to razz round in some more. This time we've got lightweight women's trail shorts, a dhb Blok Women's Short Sleeve Jersey in new colourway and a mountain bike packable shell.
Late last year Saracen launched the Levarg, a trio of high-value aluminium framed gravel machines. Starting at £1,100 for the base Levarg and stretching to Levarg OR with the Fox AX suspension fork at £2,300, it looks like budget gravellistas are now more spoilt than ever. We took a first look at the bike here, for review though we have the Levarg SL which comes in at £1349.
Thule hydration packs
We first saw these packs at Eurobike and have finally got some in to test, we've got the Rail 12L and the smaller Vital 8L, both hydration trail packs aimed at enduro riders. We like the look of the ReTrakt hydration hose, a magnet system allowing the hose to be secured 'hands-free'.
Smith Rebound glasses
Our Smith Optics Rebound glasses are ready for when the sun wants to make a reappearance. Although the look like fashion glasses, these are designed for enduro riding, so Smith says, with medium coverage, Chromapop lenses and grippy rubber on the nose and arm.
Shotgun kids MTB seat
A seat that looks mildly terrifying for the childless amongst us, we have been reassured by the parents in the room that it's unlikely that the small people will let go - we will let our tester find out!
It's said to be able to fit pretty much any bike design out there and as well as the saddle and pedal/pegs, there's also a cute little riser extension bar for your yoof to grip onto. It's made for kids from 2-5 years old.
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