E-bikes are one of our favourite things to test at the moment, and why wouldn't they be?! This week, it's the turn of the Kinesis RISE e-bike, a mountain bike hardtail using the Fazua motor system. Also on test is a big pack for camera gear, some tough new knee pads, plus a sleek top tube pack and some mightily expensive chain lube. Dig in....
Kinesis RISE e-MTB
Using the Fazua motor, 29er wheels and some pretty progressive geometry, we like the look of the brands first foray into the electric mountain bike market. Kinesis says that this bike was born from their love of a trail hardtail, it's a bike that makes use of the lightweight Fazua drive system used to make a bike that 'naturally' assists with the 400W motor and a 250Wh battery.
They reckon you can squeeze out up to 55km range and about 1000m of climbing on this bike using a range of the three modes, but this will vary with terrain and rider weight just like any other e-bike. We took a first look at the bike, click here for more details.
Apidura Racing Bolt-On Top Tube Pack
For long distance bikepacking and touring trips a top tube bag a no-brainer to add an easily accessible storage option to your steed. This one from Apidura has a huge one-litre capacity and is designed for ultra-distance racing, gravel rides who have the appropriate top tube bolts on their bike to accommodate it. It opens with a magnetic flip-top mechanism and is waterproof, so is ideal for storing electronics, essentials and/or just a pile of food for your next adventure, so say Apidura. There's also a choice of two mounting positions to accommodate different frame sizes and geometries.
£115 (no, that's not a typo)
This lube caused a bit of a storm when it was launched last month, in part due to the jaw-dropping £114.99 price tag for a 140ml tub. They claim that it's the world's first hydrocarbon-based chain lubricant containing graphene, promising to save you 3-10 watts compared to any other chain lube on the market. They also say that a single application can last you up to 1,800km, which could make that price seem a (tiny) bit more palatable. Is this lube the real deal, or are big the claims a little slippery? Dave Atkinson's review is due shortly...
Evoc CP 26L
Our resident photographer Liam has a new way of storing his gear when out shooting bikes. The EVOC CP 26L is a large pack with compartmentalized space accessed via the rear for an abundance of camera gear including a large camera body and multiple lenses. Plus there's room for a laptop and all your normal 'trail necessities'.
Dakine Anthem knee pads
Following last weeks Dakin clothing we've got the brands newest knee pads in on test. The Anthem pads have a 3D moulded pad, plus you can put them on and take them off without removing your shoes - bonus for both getting de-kitted in wet weather and also for whipping off on long hot climbs.
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