We've got a range of different goodies in this week, starting with new, reasonably priced photochromatic sunglasses from dhb and new Garmin devices which allow the use of Trailforks and measure how far you jump. We're also testing custom frame protection and mudguards from Slicy and a dropper post from PNW that also has some suspension squish.
dhb Vector Photochromatic sunglasses
Instead of needing multiple lenses for differing light conditions, dhb claims their Vector shades do it all in one with photochromatic lenses that adapt to changing light conditions. With super wide lenses that provide plenty of coverage, the lightweight frame has an adjustable nose piece and the lenses are also vented to prevent fogging. Do these shades perform in the sun and when its gloomy out there? Jamie Williams' review is coming soon over on road.cc...
Launched in 2016 Slicy have created a range of mudguards, frame protection, top caps and tubeless accessories, the former of which can be customised via their custom design service. UK distributor Cyclorise has sent us off-road.cc customised Enduro DH Ultimate mudguards (£21.99) and some cool top caps with our logo on too (£14.99). We will also be testing the frame protection (£26.99 - £54.99). The brand also have tubeless tyre inserts, sealant and valves on the way.
Cyclorise offer customisation with small minimum order quantities if your club or group are thinking of getting branded kit. Or for one-off items you can design and order on the Slicy website.
Slicy Enduro DH mudguard and Fun Cap - customised
Slicy Frame Protecion - customised
PNW Coast suspension dropper post
PNW has developed what they say is the world's first dropper post with suspension. Designed for all bike types from trekkers, to XC to commuters, the Coast "provides some relief from everyday chatter" thanks to 40mm of tunable air suspension housed within its internals, plus 120mm of drop. The dropper function isn't just for changing positions depending on which gnarly jump you're attempting next, say PNW, as they say it's also very useful for lowering the seat when you dismount to make things more elegant.
Is there a place in the market for this shape-shifting vibration dampener?
Garmin Edge 130 Plus
Garmin’s Edge 130 was described by our tester David Arthur as being “possibly the best Garmin yet if you don't need mapping” back when he reviewed it in late 2018. The new Plus edition keeps the stripped-down functional approach that many users liked, with a small form factor and a focus on performance-minded riders that don’t want the features found on many of the pricier units. This time the 130 Plus comes with mapping and mountain bike metrics too, meaning it'll measure your air time, jump distance and how gnarly your ride was dependant on speeds and terrain.
Garmin Edge 1030 Plus
The Edge 1030 took over from the Edge 1000 as Garmin’s largest headunit and fans of the large display will be pleased to know that the Edge 1030 Plus maintains the screen size of the Edge 1030. It also still sits at the top of the price list at £519.99 and boasts all of Garmin’s latest features and apps. As increasing numbers of riders head away from road-only riding, mapping of off-road routes becomes increasingly important and Garmin has included a Trailforks app, preloaded with trail details from “more than 80 countries", which we think is pretty cool, it'll help you find trails without the need to get your phone out and fire up an app.
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