Tired legs after The Ex Enduro were met with a new Merida e-bike to test this week, great timing! Alongside the e-power, we are testing some new tools from Lezyne and Crankbrothers, tyres from E*Thirteen and an expensive pack for the commute.
Merida EOne-Sixty 900E
We like the regular acoustic version of the Merida One-Sixty so much when we tested it we thought we'd give it's electric-driven brother a try too. The EOne-Sixty 900E is a little different in geometry compared to the version without a motor, it is steeper at the head angle, has a longer effective top tube but also has a slightly shorter reach. It has longer chainstays too, which actually aren't all that long for an e-bike, coming in at 440m.
E*Thirteen TRS tyres
On for the front and one for the back, we've got a couple of TRS tyres in for Rachael's long termer. There's a dual compound TRSrace for the front and a TRS+ for the rear. Both are 2.35" in diameter and already look good set upon out 30mm wide DT Swiss Spline M1900 rims.
Lezyne Hex Kit
This is a nine piece hex kit ideal for any home mechanic with sturdy hex bits and an organised folding holder. The L-shaped bits included are: 1.5/2/2.5/3/4/5/6/8/10, with ball ends for £25.
Chrome Barrage Cargo Backpack
One of the few packs we can find that has space for a 15" Macbook and is fully waterproof too. This offering from Chrome will defend precious laptops from the elements and carry 22-34L of kit at the same time. It does come at a rather lofty price though, £170 for this military grade spec backpack. Marketing terms aren't always as they seem though, check out a feature we put together recently all about the truth behind sneaky marketing terms.
Crankbrothers f15 multitool
Crankbrothers say this tool is f-ing fantastic..... for £40, you'd hope so too. The premium tool includes a chain breaker, 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8 hex bits, 2 x Phillips screwdriver bits, a T25 and 4 spoke wrenches. The magnetic case also becomes an extended handle for additional leverage.
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