A brand new enduro bike from Nukeproof just launched, the Giga was a shoe-in for the top of this weeks 'five cool things'. Elsewhere around the home office, we've got grips from PNW, gravel shoes from Shimano, a budget baselayer as winter is definitely not through with us yet and more waterproofs from Altura. Dig in...
2021 Nukeproof Giga 275 Comp
As we said, today marks the launch of the brand new Nukeproof Giga, a super enduro bike that is offered in both 27.5" and 29er wheel sizes. It comes in carbon only and this bike we have here is the base spec model, 180mm Giga Comp with 650B wheels, is it bigger and better than the Mega enduro bike? Watch the video below to see Rach's first thoughts or click here for the full article.
PNW Loam grips
At only £15, the PNW Loam Grips look pretty good value. The brand says they have 'water-shedding fins' and a beefy outer zone of the grip to help dispel vibrations. And, key to any buyer's grip choice, they come in nine different colours. Winning.
Shimano XC5 (XC501) SPD Shoes
For gravel adventures, these SPD shoes are relatively lightweight and promise effective power transfer with glass fibre reinforced midsoles. The Mesh/TPU/Synthetic leather upper has a wrapping design that reduces overlap to eliminate hot-spots for a comfortable fit, while the Boa L6 dial offers quick and precise adjustments for fine-tuning a secure hold.
When considering shoes for off-road riding, it’s not all about how they perform on the bike, but also off, as you may have to trek across unrideable sections. An exclusive Michelin grippy mud-shedding tread pattern should have you covered, and there’s a reinforced 18mm spike mount for more extreme conditions.
Madison Isoler mesh baselayer
The Madison Isoler base layer is said to be for all year round use and with the wildy changing temperatures we've been having lately, getting it sufficiently tested shouldn't be a problem. Quite a chunk cheaper than the merino versions, the base layer gets open mesh fabric to aid airflow to prevent overheating.
Altura All Roads Waterproof short
Exactly what is says on the tin, a baggy waterproof short for any style of riding. These have a stretchy waterproof fabric which is more akin to a soft shell than a hard shell. They look ideal for many comfy and un-sweaty miles. We are handing them over to our gravel and mountain bike tester Ty for a thorough test.
Altura Nightvision Hurricane jacket
We liked the look of this waterproof number from Altura, its got a good (15k/15k) waterproof/breathability ratings, a removable hood and reflective details making it appear to be a great all rounder. There are pockets, ventilation and taped seams too, all for £140.
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