This week's five cool things comes with a number of big ticket items that have well and truly won them the 'cool thing' crown. In for testing is Specialized's newest trail lid, a vibration-damping handlebar for gravel bikes, and three very cool looking backpacks from Deuter. Here are the new things that have come in for testing.
We quite like a spendy handlebar with vibration damping tech and the Lauf Smoothie claims to be exactly that. Its carbon build is designed to be stiff where you need stiffness and compliant where you don't. It also uses military-spec glass fibre in areas where you want some shock absorption and impact resistance.
The Smoothe comes in three widths, from 400 to 440mm with an 80mm reach, 16° flare and a 125mm drop. It's claimed to weigh in at 250g.
Earlier this week Specialized released the all-new Tactic 4 and we've managed to wrangle one for testing. Against the Tactic 3, it's had a total revamp and it now features Specialized's SBC Integrated Fit System, MIPS Evolve, and handy under visor eyewear storage.
Deuter Attack 16
Then, we've got three of Deuter's bags in for testing. First off, here's the Attack 16. It comes kitted with a SAS-TEC back protector that meets TÜV/GS-certification that can cope with multiple impacts, (depending on the impact). Along with that, there are clips for carry a half-face helmet, a padded hip belt, a valuables pocket, a hidden rain cover, a phone/map pocket, and a glasses holder. That's just scratching the surface, keep your eyes peeled for the full review to find out what else this bag can offer.
Deuter Flyt 18 SL
Next up, we've got the Flyt 18 SL. The SL in the title means that the bag is narrower the straps are placed closer together, ideal for the slimmer folk out there. This one also gets the SAS-TEC back protector but uses Deuter's Airstripes system. It promises a secure ride while offering consistent ventilation.
Deuter Flyt 14
Last but definitely not least is the smallest bag in our little collection, the Flyt 14. Like the other bags, it's equipped with a SAS-TEC back protector but unlike the Flyt 18 SL, its straps spacing is wider. Otherwise, it comes with all of the same features as the Flyt 18 SL such as the helmet clips, sternum strap, stabiliser straps, rain cover, sunglasses holder, and built in organiser.
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