5 cool things from WTB, Shimano, Ride 100%, Giant and Mavic
This week's five cool things includes some brand new 2021 tyres from WTB, ripe for a gravel thrashing. Plus there is this year's iteration of the classic Shimano ME7 enduro shoes, some trail from Mavic too and lastly some women's gear from Ride 100%.
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New WTB tyres
Today, WTB release updates to their Byway and Riddler gravel tyres. The adventure bike rubber gets more puncture resistance, called SG2. This is a puncture protection layer which the brands says provides 33% more sidewall protection and 17% more tread protection. The tyres are now available with an increased TPI, from 60 to 120. Tread pattern stays the same for both tyres with the Byway meant for faster rolling capacity on rough roads and dry gravel whilst the Riddler is built for a wider range of conditions without compromising efficiency.
We have a WTB Byway in 700x40 and a set of WTB Riddler's 700x37 for testing, Matt will be back soon with a full report. In the meantime, read the news here.
Shimano ME7 shoes (2021)
The classic trail and enduro shoes got an update at the end of July this year and now we have a pair in for test. The Michelin designed sole gets a bit of a redesign. It uses a dual-density rubber outsole for greater durability and slip-resistance. The brand also says that they have given the shoe extra room at the toes plus the ME7 is now available in a Volume+ and Volume+ Wide last. Shoes are available from September 2020 with the ME7 set to cost £180.
Giant Romero SL saddle
The Giant Romero SL saddle is a mountain bike performance saddle specifically designed for trail and enduro riding. Featuring a flexible chassis design as well as Side-Flex technology where the wings of the saddle flex to prevent rubbing. The Romero SL also features all-new built-in Particle Flow padding which is all about enhancing shock absorption, nothing about the curry you had the previous night.
Mavic XA Elite II shoes
The XA Elite is a trail shoe from Mavic with trainer like appearance. The shoes get the brands Contragrip sole for increase traction, hidden 'quick laces' and a velcro security strap. The outer is thermobonded and is sad to be light too - we will see what our tester Liam thinks soon.
Ride 100% women's all mountain gear
Last but not least is this bright set from Ride 100%. We've got a women's Ridecamp jersey and a pair of Airmatic shorts. The jersey is the more casual choice from 100% and at £35, it's pretty pocket friendly too. The Airmatic shorts are the brands enduro shorts with a stretchy batch, funky waist fastening and multiple pockets. Lastly, we have some Ridcamp women's summer gloves which feature a smooth palm and interesting silicone gripper extending down into the plan area.