We've just returned from iceBike, where distributor Madison shows off new kit from both it's house brands and those it looks after in the UK. There was plenty of new stuff to see from the likes of Genesis, Park Tool, Madison Clothing, Pearl Izumi and many more, so read on to check it all out.
Park Tool HBT-1 hydraulic hose barb tool
We are suckers for a new tool, which is why a quick rummage about the Park Tool stand usually has us wanting to fill the already overflowing tool chest a little more.
This new HBT-1 tool trims hydraulic hoses neatly and then clamps the hose tight before pushing the barb in place, cutting out a load of faff. It looks cracking for busy workshops or just obsessive home mechanics, though at $90 (GBP to be confirmed) you'll need to be fairly keen...
If you currently have no space for such a thing, then the new roller tool chest may be of interest and we also rather like this screwdriver-style Allen headed tools for tweaking derailleurs and other low-torque tasks.
Pearl Izumi X-Alp Launch flat pedal shoes
These casual styled shoes are the brand's first move into proper flat pedal shoes, rather than multi-sport type affairs and they're looking pretty decent. Two shoes are available and while they share the same design of sole, with a large flat area in the middle to proffer better grip, though the higher end shoe gets a stickier Vibram sole in addition to a more technical outer.
We also liked the look of the Merino base layer, which uses wool on the outside and a synthetic inner to balance the wicking and warmth qualities of both. It comes in long and short sleeve versions in male and female cuts, plus heavier weight versions for colder weather.
PRO Discover bikepacking bag range
Everyone is getting in on the bikepacking and adventure thing these days, including Shimano's kit and component brand PRO. This kit doesn't look like generic me-too stuff though, with some really rather neat and nice features going on.
There's a bar roll with an 8L dry bag that can be easily removed along with foam spacers to help it clear your controls, a neat top tube bag with bungee that can be mounted with straps or bento box mounts, a 15L seat pack and 5.5L frame bag that's got a blue inner liner to help you see stuff inside it.
We've no prices yet, but we're keen to get our grubby paws on this lot soon.
Genesis CRG One fork
Usually, rigid forks aren't that exciting, but this one has us all of a froth. It's a new carbon fork from Genesis that's covered with bottle, anything cage and mudguard mounts, along with internal disc brake cable routing, flat brake mount and even routing for a cable from a dynamo hub.
Even better, it's got a 1.125" steerer, so it'll fit loads of older bikes and at £350, it's not outrageously expensive either. It looks like a good option to breathe life back into an older frame...
Lazer world downhill speed record helmet
Back in the late 1990s, fellow Frenchmen Eric Barone and Christian Taillefeur traded downhill speed records on various mad prototype machines, with the odd insanely high-speed spill. Protecting Christian Taillefer's noggin while we went to a record-setting 212.139 km/h in 1998 was this helmet from Lazer.
I popped it on and it's the most hideously claustrophobic thing ever. As it's just a fibre shell with some bars so it doesn't exactly offer much protection either - but it is very aero...
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