Being based down south the off-road office wasn't subjected to the amount of snow that maybe some of you out there were. We did get out from some slippery, snowy rides though and thoroughly enjoyed it! This week we've got a tan walled gravel machine, a much-needed bike wash and various ways to track our rides.
Vitus Substance V2 Apex
Love 'em or hate 'em tan walls are popular at the moment and we have to say, we actually rather like them. Vitus have specced them on their new Substance V2, a do-it-all drop bar affair with 650B wheels and quite a lot of style. It'll be on sale soon for £1300, in the meantime make sure you check out our First Look.
DT Swiss CR 1600 Spline
We've just received a set of DT Swiss CR 1600 Spline wheels for off-road gravelling and cyclocross duties. You can read about our first ride on these wheels here, when we spent some time riding them in the Swiss Jura. We'll be giving this set a thorough beating and a full review will be coming soon. We're hoping to get the carbon version in for the new year when it becomes available.
bljp_DTSwiss_CR1600-1.jpg, by Benedict Pfender
Rinse Kit Bike Wash
The Rinse kit Bike Wash is a portable pressurised spray that doesn't need pumping or batteries to get going. It holds 2 gallons of water and will spray for four minutes - plenty of time to wash one bike and two is you are sparing.
Garmin EDGE Explore 820
The Garmin Edge Explore 820 is the Garmin if choice if adventure and exploration are your thing. It features bike specific navigation with Europe wide pre-loaded maps, 'Group Track' to keep an eye on where the rest of your group are, plus a whole host of other useful things. It's touchscreen operated, small and lightweight and easily connect to Garmin Connect and therefore importantly, Strava.
Garmin Vivosport Watch
The Vivosport Watch is more of an activity tracker than an all out GPS unit, although it will quite happily track your ride. It will also track heart rate and stress as it perceives it through information surrounding your heart rate variability. You can also connect this little watch to your smartphone to access and receive texts, emails and music.
Canyon Offspring AL 16"
For our youngest tester we've got this kids bike from Canyon, the Offsping AL 16". If you thought your eyes were playing tricks on you, don't worry, they're not - the front wheel (18") is larger than the rear (16"). It's a single speed to keep things simple, its got hydraulic disc brakes and has a rubber bump stop covering the steerer tube to prevent any painful face to stem action..... thoughtful.
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