Here's a quick look at some new gear that's just arrived at Bikemagic. Look out for reviews over the next few weeks.
DMT Top Gear shoes
The latest version of the top-end go-faster footwear from Italian shoemaker DMT, these racing slippers have been tweaked and modified over the years with feedback from DMT's various racers.
Features include a stiff, light carbon outsole, heat-mouldable insoles for a spot-on support, a new smaller buckle that's shaved off a few grams and a dual-density top strap that should better cosset the top of your foot. To prolong the life of the Top Gears, the sole's tread blocks are replaceable.
The Top Gear retains classic DMT features such as the combined top strap and heel cup, which helps secure your foot in the back of the shoe, and there are a couple of big spikes up front for grip in muddy conditions.
More information: DMT Top Gear shoes
UK supplier: Paligap
Gemini Olympia lights
A relatively new player in the turn-night-into-day game, Gemini originally hail from Victoria B.C., Canada and are working perhaps the hardest angle in lighting: making tp-quality, reliable lights that don't cost an arm and a leg.
Certainly the three-LED, 1800-Lumen (claimed) Olympia we have here ticks the boxes. The compact head unit is tidily machined from aluminium and the six-cell battery will power it for between three hours 40 minutes and over 37 hours depending on the setting you choose. You can program three settings to put out between 100 percent and 10 percent of the maximum light output.
In the box you get bar mount, helmet mount and a head strap, and a charger with LED charge-state indicators. All this for just over 200 quid, and if you don't need that much run time, there's a version with a four-cell battery for £20 less.
More information: Gemini Olympia lights
UK supplier: i-Ride
DHB M2.0 C shoes
These might be the least expensive carbon-soled shoes out there. They're basic – don't expect replaceable sole blocks or mouldable insoles at this price – but the construction looks sound and first impressions are that the fit is not half bad.
You also get a ratchet buckle. Some sub-£100 shoes go with three straps or even laces and a strap to cover them. The upper is a combination of synthetic leather and mesh, though there's not much of the latter. Given that cooling isn't usually an issue in the UK, that makes sense, though it's slightly odd to find a vent under the heel. We suspect it's there to let the water out!
The carbon sole is mostly coated with what DHB says is grippy rubber, except for the cleat area, with a couple of solid tread blocks next to the cleats to help guide your foot on to the pedal.
DHB is the house brand of mail order behemoth Wiggle, which helps explain the keen pricing; there's no middleman here, you are, in effect, buying direct from the importer.
More information: dhb M2.0C Carbon Mountain Bike Shoe
Back in 2010, the eponymous Andy of Andystand needed a way to hold his mountain bike up while he hosted a Scalextric party. A lightbulb went off and Andystand was born.
The idea is simple: a horizontal bar that slides into the gert big hole down the middle of most modern cranks, and a frame to hold it up. That was the AS.1.
This version adds the convenience of a hinge so you can fold and carry it more easily than the original rigid Andystand. We can see throwing it in the car for day trips so you have it to hand for parking, minor fettling and post-ride bike washing.
It's tidily made in Yorkshire from powder-coated steel plate and zinc-plated steel tubing.
More information: Andystand
DHB Luggit Slice 15-litre hydration pack with bladder
The smallest of a three-bag range that includes 25 and 30-litre bags for those who need to carry lots of stuff, this small hydration pack crams lots of features in for the money.
As well as a main compartment with a fairly big opening and a slot for a two-litre bladder, there are four extra pockets. The top one is lined with fleece so you can stas your eyewear or iPod without it getting scratched, the other has elastic straps to organise tools and spares.
Stretch mesh pockets at each side will take a water bottle if you want to carry energy drink separately from water and there's an elastic loop that will just stretch over a small bottle to keep it in place.
The included Source bladder has a removable hose and fold-over sliding closure.
More information: DHB Luggit Slice 15-litre hydration pack with bladder