DT Swiss has had high-end rims covering the lightweight XC (4.1) and heavy-duty FR/DH (6.1) bits of the market for a while. Now available is the long-awaited enduro/all-mountain/just riding around gap-filling EX5.1d. It’s a usefully wide 28mm to give fat tyres a decent shape, but keeps the weight more than acceptable at 500g per rim. It’s disc-only, but we can’t see too many people being too troubled by that. There’s also a tubeless kit available to suit the new rims.
In other DT Swiss news, it’s now producing brake pads with a special compound to work with the 4.1c ceramic-coated XC rims. And there’s a new line of more budget-oriented rims – the X450, X455 and E540. They’re all sleeve-jointed rather than welded like the 4.1/5.1/6.1 rims and the weights are generally a little higher. The numbers are the weights in grams, the X rims are XCish narrow ones in non-disc and disc flavours and the E is a wider disc-only enduro rim.
This is the latest frame from Dialled Bikes. The Love/Hate is based on the geometry of the popular Prince Albert bikes, but optimised for a 100mm travel fork rather than a 130mm one. The main attraction, though, is the Phil Wood eccentric bottom bracket that makes this a singlespeedable frame. You don’t have to run one gear, though – it’s got a derailleur hanger too. They’ll be £255, although there’s a pre-order deal that’ll get you the frame, EBB, Dialled Bikes Pablo Esco bars, Salsa QR seat clamp and delivery for £220. There’ll almost certainly be a choice of colours, and we’re hoping that this olive green will be one of them. There’ll be three sizes, all made from steel-type metal.
We were quite taken by the Cycloc bike storage gizmo when we saw it at London’s Cycle show last year. It’s a cunning moulded plastic spiral hook thing – attach it to a convenient wall, pop the top tube in there and gravity does the rest. Got a sloping top tube? No problem, just rotate the Cycloc to suit. There’s a hole for a lock and you can stash gloves and lights and things inside. It’s available in four colours including a recycled version and costs £49.95. The press release contains a number of quotes from various bits of the media, of which our favourite is: “Cycloc is a nifty accessory for storing bicycles above the ground.” No arguments there – it’s clearly more convenient than burying your bike…
Reborn clothing company Swobo is back in the UK thanks to Stif in Leeds, who have the full range in stock. A few carefully-selected items are also available from on-line women’s clothing retailer minx-girl.com. There’s an extensive range, but Swobo was always best known for its wool jerseys so you won’t be surprised to find that said sheepy garments figure largely in the range. This “Bubblegum Pink” one is made from Merino Advanced Performance Program wool, apparently the “gold standard for athletic wool”. Catching those sheep must be a challenge, but we digress. It’ll have all the usual Merino attributes of great feel, temperature control and breathability. The slight downside is that it’s £80, but there are plenty of Swobo jerseys still being used after a decade.
Also in the clothing line is Chrome, “a domestic bag and clothing manufacturer”. Obviously they’re only domestic in the place where the press release was written, and not necessarily where it ended up – last time we checked San Francisco wasn’t anywhere near Somerset. Anyway, Chrome is best known for bags, but also does clothing and has a new line of “urban technical” garb. The first two items are a riding jacket and these 3/4-length messenger-style semi-trousers. The Shins are made from breathable and water-repellent stretch fabric with articulated knees and zippered cargo pockets. They’re cut for pedalling but not so dramatically that they look weird standing up.