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Friday Tech Roundup: All the best bits from the week

It’s been a busy week on Bikemagic as we continue to bring you the latest products from the cycling world along with in-depth reviews of the products vying for your hard-earned.

Big news this week as GoPro launched the successor to its popular helmet camera, with the HD Hero2 packing an improved lens, 11 megapixel sensor and an upgraded processor.

It’s getting chilly out there these days and so Gore Bike Wear’s new Fusion SO ¾ baggy shorts arrived just in time. Made from the splendid Windstopper fabric and cut so that they don’t hinder your pedalling, we can see these be in constant use this autumn.

The world has gone crazy for apps it seems, and Garmin, more commonly known as a manufacturer of GPS computers, has just released Garmin Fit. Available for both iPhone and Android, it’ll measure speed, distance, time, calories and will work with heart rate and cadence sensors.

What’s the most annoying sound your mountain bike makes? For us, it’s the sound of the chain slapping the chainstay. Shimano’s XTR RD-M985 Shadow Plus rear derailleur cures this annoyance with a clever clutch mechanism, and we’ve just passed our verdict.

Now you can sleep easy knowing that the latest MuleBar energy bars are wrapped in eco-friendly wrappers. The new wrappers are made from wood pulp, a renewable resource, are designed for home or industrial composting.

We’re pretty excited about riding BMC’s SpeedFox SF29. It’s the first 29er bike from the Swiss company, and takes their APS suspension and unique frame design to the big wheel market. Here’s our first look.

Keeping with the 29er theme for another sentence if we may, Ratio’s Anthrax carbon 29er fork looks stunning and weighs just 590g.

If you like your wheels a bit smaller, then take a look at Danny MacAskill’s Skye 24in trials bike.

Finally, it’s that time of year for investing in a new winter jacket. We’ve pulled together some advice from the Bikemagic team to help you wade through the myriad choices in any well stocked bike shop.


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