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Friday Tech Roundup: Mud tyres, lights, jackets and pedals

It’s been a busy week on the Bikemagic gear desk. We’ve had more new products arriving then usual, with a focus on products that will get you through the winter. So there’s lights, jackets, socks, mud tyres and loads more.

Just in case you missed any, here’s a quick roundup of the highlights:

10 of the best mud tyres for winter riding. As the wet weather takes a firm grip of the country, now is the time to remove those fast summer tyres, pack them away in the back of the shed for the winter months and invest in a set of new winter-specific treads.

Essential Guide: Beat the night. At the time of writing the nights have definitely drawn in more than somewhat, to the point that the daylight hours are starting to occur solely during working hours. Which isn’t ideal if you like to get your rides in of an evening.

Bontrager XR-Mud & 29-Mud TLR tyres. Bontrager mud tyres arrive in time for winter, and they’re available in 29er version.

Endura Pakajak – hands on with new windproof jacket. Teeny tiny £39.99 emergency windproof jacket from Endura passes the first test.

Reynolds XC 29er carbon wheels – first look and interview. Latest carbon fibre wheels for 29ers arrive from Reynolds. Plus we pick Aaron Packard’s brain on the development process of the new wheels.

Bontrager XR-Mud & 29-Mud TLR tyres. Bontrager mud tyres arrive in time for winter, and they’re available in 29er version

From the archives: Cotic Soul hardtail review. Cotic’s Soul is the very essence of mountain biking, a steel hardtail with exemplary handling and poise

X-Fusion 2012 suspension forks. A first look at X-Fusion’s 140mm and 170mm Velvet and Vengeance suspension forks.

Crank Brothers Mallet 2 pedals. Crank Brothers have updated the Mallet pedals for 2012. The body now uses a split polycarbonate/aluminium design, and is also lower profile than previously bringing your foot closer to the pedal axle.

NiteRider MiNewt Pro 750 LED light. Latest high powered LED lighting system offers light weight and impressive light output

Pearl Izumi Elite Tall Wool socks. Warm and cosy Merino wool socks from Pearl Izumi make a good investment this winter.

RIDE clothing – bib shorts and jersey review. For the past month I’ve been some new clobber from the latest brand in the business, Ride clothing, and have been thoroughly impressed.

Tune in next week for more of the latest mountain bike tech.


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