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Friday Review Roundup: All the best tech from the past week

If you’ve missed any of Bikemagic’s product reviews this week, we’ve listed them all in one handy place for your viewing pleasure.

Scott Spark 29 Expert

For 2012 Scott Bikes have finally treated the Spark, the company’s short travel cross-country and marathon race bike, to 29in wheels, with a bold six bike range signalling their intentions clearly to grab a piece of the 29er pie.  Read the full article.

Gore Bike Wear Alp-X WS winter gloves

The venerable Windstopper fabric is used in a glove that sits somewhere in the middle in terms of thickness. Freedom of movement and control of the bars and reaching the brake levers isn’t impaired all that unduly, and are probably at the upper limits of bulkiness. Read the full review here.

Craft Zero Extreme Crewneck base layer

Fit is excellent. The stretchy fabric ensures it confirms to your skin, hugging you tightly giving the fabric the best chance of keeping you dry, without feeling tight anywhere. The seamless design of the torso section and flatlock stitches means there’s no irritating bits inside that can niggle when you’re riding. Read the full article here.

Fox Flux helmet

It’s a purposeful looking helmet with Fox’s usual sharp and fresh looks. An EPS shell with in-mould technology is punctuated by 20 large vents, there’s a visor, though its of the non-adjustable sort, and easily the most standout feature is the Batman-esque rear fin – something borrowed from the company’s motocross lids. Full review here.

Gore Bike Wear Alp X SO Zip-Off jacket

Being able to remove the sleeves is a real bonus.  Two short zips attach each arm to the raglan shoulders.It’s a cinch to remove them, and quickly convert the jacket into a gilet. So when you get a bit sweaty, just removing the sleeves goes a long way to lowering your temperature, allowing you to regulate your temperature without having to remove the jacket completely. With a jersey or short sleeve base layer, the jacket is soft next to the skin, with the mesh panels around the shoulders and arms trapping warm air. Full review here.

Five Ten Maltese Falcon shoes

So after a couple of rides in I am blown away by their performance, they feel a lot more solid than any other trail shoe I have used, with the strap helping transfer a lot more power than others, the sole is plenty stiff enough without feeling too noticeable off the bike. Read more…



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