In the Queue: What’s new in the RoadBikeReview test bin

Bontrager shoes, American Classic wheels, SRAM CX1, Shimano Ultegra Di2, and more

Apparel Gear Parts Tires Wheels

People always ask us what we’re working on next. Now you know. Here are this week’s selected items from RoadBikeReview’s on-going test hopper.

SRAM Force CX1
SRAM Force CX 1

We’ve been racing and riding SRAM’s ’cross-specific 1×11 drivetrain this fall as part of our cyclocross race bike shootout. Soon we’ll let you know if it’s a game changer or not — and how it measures up against the Shimano’s Ultegra Di2 system, which is spec’d on some of our other test bikes.

Shimano Ultegra Di2
Shimano Ultegra Di2

Going head-to-head with SRAM’s Force CX1 drivetrain in our cyclocross race bike shootout is Shimano’s mid-tier Ultegra Di2 electronic shifting drivetrain. We’ll let you know which we prefer for racing, and whether electronic shifting has a place on the cyclocross race circuit.

Bontrager XXX Road Shoe

Bontrager XXX Road Shoe

Around the same time Trek launched its new super-light Émonda road bike, came these wispy road kicks from sister operation Bontrager. They’re definitely light, but how about fit, comfort and performance?

Sugoi Zap Jacket
Sugoi Zap Jacket

In daylight, this Sugoi jacket is a functional commuter top. At night, when hit by car lights, it’s billed as a true safety feature, lighting up its wearer like few other jackets we’ve seen. More details soon.

American Classic Argent Road Tubeless Disc
American Classic Argent Tubeless Wheels

Tubeless wheel set-ups are an attractive proposition for amateur cyclocross racers looking for a less-complicated alternative to tubulars. Among the wheels spinning round our ’cross race bike shootout are these tubeless-ready offerings from American Classic. We’ll let you know how they mounted up – and how they fared when we ran tires at the low pressures required for racing.

Kenda Kommando X Pro
Kenda Kommando X Pro

Along with ’cross bikes, we’ve been testing a number of tubeless tires during our cyclocross race bike shootout. The Kenda Kommando X Pro set up fairly easily, but how about race day performance?

Stanley One Hand Vacuum Mug
Stanley One Hand Vacuum Mug

Melding the basic human need of morning coffee with a bike commute isn’t as easy as it seems. We’ve got a Quick Take in the works that will let you know whether Stanley’s One Hand Vacuum Mug is a hit, or just not worth it.

Pearl Izumi Transfer Cycling Cap
Pearl Izumi Transfer Cycling Cap

In the why-didn’t-I-think-of-that department comes this nifty cycling cap from Pearl Izumi, which besides wicking moisture, has a shortened brim, designed so you that can actually see what’s in front of you when descending in the drops. We’ll be heading downhill to see if we can really see.

Magellan Cyclo 505 GPS Cycle Computer
Magellan Cyclo 505 GPS Cycle Computer

We got our first look at the Magellan Cyclo 505 GPS cycle computer back at Interbike and now have a test unit in-house. So far, its ease-of-use and price make it appealing…stay tuned to see if it has the features and performance to match or better the competition.

About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Tour de France, the Olympic Games, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures all over the globe. Sumner, who joined the RoadBikeReview.com / Mtbr.com staff in 2013, has also done extensive gear testing and is the author of the cycling guide book "75 Classic Rides: Colorado." When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying time with his wife Lisa and daughter Cora.


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Comments:

  • Paul Arnhold says:

    How did the PI Transfer Cycling Cap perform? What do you think about the fit?

    • Jason Sumner says:

      Paul — We love this cap. Short brim makes it easy to see even when you’re deep in drops. Breathes well, sgood fit for our size medium (helmet) dome. Definitely recommended.

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