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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.