Specialized Purgatory 650b tyres
One of the first indicators that Specialized was succumbing to market (or perhaps industry) demands and dipping a toe in the 650b market, was the release of the popular Purgatory all-mountain treads in a 650b form. This excellent all-rounder rubber is now available for mid-sized hoops, which is a brilliant thing as we happen to think Specialized tyres are some of the best out there (you can read our review of the Purgatory 29″ here) and we welcome the chance to fit them to other 650b bikes. The tubeless ready Purgatory is only available in a 2.3″ width for now, and the 650b version weighs in at 755g. We’re currently riding these on a set of Specialized Fattie SL wheels and the combo is excellent!
PRO Mega Bag
If you regularly travel with your bike (or if you’ve just got a bike worth protecting properly!) then you’ll appreciate just how much easier life is when you’re using a proper bike bag, as opposed to a cardboard box. The new Mega Bag from PRO is something of a hybrid between a soft bag and a hard bike case. It has a subframe that you secures your bike’s dropouts, then the wheels simply slip into the pockets on the side. There are numbers zip-up compartments inside too, perfect for stuffing your riding kit into to get the bag right up to that 32kg limit! The bag itself weighs 7.5kg, but it’s very well padded and with four quality wheels, scooting around the airport is easy too.
Bont Riot MTB shoes
Bont are widely known for their high end, immaculately constructed shoes, so the addition of quality shoes at an entry to mid-level price point is very exciting. The Riot shoes incorporate technologies that have trickled down from their higher priced models- for example carbon composite construction to create a sole stiffer than Greg Minnaar’s neck, mesh inserts for ventilation, dual Velcro and ratchet closing system and replaceable sole guards- especially useful for scampering up those unrideable sections of trail.
Bontrager Lithos helmet
The Bontrager Lithos helmet places the seemingly all-encompassing all-mountain/enduro crowd firmly in its sights, with more coverage out back than your average XC lid to assist you when things get a bit rowdy on the trail. Despite this, the Lithos remains quite light for its profile, with the medium coming in at 330 grams. Bontrager also claim to have the answer to one of the biggest problems for any regular rider- smelly helmet syndrome. The AgION Fit pads have moisture-wicking antimicrobial pads which Bontrager claim “completely eliminate odours”. This will be put to the test on an upcoming trip to Alice Springs which is sure to bring about an outpouring of bodily juices in the cranium region.
Speedwolf IV light
Speedwolf are a direct to you lights retailer, allowing them to keep their prices pretty low in comparison with similarly specced lights on the market. The Speedwolf IV is a 1500 lumen light that retails for $179, shipped free of charge straight to your door with a 14 day no questions asked return policy as well as a one year warranty- pretty impressive. Useful mountain biking features include adaptability to be run on both your handlebars and helmet, 5 hours of run time on high and the peace of mind that you can get the light wet as both the light itself and the battery are waterproof.