Up the Downs – Country Houses and Steep Climbs 35 miles
Old-timer Climber 21 miles
For my own records, Cycling Plus Magazine tested packable jackets in May 2015.
The results were:-
Best on Test – Altura Podium £99.99
Best value – Endure Equipe Compact Shell £69.99
Most wanted – Rapha Classic Wind Jacket £140
As you may know, before I throw out Cycling Plus magazine at the end of each month, I record in this blog the test results of the products that month.
The only one getting five star was The Sportful Hotpack Ultralight Vest £100.
However, a whole raft got four stars – Rapha Gilet (£125), Nalini Recoaro (£40) and Chapeau Echelon (£95)
The Fabric ALM Ultimate Carbon (£225, 120g) got four stars. The suggested alternative was the san marco aspire superleggera £259.
FSA SL-K Compact bar and stem was given 4 stars (£210/£83)
The benchmark was 3T ergo nova team bars and integrated headset. (£225/£160)
Tall Wide Hybrid Wheels
The only 5 star awarded was Reynolds Assault SLG/Strike SLG £1350
Low Profile Wheels
This was the big test of the month
Best on test was Hed Ardennes Plus FR (1503gm , skewer 86g £999)
Best value wheel was Strada Alpine Attack
Best for durability was FFWD F2AS
Stunningly my new Fulcrum zero wheels, which came top last year (!), only scored three stars this year. Makes you wonder, doesn’t it?! They were criticised for a hard ride this year.
This was the other big test.
The easy best on test was the Cateye volt 700 (£100)
Best value was Bontrager ION 700 (£90)
Best, money no object was Exposure Toro (£275)
As you may know, I record in the blog the test results from Cycling Plus magazine before I throw them out. Bikeradar tends to have individual product tests but the comparison ones are harder to find.
1. Endura FS-260 PRO £26.99
2. Rapha Pro Team £50
3. Sportful Bodyfit Pro £30
Best overall – Fabric Scoop 176g, £110
Best for Racing – Fizik Arione Kium 238g £100
Best Value – BTwin Red Road Race
Also “one of the best saddles around” is Prologo Scratch Pro Tirox £105
1. Lifeproof FRE iphone 5 case and bike mount
Mid Range Shoes
5 star – Giro Trans, 610g per pair £159.99
4 star – Shimano R170, 582g £149.99
1. Torq Energy 2:1
2. OTE Soya Protein
3. High5’s Zero Tabs