Cycling Plus Reviews – November 2014 Edition

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.

Gilets

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)

Posh Saddles

The Fabric ALM Ultimate Carbon (£225, 120g) got four stars.  The suggested alternative was the san marco aspire superleggera £259.

Bars

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.

Front Lights

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)

Cycling Plus Review Results – Summer Mitts, Saddles, Phone mounts, Shoes, Sports Drinks….

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.

Summer Mitts

1.  Endura FS-260 PRO   £26.99

2. Rapha Pro Team  £50

3. Sportful Bodyfit Pro £30

Saddles

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

iPhone Mounts

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

Sports Drinks

1. Torq Energy 2:1

2. OTE Soya Protein

3. High5’s Zero Tabs