It’s the festive season and let’s face it – who does not like to be spoilt with some rad new gifts?
If you’ve bought a bike with a dropper seatpost or just upgraded to one, the Wolf Tooth ReMote could mean the difference between good and great. Designed to improve the lever action of your current dropper, the ReMote comes in versions for cable-actuated seatposts as well as the new Sustain kit designed to replace the hydraulic remote on some droppers.
RRP R1 059
If you are planning to keep your hands fresh and blister free you should invest in some good quality gel gloves. These padded gloves are especially helpful during long bumpy rides or stage races. The Bellwether Ultra gel glove is one such product which is bound to protect your hands. The articulated palm padding maximizes comfort while the venting mesh aids rapid evaporation.
Trail riding can be tough on your gear. The ends of your cranks take a lot of abuse as the trail rushes underneath you and your bike. Protect your cranks from any damage with Race Face crank boots. Made from a durable Race Face proprietary plastic blend, leave no doubt and go with the originator in crank end protection.
RRP R120 (2-PACK)
Earphones are frowned upon when you ride because of the safety aspect. If you need your favourite tunes while ripping it up on the trails, the JBL Clip 2 speaker might be the answer. It’s a light, rugged and powerful portable speaker. The speaker is waterproof and provides eight hours of playback. You can stream music wirelessly via Bluetooth or plug it into any smartphone.
Side entry bottle cages are easy to use, and they tightly hold onto your refreshments. Lezyne’s Flow SL cage is good value for money and features a reinforced construction to securely hold your bottle. They are available in left- or right-side configurations.
The Specialized Propero 3 helmet features a race-inspired design, an incredible fit and good value. The Propero 3 has similar features to the S-Works Prevail like the brands Tri-Fix webbing system and 4th Dimension Cooling, but at a more attainable price. This lid is available in various colours and has reflective decals for increased visibility. A patented clip-on visor is also included in the purchase.
RRP R1 500
Let’s get the uncomfortable stuff out of the way first. Chamois cream is probably the most important item to use when you plan on doing a ride or a race. The Assos Chamois Crème is some of the best stuff out there and its formulated to reduce friction, inflammation and discomfort. The cream gives a soothing and cooling effect when applied and it features antibacterial properties too.
RRP R325 (140ml tub)
Energy bars is a personal choice for most riders. Either you like the taste, the effect and the size of the product or you don’t. We’ve been using FARBar from Racefood for a couple of months and we really enjoy them. They are small at only 30g each which makes them easy to carry and even easier to chow while riding. They come in a couple of delicious flavours and variants.
RRP R30 (5 PACK)
South Africa is a warm country – during any summer ride your water or favourite energy drink turns warm fast. CamelBak has a range of double-wall water bottles which keep your drinks cooler for longer. The selfsealing Jet Valve eliminates spatter and spills. The TruTaste™ polypropylene with HydroGuard™ lets you taste your water, not your bottle. These bottles also feature a lifetime guarantee.
RRP R230 (620ML)
Baggies are kiff and they should be seen more out on trails. Pearl Izumi’s Journey baggies are available in some loud colours while they also feature two open hand pockets in the front. There are some reflective elements which aid visibility and a draw cord to help with your waist adjustment.
RRP R1 395
The Silicone push-on grip from Fabric is discreetly ovalised to provide high comfort and an ergonomic shape. Made from ultra-durable medical grade silicone and it features their rubberized bar ends to stop scuffs.
Muc-Off started more than 25 years ago in the UK and the company is renowned for producing some of the world’s best bicycle products. Their Wash, Protect and Lube Kit is no exception. The kit is made up of a powerful bike cleaner which is biodegradable, MO 94 spray which penetrates moisture, lubricates moving parts and leaves a protective film, and the wet lube which is an ultra-durable long-distance chain lube.
The new Phoenix USB Rechargeable Red Tail Light from Extreme Lights keeps you visible from the rear – in the dark as well as during daytime. The light features a super bright 120 Lumen that is emitted in a 240° wide angle, making you visible even to the sides.
If you’ve ever taken the wheel off your bike to load it into your car, you know what a massive mission this is. Holdfast is a local company with more than 30 years of experience. Their Platform rack is a towball mounted carrier built for function and durability. Its simple design ensures that there is ample space between bikes so that mounting is easy and painless. Great for long trips and rough roads.
RRP R4 250
Park Tool produce some of the world’s very best tools. If you’re a budding home mechanic, the Starter Kit is perfect for you. The perfect combination of tools to help a novice home mechanic clean, adjust and maintain their bike. The SK-1 includes 15 genuine Park Tool products plus a custom Park Tool toolbox.
RRP R1 690
If you are in the market for a new MTB lid, then don’t ignore the Giant Prompt. This mountain bike helmet features a removable visor and an integrated magnetic dock for your Giant Numen Link taillight (sold separately). The Prompt is low and high-speed impact tuned to keep the rider safe during a fall.