There’s a steady stream of new products through the door here at Cycling Weekly which we test and review in the magazine and on-line. Here are our picks from the best kit we’ve tested in the last month.
Speedplay walkable cleats
One of the delights of Speedplay’s cleats – which unlike other brand’s designs house most of the technology to keep your shoes and pedals together – has always been trying to keep upright when walking around off the bike. The walkable cleats do what their name suggest and help the process, as well as having a more aero profile than Speedplay’s standard cleats. They’re also covered in golfball-like dimples for the ultimate go-faster effect.
Rapha Pro Team Flyweight sunglasses
Rapha comes closer to top-to-toe dressing with its new on-bike sunnies. They’ve got a wrap-around style with a single bronze mirror lens and weigh 24g. You can buy swappable lenses with other tints too. They’re very light and surprisingly affordable for an item from the premium bikewear brand.
Castelli Perfetto jersey
With the rain clouds stubbornly sticking around through June, we’ve had plenty of opportunity to test out Castelli’s Perfetto. Essentially a lighter weight Gabba, it’s a nice option for warm but wet weather, but has a couple of quirks.
Spada Spillo tubular wheelset
We’ve not seen many wheelsets which come close to the Spillos’ 871g weight – plus another scant 60g for the quick releases. They’re carbon-rimmed tubulars and have been ridden by Dan Evans to victory in the 2014 National Hill Climb Championships and second place in the 2015 event.
B’Twin Ultra 700AF
At £750, the 700AF from Decathlon’s in-house B’Twin brand is well kitted out for a budget bike. It comes with mostly Shimano 105 mechanicals and internal cable routing. We give our impressions of the alloy workhorse.