We’re lucky enough to test a lot of great products here at Cycling Weekly but there are only a few that really excel and stand out from the crowd. So here’s our pick of the favourite products that our tech team have been using during November.
HED Ardennes Black wheels
If you’re after the ultimate set of training wheels, then these HED Ardennes Black wheels look to be just the ticket. There’s a huge range of options available: rim brakes or disc brakes, higher spoke counts for heavier rides, and can even be built around PowerTap hubs if you want to take your training to the next level with a power meter.
What’s more the rims are tubeless-ready if you’re looking to take the plunge this winter, but are also nice and wide, allowing you to fit a wider tyre in order to improve comfort over rough roads. Most importantly though, they’re a joy to ride
Garmin VIRB XE camera
Launched a few months back, the VIRB XE is the latest and greatest action cam from Garmin, giving higher resolution and better frame rate than the standard Virb. However the best thing about it is what you can do to the footage when editing.
Because the camera has GPS and ANT+ connectivity it connects to all compatible sensors on your bike and body, meaning that you can produce a video overlayed with cool graphics showing everything from your heart rate and power, through to the amount of G-Force you’re generating through the bends.
dhb Blok Meso Lightweight Roubaix jersey
dhb has spent a long time building up a reputation for making kit that is both well-made and well-priced, but it’s great that Wiggle’s in-house clothing brand is now adding good-looking to that checklist too with the latest additions to the Blok range.
This short-sleeved jersey has a nice Roubaix lining for added warmth, ideal to combine with arm warmers for milder rides over the winter. It also has a nice slim fit, with a good choice of six sizes for every sort of rider.
Bontrager Transmitr light remote control
Finally, something a bit different from Bontrager: a handlebar-mounted remote that you can use to control your lights. The Transmitr remote is easy to fit to your handlebars, and is also easy to pair with different lights: up to seven at any one time if you feel the need.
Once paired with Bontrager’s Ion 700 RT front light and/or Flare RT rear light, it’s easy enough to use, with the buttons flashing in the same pattern as they’re respective lights to show what mode you’re in. The only snag is that for the basic kit (remote, front light, and rear light) you’re going to be shelling out more than £200, but this is at least a really innovative product.
Price: £49.99 (Transmitr remote), £109.99 (Ion 700 RT front light), £59.99 (Flare RT rear light)