Tech round up: POC’s new clothing range, Chrome’s urban shorts, a saddle mounting lock from Abus and Santini’s Paris-Roubaix capsule collection

As we head into a brighter weekend, there's plenty of fair weather kit getting launched

Tech round up
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We hope you’re ready to make the most of the good weather ahead – who knows what this spring and summer will turn into, but at least we seem set for a string of good riding days right now.

We’ve got new releases from POC and Chrome, designed for fast paced riding and urban rolling – and, of course, both these separate spheres find their crossover in the world of gravel. In honour of the upcoming Queen of the Cobbles, Stantini has released a special collection that seeks to convey the challenge presented by the most hellishly difficult sectors, all through the medium of colour – so read on that.

POC’s new kit collection


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 Swedish sportswear brand POC might be best known for its helmets and glasses, but it’s got a steady line in cycling apparel, too. This week, that range has been bolstered by the launch of POC’s new season collection, with both road and gravel specific kit.

Of the women’s highlights (pictured above) there’s the Pure VPDs bib shorts (£120.00 / $130.00) combining a four-way stretch fabric with the women’s specific Catalyst silicone chamois for big days in the saddle. The reverse suspender system has been designed to make nature breaks that bit easier

For chillier starts and late finishes, there’s the Ambient jersey (£140.00 / $160.00), which has a lightly brushed lining for a bit of extra warmth. For warmer days, POC has its Pristine jersey (£110.00 / $120.00), with mesh zones for enhanced airflow and a smaller, leaner collar.  


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Of the men’s, POC has the Rove Cargo VPDs Bib Shorts (£160.00 / $180.00) With phone sized cargo pockets and a new Vital VPDs chamois, better tuned to the demands of off road riding.

There’s also the Muse jersey, (£130.00 / $150.00) with longer arms and a merino-polyester blend for a softer feel and enhanced thermal regulation properties. Finally POC’s got its Kernel Layer Vest (£45.00 / $50.00), a merino baselayer for cooler rides. 

Chrome Industries' baggies

Folsom 3.0 Mid

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Urbanwear specialists, Chrome industries, has just released its new Folsom 3.0 Mid shorts (£110 / $123.49). Designed to cut an athletic fit that’s comfortable on and off the bike, the shorts employ a quick drying, durable, water resistant Everest fabric with 4-way stretch. For the convenient carrying of D-locks, there’s a five-bar webbed holster to the rear of the shorts.

As with many of Chrome’s products, the use of durable high-performance fabrics makes these shorts equally apt for use out on the trails, as well as the city streets. The Sutro Shorts (£120 / $133.99) serve a similar purpose, but have a longer 14” inseam compared to the 8” inseam of the Folsom 3.0 Mid, providing that bit more leg coverage. 

ABUS Bordo 6000K with SaddleFix

ABUS Bordo 6000K with SaddleFix

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The Bordo 6000K is an iterative update to the classic Abus 6000 folding lock. The most exciting feature is the new saddle mount, which should come in handy for those riding e-bikes with bulky batteries or smaller frames with two sets of bottles. 

The lock employs an XPlus key cylinder together with 5mm thick steel bars that are tacked together with “special rivets”. The retail price is £93.95/  $139.99.

Santini Paris-Roubaix capsule collection

Santini Paris-Roubaix Collection 2022

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To celebrate the 119th edition of Paris-Roubaix, taking place on Saturday, April 16th, Santini has released two special collections – one in a women’s cut and another in a men’s – each featuring a jersey (£119) and a technical T-shirt. 

Entitled, “L’Enfer du Nord” (the Hell of the North) the colours are said to be “inspired by the fires of hell – and the hellishly difficult stretches that the cyclists face into in the very toughest five-star sectors.”

Santini's Creative Director, Fergus Niland, said: “Red and black dominate the collection, as does the cobblestone pattern which features on all the pieces.”

You can view the complete women’s range over here, or the instead the men’s over here.

That's all for this week, we hope you have some great rides ahead of you for this weekend!

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Stefan Abram
Tech features editor

After winning the 2019 National Single-Speed Cross-Country Mountain Biking Championships and claiming the plushie unicorn (true story), Stefan swapped the flat-bars for drop-bars and has never looked back. 

Since then, he’s earnt his 2ⁿᵈ cat racing licence in his first season racing as a third, completed the South Downs Double in under 20 hours and Everested in under 12.

But his favourite rides are multiday bikepacking trips, with all the huge amount of cycling tech and long days spent exploring new roads and trails - as well as histories and cultures. Most recently, he’s spent two weeks riding from Budapest into the mountains of Slovakia

Height: 177cm

Weight: 67–69kg