Etxeondo Ohri bib tights – £140
We most people are going to shopping around for summer kit at this time of year, that means that there are some good deals to be found on bib tights. And you could do a lot worse than these Etxeondo Ohri bib tights, which been a dream to wear through the winter.
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They tick everything you want from a pair of bib tights: they’re warm, they’re comfortable, they have a high quality chamois, and fit really well, although you do have to pay for the quality with the £140 pricetag.
WattShop Dura-Ace chain – £65
If you’re serious about your marginal gains, then a WattShop treated chain could be the product for you. Wattshop will take a standard Shimano, Campagnolo, or KMC chain and treat it in a series of ultrasound baths before lubricating and waxing it, which will apparently save you five watts over an untreated chain.
Now £65 for five watts may seem a little much, but if you’ve made every other improvement that you can make to your position and equipment, then it might be worth the money. And if you need anything else to justify the purchase, then the WattShop chain is considerably cheaper than the £140 “nanotube optimised chain” that Muc-Off launched recently.
Lazer Z1 Aeroshell – £14.99
Another slightly cheaper watt-saving device is Lazer’s Aeroshell (although you do have to have a £200 Lazer Z1 helmet to go with it). This is a plastic shell which can be clipped onto the helmet when you want to get that little bit more aero, or indeed want to stay warm and dry if you’re using it thorugh winter.
It also comes in seven different colours, which should make it easy to match to the design of your kit. The only downside is that it’s not legal in UCI races, although if you’re paying for your own kit, then this shouldn’t be an issue.
Fulcrum Racing Quattro Carbon wheels – £999.99
If you’re looking to spend around a grand on a pair of upgrade wheels, but don’t want to commit to deep sections or featherweight climbing wheels, then the Fulcrum Racing Quattro Carbons are great all-rounders that will thrive on all terrain.
They come with a 40mm rim for a slight aero benefit, and weigh in at 1,460g for the pair, which isn’t super-light, but still pretty good considering their depth. They’re also have fairly wide rims that are designed to work best with 25mm tyres, meaning that they fit perfectly into the trend for wider tyres and give a really comfortable ride even on rough British roads.
Pinarello Dogma K8-S – £8,799
Designed for the cobbled Classics, the Pinarello Dogma K8-S is Team Sky’s bike of choice for Paris-Roubaix, and comes with a rear suspension system that helps to dampen vibrations whether you’re tackling the pavé or just looking for a bit more comfort to take the sting out of those potholes on the weekly club run.
But what impressed us the most is that the rear suspension of the Dogma K8-S didn’t just help with comfort, but also inspired confidence on rough descents and when sprinting on dodgy surfaces, helping to keep the back end firmly in contact with the tarmac at all times.