October’s best tech: lights, shoes, helmets and a Venge

Here's October's episode of our monthly review of the best products we've been testing

Each month we bring you our picks of our crop of products tested here at Cycling Weekly. This month we’ve got two products which we reckon are really good value for their functionality, as well as a Rapha helmet and a top-end Specialized bike.

Magicshine MJ902 lightset

It may not look sexy, with an external battery pack and wired light head units, but the Magicshine lightset packs a real punch. It pushes out 2000 lumens from its tiny head unit, as well as including a rear light. It also has a remote to control the front and rear lights’ output from the bars.

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>>> Light buyer’s guide

magicshine-mj-902-lights-grouptest-1We really liked its high output which lets you travel down dark roads with confidence. At £97, we reckon it’s the best value high output light unit out there.

B’Twin 700 Aerofit shoes

Another bargain this month are these shoes from Decathlon’s in-house B’Twin brand. Despite costing only £75, they come with a full carbon sole and two adjustment dials on the uppers.

>>> B’Twin 700 review

Jean Christoph Peraud in a pair of B'Twin 700 Shoes

Jean Christophe Peraud in a pair of B’Twin 700 Shoes. Photo: Watson

They’ve been worn by recently retired pro Jean-Christophe Peraud when they came in different colours for the left and right foot. Now they’ve matched up and come in this less ostentatious white and black. B’Twin has also added more padding to the upper, although it’s still quite a narrow shoe.

Rapha helmet

You can dress top-to-toe in Rapha now that it’s brought out its own helmet, to go with the sunnies which we tested a few months ago. It’s actually based on the Giro Synthe and comes with MIPS crash protection technology.

>>> Bike helmet buyer’s guide

It’s not got the perforated panels in the sides, which ups the weight by around 40g over the Synthe and potentially makes it more aero and it’s actually cheaper than the equivalent MIPS version of the Synthe.

You can have it in yellow, black or white or if you’re a member of the Rapha Cycling Club a special grey colour.

Specialized Venge Vias Disc

The Venge Vias really turns heads, with its aggressively aero design. The Disc version comes with SRAM Red eTap Hydro wireless shifting and hydraulic brakes, as well as a Quarq power meter.

>>> Marcel Kittel’s Venge Vias at the Tour de France

vengeviasdiscBut it’s a bike designed for racing and has quite a hard ride which we reckon would get uncomfortable after more than a few hours on UK roads. We think some of this may be down to the supplied deep section Roval wheels and will be swapping out to some shallower wheelsets to see if this makes a difference.