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This week in bike stuff: 19th August

Cyclist magazine
19 Aug 2016

New gear from 7 Mesh, DT Swiss, Endura, Lezyne and Planet X.

7mesh Oro jacket

7mesh claims to have achieved a remarkable thing with the Oro jacket - it is a waterproof, breathable jacket that, even in a large, is only 98g; nearly 30% lighter than the Castelli Idro. How? It's all in the details. The Oro uses the same faceless Active fabric as the Idro, but it has a raw hem edge, a directly laminated zipper and very narrow seams. Rather clever stuff by the sounds of it.

Endura Pro SL bibshorts 2

Endura has returned its Pro SL bib shorts - the ones used by Movistar - to the market with a host of performance gains. With high-wicking mesh on the upper bib and new 'Power Lycra', the shorts now offer UPF50+ sun protection too. The three pad width options have remained as well, which should ensure the Pro SL bib shorts match most bums.

DT Swiss Dicut-Oxic wheels

DT Swiss is about to launch its new Dicut-Oxic wheels, claiming they are ‘The pinnacle of aluminium wheels’. They’re tubeless compatible and are even supplied with a milkit tubeless kit - a sign of how the brand think they should be ridden, perhaps. The ceramic, eco-friendly Oxic coating aims to improve braking performance in all conditions. However, DT Swiss has slapped an 110KG weight limit on them, so watch the calories if you're thinking of upgrading.

Lezyne GPS computers

Lezyne, known for its contributions to the light and accessory market, has introduced a range of GPS units. With five models, including two watches, the range covers a broad scope, coming with either ANT+ or Bluetooth-only connections but all connecting to an associated app for Strava Live Segments and Lezyne Track. A neat package. 

Planet X Maratona 

Planet X has launched another endurance bike aimed at the budding sportivists among us (the name, presumably derives from the Maratona dles Dolomites, one of the most famous gran fondos). The Maratona sits between the existing EC130-E and the Pro Carbon models as a racing-sportive hybrid, and comes in a choice of three off-the-shelf builds: Shimano 105 and SRAM Rival for £1,999.99 or Shimano Ultegra for £1,399.99.

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