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This week in bike stuff: 14th October

Four awesome autumn products from Battaglin, Cafe du Cycliste, Rapha and SRAM.

Cyclist magazine
14 Oct 2016

Battaglin Collezione Speciale

Giovanni Battaglin, winner of the Giro and Vuelta in the same year, recently turned 65. To honour his achievements, Battaglin Cicli has produced 65 special edition versions of the Marosticana. The ‘Collezione Speciale’ is made from Columbus SL steel and each one will be made to order in 1cm increments. We could talk about the ride feel of steel, or the surety of its handling but let’s be honest - it’s all about the looks.


Cafe du Cycliste Jacqueline gilet

It’s that time of year again when leaves drop off trees, the sun hangs low in the sky and Café du Cycliste releases a new range of anthropomorphised clothing. Being French though, the designers get away with it – a Jacqueline gilet is infinitely more appealing than a Derek bibshort. Anyway, the Jacqueline audax gilet is windproof, but with a vented back, and slim-cut, but with two rear cargo pockets. The fluoro pattern should be perfect for drab days, but there’s also a purple number if you prefer.


Rapha Peace Race jersey

So legendary is 'This week in bike stuff' now, that little-known brand Rapha has taken it upon itself to release a new product every week in an attempt to get some much needed coverage. This week, the honour falls to the Peace Race jersey, available with a matching board game, that pays homage to a defunct stage race once won by a young Jens Voigt. The jersey itself is merino and comes with a matching pair of button-on arm warmers. The style itself may not be for everyone, but should be particularly popular among those that wish to live long and prosper.


SRAM Red eTap WiFli rear derailleur

When Sram first announced the Etap groupset, our first thought was ‘Imagine if it came with hydraulic disc-brakes’ and Sram duly delivered. Then after using it, our next thought was ‘Imagine if you could run it as a 1x system’ and Sram has sort of delivered. The new WiFli rear derailleur will take a 32T sprocket (compared to the 28T max of the standard derailleur) so it will make climbing easier and, with a small front chainring, you could get away with only the one, albeit with a limited range. But come on Sram – where’s the 40T option? Then we’ll really be talking.


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