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Our top 18 award winning products 2017

Friday, September 15th, 2017 9:37am
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We pride ourselves on bringing you the best products from the world’s top brands, and it’s always a great boost when those products are independently tested by expert reviewers in the cycling press.

We’ve put together a list of 18 of our favourite award winning products, why they’ve been so highly rated and what makes them so good!


Nukeproof Horizon Pro Flat Pedals 


As well as winning an MBUK magazine grouptest, these pedals have featured in Dirt’s Top 100 and have been highly praised by both MBR Magazine and International Mountain Bike Magazine, making them the best mountain bike flat pedal on the market.

Designed in conjunction with five-time downhill world champion Sam Hill, the pedals incorporate a large platform, adjustable pins and angled faces to aid deflection from obstacles.

Nukeproof Horizon Pro Flat Pedals


See.Sense Icon Light Set


One of our favourite lightsets, See.Sense have blazed a trail in lighting technology and innovation. They’re a Road.cc People’s Choice award winner, and are regularly featured as *the* must-have front/back light for commuters.

These intelligent bike lights sense and respond to everything you, your bike and your environment does on every ride. They flash brighter and faster when you need them to most like when you arrive at a junction or filtering in traffic.

See.Sense Icon Light Set


Park Tool Home Mechanic Repair Stand PCS10


If you’re serious about keeping your bike in top-top shape, this repair stand is perfect. With just half a mark shy of BikeRadar’s 5/5 rating, it’s received 431 positive reviews on the Chain Reaction Cycles website too!

It’s easy to install, simple to adjust and your can work confidently on your bike knowing that this stand will keep everything stable and in place.

Park Tool Home Mechanic Repair Stand PCS10


Fizik R5B SPD-SL Road Shoes 2017


These super comfortable awesome-fitting shoes from Fizik have been put to the test by the world’s top cycling media like Cycling Weekly, Road.cc and BikeRadar and are consistently praised for their weight, stiffness and overall performance.

“Fizik’s R5Bs offer a great fit, comfort and adjustability at a very attractive price.” BikeRadar

Fizik R5B SPD-SL Road Shoes 2017


Shimano XT 1×11 components


Shimano’s redesigned XT 1×11 setup delivers crisp, clean shifting and is the perfect upgrade, whether you’re riding trail centres, enduro racing and everything in between.

Dirtmountainbike.com reviewed the groupset, saying:

“XT is very much back where it belongs as a strong proposition for both transmission and braking. This groupset gives an optimal balance of durability and low weight at an affordable price point.”

Shimano XT 1×11 components


Brand-X Ascend Dropper Seatpost


The Brand-X Ascend is probably the best value dropper on the market, and has set a seriously high benchmark for the level of performance a ‘budget’ dropper post can deliver. Excellent reliability, an ergonomic remote lever and hundreds of positive customer reviews make it a no-brainer if you’re shopping on price.

Brand-X Ascend Dropper Seatpost


Shimano ME7 MTB SPD Shoes 2017


Shimano have produced some of the best trail shoes on the market, and these latest ME7 clipless shoes may just be the best out there.

MBR Magazine agree, saying:

“It’s grippy, comfortable and so far it has proved tough and durable. If you’re looking for a shoe suited to enduro or fast trail riding, this is currently one of the best.”

Shimano ME7 MTB SPD Shoes 2017


Exposure Joystick Mk12 with lanyard 

The Joystick is an original Exposure model and has never stopped getting better. This light is ultra-compact, super light at only 88 grams and ready to unleash 850 Lumens for any adventure – the perfect helmet-light.

MBR Magazine scored the Mk11 version 10/10, saying:

“Low profile, lightweight and has near perfect beam and focus.”

Exposure Joystick Mk12


Tacx Neo Direct Drive Smart Trainer

Probably the best turbo trainer available right now, the Neo simulates road feel in a highly realistic manner, with no loss of power. The Neo communicates using ANT+ and Bluetooth Smart, allowing it to be connected quickly and easily with Tacx apps and other training software like Zwift.

It’s been highly rated by many including road.cc and BikeRadar. Cycling Weekly said:

“The Tacx Neo is a great piece of hardware that has a really realistic ride feel and is impressively quiet. If noise is important to you, then this is a great option.”

Tacx Neo Direct Drive Smart Trainer


Oakley Jawbreaker Prizm Road Sunglasses

The Oakley Jawbreaker is a piece of equipment with no compromise – your field of view, protection, ventilation, customisation – it’ll reset the expectations that you have for cycling eyewear.

Don’t just take our word for it, here’s what Cycling Weekly said:

“Put simply- if you are looking for great optical quality with eye-catching innovative design, and the aesthetics aren’t a no no for you, the Oakley Jawbreaker sunglasses are a superb option.”

Oakley Jawbreaker Prizm Road Sunglasses


Selle Italia SLR Superflow Saddle

Struggling to find a comfortable riding position on the bike? The Selle Italia SLR Superflow saddle could be what you’re looking for.

It’s made using a carbon composite shell, EVA padding, and a Fibra-Tek leather cover. BikeRadar summed it up, saying:

“The SLR SuperFlow is a step in the right direction in making Selle Italia saddles more comfortable for more riders for more of the time.”

Selle Italia SLR Superflow Saddle


Vitus Sentier VRS Hardtail

A brilliantly specced hardtail built around a superlight frame, the Sentier VRS is perfect for trail centre riding and epic days in the saddle.

Its mix of grin-inducing geometry and clever component choice means the Sentier VRS should be a serious contender at the top of your shortlist if you’re after an exceptional value trail hardtail.

Vitus Sentier VRS Hardtail


dhb Aeron Roubaix Bib Tight

You know those freezing cold mornings when you’re debating whether to jump on the bike or not? These tights will help you get out there – they’re made with an Italian Roubaix brushed fleece fabric which hugs your legs and warms your muscles when the temperature is nearing zero. Roubaix braces and a mesh back panel also help keep your temperature ticking over.

One of our favourite pairs of bibtights – here’s what one satisfied customer wrote:

“These are a great pair of tights. The price reflects the label not the quality. i’ve owned much more expensive tights which weren’t nearly as good.”

dhb Aeron Roubaix Bib Tight


Troy Lee Designs Skyline Shell Shorts 2017

Redesigned for 2017, the Skyline Shell shorts are Troy Lee Designs’ best sellers, and for good reason.

Here’s what Pinkbike said about them:

“Troy Lee Designs may have invented its next best-selling short with the new Skyline Air…the quality of their construction, the pro-level liner and over-the-top warm weather comfort should eclipse any doubts about their value.”

Troy Lee Designs Skyline Shell Shorts 2017


Endura Pro SL II Long bibshorts

One of our best sellers, the super popular Pro SL II combines performance and price for miles of comfy riding.

Cycling Weekly magazine summed them up perfectly by saying:

“The Endura FS260 Pro SL bib shorts are supremely comfortable bib shorts that are great for all sorts of riding, all will last a long time too. Plus, the choices of pad size and leg length mean that they will fit perfectly whatever your body shape.”

Endura Pro SL II Long bibshorts


Continental Grand Prix 4000S II Road Tyres

Generally regarded as one of the best road tyres on the market, the Conti GP400S is an all-rounder that’ll perform brilliantly whether you’re racing or riding a sportive.

Road.cc agreed in their review of the tyres, concluding that they’re an:

“Excellent big-chambered race tyre with a fast and smooth feel.”

Continental Grand Prix 4000S II Road Tyres


X-Tools Essential Torque Wrench Set

A torque wrench is an important tool for every home mechanic, and is critical for preventing damage to your frame or components, particularly if they’re made from carbon or lightweight aluminium.

This is one of the best performing torque wrenches available, especially at the price!

X-Tools Essential Torque Wrench Set


Bell Super 3R 

Designed for all-mountain riding and with a detachable chin bar, the Bell Super 3R MIPS Helmet is well ventilated and has plenty of room for goggles.

The original Bell Super paved the way for the now many enduro-style full-facers on the market, and the many positive CRC customer reviews show this 3R is a great development on previous iterations.

Bell Super 3R

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