Selle Italia Novus Flow S

Selle Italia launched the original Novus in 1994, the result of a collaboration between the saddle maker and Ferrari. Selle provided the saddle knowhow and Ferrari engineering applied some composites knowledge and ‘active’ suspension within the rail attachment design.

It was also one of the first saddles to provide a central channel. It wasn’t as extreme as the Flow design seen on the modern version, but you can see where the idea came from.

The shape follows similar lines to the classic Flite, with a pitched up tail and a nose that rises out of the central hollow. What makes it different is how the nose sharply dips down in its final few inches, looking like the nose of a Formula One car perhaps that’s Ferrari’s influence.

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Related: Selle Italia Flite Team Edition

The latest Flow S here is designed to meet Selle Italia’s ID Match S2 dimensions, so it’s 275mm long with the crucial width being 137mm. You can choose the L, which matches L2 sizing at 278x146mm. The expanding channel through the centre has a 100mm hole starting 100mm from the nose to relieve pressure.

Titanium rails hold the carbon-reinforced nylon hull, and it’s topped with deep padding and a quality finished cover. Plastic scuff guards on the nose and flanks should keep it safe from tears or rips, and the 222g weight is less than the claimed 225g.

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Trek Lush

Trek was the first brand to develop a range of women’s-specific bikes back in the 1990s. It’s been evolving the designs ever since.

Properly female-specific setup

The Lush is the cheapest of the four full-suspension bikes in Trek’s current range and offers significant extra control and smoothness without sacrificing easy-riding efficiency.

Trek really does make its women’s bikes different to its unisex/men’s bikes. That’s in contrast with brands whose ‘female’ and ‘male’ frames have identical geometry but different paint jobs and size assignments.

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Unlike some makers, this isn’t just a scaled-down and repainted men’s bike – geometry and contact points have both been purpose-designed

While some might prefer a more stretched frame, most of our test team synced with the more compact dimensions of the Lush. The frame sizing is properly small, so try it out in person rather than just guessing.

Pocket rocket

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Inside FFWD's Dutch factory, where 'handbuilt' is the mantra

Rolf Timmerman, the director of FFWD, is buzzing with pride over what his firm has achieved in its short eight-year history. Based in the unassuming small-town of Zwolle, about an hour from Amsterdam, this tightly run wheelmaking company has seen significant success in a short time.

While other companies may bombard you with technical stories, wind tunnel data and performance-gain boasts, Timmerman claims that FFWD is simply about bringing the best-built wheels it can to market and backing that up with service and support levels no one else can offer.

“Every part of our wheel-building process is completely done by hand; [during] the rim manufacture in our facility in Asia the carbon is hand-laid. When the rims arrive here they’re are assembled by our team of wheel builders, finished and tensioned and stressed all by our highly trained staff.”

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This is, of course, exactly the kind of bluster and marketing hype you expect manufacturers to spout. But as we spend a day within the building we see every piece of the process come together – and it’s hard not to walk away impressed.

When rims arrive at Zwolle, they’re checked and visually inspected before heading out to a test lab to be X-rayed and approved

Telepathic wheel knowledge

Fast reflexes

Crash landings

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Flare Roost Downhill Jersey

If you’re looking for a loose fitting long-sleeved jersey for downhill riding, or just riding the trails, we reckon you can’t really go wrong with the Roost from Flare.

We were impressed with how breathable this jersey, made from a lightweight polyester, is. It’s ideal for intense sessions, but also great for longer rides where you might want a bit more coverage.

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The Flare Roost Downhill jersey is made in the UK

Flare always makes a visual statement with its gear, and the Roost Downhill range is no different. The joyfully bright turquoise option with vivid red stripe is certainly eye catching; there’s also a navy option with purple stripe, and Roost Downhill Shorts to match. 

Related: Flare Roost Downhill Shorts

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Verenti Substance Sora

Why would you buy a bike designed, at least in theory, for the off-road world of cyclocross for more urban duties? Well, in spite of the sport’s growing popularity we reckon more cyclocross bikes see action solely on city streets and country roads than competitive mud-plugging duties.

Verenti’s distributor Wiggle alludes to the wider ambitions of its Substance by saying that it’s also designed to be “a bit of fun around town, a sturdy commuter and a weekend rambler”. Ah, it all makes sense now.

The gearing is certainly more all-rounder than ‘crosser. Competitive ’cross bikes need their gears closer together, hence the common 46/36 setup. That might be handy for racing, but it leaves you short at both ends of the range when it comes to more general cycling.

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Cable-actuated disc brakes offer ample power

The Substance’s 50/34 compact is a much better call for most uses, and gives a very impressive range when combined with the 11-32 cassette. The nine-speed Sora setup does mean biggish gaps between gears, especially at the lower gear range (bigger sprockets), but we think that’s a price worth paying. The 34×32 will get you up even the steepest hills (or help you carry loads comfortably), and only the likes of Mark Cavendish will find the 50×11 too small at the top.

Comfort and versatility

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BikeMotion Benelux 2015 mega gallery

On our way to checking out Holland’s FFWD wheels design and production facilities (look for a story on BikeRadar very soon), we got the chance to stop off at the Dutch BikeMotion show – so we thought we’d give you a gallery of some of the best bikes and bits from one of the biggest Benelux bike shows.

Salsa

Salsa may have taken a bit of a low profile of late (at least in the UK), but the new generation of ‘hardtail drop bar bikes’ takes things a little further than its pioneering gravel machines like the Warbird. The carbon Cutthroat is designed to be the ideal companion for long-distance bikepacking racing. The race-inspired geometry features super long 445mm chainstays to get you up and over technical singletrack trails, yet still give plenty of stability and comfort for big endurance rides.

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The Cutthroat features vast clearances at the rear

The bike features huge clearances and will accommodate up to 29 x 2.4in rubber (plus plenty of mud). It’s suspension-adjusted for a 100mm travel fork, though comes equipped with a full-carbon unit. At the rear there’s provision for 74mm post-mount brakes for rotors of either 140 or 160mm and a 142 x 12mm thru-axle.

Related: The weird and wonderful tech of the Roc d’Azur

Olympia and Scapin

Alchemist wheels

Chesini

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BikeRadar Bargains: MTB disc brakes

Hands up who’s going trail riding this weekend? Yup, us too. Things are getting a little, well, gloopy now that autumn’s firmly here, so for this week’s BikeRadar Bargains we’re taking a look at disc brakes.

Read on for the seven best deals we could find, starting with affordable anchors and moving up the price scale but without losing the focus on quality.

Related: Best mountain bike disc brakes

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Clarks Skeletal Hydraulic Disc Brake (single) – £63.99 £31.99

These pack in the features for such a low price, with both leverage and reach adjusters built in, while the caliper gets an adjustable angle hose for neat fitting.

Available now with 50% off from Chain Reaction Cycles

Avid DB3 Disc Brake Set £210 £85.99

Shimano SLX M675 Disc Brakes – Front & Rear Set – £149.98 £89.95

Hope Tech 3 E4 Disc Brake (single) – £150 £134.99

Shimano Zee M640 Disc Brakes – Front & Rear Set – £219.98 £144.95

Formula R0 Disc Brake Set – £478 £238.99

SRAM XX Disc Brakeset – £540 £269.99

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