Exposure Race MK10

Exposure was the first company to produce properly powerful all-in-one can lights and its range now covers six helmet/bar lights and five dedicated bar lights, of which the Race is the smallest and cheapest.

While it might seem pricey for a 1300 lumen light, it’s the vast array of very clever features packed into it that you’re really paying for. While you get an adequate spread and reach of light in normal max power mode the Race hits a noticeably punchier 1700 lumens in Reflex mode.

This setting is governed automatically via accelerometers, which sense if you’re on faster, steeper or rougher trails and boost power accordingly. All you have to do is set the run-time and then let the light do its generally very effective thing.


Normal max power mode provides an adequate spread and reach of light

Otherwise you can choose easily between various preset menus and then select them by tapping or brushing anywhere on the back panel. The back panel display also shows mode and remaining run-time while the Smart Port can be used for booster batteries, remote switches or recharging other devices.

  • Weight: 209g
  • Run Time: 2:10hr

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Cinelli Bootleg Hoy Hoy

The Hoy Hoy is a hybrid by any other name. Our guess is that Cinelli wanted to hide the fact that this is ‘just’ a hybrid by giving it such an absurd moniker. Twice.

We doubt that Sir Chris Hoy is receiving royalties for the multiple uses of his surname, either. As with the Cinelli Saetta road bike we tested a little while back, Cinelli hasn’t splashed its cash on a colour palette, preferring matt black with a hint of red and white details. The name may shout, the looks don’t, so what of the ride?

Wide-ranging ratios

Cinelli has really gone to town when it comes to gearing, making the most of the triple chainset by adding a wide-ranging cassette. The 26×34 bottom gear is a wall-crawling granny gear, while the 48×11 is only slightly smaller than a 50×11, and bigger than the 50×12 found on a lot of road bikes.


The grips are one of the few bits of ‘shouty’ style on the Hoy Hoy – though they’re not the greatest in use

The sprockets are pretty well spread out too, so while the jumps can be largish, there’s nothing that really catches you out when you’re riding. We can’t think of any situation where you’re ever likely to run out of gears, which you can’t say about every bike.

Enjoyable and practical ride

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Best entry-level road bikes shootout

This is an incredibly competitive area for the big brands – sub-£1,000 bikes ($1,500 / AU$2,100) fall within the UK’s Cycle to Work scheme, and define most people’s road cycling introduction.

Related: Top 5 road bikes of 2016

The good news is that – with a few exceptions – there are brilliant bikes on offer. They can be comfy, quick and damn enjoyable, if you pick carefully. For this shootout we’ve got seven contenders from brands including Specialized, Marin and Boardman Bikes. They cover the full gamut from gravel to endurance to race.


So which one won over our testers? Check out the video above to find out.

We’ll also be running full-length review of these bikes in the lead-up to Christmas, so keep your eyes peeled!

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Saris Bike Porter Trunk 3 car rack

This compact-folding rack is quick and easy to install, as it comes virtually assembled. Just adjust it to the right angle and strap the hooks onto the back end of your car.

The straps need to be done up extra tight though, because the narrow, three-pointed body has little inherent stability. Even with maximum elbow grease, the rack readily moves from side to side when pushed.


We have some concerns over licence plates being obscured

Installing bikes is easy, thanks to the well-designed bike cradles. They can hold either horizontal or vertical tubes, inhibiting the bikes from swinging fore and aft, and the cradles are well spaced to further deter bikes from colliding in transit. The rubber straps are nice and long too.

When driving, the bike rack swayed laterally when cornering, but not so much as to contact the car or cause damage. Our main issue is the low bike-holding position, which somewhat obscured our hatchback’s number plate, despite removing the wheels.

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Best Cyber Monday bike deals

Welcome to the BikeRadar Cyber Monday deals homepage, where we will collect all of the best Cyber Monday deals for cyclists in 2015.

There’s bound to be big discounts on bikes, wheels, groupsets, components, accessories, clothing and lots more – and this is the best place to find them all.

Related: The best Black Friday deals for cyclists 2015


What is Cyber Monday?

It’s an American online shopping event that’s begun to migrate over to Europe, promising big online savings off recommended retail prices. Think of it as Black Friday for the Internet generation: the idea is that you can get big discounts without having to leave the comfort of your sofa, never mind get elbowed in your local shopping mall.

It’s become very big business – some retailers predict they’ll double their normal day’s sales. eBay expects the evening to be the busiest time for Cyber Monday sales, specifically from 7pm to 10pm – so try to get in before then.

When is Cyber Monday this year?

Cyber Monday itself will take place on November 30th – the same date as St Andrew’s Day (hello Scotland!) – but we may see deals for cyclists get announced before that. So we’re prepping this web page as the best place for cyclists to come in search of a good deal.

When do Cyber Monday deals go live?

BikeRadar’s guide to 2015’s best Cyber Monday deals for cyclists

Chain Reaction Cycles: Cyber Monday deals

Halfords: Cyber Monday deals

Amazon UK: Cyber Monday deals

Wiggle: Cyber Monday deals

Evans Cycles: Cyber Monday deals

Rapha: Cyber Monday deals

Ribble Cycles: Cyber Monday deals

Merlin Cycles: Cyber Monday deals

Tredz: Cyber Monday deals

Tweeks Cycles: Cyber Monday deals

Hargroves Cycles: Cyber Monday deals

Decathlon: Cyber Monday deals

Winstanleys: Cyber Monday deals

Leisure Lakes: Cyber Monday deals

Wheelbase: Cyber Monday deals

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Trek Stache 9 – long-term

‘Plus-sized’ mountain bikes are just barely breaking ground but Trek is already bucking the emerging trend with its new Stache 9 hardtail, slapping 3in-wide tyres on 29in wheels instead of the smaller 27.5in ones.

Cast aside your images of a slow and cumbersome machine though – the wheels and tyres may be huge but the Stache 9 is remarkably nimble and far more entertaining than you’d expect on paper. If your main goal is just having fun when you hit the trails, the Stache 9 just might be the bike you’ve been waiting for.

This ain’t no lumbering big-wheeler

The Stache 9 may wear Sub-Ringlé rims that are the same diameter as on a standard 29er but they’re nearly twice as wide and end up about two inches taller in total when you account for the matching 3in-wide Bontrager Chupacabra tyres. Given such a massive disparity, then, it’s no surprise that those huge feet large define the Stache 9’s personality on the trail.


The 45mm-wide rims and 3in-wide tyres make for a huge footprint on the ground

When you combine that bigger overall diameter with the huge increase in air volume and lower operating pressures – roughly 12psi for this 70kg (154lb) test rider – what you get is more akin to a hovercraft than a mountain bike in terms of isolation. With so much pillowy goodness underneath you, the Stache 9 positively floats over small-to-medium rocks and roots without so much as a hiccup to disrupt your flow.

You can’t escape physics

Fantastic frame, great kit

Wicked fun but also conditions-dependent

Complete specification:

  • Frame: Trek Alpha Platinum Aluminum
  • Fork: Manitou Magnum 34 Pro, 110mm travel
  • Headset: FSA IS-2, 1 1/8-to-1 1/2in tapered
  • Stem: Bontrager Rhythm Pro
  • Handlebar: Bontrager Rhythm Pro
  • Grips: Bontrager Race Lite lock-on
  • Front brake: Shimano Deore XT BR-M785 w/ 180mm RT81-M rotor
  • Rear brake: Shimano Deore XT BR-M785 w/ 180mm RT81-M rotor
  • Brake levers: Shimano Deore XT BL-M785
  • Rear derailleur: SRAM X1
  • Shift lever: SRAM X1 trigger
  • Cassette: SRAM XG-1175, 10-42T
  • Chain: SRAM PC-1130
  • Crankset: SRAM X1 1400 w/ 30T X-Sync chainring
  • Bottom bracket: SRAM PF92
  • Rims: Sun-Ringlé Mulefüt 50SL, 32-hole
  • Hubs: DT Swiss 350 Centerlock w/ Boost spacing
  • Front tyre: Bontrager Chupacabra, 29×3.0in
  • Rear tyre: Bontrager Chupacabra, 29×3.0in
  • Saddle: Bontrager Evoke RXL
  • Seatpost: KS LEV Integra
  • Pedals: n/a
  • Weight: 12.26kg (27.03lb, 17.5in size, tubeless, without pedals)

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