Exposure MaXx D Mk8 light

The self-contained design of the Exposure MaXx D Mk8 avoids the dangling cable and fit issues inherent with separate battery setups.

It clicks securely into a bolted metal bar mount and the three spot and single diffused LEDs give a well balanced mix of long-range throw and wider trail context.

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Remaining run time is shown as a percentage on the rear display and the upper back panel works as the button for seven user-switchable modes. In the three-level Reflex mode, accelerometers detect fast and furious riding and automatically flick the light onto its full 2,600-lumen output.

The Smart Port on the rear can connect it to rear lights or remote switches, or be used to recharge USB devices. Exposure’s lights are all UK built, recent reliability has been excellent and brand reps attend many events for help when you need it most.

  • Weight: 324g
  • Run time: 2hrs 15mins

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Christmas gift ideas: 12 presents for the gadget-obsessed cyclist

Cyclists are a varied breed, ranging from the wild and wooly to the quantitative and analytical. If your loved one falls into that latter camp, here are some data-driven gifts sure to get his or her inner statistician counting their blessings.

Garmin Virb XE videocamera

Sure, GoPro owns the action cam market with a variety of options, but it’s the live-data integration that sets the Virb apart. The Garmin Virb XE connects easily with your power meter and heart-rate monitor, and has its own sensors for speed and elevation, the data from which can be incorporated into the HD video footage graphics. 

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Stages power meter

What do you mean, your data-driven cyclist doesn’t have a power meter? There are a number of great choices on the market now, with prices going ever lower (why can’t all bike products be getting cheaper?), but for our money, the crank-based Stages is the way to go. It’s tiny, lightweight and accurate. Hidden on the inside of the left crank, you can get power data to a Garmin or most any other head unit without visual broadcasting to the world that you’re training with power.

Wahoo Tickr

Withings Smart Body Analyzer

BSX Insight

TrainingPeaks Premium year subscription

Feedback Sports Alpine Scale

Recon Jet sunglasses 

Fit Bit ChargeHR

Zwift online training software

BikeTag

Garmin Edge 1000

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Shimano M163 trail shoes offer sensible flex, tenacious grip

Shimano is celebrating its 25th anniversary of SPD pedals and cleats with some commemorative gear. The relatively new M163 trail shoes are among the anniversary-gear lineup, but the $150 / £99 / AU$TBC shoes stand on their own with a few unique features.

The M163s are part of Shimano’s so-called TORBAL line (for torsion/balance), which offers substantial torsional flex to keep contact with the pedals without torquing on your feet when you’re leaning the bike. The plastic sole has enough give to be hike-a-bike friendly while still delivering your pedal power to the drivetrain. 

Speaking of hike-a-bike, a soft rubber tread runs the length of the sole.  Additionally, parallel rubber blocks on either side of the cleat deliver stability on the pedal.  

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A straightforward ratchet buckle secures the fit with opposing Velcro straps. Whether the cross-strap has any effect or not is debatable, but the uppers themselves do move easily with the foot under flex, so that when when sole twists so too does the whole shoe, not just the foot inside.

There is good protection for the toe box and the heel, with some safeguarding along the sides, too.

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Seasucker Talon roof rack

The Seasucker is a roof-mounted rack, but uniquely, it doesn’t require expensive roof bars. Instead, large suction cups fix it to the roof.

Related: SeaSucker Mini Bomber roof rack

Once the roof is cleaned without soap, the suckers are quick to install and hold fast. Pushing the bike hard from side to side revealed a surprisingly solid feel and firm anchoring to the car’s roof.

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The suction cups are a lot stronger than you might think

After plenty of driving with a hefty bike, our confidence in the system has grown. The cups didn’t lose any vacuum over a week, but if this does start happening, a handy indicator will reveal it.

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Intense Tracer 275C

Intense’s Tracer 275C, billed as the “definitive carbon enduro bike” on its release in early 2014, is no longer such a young steed.

That’s great in terms of being a proven, trail-tough long-travel chassis that can handle some serious hammer, but it does mean this Southern Californian icon is starting to feel slightly long in the tooth compared with the latest machines.

Ageing suspension

Indeed, you could argue that elements of the Tracer were approaching obsolescence even our US team originally put it through its paces in March 2014. While Intense’s ‘super-enduro’ Uzzi has recently been updated with a linkage change – similar to the Santa Cruz Nomad – the Tracer uses an older version of VPP with a long lower linkage hanging below the bottom bracket.

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The carbon front and rear triangles may be made in Asia but the upper and lower suspension links are CNC machined at Intense’s factory in Temecula, California

This increases chain growth when the shock compresses, giving very direct power delivery and tons of traction feedback for solid acceleration snap.

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Low profile

  • Size tested: L
  • Sizes available: S, M, L, XL
  • Weight (complete bike): 12.6kg
  • Frame: Intense carbon
  • Fork: RockShox Pike RCT3 160mm
  • Shock: RockShox Monarch Plus RT3 160mm
  • Crankset: SRAM XX1
  • Shifters: SRAM XX1
  • Derailleur: SRAM XX1
  • Chain: SRAM XX1
  • BB: SRAM GXP Ceramic
  • Cassette: SRAM XX1 10-42T
  • Hubs: DT Swiss 240
  • Rims: Enve AM carbon
  • Tyres: Maxxis High Roller II 27.5×2.35in
  • Brakes: Hope Tech X2 180mm
  • Bar: Renthal Fat Bar Lite alloy 750×31.8mm
  • Stem: Renthal Apex 50mm
  • Grips: Ergon Pro
  • Seatpost: RockShox Reverb 125mm
  • Saddle: Ergon Pro
  • Headset: Cane Creek

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The Cannondale Fat CAAD 1 is every bit as fancy as it is fat

All the big brands offer a fat bike now, don’t they? Well, before this model Cannondale didn’t, and so the £2,600/US$3,730 Fat CAAD1 is actually a pretty important introduction for the firm.

Typically for Cannondale, the Fat CAAD1 stands out among its competition even at a distance – well, if you’re looking at it from the right direction that is. 

Related: The Fat Bike Trend

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That’s because, just like it did with the Slate gravel bike, Cannondale has once again found an alternative application for its signature one-legged Lefty fork. Dubbed the Lefty Olaf, it’s an air-sprung offering with 100mm of travel and uses Cannondale’s latest generation PBR damper.

Related: Scott Addict Gravel, Cannondale Slate and more at Eurobike preview

At the top of the fork leg there’s a rebound adjuster dial as long as Cannondale’s ‘push to climb’ compression switch. The Lefty Olaf also gets a bespoke crown which, along with it being necessary to provide the clearance for the huge 4in tyres, also allows Cannondale to switch to a 60mm offset figure, and that’s important. 

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Mark Cavendish to mentor Madison Genesis team

Originally published on Cyclingnews.com

Mark Cavendish has teamed up with Madison Genesis in a special collaboration that will see the Manxman provide support to the British Continental team in 2016 via his CVNDSH Scholarship and in association with his new team, Dimension Data.

Cavendish created his CVNDSH Scholarship programme in 2012 and will now help Madison Genesis team manager Roger Hammond as they develop the young British riders in the squad. Madison Genesis was one of the strongest teams on the British racing circuit this year and also rode theTour of Britain. Cavendish will dedicate time to the team, helping the young riders develop into accomplished professionals with advice and mentoring about training, road craft and race knowledge.

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Related: Mark Cavendish’s Tour de France Specialized S-Works Venge ViAS

“Without the support of key people like Roger Hammond in the early days of my career, I would never have made it to the top as a pro rider. It was the advice, guidance and assistance that I received that kept me on course to achieve the pro team ambitions I had,” Cavendish said in the official announcement of the Madison Genesis team.

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