Archive for the ‘KIt’ Category
I know summers’s over, but we’ve finally got t-shirts back in stock! Available in three sizes and two colours (graphite or sunflower) you can find them in the Shand online shop.
We’re starting to update our webshop with some winter essentials to help you keep riding through the colder, darker months. First products to be added are lighting systems from UK company Exposure. Exposure are a sister company to USE who may be familiar to you already through their components like seatposts and stems.
I’ve been commuting with an Exposure Joystick on the front and a Flare on the back. My commute is mostly on unlit quiet country roads and I’m super impressed by them. It’s been a while since I bought good quality lights (pre-LED) and I can’t believe how much the technology has moved on.
So if you’re looking for lights to get you through the winter pop over to our webshop.
Sneak visuals of some kit we’re getting made by our friends at Endura and Rothera. Rothera are producing a very neat cotton cap and Endura will be making a short and long sleeve jersey along with a matching gilet (prices to be confirmed). We’re only having a small number produced initially to gauge demand, so if you’d like one, let us know and we’ll let you know when they’re ready – hopefully by the beginning of March.
It’s been a long time coming but now those of you waiting to pull the plug (flick the switch? kick the rock? light the torch? whip the beaver?…. whatever….) on a full bike have no excuse.
As of today the Stoater is available as a complete bike. At the moment we have 2 build kits available, 105 and 105 Select. The 105 features a complete Shimano 105 10-speed group with lovely handbult (Strada) wheels and Salsa finishing kit. While the 105 Select uses a mix of 105 and Shimano Sora 9-speed to keep the cost down without sacrificing quality.
To purchase a full bike, simply choose the kit of parts you want from the buildkit dropdown on the order form.
When you a buy a complete bike from us, we’ll build and test the whole package so it’s ready to ride as soon as you receive it.
Note that we’re not skimping on the parts you can’t see. It’s easy to cut corners with things like chains, bottom brackets and cassettes that aren’t immediately obvious, but in keeping with our obsession with quality, we do not fit cheaper parts to save money.
Coming soon will be parts kits for the Stooshie ‘cross bike and an Alfine parts kit for the Stoater with optional beltdrive.
See the parts list for each of the buildkits here: Stoater – Full Bike
I’ve always been a fan of Endura and having been kindly provided with some kit for our weekend photoshoot in the highlands, I thought I’d do a review. I like their products because quite simply, they work. They’re not flashy, just well designed with an understated look and quality that does what good cycling gear should – keep your body working when everything might be conspiring against it. Their kit usually seems fits my tall frame too, which has always been an additional bonus.
To give some background, Endura are Scottish based company (just round the corner from us in Livingston) and still making products in the UK. They also make a custom range where you can provide them with a design to give your club or team a fresh look on the road or trails within around 8 weeks – club committee decisions aside… So, on to the review.
Not much to say about these other than they fitted well with good padding around the bum and a decent hight in the body. Rather than a single moulded area of padding, it’s split into segments, which conforms neatly to your butt. The Lycra fabric is actually quite thin, so I’d probably only use them on a hot day in summer or under other cycling shorts or baggies during the rest of the year.
I believe that Endura started out by making the first loose fitting shorts for mountain biking and I suspect this is what keeps them making such quality baggy shorts. I wouldn’t wear baggies on the road, but on a longer cross-ride with a mix of trail and road, a bit of extra protection is useful – along with pockets. Detail wise, the waist adjusters are simple, holding everything in place and the magnetic pocket fasteners are functional simplicity with no Velcro or zips causing an obstruction on the move. The Velcro adjusters along the bottom hem also cinch down well for a more streamlined fit with no bunching mid-thigh. In short, I like them.
I suspect someone had Rapha in sight during the design of this jacket and I just love it. It could also be my new favourite piece of kit. The fit is good and trim, with plenty of length in the arms and back. I’m not sure what the material is, but it’s warm to the touch and has a soft feel next to the skin and although thin, keeps the wind-chill off pretty good. The collar length also feels right with the off centre zip adding to comfort around the neck – and the soft-touch fabric handles stubble growth well, resulting in no piling. The other nice touch is a small zip pocket by the rear pockets for keys or change. It’s lightweight nature also means it packs down well for fitting into a jersey pocket when it gets warm.
I’d heard some doubts expressed about Endura getting involved in making apparel that wasn’t specifically clothing, but if these glasses are anything to go by, I don’t see it being a problem. Key points are that they stay in place due to a good amount of rubber on the legs and the fit is such that the top part of the frame sits out of your line of sight. The lens quality appears tough with a finish that looks like it will stand up well to scratches, although only time will tell.
Singletrack II Gloves
Not totally convinced about these. They fit well and have good padding and grip which works good in the dry and wet on the road. However, when covered in mud, they’re a bit slimy and grip is reduced, although the finger grips are still ok for brakes and gear changes. The elastic cuff is also cut a bit high on the wrist for my taste and has no option for adjustment. The elasticated cuff also has an annoying inside seam that began rubbing uncomfortably after all day use, although for a few hours of riding it wouldn’t be a problem. They look well made though, so should last longer than just a few months when used regularly for mountain biking.
I liked these a lot. I’ve always worn wool socks for running and cycling and am a huge fan of Smartwool for comfort and durability (especially in the wet), but would happily swap them for these. I’m not sure how they’d stand up to abuse running in the hills, but they’re light and warm for use on the bike – which is what they’re designed for I guess. One thing I’ve noticed was a bit of piling in the heel, but that’s more due to my Spuik off-road shoes that have a rough fabric in the heel counter. Using another pair with my road shoes didn’t have the same outcome.
So all in all, I’m still impressed with Endura and I’d recommend checking out the Roubaix jacket for summer riding – or at least what passes for summer riding here in the UK at the moment.