The latest reviews to be published about Moore Large & Co Ltd products.
American classic Carbon Clincher - Triathlon Plus
American Classic has fattened up and fancy-spoke it's deep-dish wheels to put them right back into the mix in competitive carbon/alloy hybrid wheel market. Despite the alloy rims and deeper than average 58mm profile, a 40g weight loss from the previous 58s puts them right among their 50mm full-carbon clincher-Tyre price peers at 1,844g (823g fron, 1,021g rear). Alloy rims give far more predictable braking than carbon ones, particularly in the wet. The new wider profile (22mm outer, 16.5mm inner) also syncs with the latest 'fatter is faster' tyre thinking. the rim isn't toroidal (the body doesn't bulge out wider than the braking track, as on Zipp, HED and bontrager wheels) but it's fat enough to make the wheels more manageable in mixed wind conditions than their predecessors. The skinny front hub and triple-grouped rear spokes mean they aren't particularly stiff or sharp in terms of handling, but then they're not horrible harsh on rough roads either.
One23 Extreme Bright Duo - MBUK
Powerful, Focused, well priced 'bat light' for faster, straighter trails. with it's central 'ear' ridges and machined wings, the twin-LED EB Duo is straight out of Gotham city. It throws and impressively consistent rounded tunnel search light beam down the trail too. The crude but effective broad band plastic mount stops it wobbling however rough the trail, and the rubberized battery bag reduces frame slipping and scuffing. Battery life is reasonable and while you can get similar lights cheaper the One23 has big company bag up. Th sharp edge to the beam tires eyes fast on longer rides or wet nights though, and the 'high, low, flash, off' mode sequence isn't ideal when trying to get from low to high power before a descent. the included long strap helmet mount is a faff too.
Velo senso miles Lady - Womens Cycling
Intended as a "competition" saddle, this is sleek and narrow - the narrowest on test in fact - and therefore strictly for the raciest of bikes. A female-specific cut-out in the center helps relieve pressure, while the rear area supports the sit-bones nicely , although it's on the firm side. The tapered shape allows for good pedaling action, but overall the profile is quite flat, meaning the firm nose is not the most comfortable when on the drops unless the angle's right. Available in two colours.
Knog Strong man - London Cyclist
This is the first serious, Sold Secure (gold) rated lock form the fashionistas favorite. We first saw it at a bike show in 2010 and its taken this long to take delivery - thankfully it was worth the wait. It's certainly not a case of style over substance as the 13mm hardened steel shackle is among the chunkiest on the market and clad in UV resistant silicone body that wont scratch your bike. The disc-style cylinder is impressively svelte too, forging a nicely snug fit with shackle. A colour matched bracket and set of three strong keys complete the package. It's compact and easy to stow in a bag. And that's perhaps it's only failing - The gap within the lock is only 14cm, so limits its use with some stands.
Proviz Triton - Cycling Active
Fluoro is on trend this year but not everyone wants a bright yellow bonce when out riding. Luckily, black can be stylish and safe thanks to the Triton's reflective sticky tape strip. Visible from all sides, it certainly stands out although I would be worried about its longevity.
There's also a light attached tothe rear to increase visibility making this one safe bit of kit. At £55, it's a bit of a bargain too. More of a regular helmet than the others on offer here but sensible isn't always a bad thing. It might not grace a fashion catwalk any time soon, but for my tastes, as a bit of a roadie, it's a pretty snazzy choice.
One23 bar/stem - Cycling Plus
Looking like a good old-school alloy bar from the '90s, the budget-priced 6061 alloy One23 has a distinct straight section mid-drop. It's similar to a Ritchey but more pronounced and something we really like. It feels secure when you're sprinting, like having something solid to push against, but despite the stiffness not a lot of high-frequency buzz gets through - though you can definitely feel bigger ruts and hits! It's not overly heavy for a budget bar and is matched to a solid, well-machined stem with stainless hardware. One to consider if you're a bigger rider on a budget, or just favour a stiffer setup.
Lake TX312 - Triathlon Plus
Aethetically we're not big fans of rear-entry heel, though we love it's performance - making the TX312 one at the easiest shoes to enter on test - just watch you don't fold the fabric edges of the heel inside before you ratchet up the tension on the rear mounted BOA dial. The upper is very soft and extremely comfortable, even with wet bare feet. They dried quickly and didn't cause any irritation. The outsole is a heat mouldable carbon fibre job that you can home bake multiple times if necessary to tweak fit to perfection. Stiff, light, fast to get on and off in transition, this shoe is easy to adjust for a really comfortable fit making it a really top option. It is also very smart - open heel aside - and looking good and feeling good makes you ride with confidence
Lake CX236C - Cycling Plus
Lake's CX236C's are spacious and supremely comfortable thanks to the single braided Boa cord enclosure offering even adjustment from heel cup to the front of the comfy tongue. The heel-mounted dial can be operated through some overshoes andd keeps the upper looking very clean, with little to disrupt airflow, snag or suffer accidental damage. The leather construction is robust with an external heel cup and full carbon sole Large mesh panels in the upper and single toe and heel vents in the sole offer great venting, keeping them super comfy for hours on end.
Knog Blinder 4V - What Mountain Bike
A cracking, compact and self-contained unit that appeals through brightness and tiny size. Once on the seatpost with it's ingenious metal cammed rubber clamp it's solid, and the thin aluminium profile is very unlikely to get caught or broken off even in a crash. To charge the lithium polymer battery, flip out the USB bar at the back and plug into your USB socket. A small light shows its charge status, and flags up when the battery is getting low. For wide viewing angle it's one of the best on test, and it's more than bright enough for even busy commuting.
One23 Extreme Bright 1000 - What Mountain Bike
Big run time plus reliability, a charger, a helmet mount and a strong beam = top value for money.
Knog Blinder 4 - cycle commuter
Available front or rear and in six colours and designs, these lights have four LED's each, emitting 80 or 44 lumens (front/rear). The rear is very bright and the front great for being seen by under streetlights. They fix tool-free to the handlebar or seat post and can be set constant or flashing ( four modes), with burn times for 3-30hours. They recharge via USB. They're waterproof, which commuter lights need to be in the UK. and as they weigh only 39g each they're ideal as back-up lights.
Jagwire Cable Guides - What Mountain Bike
Highs These slotted rubber guides slip onto your brake hoses or gear outer cables to cancel the chances of them rubbing through paintwork. We love that these clip on - not like the old type that had to be slid over the outer before wiring up.
Lows Maybe a double length one ofr bikes with a convoluted calbe run would be a good idea.
But If You want a fast, tool-free answer to keeping your frame in shape. Use Heli tape and these fror total protection.
Lake TX212 - 220 Triathlon
For under £90, the Lakes come with injected nylon soles. they aren't as stiff as their pricier carbon competition but they ride well; there's not a massive drop in performance and they should be durable. You pay a bit in weight but 349g for a UK 10 isn't bad. They're on of the most comfortable shoes on test and, although lacking drainage holes, the excellent ventilation through the mesh upper makes them quick drying. The antimicrobial liner is soft for sock free riding and should stop nasty smell developing. The smaller lower strap allows for easy adjustment across the top of the toes. The large tabbed main strap is easy to grab and simple to operate on the fly, and there are no crank arm flicking issues. A solid heel bumper will protect the shoe running into T2 but, if we're being picky we'd like the heel loop to be a bit bigger.
Kenda Small Block Eight - 2204
"The Small Block Eight is one of Kenda's most popular mountain bike tyres, the signature tyre of BMX pioneer and MTB legend John Tomac that got tweaked for the BMX market. I've been using the Small Block Eights almost non-stop since 2009 and have found them to be some of the best tyres I've ever used. The Micro Knobbie style is larger in form seems to grip to any surface you throw at it very well. The Knobbies are in interlinked small blocks of eight (do you see what they did there?) with low profile tread pattern t reduce rolling resistance. I used them on a standard council metal skatepark to start with a surface known for its slipperiness and had no real grip problems, the lack of cushioning on landings due to the low profile on the other hand was less pleasant..."
Premium headset - Ride BMX
Here's the Teal version of the Premium integrated headset. Super slick sealed bearings with all the relevant fixtures and fittings to replace your old headset and get back on the road. It's great to see companies being more adventurous withtheir headsets, specifically in the colour dept. Now we can literally get matching everything, nice work Premium.
Knog Blinder - Cycling Weekly
3rd May 2012
I wasn't planning on riding at night, but there was the quick jaunt across London after work to begin, as well as the possibility of poor visiblity or finishing some days' rides at dusk. This meant I needed at least enough illumination to get myself saeen. The Knog Blinders lights were perfect. They are impressively bright, despite their size, and rechargeable via a USB cable, which meant I was able to take one plug and two cables to charge my iPhone, GPS and the lights.
SR Suntour Epicon X1 TA LO RC - What Mountain Bike
The smooth lines of the Epicon chassis are unchanged but it now gets a hollow crown for reduced weight in standard or tapered steerer formats. The damping cartridge is slimmed down and the clever push-through, pop-out QLoc 15mm axle gets titanium trim to save 60g. You'll need to have smooth sleeved hub internals to stop it getting stuck partially in/out, but it's generally obedient until you start hammering it across rocks or knobbly root spreads.
Weight is reasonable for a travel adjust fork and the remodelled remote control for 140-100mm drop is neat enough to sit unobtrusively on your bars.
Tweaked spring curves mean less dive when slamming it into stuff or braking hard. Feel is fluid and consistant. Manual lockout and low speed compression damping are easy to reach on the fork top. Long term Epicons have always held up well even in bad weather, which isn't always the case with cheaper forks.
Beto Floor Pump - What Mountain Bike
The steel Beto was recommended by a rider who'd been using one on a fleet hire bikes for years. As predicted it performed well, with just a little more pumping resistance than the top quality units but some good volume shifted for the effort. We didn't like the Presta adaptor clipped in behind the head; it was small, easy to lose and fiddly to screw on without shutting the Presta valve - fine if you only use Schrader of course. The gauge was also wildly inaccurate, but you pays your money...
Knog Franks Dog - Bike Radar
Quirky Aussie kit purveyors Knog come up with a versatile bag in this nearly square shaped courier-bag-cum-pannier. It has a padded back, a very well padded internal pocket for a 15in laptop and four smaller internal pockets. A bottom zip pocket contains a silver raincover - though in practice the waxed canvas itself should keep moisture out in most conditions. This bag also comes with fittings to convert in into a pannier, though without a stiff back it's not the best pannier out there. As a courier bag alone it's much better, the 74mm wide strap staying comfortable even without padding.The second 40mm strap keeping it very secure even when loaded.
Proviz Electroluminescent Jacket - Road.cc
Aimed primarily at commuter cyclists, the Proviz Electroluminescent Hi-Viz jacket may lack the tailored cut of racier garments but even so it doesn't billow like a builder's tarpaulin and protects your back and vital organs particularly well if you are riding a tourer, crosser or similarly upright road bike and thanks to four integrated electroluminescent strips it's highly visble too.
GForm Knee and Elbow Pads - MTB Reviews
The ridges and hinges of the gear, which look very skeletal, help the padding flex and bend when in use, to prevent any binding and to aid in better confromability, for comfort and proper impact absorption. The enteire scheme of things takes on a Spiderman or Super Hero look, albeit in a geeky manner, but I happened to like the way they looked, although it might not be everyone's cup of tea? Plus, you can try out for a part on the new Tron sequel if the armor doesn't pan out?
Lake CX170 - Cycling Plus
Quality leather upper, with a brilliant comfortable shape. It's broader across the foot with deeper toe box than some rivals, so they're a good choice for big feet. The nylon sole lacks the out and out stiffness of carbon, but they're stiff enough for anyone but a demanding elite or pro rider. Add to this the very clever use of the BOA lace tensioner - mounted on the heel this adjusts both the forefoot of the shoe and around the ankle, which makes a very secure and adjustable fit.
Kenda KOT - Singletrack
An odd tyre. Crazy grippy on the edge and fast rolling on the centres, but there's no real in-between world. Unless you spend your life crankeed over in endless turns, you probably want more of an all-rounder than this.
Limar F70 - Bike Magic
These titanium coloured shades from Limar are stylish with a great fit and price tag that won't have you choking over your coffee.
The F70's with a Smoke Flast Mirror lens offering 15% lights transmission, and as such are ideal for the sunny weather we've been experiencing recently. Spend a little more and for £79.99 you can get the flashier reactive photochromatic lenses.
Fit is excellent, with the Grilamid TR90 frame well shaped and fitting this tester comfortably. They stay in place well even during the roughest moments thanks to soft touch double injection moulded rubber nose pieces, which are adjustable to customise the fit.
VERDICT: Great looks and large lenses, and the price includes a smart hard case.
Onguard Bulldog Mini LS - What Mountain Bike
Aside from the U-Lock, the addition of a 1.2m look-ended cable - long enough to loop through the front wheel and back through the shackle, keeping the head end secure too - makes the Bulldog's price tag tempting. It also out performed the RSP package, lasting over a minute under power tool attack to deliver great value and performance.
One23 Ceramic/Carbon BB - Road.cc
The One23 Ceramic/Carbon bottom bracket is a very high quality piece of kit. The smoothness and lack of friction is excellent, and it appears to come without a durability penalty. Whether a bottom bracket will ever be worth £130 is ultimately a personal decision, and we'd be more tempted by the cheaper option without the Carbon sleeve.
Kenda Telonix - MBUK
The Kenda Telonix is Hans Rey's signature tyre, and in the folding 2.2in guise, it is a great all-rounder.
The large centre knobs provide plenty of straight line grip even when climbing on soft ground, and the shoulder is great too, providing some predictable slippage if you give it a bit of lean, especially if the ground is slightly soft.
On hard, natural trail the Telonix really came out of their shell, and provided an amazing amount of predictable grip, with a suprisingly fast-rolling speed. They were fine on dry roots, less predicatble on wet ones, but this wasn't disastrous.
Onguard Beast Lock - Cycle Commuter
You're not going to want to lug this heavy-duty combo far, but it's a good option for leaving at a regular locking-up point. The 110cm chain is made of 12mm titanium-enforced steel links that aren't going to give up easily, while the lock usesan 11mm ultra-hardened steel shackle with a dual deadbolt locking mechanisum so it's virtually impossible to lever open. It's going to take a well-equipped and determined thief to steel any bike protected by this one.
Jagwire Racer Cable Kit - Cycling Active
Compared to many, the Jagwire's full set-up - the kit includes brake and gear cables - is great value. Fully sealed with the L-3 liner, and paired throughout with a Kevlar toughened outer, it should last. We've had no issues with performance in our testing period. One nice touch was the EZ-bend segments that fit the tight curve of the gear cable under the handlebar tape. As this is protected from the elements, the outer casing is lost, improving flexibility. These may not be up tothe Ride-On standard, but they are a third of the price.