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Fifty - Fifty AM35 Stem

We have been using the Fifty - Fifty cycles AM11 flat pedals for a year or so now (Remember...Flat pedals win medals kids!) and recently received a batch of the new AM35 stems. These are available in a full range of colours with top quality machining and are bang on point at 35mm length. The colours are fantastic, with only the orange being a slight disappointment as the finished article is more of a bronze colour and not as lustrous orange as some other anodized products out there.

5050Stems

RAD8 MTB Glasses - Review

So recently I was accepted onto the RAD8 MTB Glasses Ambassador program. About 1 month ago I received a couple of pairs of their Model 502 glasses, one with the red mirror lens and the othyer with their blue mirror lens, both of which are polorised too.

Firstly the frames, well, they seem to be of a high quality with hinges which are positive and just stiff enough to let the arms stay put when you move them and that they're not flapping around if for any reason you're trying to pop your glasses back on while riding. There is also a nice amount of flex in the frames which should help if you happen to drop or squash them, or worst case have a little face plant in them. The nose pad is comfy and adjustable, it also looks to be replaceable too which is a nice touch.

Model 502

So on to those lenses. I was a little confused at first as the mirror coating suggested a different tint to that given, so the red mirror glasses gave a very natural blue tint which is easy on the eye, where as the blue mirror lenses gave a yellow / orange tint which works great when in slightly lower light levels as it gives a bit of a boost to the trail making it easier to spot features.

Both options use polorised lenses which I have to say are a revelation. The image through the glasses is so incredibly crisp and clear, I can't remember such an incredible difference even with an old set of Oakley's which also supposedly had polorised lenses.

So far these lenses have done their job and kept light levels just perfect when riding, helping to avoid the eye strain than can occur when riding in such strong sunlight as we generally get here. However, being that it is still officially winter, there have been some cloudy days too, where the blue mirror lenses really come into their own and also a good old monsoon type rainy day where I was able to test out the anti-fog claims of these glasses and lenses. I'm not sure what the coating is, but it works better than any other glasses I've ridden in the rain, the only time they misted up was when I accidentally breathed on them, but that rapidly cleared.

We will have a couple of pairs of these glasses in the minibus, so if you'd like to try some for yourself just ask. Please just remember to give them back at the end!

 

Red Mirror Left - Blue Mirror Right

Here is an example of the colour of the two lenses. Maybe not the best example but gives the idea. Taken with a phone camera through the glasses lens. Red mirror lens is the left hand picture, Blue mirror is the right hand picture.

Finally the all important pricing. Currently all glasses are available at http://www.rad8.co.uk for the bargain price of just 88 GBP. Now that is a bargain for the quality!

 

 

Bluegrass Goldeneye Helmet

Over the summer I spotted a bargain on Chain Reactions. Yes, I know I probably should browse elsewhere when I've nothing better to do, but hey.

So the Bluegrass Goldeneye trail helmet was down to 50 quid, which is a great price, so as I was ordering some bits for a friend I thought I'd add one to the order.

Golden EyeFirst impressions were that it is a well constructed helmet, it was immediately comfortable and well ventilated, but then I started to see a couple of issues. Firstly, the plastic shell doesn't wrap around the edges of the EPS foam, so after a while it's going to start looking pretty rough with bumps and dents. The second thing I found was that the straps seem to twist and then don't sit comfortably at the side of your face. But they were minor things. The major issue became apparent on the first ride out.

The Golden Eye uses a s¡licone sweat band on the forehead, all well and good and it is comfortable, but the channels in this band seem to direct the sweat into your eyes with drops hitting the inside of your glasses to further interfere with your vision. I also found that after a couple of consecutive days of use, the silicone band left a line of dry skin on my forehead.

A quick solution hyas been to borrow a wrap around foam band from an old helmet to cover the silicone one, but I'm still not happy with the way the straps sit against my face, so it looks like this lid will be quickly relegated to the spares bag.

My score is a 3/5

Rad8 MTB Glasses

It's a great pleasure to be able to spill the beans that we've been accepted onto the Rad8 Ambassador program. Not much to tell you just yet, but we're looking forward to trying the current crop of Rad8 eyewear and being able to report back to you as to how well the fit and just weather the optics are as good as they sound.

Keep an eye out for the first review, but in the meantime, why not check out the range at www.rad8.co.uk

Rad8

New website, new blog

So we are now on Lavatrax.com v4. Things have changed a lot in the last 10 years, with the increase of mobile devices accessing the web, and the improvements in bandwidth and download speeds available to everyone, no longer do we have to cut back on images and video content. Not that we are going to throw massive files down the line at you!

Equally, this latest site comes about because we needed to make our site responsive so that it works better with mobiles and tablets, not just PC's.

Over time we may migrate some of the older blog entries across from the old site, but for now we decided that it would be nice just to start afresh with content that is current and relevant.

So, please enjoy the content and when you've done reading, get out on your bike!