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Part 3 – Latest from USE


USE celebrate 15 years of manufacturing components this year. Their seatposts have been used by many world class riders including Laurent Jalabert in the 2002 Tour de France. The latest stuff was on show at Cycle…

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First major product development is this powerful little light. The Exposure is intended to offer riders powerful LED light with long lasting batteries. The result has already been put to the test at 24 hour MTB races winning the mens and the womens catagories at the SAAB-Salomon Mountain Mayhem earlier this year.

A quality sturdy bracket also hides the charging port. This adds to the simple all in one construction. They weigh 185g per unit. No battery pack (the battery is inside) and no annoying leads to get tangled up in.

Precision optics maximise the beam from the ‘Super LEDs’. They have a lighting power similar to that of a 32watt set up and burn time of up 16 hours. Price is £264.99, which may seem a lot but they compare well with the competition.

Saddles as well as seatpins. Connolly and Pittards leather saddles are hardwearing and water resistant. Carbon backed version weighs 175g. Prices from £59.99 to £129.99.

The Alien clamp has, at long last, been redesigned. We love the look and feel to the Alien but those silly little bolts have had me in tears in the past. Now one bigger bolt does the holding and it has a captive washer so it un-does itself too. Magic. Will be available as an upgrade to existing Alien owners as it fits older Alien posts too. Cyclops clamp £14.99. Cyclops Alien post £54.99 (alu) – £115.99 (carbon).

A tougher seatpost will be available soon called the DD this is a prototype. More when they have some for test.

The latest Boreas, the EOS. Renowned for light weight and incredible stiffness. Good value too at £595 (frame, fork and Aheadset)

USE designed and made dropout on the EOS.

The Ignis features through cables on the headtube. Very neat. £895 (frame, fork and Aheadset).

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