Lazer Blade Road Helmet

First Impressions: Lazer Blade Road Helmet Review

Based on the design of the top end Lazer Z1 helmet the new Lazer Blade is a refreshing update to Lazer’s entry level models. At just £59.99 the Lazer Blade is considerable less expensive than the £200 Z1 yet still uses the same mould and ARS fit system. Weighing a very light 250g and coming in a wide range of sizes and colours, the Lazer Blade is a must have for anyone in the market for a new helmet this year. […] Continue Reading…

First Impressions: Lazer Blade Based on the design of the top end Lazer Z1 helmet (currently used by Team LottoNL-Jumbo) the new Lazer Blade is a refreshing departure from the current helmet trend. Where many brands like Giro and Specialized have been pushing out progressively more expensive and higher end models, it's nice to see a company put serious effort into improving their less expensive options.   Coming in at a very affordable £59.99 the new Lazer Blade uses the same Advanced Rollsys Sytem (ARS) as the Z1. We tested this system extensively with the Lazer Genesis helmet in a previous test and found it to be one of the most comfortable and secure fits on the market. The Blade is no exception and with 3 separate size options everyone should find a Blade to fit them. Weighing a feathery 250g the Lazer Blade is lighter than many helmets more than twice it's price. Part of this super low weight comes from the 22 vents which control the air flow through the helmet, keeping you cool on even the hottest days. Taking even more technology from Lazer's higher end helmets, the Blade comes ready to mount a Lazer Aeroshell cover (sold separately), turning your everyday road helmet into a aerodynamic race helmet in seconds. As an additional advantage here at Koo we've found the Aeroshell doubles as a brilliant winter cover, keeping the warmth in and the wet out. Finally the Lazer Blade is available it 7 different colour options, guaranteeing there will be a model to fit everyone's style. Overall the new Blade is a great addition to Lazer's brilliant helmet range. It has been a long time since we've been this excited about an entry level helmet. The trickle down technology and cool style makes this helmet a strong option for anyone looking for a new helmet, regardless of budget. We will be putting the Blade into our long term test program and really put it through its paces this spring. If it is anything like the rest of Lazer's range (and we reckon it is) then we have a real winner on our hands. See Koo Bike's full range of Lazer Blade's HERE Key Points: Mould based on that of Lazer’s top-end Z1 Uses Lazer’s Advanced Rollsys System (ARS) fit system 250g in a size medium 22 vents Aero shell available separately Size: Small 52-56 cm, Medium 55-59 cm, Large 58-61 cm

Review: Lazer Blade Road Helmet

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Based on the design of the top end Lazer Z1 helmet the new Lazer Blade is a refreshing update to Lazer's entry level models. At just £59.99 the Lazer Blade is considerable less expensive than the £200 Z1 yet still uses the same mould and ARS fit system. Weighing a very light 250g and coming in a wide range of sizes and colours, the Lazer Blade is a must have for anyone in the market for a new helmet this year.

User Rating: 4.88 ( 2 votes)
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DPD Shipping Now Available Koo Bikes

DPD Shipping Now Available!

We are always looking at ways to improve the Koo Bikes experience for our customers and as such are happy to announce that we can now offer DPD tracked shipping, including the DPD predict service to Europe and the United Kingdom. We are, however, still offering all of our other services provided by Royal Mail and UPS, including free shipping on all UK orders over £19. Should you wish to use DPD, simply select this as an option at the checkout. European orders will be sent using DPD Classic and UK order will be sent using DPD Next Day!

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Quad Lock Mounting System

First Look: Quad Lock Mounting System

Nearly 3 years ago, when Quad Lock first launched its Smartphone Mount design on Kickstarter the internet took notice. Describing their system as “the lightest, strongest and most secure mounting system” on the market is a bold claim, but it obviously worked as Quad Lock’s Kickstarter campaign successfully ended on January 15th, 2012 after raised more than 200% of their original goal.

Fast forward to today and Quad Lock has grown into a complete brand with a wide and diverse range of products, all of which are now arriving in the UK. All Quad Lock products are developed in Australia and now cover a wide range of activities including cycling, running and driving and well as various lifestyle applications.

So what is Quad Lock? Although their products cover a lot of different areas, the core principle is always the same, which Quad Lock themselves describe as follows;
Quad Lock is a cased based system. What this means is that half of the mount has been built into the rear of a slim protective case. The case provides great every day protection for your smartphone while also allowing the mounts to be very small and discreet so you’ll barely notice them when not […] Continue Reading…

Nearly 3 years ago, when Quad Lock first launched its Smartphone Mount design on Kickstarter the internet took notice. Describing their system as "the lightest, strongest and most secure mounting system" on the market is a bold claim, but it obviously worked as Quad Lock’s Kickstarter campaign successfully ended on January 15th, 2012 after raised more than 200% of their original goal. Fast forward to today and Quad Lock has grown into a complete brand with a wide and diverse range of products, all of which are now arriving in the UK. All Quad Lock products are developed in Australia and now cover a wide range of activities including cycling, running and driving and well as various lifestyle applications. So what is Quad Lock? Although their products cover a lot of different areas, the core principle is always the same, which Quad Lock themselves describe as follows; Quad Lock is a cased based system. What this means is that half of the mount has been built into the rear of a slim protective case. The case provides great every day protection for your smartphone while also allowing the mounts to be very small and discreet so you'll barely notice them when not in use. Currently Quad Lock offers full support for the Apple iPhone and Samsung Galaxy range of phones, including protective TPU/PC composite cases and soft TPU cases to protect from water and mud. All cases leave full access to buttons, ports and touchscreen functionality. More cases for additional smartphone brands like Nokia and HTC but in the interim Quad Lock has released the Universal Adapter which can attach to almost any smooth surface. So does Quad Lock live up to their claim as the Lightest, Strongest and Most Secure mounting system? Well we've had our hands on the new iPhone 4 mount and have been testing it for over a month. Stay tuned for our full review next week! Feast your eyes on our favourite products from the Quad Lock Range Below.

First Look: Quad Lock Mounting System

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Outstanding Mounting System. Really strong and versatile system for mounting your mobile device to your bike, car windscreen or anything else. Highly recommend.

User Rating: 4.96 ( 2 votes)
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NU Titanium Rotor Bolts

Long Term Review: NU Titanium Rotor Bolts

NU Titanium Rotor Bolts
Rotor bolts were relatively uncommon until the development of disc brakes around 20 years ago (1990s). They have advanced massively since then and become much more affordable, coming in many different forms, mainly cable and hydraulic systems. A disc brake system will comprise of a brake lever connected to the brake calliper via a hose (cable or hydraulic). This will then provide a very affective clamping motion to the disc rotor which is attached to the hub of the wheel (using rotor bolts). Not only is this system very powerful, especially using hydraulics, but it is also much lower maintenance than conventional v-brake and cantilever systems. Also, due to its ‘central’ location, it stays away from the majority of mud and water on your tyre and rim, meaning it still performs very well in poor conditions, where other system made fade.

All disc brake rotor bolts are very similar, being M5 x 10mm thread, most commonly these days having a T25 Torx key head. Previously they would often come with a 3 or 4mm Allen key head which as many will remember, did tend to round quite easily, especially if they had been in long enough to […] Continue Reading…

NU Titanium Rotor Bolts Rotor bolts were relatively uncommon until the development of disc brakes around 20 years ago (1990s). They have advanced massively since then and become much more affordable, coming in many different forms, mainly cable and hydraulic systems. A disc brake system will comprise of a brake lever connected to the brake calliper via a hose (cable or hydraulic). This will then provide a very affective clamping motion to the disc rotor which is attached to the hub of the wheel (using rotor bolts). Not only is this system very powerful, especially using hydraulics, but it is also much lower maintenance than conventional v-brake and cantilever systems. Also, due to its ‘central’ location, it stays away from the majority of mud and water on your tyre and rim, meaning it still performs very well in poor conditions, where other system made fade. All disc brake rotor bolts are very similar, being M5 x 10mm thread, most commonly these days having a T25 Torx key head. Previously they would often come with a 3 or 4mm Allen key head which as many will remember, did tend to round quite easily, especially if they had been in long enough to seize. The T25 torx gives a much larger surface area preventing rounding. Disc hubs will usually have a standard 6 bolt pattern, and will fit standard rotors from 140mm diameter sizes  (cyclocross and cross country)  up to 203mm sizes (downhill / enduro), although there are a few more unusual patterns you may find on niche brake/hub companies for specific component uses. We decided to fit a set of the rotor bolts to our resident ‘enduro’ bike which would give them a good test of everything from long cross country / all mountain rides across varying terrain, to long and harsh downhill runs. For reference, we were running a 203mm front, and a 180mm rear Shimano Ice Tech RT86 rotor, being stopped by the new Shimano XTR Trail M988 brakes. This would hopefully give us a good test of longevity, durability and strength, especially using the larger rotor sizes which would give high levels of torque and stress through the securing bolts. We like to treat our bikes with shiny parts, especially if they save a bit of weight, and so jumped at the opportunity to get some titanium on them! Being weight weenies, we are often looking at different ways to shed the grams, but without the sacrifice of strength. Bolts on bicycles are an interesting topic, and are typically made of aluminium alloy, titanium, or steel. Steel is the boring but safe and reliable option. Aluminium weighs in as the lightest option but can be the weakest with highest chance of shearing/ failure and also corrosion/seizing. Although often with a higher price tag, titanium is the best compromise offering good strength, durability and low weight. This is the reason many other parts across the bike are often upgraded to a titanium version, such as Chainring Bolts, stem bolts, saddle…

Review: NU Titanium Rotor Bolts

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Another fantastic product from NU. Colourful, hardwearing, lightweight and best of all Titanium. We seen a couple of great products from NU now and are looking forward to seeing what they come out with next.

User Rating: 3.23 ( 4 votes)
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