The Musette is Cyclingnews’ weekly look at some of the world’s best cycling gear. We’ll take a look at pro-level equipment, bikes and components, alongside some of the most desirable clothing and newest accessories in the sport.
Scroll down for a look at the Garmin Edge 530 - the latest in the line of performance GPS cycling computers, a pair of stunning Giro Imperial shoes that we've recently been putting through their paces, a nifty little tool that is getting a lot more use than we expected, and a race-ready jersey from British brand Chapeau!
Giro Imperial shoes
Better known for its range of helmets, Giro has become a proponent of innovation in the cycling shoe market thanks to the brand's creative director, Eric Horton, who is single-handedly responsible for crafting some of the lightest, stiffest and most visually rousing shoes currently available from the American brand.
The Imperial marks Giro's most sophisticated shoe to date - both from a visual and performance perspective. Cloaked in a meld of cutting-edge materials the Imperials naturally have a premium feel about them, the textural fabrics and clever use of layering are both functional and aesthetically pleasing in application. At 215g per shoe they might be an attractive proposition for the gram counters but the twin-Boa dials are undoubtedly its biggest selling point - something the company has eschewed up until now.
Like the new-look Empire and Prolight Techlace shoes, the Imperials also feature an updated Easton EC90 SLX outsole and uppers made from lightweight, thermal-welded Teijin mesh material. Not only does this super-lightweight material add to the Imperial’s subtle and minimalist design cues, it also provides a combination of support and ventilation, too.
Our advice: try on a pair before splashing out. While the sizing is on par with Giro standards, the lightweight structure of the Teijin mesh has a propensity to flex and stretch so we'd suggest sizing down to ensure a tighter and more personal fit.
The Imperials are available in three colourways: black, white and red and will set you back a lofty £374.
Ryder Nut Cracker tool
Ryder has been headlining the news for its innovative cycling accessories of late, the most notable being the Slug Plug and Nut Cracker. Launched at Sea Otter this year, both accessories have been lauded by the global press for their ingenuity, convenience and compact dimensions.
It's the Nut Cracker however that has us intrigued and for all the right reasons. The Nut Cracker is Ryder's most impressive doohickey and one every cyclist - especially those who run tubeless setups - should consider keeping in their saddle bag or pouch. Overlooked by many the Nut Cracker is that one tool that can save your ride or at least keep you from calling an Uber should you ever face a broken valve or blocked valve core on the side of the road or trail.
Diminutive in size the Nut Cracker has myriad functionality - dual-sided in application, it can loosen and remove tubeless wheel nuts and valve cores as well as double up as a brake pad spreader. Furthermore, it also houses a spare core within the tool body - very nifty indeed. Not only does the Nut Cracker weigh just 8 grams, to top it off, it will set you back just £9.99. Look out for the full review on Cyclingnews.com soon.
Find your local dealer via Ryder Cycling
Chapeau! Etape jersey
'Chapeau' might literally translate from French to the word ‘hat’, but its connotations extend far beyond simple headwear. It is a term used within cycling to assert respect for a fellow rider's effort or achievement. Chapeau, is a verbal tip of the cap.
Chapeau! is a quintessentially British brand, manufacturing premium quality kit aimed at all types of road cyclist. The Etape jersey is aimed at those who like to look fast and go faster.
It features a race-ready fit, lightweight construction, and a minimalist yet premium aesthetic, with subtle and effective details throughout, such as Chapeau! branding on the zippers. One of the standout features of the Etape are the five rear pockets, which provide smaller spaces but neatly separate your valuables.
Priced at £109.99, the Etape is on the premium end of the scale, but on the face of it, looks like a real challenger for inclusion in our list of best cycling jerseys.
You can find your local dealer, or buy online at Chapeau.cc
Garmin Edge 530
The Garmin Edge 530 is the latest in the line of Garmin's range of feature-rich GPS enabled cycling computers. Launched back in April this year along with the touchscreen Edge 830.
It made it into our list of the nine best cycling computers for 2019, and although initial set up was fiddly, the Edge 530's deep catalogue of features, for both road cyclists and mountain bikers alike, makes it a worthy inclusion.
The performance metrics available within the Garmin Edge 530 are astounding, it covers everything from FTP and TSS to training load focus, giving you a simple overview of your training load and enables you to log your progress, whether training outside or on an indoor turbo trainer.
One feature we're excited about is the new integration with Trailforks. We're road cyclists at heart, but with the ever-growing popularity of gravel, and with the cyclocross season around the corner, we're looking forward to finding some blue trails and pretending we're Mathieu van der Poel.
Next week, a special edition of the Musette will be brought to you from Eurobike 2019. We'll bring you all the stunning new tech, along with all the weird and wonderful creations we encounter.
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Aaron was the Tech Editor Cyclingnews between July 2019 and June 2022. He was born and raised in South Africa, where he completed his BA honours at the University of Cape Town before embarking on a career in journalism. Throughout this career, Aaron has spent almost two decades writing about bikes, cars, and anything else with wheels. Prior to joining the Cyclingnews team, his experience spanned a stint as Gear & Digital editor of Bicycling magazine, as well as a time at TopCar as Associate Editor.
Now based in the UK's Surrey Hills, Aaron's life revolves around bikes. He's a competitive racer, Stravaholic, and Zwift enthusiast. He’s twice ridden the Cape Epic, completed the Haute Route Alps, and represented South Africa in the 2022 Zwift eSports World Championships.
Rides: Cannondale SuperSlice Disc Di2 TT, Cannondale Supersix Evo Dura-Ace Rim, Cannondale Supersix Evo Ultegra Di2 Disc, Trek Procaliber 9.9 MTB