Formula’s ultra-tunable shock, hardcore Race Face carbon wheels, Leatt’s unique cargo-equipped MTB kit and multi-function DMR pedals

This week is the biggest and most important of BikeRadar’s year: it’s Bicycle of the Year week!

The publication of our annual mega test is now in full swing, with 57 bikes tested in the mountain bike, road, gravel and city categories.

The highly anticipated release of SRAM’s new Red AXS groupset is the other big story of the week.

We got our hands on the group and put it up against Dura-Ace on the scale of truth, with Warren Rossiter giving a full review.

Formula Nebbia Shock

Formula Nebbia Shock
While the Formula Nebbia shock isn’t cheap, you get a decent package. – Our Media / Luke Marshall

Formula integrates the CTS (Compression Tuning System) valves and Neopos spacers into the Nebbia, making tuning easy.

Formula Nebbia compression knob
The Nebbia features externally adjustable low-speed compression and rebound knobs. The CTS valves can be swapped by removing the compression knob – Our Media / Luke Marshall

Designed to work on any bike, the Nebbia offers tool-free stroke adjustment and comprehensive rebound control.

Internally, the Nebbia features a hybrid coil/air negative spring system for improved sensitivity and a reservoir bladder for reduced friction and improved small bump sensitivity.

It uses a polyurethane bump stop for a quiet and comfortable end to the shock motion.

Formula Nebbia frequency sag marker
Formula’s frequency sag markers are a useful guide. – Our Media / Luke Marshall

The Nebbia stands out for its unparalleled tunability with interchangeable CTS valves for home compression damping adjustment and Neopos volume spacers for mid- and end-of-stroke progression.

Additional low-speed compression adjustments and a three-way compression switch allow riders to tune the shock to suit riding style, weight and trails.

Formula Nebbia CTS valves
Formula’s CTS valves change the compression damping feel of the shock. – Our Media / Luke Marshall

Formula prioritizes ease of use, allowing home maintenance with minimal tools.

The shock absorber is available in a wide range of sizes.

Formula guarantees spare parts for 10 years, so that the shock absorber will last longer than your current (and probably next) bike.

  • £680 / $849.99 / €790

Race Face Era wheels

Race Face Era wheels
Race Face’s Era wheels look to set a new standard for aggressive carbon wheels. – Our Media / Luke Marshall

Race Face says the new Era carbon fiber wheels redefine the standards of compliance and durability for aggressive carbon wheelsets.

The Era wheels are available in 29-inch and 29/27.5-inch options.

The rims are attached to Race Face’s Vault hubs with 28 straight-pull spokes.

Race Face Era front rim profile
The Era uses front and rear specific profiles. – Our Media / Luke Marshall

Race Face says it has tightened the rim profiles and thicknesses to achieve an optimal balance between flex and toughness.

Like Crankbrothers’ Synthesis wheels, the rims are designed to be front and rear specific.

For the front wheel, Race Face has incorporated lateral compliance to improve tracking on rough terrain by using a shallower 30mm wide and 18.6mm high rim.

Race Face Era Rim Walls
Race Face uses a wide rim of 4.5 mm to soften shock and prevent damage to the tires. – Our Media / Luke Marshall

The rear wheel prioritizes strength and impact resistance, with a deeper 22.6mm rim.

Race Face has an asymmetric design for the rear rim, with 4mm offset spoke holes. This helps balance the tension between the spokes on the driven and non-drive sides, creating a stronger wheel.

The rims also feature what Race Face calls the anvil edge.

Here the rim wall extends to 4.5 mm, giving the rims an anvil-like profile. The aim of this is to minimize the risk of flat tires or punctures.

Race Face Vault hub
Race Face uses its oversized Vault hubs with 28 straight pull spokes. – Our Media / Luke Marshall

Race Face says that while it isn’t class leading in terms of compliance, impact resistance and weight (ranking second best against competing wheels tested), this makes the Era wheelset the least compromised in all three categories.

The wheels are covered by a lifetime warranty, including crashes.

Leatt freeride MTB 4.0 AllMtn kit

Leatt MTB AllMtn 4.0 set
Leatt’s MTB AllMtn 4.0 kit is rugged and ready to shred. -Andy Lloyd

The MTB All-MTN 4.0 pants from Leatt are designed for mountain bikers looking for durability, functionality and comfort.

Featuring reinforced Rockstrike panels and a new durable 4-way stretch outer layer, Leatt says the pants are suitable for rugged terrain and weather conditions.

The trousers stand out because of their unique storage solutions.

Leatt MTB AllMtn 4.0 pant rear storage bag
The pants have a back pocket that can store a chin bar of a convertible full-face helmet. -Andy Lloyd

The Mission Pack pouch is intended for storing chin bars for convertible helmets. A padded, water-resistant pocket for delicate valuables.

The Hydradri Max laminated seat panel offers water resistance for splash days and UPF 50+ sun protection for less wet climates.

Leatt MTB AllMtn 4.0 jersey back pockets
There are back pockets on the jersey to store spare parts, snacks or valuables. -Andy Lloyd

The MTB AllMtn 4.0 jersey is made with IceYarn. This is mainly made from recycled coffee grounds.

The laser-perforated jersey is claimed to cool down naturally during intense rides. It is also claimed to be dirt and water resistant.

The cargo theme continues with a three-compartment pocket, supported by a hidden hip belt, plus a carrying loop for sunglasses.

Leatt MTB AllMtn 4.0 jersey hip belt
The jersey uses an internal elastic waistband to prevent the contents of the back pocket from bouncing around. -Andy Lloyd

The jersey also offers UPF 50+ sun protection, an extended hem for coverage and a hip split for mobility.

  • Leatt MTB AllMtn Pants: $179.00
  • Leatt MTB AllMtn 4.0 Jersey: $89.99

DMR Flat 4 pedals

DMR Flat 4 pedals
DMR’s Flat 4 pedals are intended to be a versatile option for city, touring, gravel, road and mountain bikes. – Our Media / Luke Marshall

DMR says the Flat4 pedal is a versatile option suitable for endurance riders, gravel riders and cyclists who prefer flat pedals.

DMR also says that triathletes who don’t want to use clip-in pedals will find that the pedals work well with running shoes.

DMR Flat 4 profile
The Flat 4’s concave profile should provide good grip and stability for all shoes. – Our Media / Luke Marshall

Equipped with removable polypropylene treads and multiple pin options, the Flat4 pedal can be custom fitted to your shoes. Interchangeable rubber steps and metal pins sold separately.

The rubber treads are said to prevent damage even on smart office shoes.

DMR Flat 4 interchangeable handles
The interchangeable handles are easy to unscrew. – Our Media / Luke Marshall

The slim profile makes the Flat4 suitable for young mountain bikers or riders with smaller feet.

The Flat4 pedal has a sturdy cast aluminum housing and 4130 CroMo steel axles.

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