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FS Patrol Funn: A Rider Led World Cup Team

FS Patrol Funn: A Rider Led World Cup Team

In a World Cup scene dominated by big teams on budgets running close to a million euro’s, it’s easy to think that the rider-owned spirit could be in jeopardy heading into the 2017 season. Contracts, marketing budgets, bonuses, and targets could be seen to have taken precedent over riding, racing, and living for the feeling that first got you hooked on riding bikes. Yet, there are still a few riders left pursuing that dream where the boundary between rider and […]

First Impressions: OWN FR-01

First Impressions: OWN FR-01

These shoes have been a long time coming. Well over a year ago, we saw teaser shots of the OWN shoes and couldn’t help but be intrigued- especially as there haven’t been any major leaps forward in shoe design since the dawn of “sticky rubber” over 10 years ago. OWN have put over 3 years of development into FR-01’s, from a team of guys with over 20 years experience in the outdoor footwear industry. They look different, thats for sure- […]

Tested: EXT Arma HBC Shock

Tested: EXT Arma HBC Shock

Extreme Shock Arma HBC Review Words: Max Neely Photos: Tommy Wilkinson The Arma HBC is EXT’s latest and highest spec downhill shock, offering external high and low speed compression damping adjustment, rebound adjustment and Hydraulic Bottom Out Control, hence the name HBC. EXT have one of the strongest suspension heritages in the business, with over half a century of experience under their belts. Franco Fratton is the main man behind EXT, a man who has worked with the likes of […]

Bike Check: Stefan Garlicki’s Strike EVO

Bike Check: Stefan Garlicki’s Strike EVO

Stefan’s race steed, the Solid Strike EVO. 2016 has been a belter of a year for 26 year-old Stefan Garlicki. He retained his title as South African National DH Champ for the second year running, took wins in the IXS CUP and has had a number of respectable results on the World Cup circuit. Pretty awesome going when you consider he’s spending 6 months a year on the road, thousands of miles away from home . We caught up with […]

Lone Wolf

Lone Wolf

Sometimes there’s no choice but to dig and ride solo. Stunning visuals and crisp soundtrack from Ewia Productions.

Scotland with Vanderham + Hunter

Scotland with Vanderham + Hunter

The week-long adventure started at Bonar Bridge and ended in Applecross. All in all, the crew rode approximately 250km and spent 10-13 gruelling hours per day in the saddle. Nothing could have prepared us for what the vast backcountry of Scotland would throw at us, but what’s an adventure without a few hurdles? “The northern highlands of Scotland have a heavy reputation. Beautiful, surely. But rugged, rocky, rainy, windy, muddy and midgey are the words most often chosen.” – Matt […]

DH Farm Summer Jam

DH Farm Summer Jam

The guys at DH Farm prepped the trails, fuelled the uplift vehicle and fired up the BBQ all in honour of their annual summer jam which took place at their riding paradise recently. Located in the Banff area of Scotland, DH Farm was established in 2014 by Angus Crombie; a mountain biker with a history of international racing who has never been afraid of lifting a shovel and putting in some hard graft. Angus wanted a place where riders could […]

Tested: Maxxis High Roller 2

Tested: Maxxis High Roller 2

The Maxxis Highroller II is a surefire classic, the original incarnation being released over a decade ago and the updated tread pattern of the HRII arrived in 2011. We tested the 2.4″ 650B Supertacky Dual ply DH casing model; a slow roller but dishing out epic levels of grip. The High Roller II is also available in an lighter weight EXO casing for Enduro/Trail duties and the newly released “Double Down” dual ply casing, which sits between EXO and dual […]

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