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It can go up – but can it go down?
Words: Alan Doyle – Photos: Ian Linton Can you “British proof” a bike? If you’ve ever visited one, Whyte dealers sell their bikes on the insistence that they are absolutely weather-proof. Just as well really as the Tweed Valley presented yours truly and tog Ian Linton with probably the heaviest downpour of the season, leaving us with a great opportunity to test this bike on one of its major selling points, exposing it to everything these filthy trails had to […]
Following up on my head to head review of the new Transition & Banshee, the next weekend was time to take the 3rd of 3 out to test; the Trek Remedy 9.8 29. To be honest I didn’t expect to be able to track down such an elusive beast for a test, but thanks to a bit of Twitter detective work, Criterium Cycles came up trumps with the managers own bike, which was also available for demo, or in this […]
This wasn’t meant to be a bike test, all I wanted to do was demo a few bikes that I wanted to buy for myself to help me decide. But in deciding what I wanted to buy, I needed to jot a few notes down on each bike, which quickly became me sharing my thoughts on some random bike forums, which then led to me doing something I’ve not done in the best part of 3 years; picking up the […]
If you’re like me, working mad hours and chasing after everyday family life, you find it hard to get those group rides in with your mates. You’re now tending to get the miles in alone. It’s getting closer to winter and those solo night rides are also kicking in. Not only do I have to tell the wife exactly where I’m going but I do have to hold back just in case I stack out in the middle of a […]
It was a while ago we had a big crash on this very site…we lost a lot, I mean almost it all. I was devastated, while others laughed…literally. Even though I had backups, the fact that the server got burnt meant I lost most of what was backed up…yeah it was all on the server…a big dedicated piece of technology managed by some French muppets who managed to fry the whole lot. Even though I worked 24/7 and threw £1000’s […]
Continuing on with the Tenn Outdoors theme, we move on quickly to the Expresso Jersey. Expresso by name and expresso by nature…meaning it’s made from coffee! “The Espresso trail riding jerseys are made from recycled coffee grounds, yes coffee as in the drink! When permanently embedded into the high wicking fibre used to produce the jersey, coffee produces some amazing natural properties ideally suited to cycling, such as increased UV-Protection, fast drying and enhanced odour control. You won’t smell like […]
Well the testing’s been done and the long awaited Orange 322 will now be available to purchase, here’s a low down on the spec and pricing The constant honing of the 22X series led to a string of World and National titles through the 2000s, and the 322 is the next step in our evolution of the long travel, single pivot design. Dropping the top shock mount through the downtube and using a low pivot position allowed us to achieve […]
Body, knee, arm and head protection is a very important part of extreme sports and these day’s there’s a huge choice out there to go and spend your had earned cash on. So how do you sift out the good from the not so good, I’m not saying that there’s bad products out there but we all have our own brands we stick with because they work and fit our body parts. My biggest problem with knee pads are that […]
CTD sounds like something I was told I wouldn’t catch off a toilet seat back in Biology at school but today it stands for “Climb, Trail & Descend”, Fox’s newest anagram for its latest incarnation of products to hit bike stores for 2013..well actually right now to be exact. Simplifying the whole suspension setup puzzle for the masses of riders who are now headed for the hills with 3 options and with some fine-tuning, its aim is to reduce any […]