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Sombrio Birm Queen Shorts

The Birm Queen is a great cross-country short with a flattering, slimmer cut. Though relatively heavy for hot and sunny summer trail riding, discrete mesh-lined and zipped thigh vents add some cooling. The mid-weight fabric does, however, give the feel of an ultra-durable short with a sturdy, ‘built to last, get your money’s worth’ construction; […]

September 12th, 13 0 1,194 Categories: Clothing, Premier

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Altura Quantum X Shorts

The velcro waist adjustment on the back draws the spare fabric away from the snag zone and together with the four-way stretchy yoke keeps the waist secure even when hanging off the back of the saddle. Long zipped air vents on the outer thigh allow for increased air flow when the going gets hot without […]

September 11th, 13 0 946 Categories: Clothing, Premier

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Syntace’s Megaforce 2 stem: stiffness for big bars

Wide handlebars can be a lot of fun.  Given enough space between the trees, the extra leverage that big bars provide can help even us scrawny folks manhandle even the biggest trail bike or highest-geared singlespeed.  But what German cockpit specialists Syntace found when their bars began measuring 700mm and beyond was that much of […]

September 11th, 13 0 1,542 Categories: Bits, Premier, Stems

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Soleus’ budget Draft GPS bike computer

Born from the ashes of Nike’s timing division, Soleus is a brand that is well established in the running market.  With their major client gone, designer David Arnold and company struck out on their own, making a range of digital watches and, more recently, wrist-top GPSs.  Seeing as they had the experience with compact, weather-resistant […]

September 10th, 13 0 1,860 Categories: Computers & GPS, Premier

Juuuust missing the glasses.

Kali’s innovative Maraka XC helmet

A helmet with a number of truly interesting and compelling features

September 9th, 13 1 2,315 Categories: Clothing, Premier, Protection

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Howies Dyfi Active Shell jacket

My first impressions of the Dyfi Active Shell were focused on the colour and looks; understandable given that I nabbed it from Singletrack for photoshoot dressing-up. It’s a happy looking shell that works as well during everyday wear as it does in the hills. Unlike shells from some other technical clothing companies, the Dyfi is […]

September 3rd, 13 0 586 Categories: Clothing, Premier

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MET Kaos UL helmet

A whole other level of helmet?

September 3rd, 13 0 701 Categories: Clothing, Premier, Protection

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CamelBak All Clear Microbiological UV water purifier

A clean water source for adventures? the good DrJon investigates

August 16th, 13 0 4,542 Categories: Food & Drink, Other Stuff

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Endura Masai glasses

Photochromic sunnies for all your riding glasses needs?

August 16th, 13 0 5,173 Categories: Bits, Premier

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Lake MX331 disco slippers

The first pair of these shoes died a premature death following last year’s Transvesubienne race. Because it was a ‘race’, I wore my new ‘race shoes’ without having really done very much research about what sort of a race it was, and with catastrophic results (for the shoes, anyway). Disco slippers like this are meant […]

August 12th, 13 0 4,568 Categories: Clothing, Premier

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Issue 83: Islabikes Beinn 29

Isla added the Beinn 29 to the range because lots of parents who’d bought her age-specific bikes wanted a bike of the same quality for themselves.

August 12th, 13 0 5,507 Categories: Bikes, Premier

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Issue 83: Surly Krampus

We often wonder how mountain bikes might have looked if they’d been designed from ground zero rather than having a junkyard heritage of rescued beach cruisers dictating most things. How large would the wheels and tyres have been? How much suspension would they have had? Actually that’s one question really, as suspension back then was […]

August 8th, 13 3 7,390 Categories: Bikes, Premier

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PRO Tharsis 750 alloy riser and Vanderham FR CNC stem

A stem and bars combo for the PRO look

August 8th, 13 0 1,423 Categories: Bits, Stems

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Issue 83: Pivot Les

The Pivot Les (see what they nearly did there?) is partly here to show that a fixed blade fork can be plugged into any hardtail. Okay, the Les isn’t just any hardtail. It’s the first cross-country trail hardtail produced by Arizona suspension masters Pivot Cycles.

August 8th, 13 0 1,815 Categories: Bikes, Premier

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