_SM73077

Pipedream R-931 Skyline

Stainless steel – not just for knives and forks. Pipedream’s latest take on the posh steel frame is really quite lovely…

December 4th, 12 6 15,255 Categories: Bikes, Premier

_SM73330

Gore Bike Wear Phantom 2.0 Windstopper Softshell jacket.

Possibly the quintessential zip-off softshell, from masters of Windstopper, Gore Bike Wear.

December 4th, 12 8 9,760 Categories: Clothing, Premier, Women's Specific

_SM73361

Sombrio Vapour Storm softshell.

Hooded demi-casual, semi-tech softshell from Sombrio.

December 3rd, 12 0 4,662 Categories: Clothing, Premier

_SM73321

Gore Bike Wear Countdown Windstopper Softshell hoodie

A softshell with a hood (and an unfeasibly long name). Rejoice! For it is warm and cosy…

December 2nd, 12 0 3,771 Categories: Clothing, Premier

After - side by side

Gaerne Carbon G. Kobra disco slippers

Costly but gorgeous race shoes from Gaerne.

November 29th, 12 0 3,368 Categories: Clothing, Premier

Niner WFO 9 review (6)

Brief Blast: Niner WFO 9

Jon takes to the mountains on the long travel big wheeler that was way ahead of its time – but how does it compare to the current crop?

September 19th, 12 4 9,961 Categories: Bikes, Premier

photo-3

Hurricane Components Fork Up Adaptor

In our Thule 561 Outride review in Issue 75 we explained how you have to remove the entire locking mechanism in order to fit the supplied thru-axle adaptor. That’s all fine if all you are ever going to carry on your roof is thru-axle bikes. But, if like many bike owners we know you have […]

July 26th, 12 1 9,791 Categories: Bits, Premier, Recommended

Issue75_Page_116_Image_0002

Suplest Off Road Alpine boots

Numerous things have sucked about summer so far this year; not least, still having chilblains in June. We should have been prancing about in our disco slippers months ago but instead I’m still doing almost every ride in winter-lite shoes and wool socks. Rubbish. Step forward these shoe-boots from premium Swiss brand Suplest. They’re aimed […]

July 24th, 12 0 9,617 Categories: Clothing, Premier

Issue75_Page_116_Image_0001

WTB Moto TCS 29 x 1.9in

We were sent these supposed all-rounders from WTB back in the spring. I rode them for a week on my usual trails – loam, rock, loamy rock – scared myself stupid with numerous back wheel overtaking front wheel moments, and then quietly put them straight back to the bottom of the office tyre pile before […]

July 24th, 12 0 5,642 Categories: Premier, Tyres

Issue75_Page_112_Image_0001

X-Fusion Hilo 27.2 dropper post

Dropper seatposts. They’re hailed by some as utterly vital; others really can’t see what the fuss is about. If you’re in the former camp, and you run a bike with a 27.2mm seat tube, your choices are limited, partly as a result of having to cram all the springy droppy gubbins down a narrow pipe. […]

July 23rd, 12 3 6,065 Categories: Seatposts

Issue75_Page_112_Image_0002

Crank Bros Iodine 3 Saddle

I’ll not beat about the bush – I was sceptical about this saddle when I was handed it to review. It’s rather white, and to my mind it’s somewhat… uh… ‘singular’ in appearance. It has a distinctive profile, it is very tall, the chromoly rails can be replaced and the whole thing is…well, kind of […]

July 23rd, 12 0 2,976 Categories: Saddles

Issue75_Page_114_Image_0001

Shelter Tape

We test a lot of rather posh bikes and I feel really, really bad when we send them back scratched. Upgrade Bikes included a couple of pre-cut kits and a big workshop roll of this Shelter Tape with its last delivery of Pivot-flavoured goodness, along with strict instructions to apply with care to all vulnerable […]

July 23rd, 12 0 2,449 Categories: Tools

image

Thule 591 ProRide Roof Rack

Issue 75 features our review of the Thule 891 Slide Bars and the 561 Outride Racks. We also tested this 591 ProRide rack too. The best way to make sure your bike is compatible with a roof rack is to pick a frame mounting version over a fork mounting one. The advantage is there’s no […]

July 22nd, 12 4 5,007 Categories: Luggage, Premier

Issue75_Page_114_Image_0002

Mavic Crossmax SX wheelset

My only previous experience with Crossmax was a set of ceramic, V-brake rim SLRs bought for fifty quid from a mechanic I worked with some years back. They were light, accelerated like crazy, made a strange, hollow rumbling noise off-road and paid absolutely no attention to where I wanted them to go. I quickly sold […]

July 22nd, 12 5 5,252 Categories: Bits

Skip to top