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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 3,793 Categories: Clothing, Premier

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Gaerne Carbon G. Kobra disco slippers

Costly but gorgeous race shoes from Gaerne.

November 29th, 12 0 3,412 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 10,003 Categories: Bikes, Premier

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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 9,820 Categories: Bits, Premier, Recommended

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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 9,651 Categories: Clothing, Premier

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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 5,667 Categories: Premier, Tyres

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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 6,137 Categories: Seatposts

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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 3,020 Categories: Saddles

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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 2,468 Categories: Tools

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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 5,061 Categories: Luggage, Premier

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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 5,270 Categories: Bits

The North Face Dirt Track jacket

The North Face Dirt Track jacket

The Dirt Track (really?) is TNF’s Gore Windstopper softshell, with zip-off sleeves that convert it into a gilet. First things first: fit. It’s decidedly ‘American’ in its sizing and boxy, rather than fitted. As a slim six-footer, the medium jacket came up short in body and arms, but baggier than the snug fit I’d prefer. […]

July 8th, 12 1 3,750 Categories: Clothing

Juice Lubes Viking Juice All Conditions Lube

Juice Lubes Viking Juice All Conditions Lube

Before I go on, I should state I am not usually a fan of wet lubes. I don’t like the sticky black residue all over my drivetrain. I’ll take ease of cleaning over the occasional need to reapply lube on a very long ride, unless conditions have Noah phoning around timber yards. First impressions of […]

July 8th, 12 0 2,984 Categories: Tools

Bontrager RXL MTB Shoes

Bontrager RXL MTB shoes

The RXL is the top of the shop in Bontrager’s three shoe racing range. As such it gets all the benefits; heat-mouldable insoles, a ‘multi-position medial adjuster to dial-in top pad placement’ and a ‘rider adjustable Heel Trap’ (which appears to be a metal band you bend). First off, these shoes are a million times […]

July 7th, 12 3 2,839 Categories: Clothing

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