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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 5,712 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 6,268 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 3,076 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 2,498 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 5,133 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 5,309 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 3,799 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 3,032 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 2,875 Categories: Clothing

Vincero Design Stratus20 waterbottle & Edge16 mount

Vincero Design Stratus20 waterbottle & Edge16 mount

Since the Camelbak came out, 20 years ago, I’ve not paid much attention to water bottle technology. Apart from a few inventions like insulated bottles and slightly lighter cages, there’s not been too much to shout about. The Vincero bottle and ‘cage’ though, really is a departure. As you’ll see, the mount on the bike […]

July 7th, 12 0 1,846 Categories: Food & Drink

RaceFace Canuck gloves

RaceFace Canuck gloves

I am quite particular about summer gloves. I’ve been through a few pairs over the years, and I’ve developed a strong sense for what’s going to work for me, and what’s not. It’s a short, but personal list, and I’m well aware that what’s good for me may not be everyone’s glove heaven. But I […]

July 7th, 12 0 1,761 Categories: Clothing

ENVE 26in XC clincher rims

ENVE 26in XC clincher rims

It’s impossible to review the Enve XC rims built into these wheels without first considering the price. £700 is what some people consider expensive for a bike and the £2000 price tag of the wheelset is firmly in decent full susser territory. But while £2000 to some will seem an extravagance for a pair of […]

July 6th, 12 0 1,959 Categories: Wheels

Five Ten Spitfire Mid Freeride shoes

Five Ten Spitfire Mid Freeride shoes

I have to be honest here and say that I must have been one of the few mountain bikers in the world that didn’t really like Five Ten shoes when they were first available to us. Although I loved the grip, I could never really tell what my feet were doing and couldn’t really get […]

July 6th, 12 0 2,684 Categories: Clothing

Timbuk2 Light Bright Messenger bag

Timbuk2 Light Bright Messenger bag

Riding to work. Sounds like a wonderful idea now the sun is out, doesn’t it? Less appealing in the middle of winter though. A waterproof courier bag is a thing of joy when it’s cold and wet – it’s an extra layer of protection against the weather to your back, and makes sure that you […]

July 6th, 12 1 1,368 Categories: Luggage

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