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SixSixOne Evolution Helmet

Benji has been doing quite a bit of “gravity riding” this year (something to do with reliving his youth no doubt). Here’s the helmet he’s been plummeting with.

August 5th, 09 0 3,146 Categories: Protection

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Duke of Bronte, Capstan F.S.

Duke of Bronte, Capstan F.S.
Price: TBA
From: Old Bear Brewery, Keighley 01535 601222
Tested: Mmm, yes.

June 14th, 09 2 2,295 Categories: Food & Drink

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Kriega R15

It’s a 15L version of the Hydro 3 – a much more useful space for most types of riding. One big main compartment with an old-school half-sleeve for a hydration bladder (not supplied) and then just loads of room for tubes, waterproofs, pumps, Coconut Crimbles etc.

June 13th, 09 1 4,285 Categories: Clothing

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Specialized S-Works 2D helmet

Specialized S-Works 2D helmet
Price: £109.99
From: Specialized UK 020 8391 3500 www.specialized.com
Tested: Three months

June 12th, 09 1 10,050 Categories: Protection

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Pace RC405

The RC405 is a floating pivot design; the rear triangle is attached to the front by two pairs of linkages (similar to Santa Cruz, Intense, Iron Horse and Giant designs). Where the RC405 is a bit different is that the rear shock is not anchored to the front triangle – it sits between the leading ends of the linkages (imagine a finger and thumb squeezing a jelly bean).

June 11th, 09 3 12,314 Categories: Bikes, Recommended

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Santa Cruz Chameleon

Totting up here at Singletrack we reckon this is the fourth incarnation of the Santa Cruz Chamelon. Unlike its users, the Chameleon hasn’t changed a great deal over the years. The ‘Cham’, along with the GT Zaskar and, to a lesser degree, the Cannondale Beast of the East, were the first bikes morphed into the quintessential ‘UK hardtail’

June 10th, 09 7 15,637 Categories: Bikes

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Specialized Defroster Boots

A decent pair of winter boots is long overdue from the (other) Big S. In all other fields, they rival both Shimano and Sidi in popularity and (for me at least) usually exceed both in ergonomics and fit. It’s good to see that they’ve done their homework and not just come out with a slightly less vented racing shoe or DH boot

June 9th, 09 4 6,528 Categories: Clothing

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Pendle Wheel Support Bike Rack

When it comes to bombproof bike racks the Pendle wheel support rack takes some beating. We opted for the Type Approval two bike model which attaches to your car by way of a plate that bolts behind a two bolt tow bar. Each bike sits in two D-loops which hold its wheels while a vertical bar provides a fixing point for the seat tube too.

June 8th, 09 5 4,797 Categories: Other Stuff

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Petzl MYO XP

Not a riding light, but why shouldn’t your camping, walking and exploring lights not make the most of advances in LED technology too? Running off three AA batteries, the Petzl MYO XP uses one bright LED to give a bright, white light with a diffuser to effectively give you spot and a floodlight options.

June 7th, 09 6 3,741 Categories: Lights

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Geax Pit Stop Magnum

The Geax Pit Stop is a neat idea. You take a canister of CO2 but also fi ll it with latex sealant and stick a multi-fi t (Schraeder and presta) valve attachment on the end. This Magnum version is a bigger volume canister for bigger volume tires.

June 6th, 09 6 4,460 Categories: Other Stuff

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Extra Wheel Trailer

The Extra Wheel is basically one wheel hitched to the rear axle by a clever steel sprung bracket (you get both an adapted QR and 10mm axle nuts which will fit mountain and road bikes). Your kit is carried in two dry bags in cargo nets on either side of the wheel like saddle bags.

June 5th, 09 15 9,458 Categories: Other Stuff

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Royal Racing SP24/7 jersey

I must confess to being an unwilling tester for this garment. I’ve never worn tops like these before. Mainly because I think they usually look ‘goalkeeper’ naff. It was only when I ran out of other jerseys during a week’s riding in Italy that I reluctantly pulled the SP24/7 Jersey on.

June 4th, 09 6 3,975 Categories: Clothing

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Ortlieb MudRacer Saddle Bag

Ortlieb are a company who I regard with some reverence. Their Back-Roller Classic panniers have transformed my view of what it is possible to do without a car, so I have tried their other products with some anticipation. Unfortunately, none of my other Ortlieb experiences have quite hit the perfection I so desire.

June 3rd, 09 1 4,211 Categories: Luggage

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Howies Vail Merino Wool T-shirt

Some things are obviously good value for money. Some things need a little more contemplation before their value becomes clear. The Howies Vail T is a ‘normal’ T-shirt made from thin merino wool. Merino is well known for being able to absorb moisture without feeling wet, and for shrugging off smells. It also feels comfortable next to the skin, unlike scratchy wool jumpers of old.

June 2nd, 09 6 5,614 Categories: Clothing

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