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Straitline Stem

There’s something to be perversely admired about a company that kicks convention in the teeth and smiles doing it, and Canadian company Straitline have a lot of shattered enamel on their 5.10s.

May 28th, 09 18 5,207 Categories: Bits

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Islabikes Rothan

When you find that nearly everyone you meet is doing a double-take at your new purchase you know it’s either because you’ve bought something quite stupid, or you’ve chosen one of those products that attracts attention for all the right reasons.

May 27th, 09 17 8,514 Categories: Bikes, Recommended

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Freak Bike: Santa Cruz Easy Rider

This bike ticks all the boxes to qualify for a place in Singletrack’s “Bike Pron” feature: Would it draw a crowd if it were leant up against the food tent at Mountain Mayhem? Is it a bike that we’d all like to ride, even if we wouldn’t want to own it? Is there a good story behind it? So that’s a resounding ‘yes’ to all of those.

May 26th, 09 19 11,240 Categories: Bikes

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Identiti Alloy QR Seat Clamp

Are you a saddle dropper? If not, why not? The usual reply is “I can’t ride with my saddle down”. This confuses me greatly. What advantage to bike handling can there possibly be in having a saddle wedged up your crotch?

May 25th, 09 14 4,905 Categories: Bits, Recommended

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Cane Creek Double Barrel Shock

This shock comes out of a collaboration between Cane Creek and Ohlins Racing, the Swedish suspension gurus who have cut their teeth on the likes of Supercross and GP bikes to produce a handmade (every single one is made by just one man, called Paul, and individually numbered), fully adjustable, high performance, piece of mountain bike engineering.

May 24th, 09 17 6,418 Categories: Other Stuff

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Hope 1.5in Stepdown Headset

Those of us with fat head tubes have traditionally only had two choices when it came to 1.5-into-1 1/8th headsets: cheap and nasty ball-bearing ones that weigh a ton and go rusty after about three rides, or very expensive ones that are okay.

May 23rd, 09 4 5,957 Categories: Bits, Recommended

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Singular Swift

Yes, it’s another 29in wheel bike. But for a change, it wasn’t sent from a manufacturer eager to get themselves into this subset of a niche before the boat left, but a bike we wanted to look at because it actually looked ‘right’.

May 22nd, 09 4 10,360 Categories: Bikes

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Shed Shackle

The Shed Shackle is a security device that you fit to your shed, providing a fixed er, shackle to lock your bike to. It’s not going to stop anyone breaking into your shed but it might stop them making off with your bike, which has to be A Good Thing

May 21st, 09 4 5,240 Categories: Security

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661 Veggie Wrap Shin Pads

For SPD users the journey into flat pedal riding can be a perilous one. Sure, you’re going to improve your technique and learn to bunnyhop properly, but you’re also liable to landing a set of pins into your leg. The problem is that a lot of shin guards look like they’ve come out of the Darth Vader spares bin, and for a lot of people are a bit over the top.

May 20th, 09 13 6,755 Categories: Protection

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Alpkit Fat Airic

My body is definitely getting old. If it’s not, then I’m getting a lot weaker. There was a time when I’d sleep straight on the ground or with a thin Karrimat. There was a time where dossing in a phone box would do as well or the nearest gutter but time, like my hairline, moves on…

May 19th, 09 4 5,496 Categories: Other Stuff, Recommended

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Shimano M300 shoes

These are Shimano’s top of the range, none-higher, all-singing and quite a bit of dancing, race shoes.

May 18th, 09 5 4,646 Categories: Clothing

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Deuter Race Back Hydration Pack

Deuter’s 10 litre capacity “short blast” stylee handbag.

March 20th, 09 0 5,565 Categories: Bits

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Felt Breed

Steve Makin reviews a big lad’s bike with shonky brakes, skinny tyres, dodgy bars, a very racy saddle and no gears. Possibly the most fun bike he’s ridden in years.

March 13th, 09 12 12,836 Categories: Bikes

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Lizard Skinz Blizzard Gloves

Lizard Skinz Blizzard Gloves Price: £28.00 From: www.2pure.co.uk A winter glove with neoprene trimmings over the knuckles and round the cuff but despite the neoprene this glove is water resistant rather than waterproof. The lining is thick and instantly warm and the Velcro cuff strap tightens up easily and tightly to keep the wind out. […]

February 19th, 09 0 2,418 Categories: Clothing

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