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USE XC 29er wheelset

They’re carbon rimmed and have a healthy dose of science in the shape of a ‘Nano Surface Technology’ finish

September 17th, 13 0 2,132 Categories: Premier, Wheels

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Thule ProRide 591 bike mount

Secure and very easy to use (if you can lift your bike over your head)

September 16th, 13 1 1,982 Categories: Bits, Other Stuff, Premier

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Sombrio Highline II Shorts

The Highline II is Sombrio’s top of the range short. It’s designed from four-way stretch material and comes complete with an inner short. Small ventilation holes are located on the inner thigh and rear hip panels. Two zipped side pockets and a rear zipped waistband pocket provide some storage if needed. The cut of the […]

September 16th, 13 0 1,117 Categories: Clothing, Premier

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Troy Lee Ace Shorts

Troy Lee’s Ace short is designed with what it calls “gritty XC” in mind and that’s fairly clear from the snug, tailored fit. Luckily it’s available in two-inch increments from 30in to 38in (you may want to go bigger than you think you are, as they are sized rather snugly), and with the four-way stretch […]

September 15th, 13 0 1,244 Categories: Clothing, Premier

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Endura Singletrack II Shorts

This is the second iteration of Endura’s Singletrack short, and the synonymous naming is purely coincidental… That said, I could draw plenty of parallels between our magazine and these shorts were I so inclined. Practical, down-to-earth and sleeker than the average baggy, they have become a very useful bit of everyday kit for me. Construction […]

September 14th, 13 1 2,071 Categories: Clothing, Premier, Recommended

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Gore Bike Wear Fusion Trail

Although these Gore Bike Wear Fusion Trail shorts are in keeping with this year’s ‘TicTac’ fashion colour palette, they also come in brown or black. They’re made of a lightweight matte nylon with a thin Windstopper panel on the back and crotch for spray protection. A couple of side mesh panels aid ventilation and continue […]

September 13th, 13 0 1,223 Categories: Clothing, Premier, Recommended

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Sombrio Birm Queen Shorts

The Birm Queen is a great cross-country short with a flattering, slimmer cut. Though relatively heavy for hot and sunny summer trail riding, discrete mesh-lined and zipped thigh vents add some cooling. The mid-weight fabric does, however, give the feel of an ultra-durable short with a sturdy, ‘built to last, get your money’s worth’ construction; […]

September 12th, 13 0 1,099 Categories: Clothing, Premier

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Altura Quantum X Shorts

The velcro waist adjustment on the back draws the spare fabric away from the snag zone and together with the four-way stretchy yoke keeps the waist secure even when hanging off the back of the saddle. Long zipped air vents on the outer thigh allow for increased air flow when the going gets hot without […]

September 11th, 13 0 889 Categories: Clothing, Premier

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Syntace’s Megaforce 2 stem: stiffness for big bars

Wide handlebars can be a lot of fun.  Given enough space between the trees, the extra leverage that big bars provide can help even us scrawny folks manhandle even the biggest trail bike or highest-geared singlespeed.  But what German cockpit specialists Syntace found when their bars began measuring 700mm and beyond was that much of […]

September 11th, 13 0 1,298 Categories: Bits, Premier, Stems

Pretty in pink.  Or yellow.

Soleus’ budget Draft GPS bike computer

Born from the ashes of Nike’s timing division, Soleus is a brand that is well established in the running market.  With their major client gone, designer David Arnold and company struck out on their own, making a range of digital watches and, more recently, wrist-top GPSs.  Seeing as they had the experience with compact, weather-resistant […]

September 10th, 13 0 1,619 Categories: Computers & GPS, Premier

Juuuust missing the glasses.

Kali’s innovative Maraka XC helmet

A helmet with a number of truly interesting and compelling features

September 9th, 13 1 2,034 Categories: Clothing, Premier, Protection

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Howies Dyfi Active Shell jacket

My first impressions of the Dyfi Active Shell were focused on the colour and looks; understandable given that I nabbed it from Singletrack for photoshoot dressing-up. It’s a happy looking shell that works as well during everyday wear as it does in the hills. Unlike shells from some other technical clothing companies, the Dyfi is […]

September 3rd, 13 0 342 Categories: Clothing, Premier

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MET Kaos UL helmet

A whole other level of helmet?

September 3rd, 13 0 548 Categories: Clothing, Premier, Protection

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CamelBak All Clear Microbiological UV water purifier

A clean water source for adventures? the good DrJon investigates

August 16th, 13 0 4,187 Categories: Food & Drink, Other Stuff

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