We like Friday. Not only is it ripe with possibility of a full weekend of bike riding but it also means we can rummage through the post box and see what’s arrived this week…
Ibis Mojo HD
It’s no exercise in subtlety but we reckon this, the new Mojo HD, is rather good looking in ‘Vitamin P’ green. It’s the heavier hitting version of the popular Mojo SL and Mojo, with travel bumped up 20mm to 160mm at the rear, which still uses the DW link system. Up front you can run 160mm or 180mm forks in the tapered headtube and there’s a 142×12 back end to keep it all stiff. We’ve promised to take good care of it…
Price: £2,174.99 frame and shock
Just to remind you it’s made from carbon fibre. Note the neat cable guides – there’s one for your uppy downy post too..
Post mount rear brake plus 142×12 Maxle rear axle – something we’ve been seeing more of lately…
Internal upper cup with external 1.5 lower cups – a Cane Creek Angleset is also an option….
The protected downtube should reassure you if you’re a bit twitchy about rock strikes…
Build kit is rather nice – Formula brakes, Shimano XT 2×10 drivetrain, plenty of Kashima coated Fox – and these new, wider Crank Brothers bars…
Puky Learner Bike Medium
We all have to start somewhere and this balance bike is a good start. Doing without stabilisers from the get go does seem to be A Good Thing and our local parks are terrorised by toddlers flying about on balance bikes. It should be pretty tough too, with foam filled tyres, a sturdy but simple step-through frame with low (29cm) saddle. It’s designed for children aged around two or 85cm tall and as well as this fetching red, you can get it in ‘Ocean Blue’ or ‘Lovely Pink’
Much like the obesity epidemic, fatbikes are everywhere. This Mukluk (Klingon for chubby rubber) is going into next issue’s ‘Attention Seekers’ bike test. It’s running 26″ wheels with suitably fat 3.8″ tyres, although there is clearance for 4.7″ rubber if that’s a bit narrow. It’s made from 7005 aluminium to keep it corrosion resistant as well as moderately light for this kind of bike.
Price: £499.99 frame & fork
From: Ison Distribution
Rear wheel spacing is 170mm (although convertible to 135mm) and 135mm at the front.
You’ve got five bottle mounts and there’s a 100mm spacing BB, plus a special mech adaptor to enable a full range of gears, not that we imagine we’ll be big ringing this one anywhere. We will be floating gently on top of whatever surface we choose though…
There’s a full compliment of rack mounts plus some tidy reflective strips on the frame.
Sombrio X-Slats shoes
The flat shoe market is expanding rapidly at the moment, which has made Imelda Marcos Jon very happy. Sombrio have just released a full range of shoes with ‘Flyer Sol’ sticky rubber soles in various styles if the Slats mid-top doesn’t float your boat. We’re liking the Meindl-walking boot styling of them though and on last night’s ride hope they appear to have excellent grip and support. The heel strap is removable and you get a pick of understated or loud laces…
SRAM X0 All Mountain 104BCD 36/24T replacement spider, rings and bashguard
Sim’s decided to down-gear on his SRAM X0 equipped Orange Five so the lovely folks at SRAM sent over a new 104mm BCD spider with 36/22T rings and rather snazzy carbon fibre chainguard. Due to the smaller chainring sizes a new mech is also required so there’s one of those too. If you don’t want the more usual 39/28T SRAM double plus an increased availability of chaindevices and rings then it’s a simple job to unbolt the spider and pop these on…
Price: Spider, rings and bashguard: £119.99 Front mech: £69.99
From: Fisher Outdoor Leisure
Cratoni Titan helmet
Plenty of mountain bike helmets seem to be moving away from the road styled peakless freak look and offering greater coverage on the back of your head along with plenty of ventilation. The Titan has an inmoulded shell and EPS liner with ‘Rearlight’ adjustment wheel. You also get plenty of extra pads to tune the fit plus a ‘netpad’ which looks like it’ll be handy for keeping your head warmer in the winter as well as preventing bits falling into any of the 20 vents. At 260g it’s not lardy either…