Editors’ Choice: The Best Bikes and Gear of 2023

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The Singletrack World team pick their product highlights from their riding year.

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Apidura Backcountry Hydration Backpack

“This pack is great for riders who don’t like to carry too much but still need the bare essentials. It’s extremely comfortable, a secure fit and totally watertight. You can fit in plenty of spare layers, a water bladder, snacks, a rear light and your mobile phone without it becoming bulky or unevenly weighted in the way a hip pack might go at full capacity. The chest pockets fit a large iPhone. Buy once, buy well, and buy for all seasons to avoid consumption. I am a huge fan of Apidura as a brand and I don’t believe the prices reflect the quality of the products combined with the company values and its view on producing for necessity, its transparency on sustainability, and the fact it is an independent family-run business.” – Amanda

Hope RX4+ Calipers

“The Hope RX4+ calipers are consistently high performance and give me full confidence, which has a great impact on ride quality because I feel safe on the road. The main point is the modulation balanced with incredible stopping power; when emergency braking, my braking distance is vastly shorter than it previously was. I never feel like I’m going to lunge forward or go over the bars. I don’t experience any locked-out wheel skidding, there’s no juddering or sharpness, no screeching and basically, not a single negative comment to make on the ride or performance. They make a ‘tweet’ sound like any other Hope caliper and the bleeding process is more of a faff than SRAM or Shimano brakes, but they are worth the time.” – Amanda

Petrichor Projects Bib Shorts

“Although bib shorts are a subjective item, I can’t exclude these from my Editors’ Choice as I feel that the quality of materials, the level of research into fit and function, and the comfort of these is simply unmatched. The fabric is so soft and offers a matte look that I find more appealing than most shiny Lycra. The straps are form-fitting and I can’t feel them once they’re on, and the magnetic clip allows me to have a wee without taking any top layers off.” – Amanda

Specialized Trail Pants

“These Men’s versions are significantly longer than the women’s version of these trousers, the size 32 in Men’s fits me just so. The fabric is stretchy enough to be useful in accommodating movement, but not so tight as to have me worrying about VPLs and sausage legs. Useful zippered pockets accommodate a phone and keys if needed, and the ratchet buckle makes for easy and comfortable waist adjustment. The elasticated ankles are snug, but once you’ve got into the habit of putting your socks on before your trousers, they serve to keep draughts out. Riding trousers that actually fit me – hurrah!” – Hannah

Rab Phantom Jacket

“This stuffable, packable jacket has barely left my person all year – it’s so light and easy to carry that I’ll always take it ‘just in case’. Incredibly light, usefully waterproof, and not so fragile you’re frightened to wear it, it doesn’t compromise performance when you do actually need to deploy it. Great for keeping the chill off in a cool evening breeze, or pedalling home in a downpour that you didn’t quite beat. Has become as essential to leaving the house as my phone and keys.” – Hannah

Troy Lee Designs Shuttle Jacket

“The fabric offers plenty of wind resistance and can shrug off a bit of spray or a light shower, but then it’s not designed to be waterproof. And this is the reason I really like it – I tend to run pretty warm, and I’m not one for smashing out miles in the pouring rain so the Shuttle just seems to fit the riding I do. I wear it all the time with just a base layer in autumn through to winter when the weather is a bit hit-and-miss. As the fabric is so light it also packs down really well so I can take it on longer rides, or spring/summer rides when there is a chance of rain without having to carry a pack – I just tuck it into the waistband of my shorts or pants. It’s never going to be a replacement for a proper full-on waterproof but for everything else there’s the Troy Lee Shuttle.” – Ross

Garbaruk 10–52T Cassette

“Oof! This is a hard one to explain. While there are numerous cassettes out there costing around the £300 mark, that doesn’t make it ‘OK’ or ‘normal’. What does this Garbaruk cassette do that’s four times better than say, a Shimano Deore M6100 cassette? It’s lighter. A lot lighter – 335g versus 591g. Now, I’m no weight weenie. Apart from where it matters. Which is wheels and stuff that attaches to your wheels. Cassettes (and chains) are worth saving weight on. If… there is no drastic loss in performance or durability. This Garbaruk cluster offers a big range (10-52T), low weight and genuinely impressive durability.” – Benji

Leatt 7.0 HydraDri Flat Shoes

“I feel that these shoes have been mis-reviewed in most reviews I’ve come across. No, they aren’t the grippiest shoes in the world but they are the only flat pedal shoes that keep your feet warm in winter. A lot of the time, I’ll take warmth over ultimate traction. The warmth comes about primarily by two things: stopping windchill and retaining body heat. Your feet WILL get wet eventually in some conditions but in these shoes they’ll not get cold. The other good thing about them is that they aren’t bulky clod-hopping boots with over-thick soles. This really helps offset the modest traction; they have much more feel/handling than rival winter flattie footwear. They are also easy to put on and they dry out acceptably fast too.” – Benji

Five Ten Freerider Pro Shoes

“The fit works well for me and they have remained comfortable with no hotspots, rubbing or aches, no matter the riding. Whether it’s been a four-hour pedal or a twenty-minute Alpine descent, they have remained genuinely comfortable. Add to this probably the grippiest rubber compound available and the Freerider Pros are a winning combination. They offer a good decent amount of protection without ever feeling bulky and do a good job of shrugging off puddle splashes and wet undergrowth, but when they do get a soaking they also dry out in a decent amount of time. After a good five months of heavy use, they are still in decent shape with no undue wear and plenty of miles still left in them.” – Ross

Ride Concepts Vice Mid Shoe

“Hardly a surprise entry in my list perhaps: I had the lower cut/shoe version of these in last year’s pick. This Mid version has proved just as great – and has the handy bonus of a little more ankle coverage when it comes to stones and the gap between shoes and trousers.” – Hannah

Five Ten Trailcross Clip-In Shoes 

“I’ve previously searched for clip-in shoes that didn’t have any venting in at all, just to keep the weather out, but I now find myself loving these Trailcross shoes. They have the lack of heft and the minimal appointments of a trail running shoe, yet there’s still a stiff enough clip-in SPD sole and Stealth Rubber tread for when you’re not clipped in. A set of laces and a bracing strap keep you strapped in and the trainer-style EVA midsole keeps them comfy for just mooching around. They are immensely well ventilated, with a swathe of fine mesh over toes and forefoot, yet still protected enough with a big toe box of protection and bumper-car amounts of sole sticking out proud. Really comfy shoes that are a joy to wear in hot weather, and not bad in any dry conditions. The laces allow accurate fit, with pedalling security from the big cross strap over the top. And when you’re not riding, they wear and look as smart and comfy as a pair of running shoes.” – Chipps

Specialized 2FO Method Shoes

“It’s a testament to these shoes that I didn’t think/expect/plan that I’d be wearing them all-the-sodding-time, both on the bike and off it. But from the moment they arrived in spring until the clocks changed in October, I’ve rarely not been wearing these. Continuing Spesh’s consistent skill at designing apparel that is just really, really comfy, the 2FO Method shoes are also excellent in terms of pedal performance. The SlipNot sole rubber is excellent: grippy and damped feeling. There’s a foam core midsole for further cushioning. The internal heel support and surprisingly sturdy upper stops them feeling… wibbly. The 2FO Methods aren’t just casual shoes, they’re great riding shoes too.” – Benji

DMR Odub Bars

“These Odub bars are one of those products that make you think ‘Why is producing a good handlebar still seemingly beyond a lot of brands?’ The 5° up sweep and 8° back sweep is hardly a pioneering combo, but it’s a set of numbers that works for a lot of riders. There is a sneaking suspicion that these new-for-2023 handlebars might just well be rebranded DMR Wingbars. But I’m not overly fussed if they are. They still feel really nice on the trail, especially for 35mm diameter bars. Might be the new ‘spiral butting’? Whatever. Even if it’s just a cosmetic rejig, that’s fine by me. Olly ‘Odub’ Wilkins is a nice guy so I’m pleased he’s finally getting his dues.” – Benji

9Point8 Slack-R headset 

“When I first bought my Yeti ARC hardtail in 2020, the rad folks in the office joked that ‘The 1990s would like their geometry back…’ While the 67°/76° wasn’t quite last century, it was certainly a ‘spirited’ ride, but I figured I’d stick with it for a year or so and see, before trying to find a slacker alternative. The trouble is, the Yeti frame (and many others, from Specialized, Santa Cruz, Trek and more) has moulded-in headset races for drop-in bearings and you can’t just press in a new, angled, headset. The Slack-R kit gets round this by having a three-piece headset that sits where the bearing races were, turning your internal headset into an external, slacker headset of anything between 1.2°–1.7° depending on your headtube length. Installation was involved, but simple enough with the provided tool and my ARC is now nearly two degrees slacker and the bike has been calmed down on the trail without, as far as I can tell, any negative traits. There’s no way I’m going back.” – Chipps

RevGrips Hand Guards

“Two things. 1) If you don’t feel the need for hand guards, that’s great. Move along. 2) At 80 quid these RevGrips Hand Guards are too expensive. There are cheaper alternatives that will do the job pretty much just as well. The design features I particularly appreciate about these RevGrips Hand Guards are the see-through panels (which I find much less distracting than solid-coloured plastic handguards while riding), and the hinged clamp design (that makes them easy to swap from bike to bike). In summer, riding without fear of nettles, brambles and so on is just so much better than riding without hand guards.” – Benji

Bell XR Spherical helmet

“My slightly wonky head doesn’t get on too well with modern deep-coverage mountain bike helmets, so I’ll often use a road helmet for gravel and fast trail rides. The XR Spherical is a deep(er) coverage peakless helmet from Bell designed to offer more protection than standard road lids, but without looking too over-armoured. It incorporates the Bell/Giro Mips Spherical technology where a ball and socket of inner and outer helmets slide over each other (rather than the plastic frame of a regular Mips liner) to keep your brain less jarred in an accident and it does so without really being noticeable, either while riding or while looking at the helmet.” – Chipps

Birzman Uncage Side Draw cage

“Oft an unsung hero, a good bottle cage is a great thing. Magnetic Fidlock systems are all well and good if you definitely need one for frame-design reasons but given the opportunity, I prefer a trad side-loading cage. This one from Birzman is the best I’ve encountered. Easy bottle insertion/extraction. Can be set up left-hand or right-hand orientation. Has a decent amount of fore-aft slot adjustment. Holds the bottle securely. It has a nicely inoffensive but slick aesthetic that seems to go well with any bike it’s put on. The best cage out there. Kudos Birzman.” – Benji

Tailfin AeroPack

“If you have any interest in bikepacking or point-to-point rides, whether it be on a road, gravel or mountain bike, this Tailfin AeroPack is the ultimate luggage solution. By simply swapping the rear axle in your bike, you can attach this pack in seconds and be confident that it won’t wobble, slip out of place, negatively impact the ride quality or leak in wet weather. I use it on my gravel bike and my hardtail, so I have an axle in each of those bikes as a permanent fix knowing that I have minimal faff anytime I want to use the Tailfin. The quality of both design and manufacture is reflected in the price. There’s no denying this is an expensive bit of kit. Do I think it’s worth the money? Absolutely. Buy once, buy well.” – Amanda

Hope F22 Flat Pedals

“They’re not the biggest pedals on the market at the minute but they’re plenty big enough for me and my size 45 Five Tens. So far they’re still spinning freely and apart from some anodising wearing off, are still in good condition – no bent pins, dents or scrapes. But mostly, I really like the grip. Paired with a set of Five Ten Freerider Pros they offer loads of this and feel really nice and secure. The pins are quite long and you can feel them gripping the soles of your shoes, but then it’s not too difficult to lift and shuffle and reposition your foot – which I seem to do a lot. Add to that a load of colour options, and more importantly the ability to fully service and rebuild them at home with easy to get parts and I think Hope is onto a winner.” – Ross

Troy Lee Designs Stage Knee Pads

“The Stage knee pads have become my go-to pads for pretty much any riding. There are pads out there that offer a bit more protection and there are also pads out there that are a bit lighter, but the Stage knee pads are that Goldilocks combination of protection and comfort for me. They’re some of the comfiest pads I’ve used and even after eight solid days of hot, sweaty and dusty Alpine riding with no washing, there were no hotspots or chafing. I’ve also had a good few crashes in them as well and they’ve done everything I could ask of them – stopped injury, stayed in place, and are still showing no real signs of wear.” – Ross

SQlab 611 Infinergy Ergowave Active 2.1 Carbon saddle

“This particular saddle is made in Europe (even the carbon rails) and uses clever BASF-developed foam that you’d normally see in trail-running trainer soles. It’s durable enough that it doesn’t actually need a cover and the applied sections on the top are more like physio tape to tune the stiffness of the cover and offer some wet weather grip. Riding, it’s odd, in that the rather square-nosed, flat saddle feels hugely obvious for the first ten minutes of every ride – like it’s reminding you what a good fit it is. But after that, it completely disappears for the rest of the ride, however long. It’s magic! This is obviously the 220g journo-spec version, but the shape and four different widths is common across the 611 range, from the sub-£100 cromo rail version and up. I think I might need one for all my bikes.” – Chipps

OneUp Components Dropper V2 Seatpost

“This is almost a no-brainer. The only reason not to go for a V2 dropper is price (Brand-X Ascend is still the value choice). With that said, the price of the V2 dropper is still pretty good. It’s only when you start to add things like remote levers that the cost quickly increases. Chances are you already have a remote that will work just fine with the V2 anyway. Should you need to adjust the travel of the V2, the kit is included in the box. It’s a really simple procedure; I’ve done it (tools-free) mid-ride on occasion. As well as adjustability, the V2 has one of the shortest insertion dimensions of any similar travel post on the market. You’ll get the most drop available with a OneUp V2 dropper.” – Benji

Lezyne Shock Drive 400 PSI

“I want a pump that works, every time, whenever I go to use it. Tired of reaching for my shock pump only to discover the battery is dead again, I went for this Lezyne pump and haven’t looked back. Screw it onto your fork or shock, pump or bleed as needed, unscrew, ride. No finger trapping, no batteries, no faff, just great functionality.” – Hannah

Cannondale Precise Floor Pump

“The ideal pump for the multi-bike household. It works on Presta and Schrader valves without any swapping of connectors or valves. As well as the multi-valve compatible head, the graded gauge is another clever bit of design: bigger gaps at lower pressures, smaller ones at high pressure. There’s enough volume to each stroke that it doesn’t take an age to inflate a mountain bike tyre, but it also works at road bike pressures. There’s also a bleed valve for if you pump too much. Simple, effective and reliable.” – Hannah

Crankbrothers Klic HV Mini Pump

“OK, it’s quite long and can be tricky to fit into your pack, but when you want a pump that works, out on the trail, this is the business. The hose makes it easy to pump without putting pressure on your valve, and the fold-out foot means you’ve got the stability needed to give it beans. A mini track pump for out and about – well worth making room in your pack for.” – Hannah

Specialized Hillbilly GRID T9 Tyre

“Let me be clear, the new Hillbilly isn’t as good as a Maxxis Shorty or Wet Scream but it’s very close. And it is significantly more affordable. The £45–50 price tag really needs a whole lorra praise in this day and age of £80+ rubbers. Despite/because of its not-a-Shorty-ness, the Hillbilly is arguably a much more useful all-rounder of a mountain bike tyre. You can lazily keep these tyres on way after you’ve finished eating all of your Easter Eggs and you’ll be fine. They really don’t mind being pressed into hardpack duties if they need to.” – Benji

Specialized Pathfinder Pro Tyre

“I’ve worked my way through the entire range of Pathfinder Pro tyres, increasing in width as my adventures have demanded larger volume tyres. My first set of 38mm are still in perfectly good condition – zero repairs and hardly any visible wear to the tread. The 42mm tyres are my go-to for general use in the UK, where I mix road and gravel depending on the weather, and the 47mm are my adventure set. The reason I choose a higher volume Pathfinder Pro over a more rugged, knobbly tyre for off-road is because it seems impossible to puncture a Pathfinder Pro, and they are just as grippy as a tyre with a chunky tread while also offering a fast rolling solution on the road. It’s as simple as that – they refuse to puncture.” – Amanda

Pirelli Scorpion Race Enduro M Tyre

“These soft compound tyres are meant to be reserved for race day, but I am a rebel and have been rolling around on them in other situations. They survived a day at the notoriously tyre-hungry Dyfi Bike Park, and the one I fitted to the front of an e-bike is still looking healthy despite all the miles it’s now done. Grippy across a variety of conditions, and apparently more durable than the ‘soft rubber’ billing might suggest. They might be sold as a race tyre, but I think they’re worth considering for any occasion where you might like a little extra confidence that the ground isn’t going to be swiped from beneath you.” – Hannah

DJI Osmo Action 4 Camera

“Perhaps the most illuminating thing I can say about the DJI Osmo Action 4 is that not only do I not find it annoying to use but I actually find it fun. This alone makes it by far the best action camera I’ve come across. The quality of the resulting footage is the icing on the cake. Consistently well exposed and accurate in colour balance, even when darting in and out of tree cover and under changing weather conditions. The stabilisation feature is amazing too. It singlehandedly removes the need for having to take accessories – such as gimbals or tripods, monopods, etc. – out on rides with you. An action cam you don’t want to throw over a hedge. Impressive.” – Benji

Frame Wrap

“Having bought myself a new mountain bike this year and wanting to keep it new for as long as possible, I invested in a full frame, forks and cranks wrap from Shack Wrap, a company local to me that is trusted by the likes of Hope Tech for its demo fleet. To say I am pleased with the result is an understatement. Shack Wrap has not only created a perfect custom fit to each tube of the bike but has also accentuated the silk finish to my Limestone Cotic FlareMAX. They are perfectionists, and it shows, yet the cost of a full kit plus professional fitting is, in my opinion, reasonable, and the finished result is superior to any factory-installed frame protection I have seen. The customer service is faultless, the team are enthusiastic about their work and I cannot recommend them enough.” – Amanda

Thule EPOS Tow Bar Rack

“Yes, the Thule EPOS Tow Ball Rack is crazy expensive, but for that investment, you get the least amount of faff I’ve ever known in a bike rack. It can literally be fitted and locked in place in seconds, including the electric hookup (with all lights and indicators built-in). On our Instagram account, I demonstrated how you can load a bike on this rack in under 30 seconds from it being folded and in the boot to outside, on the tow bar with a bike attached. Two extending arms let you grab your bikes (two in the model I have, but up to three in the next model up) at any convenient point on the bike – seatpost, downtube, top tube… wherever is easiest. The locks and straps are built-in and, best of all, the entire rack folds up in seconds to the size of a small suitcase. I’ve been putting bikes on and in my cars for the better part of 30 years now and I reckon I’ve just about tried every iteration and innovation at some point. The Thule EPOS Tow Bar Rack is the best bike rack I have ever used.” – Mark

Orange Stage 7

“I’ve always had a soft spot for Orange bikes, but the Stage 7 is the best looking yet and rides amazingly. While it may utilise a linkage-driven suspension design, it still has the lively typical ‘Orange’ ride feel that I love about them, but point it down something steep or tech and the Stage 7 is one of the best bikes I’ve ridden. Yeah, it also climbs well, but on descents, it shines. It’s not without a couple of issues – the seat angle could be a bit steeper and it would be nice to be able to fit a bottle a bit easier, but I could happily overlook these for how it rides. It’s fast, confident and, most of all, fun. It shines on steep tech tracks and hitting turns on it is addictively moreish. I genuinely had a constant smile on my face when riding the Stage 7.” – Ross

Saracen Ariel 60 Pro

“Just one of those bikes I found myself wanting to ride all of the time, even after the review was long since written and published. It had its flaws – principally the modest 150mm travel KS dropper it came with – but the bike just rode really well. Everything just felt like it was in the right place: bar height, front wheel, rear wheel, feet. The Shimano drivetrain and brakes were flawless. The Fox Performance Elite dampers were lush. The DHR II rubbers can do it all. Perhaps the most beguiling aspect was Saracen’s TRL linkage-driven single-pivot design. That was a bit o’ me that was, as they say. Rides high, rides well.” – Benji

Cotic FlareMAX Gen5

“The Cotic FlareMAX Gen5 made me realise how a bike is supposed to feel after a long line of test bikes had left me feeling slightly less excited about mountain biking. I generally prefer short travel bikes, as they suit my riding style of long pedally days out while making the most of every technical descent I come across. I like to be playful with a bike, not just hammer down a trail as fast as possible, and I love the challenge of having to make quick line choices when I’m on the verge of being underbiked for for the terrain. The wheelbase is possibly the star of the show here, as I never get caught up in the rough stuff and it feels super stable at high speeds.  The welds are a work of art, the customer service is fantastic, and I feel a sense of community just from owning a Cotic as they offer ride days and the Women of Steel club.” – Amanda

Ibis Ripmo V2

“The Ripmo has all of the DW-Link pedalling-friendly pop of the smaller travel bikes, only with 65°/76° angles, 160/147mm travel and a beefier outlook. The Ripmo GX bike came with Fox 38s and Float X2 shock and a full SRAM GX kit. I have upgrades in mind, though, and the SRAM UDH dropouts should make it ideal for any new tech innovations for a few years at least. And the ride? It lets me take on chunky trails with confidence and still climbs with the panache I associate with the Ripley. Sold!” – Chipps

Haibike Nduro 7

Haibike Nduro 7

“This was simply the bike that was the most capable of any and every bike I rode in the past 12 months. Capable everywhere. The Nduro 7 cleaned more terrain than anything else I tested in 2023. Great downhill. Jaw-dropping uphill. Confoundingly agile everywhere. About the only thing it couldn’t do was be easily lifted over obstacles. It was a big beast but I had many a beautiful ride on this e-bike. In a year of mega-hyped machines, it was nice to see one of the oldest names in e-MTBing appear out of nowhere and take the e-Crown. Great geometry, lovely suspension, excellent tyres, decent motor. And not £1,000,000.” – Benji

Lapierre E-Zesty AM LTD

“Let’s not dwell on the dropper that lost its anodising after a handful of rides. Nor the saddle that fell apart. Nor the Ring Control remote that is just not-really-good-enough. Nor even the goddamn thru-headset cable routing. Let’s park all that aside for a moment. I fell absolutely head over heels in love with how the Lapierre E-Zesty handled. This is the Group B rally car of the pedal-assisted mountain bike world (the Peugeot 205 Turbo 16 perhaps?). Punchy. Pokey. Drifty. Ragged. Demanding. Rewarding. Exhilarating. This is the first machine I’ve experienced that I’d possibly have as My Only Mountain Bike. Good geo, good motor, good battery life, and great suspension. Expensive, gallic cheek [sic] par excellence.” – Benji

Canyon Strive:ON CFR

“This comes with a very big caveat: I only got to ride this bike once, and that was on a bike launch. But rose-tinted specs aside, I came straight back from injury to riding down – and up – trails I didn’t know I could. On any bike. The handling belied the heft of the bike and had me forgetting I was on an e-bike and just throwing myself down tricky trails without the post-injury fear of falling holding me back. A confidence-inspiring and fun ride that had me worried I’d never be able to enjoy non-e-biking again.” – Hannah

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    Big list of stuff!

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    Been using garbaruk cassettes for about 4 years and my first one has only just worn out (only on the alloy rings). They are excellent 👌

    Isn’t the pic of the sq labs saddle the wrong one – I seem to remember all the testers didn’t get on with it?

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    @monkeyboyjc – You mean the one that Benji reviewed recently? The one above is a similar saddle but different model (and, typically is currently out of stock as they had to recall the carbon rails on this model until they re-test them). I got on with it very well and it goes to show that saddles are very personal things. However, I did get my arse measured for it, so that may explain why I found it very comfortable.

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    I’m a big fan of Pathfinder Pros too, I’ve got them on my commuter bike, they’ve been on for over a year and still going strong.

    Apparently they’re a favourite of many of the gravel racers too.

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    I love @Amandawishart ‘s description of why she likes the Flaremax. Its the same reason I still ride a Soul, but also felt the same way after test riding a couple of FS bikes, until sitting on a Flaremax. Can’t justify buying one for all I’d ride it, but if or when I plump for a FS that’ll be it.

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    Been using garbaruk cassettes for about 4 years and my first one has only just worn out (only on the alloy rings). They are excellent 👌

    Does anyone know if the alloy ring can be replaced separately? It looks bolted on with some small Torx.

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    Oh and I think it’s the wrong picture for the Rab jacket, the ultra packable one doesn’t have pockets.

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    @bikesandboots good spot, swapped!

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    They are excellent 👌

    Good to know, I’ve been Garbaruk-curious for a while, but chickened out and bought SRAM last time. Will give them a go when I next need a cassette

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    Does anyone know if the alloy ring can be replaced separately? It looks bolted on with some small Torx.

    I did something radical and asked the people that make them 🙂 Yes, $50.

    Maybe I’d use 3 alloy rings per 2 cassettes.

    Been using garbaruk cassettes for about 4 years and my first one has only just worn out (only on the alloy rings)

    Might be of use for you.

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