A pre-review, initial look at the spec of new products. Open to all readers.

First Look: Orbea Occam M10 LT

Occam LT is the wilder Occam. More aggressive geometry, Fox 36 forks. 10mm more travel at each end. Looks like a very handy burly trail bike.

First Look: Vitus Rapide FS CRX

The Vitus Rapide FS CRX mountain bike is a full carbon race-spec bike designed for today's cross-country courses.

Ortlieb Seat-Pack QR

Ortlieb Seat-Pack QR: best saddlebag ever?

The new Ortlieb Seat-Pack QR is a waterproof saddle bag with ingenious quick-release mounting. Just what you need for a bit of bikepacking.

Quick thrash on the Privateer 141 Öhlins edition

Here's a quick braindump about the prog rocking Scando-Brit colab called the Privateer 141 Öhlins edition.

First ride review 2022 Canyon Spectral CF 8 CLLCTV

The 2022 Canyon Spectral range received a massive update today, and James Vincent has been testing the mullet Spectral CF 8! Update! Canyon has just informed us that they’ve been...

First Look – The Sonder Dial gets a SID Ultimate and costs just £1699!

In the spirit of supply chain issues, our test bike has come with a Reba, but still… the Sonder Dial looks ready to race! The Sonder Dial XC is a...

First Look: Juliana Wilder Carbon CC X01 AXS TR, XC/Trail Whippet

Sitting between the Santa Cruz Highball and the Juliana Joplin in the range of XC to short-travel trail bikes, the Juliana Wilder is an XC-Trail lightweight race bike. The Juliana...

Santa Cruz Blur Carbon CC – XO1 AXS Reserve Kit

The 10th generation Santa Cruz Blur XC bike has landed at Singletrack Towers, and before we could get a good look it raced off to its keen temporary owner, who’s...

Giro source MIPS helmet

First Look and Giveaway | 3 x Giro Source MIPS Helmet to be won!

First look at the Giro Source MIPS helmet, a cool, fashionable and safe trail lid suitable for all off-road riding. I think it’s safe to say that we all think...

earshots headphones earphones

EarShots – first look and giveaway of these magnetic earphones for riders

Listening to tunes while you ride is a contentious topic. Even if we put aside the arguments about safety if you ride with traffic there’s still the purist POV about...

cotic bfe max build

First Look: Our newest long term test rig is a custom Cotic BFE Max!

You’ve seen this frame before, and you’ve seen the parts hanging from it, but now it’s finally alive and ready to hit dry dusty trails. First of all, I would...

gen 4 cotic flare max

First Ride: The Gen 4 Cotic FlareMax punches way above its weight!

Now in its 4th incarnation, the Cotic FlareMax takes on frame updates, new build options and a ‘down country’ alter-ego. Can you believe that the first generation Cotic FlareMax is...

pirelli scorpion enduro s

First Ride Review of the new Pirelli Scorpion Enduro S, Trail S and Enduro R tyres

Pirelli says that “Power is Nothing Without Control” so how does the new range of Pirelli Scorpion Enduro and Trail tyres perform? Just over 2 years ago, Pirelli launched the...

The RockShox Domain Fork Is Back! First Look & Podcast

If you’ve been riding mountain bikes for a decade or more then you will probably at least have some part of the back of your brain ringing that bell of...

purple pole taivall

Andi’s purposely alternative, accidentally purple Pole Taival build

In a world where the usual bike parts are as rare as hen’s teeth, Andi set out to see if he could build a bike using parts from the less...

troy lee a3 helmet

First Look: Feature-Packed Troy Lee A3 Helmet

The 2021 Troy Lee A3 helmet is packed full of style, safety and features that make this the most comfortable TLD open face lid to date. The Troy Lee A2...

Nukeproof Cub Scout First Look – a proper hardtail for kids

It’s been new bike day at Singletrack Towers this week – this Nukeproof Cub Scout 26 Race has made its way to a very lucky junior member of the STW...

Five Ten Parley Primeblue Recycled Freerider Pro Shoes

First Look: Five Ten Parley Primeblue Recycled Freerider Pro Shoes

For Spring 2021 Five Ten is launching the popular Freeride and Freerider Pro shoes using Parley Ocean Plastic, here’s a first look. Five Ten being part of the larger Adidas...

First Look: Patrol C091 Carbon Hardtail

First Look: Patrol C091 Carbon Hardtail

Andi takes a close look at the carbon-framed Patrol C091 hardtail, a budget bike with great spec and a confidence-inspiring geometry. We see a lot of people in the comments...

2021 Nukeproof Giga launch

Nukeproof Giga Launched: A Super-Enduro shouldn’t descend AND climb this well!

Super-Enduro goes nuclear with the release of the Nukeproof Giga a 170mm or 180mm travel big rig with 27.5in or 29er wheel options. At a time when every brand has...

Kona Honzo ESD

Kona Honzo ESD first ride review: Kona’s classic hardcore hardtail gets an update

On one of the hottest days of the year, Andi takes out one of the hottest new bikes of the year. Here are his first ride impressions of the Kona…

Specialized Status First Look | All new, all mountain, affordable trail bike

Today we can, finally, tell you about the new Specialized Status – a bike we’ve had under us for the past two months. Since the ‘launch’ campaign for this bike...

Ride Concept Vice shoe

First Look: Ride Concepts VICE Kyle Strait Signature Flat Shoe

Ride Concepts’ new VICE shoe is aimed at dirt jump, slalom, BMX and downhill riders who value pedal feel. Ride Concepts produces a whole host of cycling-specific shoes and sponsors...

2021 Santa Cruz 5010 & Juliana Furtado: More travel!

The Santa Cruz 5010 and Juliana Furtado are the 27.5in ‘all-rounders’ of each brand. Designed to go up as well as they come down, the nimble trail bikes have had...

burgtec enduro mk3 stem

First Look: Burgtec Mk3 Enduro Stem

Burgtec replaces the much-loved Mk2 with an all-new Mk3 Enduro stem available in all the usual Burgtec colours. Burgtec manufactures a lot of cool kit. From carbon handlebars, and flat...

microshift advent x

First Look: Microshift Advent X 11×48 10-Speed

Microshift’s Advent X promises to be a great, low-cost drivetrain. We take a first look at this new wide-range 10-speeder ahead of our long-term review. Microshift has quietly been making...

chole taylor bike check

Bike Check: Chloe Taylor’s custom Privateer 161

Chloe Taylor switches to the Privateer 161 for 2020 and has just completed this race-spec build ready to take on the EWS (whenever that might happen). Check out the full...

Nukeproof Reactor 290c ST – Ltd Edition More Mileage Build

Following on from the re-release of the 2020 Nukeproof Reactor in October last year, Nukeproof have added an XC/trail build to the mix. The existing Reactor was introduced to bridge...

YT IZZO Pro Race First Look

First look: YT IZZO a trail bike from the masters of gravity

YT Industries is known for aggressive gravity bikes, but the new YT IZZO signs a departure from the norm and we’re loving it. I don’t know about you, but when...

pipedream cycles the full moxie

First Look | Pipedream Cycles The Full Moxie Is Sexy Steel Stunner

British based bike brand, Pipedream Cycles, introduced the world to the The Full Moxie this week and we’ve snapped up an early look at one of the first bikes off...