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Shimano M163 Shoes

Are these the best shoes Shimano have ever made?

Alpkit Brukit stove set

All-in-one cookset looks like a bargain – how does it measure up to the competition?

Shimano XTR Race brakes

XTR brakes - we take a look at the cream of Shimano's crop

The Amazing Stretch Hose: Video

The most amazing bike washing hose pipe you are going to see for a while.

Hope cranks reviewed

Greg reviews Hope's new, long-awaited crankset - was it worth it?

Gravity Dropper Turbo LP seatpost

Effective dropper post with over-enthusiastic love tap: for bachelors only?

Hope F20 flat pedals

Bling flat pedals, made in and for the UK - how do they fare?

4 Ways To Attach Your Phone To Your Bike

If you really must have your phone in sight at all times then we tested four bar mounting systems for your Precious

Rapid Racer Products Rigid Neoguard

Nifty widget to keep you and your bike free of mud and, er, 'dog eggs'

Outdoor Tech Orca Sport Wireless Buds

A little music to accompany your ride? Outdoor Tech's Orca earbuds ridden and rated.

Genuine Innovations Tubeless Repair Kit

How do you fix a tubeless tyre with a hole in? Read on

Renthal Apex Stem

Is this the Apex of all stems?

Somerset Original Combi Fire Pit

A fire pit for race weekends

Speed Date: Ergon’s GE1 Enduro Grips

An enduro-optimised grip?

King Cage Iris Stainless Steel bottle cage

Sometimes it’s nice to ditch the backpack, grab a few tools and a tube in a seatpack and head off out of the door.

Azonic CFK 790

Can you handle Azonic's wide carbon bars?

Mavic Chasm Cross-Country and Trail Shoes

Comfort is... forgetting your shoes.

FSA’s 22-36t Afterburner Double crankset

Trail double with 29er-friendly gearing?

Promax DP-1 dropper post cable wrangler

Tidy seat clamp that tidies dropper cables too

Osprey’s fast & light Rev 6 hydration pack

A new direction for well-regarded pack brand

MSR Reactor 1.0l Stove

Coffee and noodles handled with ease. Don’t forget a lighter though. Or a spark.

M:Part Single Ring XC chain device

A good value proposition, and essentially does what it is designed to.

Syntace Vector Carbon High10 handlebars

Solid, sweepy bars with just enough damping

SDG I-Beam Duster and Micro Carbon Seatpost

Mounting system ditches rails, adds durability

ACROS Grip Shift bolt-on grips

Stubby simple solution for Grip Shift users, but not palm friendly.

SRAM X0 Grip Shift shifters

Grip and shift. Change gears with no fuss and a clean minimalist look.

Lifeproof waterproof iPhone case


Pricey but excellent waterproof armour for your phone.

Topeak Panobike heart rate monitor.

Comfy monitor and simple app.

Thule ProRide 591 bike mount

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

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...