• I’ve had three decent demo rides of a Trek Rail 9 (can’t keep myself off the bl***y thing:))

    The Rail is pretty much a Slash 29 with a motor, and it is absolutely superb.  Much more nimble than I expected, but also really capable on loose rocky chunky stuff in the Dark Peak.

    FWIW, I’ve also had a quick demo of a 2020 Levo.  Both bikes are ver…[Read more]

  • Thanks for the replies.  Crap excuse, but I was so tired when I wrote the original post, I didn’t explain what I was concerned about very well.  It was the clamping force required on gloss finish carbon bars.  I guess the lacquer finish is quite thick, but don’t want the clamp slipping around and scoring the bars near the stem. I’ve lost the or…[Read more]

  • Spot on! Carbon it is.

    Laughed at the humblebrag comment – you have seen my ‘fancy’ light…it’s a very beaten up ancient ex rental that I picked up cheap.

  • I’m talking about relatively heavy self contained lights like Exposure Max type.  New bike I’m getting has the option of Alu or carbon bars. I prefer the ride feel of a lot of carbon bars, but am wondering how wise it is to go clamping a chunky lights to them.  What do people think – stick with strong Alu? Has anyone on here had issues with clamp…[Read more]

  • bowglie replied to the topic Fracking ban. in the forum Chat Forum 1 week ago

    Yeah let’s see how long it lasts if the tories get a majority, this isn’t a ban, it is a pause. They are just playing for the election

    yup, that’s what I thought too.

  • Why should anyone give a **** what anyone else rides?

    Well said!

  • bowglie replied to the topic eBike frame material? in the forum Bike Forum 2 weeks ago

    Thanks for the replies.  Interesting idea about getting an additional battery with money saved on the aluminium version.  Both carbon and Alu versions I’m looking at come with 625w/hr batteries that give a very decent range, but 500w/hr are available, and these are supposedly lighter and hopefully cheaper.  Going to check, but I guess the 500 batt…[Read more]

  • bowglie replied to the topic eBike frame material? in the forum Bike Forum 2 weeks ago

    Have checked the spec on these two bikes  and the only differences (apart from frame material obvs) are: Carbon handlebars, a lighter saddle and… wait for it…,an 8g lighter stem!

    On ‘analog’ bikes, I’ve always preferred lighter builds to make it easier uphill, but I can definitely understand what’s been said about hearing flying rocks cl…[Read more]

  • bowglie started the topic eBike frame material? in the forum Bike Forum 2 weeks ago

    Following the recent theft of our bikes, I am trying to make my mind up about a replacement.  I never thought I’d want an eBike, but having tried a Trek Rail, I am seriously thinking about it for days when I’m feeling my age (I’d definitely be keeping and riding my old ‘analog’ bike though, because it’s such a different feel).

    Trek do the Rail…[Read more]

  • bowglie replied to the topic Horror film recommendations in the forum Chat Forum 3 weeks ago

    B movie classic…Dog Soldiers.  Makes the night rides in the forest a bit more spooky😉