Shill (plural shills) A person paid to endorse a product favorably, while pretending to be impartial. "A megamillionaire who makes more money as a shill for corporate products than he does for playing basketball." Edit; This post was inspired by conversations and questions raised in a closed FB group. The opinions are my own but…Read more Brand Shill
I've recently been looking at the Brand-X Ascend Dropper. Now this is a budget dropper post distributed by Hotlines but primarily sold by the mighty CRC (Chain Reaction Cycles). This dropper post falls firmly into the budget end of the spectrum, with other droppers with similar specs easily retailing at twice the price of the…Read more So Who the Hell Made This Dropper Post?
Nestled far enough of the normal drag Moray Monster trails doesn't get the rep it deserves. Outside Fochabers and set over two hills with a road running between them, the trails are a superb mix of flowing jump and berm filled blue, red and technical blacks. Whilst having a tight natural character, the loops themselves…Read more Moray Monster Trails
On a recent ride I went to find a local legendary trail called Heart Break Ridge. A long sinuous line flowing singletrack cutting over a open hillside along a wide ridge before dropping steeplly into the tree line for a rooty technical finale. Or so I was hoping for. Setting off up a burner of…Read more Pannanich DH
3x8, 2x8, 1x8, 1x1, 1x9, 1x1 The evolution of Sven the Spesh continues, this time returning to a single speed setup. The how is a fairly straight forward process, converting your MTB (or any geared bike) into a single speed wunder-hack bike requires a conversion kit and a selection of basic tools. Allen Keys Cable…Read more Single Speedz
No one is speaking anymore. We have all staggered out, finding our rhythm as we pick our way across the peat bog. We have climbed past the point of making banter and conversation with our fellow riders, now we all just want is to pass the cairn and make it down to the bothy. The…Read more Tour De Ben Nevis 2017
A recent article on Pink Bike has gotten a lot of attention lately. The piece was essentially a press release by Pole Bicycles about why they wont be making a carbon fibre bike anytime soon. They had various reasons, but one of them struck a cord with me as it was the same reason why…Read more Why I Didn’t Choose a Carbon Fibre Frame
One of the wonders of living in Scotland is the landscape in which we live. https://www.facebook.com/Stavaiging/videos/1284539545008855/ Sometimes, you need to step out and journey into those hills. Riding with a former student I taught, (Callum Grant) we took in a 45km route that sampled flowing natural singletrack, warp speed loose fire roads and…Read more Fungle to Keen
Enduro racers love to strap spares to their bikes, why ride with a pack when you have duct tape? But that option as useful as it is, is both messy and is a, unrefined solution. Companies like Race Face and Back Country Research have solutions on the market that address this, simple effective velcro strap…Read more How to make a “Enduro” Kit Strap
Mountain biking is a tribe with a vocabulary all of its own. Gnar, loam, brap, berm, lip, kicker, stoked, flow, table, gap, double, roost to name a few. Some of those words, like the vernacular of any facet of life, have a tendency to be overused, none more so than the word epic. Epic is a…Read more In Search of Epic?