Standard Rant

New standards, everybody loves them, wait no the other one, nobody loves them. Pink bike keyboard warriors love them, nothing gets them going like a new axle width. What do I think, well, I don't care and neither should you. This little shed based rant/vlog I cover the ground I previously wrote about in this…Read more Standard Rant

Singletracks Post – Sick Bicycles: The Birth of an Unusual Bike Company

This article was originally written and published on Singletracks.com Sick Bicycles are not a normal bike company. They sell more t-shirts than bikes. They fight fire with fire with the trolls online. They make bikes that are not for everyone, and you can’t just order one stock or from a dealer. They hand build steel…Read more Singletracks Post – Sick Bicycles: The Birth of an Unusual Bike Company

Why I Don’t Trust CO2

Co2 cartridges, small, light and fast. Its like they come from the future. But I'm increasingly not a fan. Here is why I don't trust Co2 carts as far as I can throw them, and I have a terrible throwing arm.

Standards, huh, What are They Good For?

Absolutely nothing!? maybe? I don't know, lets talk it out. So there is this perennial myth in mountain biking, that "big MTB" is creating new standards to devalue our existing bikes and force us into buying new product. 142X12, Boost, Super Boost, Plus tires, 29er Plus, BB30, PF30, 1.5 straight Steerer, Tapered Steerer, 20mm, 15mm,…Read more Standards, huh, What are They Good For?

So Who the Hell Made This Dropper Post?

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?

Single Speedz

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

How to make a “Enduro” Kit Strap

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

MTB POV – A Better Way

Point of View video (POV for Short), a cornerstone of action sports video.  https://youtu.be/BSiZsBBpqJc Problem is, most of them are rubbish. The video is shaky, the image blurred and you can't quite see enough of the action. If worn in the classic chest mount there is either too much bike and hairy knee going on…Read more MTB POV – A Better Way

Can you make Tyre Inserts?

Well yes, yes you can. Whilst investigating a tyre system for my hardtails to help prevent flats and dinged rims. I looked at some of the options on the market and came to the conclusion that I could make that. Now the foam I used is not specially designed and formulated for MTB, but that…Read more Can you make Tyre Inserts?

Banshee Spitfire 200 Mile Review

200+ Miles in and the Spitfire has lived up to the promises made by modern geometry. Thought I would share my thoughts on this bike and have a wee bike check of the build and how its holding up. To summerise, the frame is amazing and well balanced now the fork is behaving. Starting to…Read more Banshee Spitfire 200 Mile Review