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?

Brand Shill

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

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

Why I Didn’t Choose a Carbon Fibre Frame

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

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

ERC – (Every Ride Carry)

Short ride long ride, you always need to take some gear with you. Depending on how long I'm riding and where, I will tend to pack differently, usually risking a smaller carry for shorter rides. However, my hydration pack always has a set amount of gear in it. This has been refined and honed down…Read more ERC – (Every Ride Carry)

29ers – Are we really still talking about this?

The internet has calmed down and the storm over Lourdes may have passed, but the fact is, 29ers are here in DH. Deal with it. It was going to happen, we all knew it would, we had all seen the instagram posts teasing us with hints at what was coming. We had heard rumours of…Read more 29ers – Are we really still talking about this?