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?

Moray Monster Trails

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

Pannanich DH

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

Tour De Ben Nevis 2017

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

Fungle to Keen

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

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

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)

Fungle Road

Heading south from the Fungle singletrack is the Fungle Road itself. The old drovers road connects Deeside in the north with Tarfside in the south and is usually part of a larger loop. I have a favourite section, from Birse Castle up to the edge of the estate. It is a real leg burner of…Read more Fungle Road