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Can dropper seat-posts make mountain bikers faster?

Dropper seat-posts for mountain bikes have been around for several years. We are seeing them become lighter, more responsive, and a lot more manufacturers are designing bikes that allow for their integration. Their main purpose is to lower your saddle and get it clear of your body, when hitting steep descents – and do it… Read More »Can dropper seat-posts make mountain bikers faster?

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How to Choose the Right Mountain Bike Tyre Size

If you remember the fat bike craze, you immediately think of the extremely wide and abstract tyre sizes. Some even as wide the average car tyre! Fat bikes are still around and they are great fun for riding over loose and sandy terrain. However, what some do not realize is that for bicycle manufactures, the… Read More »How to Choose the Right Mountain Bike Tyre Size

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Top 4 Power Meters for Mountain Bikers – Tested and Rated

What kind of mountain bike power meters are out there? Fortunately, I’ve tested some of the industry’s best ones for mountain biking and penned down a few pros and cons of each. The test scoring system I’ve used, looks at 4 different aspects of the power meter – accuracy, weight, value for money, and installation process. Based on my test with each, I was quickly able to see each one’s strengths and weaknesses – which is conveniently highlighted by the scoring. Test Variables: MTB Chainring Size: 34TDrivetrains used: Shimano XT...

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Bike Check: Damiano Ferraro’s Trek Supercaliber

If ever the Italian stallion of cross-country, marathon mountain bike racing, was personified, it would be Damiano Ferraro. He’s faster than most, and never gives up until the job is done. Very often this job includes putting the hammer down, in well-known UCI accredited, mountain bike, stage races, such as the Cape Epic and Swiss… Read More »Bike Check: Damiano Ferraro’s Trek Supercaliber

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Tech Focus: New 2021 Cannondale Scalpel and Scalpel SE

Just like that Cannondale announce that they will be rocking the rocky world! A brand new and revamped iteration of the brand’s Scalpel has been unveiled, as well as new mountain bike technology, that I am totally losing my mind over – in a good way. The 2021 Cannondale Scalpel and Scalpel SE has been… Read More »Tech Focus: New 2021 Cannondale Scalpel and Scalpel SE

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Get Race Ready with these easy-to-do Bike Maintenance Tips

Before a big race, there’s a few indispensable things you can do to make sure you reach peak performance. And that’s giving your bike some quick and easy TLC. The days leading up to an event, are the most critical. Since the way you perform on the big day is determined by what you eat,… Read More »Get Race Ready with these easy-to-do Bike Maintenance Tips

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7 Bicycle Tools Every Cyclist Should Have

The enthusiasm and stoke of riding or racing our bikes, can sometimes cause us to forget to take care of our bikes with just as much stoke. Sure, working on and maintaining bikes is not for everyone, but perhaps you have a thrilling stage race coming up or hardcore XCO race, and you’d like to… Read More »7 Bicycle Tools Every Cyclist Should Have

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Best MTB XCO Race Bikes of 2020

Its that time of the year again where we look at the aspiring mountain bikes for the upcoming XCO race season. 2020 marks the beginning of a new decade, and a new generation of bikes and riders. Countless brands have launched their 2020 XCO bike models with some interesting new gear and new tech, and… Read More »Best MTB XCO Race Bikes of 2020

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The Ultimate Guide to setting up your Mountain Bike Suspension

Modern advances in mountain bike suspension have caused for greater amounts of fun on the trail. From new technology like the rear suspension flip-chips to the Quarq Shockwiz shock calibration tool. It’s all to make the ride better, ergo faster! Nonetheless, it’s important to understand the ins-and-outs of today’s suspension setups and to know what… Read More »The Ultimate Guide to setting up your Mountain Bike Suspension

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Alan Hatherly’s E-MTB Championship Winning S-Works Turbo Levo

What does it take to win the first ever E-MTB World Championship? In short; a super-fast rider, by the name of Alan Hatherly, and a super-electrifying e mountain bike. Specialized’s S-Works Turbo Levo! In late August of 2019, Mont Saint Anne in Canada played host to the first ever E-Mountain Bike world cup. With big… Read More »Alan Hatherly’s E-MTB Championship Winning S-Works Turbo Levo

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Silverback Bikes pop the big question: “What is Asymmetry and how can it be used in bicycle design?”

Asymmetric design: If the forces in the bike aren’t symmetrical, why should the bike be? On a bicycle, the drivetrain is mounted on the right side, the brakes on the left side, and the suspension (usually) around the centre. When riding, the environment influences the wheels, and consequently the suspension and frame. When braking, it… Read More »Silverback Bikes pop the big question: “What is Asymmetry and how can it be used in bicycle design?”

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Cross Country Mountain Biking must-buys from Specialized

Following the recent launch of the new Specialized Epic Hardtail, and the fast approaching UCI XC World Championship for 2019, the eyes of riders all over the world are on the cross-country discipline. Specialized, a brand that is well-established in the field of XC-racing, has got some gear that you’ll keep you looking fast and… Read More »Cross Country Mountain Biking must-buys from Specialized

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