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Racing the Swiss Epic: Part 1, Bringing a cannon to a gunfight

As I stood waiting on the cold, high altitude start line, I nervously looked around; the town square was awash with a sea of branded Lycra, skinny tubed carbon machines rolled past like prancing ponies, all steep angled and whisper light. We could not have looked more out of place, baggies, EVOC packs, hard hitting Read more…

First Look: Liv Intrigue, Enduro World Series Weapon

Ridden by Liv pro Kelli Emmett on the demanding courses of the Enduro World Series, the Liv Intrigue is built specifically for women seeking maximum control and confidence on aggressive trails. It’s made with a lightweight ALUXX SL aluminum frame, featuring women’s-specific geometry, and with 140mm of Maestro Suspension travel, you should get efficient pedaling Read more…

First Ride: The new Kona Precept DL 2015 Review

A few days ago we had the chance to test the whole Kona enduro range at the Kona Press Launch in Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis (you can find an overview of every bike presented here). One bike especially interested us: the entry-level Precept DL trail bike attractively priced at 1500 EUR. Can you really get a useable trail Read more…

First Look: Industry Nine Enduro Carbon 27.5” Wheelset

Carbon has become the material of choice for high end frames in recent years and is becoming increasingly popular as a rim material for high end mountain bike wheels. Industry Nine realized this and decide to collaborate with Reynolds Cycling and their carbon fiber expertise. Industry Nine provided the rim profile and specifications which they’ve Read more…

First Look: The 2015 Niner Jet 9 RDO Trailbike

When it comes to the bigger wheel size, Niner does it as well as anyone. They’ve broken into the trail bike market with their WFO, but today we take a look at the no holds barred, take no prisoners, marathon and high mileage trail eating machine, the Jet 9 RDO. Niner is technically based in Read more…

First Look: The Liv Lust Advanced 0 – A true Women’s Trailbike

Giant and Liv were some of the first bike companies to commit to the 650b or 27.5 wheel size. However you want to call it, Liv has some awesome new bikes coming out for women. Featuring geometry optimized for women and 27.5-inch wheels, and with the combination of Advanced-grade composite frame material and 4 inches/100mm Read more…

Racing: The 6-Day Perskindol Swiss Epic begins!

After yesterday’s prologue in Verbier, today the PERSKINDOL SWISS EPIC finally kicked off with the first real day’s stage of the program. And what a stage it was, racers traveled from Verbier to Leukerbad, an epic 95 kilometers and 3050 vertical meters – a day that would be the longest of the race. In the Read more…

Spotted at Interbike: Biknd Jetpack Travel Case

Packing your bike for the long-haul just got simplified and safer thanks to the intuitive engineering of JETPACK. Jetpack uses outstanding materials to assure safety for your expensive kit. It’s the product of engineers and designers with over 25 years working in the world of bicycles. Biknd is a privately owned company, started in 2009, Read more…

Long-Term Test: Solid Magix X01 Raw 2015 Review

By now the Solid Magix 650B has done several thousand metres climbing and descending since the presentation and our first ride report. After several day rides in the Lech valley we headed to the Serfaus Bike park for a weekend and a on a further trip to the Livigno bike park in Italy. There were Read more…

Interbike 2014: HT Components X1 Pedals Review

HT Components has come onto the scene in a big way this year, sponsoring all world downhill rider Aaron Gwin. They’ve been around for about 60 years, started by the current owner’s grandfather in Taiwan. In 2005, they created the “HT” group of high-end pedals within their brand to meet increasing market demands. They’ve also Read more…