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News: Fabien Barel has a very close call in Chile!

When Fabien had his big crash on Stage 1 of the Enduro World Series on Saturday, thrown down a 10m banking, he knew something was not right. Still, he carried on to race two further highly technical stages, little did he know how close he was to a terrible outcome! Here is his latest blog Read more…

Grouptest Trailbikes: Rose Granite Chief 2

The Rose Granite Chief was completely redesigned for the 2014 season and got 27.5” wheels as well as a new shock pivot and a one degree slacker head angle. Using the online configurator, you have complete freedom of choice for the rest of the bike: almost every part of it can be swapped for something Read more…

How to: Adjust the Air-Volume of the Fox Float CTD Shock

We have already explained how to tune the spring characteristic of a RockShox Pike to your personal needs. Today we show you how you can customize the air chamber size of a Fox Float CTD shock to suit your weight and riding style. Each bicycle manufacturer spends (before the presentation of a bike) a lot Read more…

EWS Round 1: Final Results and the New Order

So, racing is over in Chile, we have our 2014 leaders with Anne Caroline Chausson and Jerome Clementz, and again the organizers celebrate another amazing event. Special mention should go to Fabien Barel who looks to have broken a bone in his back! Despite racing two stages with the unknown injury, he made the difficult Read more…

Grouptest Trailbikes: Radon Slide 150 E1

The Radon Slide E1 came to the party dressed in black. It doesn’t need fancy lettering or stickers to impress us, preferring to achieve this with a well-conceived, high-quality specification, consisting of flawless RockShox suspension, a classy Syntace cockpit, and solid Elixir 9 Trail brakes. The 26” bike’s geometry feels good as soon as you Read more…

Enduro World Series Round 1 Results: We have our leaders!

The results are in! We have our 2014 Enduro World Series leaders and the international season has begun. Elite Mens Results Over the weekend a mighty battle was fought between the Elite Men, Jared Graves built up a healthy lead at the end of Day 1, but over the first two stages of Day 2 Read more…

Race Report: European Enduro Series #1 Punta Ala

In 2013 after the Enduro World Series dust had settled, worn racing lines were washed away by rain and wind and a quiet calm settled over Punta Ala. However, at 9am this morning, Punta Ala was again the host for the first round of an exciting new series, the European Enduro Series presented by XS Read more…

Grouptest Trailbikes: Focus Sam 3.0

Focus’ latest offspring goes by the name SAM and will be the weapon of choice for the newly founded Focus Trail Team, which will use it for several German races and some of the Enduro World Series races. The cheapest model, the SAM 3.0, can be bought for just 2,599 euros and has the aura Read more…

Race Report: Cardrona 2W Gravity Enduro

Billed as ‘extreme’ and described as ‘Epic’ in size and nature, the Giant 2W Gravity Enduro in Cardrona lived up to all its word. On release of the course the total racing distance for the four marked special race stages came to a huge 31.9km with no less than 4415m (14485 feet) of vertical descent Read more…

Grouptest Trailbikes: Cube Stereo 140 HPC Pro 29

Since it was launched, Cube has supplied the Stereo in two wheel sizes: the 27.5” wheel model used by the Cube Action Team appeals to racers, where as the 29” version is mainly for trail riders. The Stereo 140 HPC PRO is one of two 29” bikes in our test and the only one with Read more…