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Bike Review: The 2014 Giant Trance 1 – The One Bike for all?

Many bike manufacturers attempt to fulfill the demand of building one bike for everything. Giant, the world’s biggest are one of them. Their Trance trail bike should win us over, not with one-sided qualities rather with its all encompassing, balanced complete package performance. Bikes like this are always a rolling compromise as one quality always 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…

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…

First Ride: Initial impressions of the MRP Stage Fork

We have been meaning to test the MRP Stage fork for some time now, and in the Nevada desert we finally found time to put some miles on one. The MRP Stage, with 34mm stanchions is MRP’s new enduro/all mountain fork, and it is clear that they have done their homework, offering lots of adjustment Read more…

Team Tested: Mudguards Enduroguard & Mudhugger Review

As Summer tips its hat and starts its brief journey off to the other side of the world, over here in the UK we start to say goodbye to the light nights and dusty dry trails. The start of the dark season is upon us and with it comes mud, muck, crap and slop; whatever Read more…

Team Tested: Alpinestars Paragon Knee Protector Review

As the front wheel started to drift out mid-corner on the scorched loose marbles of the Nevada Desert, I knew I was going down! It was time to see how the new Alpinestars Paragon knee protectors would handle the sharp rocks that were rapidly approaching. Knee protectors have come a long way over the last Read more…

Team Tested: Avid X.0 Trail Brakes long-term Review

The X.0 Trail, Avids top model in the trail segment, are in use on a few bikes of our long-term test fleet. Our test team have collected many kilometers on trails all over Europe with this brake: Countless races, vacations, bikepark days and – of course – classic after work rides were the testing scenario Read more…

Team Tested: Shimano XT Disc Brakes Review

If you’re looking for new brakes for your mountain bike, whether as an upgrade or just something different, Shimano XT brakes could be exactly what you need. One of the best “bangs for the buck” in mountain biking equipment today. First, some highlights on Pros and Cons, then our take. Pros Excellent and impressive stopping Read more…

Long-Term Test: Propain Twoface Review

One thing is quite clear: The Propain Twoface probably has the worst fate of all in our ENDURO long-term test. Testrider Vinzenz works as a guide of an alpine crossing company and has crossed the alps with his bike for the seventh time so far. Whether there is sunshine, mud or snow, the propain is Read more…

Team Tested: Magura MT5 Four-Piston-Brake Review

With the MT7 and MT5 Brakes, Magura has brought two worthy successor to the legendary Gustav M to the market. The product of 13 years experience with Gustav M combined with insights from Moto Sport came together for the development of the new brakes. The result is a powerful and easy to operate 4-piston brake. Read more…