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Grouptest Trailbikes: Canyon Spectral AL 8.0

Canyon’s latest offering had to compete last year in some of the Enduro World Series races and the Trans Provence, where the Spectral was put through its paces by Fabien Barel and Joe Barnes. The Spectral is by far the lightest bike in our test at 12.6kg, and this becomes clear as soon as you Read more…

Grouptest Trailbikes: Eight Entry-level Trailbikes

What price is biking fun? If you look at the glossy catalogues of famous bike manufacturers or swipe through past issues of our mag on your iPad, the answer seems to be: “It ain’t cheap”! But this isn’t entirely true. On the one hand, not every bank account can provide the Lamborghini of bikes one Read more…

Grouptest Trailbikes: Alutech Teibun 1.0 V1

The Alutech Teibun could be described as an Alutech Fanes after a face lift, provided with all the 2014 must-have implants by Jürgen Schlender. For example, it has 27.5” wheels as well as a carbon rear end, and is compatible with Stealth dropper posts. On the Teibun the rider takes up a slightly stretched but Read more…

First Ride: Santa Cruz Nomad Carbon 2015

On April 1st, everyone was fooling around – but not Santa Cruz! With 165 millimeter of travel, 27.5″ wheels, 65 degree steering angle and weighing in at 12.9 kilogram, the announced Santa Cruz Nomad is a deadly serious shredding machine. And its aggressive aqua-magenta color combination certainly does not lack confidence! Only a few days Read more…

First Ride: ENVE M70 Thirty 27,5″ Carbon Wheelset

Just yesterday, ENVE released details of their new carbon rims – the M-Series! The range features four rims, named by the Americans, according to their up-and downhill application ratio. We had the opportunity to test a new M70 Thirty wheelset at the presentation of the new Santa Cruz Nomad Carbon. The individual rims are – Read more…

First Ride: Review of the Complete Cannondale Overmountain Line

The trigger 29 has been available in aluminum and carbon fiber for some time now, and to complete the lineup, Cannondale has recently introduced the trigger 27.5 “and the new Jekyll 27.5″, offering a choice to those want to try the 27.5″. We had the chance to compare all three models now directly against each Read more…

First Ride: RockShox RS-1 Inverted Suspension Fork 2015

To be honest when we first heard about a new inverted fork from RockShox we were blown away, why would the “big player” introduce such a complex and difficult to construct fork! Especially as their PIKE fork is currently the benchmark in the trail / enduro segment. We had expected a lot from the SRAM Read more…

Team Tested: Reynolds 27.5 AM Tubeless Carbon Wheelset

Living in Scotland and riding for a living through the worst of the winter grime, I have no time for kit that is not up to the job. For sure I get excited about new products and new technologies, but if there are flaws in the design or if function plays second fiddle to form, Read more…

Preview Group Test: The 10 fastest Enduro Race Bikes 2014

The Enduro Race Season is ready to go, on April 19th the Enduro World Series kicks off in Chile and we will find out who put in the most training over winter, who got fast and who got fat! There will be a lot of talk about which bikes are the fastest and we could Read more…

Exclusive Review: All-New SRAM Guide Disc Brakes 2015

The ‘SRAM Guide’ is SRAM’s first ever disc brake and marks the move to offer a whole range of components under SRAM’s belt. What is evident is that the new Guide is heavier, bigger and more affordable than the current X.0 Trail, however, aiming for a similar target group it offers some big advantages over Read more…