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First Look | Solid Magix Team Replica 2016

Swabian engineering skills meet French high-tech suspension: what sounds like a dream combination is now reality. The entire know-how gained from the cooperation of the shock manufacturer BOS with the framemaker Solid at Downhill-Worldcup level has trickled down to the proven Solid Magix Enduro model. A special team replica version will form the top of Read more…

First Look | Push Industries ELEVENSIX Custom Rear Shock

When it comes to riding each of us is unique, our weight, riding style and the trails that we enjoy vary immensely, making it tough for suspension manufacturers to build shocks that are suitable for all. Big manufacturers now offer highly adjustable shocks and frame specific tunes that work well for most people most of Read more…

First Ride | The New Shimano XT 11-Speed on Test

No other groupset comes close to rivalling the Shimano Deore XT in both reputation and durability, having dominated the mountain biking scene for over three decades. Down in Northern Italy’s Riva del Garda, we had the opportunity to test the latest addition, the 11-speed Shimano M8000 and here are our first impressions. More gears – Read more…

First Ride | The Rocky Mountain ‘Overland’ Sherpa in Test

The true heroes of the mountains, the Sherpas are known for lugging the heaviest loads to the furthest-flung peaks, accompanying adventure-hungry tourists on their expeditions. And with the eponymous Sherpa model, Rocky Mountain want to recreate their lifestyles in bike form. Stable, balanced and yet still fun to ride despite the extra load. Rocky Mountain Read more…

The Review | Liteville 301 Enduro and Marathon Edition

There have been a number of bikes recently that have made us think “can one bike really do it all?” But as yet, there has been nothing that has been able to operate at the highest level in both XC and Enduro. Many companies offer multiple bikes targeted at different riders, but one manufacturer is Read more…

The Review | Crankbrothers Iodine 3 Wheelset

It’s been well documented in the past that Crankbrothers striking wheel sets have been known for some unreliability issues, but they are keen to claim that these issues have now been resolved. We tested the all-mountain Iodine 3 wheelset to see how they would stand up to being abused through a winter in the rugged Read more…

ENDURO Long-term Test | First Look: Radon Slide Carbon 27,5 9.0

Radon have had a facelift! Just two years ago, these West German bikes were primarily known for their reliable performance and value for money. No bad thing, you might say, but the bikes lacked a certain charm, and their image never quite caught on. But this has all changed recently – and while the prices Read more…

Teaser Issue #016 | Review: CUBE Stereo 140 Super HPC Race 27.5

Efficient, versatile and fun; they’re the culmination of these terms. Even once you think they’re at their limit in terms of capabilities; they’ve got more in reserve. So why are they still overshadowed by enduro bikes? We’re talking trail bikes, the true workhorses of the mountain bike world. Whether it’s for a quick blast after Read more…

Back Issue | Propain Tyee XX1 Race Review

There’s one thing almost every PROPAIN bike has in common: hardly a single bike sold is alike. The reason – the online-configurator allows you to chose the specification, frame colour, and even decal colour of every pre-defined model. But can the top machine from the Ravensburg company, the PROPAIN TYEE XX1 Race, do more than Read more…

Exclusive | First Ride: Specialized Enduro with 6Fattie 27.5+ tyres

Will everyone really be riding plus bikes next year?! Even if we are loath to admit it, this article might be worth reading as there’s a lot of truth in it! Our first exclusive tests, carried out in the South of France, uncovered some decisive advantages when it came to riding and racing on plus-size Read more…