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News: HOPE step up a gear with the T-Rex and Retainer Ring

The probation period is over, what was once ‘new fangled’ has now been accepted as the standard. Narrow – wide works and riders the world over are throwing away their noisy and temperamental bash rings to run a sexy open chainring setup. Not only does losing the chain-guide result in a simpler drivetrain but it Read more…

Exclusive: First ride on the new Intense Tracer T275 Carbon

Intense Cycles introduces the new Tracer T275 carbon, and continues its campaign to lead and elevate design and innovation for the sport’s enduro segment. The Tracer T275 represents the next step in both beauty and technology for Intense. While some things have certainly changed with the new Tracer, all of the fundamental features that make Read more…

Tested: 8 months living and racing with SRAM XX1

It’s definitely common knowledge that XX1 ain’t cheap, but it also isn’t heavy, short ratio, poorly made or naff looking! So after living with this much sought after drive-train for nigh on eight months now, how exactly did it perform? Sram’s XX1 drive-train really did make big waves when it was bought out around a Read more…

Long-term Review: Carver ICB 03

Since mid-June, the top-of-the-line Carver ICB has been our loyal companion. The bike, designed by riders for riders, has been chased along countless kilometers on home trails in the Palatinate Forest and participated in five races, proving its performance and durability. Carver’s components on the ICB 03 are top-notch: extremely light e.thirteen wheels, a highly Read more…

Long-term Review: Cube Stereo 650B

Throughout the season, the full-carbon Stereo was the one and only means of transportation of ENDURO team rider Jordan Baumann. The logbook of the 160mm bike with 650B wheels is filled accordingly: apart from countless training rides in nearby Alsace, there are notes from the Bluegrass Enduro Tour, the Specialized SRAM Series, and the Italian Read more…

Review: Fox D.O.S.S. – Dropper Seatpost

Working in harmony with the CTD system (“Climb, Trail, Descend”) used in Fox forks and shocks, the American suspension specialists’ dropper seatpost can be set to three different preset heights mirroring the CTD choices. Thanks to the two-piece lever, the clearly defined middle position can be easily selected, avoiding the often inconvenient search for the Read more…

Long-term Review: Transition Covert Carbon

Even after four months of continual riding, the color of the Transition Covert Carbon is shining as brightly as it did on its first day! Despite a bad crash in a rocky section, no noteworthy marks were left. However, the 7000 Euro enduro bike would not only convince thanks to its great looks, but also Read more…

Product Review: Magicshine MJ-880 light

Think Chinese lights and you may be mistaken for thinking about the cheap 25 quid eBay specials you will have seen a lot of, usually knocking about your local trails, among the more expensive European versions with a much larger price tag. These cheap lights sell for a pretty much throw away price, sporting shabby Read more…

Review: Forca SPS400 – Dropper Seatpost

Priced at 120 Euros, the Forca SPS-400 seatpost is by far the cheapest post of our test, and probably the entire market. The control mechanism of the 110 mm travel post is accordingly very simple: A stiff steel spring in the inside pushes the saddle upwards, while a retainer at the seat tube clamps the Read more…

Long-term Review: Haibike Heet RX 26″

Cash for cash: at 6499 Euros, the Haibike Heet RX 26” was one of the most expensive bike of our long-term test fleet – but at least the nicely designed carbon trail bike was equipped with carbon wheels, reducing the weight to only 11.4 kg. Haibike has kept with the best-of-the-best feel and specified high-end Read more…