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Back Issue | Group Test: Trek Fuel EX 9 29 Review

The Fuel EX is one of the most popular Trek models. The numerous model and spec versions available and the option to configure your own bike are proof of this. For this test the € 3,999 Fuel EX 9 29 was chosen to go head-to-head with the bikes of the competition. This review is part Read more…

Back Issue | Group Test: Specialized Stumpjumper FSR

The Stumpjumper can look back to a very long history at Specialized. After all, their very first bike bore this name. Compared to what we have now, the 1981 edition wouldn’t have much in common other than the name. A solid 130mm of travel, 29″ wheels, and Specialized’s own Brain damping system at the rear Read more…

Back Issue | Group Test: Giant Trance Advanced Review

The Trance Advanced, from the Taiwanese bike powerhouse Giant, is the only 27.5″ bike in the whole group test. With 140mm travel, it offers 1cm more than the competition, which combined with the smaller wheels should be a fun package on the trails. Does the concept work out? This review is part of a Group Read more…

Back Issue | Group Test: Mondraker Factor XR Review

Spanish bike maker Mondraker is well known for extreme frame designs and their revolutionary Forward Geometry. The system, which is proven in downhill and extreme terrain, should also work for all-round bikes like the € 4,099 Factor XR. We were excited to see if the concept really works out. This review is part of a Read more…

The Review | DZR Cove Clipless Shoes

On first inspection of the “Cove” shoe from the US shoe manufacturer DZR you’d think you’ve just got a typical lifestyle shoe in your hands. All the more surprising then when you discovered the thread holes for fitting pedal cleats. “Cool, finally a stylish mountainbike shoe which works with clipless pedals” – but does the Read more…

First Look | Giro Alpineduro Shoes

The Giro Alpineduro are lace up, clipless shoes built for a rugged winter. They feature a Vibram sole, water resistance and and insulated upper. With rugged but clean (not for long) looks, we’re hoping they will be a good winter option, provided they have the durability to match. First Impressions: The Giro Alpineduro is certainly Read more…

Back Issue | Group Test: 6 Trail Tyres

There’s hardly a part on your bike which can change the handling and ride characteristics so noticeably and with such minimum investment as with tyres. Whilst enduro racers often change tyres to suit the course and weather conditions, regular bikers usually choose one tyre model and then ride it until there’s no rubber left. So Read more…

The Review | Amplifi Stratos MkII Pack

Crossing over from the snow sports world, Amplifi are a quality German brand providing protection, backpacks, and a whole range of gear to keep you safe on the hill. They are now targeting some of their packs towards the mountain biking sector, taking a material developed by British scientists for military grade body armour to Read more…

The Review | MDE Damper 650B enduro bike

MDE’s are handmade in Turino Italy by a small company led by Federico Biora. The Damper is MDE’s most aggressive enduro bike and is designed for the rigours of enduro; from riding bike parks to racing the EWS. The Damper 650b frame with Fox CTD shock costs £1999. The Damper is highly adaptable, available in Read more…

Team Tested: Yakima Holdup 2 Bike Hitch Rack

Bike racks are pretty simple in what they are supposed to do. Carry bicycles from point A to point B. But certainly how they differ is how easy to use they are, and can you trust your bike for the given trip? I used the Holdup from Yakima for eight months recently. Read on to Read more…