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First Ride: The new 2015 Vitus Sommet VR Review

After seeing the development process behind the new Vitus Sommet, I was keen to see how the bike handled itself on the trail. I had looked over suspension curves, been shown the data and heard how all the pivot locations should influence the bikes personality, but would the numbers add up? The Sommet certainly has Read more…

Team Tested: Specialized Atlas XC Pro Short, with SWAT Bib

Specialized made a big jump into the mountain bike apparel world this year with a full and complete line of well thought out and designed clothing. Here at Enduro Mountainbike Magazine, a number of us have been riding the gear since early April. Read on to find out what we think. Athletes play a large Read more…

Ladybike tested: The Giant Intrigue 1

Giant has completely reworked its LIV/GIANT women’s range for 2014 and created a few new high- lights. Instead of just taking a standard frame, trying to make it look more feminine, and adding a smaller frame size option, Giant has adapted the geometry of the bikes specifically to the female anatomy. 27.5” wheels, Giant’s proven Read more…

Ladybike tested: The Specialized Rumor

The Rumor, the first Specialized female-specific full suss 29-er, is inconspicuous and elegant in appearance. According to the Californians, it will provide “unimaginable trail and adventure fun”…. just for ladies. We decided to look at the Rumor Expert a bit more closely for our female readers and see if the bike lives up to its Read more…

Biketest: The Rose Soul Fire. A Super-Enduro!?

The new Soul Fire is Rose‘s interpretation of the ideal “Super-Enduro“ bike. In spite of the huge amount of rear travel (185 mm) the bike is suitable for epic rides and long climbs. A comfortable bike to shred, whip and generally be stoked on…. as our American colleagues would say. We gave the Soul Fire Read more…

ENDURO Long Term Test: Monarch Plus RC3 Shock Review

The Monarch Plus RC3 was introduced as RockShox’s big hitting, high performance air shock, offering coil like performance at a very low weight. Now, I have been running this shock for just over 1000km, and was keen to find out for myself if the shock could live up to its reputation. Looking inside the shock, Read more…

Long-term Test: Formula C1 Brakes Review

Brakes are an fundamental component on the bike and for this reason much attention is usually given to them. In addition to pure performance brakes also require the qualities of reliability, durability and ergonomics. Our long-term tester Flo now has ridden many miles on his Cube Fritzz 160 HPA Pro and can tell us how Read more…

Team Tested: 2015 Cannondale Jekyll Carbon Team Review

Last year Jerome Clementz won the overall EWS title upon one of these frames (be it with different shock and forks as Jerome is partnered with SRAM), with its fantastic looks, pedigree and ‘light as a feather’ weight, it just had to be tested. This is the high end Team model, equipped with top components Read more…

Long-term Test: DT Swiss XM 1501 Spline One Wheels

ENDURO longterm-tester Benjamin has been running the DT Swiss XM 1501 Spline One wheelset since February on his Rose Granite Chief – time for a review of the Swiss wheelset. DT Swiss’s goal when developing the XM 1501 Spline One wheels was to find the perfect balance between price, stiffness and weight, creating the perfect Read more…

Video Analysis: Morrocco Media, Finding Hidden Seconds

Have you ever wondered what the fastest line is through a section on your home trails, or wanted to know the best way to get some more insight into the fastest line on an EWS stage, well now you can find out. Morrocco Media is a video analysis company that has the equipment and experience Read more…