A roomier shoe and a good thick, woolly sock is often the perfect way to keep your feet going through the cold weather. These are a lovely winter sock developed by the very keen bunch of sportsmen and women at LewisKIT.
Gore's Windstopper Softshell fabric is designed to add lightweight warmth with windproof, breathable protection.
The MX225 shoes are designed for serious riding - you can probably tell this from one glance at the soles. The short heel has an ultra aggressive tread - as does the rest of the sole.
Specialized's Hardrock Sport entry-level hardtail is a burly, dependable play bike, if a little on the heavy side.
DHB are relatively new on the mountain bike scene but they're already turning out great clothing at affordable prices.This is your classic short-sleeve, medium-zip cycling jersey with three back pockets. The polyester technical
In its long history, GT's Zaskar has been pretty much everything a hardtail could be. Starting as the attitude laden, tough as nails but not too heavy anodised frame from the early '90s, it became the first true do-it-all hardtail.
On first impressions, you'll either love the Nomad's pressure formed S-curve top tube or think, as one witty wag put it, 'it looks like a dog having a crap'. Either way,there's no denying that the Nomad is distinctive enough to stand out from the common herd.
USA-based Carver Bikes is still looking for a UK importer, and we're amazed that no one is selling its bikes yet. Still, even with import duties, it won't cost you much to get a frame from the USA. We tested a larger version and we loved it.
Mongoose's Teocali has been a regular award winner ever since it was introduced. The unique Freedrive suspension system might add weight, but its essential plushness and high traction propulsion is what shines once you hit serious off-road.
There are a couple of great new lights from Raleigh, one with an alloy body, the other with a plastic body (£24.99/£19.99). Designed for the commuter more than the offroader, the Powerbeam lights will save your bacon with their one-watt LED beam, should you find your way off road by mistake.
The Specialist is Ellsworth's hardcore hardtail. It's a great jump frame, but it's much lighter than most pure jump frames and comes in a choice of top tube lengths - the 23.5in top tube reach of the long one makes it a great hardcore cross country bike.
Bontrager's Earl grip is a variation on the ODI Ruffian. We like the very simple soft-compound waffle pattern and we prefer grips without a big name embossed into them, although, realistically, if you use good gloves it's hardly an issue one way