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PACE RC41 Fighter

PACE RC41 Fighter
£539 4

The air-sprung RC41Fighter is the longest travel fork in the Pace range but it's still remarkably stiff and light for XC/All Mountain work.

RockShox Tora 302 Solo

RockShox Tora 302 Solo
£170 4.5

SRAM have really turned RockShox around since acquiring the brand, and their forks are now outstanding at all price points, few more so than the super cheap but still burly Toras.

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Manitou Platinum Click IT
£425 4

Manitou's Black family has been around for a long time now, but don't overlook this dependably capable range if you're after a longer travel XC model. With 30mm stanchions and an airspring, the Platinum is light.

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Manitou Nixon Elite RTWD
£395 4

Manitou have a huge range of forks at the moment, with the Nixon sitting at the top end, in both travel and cost terms, of their XC/All Mountain forks. Travel is just under the 'standard' 150mm (6in) level and the height is relatively low.

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Fox 36R
£699 4.5

This monster fork took single-crown forks to a whole new level when it was launched last year, and it's still unequalled for big-hit work. There's a slight stickiness at the start of the travel.

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Hope Mono 6 DH/Freeride brakes
£180 4.5

Hope's excellent Mono 6 DH/Freeride brakes have been out for a while, but are now available with a few different options you might not know of... As standard, they feature braided hoses and a one-piece calliper design with six titanium pistons.

Shimano Deore XT Centre Lock hubs

Shimano Deore XT Centre Lock hubs
£70 4.5

Shimano's XT label issynonymous with quality and reliability, while offering true value for moneycompared to similar more costly hubs. These Centre Lock disc units are simplebut tough small flange hubs with aluminium shells.

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Dirtworker portable jet washer
£89.99 4.5

Getting filthy dirty is what Brit riding's all about, but if you've driven to your ride location, or you live in a flat, a mud-caked bike isn't the way forward.

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DMR Lockjaw Post/Saddle Combo
£25 4.5

DMR recently struck a deal with Macneil Components to make this simple and strong set-up. Saddle rails always flex, so removing them from the equation eliminates that.

Bombshell Revolution Trail Wheelset

Bombshell Revolution Trail Wheelset
£229.99 4

Bombshell might be a new name to you, but these wheels have an appetite for hard riding that will get them noticed quickly, especially now Kyle Strait and Darren Berrecloth are riding the freeride/race models.

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