The Assos Intermediate Evo is designed for use in temperatures between 10- 20°C, and no other garment we've tried manages to cope as well with balancing body temperature in these temperate conditions.
A plan to put 155,000 acre Kielder Forest on the map as a top mountain biking venue has moved up a gear
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.
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.
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.
Maverick's lightweight revolutionary DUC 32 has both pluses and minuses.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We've spent considerable trail time on the Law Moto X pedals and can report that they're really grippy - right up there with the Easton Cully and Burgtec Penthouse flats.
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.
Lots of manufacturers have been stripping the padding out of their XC race saddles while incorporating more flex in to the hull to compensate. We've seen plenty of carbon versions, but Tioga have gone one further by designing a carbon composite, lattice design hull. Mated to titanium rails, this saddle weighs just 142g and makes almost everyone who sees it wince.
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.
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.
Hope's bolted collar is super simple in operation, but with just enough laser etched detailing to add that vital bike jewellery element. With the steel bolt threading directly into the alloy collar, tightening needs to be careful though...