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Solid performing shoes that will do long days in the hills as well as race days.
The Reba World Cup 100mm travel race fork proves that a bit of extra meat can mean extra speed.
These pedals are very slick, with the bombproof feel that Atomlab are known for.
After spotting a gap in the range between the ultra minimal Eggbeater cross-country pedal and the Mallet downhill pedal, Crank Brothers have come up with the Acid - an all-mountain clipless pedal with caged support that's available in two versions.
Street and skatepark riding has finally become fully acceptable for MTBs, and DMR make several products for this purpose.The Transition tyre is great for those who have been using the Moto tyre for street or skatepark use and have suffered pinch flats.
This headset is as burly as they come!
The Strive is Helly Hansen's latest lightweight summer jacket. Its general sports cut means it's fairly snug and it feels good worn over T-shirts (many summer waterproofs feel quite 'sticky' in use).
Energy drink giants High5 have launched their newest weapon in the fight against fatigue: SuperCarbs. It's reported to deliver up to 40 per cent more carbs to the working muscles than rival drinks.
As you'd expect from any bearing system related to a shed in deepest, darkest Yorkshire, this new aheadset is a true grit lover's dream. The bottom race features a top spec mechanical labyrinth seal that should still be going strong.
Selle Italia's Flite was revolutionary over a decade ago and it still cuts it today. This minimalist seat is one of the few iconic saddles - the long, slim, rounded top shape with flexible hull and titanium rails creates a comfortable perch.
You'd be daft to ignore the Halfords Bikehut brand because this long, lean saddle ticks all the cross-country racer boxes. The seat is narrow and its design of thin padding over a flexible shell makes it as comfortable as most other race saddles out there.
BBB do a big range of saddles, from light and flighty to hefty and hardcore like this one. It's another long seat that provides loads of potential for sliding your weight backwards and forwards without leaving the saddle.
The Ascent is a long, narrow, racey looking beast, but the mid-depth padded central groove and long hull with a pressure-relieving cut-out make it comfortable for most riders.
There's a big selection of uber expensive race saddles using minimal padding or none at all available, and this Bonty represents the least perverse end of the spectrum.
Brooks' legendary traditional leather saddles, like the B17, are still potentially the most comfortable around. We say potentially it moulds to a truly custom fit that's not matched by any 'modern' saddle..
Developed as the little brother to DMR's legendary Trailstar, the 26in-wheeled Sidekick has become a fully fledged jump and BSX beast in its own right, and now there's a second, lower priced, incarnation available.
Fi'zi:k's standard Aliante is a high tech minimalist race seat, but the Gamma adds a bit more comforting fat for trail use. The short length and broad upswept rear make it a single-position saddle rather than a slider and the rails aren't very long.
Good baggy shorts for performance cross-country riding can be hard to find but not impossible, as the Fox Epic shorts prove.
The Max is Gusset's full performance 'mini' jump saddle. It has the smallest dimensions here, so it's the least likely to get in the way when you're styling off the jumps but there's still just enough room to park your arse.
British company Identiti build tough bikes for tough riders, but once you get used to the solidity of the super sturdy 666X you'll realise what a well balanced and versatile bike it is. Well, apart from the fork, anyway...
The M-Flex is a plush saddle and it features transparent plastic windows on top that let you see the deep 'Royalgel' padding. When you flip it over, the 'Wing Flex' (elastomer strips that mould to your backside) hull design with centre hole is also obvious.
This is a brand new saddle from WTB and we're really impressed with it so far. Unlike most race seats it's short, relatively broad and fl at, with a central groove in the 'Thinline' padding and small cross-cut flex zones under your sit bones.
This is a brand new jump seat from WTB and they've really done their homework. The pudgy dimensions and rounded corners stop your trousers/ shorts getting hung up and there are grips under the nose and tail.