BMC are a Swiss company that have made a name for themselves on the road scene, mainly by being the bike providers for the Phonak pro team.
Kona really know how to get the best from their riders, in frame development as well as results. The Stab Supreme has been guided to many a victory by Tracy Moseley and double World Champ Fabien Barel.
There are big changes for Marin in 2007, with longtime designer Jon Whyte leaving and a new chassis for their popular full suspension cross-country bikes appearing.
Rocky Mountain's 2006 Slayer really did slaughter technical descents but its heavy weight and squishy stock suspension made it murder on the climbs. For 2007, the SXC drops frame fat and re-levers the shock to create a true all-rounder.
With 30mm deep semi-aero rims, a low spoke count (20 front, 20 rear) and good looking hubs, these Bontys appear lighter than they are. The rims are welded at the joint, then machined for a smooth braking surface.
Another really neat twin LED system, but Cateye's focused output makes this a specific use special.The two high powered LEDs both use spot lenses to give a really far reaching beam that'll out-range a lot of normal HID lights.
Just running one of the 5W Luxeon lamps (3W also available) on this LED system gives good coverage and depth for a decent pace on technical trails.
Budget light providers Electron go fly-eyed with this pair of multi LED headlamps, but the output doesn't match the overall design detail.
The RD88s are far from the lightest wheels but they do have a desirable list of features.
Halo are known for their affordable yet top quality mountain bike wheels and now they're heading into the road market. These are impressive wheels and worth every penny.
This Halogen set lets you run a huge range of bulbs (5-35W, spot or flood) with the 12W spot, 20W Flood being their most popular setup. The big over-volted flood gives huge peripheral coverage for low-to-mid speed technical riding,
Niterider have been making lights for ages, but this neat new LED is part of a wholly revamped range and we're very impressed.The single high power LED pumps out a decent central punch that fades out towards the edges
LED lights don't get much more basic than this, but simplicity really works in Raleigh's favour. Sitting up front is a 1W LED that gives a small patch of light a few metres up the trail
The rims used here are 300mm semi-aero section while the spokes are 4.5mm bladed stainless items (24 front, 24 rear) with a black chrome finish. The nipples are non-locking but the spoke tension was high out of the box.
Boy are these wheels strong! They felt so tough and stiff in use that we decided to give them a bit of a bashing, and the Mach1 VersusRS rims simply didn't move. Double-butted stainless spokes done up nice and tight help a lot.
A light wheelset with e a hard anodised 30mm deep rim a machined braking surface and an almost seamless joint. You also get a wear indicator to tell you when the rims are worn out.