Author: Oli Woodman, BikeRadar

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LewisKIT Merino Wool Ox socks

LewisKIT Merino Wool Ox socks
£10 4.5

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.

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Lake MX225 Shoes
£89.99 3.5

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 Hardrock Disc Sport ticks all the usual boxes and has aggressive styling and cable discs

Hardrock Sport Disc
£370 4

Specialized's Hardrock Sport entry-level hardtail is a burly, dependable play bike, if a little on the heavy side.

Its light weight makes this bike a great climber

GT Zaskar Pro
£1300 4

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.

Mongoose Teocali Comp

Mongoose Teocali Comp
£800 4

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.

DHB Shadow SS Jersey

DHB Shadow SS Jersey
£27.99 4.5

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

Carver 96er

Carver 96er
£206 4

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.

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Ergon E1-S
£19.95 4.5

Ergon originally made their name in the UK with their distinctive, ergonomically-designed grips, but this new skinny-rib Ergon is more like a conventional grip in feel; the aluminium end clamp and inner flange offer maximum security, while

Bontrager Earl Grips

Bontrager Earl Grips
£12.99 4.5

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

Bontrager Big Earl Grips

Bontrager Big Earl Grips
£14.99 4.5

Length 130mm Weight 120g/pair While Bontrager's Earl grips use ODI's Lock-On system, the slightly more costly Big Earl features a very effective system with threaded expanding ends, and you get a flat spanner with each set of grips

Gary Fisher Hi Fi Plus Genesisters

Gary Fisher Hi Fi Plus Genesisters
£1000 3.5

As you'd expect from a left-field innovator like Gary Fisher, the Genesisters bikes have always had an edgy aspect compared to more pedestrian rides from other big brands. This is truer than ever with the new Hi Fi bikes.

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