Rob Weaver

Author: Rob Weaver

Rob Weaver has been riding mountain bikes since he was 10 and racing them since he was 11, including competing at several Downhill World Cup rounds and more recently, getting involved with the ever-expanding gravity enduro race scene. With two decades of riding and racing experience, he knows what works and what doesn’t. When he’s not out on the trail, he’s the senior technical editor for Mountain Biking UK and What Mountain Bike as well as being a valued contributor to ChopMTB and BikeRadar.

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Good protection but slightly irritating pads

Dakine Defender Gloves
£35 3

Dakine have taken notice of how mountain biking is developing, and are designing their equipment to satisfy these new needs. The Defenders, as the name would suggest, are built to protect.

The bar feels nicely natural and gives great control

Funn Full-On Bar And Stem
£44.99 4.5

The Full-On bar offers a generous 28in (710mm) width, with a choice of 30mm or 50mm rise. The backsweep of 8 degrees along with the upsweep of 5.5 degrees feels natural and gives excellent control.

Bilt Busta Stem

Bilt Busta Stem
£24.99 3.5

The Bilt stem is a simple and effective piece of equipment. The two pinch-bolt steerer fastening at the back does give the stem a somewhat bulky look, but this is compensated for by the sheer lack of complication in design. With a zero degree

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