Niner’s RDO rigid fork is made almost entirely from carbon fibreOli Woodman / Immediate Media
Destined for the new long-term bike of MBUK’s Matt Orton is this carbon RDO fork from Niner. It’s a full carbon design with a tapered steerer and boost spacing, meaning he’ll be able to squeeze up to 3 inches of 29er tyre inside.
Mid-blade eyelets will also allow Matt to saddle up to 55lbs of stuff over his front axle too. The fork totals 679g including its 15mm Maxle and Niner’s top cap.
Niner’s top cap is ready to accept a bottle cap from your favourite brewOli Woodman / Immediate Media
Ditch the backpack for those shorter ridesOli Woodman / Immediate Media
Leaving the backpack at home can sometimes feel particularly good, and this little waist pack from Mission Workshop could even mean doing away with yours completely.
The Axis is all about packing light and keeping the essentials close by. Its rugged waterproof outer and spacious interior make it ideal for those who cram a compact camera into their bag during rides.
Mission Workshop bags are very desirable indeedOli Woodman / Immediate Media
It can also integrate nicely with a majority of Mission Workshops existing backpacks and duffle bags thanks to the company’s smart Arkiv system. Like the rest of its stuff it’s made by hand in small batches in the USA.
The Liv Intrigue might not be coming to the UK in this exact spec, but you’ll be able to buy a more affordable version that uses the same frameOli Woodman / Immediate Media
Liv has reintroduced the Intrigue to its product line for 2019 following a two year hiatus. The new 140mm/150mm travel 650b trail bike sandwiches perfectly between the more cross-country focussed Liv Pique and enduro-focussed Liv Hail.
Women’s editor Aoife Glass has just returned from Canada where she was fortunate enough to try this bike out at the MTB mecca that is Squamish.
This top spec bike with its fancy DVO suspension, SRAM X01 groupset and other generally enviable bits will sadly not be brought to UK shores, but buyers will be able to get their hands on two cheaper builds that use the same frame.
Find out more about these and more on the Intrigue here.
Hayes is back with these fantastic looking stoppersOli Woodman / Immediate Media
The Dominion is a fresh four-pot hydraulic disc brake from Hayes, and it’s one that looks set to please the gravity crowd.
The Dominion’s chunky cold-forged caliper uses two bleed ports in a design that borrows from motorsport tech, while an all-new lever design promises enviable feel, minimal dead stroke and a crisp biting point.
A closer look at the latest generation Hayes disc rotorOli Woodman / Immediate Media
Anyone worried about reliability should find some comfort in Hayes’ “Lifetime Leakproof Warranty”. The rear brake photographed totals 313g excluding mounting hardware and rotor.
We’ll soon have these (don’t worry we’ve got a set) bolted to a bike in order to put them through their paces.
$229 / €235.00 per brake excluding rotors
Five Ten Freerider Kids’ MTB shoe
These diddy Five Tens almost caused a fight among the dads in the officeOli Woodman / Immediate Media
These adorable kids’ shoes are a scaled down version of Five Ten’s immensely popular Freerider flats.
A three strap Velcro closure takes the faff away for young hands, but there’s the same legendary Stealth rubber sole that you get in adult Five Tens.
They’re available from size EU28–EU31.5 including half sizes.
Not quite a bionic armOli Woodman / Immediate Media
Already hugely popular in the world of motocross, this Mobius wrist brace has been designed to provide support and limit excessive lateral and medial movement.
It’s something that can be used by riders with an existing injury or for those who want to proactively prevent aggravating an older injury.
The Mobius is already a popular sight at Motocross racesOli Woodman / Immediate Media
Tension is applied to the wrist via an adjustable cable that dynamically changes its tension throughout the wrist’s full range of motion. A screw can tweak the support’s movement range from anywhere between 10 and 70 degrees.
It’s almost a shame that most of this headset will never be visibleOli Woodman / Immediate Media
Headsets simply don’t come any lighter than Cane Creek’s AER. Now in its second generation, the AER uses a hybrid steel and aluminium bearing that’s around 40% lighter than what you’d normally find in a similar headset.
Strategic yet aggressive machining means the entire top half of this short cover headset, including the top cap, bolt and star nut, total just 39g!
The bottom half of the headset is sold separately to the top, and that’s kind of lucky because the Trek frame this part is destined to be fitted on uses a larger lower bearing than Cane Creek currently produces for its AER series.