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Roval aluminium MTB wheels, POC all-weather women’s riding trousers and Muc-Off’s seriously pricey lube

Plus Endura MT500 enduro riding kit and a track pump from Topeak

First Look Friday

When is it not a jam-packed week of great content on BikeRadar? We’re working our socks off to bring you the biggest reviews, news and opinion pieces every day of the week.


It’s been no exception over the last seven days, with highlights including our debut episode of this season’s Hill Climb Diaries (video below), news of new bikes from several of the industry’s leading manufacturers, and details on Max Stedman’s Canyon Aeroad aero Everesting attempt bike.

In the muddy world of fat tyres, we’ve seen (and ridden) Canyon’s latest mullet-wheeled Spectral CF8 CLLCTV, and so far think it’s a “blast to ride.” We’ll have a more in-depth review soon, so stay tuned.

Canyon Spectral CF8 cornering
The CF8 CLLCTV drops eagerly into corners thanks to its smaller 27.5in back wheel.
Roo Fowler / Immediate Media

There’s also been news of a brand-new 2022 Mondraker Raze trail bike, which the Spanish brand claims combines XC speed and enduro bike capability.

Rocky Mountain announced its newest 2022 Altitude and Instinct Powerplay, which could be its best electric mountain bike yet.

The new bikes, like the outgoing ones, use Rocky’s own motor system which boasts 108Nm of torque – the highest of any current mainstream ebike out there – and is quite possibly the industry’s first high-pivot ebike. Wow.

Giant Trance X full suspension mountain bike
The new Trance X series is designed to excel on technical trails, helping riders float through rock gardens, soar over jumps and dial up the fun factor on every ride.
Ryan Cleek Photo

Giant bikes has raked out the Giant Trance X for 2022, taking the model to the next extreme with a 27.5in-wheeled version, 63.8-degree head tube angle and 145mm of rear-wheel travel.

Specialized announced a new range of Riprock kid’s mountain bikes, which all look fab for the next crop of off-road riders.

And, finally, my super in-depth Santa Cruz Bronson CC MX mullet bike review saw the light of day, getting published this week. I proclaimed the Bronson to be a super-versatile bike that takes some taming to get the most from it. If you’re in the market for a super-expensive Santa Cruz, be sure to check this one out.

2022 Santa Cruz Bronson CC MX X01 AXS RSV mountain bike
The Bronson is a truly versatile bike.
Ian Linton / Immediate Media

Roval Traverse Alloy 29 mountain bike wheels

Roval Traverse Alloy mountain bike wheels
At £650 / $650, they’re reasonably affordable.
Alex Evans

Roval’s Traverse is an aluminium – and therefore more affordable – version of its much costlier Traverse SL and Carbon wheels.

The 30mm internal width rim is made from the brand’s E5 aluminium alloy, which, Roval says, means it’s tough enough to handle backcountry rock gardens, questionable line choices and days in the bike park.

The width means it’s compatible with modern, wider tyre sizes.