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  • SPECIALIZED S-WORKS CAMBER 29

    SPECIALIZED S-WORKS CAMBER 29

    Back in Issue 12 (May 2011), we tested one of the very first Camber 29ers. It was a late-comer to the Specialized stable, designed to bridge the gap between the Epic and the Stumpj ...

  • Rookie Project – THE POWER OF SELF BELIEF

    Rookie Project – THE POWER OF SELF BELIEF

    I have a dream. No, not that one I'm afraid. It's the kind of dream where I find myself powerless in all sorts of situations, whether it's escaping a burning building, confronting ...

  • TOKEN MTX CARBON 29ER WHEELSET

    TOKEN MTX CARBON 29ER WHEELSET

    Token isn’t new to South Africa, but it has a new importer, so we’re seeing a lot more of the brand, which is Taiwan based and performs it’s own R&D i.e. not a “copy-brand”. To ...

  • Imana Wild Ride, Winning before the start

    Imana Wild Ride, Winning before the start

    With a waiting list of up to seven years the Imana Wild Ride is an adventure laced with legend and mystery. But it’s no secret that the country’s oldest and most sought after stage ...

  • A beer with Graeme Stickells

    A beer with Graeme Stickells

    We spend a lot of money on bicycles, ride them often, for long periods in all conditions and expect them to just work properly. But the reality is that the moving parts on bikes we ...

  • 16 TRENDS IN 2016

    16 TRENDS IN 2016

    Money markets, weather, fashion – all roll along in their own dynamic way from day to day. Predictions and forecasts from experts try make sense of where they MIGHT head. Sometimes ...

  • Tech Counsel: The low-down on hydraulic disc brakes

    Tech Counsel: The low-down on hydraulic disc brakes

    If you’re relatively new to mountain biking, you’re unlikely to have a significant appreciation for having hydraulic disc brakes on your bike. Some of our TREAD team reckon that hy ...

  • Rookie Project, MTB for Average Bros OUT WITH THE OLD

    Rookie Project, MTB for Average Bros OUT WITH THE OLD

      Many will use the opportunity to upgrade an entire bike, but for those that can't, or won't, impart with that amount of money, it's also a good time to make selected upgrade ...

  • Bike Rack, Seasucker Mini Bomber

    Bike Rack, Seasucker Mini Bomber

    Suction cups, for a bike rack? That’s like trusting your bottles to stay magnetically attached to your bike’s frame. Well that’s been done too, and, like the magnetic bottle attach ...

  • YETI ASRc

    YETI ASRc

    It’s not that Yeti ever really left South Africa, the American brand just didn’t embrace 29-inch wheels too quickly and that, for a brand in South Africa in the past four years, wa ...

  • CRANK BROS CANDY 2 PEDALS

    CRANK BROS CANDY 2 PEDALS

      Crank Bros introduced the Candy model a few years back, essentially offering a beautifully machined alloy platform to the replace the old resin one. And this, to help offer ...

  • Trailbuilders: Hylton Turvey – The Flow Master

    Trailbuilders: Hylton Turvey – The Flow Master

    If you’ve ever ridden the Sappi Karkloof trails, you’ve been introduced to Hylton Turvey. You don’t know him in person, but you know how he makes you feel on a mountain bike and yo ...

  • NORTHERN FARM RED ROUTE

    NORTHERN FARM RED ROUTE

    Very seldom do you visit Northern Farm and see an empty car park. This popular mountain bike trails venue is highly influential in giving newcomers to the sport some uncomplicated, ...

  • WHEELS: 27.5 PLUS – THE UNEXPECTED HERO

    WHEELS: 27.5 PLUS – THE UNEXPECTED HERO

    Mountain biking is only around 40 years old, so it’s still evolving in all areas. Wheel size alone has been through some dramatic, emotionally charged development in the past five ...

  • OAKLEY JAWBREAKER WITH PRIZM LENS

    OAKLEY JAWBREAKER WITH PRIZM LENS

    When Oakley launched the Jawbreaker model, it was 1 April 2015. We looked at the images; then we looked at the date; and we thought it was an April Fools joke. Seriously, we did. T ...

  • FLYING WITH YOUR BIKE IN SOUTH AFRICA

    FLYING WITH YOUR BIKE IN SOUTH AFRICA

    Airline travel with a mountain bike can be one of the biggest schleps. Admittedly a very First-World schlep, but a schlep nonetheless. We ran some questions by the local airlines t ...

  • SCOTT GENIUS 700 TUNED PLUS

    SCOTT GENIUS 700 TUNED PLUS

    Inspired by it’s multiple World Champion, Nino Schurter, SCOTT was the brand that most embraced the 27.5-inch wheel platform over the past couple of years. Now SCOTT has taken a do ...

  • STELLENBOSCH G SPOT

    STELLENBOSCH G SPOT

    Make what you want with the name. If you’re a local, you’ll know exactly where to find the G-Spot, Stellenbosch’s beloved play area for mountain bikers with skill. Look, even with ...

  • ST IVES AND BIG WHEEL TRAILS

    ST IVES AND BIG WHEEL TRAILS

    It’s an usual name, but that’s because it describes a combination of trails that start and finish at St Ives, an upmarket accommodation/restaurant venue, all built by the staff of ...

  • Trailbuilders: Bennet Nel, Ace with a spade

    Trailbuilders: Bennet Nel, Ace with a spade

    For most of us, mountain bike trails appear as if by magic. Sometimes overnight. One week you’re bumping across a rutted section of familiar trail and the next it’s been transforme ...

  • RHEBOKSKLOOF

    RHEBOKSKLOOF

    CLOSEST TOWN/CITY: Paarl, Western Cape DESCRIPTION: I’ve been known to get a bit excited on flowy singletrack. My riding mates call it the squeal of a teenage girl. I like to think ...

  • ROCKY MOUNTAIN ELEMENT 970RSL

    ROCKY MOUNTAIN ELEMENT 970RSL

    We’ve featured two previous Rocky Mountain tests in TREAD – the Instinct 970MSL and the Element 950RSL. This 970RSL is the second Element we’ve ridden from the highly respected Can ...

  • BUFFELSDRIFT, GAUTENG

    BUFFELSDRIFT, GAUTENG

    CLOSEST TOWN/CITY: Pretoria DESCRIPTION: The province of Gauteng continues to surprise us. Just when we think we’ve experienced every kind of mountain bike trail possible in South ...

  • ADIDAS EVIL EYE EVO PRO

    ADIDAS EVIL EYE EVO PRO

    Adidas doesn’t update it’s cycling eyewear designs very often. But when it does, it seems to be with a lot of research into what riders want. The Evil Eye model is almost 15 years ...

  • FIZIK M3B UOMO SHOES

    FIZIK M3B UOMO SHOES

    It’s not often you catch yourself staring at your mountain biking shoes. You know, the way you stare at your bike most days, just taking in the shape, craftsmanship and promise of ...

  • DESTINATION, MOUNT GRACE

    DESTINATION, MOUNT GRACE

    For decades, the Mount Grace Country Hotel and Spa has offered an oasis-like escape for those seeking some respite from the blurriness of fast-paced Johannesburg city life. Just on ...

  • TRAIL REVIEW: PWC BIKE PARK

    TRAIL REVIEW: PWC BIKE PARK

    CLOSEST TOWN/CITY: Sandton, Johannesburg DESCRIPTION: We’ve reviewed a few of the trails at the PWC Bike Park in Bryanston over the past four years. But in the past year, the subur ...

  • A BEER WITH … CHRISTOPH SAUSER

    A BEER WITH … CHRISTOPH SAUSER

    At the ripe old age of 39 five-time Absa Cape Epic winner Christoph Sauser is finally hanging up his aero helmet. We were hoping to get decent beer time with the Swiss multiple Mou ...

  • SPECIALIZED EXPERT POWER SADDLE

    SPECIALIZED EXPERT POWER SADDLE

    Saddles are pretty damn personal bike parts. This contact point between you and your bike needs primarily to be comfortable before anything else. With more than 150 years of combin ...

  • CAPE EPIC DIARY: WHAT WE LEARNED FROM OUR BUILD-UP RACES

    CAPE EPIC DIARY: WHAT WE LEARNED FROM OUR BUILD-UP RACES

      If you’re going to race the ABSA Cape Epic, you need to do some hard racing/stage racing in the build-up to prepare your body, mind – and family – for what lies in store com ...

  • Stage Race Wisdom: BEAT THE HEAT (AND OTHER EXTREME WEATHER)

    Stage Race Wisdom: BEAT THE HEAT (AND OTHER EXTREME WEATHER)

    While extreme cold is limited in South Africa, stage race mountain bikers will have to deal with cold – and not only in the winter months. Add heat, rain and wind to cold and you h ...

  • Stage Racing: MASTER CLASS

    Stage Racing: MASTER CLASS

      Stage racing requires a whole new level of commitment, preparation and suffering to mountain biking. But it also delivers the most lasting memories and rewarding experiences you ...

  • Stage Events: COME ON! CHALLENGE YOURSELF PROPERLY

    Stage Events: COME ON! CHALLENGE YOURSELF PROPERLY

    There’s a certain toughness to the South African psyche. An edginess that comes from being raised on these shores. We want to go further, deeper, harder and for longer than most. - ...

  • WELVANPAS, THE NEW BLACK

    WELVANPAS, THE NEW BLACK

      CLOSEST TOWN/CITY: Wellington, Western Cape DESCRIPTION: You don’t pass up an opportunity to ride with Vincent Durand. The Paarl-based father of four and distributor of Schw ...

  • 3 RIVERS TRAILS

    3 RIVERS TRAILS

      PROVINCE: Eastern Cape CLOSEST TOWN/CITY: Thornhill DESCRIPTION: Historically, mountain bike trails between Port Elizabeth and Knysna weren’t much to get excited about. Howe ...

  • Stage Race Bikes: CHOOSE YOUR WEAPON

    Stage Race Bikes: CHOOSE YOUR WEAPON

    It’s like choosing an appropriate weapon when heading into battle. In order to confidently tackle a stage race, you need to have a bike that’s going to take you through all kinds o ...

  • Bikes: SPECIALIZED EPIC COMP

    Bikes: SPECIALIZED EPIC COMP

    A total of 30% of the participants at the 2014 ABSA Cape Epic were on Specialized bikes. We’re prepared to bet that 99% of those were the American company’s racing-tuned Epic model ...

  • Bikes: MOMSEN VIPA AC

    Bikes: MOMSEN VIPA AC

    After making quite an impression on the South African racing market with it’s all-carbon full-suspension VIPA in 2014, Momsen kicked off 2015 by introducing the VIPA AC, a sub-R40K ...

  • SOUL PROVIDER: STAGE-RACE MAGNITUDE, AND GRATITUDE

    SOUL PROVIDER: STAGE-RACE MAGNITUDE, AND GRATITUDE

    The mountain bike stage race capital of the world – that’s South Africa. With 58 stage races scheduled in 12 months, that works out to an average of more than one a week Wow! We’re ...

  • Bikes: MERIDA BIG NINETY NINE XT

    Bikes: MERIDA BIG NINETY NINE XT

    Strangely, Merida, one of the biggest bicycle manufacturers in the world, was a late comer to the 29er wheel size party. In 2014, it launched its first big-hooped models, including ...

  • Rookie Project: TOOLS OF THE TRAIL

    Rookie Project: TOOLS OF THE TRAIL

      Since the introduction of tubeless technology, we’ve encountered remarkably few trailside issues. So much so that we often debate the need to carry spares with us on rides. ...

  • Bikes: CANNONDALE RUSH 29 1

    Bikes: CANNONDALE RUSH 29 1

    Cannondale has always been considered a premium brand with most of its mountain bike models in the mid-to-upper end of the price scale. But that was then. Now, more will be able to ...

  • YOUR FAVOURITE STAGE RACES

    YOUR FAVOURITE STAGE RACES

      There’s still nothing like a word-of-mouth recommendation to give some real-world credibility to an event. We did a survey to our @TreadMTBmag twitter followers to find out ...

  • A BEER WITH: ‘TREAD BUFFALO’ GD KOTZEE

    A BEER WITH: ‘TREAD BUFFALO’ GD KOTZEE

      The TREAD Buffalo Category became a hit in its first year, adding a whole new dimension to mountain bike racing for those weighing 90kg or more. For GD Kotzee, a former provincia ...

  • TRAILS: GROTTO TRAIL

    TRAILS: GROTTO TRAIL

    PROVINCE: KwaZulu-Natal CLOSEST CITY/TOWN: Bergville DESCRIPTION: We’ve reviewed the Northern Drakensberg trails as a destination before, but when we returned in January, we were o ...

  • ROOKIE PROJECT: BASIC BIKE MAINTENANCE

    ROOKIE PROJECT: BASIC BIKE MAINTENANCE

        Our bikes have looked after us well over the years. They’ve got us through those hectic rock gardens when we had our eyes tightly shut. They’ve soldiered on bravely t ...

  • TRAIL: WOLWESPRUIT

    TRAIL: WOLWESPRUIT

    REGION: Gauteng CLOSEST TOWN/CITY: Pretoria DESCRIPTION: Pretoria mountain bikers now have a new riding option with the establishment of Wolwespruit, a managed trail centre on priv ...

  • SPECIALIZED ATLAS XC PRO AND SWAT BIB SHORT

    SPECIALIZED ATLAS XC PRO AND SWAT BIB SHORT

    SPECIALIZED ATLAS XC PRO SHORT The range of quality baggy riding clothing in South Africa has traditionally been quite limited, so we were pleased to see Specialized is now going b ...

  • SPECIALIZED FATBOY EXPERT

    SPECIALIZED FATBOY EXPERT

    Despite the mostly black styling with a flash of red, the Specialized Fatboy Expert isn’t exactly hiding in the shadows. The 26x4.6 inch Ground Control tyres make it difficult to m ...

  • 9 ZERO 7 WHITEOUT

    9 ZERO 7 WHITEOUT

    Yes, 9 Zero 7 is a strange name for a bike brand, but not when you find out that it’s the Alaskan telephone area code and the bike brand is based there and only makes fat bikes bec ...

  • Fatty BOOM!

    Fatty BOOM!

    The almost overwhelming need for every bike brand to have a fat bike in its line-up has intrigued us. They look really cool and different. But what is it about this type of bike th ...

  • A BEER WITH: THE ‘CHIEF SPRUIT FAIRY’

    A BEER WITH: THE ‘CHIEF SPRUIT FAIRY’

    It’s probably the most popular mountain bike trail in South Africa, but it’s not purely a mountain bike trail. The Braamfontein Spruit in Johannesburg is a public urban green belt ...

  • AVIANTO BLUE TRAIL

    AVIANTO BLUE TRAIL

      A 10-minute drive north of Randburg, west of Fourways and east of Roodepoort gets you to Avianto, a classy, established Italian styled functions and weddings venue. There’s ...

  • GIANT ANTHEM ADVANCED 27.5 1

    GIANT ANTHEM ADVANCED 27.5 1

    Giant didn’t just embrace the 650b (27.5) wheel size, it built its entire mountain biking future around the wheel size, eliminating all 26-inch adult models and trimming its 29-inc ...

  • TRAILS: VULTURE TRAIL

    TRAILS: VULTURE TRAIL

    If you’re in need of a real challenge and have good level of fitness and a high level of skill, then it’s worth spending most of a day riding the Vulture Trail in Skeerpoort. TREAD ...

  • Soul Provider: WHEN RED, YELLOW AND BLUE SHOULD BE GREEN

    Soul Provider: WHEN RED, YELLOW AND BLUE SHOULD BE GREEN

    At a quick count, I have ridden at least 40 different South African trails in five provinces during the first half of 2014. Yes, this is obviously a perk of my job. It’s truly amaz ...

  • SAFE-T ST BRAVO PERSONAL TRACKING DEVICE

    SAFE-T ST BRAVO PERSONAL TRACKING DEVICE

      Mountain biking is high risk; of that there’s no doubt. But it’s damn fun! So in order to keep the fun coming, we have to manage the risks – ride on safer trails or with a g ...

  • RYDER AIRPLUS FLOOR PUMP

    RYDER AIRPLUS FLOOR PUMP

      The one piece of equipment every mountain biker should own, is a floor pump. Optimal tyre pressure is essential in order to get the most out of your bike and the trails that ...

  • MOMSEN MOUNT GRAHAM TYRE

    MOMSEN MOUNT GRAHAM TYRE

      A South African brand tyre – why not? We’ve got South African brands for just about everything else in mountain biking. The folks at Two Wheels Trading, who own the Momsen b ...

  • A BEER WITH: JAMES REID

    A BEER WITH: JAMES REID

      James Reid won the South African marathon champs title for a second year in succession recently. He’s not focussed on marathon racing though, he’s chosen to race the highly ...

  • FAST, FASTER, FASTEST

    FAST, FASTER, FASTEST

      Most of us race, or want to race. It’s a South African thing. It’s a human thing. A race is different from a ride. There’s pressure to perform at your best in a race. But ar ...

  • CONTRABAND ROGUE 650b/29r

    CONTRABAND ROGUE 650b/29r

      This young South African brand is focussed on steel hardtails. The concept of the Rogue intrigued us in that Contraband claims it is equally efficient as a 29er or a 650b (2 ...

  • WORLD CUP SOUTH AFRICA, MARITZBURG MEMORIES

    WORLD CUP SOUTH AFRICA, MARITZBURG MEMORIES

      South Africans were once again privileged to witness the world’s best mountain bike racers competing at the first round of the 2014 UCI World Cup, presented by Shimano. Priv ...

  • SCOTT SPARK 920

    SCOTT SPARK 920

      After Specialized, the long-time most popular Cape Epic bike brand, SCOTT was the highest climber in terms of brand popularity for the 2014 ABSA Cape Epic. We rode the SCOTT ...

  • GEAR: POC TRABEC RACE (MIPS) HELMET

    GEAR: POC TRABEC RACE (MIPS) HELMET

      POC, a Swedish based sports gear brand with it’s roots in snow sport is a relatively newcomer to the bicycle helmet market and brand new to the South African market. The com ...

  • POCPAC WEATHERPROOF POUCH

    POCPAC WEATHERPROOF POUCH

      We all know how vulnerable our smartphones are when we are riding or racing. They cost a packet and contain just about everything we need to communicate better with our world. Be ...

  • G-FORM EXTREME CASE AND SCREEN SHIELD

    G-FORM EXTREME CASE AND SCREEN SHIELD

      We all know how vulnerable our smartphones are when we are riding or racing. They cost a packet and contain just about everything we need to communicate better with our world. Be ...

  • ROCK SHOX PIKE 29 RCT3 140mm and 120-150mm

    ROCK SHOX PIKE 29 RCT3 140mm and 120-150mm

      So, you’ve been mountain biking for a while. Long enough to realise that sure, you enjoy training, but nothing makes you smile more than hitting the trail as HARD as you can ...

  • HOW MUCH CLIMBING ARE YOU REALLY DOING?

    HOW MUCH CLIMBING ARE YOU REALLY DOING?

      Despite the obvious suffering they cause us, hills deliver both challenges and rewards. When describing races or trails, people tend to focus on the distance of the route. W ...

  • RACE OR RIDE? WE DECIDE

    RACE OR RIDE? WE DECIDE

      A flower sprouted from the basin of rich South African earth that used to be the bottom of my cycling shoe, as I carved into the mud, hunting my cleat. I’d already been clea ...

  • A BEER WITH: CHERISE STANDER

    A BEER WITH: CHERISE STANDER

      After losing her husband and best friend, Burry Stander, on 3 January 2013, Cherise Stander has been on an emotional journey that’s taken her to the loneliest places. Her mo ...

  • THIS IS  AFRICA

    THIS IS AFRICA

      Africa is not for sissies – that much we all know. But this continent of extremes, microcosmically represented by the incredibly diverse landscape, climate and habitat of So ...

  • ROOKIE PROJECT – THE ART OF RECOVERY

    ROOKIE PROJECT – THE ART OF RECOVERY

      We’re often so focused on pushing our bodies to the max that we don’t give them a chance to properly recover from the intense workout regimes we subject them to. This tenden ...

  • On Track with Curtis Keene: Confidence Changes All

    On Track with Curtis Keene: Confidence Changes All

    Thanks to RedBull we're able to gain an insight into the Enduro World Series (EWS) with back stories like this clip. Focussing on Specialized Racing's Curtis Keene, Hannah Barnes, ...

  • BOTRIVER EDUCATION FOUNDATION SUCCESS CONTINUES TO GROW

    BOTRIVER EDUCATION FOUNDATION SUCCESS CONTINUES TO GROW

    The Botriver Education Foundation (BEF) together with the FNB Wines2Whales (W2W) Mountain Bike (MTB) Events is excited to continue growing the success stories in the Botriver Commu ...

ROOKIE PROJECT – THE ART OF RECOVERY

  We’re often so focused on pushing our bodies to the max that we don’t give them a chance to properly recover from the intense workout ...Read More »

Rosemary Hill, Pretoria East

We estimate that 20–25% of South Africa’s mountain bikers live in Pretoria. That’s a big chunk of the market that needs places to ride bikes ...

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Fatty BOOM!

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