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  • 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. - ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • BERG AND BUSH RIDERS TO BATTLE ON SPIOENKOP

    BERG AND BUSH RIDERS TO BATTLE ON SPIOENKOP

    Riders in the Berg and Bush mountain bike stage race will have added incentive to outgun their rivals, as they battle for their share of a new R100 000 prize purse for the race up ...

  • GOAL ACHIEVED FOR CROESER AT MTB WORLD CUP FINALE

    GOAL ACHIEVED FOR CROESER AT MTB WORLD CUP FINALE

    The 2015 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup Series presented by Shimano drew to a close when the final round took place in Val di Sole, Italy from 22-23 September. The name hot off the mo ...

  • TEAM RECM CLAIM VICTORIES IN AFRICA AND EUROPE

    TEAM RECM CLAIM VICTORIES IN AFRICA AND EUROPE

    Nico Bell reaffirmed his position at the top of South African Marathon racing with a win at the Nissan Trailseeker Hazeldean. Bell executed a perfect race from the start. A small g ...

NUTRITION: FAT-ADAPTED RACING, WHAT I’VE LEARNED

The low-carb high-fat nutrition movement has become as contentious as religion or politics. I’ve been following it since 13 December 2013 in ...Read More »

TRAILS: GROTTO TRAIL

PROVINCE: KwaZulu-Natal CLOSEST CITY/TOWN: Bergville DESCRIPTION: We’ve reviewed the Northern Drakensberg trails as a destination before, bu ...

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