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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 s ...

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 s ...

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 Taiwa ...

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’ ...

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 wo ...

16 TRENDS IN 2016

Money markets, weather, fashion – all roll along in their own dynamic way from day to day. Predictions and forecast ...

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 hydrauli ...

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 tha ...

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 ...

YETI ASRc

It’s not that Yeti ever really left South Africa, the American brand just didn’t embrace 29-inch wheels too quickly ...

CRANK BROS CANDY 2 PEDALS

  Crank Bros introduced the Candy model a few years back, essentially offering a beautifully machined alloy pl ...

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 per ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 b ...

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 up ...

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 r ...

RHEBOKSKLOOF

CLOSEST TOWN/CITY: Paarl, Western Cape DESCRIPTION: I’ve been known to get a bit excited on flowy singletrack. My r ...

ROCKY MOUNTAIN ELEMENT 970RSL

We’ve featured two previous Rocky Mountain tests in TREAD – the Instinct 970MSL and the Element 950RSL. This 970RSL ...

BUFFELSDRIFT, GAUTENG

CLOSEST TOWN/CITY: Pretoria DESCRIPTION: The province of Gauteng continues to surprise us. Just when we think we’ve ...

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 resea ...

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 m ...

DESTINATION, MOUNT GRACE

For decades, the Mount Grace Country Hotel and Spa has offered an oasis-like escape for those seeking some respite ...

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 Br ...

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. W ...

SPECIALIZED EXPERT POWER SADDLE

Saddles are pretty damn personal bike parts. This contact point between you and your bike needs primarily to be com ...

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 ...

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 onl ...

Stage Racing: MASTER CLASS

  Stage racing requires a whole new level of commitment, preparation and suffering to mountain biking. But it also ...

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. ...

WELVANPAS, THE NEW BLACK

  CLOSEST TOWN/CITY: Wellington, Western Cape DESCRIPTION: You don’t pass up an opportunity to ride with Vince ...

3 RIVERS TRAILS

  PROVINCE: Eastern Cape CLOSEST TOWN/CITY: Thornhill DESCRIPTION: Historically, mountain bike trails between ...

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 ...

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 ...

Bikes: MOMSEN VIPA AC

After making quite an impression on the South African racing market with it’s all-carbon full-suspension VIPA in 20 ...

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 ...

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 p ...

Rookie Project: TOOLS OF THE TRAIL

  Since the introduction of tubeless technology, we’ve encountered remarkably few trailside issues. So much so ...

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 ...

YOUR FAVOURITE STAGE RACES

  There’s still nothing like a word-of-mouth recommendation to give some real-world credibility to an event. W ...

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 f ...

TRAILS: GROTTO TRAIL

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

ROOKIE PROJECT: BASIC BIKE MAINTENANCE

    Our bikes have looked after us well over the years. They’ve got us through those hectic rock gardens ...

TRAIL: WOLWESPRUIT

REGION: Gauteng CLOSEST TOWN/CITY: Pretoria DESCRIPTION: Pretoria mountain bikers now have a new riding option with ...

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 qu ...

SPECIALIZED FATBOY EXPERT

Despite the mostly black styling with a flash of red, the Specialized Fatboy Expert isn’t exactly hiding in the sha ...

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 co ...

Fatty BOOM!

The almost overwhelming need for every bike brand to have a fat bike in its line-up has intrigued us. They look rea ...

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 ...

AVIANTO BLUE TRAIL

  A 10-minute drive north of Randburg, west of Fourways and east of Roodepoort gets you to Avianto, a classy, ...

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 s ...

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 spe ...

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 ...

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 comin ...

RYDER AIRPLUS FLOOR PUMP

  The one piece of equipment every mountain biker should own, is a floor pump. Optimal tyre pressure is essent ...

MOMSEN MOUNT GRAHAM TYRE

  A South African brand tyre – why not? We’ve got South African brands for just about everything else in mount ...

A BEER WITH: JAMES REID

  James Reid won the South African marathon champs title for a second year in succession recently. He’s not fo ...

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 ...

CONTRABAND ROGUE 650b/29r

  This young South African brand is focussed on steel hardtails. The concept of the Rogue intrigued us in that ...

WORLD CUP SOUTH AFRICA, MARITZBURG MEMORIES

  South Africans were once again privileged to witness the world’s best mountain bike racers competing at the ...

SCOTT SPARK 920

  After Specialized, the long-time most popular Cape Epic bike brand, SCOTT was the highest climber in terms o ...

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 ...

POCPAC WEATHERPROOF POUCH

  We all know how vulnerable our smartphones are when we are riding or racing. They cost a packet and contain just ...

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 ...

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 nothi ...

HOW MUCH CLIMBING ARE YOU REALLY DOING?

  Despite the obvious suffering they cause us, hills deliver both challenges and rewards. When describing race ...

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, ...

A BEER WITH: CHERISE STANDER

  After losing her husband and best friend, Burry Stander, on 3 January 2013, Cherise Stander has been on an e ...

THIS IS  AFRICA

  Africa is not for sissies – that much we all know. But this continent of extremes, microcosmically represent ...

BACK TO BACK WINS ON STAGE TWO AT CAPE PIONEER TREK

Alan Hatherly and Matt Beers, of Team Spur/Red-E, conquered the wind and their Momentum Health Cape Pioneer Trek, p ...

INDUSTRY: WHY MTB RIDES ARE TOUGHER FOR YOUR KIDS

We derive so much joy from riding our mountain bikes and most of us wish we’d discovered mountain biking at a much ...

BEUKES, LILL END MTB SERIES SEASON ON A HIGH

The curtains of the Ashburton Investments National MTB Series drew to a close in Kaapsehoop on Sunday. Sunshine and ...

TEAM SPUR KICK START CAPE PIONEER TREK WITH DOUBLE STAGE WINS

The Team Spur squads got the 2017 Momentum Health Cape Pioneer Trek, presented by Biogen, off to the best possible ...

IT’S ON! SIBLING SHOWDOWN FOR TEAM PYGA EURO STEEL

For the first time in mountain biking history, the Ashburton Investments National MTB Series is about to take over ...

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TESTED: BONTRAGER RALLY MIPS HELMET

There are so many helmet brands and models available these days. The quality is generally very high in terms of modern lids meeting required ...

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HOW SAFE IS YOUR HELMET?

Nobody rides a mountain bike without a helmet. It’s just not sensible, nor is it safe. But how safe is your helmet really? Is it past it’s p ...

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THE TWO TREK BIKES THAT WE JUST HAD TO RIDE

On August 2 and 3, Trek Bikes South Africa held it’s 2018 launch at the Avianto sports complex at Muldersdrift, just north of Joburg. Dubbed ...

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KAP SANI2C RIDERS STATS – THE 2017 REVEAL

If you haven’t yet done the annual Sani2c, you at least know someone that’s done it. In terms of participant numbers (over 4000), it’s the w ...

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CIOVITA HURT LOCKER, CHASE THE KIT

  What’s inside the Hurt Locker? That’s what everyone will be asking themselves when they line up for Chase the Kit. For those that don ...

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