Sunday , 27 September 2020

 

TREAD Insight

SOUTH ISLAND MTB PERFECTION

SOUTH ISLAND MTB PERFECTION

TREK rider Emil Johansson got stuck in New Zealand during the Covid-19 lockdown. Naturally, one of the world’s best Slopestyle riders made the most of this opportunity and teamed up with Hunt Cinema to make this remarkable video. The slow-mo shows ju ...

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FACE OFF: TREK SUPERCALIBER 9.8 VS TREK TOP FUEL 9.8

FACE OFF: TREK SUPERCALIBER 9.8 VS TREK TOP FUEL 9.8

When TREK launched the Supercaliber last year, we took one look at the specs and the photos and the videos and immediately decided it was made for TREK’s XCO World Cup racing team of Jolanda Neff, Emily Batty and Anton Cooper. When marathon bikes are ...

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EBIKE RESPECT REQUESTED AT SOUTH AFRICAN RACES

EBIKE RESPECT REQUESTED AT SOUTH AFRICAN RACES

No matter what you think of them, eBikes are firmly part of the bicycle market, both globally and in South Africa. While events had begun to welcome eBikes before the Covid-19 lockdown, it was rather new and parameters weren’t firmly established. Now ...

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BROKEN BOA SHOE FASTENER? THEN CHECK THIS OUT!

BROKEN BOA SHOE FASTENER? THEN CHECK THIS OUT!

Many mountain bike and road shoes come with the Boa fastening system that works really well in the way that it incrementally tightens (and loosens) your shoes so that you can achieve optimal comfort in any weather conditions. But the Boa system isn’t ...

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THE ALTERNATIVE TOUR DE FRANCE

THE ALTERNATIVE TOUR DE FRANCE

While the world’s best roadies do battle at the 2020 Tour de France, Kilian Bron has been doing his own interpretation of the Tour de France on his Shimano-equipped Commencal Meta. See some incredible French landscapes that the road event will never ...

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SHORT REVIEW: ADIDAS SP0002 COMPETITION EYEWEAR

SHORT REVIEW: ADIDAS SP0002 COMPETITION EYEWEAR

Once a dominant player in cycling (remember the Evil Eye and Evil Eye Pro?), Adidas has shifted its attention to making sports eyewear that’s suited to more than one sport. We spent a few rides wearing the SP0002 Competition. Here’s our take. The fir ...

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SHORT REVIEW: BONTRAGER PEDALS

SHORT REVIEW: BONTRAGER PEDALS

When you think of Bontrager, you don’t automatically think of pedals, but the component brand of TREK Bikes makes a range of pedals for road cycling and mountain biking. We have been riding with the Bontrager Comp MTB Pedals for a couple of weeks. Th ...

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REMEMBERING BURRY’S BIG BREAKTHROUGH

REMEMBERING BURRY’S BIG BREAKTHROUGH

We tragically lost Burry Stander on 3 January 2013. But we will never let his legacy fade. Despite his incredible achievements, at 25, his best years as a bike racer were still ahead of him. What made him so successful? Mostly his desire to be the be ...

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MINNAAR’S HOMETOWN WORLD TITLE

MINNAAR’S HOMETOWN WORLD TITLE

It’s seven years to the month since, Greg Minnaar won his third UCI DH World Championship in his home town of Pietermartizburg. It was an incredible performance under significant pressure. After his win in 2012, it was also a rare world title defence ...

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THE ONE SHIFTING MISTAKE MOST MOUNTAIN BIKERS STILL MAKE

THE ONE SHIFTING MISTAKE MOST MOUNTAIN BIKERS STILL MAKE

One of the main reasons mountain bikers struggle to maintain a good rhythm during a ride or race is that they find themselves in the wrong gear at a crucial moment and coming back from that mistake is at best frustrating, at worst dangerous and alway ...

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WHY IS SPECIALIZED SO SUCCESSFUL IN SOUTH AFRICA?

WHY IS SPECIALIZED SO SUCCESSFUL IN SOUTH AFRICA?

In South African mountain biking, Specialized is the most popular brand in bikes, helmets, shoes and gloves. Specialized is also among the most popular in tyres, socks and shorts. That’s some domination. Why is Specialized so successful in South Afri ...

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THE LOWDOWN ON SRAM’S DRIVETRAINS

THE LOWDOWN ON SRAM’S DRIVETRAINS

If it wasn’t for SRAM, we’d probably be holding cross-shifting support groups by now. SRAM revolutionised the mountain bike drivetrain and we’ll be forever grateful. Now offering Eagle 1x12 across the spectrum, we figured it would be worth sharing th ...

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THE MOUNTAIN BIKE OF SOUTH AFRICA’S NEAR FUTURE LOOKS LIKE THIS

THE MOUNTAIN BIKE OF SOUTH AFRICA’S NEAR FUTURE LOOKS LIKE THIS

The two most popular types of mountain bike in South Africa currently are the sub-R15 000 100mm-travel hardtail 29er and the sub-R65 000 100mm-travel full-suspension 29er. But that’s starting to change. And within five years you can expect the big de ...

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NEVER HESITATE! THE NEW CANNONDALE SCALPEL CHANGES RIDER BEHAVIOUR

NEVER HESITATE! THE NEW CANNONDALE SCALPEL CHANGES RIDER BEHAVIOUR

The quest to develop the 2021 Scalpel began almost three years ago, says Scott Vogelmann, Senior Product Manager at Cannondale. “We already had a great bike and we knew we didn’t need to rush. I met with the racing team at the Mont St Anne World Cup ...

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REVIEWED: POLAR GRIT X MULTISPORT SMART WATCH

REVIEWED: POLAR GRIT X MULTISPORT SMART WATCH

Polar has never really been a top-of-mind brand for mountain bikers. But the Grit X, a robust GPS smart watch, launched a few months ago, is helping the Finnish brand gain traction in its quest to meaningfully enhance the lives of adventure-based ath ...

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TREAD TOP TRAILS 2020 – NUMBER 9

TREAD TOP TRAILS 2020 – NUMBER 9

We’re fortunate to have such a variety of mountain bike trails in South Africa. From inner-city mountain bike parks to remote wilderness trails, from free-to-ride trails on public land to privately owned mountain biking gems. Since we launched TREAD ...

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THE BEST BIKES FOR AMBITIOUS KIDS

THE BEST BIKES FOR AMBITIOUS KIDS

Ambitious kids are daring, adventurous, fun-seekers and risk-takers. Ambitious kids are both challenging and rewarding to parent. Ambitious kids aren’t average kids and they need above-average bicycles to match their character. This top brand has got ...

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SA BICYCLE INDUSTRY FACES UNPRECEDENTED CHALLENGE

SA BICYCLE INDUSTRY FACES UNPRECEDENTED CHALLENGE

Covid-19 gave the South African bicycle industry it best winter ever, with a number of bicycle stores surpassing peak December sales in normally quiet months as demand for bicycles soared. But bicycle retailers are heading into a traditionally busy s ...

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ON FALLING

ON FALLING

We’ve all fallen. Some of us hard. It’s a fine line - owning a trail or groaning on your back next to a trail. This New Yorker documentary examines falling through the experiences of three competitive female mountain bikers. It’s not your average mou ...

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LADIES, 9 STEPS TO BECOMING A MOUNTAIN BIKER

LADIES, 9 STEPS TO BECOMING A MOUNTAIN BIKER

It can be intimidating getting into mountain biking. There’s a lot to consider – a lot of new stuff, especially if you’re not from a cycling background. But it’s well worth it for the fun, exercise, friendships and freedom it brings. Here’s our nine- ...

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WHY PRETORIA IS SOUTH AFRICA’S NEW MTB HOT SPOT

WHY PRETORIA IS SOUTH AFRICA’S NEW MTB HOT SPOT

You probably read that headline twice and then shook your head. With world-class mountain biking gold venues like Karkloof, Mankele, Stellenbosch, Grabouw and Cape Town, the last place you think of as a South African mountain biking hot spot is Preto ...

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THESE TWO EIGHT-YEAR-OLDS RIDE BETTER THAN YOU!

THESE TWO EIGHT-YEAR-OLDS RIDE BETTER THAN YOU!

Whistler A Line in Canada is one of the world’s most famous mountain bike trails. It’s a flow line that can be ridden by almost anyone. However, it can only be ridden with real style if you’re skilled. These two eight-year-olds, Sophie and Lyon, are ...

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2020 ABSA CAPE EPIC: ALL THE RIDER STATS

2020 ABSA CAPE EPIC: ALL THE RIDER STATS

The 2020 Absa Cape Epic was cancelled just 36 hours before it was due to start because of precautions relating to the Covid-19 virus. Over 1300 riders invested huge amounts of time, money and energy into preparing for the demanding eight-day race. A ...

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WHY THE TOP FUEL IS TREK’S SUPREME ALLROUNDER

WHY THE TOP FUEL IS TREK’S SUPREME ALLROUNDER

There was a time when your mountain bike did everything because there was just ‘the mountain bike’. Now, there are subcategories of subcategories of mountain bikes, each designed to fulfil demands of a certain type of riding. Different bikes for diff ...

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CYCLING COMMUNITY RESPONDS TO CALL TO SUPPORT STRICKEN MOUNTAIN BIKER

CYCLING COMMUNITY RESPONDS TO CALL TO SUPPORT STRICKEN MOUNTAIN BIKER

In a show of generosity and solidarity, the South African cycling community has rallied to assist fellow mountain biker, Abri Kuhn, who experienced a rapid descent from feeling mildly ill to ending up on life support in ICU within a few days. By Sean ...

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ADVICE FROM DOWNHILL RACING’S G.O.A.T

ADVICE FROM DOWNHILL RACING’S G.O.A.T

“You’ve got to switch off to switch on.” That’s one of Greg Minnaar’s bits of advice in this GMBN video, shot recently in conjunction with Oakley, where he’s relaxing at home in Pietermaritzburg and acing the world-class trails at Karkloof. ...

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GEAR CHOICE AT THE 2020 ABSA CAPE EPIC

GEAR CHOICE AT THE 2020 ABSA CAPE EPIC

You don’t spend months training for the Absa Cape Epic only to arrive at the start of the world’s most prestigious mountain bike stage race with inferior gear. Although the 2020 edition was cancelled, more than 90% of the participants completed the r ...

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SA WHOLESALER SAYS ‘BRING ON THE NEW NORMAL’

SA WHOLESALER SAYS ‘BRING ON THE NEW NORMAL’

The Covid-19 pandemic has thrown the global cycling industry into disarray. On one hand, creating a mini cycling boom as outdoor exercise becomes more desirable, on the other forcing consumers and cycling businesses to make adjustments both during th ...

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PURSUIT CHALLENGE: A STORY OF SURVIVAL – AND REVIVAL

PURSUIT CHALLENGE: A STORY OF SURVIVAL – AND REVIVAL

“Do you know all my passwords?” asked my wife, Joanne, after just less than an hour had passed during the 84km Pursuit Challenge at Buffelsdrift on Tuesday. “If I die on this ride, you’re going to need to know all my passwords,” she said as we made o ...

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REVIEWED: ROCKIT SMART TRAINER ENHANCER

REVIEWED: ROCKIT SMART TRAINER ENHANCER

If you’ve ridden a smart trainer with some level of consistency, you’ll know that it’s a different kind of ride to that which you experience outdoors. Virtual you, riding in a virtual world, racking up virtual sweat points to buy a virtual new bike. ...

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SEBASTIAN FLYNN – THE LITTLE GUY THAT JUMPS BIG

SEBASTIAN FLYNN – THE LITTLE GUY THAT JUMPS BIG

There aren’t many South African seven-year-olds clearing big gap jumps and landing huge drop-offs. Sebastian Flynn, a Grade 2 learner at SACS Junior in Cape Town is one of them. The little guy has big courage and loads of ambition. We interviewed him ...

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BIKES OF THE 2020 ABSA CAPE EPIC – ALL THE STATS

BIKES OF THE 2020 ABSA CAPE EPIC – ALL THE STATS

Although the 2020 Absa Cape Epic was cancelled 36 hours before the start due to Covid-19, 1274 of the 1372 participants that entered the world’s most prestigious mountain bike stage race completed the annual rider survey, which reveals that the value ...

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TREAD TOP TRAILS 2020 – NUMBER 10

TREAD TOP TRAILS 2020 – NUMBER 10

We’re fortunate to have such a variety of mountain bike trails in South Africa. From inner-city mountain bike parks to remote wilderness trails, from free-to-ride trails on public land to privately owned mountain biking gems. Since we launched TREAD ...

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NINE OF THE WORLD’S BEST IN ONE AMAZING 11-SECOND VIDEO SHOT!

NINE OF THE WORLD’S BEST IN ONE AMAZING 11-SECOND VIDEO SHOT!

The final shot in Return to Earth required careful coordination of athletes, filmers and support crew in order to capture nine riders coalescing into one frozen moment in time. The scene took only 11 seconds to film in real-time, but it took hundreds ...

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HIPPY HOP KNEE SLIDE – MUCH HARDER THAN IT LOOKS

HIPPY HOP KNEE SLIDE – MUCH HARDER THAN IT LOOKS

We’re among those that find Danny MacAskill difficult not to like. The incredibly skilled, humble Scotsman has been releasing a series of videos showing his behind-the-scenes struggles to achieve some of the more ambitious, outrageous tricks in his p ...

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THE ONE SIMPLE CHANGE THAT WILL IMPROVE YOUR RIDING INSTANTLY

THE ONE SIMPLE CHANGE THAT WILL IMPROVE YOUR RIDING INSTANTLY

It may seem complicated, but it isn’t really. When riding a mountain bike there are really only a handful of basics you need to learn; and once they become second nature, you will not only feel more confident while riding, but will also be able to go ...

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THE FUTURE OF SA MTB ACCORDING TO ERICA GREEN

THE FUTURE OF SA MTB ACCORDING TO ERICA GREEN

If we were to choose a First Lady of South African mountain biking, it would be foolish to name anyone other than Erica Green. Today she’s a mum, a business owner and a coach, but it’s her journey that began almost three decades ago and includes two ...

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THESE SMART CYCLING DEVICES COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE

THESE SMART CYCLING DEVICES COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE

South Africa is one of the most beautiful countries in which to ride a bicycle. Unfortunately, it can be also one of the most dangerous. Whether you’re a road cyclist or a mountain biker, there’s a perennial threat of danger on the tar or the trail. ...

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GEAR REVIEW: THULE ROUNDTRIP BIKE DUFFEL

GEAR REVIEW: THULE ROUNDTRIP BIKE DUFFEL

Being a women and cyclist, finding a bag that is practically perfect in every way, was never going to be easy. Some are too small, there is no possible way to fit all your cycling gear plus extra necessities. Some are too flimsy, they simply don’t ho ...

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WHY ARE MAXXIS TYRES SO DAMN POPULAR IN SOUTH AFRICA?

WHY ARE MAXXIS TYRES SO DAMN POPULAR IN SOUTH AFRICA?

We have run a number of surveys over the past few years and in every survey that asks which tyres riders are currently using, or favour, Maxxis comes out tops. Our most recent survey had Maxxis tyres at 57.88% as the preferred choice, with the neares ...

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SPECIALIZED EPIC EVO: THE PERFECT BIKE FOR THE IMPERFECT RIDER?

SPECIALIZED EPIC EVO: THE PERFECT BIKE FOR THE IMPERFECT RIDER?

We hinted last week in our initial assessment of the new Specialized S-Works Epic that the new Specalized S-Works Epic Evo, launched at the same time, would likely be a more appropriate, popular model in South Africa. Well, here’s the lowdown on why. ...

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TREAD TOP TRAILS 2020 – NUMBER 11

TREAD TOP TRAILS 2020 – NUMBER 11

We’re fortunate to have such a variety of mountain bike trails in South Africa. From inner-city mountain bike parks to remote wilderness trails, from free-to-ride trails on public land to privately owned mountain biking gems. Since we launched TREAD ...

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JOBURG TEEN CONQUERS THE BACKFLIP!

JOBURG TEEN CONQUERS THE BACKFLIP!

Dirt jumping is a sub-category of mountain biking that most love to watch, but few can ever hope to do. Dirt jumping is gradually growing in South Africa and, predictably, it’s the youngsters that are taking charge with tricks like Suicide no-hander, ...

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LOCKED IN HELLSEND – PART 3

LOCKED IN HELLSEND – PART 3

It’s hard to believe that the world’s biggest jump line is right here in South Africa. Hellsend Dirt Compound is what young mountain bikers around the world dream of riding. And a few young senders made sure that’s where they were when the South Afri ...

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SHRED PROFILE: KARLA STUMPF

SHRED PROFILE: KARLA STUMPF

You wouldn’t be the first to double-take when you see this rider with long blonde hair confidently sending the jumps on the Delta Park jump line in Johannesburg. Karla Stumpf has a well above average skill level for a young woman her age. Any age for ...

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R190 000 FOR THE NEW SPECIALIZED S-WORKS EPIC! IS IT WORTH IT?

R190 000 FOR THE NEW SPECIALIZED S-WORKS EPIC! IS IT WORTH IT?

There was much excitement earlier this week as the global embargo lifted and the new Specialized S-Works Epic model was officially launched. Lighter, faster and redder than any previous edition of ‘the winningest bike in XC history’. But at a price o ...

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NEW SRAM EAGLE OFFERS EASIER GEAR, BUT DO WE REALLY NEED IT?

NEW SRAM EAGLE OFFERS EASIER GEAR, BUT DO WE REALLY NEED IT?

Have you ever thought while you were riding your mountain bike with a SRAM Eagle 1x12 drivetrain: “I definitely need an easier gear?” The overwhelming majority of mountain bikers we asked this question to in the past few days said ‘No’. So why then d ...

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TACX NEO 2T REVIEW: THE BENCHMARK OF SMART TRAINERS

TACX NEO 2T REVIEW: THE BENCHMARK OF SMART TRAINERS

It was like a perfect storm for the smart trainer market: Lockdown regulations due to Covid-19 forced everyone to say home and then allowed only limited outdoor exercise; and then winter arrived. We got very familiar with the Tacx Neo 2T over the pas ...

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SANTA CRUZ GETS PLAYFUL WITH 5010 LAUNCH VIDEO

SANTA CRUZ GETS PLAYFUL WITH 5010 LAUNCH VIDEO

Santa Cruz is a relatively small bike brand that lets its bikes do the talking. Some years it launches no new models and other years its launches a whole bunch. Just a couple of months ago, Santa Cruz took the big leap into eBikes with the launch of ...

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COLD COMFORT: HOW TO DRESS FOR WINTER RIDES

COLD COMFORT: HOW TO DRESS FOR WINTER RIDES

In South Africa we are fortunate to have relatively mild winters, and the days usually warm up enough to ride fairly comfortably with only one extra layer, or some arm warmers. We do get some seriously cold snaps though, which send us rummaging throu ...

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