Thursday , 14 November 2019

TREAD Insight

GOAL ACHIEVED. MARRIAGE INTACT. MEMORIES MADE. WHAT AN EVENT!

GOAL ACHIEVED. MARRIAGE INTACT. MEMORIES MADE. WHAT AN EVENT!

His and Hers Sean and Joanne Badenhorst are a married couple with full-time work and family commitments. Having ridden bicycles for over 30 years, they’ve got loads of experience and are now tackling some mid-life bicycle riding challenges together. ...

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SOUTH AFRICAN MTB RACE SURVEY, PRESENTED BY GARMIN

SOUTH AFRICAN MTB RACE SURVEY, PRESENTED BY GARMIN

South Africa is a world leader in terms of mountain bike races. A packed calendar from January until December takes advantage of our generally great year-round weather and includes hundreds of mountain bike events designed to challenge and reward par ...

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CRANKCHAOS 2019: WE CAME, WE SAW, WE CRANKED!

CRANKCHAOS 2019: WE CAME, WE SAW, WE CRANKED!

On the 31st of October, CrankChaos riders and spectators from across Southern Africa descended on the mountain kingdom of Lesotho. The incomparable views you get when riding the Maluti Mountains of Lesotho. Photo Credit - Dom Barnardt CrankChaos is a ...

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SAVANAH ORIGIN OF TRAILS PROUD SUPPORT OF THE STELLENBOSCH TRAIL FUND

SAVANAH ORIGIN OF TRAILS PROUD SUPPORT OF THE STELLENBOSCH TRAIL FUND

The organizers of Stellenbosch’s “MTB Party of the year”, the Savanna Origin of Trails MTB Experience that will take place at the Blaauwklippen Wine Estate on Saturday 30 November 2019 and Sunday 01 December 2019, are proud to promote the building an ...

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‘DIVE IN; STEER OUT; LET IT DANCE…

‘DIVE IN; STEER OUT; LET IT DANCE…

If you haven’t already seen it, you’re missing out. And if you have, you’ll never be able to watch it enough… Bryn Atkinson gives a masterful display of how to flippen ride a bike on twisty singletrack aboard his 2020 Norco Optic. Dayum! If this does ...

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WINES2WHALES DIARY: OUR FATE IS NOW IN THE HANDS OF THE WEATHER

WINES2WHALES DIARY: OUR FATE IS NOW IN THE HANDS OF THE WEATHER

His and Hers It’s 2019 FNB Wines2Whales Shiraz race week and Joanne and Sean Badenhorst of Team TREAD had a rather chilled training week ahead of their big test! They’re a married couple with full-time work and family commitments. They have been cycl ...

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BIKES OF THE 2019 ABSA CAPE EPIC – ALL THE STATS

BIKES OF THE 2019 ABSA CAPE EPIC – ALL THE STATS

The Absa Cape Epic is seen globally as the ultimate test in mountain bike stage racing. A combination of the world’s best racers, the potential for extreme weather conditions, rugged terrain and the high pressure that comes with a UCI HC-race ranking ...

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WELCOME CHANGE OF SCENERY AS RACE WEEK LOOMS!

WELCOME CHANGE OF SCENERY AS RACE WEEK LOOMS!

His and Hers With just over one week remaining until the start of the 2019 FNB Wines2Whales Shiraz, Joanne and Sean Badenhorst of Team TREAD hit the road and got in a few rides on some  classy KZN trails. They’re a married couple with full-time work ...

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OH OH! A MIDLIFE HEALTH CHALLENGE WEEK

OH OH! A MIDLIFE HEALTH CHALLENGE WEEK

His and Hers With just over two weeks remaining until the start of the 2019 FNB Wines2Whales Shiraz, Joanne and Sean Badenhorst of Team TREAD hit some mid-life snags. They’re a married couple with full-time work and family commitments. They have been ...

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STAN’S TAKES PUNCTURE REPAIR TO THE NEXT LEVEL

STAN’S TAKES PUNCTURE REPAIR TO THE NEXT LEVEL

Stan’s NoTubes is proud to introduce the DART, an entirely new and better way to repair tubeless tyre punctures and slices that are 5mm or larger. Although Stan's Sealant alone handles most punctures, the DART makes the toughest tubeless tyre repairs ...

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THESE ARE THE TRAVEL PREFERENCES OF SOUTH AFRICAN CYCLISTS

THESE ARE THE TRAVEL PREFERENCES OF SOUTH AFRICAN CYCLISTS

What are the travel preferences of South African cyclists and mountain bikers? It’s a simple question that’s been asked often, but the answer is, not surprisingly, multi-layered. Club Med and TREAD teamed up to create a survey to find out more. Durin ...

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THE VALUE OF SOLID PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL PREPARATION

THE VALUE OF SOLID PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL PREPARATION

His and Hers With just over three weeks remaining until the start of the 2019 FNB Wines2Whales Shiraz, Joanne and Sean Badenhorst of Team TREAD opted for a slightly easier training week to recover from the bigger previous week that culminated in a tw ...

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SPUR HIGH SCHOOLS SERIES FINAL – WHAT IMPRESSED AND FRUSTRATED US

SPUR HIGH SCHOOLS SERIES FINAL – WHAT IMPRESSED AND FRUSTRATED US

The TREAD crew spent some time at Wagpos High School, Brits, to experience Day 1 of the finals of the 2019 Spur Schools Mountain Bike League. Here are eight things that really stood out for us. The passion With over 500 competitors either waiting to ...

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2019 ABSA CAPE EPIC: ALL THE RIDER STATS

2019 ABSA CAPE EPIC: ALL THE RIDER STATS

The Absa Cape Epic is a race, not a ride. It’s eight days of pressure, not pleasure. It’s not a point-to-point event, but it is a journey – of discovery. Every single participant at the 2019 Cape Epic, whether he/she finished or not, discovered somet ...

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TEAMWORK FOUNDATION IN PLACE

TEAMWORK FOUNDATION IN PLACE

His and Hers With four weeks remaining until the start of the 2019 FNB Wines2Whales Shiraz, Joanne and Sean Badenhorst of Team TREAD tackled a two-day stage race close to home as their final preparation event. They’re a married couple with full-time ...

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NOW THATS A BETTER TRAINING WEEK!

NOW THATS A BETTER TRAINING WEEK!

His and Hers With five weeks remaining until the start of the 2019 FNB Wines2Whales Shiraz, Joanne and Sean Badenhorst of Team TREAD both had solid training weeks. Sean upped his game properly! They’re a married couple with full-time work and family ...

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UBHEJANEX ENTRIES FILLING UP RAPIDLY

UBHEJANEX ENTRIES FILLING UP RAPIDLY

Durban – The 2019 edition of the uBhejaneX MTB Challenge from Hillcrest to Hluhluwe from 5-7 December in aid of rhino conservation has already set a new record entry and is once again proving to be a popular choice for mountain bike riders of varying ...

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HIS FRUSTRATION, HER PROGRESSION

HIS FRUSTRATION, HER PROGRESSION

His and Hers With six weeks remaining until the start of the 2019 FNB Wines2Whales Shiraz, Joanne and Sean Badenhorst of Team TREAD once again had two very different training weeks! They’re a married couple with full-time work and family commitments. ...

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GEAR CHOICE AT THE 2019 ABSA CAPE EPIC: ALL THE STATS

GEAR CHOICE AT THE 2019 ABSA CAPE EPIC: ALL THE STATS

Not only does the Absa Cape Epic test riders to their physical, mental and emotional limits, it’s also considered one of the most extreme tests of bicycles and gear. The mostly hot, dry conditions, rugged terrain and varying strains of sand and dust ...

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THE RISE AND FALL – OF TEAM TREAD

THE RISE AND FALL – OF TEAM TREAD

His and Hers With seven weeks remaining until the start of the 2019 FNB Wines2Whales Shiraz, Joanne and Sean Badenhorst of Team TREAD faced some fresh challenges! They’re a married couple with full-time work and family commitments. They have been cyc ...

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TAKE OUR SURVEY AND STAND TO WIN ONE OF TWO GARMIN EDGE 530 GPS UNITS!

TAKE OUR SURVEY AND STAND TO WIN ONE OF TWO GARMIN EDGE 530 GPS UNITS!

Every time we ride our bikes, we’re travelling. Physically and emotionally, every ride removes us from our daily grind. Like a mini-holiday. But of course the real bonus is when we get to take our bicycles away to ride them somewhere else for a few d ...

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HIS NEW INJURIES AND HER OLD INJURIES.

HIS NEW INJURIES AND HER OLD INJURIES.

With eight weeks remaining until the start of the 2019 FNB Wines2Whales Shiraz, Joanne and Sean Badenhorst of Team TREAD faced two different challenges. They’re a married couple with full-time work and family commitments. They have been cycling for o ...

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9 WEEKS UNTIL D-DAY

9 WEEKS UNTIL D-DAY

With nine weeks remaining until the start of the 2019 FNB Wines2Whale Shiraz, Joanne and Sean Badenhorst began their preparation in earnest. They’re a married couple with full-time work commitments. This won’t be their first stage race as a teammates ...

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COME MOUNTAIN BIKING IN THE FRENCH ALPS, THEY SAID. HOW COULD WE REFUSE?

COME MOUNTAIN BIKING IN THE FRENCH ALPS, THEY SAID. HOW COULD WE REFUSE?

By Sean Badenhorst I’ve never seen myself as a person that would spend a holiday at a Club Med resort. My perception of Club Med is not too dissimilar from those old Peter Stuyvesant cigarette adverts we would see at the movies in the 80s and 90s. Id ...

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UNCLE FISH BEST SUITED TO DAMP TRANS BAVIAANS REPEAT

UNCLE FISH BEST SUITED TO DAMP TRANS BAVIAANS REPEAT

Gawie Combrinck and Gerrit de Vries, riding as the aptly named Uncle Fish team overcame damp conditions to win a very challenging Trans Baviaans Repeat; on Saturday, 17 August. The second event in the 2019 Trans Baviaans stable, which followed the sa ...

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SA WOMEN’S MTB SURVEY RESULTS: PART 3 – YOUR GEAR AND BIKE PREFERENCES

SA WOMEN’S MTB SURVEY RESULTS: PART 3 – YOUR GEAR AND BIKE PREFERENCES

For women, mountain biking can be both liberating and intimidating. It can also be both stimulating and frustrating. Are women well catered for in South Africa? Based on our research, we estimate that women make up between 20-25% of the South African ...

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NEW SHIMANO DEORE XT & SLX GROUPSETS BRING 12-SPEED FEATURES TO MOUNTAIN BIKERS

NEW SHIMANO DEORE XT & SLX GROUPSETS BRING 12-SPEED FEATURES TO MOUNTAIN BIKERS

Building on the experiences of the world’s best mountain bike racers, Shimano has brought its race-winning technology to competitive and enthusiastic mountain bike riders. The new DEORE XT M8100 series, the latest iteration of the original MTB groups ...

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SA WOMEN’S MTB SURVEY RESULTS: PART 2 – YOUR SPENDING PREFERENCES

SA WOMEN’S MTB SURVEY RESULTS: PART 2 – YOUR SPENDING PREFERENCES

  If viewed on a smart phone, best viewed in landscape. For women, mountain biking can be both liberating and intimidating. It can also be both stimulating and frustrating. Are women well catered for in South Africa? Based on our research, we es ...

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RIDERS GEAR UP FOR GAUTENG’S PREMIER STAGE RACE

RIDERS GEAR UP FOR GAUTENG’S PREMIER STAGE RACE

More than 200 mountain bikers have rallied up for a three-day stage race – right in the heart of Gauteng. The third edition of the Glacier Cradle Traverse takes place from 5-7 April at Avianto Lifestyle Estate, Muldersdrift. With trails that are ofte ...

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SA WOMEN’S MTB SURVEY RESULTS: PART 1 – YOU AND YOUR RIDING

SA WOMEN’S MTB SURVEY RESULTS: PART 1 – YOU AND YOUR RIDING

For women, mountain biking can be both liberating and intimidating. It can also be both stimulating and frustrating. Based on our research, we estimate that women make up between 20-25% of the South African mountain bike market. Whether it’s a fifth ...

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HOMETOWN HEROES SHINE AT ATTAKWAS EXTREME

HOMETOWN HEROES SHINE AT ATTAKWAS EXTREME

Pyga Euro Steel’s Matthys Beukes has been crowned Momentum Health Attakwas Extreme presented by Biogen Champion for the second consecutive time. In the elite women’s category, 46-year old Yolande de Villiers (Team Altes Landhaus powered by Madmacs Ka ...

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INVESTEC-SONGO-SPECIALIZED OUT TO DEFEND THEIR ABSA CAPE EPIC TITLE

INVESTEC-SONGO-SPECIALIZED OUT TO DEFEND THEIR ABSA CAPE EPIC TITLE

Jaroslav Kulhavý and Howard Grotts return, with Simon Andreassen and Christoph Sauser, to defend their Absa Cape Epic title for Investec-songo-Specialized in 2019. The Czech Express, as Jaroslav Kulhavý is fondly known, is uniquely suited for the tri ...

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SA STAGE RACES – WHICH OFFER THE BEST VALUE?

SA STAGE RACES – WHICH OFFER THE BEST VALUE?

There’s been a decline in number of entries at mountain bike events over the past couple of years. It’s partly a sign of a maturing market, partly due to the depressed economy and partly due to the growth of mountain bike trails parks throughout the ...

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BIKE STATS OF THE 2018 KAP SANI2C

BIKE STATS OF THE 2018 KAP SANI2C

While mountain biking has become hugely popular, there remains limited data on one of South Africa’s most popular forms of sport/exercise. It’s been an objective of ours to change this through regular TREAD surveys. Here are stats and analysis with s ...

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GEAR CHOICE AT THE 2018 KAP SANI2C – ALL THE STATS

GEAR CHOICE AT THE 2018 KAP SANI2C – ALL THE STATS

What kind of gear is being used at the KAP Sani2c? With over 4000 participants, it’s one of the most significant South African mountain bike events. Having done our first TREAD Sani2c survey in 2017, we also have stats to compare to. Which are the mo ...

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5 ASPECTS OF THE BUCO DR EVIL CLASSIC THAT SET IT APART FROM THE REST

5 ASPECTS OF THE BUCO DR EVIL CLASSIC THAT SET IT APART FROM THE REST

The Buco Dr Evil Classic 3 Day Stage Race will be 8 years old in 2019, and has become the best reason to head to the Garden Route on the Heritage day weekend. Next year’s dates are Thursday 19th to Saturday 21st September, with Heritage Day falling o ...

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BIKE SHOP BOYS WRAP UP BUCO DR EVIL CLASSIC IN STYLE

BIKE SHOP BOYS WRAP UP BUCO DR EVIL CLASSIC IN STYLE

The young local team of Aidan Connelly and Rogan Smart, racing in the colours of The Bike Shop/SCOTT/Strocam wrapped up the 2018 BUCO Dr Evil Classic in style on Saturday. The pair dominated the event, winning all three stages overall and in the men’ ...

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BOYES AND TUNSTEAD VICTORIOUS AT THE 2018 KAROO TO COAST

BOYES AND TUNSTEAD VICTORIOUS AT THE 2018 KAROO TO COAST

The 2018 BUCO Karoo to Coast was won by Craig Boyes and Pauline Tunstead in remarkably different fashions, on Sunday the 23rdof September. Boyes held off his breakaway companions in a sprint for the line, while Tunstead slowly ground down the women’s ...

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VISUALLY IMPAIRED PARALYMPIC HOPEFUL TO TAKE ON KAROO TO COAST MTB CHALLENGE

VISUALLY IMPAIRED PARALYMPIC HOPEFUL TO TAKE ON KAROO TO COAST MTB CHALLENGE

Paralympic triathlon hopeful Gavin Kilpatrick, along with his tandem mountain bike guide Francois Esterhuizen, will ride the challenging 100km Buco Lions Karoo to Coast Mountain Bike Challenge later this month. The event is celebrating its twentieth ...

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COUNTDOWN TO FEDHEALTH MTB CHALLENGE BEGINS

COUNTDOWN TO FEDHEALTH MTB CHALLENGE BEGINS

Boschendal Farm Estate is primed to host the 4thannual Fedhealth MTB Challenge this coming weekend (Saturday, 15 and Sunday, 16 September 2018). The weekend’s action will kick off with the Fedhealth Kids MTB Events on Saturday.  Catering for ages 0 – ...

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KAP SANI2C RIDERS STATS – THE 2018 REVEAL

KAP SANI2C RIDERS STATS – THE 2018 REVEAL

  It’s South Africa’s most popular mountain bike stage race. Actually, with over 4000 participants, it’s the biggest mountain bike stage race in the world. The KAP Sani2c was established in 2005 and has grown into an event that delivers a memora ...

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CHALLENGE ACCEPTED – 10 THINGS EVERY SANI2C NOVICE SHOULD KNOW

CHALLENGE ACCEPTED – 10 THINGS EVERY SANI2C NOVICE SHOULD KNOW

CHALLENGE ACCEPTED By Joanne Badenhorst When last did you do something that challenged you or scared you? Something that you never thought you were capable of? This is the story of a KAP sani2c novice that goes in underprepared and leaves overwhelmed ...

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ALAN HATHERLY CLAIMS FIRST U23 WORLD CUP WIN IN CANADA

ALAN HATHERLY CLAIMS FIRST U23 WORLD CUP WIN IN CANADA

On Sunday, 12 August in Mont Sainte-Anne, Canada Team Spur's Alan Hatherly controlled an explosive race in the U23 Men's category to win his first-ever UCI XCO World Cup. The result in Canada, on "one of the hardest tracks on the [World Cup] circuit" ...

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SA WOMEN’S MTB SURVEY

SA WOMEN’S MTB SURVEY

More and more South African women are discovering the challenges and rewards of mountain biking. By our estimations 20-25% of mountain bikers are female. But is the SA cycling industry catering sufficiently for up to a quarter of the market? We decid ...

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CARMEN BUCHACHER FOUND GUILTY OF ANIT-DOPING RULE VIOLATION

CARMEN BUCHACHER FOUND GUILTY OF ANIT-DOPING RULE VIOLATION

Cycling South Africa reports that Carmen Buchacher has been found guilty of an anti-doping rule violation of Article 2.1 and Article 2.2 of the SAIDS Anti-Doping Rules after an out-of-competition test conducted on 3 March 2018 confirmed the presence ...

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MUD AND GLORY AT SA XCM CHAMPS 2018

MUD AND GLORY AT SA XCM CHAMPS 2018

The magnificent valley of Grabouw needs no introduction. Mountain bikers travel from all over the country to add this renowned trail to their bucket list. Advendurance and race director Francois Theron made sure this year’s event is going to be momen ...

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SRAM TIGHTENS ITS DRIVETRAIN GRIP

SRAM TIGHTENS ITS DRIVETRAIN GRIP

As if its increasing dominance in the performance mountain bike market wasn’t enough, SRAM has released NX Eagle. The fourth model in SRAM’s revolutionary 1x12 drivetrain is set to see the brand extend its influence into the significant, mid-range ma ...

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BIKES OF THE 2018 ABSA CAPE EPIC – ALL THE STATS

BIKES OF THE 2018 ABSA CAPE EPIC – ALL THE STATS

  The Absa Cape Epic is seen globally as the ultimate test in mountain bike stage racing. A combination of the world’s best racers, the potential for extreme weather conditions, rugged terrain and the high pressure that comes with a UCI HC race ...

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GEAR CHOICE AT THE 2018 ABSA CAPE EPIC: ALL THE STATS

GEAR CHOICE AT THE 2018 ABSA CAPE EPIC: ALL THE STATS

The Absa Cape Epic is an eight-day race that challenges the rider completely – mentally, emotionally and physically. It’s also a test of ‘teammateship’, where empathy and support are required. And significantly, it’s also a test of bicycles and gear. ...

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NEW XTR M9100 SERIES BRINGS THE MOST VERSATILE GROUPSET FOR XC, ENDURO & MARATHON RACERS

NEW XTR M9100 SERIES BRINGS THE MOST VERSATILE GROUPSET FOR XC, ENDURO & MARATHON RACERS

If there’s one thing certain in life it’s that the MTB world continues to push boundaries. Mountain bike racing develops year on year with courses becoming more demanding and bikes becoming more capable. Whether riders need the lightest set up, the m ...

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