Friday , 6 August 2021

 

TREAD Insight

ELEVEN REASONS A SCOTT SPARK SHOULD BE YOUR NEXT MOUNTAIN BIKE

ELEVEN REASONS A SCOTT SPARK SHOULD BE YOUR NEXT MOUNTAIN BIKE

First-tier bicycle brands are brands that invest heavily in innovation. These brands lead with new designs and fresh, cutting-edge technology. Few brands can claim to have been as influential as SCOTT, especially in the highly dynamic mountain bike s ...

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VIDEO: GETTING TO KNOW ALAN HATHERLY

VIDEO: GETTING TO KNOW ALAN HATHERLY

We shout at our screens to cheer on Alan Hatherly when he races against the best in the world – and beats most of them. But we don’t always see much more of the speedy South African than that. USWE, which is one of the brands that supports Hatherly, ...

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TOKYO GAMES: CANDICE LILL IS FEELING VERY OLYMPIC TODAY

TOKYO GAMES: CANDICE LILL IS FEELING VERY OLYMPIC TODAY

Candice Lill will represent South Africa in the women’s mountain bike Cross-country (XCO) at the Tokyo Olympic Games on Tuesday 27 July. It’s nine years since her first Olympic Games (almost a third of her life ago!) and she’s grown immensely as a ri ...

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7 WAYS MODERN BIKES HAVE CHANGED THE WAY WE RIDE

7 WAYS MODERN BIKES HAVE CHANGED THE WAY WE RIDE

Anyone that’s been riding mountain bikes for a while will appreciate the incredible changes in the bikes, especially over the past decade. It’s remarkable just how technologically advanced mountain bikes have become. With these changes in the bikes, ...

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HATHERLY ON TOKYO OLYMPICS: ‘I’M AIMING FOR TOP FIVE’

HATHERLY ON TOKYO OLYMPICS: ‘I’M AIMING FOR TOP FIVE’

On Monday 26 July, the world’s best male mountain bikers will do battle for the Olympic medals in Tokyo. The postponement of the contest by almost a full year has had a negative impact on some of the medal contenders and a positive impact on others. ...

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FIVE THINGS I LEARNED FROM A PROFESSIONAL BIKE FIT

FIVE THINGS I LEARNED FROM A PROFESSIONAL BIKE FIT

Part of my job is to test ride and write about different bikes. In a normal year I ride between 20-30 different bikes; during Covid-19’s reign, it’s been fewer as brands just don’t have much in the way of demo stock. Anyway, the topic here is bike fi ...

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THE RISE AND RISE OF ALAN HATHERLY

THE RISE AND RISE OF ALAN HATHERLY

As South Africans, we’re privileged to be able to root for our own Alan Hatherly when the world’s best XCO racers do battle at the biggest events. We’re fortunate to be able to watch most of his races live online or on TV and his rise to the top of t ...

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WHY IS SANTA CRUZ SOUTH AFRICA’S MOST EXCLUSIVE BIKE BRAND?

WHY IS SANTA CRUZ SOUTH AFRICA’S MOST EXCLUSIVE BIKE BRAND?

Paid partnership with Rush Sports No matter if you’re at a race with hundreds of others or on a local ride with a small group, you always remember seeing a Santa Cruz. It’s a bike brand that stands out because it doesn’t try to. Steeped in authentic ...

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THIS IS THE BEST WAY TO TRANSPORT AN eBIKE

THIS IS THE BEST WAY TO TRANSPORT AN eBIKE

Paid partnership with Sport and Cargo eBikes are fun to ride. But their greater weight and longer wheelbase can make them a challenge to transport. Don’t let this affect your enthusiasm though, there’s a solution - here’s the best way to transport eB ...

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THIS IS THE AVERAGE SOUTH AFRICAN MOUNTAIN BIKER

THIS IS THE AVERAGE SOUTH AFRICAN MOUNTAIN BIKER

Ever wondered what the average South African mountain biker looks like? Of course the answer may surprise you. How do you even get that information? We did the biggest survey ever of South African mountain bikers at the end of 2020, in association wi ...

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TAKE A TOUR OF THE NEW CONCEPT CYCLERY BALLITO

TAKE A TOUR OF THE NEW CONCEPT CYCLERY BALLITO

Paid Partnership with Specialized The move to a new location was driven by the expansion of the industrial area in which the original store was situated and the drive to provide the most accessible and convenient customer experience possible. With am ...

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CONCEPT CYCLERY BALLITO HAS A NEW HOME

CONCEPT CYCLERY BALLITO HAS A NEW HOME

Paid Partnership with Specialized South Africa On 1 February 2021 Concept Cyclery Ballito said a final farewell to its home of eight years and opened doors at a new location just one kilometre away in The Quarter Lifestyle Centre. The decision to mov ...

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THESE ARE SOUTH AFRICA’S MOST POPULAR MTB TRAILS

THESE ARE SOUTH AFRICA’S MOST POPULAR MTB TRAILS

  In our 2020 South African Mountain Biking Survey, presented by Garmin, one of the questions we asked was: Which is your favourite local mountain bike trail (the one you ride most)? We haven’t published the results yet because it’s not so strai ...

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FAREWELL DENNIS LAWRIE

FAREWELL DENNIS LAWRIE

Anyone who has loaded a mountain bike onto their car and headed out to Sabie in Mpumalanga has more than likely aimed their tyres down a trail built by Dennis Lawrie. From the mid 90’s national cross-country scene to the emergence of marathon racing, ...

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TREK GAINS SOUTH AFRICAN TRACTION

TREK GAINS SOUTH AFRICAN TRACTION

Paid partnership with Trek South Africa If there’s one bike brand that’s experienced its share of ebbs and flows during its existence in South Africa, it’s Trek. Between 2000 and 2016, one of the world’s leading bike brands has been distributed and m ...

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FAST IS FUN: THE NEW SPARK – A BIKE DESIGN REVOLUTION

FAST IS FUN: THE NEW SPARK – A BIKE DESIGN REVOLUTION

Paid partnership with SCOTT Sports Africa There was huge global interest in the launch of the new SCOTT Spark full-suspension mountain bike last week. And also plenty of discussion. The reason: SCOTT’s engineers moved integration to a new level with ...

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SIX MARATHON BIKES TESTED

SIX MARATHON BIKES TESTED

The bikes we have tested in the past nine months have been aimed at the South African marathon/stage-race market. They're all lightweight full-suspension 29ers, but all with different characters. Here’s a summary of those bikes from Specialized, Yeti ...

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THE NEW SCOTT SPARK – VERY DIFFERENT!

THE NEW SCOTT SPARK – VERY DIFFERENT!

There’s a conundrum that bike brands have had when it comes to modern XCO/Marathon bikes – either have great suspension or accommodate two bottles inside the main frame. SCOTT has just delivered the best compromise with a completely redesigned Spark ...

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GREG MINNAAR: UNFINISHED BUSINESS

GREG MINNAAR: UNFINISHED BUSINESS

He turns 40 in November. He's the most successful male downhill racer of all time. He's about to start his 22nd season as a pro. He's won 22 World Cups, finished on 81 World Cup podiums, won three World Cup Series titles and three World Championships ...

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FIVE STANDOUT FEATURES OF THE NEW SANTA CRUZ BLUR

FIVE STANDOUT FEATURES OF THE NEW SANTA CRUZ BLUR

There was much excitement in 2018 when Santa Cruz made its return to XC race bikes with the revival of the Blur with 29-inch wheels and the brand’s much touted VPP suspension design. This week a redesigned Blur was officially launched. Here are the f ...

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TAKE A TOUR OF SPECIALIZED PAARL

TAKE A TOUR OF SPECIALIZED PAARL

On 1 February 2021 Specialized Paarl opened its doors to the public in the midst of the Covid-19 Pandemic. Set in a converted wine cellar on a working wine and fruit farm the Specialized Paarl store nestles beneath the magnificent backdrop of Paarl M ...

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CELEBRATING WORLD BICYCLE DAY WITH SAPPI

CELEBRATING WORLD BICYCLE DAY WITH SAPPI

The bicycle provides so much inspiration that it’s little wonder it has its very own day dedicated to paying homage to this efficient and beautiful creation on World Bicycle Day on 03 June. We all have extremely happy memories of the first time we ro ...

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HOW TO TRANSPORT MULTIPLE FULL-SUS BIKES WITH THULE

HOW TO TRANSPORT MULTIPLE FULL-SUS BIKES WITH THULE

One mountain bike is usually a cinch to transport on any Thule rack. But as soon as you start travelling with more than one bike, that’s when your challenges can begin. They’re not major challenges, but they can be a little frustrating if you’re new ...

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TESTED: YETI SB115

TESTED: YETI SB115

If you’re not into me-too brands then you’ll be very aware that Yeti has been studiously designing a range of 29-inch full-suspension bikes over the past few years. After having tested the ASRc and then the SB4.5c, we  got to test the Yeti SB115 for ...

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MOUNTAIN BIKERS GET MARRIED AT SANI2C

MOUNTAIN BIKERS GET MARRIED AT SANI2C

Marinda Bootsma and Attie Tiley tied the knot on Saturday after completing the three-day 2021 KAP sani2c Adventure. Restonic SA, a proudly South African bedding business that has been supporting the KAP sani2c event for more than six years, sponsored ...

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MY GRAVEL EXPERIENCE: PART 3 – THE VERDICT

MY GRAVEL EXPERIENCE: PART 3 – THE VERDICT

Maybe it was because I was fresh, or maybe it was because it was a new experience for me, but my first long gravel ride was really enjoyable. So, I expected the second one to be similar, but it wasn’t. Here’s the third and final part of my gravel rid ...

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SOUTH AFRICA, DARKFEST IS BACK!

SOUTH AFRICA, DARKFEST IS BACK!

It’s the world’s biggest big-jump spectacle. It takes place every year in South Africa. It couldn’t take place in February 2021 because, well, Covid-19. But it’s on again, just a bit later. Find out more about Darkfest 2021 and why it matters to Sout ...

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WHY SUMMERPLACE FARM STAY IS SUCH A BUZZ

WHY SUMMERPLACE FARM STAY IS SUCH A BUZZ

The best way to measure how good the mountain biking is at a specific trails park or venue is after you have left and feel the desire to return to ride there. Our recent trip to the wilderness trails at Summerplace Farm Stay in Limpopo had us plannin ...

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TOKYO OLYMPICS: WHICH SA RIDERS WILL GO?

TOKYO OLYMPICS: WHICH SA RIDERS WILL GO?

As it currently stands, and assuming the postponed Tokyo Games go ahead as planned this year, two South Africans will compete in the mountain bike discipline of XCO at the 32nd Olympic Games in late July. But who will those two riders be? By Sean Bad ...

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PINKBIKE’S SATURDAY SENDS

PINKBIKE’S SATURDAY SENDS

We’ve all become familiar with Pinkbike’s Friday Fails weekly compilations. Recently, the world’s biggest mountain bike website started a Saturday Sends compilation, showcasing riders successfully executing some impressive sends! Here’s the most rece ...

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TESTED: BONTRAGER EVOKE

TESTED: BONTRAGER EVOKE

Mountain bike shoes – you want the best you can afford, but then you put them through hell from their first ride. It’s an emotional wrestle at first, but then, once they’re a few rides old, you focus on their functionality more. Here’s what we though ...

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WHICH IS THE BEST THULE SOLUTION FOR YOU?

WHICH IS THE BEST THULE SOLUTION FOR YOU?

The best way to transport your bicycle/s is the least-hassle way. Only when you have endured the frustration of trying to fit bikes into/onto a vehicle that’s not appropriately equipped, will you understand this. Thule, the world’s leading bicycle-ca ...

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LAYER UP WITH BONTRAGER’S CLASSY WINTER RANGE

LAYER UP WITH BONTRAGER’S CLASSY WINTER RANGE

The thing with winter cycling gear in South Africa is that it’s often a grudge purchase. Our winters are mostly mild and relatively short. But if you want to commit to a winter of riding outdoors, even if it’s only on weekends, then it’s worth invest ...

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A DOG’S TALE

A DOG’S TALE

Celebrating the joys of mountain biking through the eyes of the trail dog, aging Raven takes us from her driveway memories in British Columbia to the high deserts of Utah, to freshly cut South African trails and back again. We meet some of the feisti ...

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NEW FOX 34 – LIMIT-PUSHER, TURN-SMASHER, GRIN-MAKER

NEW FOX 34 – LIMIT-PUSHER, TURN-SMASHER, GRIN-MAKER

Just you and some thrilling singletrack. You have confidence in your ability and utter faith in your bike. It’s the perfect storm… That’s what you see in this refreshing three-minute video showing the new Fox 34 suspension fork in action as Eliot Jac ...

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TESTED: GARMIN VARIA RADAR

TESTED: GARMIN VARIA RADAR

If there is one product we have been eager to test for some time, it’s the Garmin Varia Radar. An innovative piece of technology that warns you of motor vehicles approaching from behind while you’re riding on a public road. But does it really do what ...

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MY GRAVEL EXPERIENCE: PART 2 – THE FIRST SHAKY DANCE

MY GRAVEL EXPERIENCE: PART 2 – THE FIRST SHAKY DANCE

My first gravel ride was on my own. I rode some tar and then rolled into Northern Farm, the most popular mountain bike trails park in Johannesburg. One of the reasons it’s so popular is because it caters very well for beginner mountain bikers with pl ...

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TACX FLUX 2 THE SMART TRAINER FOR THE DISCERNING RIDER

TACX FLUX 2 THE SMART TRAINER FOR THE DISCERNING RIDER

How fortunate are we that there are a number of smart trainers from which to choose these days! So many brands, so many models, it’s almost overwhelming. But it doesn’t have to be because the discerning buyer is choosing the Tacx Flux 2. Here’s why. ...

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MESA 2: THE DESERT SEQUEL

MESA 2: THE DESERT SEQUEL

The Utah desert is widely revered as the freeride mountain bike proving ground. Ethan Nel and Tom van Steenbergen confirm that in Mesa 2, the sequel to Mesa, where they ride and style their way down and over some ridiculously steep gradients and a co ...

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GIRLS GOTTA EAT DIRT

GIRLS GOTTA EAT DIRT

No Lycra, no gloves, no protective padding. Lots of confident, flowy riding, denim shorts and giggles. This six-minute video featuring three riding friends, Avra Saslow, Clare Hamilton and Delilah Cupp, is the best women’s mountain biking video we ha ...

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SA CYCLING SAFETY SURVEY: THE RESULTS

SA CYCLING SAFETY SURVEY: THE RESULTS

We recently teamed up with Garmin to create the South African Cycling Safety Survey, which we ran digitally for four weeks. A total of 1029 responded to the survey across the spectrum of road cyclists, mountain bikers, triathletes and others. Here ar ...

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IS GRAVEL ALL IT’S CRACKED UP TO BE?

IS GRAVEL ALL IT’S CRACKED UP TO BE?

Unlike 29ers and eBikes, which I have thoroughly embraced, I have always had a negative attitude towards gravel bikes. It was exacerbated by gravel bike developments that mimicked the evolution of mountain bikes. Are we just going backwards or around ...

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THE SLATELINE WITH GEE ATHERTON

THE SLATELINE WITH GEE ATHERTON

Former Downhill world champion, Gee Atherton, is not afraid of a fresh challenge. After recently conquering the Ridgeline , he turned his focus to a steep, gnarly old slate quarry. Sharp, loose and unpredictable is what slate stone is to ride – and t ...

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MIND THE GAP – PART 4: THE DRESS REHEARSAL

MIND THE GAP – PART 4: THE DRESS REHEARSAL

Since the actual goal is for Cade to clear the big road gap at the end of the Grootfontein Flowline, we headed there to meet Barry Crouse, the guy that’s offered to help Cade (and I) to improve our jumping. It turned out to be an unexpectedly key ses ...

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WIN THIS DT SWISS F232 ONE FORK WORTH R19500!

WIN THIS DT SWISS F232 ONE FORK WORTH R19500!

Want to improve the performance of your 100mm XC/Marathon bike? Then enter this competition and stand a chance to win the DT Swiss F232 One fork as tested by the TREAD team recently. We tested the fork, had it serviced and repacked into its original ...

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NINE SUB-R15K HARDTAILS WE WOULD BUY

NINE SUB-R15K HARDTAILS WE WOULD BUY

“What bike should I buy? I have been riding an old second-hand bike for a while, but I want to buy something more modern that’s reliable and that I can enter some races on. I don’t have a big budget so I can’t afford a full-suspension bike.” We get t ...

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WHY RBC IS SOUTH AFRICA’S PREMIERE MTB SUSPENSION SPECIALIST

WHY RBC IS SOUTH AFRICA’S PREMIERE MTB SUSPENSION SPECIALIST

Suspension is an integral part of modern mountain bikes. It helps you with control and traction when tackling rough terrain and it delivers comfort over uneven surfaces. Like any moving part, suspension experiences wear and tear and needs attention. ...

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COVID CANCELLED DARKFEST, BUT THERE’S ALWAYS THIS…

COVID CANCELLED DARKFEST, BUT THERE’S ALWAYS THIS…

Darkfest is a gathering of the world’s best slopestyle and free riders who spend a few days doing some of the world’s biggest jumps. They’re fearless and fantastic. Since 2019, Darkfest, presented by Monster, has been taking place at Hellsend, Stelle ...

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REVIEW: SAFE SEAL TYRE SEALANT

REVIEW: SAFE SEAL TYRE SEALANT

Tubeless technology has undoubtedly made mountain biking even more fun. But only if everything works like it’s meant to. We have done a lot of riding over the summer and besides our own bikes, have been riding test bikes and test tyres. We have used ...

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GARMIN’S NEW POWER PEDALS TO ARRIVE IN SOUTH AFRICA SOON

GARMIN’S NEW POWER PEDALS TO ARRIVE IN SOUTH AFRICA SOON

Garmin today (24 March 2021) launched three new models of power-measuring pedals, named Garmin Rally. Mountain bikers are sure to embrace the XC model, which is compatible with Shimano’s SPD cleats, the most popular mountain bike cleat/pedal system i ...

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