Sunday , 29 November 2020

 

TREAD Insight

OVEREND VS TOMAC

OVEREND VS TOMAC

This video is five years old now, but we love how mountain bike racing pioneer and the first ever cross-country world champion, Ned Overend, describes his old race bike and the battles that he had with his arch rival, John Tomac in the early days of ...

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HIS & HERS PANIC-TRAINING DIARY: THE NEAR WITHDRAWAL

HIS & HERS PANIC-TRAINING DIARY: THE NEAR WITHDRAWAL

It’s been a while since we last wrote about our His and Hers 2020 KAP sani2c build-up because there’s been some drama! We hit a few snags and for a while it seemed like we were going to call it off but then, with no more days left before entries clos ...

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FLAT-OUT RIDING DRY AND DUSTY SOUTH AFRICAN TRAILS

FLAT-OUT RIDING DRY AND DUSTY SOUTH AFRICAN TRAILS

South African Tim Bentley is possibly the best all-round dirt bike rider in the country. The guy can dirt-jump, race Enduro and send Downhill – all ridiculously well. Check out this short summary of him shredding his Pyga Slakline on the Stellenbosch ...

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TREAD TOP TRAILS 2020 – NUMBER 8

TREAD TOP TRAILS 2020 – NUMBER 8

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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MIND THE GAP: JUMPING PART 2 – THE IMPORTANCE OF SPEED

MIND THE GAP: JUMPING PART 2 – THE IMPORTANCE OF SPEED

After having got some elementary stuff under the belt in Part 1, we set about practising what our jump coach, Barry Crouse, had taught us. For me, this was relaxing more and letting the bike come up on the take-off and for Cade it was getting more co ...

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LOVE BIKES? NEED AN INCOME? WHY NOT BECOME A BICYCLE MECHANIC?

LOVE BIKES? NEED AN INCOME? WHY NOT BECOME A BICYCLE MECHANIC?

Covid-19 rightfully gets a lot of negative publicity. But the lockdowns and significant changes to our plans and goals have helped many to take stock of what’s really important. Those that have lost jobs have found ways to earn a living by pursuing t ...

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FROM FRESH PRINCE TO NOBLE KING – GREG MINNAAR REFLECTS ON HIS ROOTS

FROM FRESH PRINCE TO NOBLE KING – GREG MINNAAR REFLECTS ON HIS ROOTS

With 22 World Cup wins, 81 World Cup podiums, three World Cup Series wins and three World Championship wins, South Africa’s Greg Minnaar is the undoubted king of downhill racing. On 13 November 2020, his 39th birthday, Minnaar looks back to his roots ...

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FIVE REASONS THE NEW 947 RIDE JOBURG MTB RACE ROCKED

FIVE REASONS THE NEW 947 RIDE JOBURG MTB RACE ROCKED

With consistent entry numbers of 4 000 and more over the past few years, the 947 Ride Joburg Mountain Bike Challenge has become the largest one-day mountain bike race in South Africa. The 2020 edition went ahead this past Sunday despite Covid-19 lock ...

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SHAPES IN THE CITY

SHAPES IN THE CITY

We came across this video when we happened across the making of it on RedBull TV. We were simply blown away that a South African laaitie is so incredibly skilled on a bike! Watch BMX Street Rider, Murray Loubser, carve his own interesting shadows at ...

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HIS & HERS PANIC-TRAINING DIARY: THE FEAR

HIS & HERS PANIC-TRAINING DIARY: THE FEAR

Thanks to the South African government’s various lockdown restrictions, Sean and Joanne Badenhorst haven’t done a team stage race together in more than a year. But that’s about to change as they find motivation in fear to do four weeks of panic train ...

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ONLY ONE BOTTLE CAGE: IS THIS STILL A DEAL BREAKER?

ONLY ONE BOTTLE CAGE: IS THIS STILL A DEAL BREAKER?

In South Africa, where endurance mountain biking still dominates the market, two bottle cages inside the bike’s frame has become a critical feature for many. Some bike brands offer this, but others, by way of their suspension design, can’t. As we hea ...

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ALL SET FOR A KAP SANI2C WITH A DIFFERENCE

ALL SET FOR A KAP SANI2C WITH A DIFFERENCE

A very different and exciting KAP sani2c is set to take place from 2-5 December 2020 (The Adventure is from 2-4 December, and the Race is 3-5 December), with a smaller field and no longer a Trail version of the event. The elite race will provide the ...

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GET LOST IN THE MOMENT

GET LOST IN THE MOMENT

Yes, we know we published a sick Brandon Semenuk video recently, but it reminded us of that other Semenuk cinematic masterpiece, Get Lost In the Moment. It’s also a piece of art in that it was shot with one take and two bikes. It’s also got a great s ...

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IS THIS THE BEST CYCLING COMPANY TO WORK FOR?

IS THIS THE BEST CYCLING COMPANY TO WORK FOR?

Leading cycling clothing brand, Ciovita, recently introduced a Ciovita Culture Credits programme for its staff. It’s a programme that encourages them to ride their bikes and help immerse them even deeper into the cycling culture; and it’s already a g ...

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MINNAAR GRABS 22ND CAREER WORLD CUP VICTORY

MINNAAR GRABS 22ND CAREER WORLD CUP VICTORY

South African mountain bike legend, Greg Minnaar, extended his all-time World Cup-win record when he claimed victory at Round 3 of the abbreviated 2020 UCI Downhill World Cup in Lousa, Portugal on Friday. By Sean Badenhorst The 38-year-old Pietermari ...

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MIND THE GAP: THE QUEST TO LEARN HOW TO JUMP

MIND THE GAP: THE QUEST TO LEARN HOW TO JUMP

There are two kinds of mountain bikers – those that can jump and those that can learn to jump. Jumping a mountain bike is one of the coolest things to do. It feels good and it looks really impressive. It’s something anyone of any age can do. We’ve se ...

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PINKBIKE’S FRIDAY FAILS

PINKBIKE’S FRIDAY FAILS

Pinkbike, the world’s most popular cycling website, publishes a compilation of mountain bike fails every Friday. It’s difficult to watch. Not really. It’s easy to watch because it’s packed with awkward crashes that we can all relate to. Well, most of ...

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YOU DON’T NEED A DROPPER SEATPOST. HERE’S WHY…

YOU DON’T NEED A DROPPER SEATPOST. HERE’S WHY…

First it was tubeless tyres. Then disc brakes. Then 29-inch wheels. Then 2x drivetrains. Then 650B and 650B Plus wheels. Then 1x drivetrains. Then Boost-width hubs. Then slacker geometry. Then e-Bikes. Then electronic shifting. Mountain biking is und ...

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HOW HARRIS BROKE DREYER’S FREEDOM CHALLENGE RECORD

HOW HARRIS BROKE DREYER’S FREEDOM CHALLENGE RECORD

Alex Harris fought through high temperatures and sleep deprivation to ultimately break the Race Across South Africa (RASA) record when he crossed the finish line in Wellington on Wednesday, 21 October. The 49-year-old completed the 2150km challenge, ...

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CAN SOUTH AFRICA END 2020 ON A MEDAL HIGH?

CAN SOUTH AFRICA END 2020 ON A MEDAL HIGH?

In 2019, Robyn de Groot became the first South African woman to win a UCI Mountain Bike Marathon World Championships medal when she scooped the bronze in a sprint finish at the end of a gruelling 70km/3500m ascent battle in Grachen, Switzerland. This ...

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JUST WHEN YOU THINK YOU’VE SEEN IT ALL…

JUST WHEN YOU THINK YOU’VE SEEN IT ALL…

In less than two minutes, Brandon Semenuk , winner of the 2019 Redbull Rampage, will blow your mind with a series of tricks performed at an abandoned mine to the simple soundtrack of a his freehub and his crunching tyres on the soil. Man. Bike. Talen ...

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SOUTH AFRICAN ‘GRAVEL’ BRAND FINDS GLOBAL TRACTION

SOUTH AFRICAN ‘GRAVEL’ BRAND FINDS GLOBAL TRACTION

Gravel riding has been gaining popularity over the past five years, largely driven by the United States, where gravel racing has caught on in a big way, stimulating a fresh bicycle market segment that actually makes sense. A South African visionary s ...

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TESTED: 2021 CANNONDALE SCALPEL CARBON 3

TESTED: 2021 CANNONDALE SCALPEL CARBON 3

It wasn’t that long ago that we published our last  Cannondale Scalpel bike test. It was on the 2017 version of the edgy American brand and it was generally very positive. Not long after that, over Zoom in May this year, Cannondale launched its 2021 ...

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SA WOMEN TO MAKE A STATEMENT AT XCO WORLD CHAMPS

SA WOMEN TO MAKE A STATEMENT AT XCO WORLD CHAMPS

To have one woman from a non-European country competing at the highest level in mountain bike racing is a gift. South Africa has three! Candice Lill, Cherie Redecker and Mariske Strauss aren’t expected to contest the medals at the 2020 UCI XCO World ...

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MOUNTAIN BIKING’S GOLDEN AGE

MOUNTAIN BIKING’S GOLDEN AGE

We’ve seen a number of videos launching new bike models in the recent ‘digital media’ years, some of which are good, some of which are predictable, some of which make us wonder who agreed to pay for this poor production? Usually, sticking to the bike ...

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HATHERLY JOINS THE WORLD CHAMPS MEDAL HUNT

HATHERLY JOINS THE WORLD CHAMPS MEDAL HUNT

It’s been eight years since South Africa won an Elite Men’s XCO World Championship medal, but two strong rides at Nove Mesto last week have put South Africa’s Alan Hatherly in with a podium shot at the 2020 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in Le ...

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8 SELF-DEFENCE TIPS FOR FEMALE MOUNTAIN BIKERS

8 SELF-DEFENCE TIPS FOR FEMALE MOUNTAIN BIKERS

We find ourselves in an unfortunate situation in South Africa. The very high unemployment rate has accelerated the incidence of both petty and violent crime. And it’s increased during the lockdown. As female mountain bikers, we need to take charge an ...

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DO YOU LOVE BOOBIES TOO?

DO YOU LOVE BOOBIES TOO?

You can sugar coat names to make people feel more comfortable; or you can cut to the chase and call it what it is. Breast cancer robs us of mothers, sisters, daughters, wives and friends in large numbers every year. ILoveBoobies has aligned with moun ...

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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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