Wednesday , 3 March 2021

 

TREAD Insight

THIS DEVICE CAN SAVE YOUR LIFE. TAKE THIS SHORT SURVEY & STAND TO WIN ONE!

THIS DEVICE CAN SAVE YOUR LIFE. TAKE THIS SHORT SURVEY & STAND TO WIN ONE!

Riding on the road can be dangerous. No matter what bicycle you ride, there’s always a risk of being hit by a motor vehicle. Garmin’s Varia radar is a device that warns you of approaching vehicles from behind up to 140m away. We have teamed up with G ...

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RACING IS BACK! HERE’S A LIST OF EVENTS TO ENTER

RACING IS BACK! HERE’S A LIST OF EVENTS TO ENTER

Finally! Mountain bike racing can resume, albeit in a restricted format, following the shift in South Africa’s Covid-19 restrictions back down to Level 1 from 1 March 2021. Here’s a list of races between now and June 30 2021 to enter! GAUTENG March 7 ...

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THESE ARE SOUTH AFRICA’S TOP FIVE MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAILS

THESE ARE SOUTH AFRICA’S TOP FIVE MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAILS

The inaugural TREAD Top Trails campaign kicked off halfway through 2020. The objective was to showcase the range of amazing mountain bike trails parks in South Africa. We completed the countdown last week (mid-February 2021) and have compiled a summa ...

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THESE ARE SA’S MOST POPULAR MOUNTAIN BIKE GEAR BRANDS

THESE ARE SA’S MOST POPULAR MOUNTAIN BIKE GEAR BRANDS

In the final of our four part reveal of the results of the 2020 South African Mountain Biking Survey, presented by Garmin, we examine gear choices. A total of 3128 took our 50-question survey in December 2020. Our 2019 SA MTB Race Survey, also presen ...

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TESTED: WAHOO KICKR 5 (WITH CLIMB)

TESTED: WAHOO KICKR 5 (WITH CLIMB)

Wahoo recently updated its flagship smart trainer, the Kickr, known as the Kickr 5. Our team spent a few weeks putting it through its paces and also added the Kickr Climb to the set-up. Here’s what we experienced. Wahoo is the most popular home train ...

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THE IDEAL SOUTH AFRICAN MOUNTAIN BIKE

THE IDEAL SOUTH AFRICAN MOUNTAIN BIKE

If you were to recommend one mountain bike to an average committed South African mountain biker, what would it look like? Full-suspension for comfort and control. High-quality 29-inch wheels for roll-over efficiency. Adjustable geometry to be able to ...

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SOIL SEARCHING: THE QUIET CRAFTSMAN

SOIL SEARCHING: THE QUIET CRAFTSMAN

We’ve just named Karkloof as No. 1 in our TREAD Top Trails of 2020. If you’ve ridden Karkloof, you’ll know just how special the experience is. The man that’s primarily responsible for delivering that magical flow and consistent singletrack stimulatio ...

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TREAD TOP TRAILS 2020 – NUMBER 1

TREAD TOP TRAILS 2020 – NUMBER 1

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 GPS BRANDS THAT SOUTH AFRICAN MOUNTAIN BIKERS FAVOUR

THE GPS BRANDS THAT SOUTH AFRICAN MOUNTAIN BIKERS FAVOUR

In Part 3 of our four-part reveal of the 2020 South African Mountain Biking Survey, presented by Garmin, we look at the performance segment of the survey. The 13 questions were designed to find out more about how mountain bikers measure their trainin ...

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GOING PRO WITH MATT WALKER

GOING PRO WITH MATT WALKER

Matt Walker was a bit of a surprise winner of the 2020 UCI DH World Cup Series. Well, a surprise to most. But this video, shot mostly in Stellenbosch during his December training camp, confirms that his success in 2020 was no fluke. The quality of th ...

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MIND THE GAP PART 3: GETTING HEIGHT AND CONFIDENCE

MIND THE GAP PART 3: GETTING HEIGHT AND CONFIDENCE

Once Cade had learned the importance of speed, it was onto learning how to get height. Quite fortuitously, a guy named Matt Barnett had spent his 2020 Lockdown on building a jump park about 4km from our home. By Sean Badenhorst Cade jumping at a nigh ...

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TREAD TOP TRAILS 2020 – NUMBER 2

TREAD TOP TRAILS 2020 – NUMBER 2

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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THESE ARE SOUTH AFRICA’S MOST POPULAR MOUNTAIN BIKE BRANDS

THESE ARE SOUTH AFRICA’S MOST POPULAR MOUNTAIN BIKE BRANDS

In Part 2 of our four-part reveal of the 2020 South African Mountain Biking Survey, presented by Garmin, we focus on the bikes. A total of 3128 took our 50-question survey in December 2020. Our 2019 SA MTB Race Survey, also presented by Garmin, was m ...

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CAM ZINK’S BACKFLIP WORLD RECORD – IN HIS BACKYARD

CAM ZINK’S BACKFLIP WORLD RECORD – IN HIS BACKYARD

After becoming used to seeing incredible feats on highly sculpted jump lines over the past couple of years, we were pleasantly surprised at the natural, raw nature of the jumps in Cam Zink’s backyard (it’s a big backyard!), fondly called The Sandbox. ...

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THE FIVE BENEFITS OF UPGRADING YOUR WHEELS

THE FIVE BENEFITS OF UPGRADING YOUR WHEELS

It’s 2021. New bikes are somewhat scarce as a result of the effects of the global pandemic that saw bicycle popularity soar and demand overwhelm supply. Be patient. New bikes will eventually arrive. Can’t be patient? Then upgrade your wheelset in the ...

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YOU MUST RIDE WITH FLAT PEDALS! ERR, NO THANKS!

YOU MUST RIDE WITH FLAT PEDALS! ERR, NO THANKS!

You must ride with flat pedals! I kept coming across this statement/instruction in my quest to learn to jump properly with my son. So, I gave it bash for a month. All I rode for four weeks, on every single ride, was flat pedals. It turned out to be t ...

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2020 SA MOUNTAIN BIKING SURVEY: THE RESULTS!

2020 SA MOUNTAIN BIKING SURVEY: THE RESULTS!

The 2020 South African Mountain Bike Survey, presented by Garmin attracted a total of 3128 respondents. Of the that number, a total of 2877 answered every one of the 50 questions (not every question relates to everyone). This is an impressive sample ...

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DANNY MACASKILL – THE SLABS

DANNY MACASKILL – THE SLABS

Released this week, Danny MacAskill’s latest video, The Slabs, has had over 600 000 views already. It’s likely you may have watched it, but it’s worth a second look because it truly captures one man and his bike, armed with courage and skills, tackli ...

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TESTED: DT SWISS F232 ONE 29 FORK

TESTED: DT SWISS F232 ONE 29 FORK

The South African mountain bike market is a bit of an outlier when it comes to suspension forks. In most countries, upgrading a fork is fairly common. But in South Africa, it’s rare. But it doesn’t have to be. There’s nothing wrong with upgrading jus ...

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TREAD TOP TRAILS 2020 – NUMBER 3

TREAD TOP TRAILS 2020 – NUMBER 3

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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SPECIALIZED TYRES – WHY THEY’RE SUCH A GOOD OPTION

SPECIALIZED TYRES – WHY THEY’RE SUCH A GOOD OPTION

When you’re thinking of buying new tyres for your mountain bike, which three brands do you immediately think of? If you’re not a Specialized bicycle owner, you probably didn’t list Specialized did you? Well, interestingly, Specialized is the second m ...

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FABIO WIBMER’S HIGHS AND LOWS OF 2020

FABIO WIBMER’S HIGHS AND LOWS OF 2020

With over 6 million subscribers to his youtube channel, Fabio Wibmer is probably the most popular mountain biker in the world right now. He switched to Canyon bikes last year and wasn’t able to make as much video content as he’d like because of an in ...

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TREAD TOP TRAILS 2020 – NUMBER 4

TREAD TOP TRAILS 2020 – NUMBER 4

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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BEZHOEK: TRAILS, TENTS AND ADVENTURE  

BEZHOEK: TRAILS, TENTS AND ADVENTURE  

I had done the Bezhoek Extreme mountain bike race in 2019 and decided it was the toughest race I’d ever done. The route simply threw everything at me – and more.  So why would I be taking my wife back there to ride when I know she likes the enjoyment ...

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INTERNATIONAL TEAM SAYS ‘YES’ TO SOUTH AFRICA’S HILL

INTERNATIONAL TEAM SAYS ‘YES’ TO SOUTH AFRICA’S HILL

While 2020 was a year most professional bike racers would rather forget, it became the year when Sarah Hill’s international ambitions took a turn for the better. It was confirmed officially this week that the South African mountain bike racer will jo ...

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SAY CHEERS TO CABLE TIES!

SAY CHEERS TO CABLE TIES!

Mountain biker projects during South Africa’s Lockdown Level 5 and 4 in 2020 ranged from building backyard jump lines, riding around gardens for 24 hours and seeing how long you could trackstand for. For one Jeffreys Bay mountain biker, the hard lock ...

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THE LIMITS OF SUSPENSION

THE LIMITS OF SUSPENSION

Ever wondered what would happen if you bottomed-out the front and rear suspension of your bike at the same time? Well, Pinkbike’s 2020 bottoming out compilation featuring 28 bikes using all their travel – and their tyre pressure – will give you a goo ...

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TESTED: NORCO REVOLVER FS 100 AXS

TESTED: NORCO REVOLVER FS 100 AXS

You may have heard of Norco and have probably seen the brand on South African trails in the last couple of years. Our favourite link with Norco has been Bryn Atkinson’s videos showing his ridiculously incredible trail-riding speed and control. We wer ...

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TREAD TOP TRAILS 2020 – NUMBER 5

TREAD TOP TRAILS 2020 – NUMBER 5

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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MOUNTAIN BIKERS, THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT YOU KNOW!

MOUNTAIN BIKERS, THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT YOU KNOW!

In October, Dryland Event Management took mountain biking events to a new level when they launched the ground-breaking Dryland Rewards Program App. A convenient way to enter events and redeem rewards based on your event history. With popular 2021 eve ...

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REDBULL FOX HUNT: LOIC BRUNI

REDBULL FOX HUNT: LOIC BRUNI

Back in 2017, French gravity ace and multiple World Champion, Loic Bruni, set off to try and pass 400 local riders on a Redbull Foxhunt downhill run in Ireland. Although it took place on a typically gloomy, wet day, Bruni’s point-of-view cameras show ...

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THE SIX STAGES OF eBIKE GRIEF

THE SIX STAGES OF eBIKE GRIEF

The mountain biking community is not the easiest of communities to convince of something that’s new and better. In fact, over the past 20 years, mountain bikers have been through the five stages of grief a few times, particularly with carbon frames, ...

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TOP SA TRAILS OF 2020 – THE FINAL COUNTDOWN

TOP SA TRAILS OF 2020 – THE FINAL COUNTDOWN

As we close in on revealing the Top 5 of TREAD’s Top Trails of 2020, we figured a summary of Trails ranked 15 to 6 is in order. It’s important to know that this is a subjective ranking based on the TREAD team’s riding experiences at the various trail ...

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GALILEO RISK INFINITI ANNOUNCES SIGNIFICANT TEAM CHANGES FOR 2021

GALILEO RISK INFINITI ANNOUNCES SIGNIFICANT TEAM CHANGES FOR 2021

Despite a difficult year in which very little racing occurred due to Covid-19, South African women’s mountain bike racing team, Galileo Risk Infiniti, has increased its investment for 2021, with some significant changes. Having comprised two riders f ...

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RISING SA STAR, MOIR, SIGNS WITH NEW BIKE & GEAR SPONSOR

RISING SA STAR, MOIR, SIGNS WITH NEW BIKE & GEAR SPONSOR

In what has been a very difficult year for everyone, rising South African mountain bike star, Luke Moir, overcame some significant odds to conclude his final year as a junior with two solid championship results and the backing of a new international ...

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AT THE END OF A DARK YEAR, THIS SHONE THROUGH AT SANI2C

AT THE END OF A DARK YEAR, THIS SHONE THROUGH AT SANI2C

This has been one helluva year! The South African government’s reactions to Covid-19 have been devastating on many levels, affecting the livelihoods - and lives - of millions. Everything is relative and many things are linked. But there has been one ...

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NO TIME TO CRY

NO TIME TO CRY

Downhill mountain bikers always seem so laid back and unaffected by real-life stuff. But they’re just good at hiding their stress. This 47-minute video gives great insight into Greg Minnaar and his Santa Cruz Syndicate team’s efforts to cope with a C ...

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WHY GIANT IS LEADING THE eBIKE REVOLUTION

WHY GIANT IS LEADING THE eBIKE REVOLUTION

Wouldn’t it be great if you could give someone that you love, some real happiness this festive season? Well, happiness is relative, so that’s tricky, but you could definitely give someone a great reason to smile. Everyone that rides an eBike finishes ...

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TREAD TOP TRAILS 2020 – NUMBER 6

TREAD TOP TRAILS 2020 – NUMBER 6

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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2021 ABSA CAPE EPIC LIKELY TO BE POSTPONED

2021 ABSA CAPE EPIC LIKELY TO BE POSTPONED

This year, 36 hours before the start, the 2020 Absa Cape Epic was cancelled due to the rapidly increasing spread of Covid-19. It was a devastating blow to many who’d trained for months and flown across the country - and the world - to be in Cape Town ...

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DORMAKABA SA TRIMS TEAM DOWN FOR 2021

DORMAKABA SA TRIMS TEAM DOWN FOR 2021

Following the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on all sporting codes globally, and the lockdown in South Africa, dormakaba South Africa has optimised its cycling sponsorship for the new year. To this end, the company will trim its women’s professional ...

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TAKE THE 2020 SA MTB SURVEY AND STAND TO WIN A GARMIN EDGE 530 BUNDLE

TAKE THE 2020 SA MTB SURVEY AND STAND TO WIN A GARMIN EDGE 530 BUNDLE

Last year we launched the 2019 SA MTB Race Survey in partnership with Garmin. But a Covid-19-wracked 2020 forced the cancellation or postponement of most mountain bike races. South Africans may have been unable to race much in 2020, but we did ride. ...

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THE RIDGELINE

THE RIDGELINE

Former Downhill world champion, Gee Atherton, may not be in World Cup podium contention these days, but he’s still loving riding. He’s tackled Red Bull Rampage and in this beautifully shot video, tackles a really fast, tricky ridgeline, in places jus ...

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GREG MINNAAR DROPS IN ON KAP SANI2C – ON AN EBIKE

GREG MINNAAR DROPS IN ON KAP SANI2C – ON AN EBIKE

Greg Minnaar, the greatest male downhill mountain bike racer of all time, surprised the riders at the 2020 KAP sani2c when he dropped into the race on Friday’s Stage 2 - riding an eBike… Minnaar flew in from Andorra on Wednesday after a successful se ...

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HIS & HERS KAP SANI2C DIARY: THE MUDDY, SLIDEY, DIRTY FINALE

HIS & HERS KAP SANI2C DIARY: THE MUDDY, SLIDEY, DIRTY FINALE

HIS & HERS KAP SANI2C DIARY: THE MUDDY, SLIDEY, DIRTY FINALE “We didn’t come this far to only come this far,” I reminded Joanne as we woke up to rain falling on our tent. The rain hadn’t stopped all night and fell most of the previous day. Ahead ...

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NEW-LOOK TEAM DSV TAKES AIM AT 2021 SUCCESS

NEW-LOOK TEAM DSV TAKES AIM AT 2021 SUCCESS

As elite sport seeks to regain stability after a tumultuous Covid-19-affected year, South African sports sponsorship management company, Lange Sports, is adjusting its focus for 2021 with a new-look team and objectives with Team DSV, it’s professiona ...

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BINDER BROTHERS HEAD TO KAP SANI2C FOR SOME R&R

BINDER BROTHERS HEAD TO KAP SANI2C FOR SOME R&R

Brad and Darryn Binder, South Africa’s motorcycle racing sensations, recently arrived home after a successful MotoGP and Moto3 season respectively. The Krugersdorp brothers are heading to KwaZulu Natal this week to take part in the KAP sani2c 3-day m ...

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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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