Mountain Bike Rider1 min de lectureTechnology & Engineering
Geometry
Size ridden M Rider height 5ft 9in Head angle 63.7° Seat angle 76.2° Effective SA 78° BB height 293mm Chainstay 430mm Front centre 795mm Wheelbase 1,215mm Down tube 753mm Top tube 610mm Reach 460mm ■
Mountain Bike Rider1 min de lectureTechnology & Engineering
Need To Know
● Torque:ON e-bike with 175mm travel and a 180mm-travel fork ● 27.5in wheels front and rear, alloy frame and gravity-proof components ● Shimano EP8 motor and lighter 504Wh internal battery to improve agility ● Extra battery option available for anoth
Mountain Bike Rider11 min de lecture
Wheels
Buying a new pair of mountain bike wheels is a sizeable investment, but choose wisely and it can actually be one of, if not, the most transformative upgrades to your riding experience. On the surface, wheels simply roll and support tyres that cushion
Mountain Bike Rider1 min de lectureTechnology & Engineering
Specification
Frame 6061-T6 custom-butted aluminium Fork Fox 34 Performance Grip, 140mm travel Wheels Strange 110/148mm hubs, WTB ST Light i30 rims, Maxxis Minion DHF 29x2.5in/ Rekon 27.5x2.6in tyres Drivetrain Race Face Ride 32t, 170mm chainset, Shimano SLX r-
Mountain Bike Rider2 min de lecture
Know Your Wheels
Lighter wheels accelerate and decelerate more quickly. They change direction with less effort and make climbing easier. It’s not that simple though, as wheel roundness and stiffness are factors too, plus the physics involved with rotating mass and ce
Mountain Bike Rider1 min de lectureLinguistics
Your Testers
Fitted some Maxxis WetScreams to his bike ready for summer in the North. “Tut bike’s just like Scalextric now lad,” he quipped. Also prepping for the northern winter, loaded up on dozens of wheels (you need two per bike) for the big grouptest. Nort
Mountain Bike Rider1 min de lecture
Mbr Ratings Explained
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Mountain Bike Rider1 min de lectureTechnology & Engineering
Need To Know
● The Crush MX is a mullet hardtail that combines the improved rollover of 29in up front with the extra strength and comfort of 27.5 Plus out back ● 6061-T6 custom butted aluminium frame comes in four sizes and is designed around a 140mm-travel fork
Mountain Bike Rider1 min de lectureTechnology & Engineering
The Bike
n Brand new carbon-framed 140mm trail bike available in both 27.5in and 29in wheel sizes n Revised suspension layout with increased progression n Rejigged geometry and a new XL frame size, that’s genuinely large n The Escarpe 29 CRS is the mid-priced
Mountain Bike Rider1 min de lecture
Control Tyres
To make the testing process as fair as possible, we fitted the same Maxxis tyres to both bikes. We fitted 2.5in WT Assegai up front, accompanied by a 2.4in Minion DHR II on the rear. Both in 3C Maxx Terra compound and the tougher EXO+ casing. Availab
Mountain Bike Rider1 min de lecture
Mountain Bike Rider
Editor Danny Milner Bike test editor Alan Muldoon Front section editor Jamie Darlow Deputy digital editor Benji Haworth Contributors Andy Barlow, Paul Burwell, Ben Day, Roo Fowler, Dan Gould, Mick Kirkman, Sim Mainey, Katie May, Andy McCandlish,
Mountain Bike Rider3 min de lectureComputers
Mind Over Mondraker
Wouldn’t it be great if your bike’s suspension was always performing at its best? With exactly the right amount of air pressure and the rebound fettled just so, you could feel more confident riding somewhere new, or just ride faster and safer on your
Mountain Bike Rider1 min de lectureTechnology & Engineering
Specification
Frame 4130 chromoly Fork RockShox Pike Ultimate, 130mm travel (42mm offset) Wheels Hope Pro 4 hubs with Torque caps, WTB KOM i30 rims, Maxxis Minion DHF EXO/Rekon EXO+ 29x2.6in tyres Drivetrain SRAM GX Eagle chainset, GX r-mech and 12-speed shifte
Mountain Bike Rider5 min de lectureTechnology & Engineering
Canyon Torque:on 9
£5,799 / 27.5in / canyon.com Canyon had to wait for Shimano’s new EP8 motor to arrive before it could release its latest e-bike, the Torque:ON. Wedded to Shimano for its power units, the faithful E8000 motor simply didn’t fulfil the brief, being too
Mountain Bike Rider1 min de lectureTechnology & Engineering
1st Impression
The best hardtail geometry I’ve ridden, combined with a supple steel feel and 2.6in tyres that smooth out vibrations and reduce fatigue. Outrageous fun factor in the corners. No faster or lighter than plenty full-suspension bikes that cost the same,
Mountain Bike Rider3 min de lectureTechnology & Engineering
Mailbox
This is Daisy, she is three and a half and she has ridden at BikePark Wales, Fly Up 417 bike park and even featured on GMBN as Send of the Month. If you want to talk about girls mtb from the ground up, she and I are keen to show mountain biking isn’t
Mountain Bike Rider4 min de lectureTechnology & Engineering
Levo Evo
The Specialized Turbo Levo is the most influential e-bike ever made. It wasn’t the first by a long stretch but it blew the world away with its blend of unmatched power delivery, sheer grunt, big internal battery and sleek integrated design. Now there
Mountain Bike Rider1 min de lectureTechnology & Engineering
Geometry
Size ridden XL Rider height 6ft 1in Head angle 62.8° Seat angle 69.0° Effective seat angle 76.6° BB height 342mm Chainstay 431mm Front centre 874mm Wheelbase 1,305mm Down tube 772mm Top tube 694mm Reach 510mm ■
Mountain Bike Rider4 min de lectureTechnology & Engineering
Stif Squatch Pro
£2,499 /29in / stifmtb.com If you’ve ever had the sensation of tipping forward when descending steep trails, or simply not feeling ‘in’ the bike enough on a hardtail, you’re not alone. The latest steel 29er from Yorkshire-based Stif claims to offer
Mountain Bike Rider3 min de lectureTechnology & Engineering
Pb’s Haibike Allmtn 6
£5,399 / 29/27.5in / haibike.com MONTH 3: Fine-tuning fitness and perfecting the pace Jump to page 44 of this issue you’ll see that I spent a bit of time on the Thok TK-01 this month and feel that it’s worth comparing the Italian Stallion to the H
Mountain Bike Rider2 min de lectureTechnology & Engineering
Ariel Online
Saracen has launched a whole new range of Ariel bikes – including a 150mm-travel e-bike – and a new way of getting them to us too, ditching bricks and mortar stores in favour of a direct-sales approach. The Ariel name isn’t new for Saracen, but the b
Mountain Bike Rider1 min de lectureTechnology & Engineering
Geometry
(LOW SETTING) Size tested L Head angle 64.9° Seat angle 70.4° Effective SA 77.4° BB height 335mm Chainstay 435mm Front centre 809mm Wheelbase 1,244mm Down tube 755mm Top tube 615mm Reach 486mm ■
Mountain Bike Rider1 min de lectureTechnology & Engineering
Wheelbase And Weight Distribution
The wheelbase is where the rubber meets the road, and the Giga and G-180 both share the same 1,272mm measurement. The split and resulting weight distribution is different though. Nukeproof favours a slightly longer chainstay length and shorter front
Mountain Bike Rider1 min de lectureTechnology & Engineering
The Bike
n With progressive geometry and 135mm of travel married to a 150mm suspension fork, the new Trance X 29 is designed to do it all n Trance X 6011 Aluxx alloy frame is connected with a carbon rocker n A Fox 36 Float Rhythm fork with GRIP damper and 44m
Mountain Bike Rider1 min de lectureTechnology & Engineering
Geometry
(LOW SETTING) Size ridden L Head angle 64.6° Seat angle 71.6° Effective SA 77.5° BB height 340mm Chainstay 440mm Front centre 825mm Wheelbase 1,265mm Down Tube 760mm Top tube 610mm Reach 478mm ■
Mountain Bike Rider2 min de lecture
Sram Gx Axs £554
It’s been two years since SRAM launched its desirable AXS drivetrain, swapping traditional cables for wireless connectivity and a tiny electric motor in the rear mech. It came at a price though, initially sold as a complete drivetrain only in XX1 and
Mountain Bike Rider2 min de lectureTechnology & Engineering
The Dreadnought
This is the Forbidden Dreadnought, a 154mm-travel 29er with grown-up geometry and a stunning carbon frame design so beautiful you’ll want to hang on your wall or pickle it. There’s a lot more going on than just good looks though; the Dreadnought does
Mountain Bike Rider2 min de lecture
Conclusion
It’s arguably got to the point in mountain bike wheel development that merely offering a solid and stiff carbon rim that’s reliable enough not to catastrophically fail might not be enough to lure customers away from a quality (and often cheaper) allo
Mountain Bike Rider1 min de lectureTechnology & Engineering
Specification
Frame aluminium, 175mm travel (170mm measured) Shock Fox Float X2 Factory Fork Fox 38 Factory Grip2, 180mm travel Motor Shimano EP8 85Nm, 250W Battery Shimano 504Wh Display E7000 monochrome Wheels DT Swiss H1700, Maxxis Minion DHF Maxx Grip Exo
Mountain Bike Rider1 min de lectureTechnology & Engineering
Our Test Winner’s Stablemates
£5,499.99 Love the idea of a big rig with Fox Factory suspension, but don’t fancy the big wheels? Then the Giga Carbon 275 Factory is the bike for you. It has an identical specification to our test winner but to make up for the reduced rollover of th
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