It's not really news but Spoke columnist Jono Baddiley just pimped this brand new Turner Spot into the ultimate lightweight all mountain machine. You can expect a long term review a few issues from now. Bling. Turner 5.spot frame (large size), raw finish Marzocchi 2009 55 ATA (with TST Micro and ATA). Between 120 and 165mm of travel Chris King headset Thompson X4 stem Easton MonkeyLite CNT bars (680mm) XTR Drivetrain (shifters, cranks (175mm), front and rear derailleur). Rear derailleur is shadow model. Shimano Durace chain Thompson Elite seatpost WTB Vigo Carbon SLT saddle Hope Tech X2 brakes (with gold floating 180mm rotors on front and back) Hope Pro2 hubs (front 20mm, rear 135mm spacing), with Mavic XC717 Disc rims, DT spokes (built by Oli at Roadworks). Maxxis Ardent 2.25 folding tyres. Polar HRM Speed sensor
Afton are another newcomer in what seems a flood of new shoe brands, but the stylish look and comfort have got everyone talking. Want to be the snazziest dude among your mates? Look no further.
The Flat pedal shoe market has thickened recently, and one brand leading the charge is Ride Concepts. We did some skids this summer in a long term test, and are stoked there is a new player in the mix.
The Orbea Rallon is a hot topic. Good looking and extremely well put together, this pedigree machine gets the carpark talking. We got to spend a few days aboard the Spanish rig and collated some thoughts inside.
We got to spend some of our summer thrashing around on this beast. A user friendly 180mm do it all park bike, that’ll pop jumps and rip turns till the cows come home. Get in.
Two bikes for the price of one? Canyon’s new Strive enters with 29” wheels and a revised shapeshifter giving you a 135mm trail bike and a 150mm enduro weapon at the press of a button. Does it live up to the hype?
We take a look at Whyte’s short travel 130mm 27.5 trail which has all the hallmarks of their bigger rigs. This bike questions the big travel trends and makes us take a look at what we actually require out of a bike. Is big actually better?