So the second box arrived a little later in the day and came direct from WTB in the US of A. Its contents definitely got me a little excited. It contained a couple of new 2.3 TCS Weirwolfs, and two new Mutanos, a 2.2 and a 2.4. as well as a Brian Lopes 205 gram pro-model Silverado saddle and a Ti railed 215 gram Devo as well. Existing WTB Weirwolf fans (as well as those that have never ridden them) will be pleased to know that Mark Weir and the folks at WTB have given the venerable Weirwolf a bit of a redesign, changing the knob arrangement to allow for continuous traction while cornering hard. BikeRadar have a really good story on the new tyres over here. The other big news on the tyre side of things is WTB's new Tubeless Compatible System or TCS. While most other tyre companies have been discouraging the running of aftermarket tubeless systems (in some case not warranting tyres that have been used with Stans'etc) WTB are heading the other way and are in fact recommending it. The new TCS bead in fact is designed to work with Stans and other similar conversion kits and combined with WTB's nylon strengthened side walls (Inner Peace) radically reduces sidewall flex while not adding a whole lot of weight. These will also be getting the full review for issue 37 but we'll keep you updated on the web as well.
Bring new meaning to the term 'Trail Ninja'...
The Meta TR 29, the new 130mm travel beautiful brushed alloy trail rig from Commencal just passed through the office recently. A solid, well-priced build makes this a very good option for a lot of people wanting that perfect blend between fun and pain. The go-everywhere, do-everything Meta in a neat little bundle.
One of the supercars of the modern era, the Pivot Firebird has been on the lips of everyone this past year. With Ed Masters piloting one to all sorts of reults, we got the Rod Bardsley to swing his leg over a Firey Bird and deliver some wise words of his own.
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.