First up sorry about the worst post title ever! Anyway Matt from Netti stopped by the Spoke office yesterday to drop off a few goodies for us to sample. For 2010 the winter range of the Australian based label is looking pretty sweet. There's a good selection of MTB stuff and a huge selection of road wear, you can check it all out here on their website. If you are in Auckland Bike75 have the FULL range of Netti products in store and lots of space to try them all on so head down there and check it out, otherwise you should just hassle your local dealer. We have a few items to test, for starters the super comfortable (and warm, these puppies are lightly lined) 3/4 Super Capris Lycra shorts, which are all class and also a pair of Equaliser shorts with a non removable liner. And we also have a couple of pairs of Netti's new windproof winter riding glove the Titan as well as the standard full fingered Training glove.
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?