You may not have heard of Mons Royale. I hadn’t, until I was handed this merino T and asked to wear and review it. Mons Royale is a little company from Wanaka, with snowboarding roots, on a mission to put a bit of style back into merino baselayer clothing. Currently they offer a selection of tops and bottoms for men and women in a limited number of styles and colours. I’ve been wearing this T-shirt for a winter and most of a summer now (not continuously). To date it has performed as you would expect merino to, providing a little additional warmth whilst warding off the stench often associated with overexertion and remaining soft and comfortable against the skin. I have to confess that I haven’t rigorously tested this top’s suitability for mountain biking, as I’ve become so fond of it that I’m more likely to be found wearing it at work or at the pub than out on my bike. So, um, if you’re after some new merino baselayer clothing, and you want something that is functional, looks good, and is a little different from the norm, then check out Mons Royale. I imagine it’s probably quite good for mountain biking too. LEIF ROY
After a sneak peak a few weeks back at EWS Whistler we finally get to see the all new Kona Process. There are three frames, two sizes and seven models to choose from and they will be at your local Kona dealer very soon
We take the new Niner RLT 9 carbon gravel bike for a spin around beautiful Mackenzie Country, then home for a month to see how she goes..
An new initiative from Fox suspension hits NZ later this year - Fox Factory Tuning - which lets you upgrade the internals of your fork or shock to the latest and greatest while getting a service
Rumours of an all new carbon Kona Process seem to be true as spy photos of the prototypes emmerge from EWS Whistler
Specialized's E-bike the Levo just got a few upgrades - Carbon frame, new motor and more range making an already great bike into something special (pun intended)
Trek have launched a new proprietary suspension design as part of their partnership with Penske Racing Shocks called RE:aktiv with Thru Shaft check it out...