As part of this reviewing gig we’re sometimes asked to check out products we wouldn’t normally choose. This can be a bit of a drag to be honest, but every so often we’re pleasantly surprised to discover a quality product we would have otherwise overlooked. This was the case with the Netti Equaliser Shorts. Had I tried these shorts on in a store, I wouldn’t have chosen to spend my own precious cash on them. When I first slipped them on, something about the cut and fit of the shorts seemed odd, restrictive almost. I couldn’t quite put my finger on it, but that impression would have been enough for me to return them to the rack. I was soon to discover that the reason these shorts initially felt a little odd is that they aren’t designed for swanning around the bike shop checking your calves out in the full-length mirror. Unsurprisingly, I guess, they’re designed for riding in, and once on the bike they fit and perform a treat, providing comfort, support and freedom of movement. The marketing blurb includes quite a list of features, but to be honest all you really need to know is that they have a comfy built-in chamois, a fast-drying nylon outer, some pockets and some vents. Beyond that I suggest you try them out; just make sure you’re on a bike when you do. LEIF ROY
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?