Helmet reviews are funny things. I mean seriously, what good is a helmet review unless you’ve crashed on your supposedly protected noggin? On top of that, head shapes vary so a perfect fit for me might not fit you. I guess then it comes down to airflow, which is important. Almost as important as looks. Neither my son Elliot—who’s stolen my Endur-O-Matic—nor I, have crashed on our heads so you’ll just have to trust European testing standards that you’ll be safe; this thing passes them all. It’s worth mentioning that the lack of vents (there are only eight in total) give you a larger protective surface to ward off pesky things like branches and stinging insects. Those eight vents—four at the front and four at the back—may look minimal but your head stays surprisingly cool due to the Venturi effect, a famous law of fluid dynamics maintaining that air travelling through the helmet speeds up as it crosses your head, thereby keeping it cool. So your head has air and you’re safe, but does it look cool? The answer is yes, for some. The Euro styling of this bad boy works wonders for some but it’s not for everyone; some of the people I’ve seen rocking these, well, shouldn’t be. While I look like a complete dork in the Endur-O-Matic, Elliot looks like some killer junior French Super D racer. ELLIOT AND CALEB SMITH
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?