Gear Reviews

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.

July 23, 2019

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.

July 22, 2019

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.

April 15, 2019

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.

April 14, 2019

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.

April 13, 2019

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.

April 7, 2019

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?

April 6, 2019

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?

April 4, 2019

The Megatower is the fusion of big wheels and the biggest-hitting suspension system. It’s a modern day brawler and Rod took one for hoon in Nelson recently.

March 19, 2019

Canyon have unleashed their new enduro bike the Strive, rolling on 29er wheels. Have they hit the ball out of the park? Or are they just dribbling around the mini-putt course?

March 10, 2019

Industry Nine have just released an insane new range of hubs called Hydra, which have a mind blowing 690 points of engagement.

February 13, 2019

Mons Royale well known for their technical merino wear, have made a huge leap into the bike market with a solid range of merino gear. Find out more on their latest offering; the momentum short.

February 7, 2019

Goodyear has recently begun a foray into the cycling world, and we got a chance to test out their latest downhill offering; the Newton.

February 3, 2019

Smith makes a welcome return to the bike helmet world here in New Zealand with the all new Forefront 2, a stylish looking evolution of the original Forefront that put them on the map.

February 2, 2019

We take a look at Bike Yoke’s Revive seatpost with its cutting edge design and revive valve…check out what we think..

January 31, 2019

A nimble goat that likes to stretch it’s legs? The all new Instinct has been a staple in our garage for some time now, and it might be one of the better all rounders we have had the pleasure of riding.

January 21, 2019

A 130mm 29er with modern geometry, and all the looks to go with it. GT have gone and got something right with their new Sensor.

December 17, 2018

We put Industry 9’s high-end aluminium wheelset – the Enduro 305 through its paces.

December 17, 2018