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Mountain Bike Reviews - RockShox SID Ultimate 2020
Mountain Bike Reviews - RockShox SID Ultimate 2020
RockShox SID Ultimate

Synonymous with XC racing, the SID has been getting riders on podiums for as long as I can remember and this latest version is certainly continuing the tradition. For 2020 models RockShox has introduced the new Ultimate versions of its forks. These represent the highest level of technology in the range in each of the chassis available i.e. Pike, Lyric,…

Mountain Bike Reviews - CUBE Bikes Stereo 170 SL 2020
Mountain Bike Reviews - CUBE Bikes Stereo 170 SL 2020
CUBE Bikes Stereo 170 SL

Continuing from the well-received Stereo 150, Cubes latest addition to the Stereo range is the long travel Stereo 170. The Stereo range has never had such a long travel bike, but modern riders are now demanding more travel, bigger wheels and very little in the way of compromise. Cube has not strayed too far from the traditional Stereo design and…

Mountain Bike Reviews - Vitus E-Escarpe 2020
Mountain Bike Reviews - Vitus E-Escarpe 2020
Vitus E-Escarpe

Vitus' E-Sommet was one of the first E-MTBs that really shone for me, excelling in both performance and price amidst a world of ugly, ebikes that were poorly designed and executed. For 2020 Vitus expand their range of ebikes to include the E-Escarpe, which is based on their impressive 140mm 29er trail bike. Vitus' proven suspension design carries over to…

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Mountain Bike Reviews - Kinesis Rise E-Trail 2020
Mountain Bike Reviews - Kinesis Rise E-Trail 2020
Kinesis Rise E-Trail

UK brand Kinesis may not be the first brand that springs to mind when you think of electric bikes, but the British brand has launched its e-division with a genuinely unique electric mountain bike. Up until this bike I firmly believed that all hardtail ebikes were rubbish, I've probably even written it somewhere, so I'll cut to the chase and…

Mountain Bike Reviews - Merida Bikes eONE-FORTY 9000 2020
Mountain Bike Reviews - Merida Bikes eONE-FORTY 9000 2020
Merida Bikes eONE-FORTY 9000

It's fair to say Merida‚Äôs eONE-SIXTY was a massive success for the brand when it was launched. E-bikes were still finding their way in the world and the bike managed to provide riders with a brilliant ride that rode like a normal bike. Fast-forward to the present day and Merida has introduced both a new eONE-SIXTY and an eONE-FORTY. Based…

Mountain Bike Reviews - Ravemen Lights TR300 2020
Mountain Bike Reviews - Ravemen Lights TR300 2020
Ravemen Lights TR300

Night riding feels like an arms race to put as much firepower on the front of your bike as possible. Lumens now number in the thousands and lights can burn the retinas from any unsuspecting nocturnal animals on the trail. What is sometimes forgotten is something pointing the other way, especially if you intend on using roads to get to,…

Mountain Bike Reviews - RockShox SID Ultimate 2020
Mountain Bike Reviews - RockShox SID Ultimate 2020
RockShox SID Ultimate

Synonymous with XC racing, the SID has been getting riders on podiums for as long as I can remember and this latest version is certainly continuing the tradition. For 2020 models RockShox has introduced the new Ultimate versions of its forks. These represent the highest level of technology in the range in each of the chassis available i.e. Pike, Lyric,…

Mountain Bike Reviews - Sector 9I Wheelset 2020
Mountain Bike Reviews - Sector 9I Wheelset 2020
Sector 9I Wheelset

New from the folks behind Kinesis UK and DMR in the UK are Sector wheels, offering a carbon rimmed wheelset called 9i aiming to be both light weight, but with a 'suit of armour'. Claiming to be tough enough for enduro but light enough for XC, the 9i wheelset has bold aspirations and a unique approach to creating the ultimate…

Mountain Bike Reviews - Kona Bikes Process 134 DL 29 2020
Mountain Bike Reviews - Kona Bikes Process 134 DL 29 2020
Kona Bikes Process 134 DL 29

There are very few bikes I wish I had bought, but the Process 111 from about 4 years ago has to be one of them. A bike way ahead of its time, it combined short travel with big bike numbers to create a unique and amazing ride. The 111 was forgotten about and Kona continued with the long travel Process…