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  1. So I bought a new bike and the specs of the bike online said the front hub is a sealed Giant unit. In the bike shop I checked all specs except the hubs for some reason (trusted the web specs). Then I see the front hub is not a sealed unit and not a Giant hub either. (The rear hub is also not a Giant hub, different to the web specs) Dragons sports are the guys to contact and Gavin Salt tells me they made a running change and on dragon's website it is stated that the front hub is a non sealed unit and not a Giant hub. I didn't even think to check dragon's site beforehand to check for specs. Kinda disappointing. Gavin basically said it makes no difference and if I want a sealed hub I must wait until next year and then there may be rotor compatibility issues. Any thoughts on this from anyone who knows more than I do? And how much better is a sealed hub?
  2. Mountain bike enthusiasts can now enjoy the 92km Bottelary Hills Renosterveld Conservancy (BHRC) trail network at the special midyear permit rate of R400. Make the most of the great outdoors for the remainder of 2021 and enjoy the wide open spaces of the BHRC that stretches across the rolling hillsides, conservation areas, vineyards and private farmland in the Bottelary Hills. The ever-evolving network of MTB trails cater for various skill and fitness levels. Only 2021 BHRC annual or day permit holders are allowed access to the trails and bike boards must be displayed on handle bars at all times. Annual permits are available online at www.bottelaryconservancy.co.za and day permits (R70) and are sold at various park and ride spots including Devonvale Golf & Wine Estate, Zevenwacht Wine Estate, Hellsend Bike Compound in Stellenbosch as well as Engen Soneike and the security gate at Dwars in die Weg on Devon Valley road. Due to lockdown restrictions Asara, Neethlingshof, Jordan and Cycle2Ride are closed for permit sales. Take note that most of the access points operate on a cashless system with Zapper as the only payment option. Less than 4% of the original Renosterveld in the Western Cape remains and only grows in very rich fertile soils, which is often replaced with commercial crops. The BHRC is fortunate to have large tracts of pristine Renosterveld in its area and has been declared as a World’s Heritage Site by UNESCO. Funds generated through permit sales are used mainly to subsidize alien vegetation eradication. While alien plant clearing has been an ongoing initiative of the BHRC, the project has intensified since 2012 following the opening of the Bottelary Hills MTB Trails in April 2011. During the past two years alien clearing follow up was done across 735.2 hectares generating a total of 4486 person days worked. Game still roams naturally in the Hills such as Caracal, Grysbok, Grey duiker, Porcupine, Bat-eared foxes, Cape foxes and otters. There are also endangered reptile species such as the Diamondback tortoise only found in Renosterveld areas. More than 109 bird species have been identified and listed on the BHRC website. When you support our trails you support conservation. Find the latest trail map on the Trailforks APP (https://www.trailforks.com/region/bottelary-hills-conservancy-mtb-trails/?activitytype=1&trailstyle=random&z=12.0&lat=-33.91566&lon=18.77475&m=hybrid). For more information please visit www.bottelaryconservancy.co.za or follow us on social media.
  3. Was checking out this AutoDrop Dripper post from BMC. Anyone know if Pidcock is using it? https://www.bmc-switzerland.com/rad
  4. Nino seems to be battling a little. Or has everyone just stepped up their game? https://www.pinkbike.com/news/results-jolanda-neff-and-mathias-flueckiger-are-the-2021-swiss-xc-national-champions.html
  5. I apologise in advance if this topic already exists somewhere, I did search. Has anyone signed up for the Val de Vie MTB Expedition? It's happening on the 14th to 16th of May (inclusive)? Entries close on the 10th of May. It was originally a team event but now they also accept single riders. My friend signed me up for it It is 127km of riding around Paarl over 3 days. It consists of: A time trial (in their emails they keep calling it a Time TRAIL, aaaargh): 20km on the 14th Stage 2: 75km on the 15th 1650m ascent Val de Vie Estate| Hawequa Forest | Wild Hog Welvanpas | Drakenstein Mountains Stage 3 – 77km 1800m ascent Val de Vie Estate| Banhoek | Helshoogte | Boschendal | Plasir de Merle Idas Valley Dam Skyfall | Camissa | Klipwerf | Afterburner | Inferno | Sugarbowl
  6. Hi All Im looking for a JHB based company who can assist with Frame protection i see cycle lab sell frame protection kits etc, but i would like this applied by a proffesional any advice ? similar to this .. https://armour-ride.com/
  7. Objective was to build a bike that can handle anything I personally ride: technical routes @ Tokai etc yet not black routes where I'd require more travel. A comfortable biike. And a fast bike, I always ride fast! Really had to balance all of these factors. Bike has reasonably progressive geometry. I wanted ideally an XL frame so I could slam the saddle to the front but this large came up second hand on Bike Hub at a great price. 68 degree HT angle so it's quick to turn and climbs well with a short stem and really wide bars. I didn't want to go cheap but certainly didn't want anything that is too pricey and 'show-offy' (ironic since I'm posting this bike build!). Avoided SRAM due to exorbitant pricing and opted for a 'workmanship build' of Shimano XT, SLX and Deore. SLX cassette R2k at present time, SRAM GX Eagle about double if not mistaken. I didn't spend money anywhere unneccessarily such as an XT derailleur to save ~20 grams etc. Built by Hermanus Cycles - mechanic was really thorough with excellent attention to detail and communication. Wheels handbuilt by Nicholas - wheelbuilder.co.za for R10k. Great guy to deal with. Without further ado... YETI SB100 frame (full carbon) - 2020 (2nd hand)Fox 34 Kashima fork - 120mm (2nd hand)Fox DPS EVOL Kashima shock - 100mm (2nd hand)Spank 350 rims - 30.5 mm ID / 29"Cure hubs by Thirteen Industries (rear hub a whopping 108 points of engagement!)MAXXIS Rekon 2.6" front tyre / MAXXIS Forekaster 2.35" rear tyreSpecialized Phenom saddle - TI railsShimano XT shifter - 12spShimano SLX cranksShimano XT flat pedalsCSIX 36t chainringShimano SLX cassette 10-51KMC X12 chainTransX 150mm dropper (2nd hand)Spank Race 50mm stemShimano Deore M6100 brakesShimano XT rotors (180mm front / 160mm rear)Shimano MT500 bottom bracket CSIX 800mm carbon handlebarCannondale gripsCSIX headet spacers and top capCSIX ISCG05 chain guideAll Mountain fork guardAll Mountain crank defenderAll Mountain frame protectionBBB chainstay protectorTACX water bottle holderScott cable wrappersTOTAL COST: ~R67.5k
  8. Spotted this very simple design on Youtube this morning Anyone with more ideas for the DIY bikers out there?
  9. Hi all, Cant seem to find any info on the forum regarding Pivot frames. So opinions / views on the Pivot? https://www.evobikes.co.za/product/pivot-mach-429sl-carbon-frameset-large/ I like not going with the norm, and looking into a bike build. The above Pivot frame really appeal to my liking. So bad idea or not?
  10. Hi Guys Looking for a venue for just the wife and myself to go for long weekend in June. It's my birthday so we're leaving the kids behind (for the first time) and looking for somewhere no more than about 2 and 1/2 hours drive from JHB with awesome mountain biking and great accommodation (no camping please - weekend away in lieu of 50th birthday party, so a spoil). We both ride MTB and usually about 80 - 100km rides in and around JHB. Looking for scenic and nice flowing routes and trails to ride three days in a row. Not looking for downhill or really gnarly singletrack trails as we want to also enjoy time off the bikes. Suggestions please but also comment on the type and distance of MTB trails / routes - I may contact you for GPX files.! Nice to have self catering option but preferably somewhere where we can also go for a light lunch and or dinner close by. Thanks
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  12. After almost 2 years of going back and forth on with what to replace my trusty Santa Cruz 5010, I finally left holy ground and pulled the trigger on a Deviate Highlander frame. A FREAKIN' 29er... I'm getting the black edition with 150mm rear travel. The aim is a more trail orientated bike, rather than full enduro, ie. no Zeb or 38 or piggy back shock. I haven't 100% decided on the build, but it will most probably be: RS Lyrik Ultimate 160mm; CaneCreek DB Air IL DT rims laced to Hope hubs Hope X2 brakes from my current bike SLX 12x group set (this is a big change for me: I haven't ridden Shitmano since before 2004) Bike Yoke Revive dropper. It's been great to deal with Ben from Deviate. I wish the SA distributors of bikes I was looking at, were this keen on doing business. Now for the long wait until July...
  13. Please share your thought! Titan Racing are really doing some great work lately and my I got caught into this bike: https://www.titanracingbikes.com/product/cypher-rs-ultimate-carbon/ Very well spec bike for R107k and 5 year multi user warranty Also go and have a look at the new Road bikes on bike addict website, they are also hot looking / well spec and good prices! I would like to give credit where credit is due, so Titan Racing ......very well done for improving the brand! Watch out world!
  14. Hi all, I have always wondered if a large frame 27.5 would be similar to a medium frame 29er. basically, I fit a 29er medium frame perfectly but am looking to ungrade. All i can find are large frame 27.5s. Would this serve me the same or close to? (I am 173cm) Many Thanks
  15. Hi Hubbers! I recently taught a friend to ride a bike (after pestering him for years) and he's now got the bug. He wants to get a bike and I want to make sure he gets some value on the cheaper end of the spectrum. He would likely need a medium frame (1.75m, 95kg). I think a MTB is the most versatile for general cycling and (probable) lack of maintenance on his side. We are in Cape Town. - New versus used? I assume the value is in the used but there don't seem to be too many options. - Where's the sweet spot? He wants to spend 3k-5k but will stretch up to 7k if the value is there. - Anything else I should note? Thanks for helping me get another riding buddy .
  16. Hi I am building a Fuji gran fondo 2,5 I have bought a frame from a fellow hubber but the thru axels where not with the frame and I can’t seem to figure out what I need to buy ? All the info I can find says 12x 142 however nothing about thread pitch, and if the front and rear are the same size (I assume not ) Any advice would be hugely appreciated.
  17. Good day all, We will be down in Kommetjie in the Western Cape and I was wondering if anyone knows of any gravel road or beginner trails in the area? As per my intro I only started MTB a week ago so for me it is gravel roads and easy trails to get into the swing of things. I did do a search and went through the trails thread but cant seem to pick up anything for the Kommetjie area. Thanks
  18. Help Needed!!! I am relatively new to mtb and ride and enduro 27.5 650b. I am running a shimano xt 2x10 group set with a Thirteen hub. I want to upgrade to better suite my riding. I have a budget of +-10000 rand but I am not sure what drivetrain/grouplet to go for and am looking for recommendations. I really enjoy the DH stuff but do like the distance so looking for something that does both well. Help would be greatly appreciated.
  19. Join The Practice Coaches for their next MTB Skills course on the 14th November. More info at: https://www.koedoeslaagte.com/ Looking forward to seeing you there
  20. This Friday we have a one day only sale that really is beyond value for money. Book today for the 2-8 Sept 2021 Hessequa/Overberg Cruise, and pay only R4375pp (Normal Price R8750.00), and we will include the 9-11 Sept Stanford Cheese and Wine Ride for free, as well as 1 nights accomodation in Stanford on the 8th to link the two trips together. That works out at R480pp/pn, for a full service, fully catered luxury MTBing holiday. This offer is limited to the first 6 persons to book, thereafter normal pricing applies. You absolutely wouldnt be able to find a better value for money MTB holiday. The Hessequa/Overberg Cruise starts in Stillbay, and over the next 6 days you wind your way along the coastal region, into the Overberg, stopping off at highlights like Arniston and Cape Aghulus, before finally coming to an end in the quiant overberg village of Stanford. The Cheese and Wine Ride, is a weekend riding trip, based out of Stanford, and shows you around to some of the best riding in the region, while sampling wines and cheese, that the area is famous for. This ride allows you access to private property normally not afforded to the public, and even the chance to preview some of the tracks for the 2022 edition of the Cape Epic. If you book this combo package, you get a full ten day MTBing adventure of note, including 9 nights of luxury accomodation on a dbb basis, snacks and refreshements on the ride, support vehicle with mehanical backup, transfer from goerge Airport or from Cape Town on the the first day, and Transfer to Cape Town Airport on the last. We can assist you with assembling your bikes on arrival, as well as boxing for the return flight if needed. This offer is limited to no more than 6 persons - book now to avoid dissapointment - non riding partners are welcome to join @ the same rate as riders. To book now, click here *all our other trips are currently marked down with 35% too, until 31 October 2020
  21. To read the article one the website and access the image gallery, click here This past weekend, 23-25 October, we had the pleasure of hosting Scotty and Frans, Riding buddies from Ballito bru, on our Cheese and Wine Adventure in Stanford. The boys had a pretty serious drive to get all the way up the N2 from KZN. They broke their journey in half, stopping in Sedgefield first, to check out the amazing riding on offer at the Garden Route Trial Centre The Boys arrived late afternoon on Thursday, and as soon as they had settled into their accommodation, they enjoyed a quick ride around town. It didn’t take them long to find their way to Table 13, where a mandatory couple of beers were enjoyed. The Capes late sunset caught us all by surprise, and before we knew it it was nearly time for dinner. So after a quick shower, we all met at Stanford Kitchen for a bite to eat, before calling it a night early, and getting some rest in for the day that lay ahead. In the morning, a quick coffee and rusks got everyone’s day started, before heading off to enjoy some of the amazing trails of the Hemel & Aarde Valley. After a lekker morning of riding, the guests headed off to go meet up with Family for lunch in Kleinmond, while we headed back to “Die Ruskamer” at Inn the End, to make sure all the rest of the weekend’s preparations were in place. We all got back together for dinner at Stanford Harvest, overlooking the Klien River Valley – which we would explore by bike in the morning. Saturday morning came along, and coffee and rusks again fuel our bodies, as we kitted up, and headed out through the vineyard, and into the streets of Stanford. We did a quick lap of the town, enjoying a little bit of single track, and even worked in a lap of the kiddies BMX track, before heading out past Stanford Hills, to up and over the infamous Strava segment known as Kotsbult, and then enjoyed the descent down towards Bluegum Estate, where Roeter and his team prepared a stunning breakfast spread for us. After Breakfast, Roeter joined us, and lead us around the single track they have recently put in on the property. The first lap went well, but unfortunately, on the second loop, Frans took an interesting line through a bit of a tricky uphill rock garden and ended up falling onto some freshly cut stumps. Initially, Frans soldiered on, but it was evident he was feeling a little uncomfortable, so after a couple more KM, and realising the footbridge over the Klien River was washed away, and we needed to double back a bit anyway, a consensus was reached, that we would cut the ride short. We took the tar road back towards Stanford, and had to fight a bit of a headwind most of the way. Scotty did a sterling job leading us in most of the way, and helped set me up for a fun little sprint finish (if you can call a medium effort from a podgy guide a sprint) into Birkenhead Brewery, where we enjoyed a beer tasting, and the boys could stock up on some beers to take home to KZN. Cutting the Ride short in no way meant we were going to skip out on the cheese and wine though, and as soon as we had cleaned up, and doctored Frans’s wounds a bit, we hopped into the Land Rover, and took a drive back up the Valley, enjoying the sights as we made our way up to Stone House Cheese. We all agreed that it was not so bad doing this by car instead of by bike (But don’t tell anyone we said so). After Stone House, we dropped a few km down the valley to Boschrivier Wines, sampled their collection, and then carried on a little further down the valley and did the same at Stone House. Unfortunately, being a weekend, Lockdown regulations do not allow off-sales of the wines, but luckily, both wineries are happy to courier any wine you buy after the tastings, to your home, anywhere in the country. We finished up the wine tasting just after three….pretty much the same time we should have if we had done this by bike, and made our way back into the village. The team from Inn the End prepared us a lovely basket of snacks, and we took that, and a cooler full of beers, as we then headed off for an afternoon sundowner cruise on the Klien River Lagoon on the Lady Stanford. The Skipper, Peter is not only an expert birding guide, but also extremely knowledgable about the region, and kept us entertained with stories in between describing the abundant birdlife in of the region. We finished the evening off with a Pizza night at Inn the End. Paul kept the gourmet pizzas coming, till none of us could even think of eating another bite….. but when the final two pizzas of the night, a Gorgonzola and green fig, and a Nutella and Marshmallow creation came out of the oven, we all found a little extra space for dessert. By this point, we were also decidedly a little tired, and all settled in for a good nights sleep. For those that had the energy left, there was still some riding at Paul Cluver to be done, before finally calling what was truly an awesome weekend, complete… We look forward to hosting you on the next one… Click here to book your spot now.
  22. I've come through to my parents home and in the garage is my trusty old Raleigh M-30 mountain bike in all it's (former glory) BACKGROUND I got in when I was around 11/12 (so around 1997) and it provided me with hours and hours and hours of good times. I raced people with it, tried going off road, fell MANY times, and even went airborne more than I should have. Let's not forget the skids I did that weirdly did not destroy the tyres. It's HARDY! Steel frame Shimano 15 speed (3x5) Shimano calipers 26" wheels When I realised it was a 26" my eyes lit up as I realised I can actually do something with this bike!! The bike will be used for some gravel riding, road riding, and some riding down the promenade. Gravel tyres seem to give the best of both worlds and I'm keen to try this as a build. MY IDEA The plan is to obviously turn this into a GRAVEL bike or something like that. Wheels These obviously need to be changed as the wheels are warped and the rims are rusted. This is also the major elemt that I will change. As this will be used as a gravel bike, I wanted something thinner, sleeker, and not as MTB like. There are a few options: Do a straight swap with another 26" tyreTry to fit in a gravel 700c type tyreBe smarter and use a 650b or similarThe clearance looks like I could squeeze in the 700. The 650 may be a smarter idea. Tyres I want to put in something that's not very MTB like. Haven't made up my mind yet. Brakes, Gears, Drivetrain When I said that this is hardy, I meant it. These honestly do not need to be changed! They work extremely well, Even the brakes stop things DEAD. All I want to do is: Wash and LubeTest out the cables to see if these need to be changedChange the brake pads as the rust would have eaten into themGet a gold chain (not really)The 3x5 is ancient and is a relic of a kids bike but it really works and since it still functions really well, I want to keep it. Handlebars Keep these for now but consider upgrading to drops. Seat This looks old so will change this but this is not a priority. QUESTIONS TO YOU... What do you think? Am I insane? Is this a great little project to go ahead with? I would also like some advice on: What are the best wheels and tyres to use?Any advice on how to go about fitting the wheels in with this setup?Any practical challenges you may have solved previously with something like this?Is keeping the drivetrain etc. a good idea?Would I be able to change the handlebars if I wanted to?
  23. I'm looking at getting a pair of the Crankbrothers Stamp 2 metal flat pedals for MTB. I'd love to get some feedback on them or recommendations of other brands in the R1000 region that are better suited/comparable!
  24. Hi guys, I am looking to get myself set up for Zwift as I see my workload increasing the next couple of months and not really keen on being outside late at night when streets are deserted. I run about 4 times a week and mountain bike whenever I can. I was looking at getting a smart treadmill such as the Everlast Trail but it will take up quite a bit of space and not really sure how Zwift run compares to the cycling and if it will be worth it. Am I better off getting an entry-level smart trainer for my mountain bike instead, such as the Tacx Satori? I hear another problem is that mtb tyres get destroyed quite quickly, will I need extra wheels? Any other recommendations would be appreciated. I have a Silverback Sola 4 mountain bike. Thank you!
  25. Hi all, We are heading to San Lameer in January and I was wondering of there are any worthwhile trails in the area? According to San Lameer website they do have a MTB trail in the grounds of about 10km, but I do not want to pack the bikes if this will be the only riding to do. Your suggestions is appreciated.
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