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  1. Lapierre XR 729 The Lapierre XR 729 is a carbon cross-country orientated mile cruncher. The first thing you notice on the XR 729 is that the shock is hidden in an odd protruding seat tube to accommodate the single pivot suspension design. I've grown fond of the striking look but don't expect to squeeze two water bottles within the front triangle. Expecting a full blown XC bike, we were a little stumped when a custom built XR 729 with a 120mm Pike and dropper seatpost arrived in the office. The only component that was stock (according to the Lapierre website) was the wheelset and tyres. After the first ride, however, it all made sense but I'll leave those details for the full review. Lapierre also produce the Lapierre XR 729 e:i which uses an electronic shock to adapt automatically to the terrain. This models retails for R82,995. Custom builds of the mechanical suspension bike can be arranged. You can view all the 2016 Lapierre bikes at www.lapierrebikes.co.za. LuvHandles Luvhandles was started by twin brothers late last year who were tired of paying too much for bike components such as grips. So they set out to find a high quality silicone grip to sell directly to the public at a reasonable price. A neat feature of their online offering is that it allows you to select the colour of your grips and plugs separately. They say this results in almost 50 colour combinations, perfect for the matchy-matchy builders. On first look the grips and plugs appear to be top notch but I'll have to see how well they with stand up to some abuse on my wide tree bashing handlebars. A set of Luvhandles grips and plugs currently retail for R120. Check out their online store for more details here. Thule VeloCompact The Thule VeloCompact comes in a two or three bike configuration. The VeloCompact is a relatively new addition to the line up having been released in 2015. It promises to be light weight and compact. The carrier attaches to a tow bar and has a tilt mechanism so that you can access a hatch type rear door. The VeloCompact retails for R8,999 in the two bike configuration and R11,999 for the model that can carries three bikes.
  2. First Look Friday is an introduction to the products that we are currently testing for review. This week we're featuring the Lapierre XR 729, Luvhandles soft grips and Thule VeloCompact bike carrier. Click here to view the article
  3. Super B have been involved in hand tools for 20 years, with 10 years engaged in the bicycle tool market. Super B claim to produce quality products, with a focus on research & development and quality controls. They currently offer over 200 items with 20 to 30 new products being launched every year. TBA-500 27pc Tool Set If you plan to work on your bike, having the correct tools for the job is essential. Yes, in many instances you can make a MacGyver plan but it can be potentially damaging to your bike and often time intensive. We'll be testing Super B's 27-piece set to see how well the selection covers our everyday bike servicing and repair needs. The tool set includes: 1-Pedal wrench 15 mm 2-Screwdriver, size: Phillips 2 and slotted 6 1-8 mm hex key & 1/2" Dr. adaptor 3-Tire lever 1-2 in 1 cotterless crank tool for standard square type crank & Shimano® splined octalink and ISIS Drive®, with 14 mm box wrench 6-Hex key wrench, size: 2/2.5/3/4/5/6 mm 1-Chain rivet extractor, for 8, 9 & 10 speed chains 1-Double-ended wrench, size: 8/10 mm 1-Freewheel remover for Shimano®, SunRace®, SRAM®, Chris King®, SunTour® and similar cassette lockrings 1-Freewheel turner for 1/8" fixed gear sprockets 2-Hub cone spanner, size: 13/14/15/16 mm 1-Crank installation tool for Shimano® Hollowtech II compatible crank adaptor 1-B.B. wrench for Shimano® Hollowtech II, Truvativ® GXP, FSA® MegaExo, Campagnolo® Ultra-TorqueTM and similar external B.B. cups with 16 notches 1-O-shaped spoke wrench, size: 9 G~15 G 1-Cartridge B.B. tool for Shimano®, ISIS Drive® splined 20-tooth bottom bracket cups, FSA®, Race Face® and Truvativ® 1-Patch repair kit 1-Torx® 25 wrench 1-Blow case This starter kit sells for around R849. TB-32900 Chain Maintenance Set Only the most enthusiastic perfectionist can derive joy from cleaning a chain, so for most people finding a shortcut is always welcome. The chain cleaner is the liquid box kind while the folding brush helps getting into those hard to reach areas around the derailleurs, it also includes some teeth to get in between the cassette gaps. The pricing of this set is around R310. In the box: Folding brush Chain cleaner Environmental friendly degreaser Chain lube TB-TW20 Torque Wrench 3-14Nm Torque wrenches are essential for getting the correct force for the proper functioning of some very vital components on your bike. You don't need to look further than the torque readings on your stem and handlebars for an obvious example. Features: 1/4" Dr. torque wrench Bit socket: Hex2 / 2.5 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 8 / 10mm, T 25 Pricing: around R1,369 TB-WS20 Home Mech Work Stand Aimed at the amateur mechanic, the work stand has 360 degree rotation to allow you to work on your bike at any angle. Features:Weighs: 5.4kg Clamps adjust to fit tubes from 1” to 2.5” Adjusts to fit tubes of various shapes Tool tray is included but tool bag for traveling is optional Very easy to open for storage or maintenance Pricing: Around R1,799 TB-PF25 Home mechanic wheel truing stand This wheel truing stand promises to be foldable and easily stored making it useful for home mechanics and pro mechanics on the move. Fits wheelset sizes 16” through to 29”. Recommended retail pricing is around R829. TB-CC65 Universal 5-11sp Chain Tool The Super B chain tool claims easy use with an intuitive 3-step operation. The tool supposedly works on any chain including 3/32" ~ 3/16" single speed and 5 to 11 speed chains. Recommended retail pricing is around R289. TB-3323 2-in-1 Trident Master Link Pliers Super B thinks so much of their Trident Master Link pliers that they've had it patented. The pliers assist with the removal of master links by hand. The high grade hardened steel promises resistance to wear. Recommended retail pricing is around R119. TB-DS20 Table Top Digital Scale That special something for the weight weenie in your life. Make sure those manufacturer claims are accurate. Features: Measures and displays kilograms to 0.01kg (0.01k g=10gram) Basic measurement for 0.1 oz (1 oz=28.35grams) The Weight limit of the 3 KG (1g inaccuracy) Pricing: around R360 TB-DS10 Hanging Digital Scale The digital scale is designed to measure accurate weight of bikes, frames, and components.Measures and displays kilograms to 0.02 kg (0.02 kg=20gram) Basic measurement for 1 oz (1 oz=28.35grams) Silicone coated hanging hook , plus a dual position The Weight limit of the 50 KG (10g inaccuracy) Batteries are not included it (2pcs *4AAA battery) Pricing: Around R439 Super B tools are available from bike shops nationally, including the dealers listed here.
  4. First Look Friday is an introduction to the products that we are currently testing for review. This week we're featuring a selection of workshop items and tools from Super B. Click here to view the article
  5. Camelbak Palos 4LR The Palos 4LR forms part of Camelbak's new Low Rider range of hydration packs. It uses a 1.5l bladder (think of it as two 750ml bottles) and has enough cargo space for a multi-tool, tube, a small hand pump or CO2 inflator, phone, keys and an energy bar or two in several, cleverly designed, pockets. The hydration tube with their signature bite valve wraps around the front of the pack and is held in place with Camelbak’s magnetic Tube Trap and can be routed from either side to suit user preference. I've used Camelbak's "Lumber" hydration packs the last couple of years and am very interested to see how this one compares as both have the bulk of the weight sitting lower down on your back. Features Key Pack Features: Integrated tool organiser, lumbar compression, magnetic tube trap, dual waist belt pockets, secured zipper pocket, zippered essentials pocket, air mesh back panel, blinker tab.Designed to Carry: Multi-tool, CO2 pump and cartridges, spare tube, energy bar, phone, keys. CamelBak Got Your Bak Guarantee: If we built it, we'll Bak it with our lifetime guarantee. Recommended Retail Pricing: R1,100.00 From the Manufacturer: The Palos 4 is the industry’s reservoir-based waist pack designed specifically for mountain biking. It’s the ideal option for hard-charging riders who need more than a water bottle, but who don’t want to carry a full backpack.The Palos™ 4 is the industry’s reservoir-based waist pack designed specifically for mountain biking. It’s the ideal option for hard-charging riders who need more than a water bottle, but who don’t want to carry a full backpack. As part of our Low Rider MTB collection, the Palos keeps your water and cargo centred around your waist, leaving your shoulders and back free. As a result, you’ll have a lower centre of gravity and more mobility on the trail—plus, no more sweaty back and sore shoulders at the end of the day. The Palos also includes a 1.5-litre reservoir, storage for keys and a phone, an integrated tool roll to keep you prepped for last-minute repairs, and overflow storage that lets you fasten soft armour to the outside of the pack. Turbine "The aim of the Turbine is not to deliver more air to the lungs, it’s actually to deliver the same amount of air with less energy cost. Reducing the work of breathing — that is, the energy cost of breathing, thereby allowing you to concentrate more energy on your working muscles rather than your breathing.", says Dr Mitch Anderson, Sports Medical Advisor for Rhinomed (creators of Turbine). On top of making breathing easier, the Turbine also boasts an increase in airflow by 38% through the nose. Starter packs include one Turbine of each size (small, medium, large) to assist determining which size Turbine suits your nose. Retail price R195 for each starter pack.Size packs: once you have found the size of Turbine that suits you, the size packs will contain 3 Turbines of your chosen size. Retail price R365 for each size pack. Each Turbine can be used up to 10 times for hygienic and effectiveness reasons. Why can you only use Turbine up to 10 times each? Risk of bacteria accumulation and the maintenance of hygiene standards. The dilation mechanism and ratchets will wear and may not hold its dilation effectively. We'll be sticking the Turbine in our noses to test out the claimed benefits. Jaybird X2 Jaybird Sport's X2 are the company's top-of-the-line Bluetooth wireless in-ear headphone model. Available in several colours, the X2 offers a couple of significant improvements over their predecessor, the BlueBuds X. These include more comfortable design, better sweat proofing, a new matte finish, a better carrying case and, most importantly, up to 8 hours of battery life from it's higher rated 100 mAh battery. To help you with a secure and comfortable fit for your ears, the X2's come with three different-sized silicone buds and three of Jaybird's "wings" that were designed to keep the earphones in place while on the bike or during workouts Specifications: Audio Type: In-Ear Style Noise-isolation: Passive Impedance: 16 Ohm Speaker sensitivity: 103 +-2dB At 1KHz Output 12mW RMS (with level limit) Total Harmonic Distortion <5% (1KHz, 1mW) Audio Format: 16-bit Stereo Codec: Shift™ custom SBC implementation Response Bandwidth 20-20000Hz Driver Size: 6 mm Bluetooth Version: Bluetooth Class 2.1+EDR Frequency Band: 2.4 GHz Profiles: Handsfree 1.6, Headset 1.1, A2DP 1.2, AVCRP 1.4Battery Play Time: 8 Hrs* Standby Time: 250 Hrs* Charging Time: Less than 2.5 hrs Type: 100 mAh Lithium Polymer * May vary dependent on usage & device In The Box X2 Wireless Buds Comply™ Foam Ear Tips Silicone Ear Tips Secure-Fit Ear Fins Cord Management Clips USB 2.0 Charging Cable Silicone Sport Carry Case Recommended retail price: R2,999.00 More information on the Jaybird X2 click here. From the Manufacturer:
  6. First Look Friday is an introduction to the products that we are currently testing for review. This week we're featuring the Camelbak Palos 4LR, Turbine, and Jaybird X2. Click here to view the article
  7. Silverback Sphere 1 The Sphere 1 is Silverback's reimagination of the hardtail with plus sized wheels. It features 3.0" tyres to add grip, stability, and comfort. The Sphere makes use of the wider Boost axle spacing to stiffen the larger and heavier plus wheels and tyres. The 100mm Manitou Magnum fork sits at a trail-friendly 68 degree head angle. The reliable combination of a SRAM 1x drivetrain and Shimano's SLX brakeset round off the bike. Specifications: Frame29”+/27,5"+ Butted 6061 Aluminium, Tapered 1-1/8”-1.5”Headtube, XS/S: 27.5”+;M/L/XL: 29”+,135mm QR DropoutsForkManitou Magnum Comp 27.5+/29"+, 100mm, Tapered Alloy Steerer, XS/S: 27.5”+; M/L/XL: 29”+, Crown lockout, 15x110mm Dropout, Post Mount DiscRimsHayes/Sun Ringle Mulefut SL 50mm 27.5”+/29”+, Alloy, 32H, 29”+ for M/L/XL, 27.5”+ for XS/S sizes, Sun Ringle Nylon Rim tape, BlackHubsRear: SRAM 746, 6-Bolt Disc Mount, Sealed cartridge bearings, XD Driver body, 12x 148mm Axle Black; Front: SRAM 716, 6-Bolt Disc Mount, Sealed cartridge bearings, 150 x 15mm Thru Axle, BlackTyresMaxxis Chronicle 27.5”+/29”+ x 3.0, TR and EXO, Kevlar BeadStemSector Box, 6061 Alloy, S/M: 60mm; L/XL: 75mm, 6° x ∮31.8mm, BlackHandlebarsSector Plane, W: 720mm; Back Sweep: 9° x ∮31.8mm; 6061 Double Butted OversizedSeatpostSector Level, 6061 Alloy, ∮31.6mm, XS/S: 350mm; M/L/XL: 400mm, BlackSaddleSector, Cr-Mo RailsBrake setShimano SLX BL/BR-M675, Open Hydraulic System, Metal Pads, Rotors Front: 180mm; Rear: 160mmShifterSRAM GX X-ACTUATION Trigger Shifter, 11 Speed, BlackRear derailleurSRAM GX X-Horizon w/ Rolling Bearing Clutch and Cage Lock, BlackCassetteSRAM XG-1150 11 Speed, 10-42T, BlackCranksetRace Face Turbine Cinch, 32T, XS/S: 170mm; 175mm All other sizes, BlackBottom bracketRace Face, BB-92PriceR31,999 Verve Infocrank The Verve Cycling InfoCrank is a relative newcomer to the power meter market. It is a crank based power meter which boasts left and right measurements. The unit is said to be super accurate and highly durable without the need for continuous recalibration. The cranks themselves are cold forged aluminium fitted with Praxis Works chainrings. Model Tested: InfoCrank 110 BCD M30. The retail price for the Verve InfoCrank 110 BCD M30 and 24mm models is R22,000. Verve will be releasing cranksets for track and mountain bike later this year. You can contact the local distributor on their website here and check out their Facebook page for special deals. SRAM NX upgrade This is an upgrade I recently did to my own bike and, even though it is not a full SRAM NX drivetrain review, I thought it may be of interest. The upgrades includes a SRAM NX cassette, rear derailleur and chain with a GX shifter. Due to the marginal price difference between the NX and GX shifters, the local distributor has decided to not stock the NX shifter for now. Unlike the rest of SRAM's 11-speed range, the NX cassette does not require a XD freehub body and therefore fits in place on a regular 10-speed hub, making upgrading simpler and cheaper. This does however mean that SRAM were unable to provide the same gear range, with the smallest sprocket on the NX cassette being 11T instead of the 10T found on other SRAM 11-speed cassettes. Having spent many hours riding SRAM's more premium 11-speeding offerings, I'm interested to see how this budget upgrade compares. Speak to your local bike shop for a quote.
  8. First Look Friday is an introduction to the products that we are currently testing for review. This week we're previewing the Silverback Sphere 1 plus bike, Verve Infocrank, and a SRAM NX upgrade. Click here to view the article
  9. First Look Friday is an introduction to the gear that we are currently testing for review. This week we're featuring Garmin's Varia Smart Bike ecosystem. Click here to view the article
  10. Garmin introduced their Varia rear light and radar following the acquisition of Backtracker in early 2015. They have since added a smart headlight and in-sight display as well as full system integration with some of their GPS head units. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cg6x_2AG5Co Varia Smart Bike Headlight & Tail Light The Varia smart bike lights aim to create a safer riding environment by adjusting to changing light conditions as well as bike speed. As speed increases a rider needs to see further ahead in order to react to road conditions in time. The Varia headlight automatically lifts the beam to project the light further down the road. As ambient light fades or gets brighter, both the headlight and tail light adjust automatically when paired with a light-sensing Edge 1000 bike computer while its beam cutoff prevents the headlight from blinding oncoming drivers. Works independently and seamlessly integrates with compatible Edge cycling computers As rider's speed increases, the headlight automatically projects further ahead or closer as a rider's speed changes when paired with select Edge computers As light conditions change, the smart Varia headlights and tail light automatically get brighter or dimmer, when paired with a light-sensing Edge 1000 Adjustments, including on/off, can be made manually with the use of an included remote With 2 tail lights you can indicate impending right or left turns Varia Vision In-sight Display The Varia Vision attaches to your sunglasses to display key data, including performance data, turn-by-turn directions, incoming smart notifications and more. When paired with the Varia rearview radar system, the Varia Vision warns users of traffic approaching from behind. The Varia Vision weighs in at a scant 29.7 grams, features 8 hours of always-on battery life, and a glove and wet-weather friendly touch panel to rotate between data displays. Its adaptable mounting allows it to attach to either arm of the glasses and is fully adjustable for optimum display positioning. Varia Vision features a durable, weatherproof design with an integrated ambient light sensor and colour display that ensures readability in all conditions. Featherweight device easily attaches to either side of your favourite sunglasses to put ride information right in your line of sight Displays performance data, directions and more from compatible Edge cycling devices Pairs with Varia rearview radar to notify of vehicles approaching from behind Provides vibration alerts for key performance, direction, radar and call/text prompts Convenient touch panel eases transitions between data screens, even if wearing gloves Varia Rearview Radar and Display Unit Bundle For our take on the Varia Rearview Radar and Display outside of the Varia Smart Bike ecosystem, head over to our full review here. World's first cycling radar that warns of vehicles approaching from behind up to 140 meters Works independently and wirelessly integrates with compatible Edge cycling computers When paired, the Edge computer or Varia head unit can detect multiple vehicles and indicates the relative speed of approach and threat level Tail light unit brightens and flashes to notify approaching traffic of a cyclist ahead Recommended Pricing: Varia Rearview Radar and Display Unit Bundle - R 4 499 Varia Smart Bike Tail Light - R 1 599 Varia Smart Bike Headlight - R 3 599 Varia Vision - R 6 899 Giveaway: Bike Hub will be giving away a Garmin Varia Bundle (1 of each of the above) to a lucky reader, so keep your eyes open for the full review.
  11. First Look Friday is an introduction to the products that we are currently testing for review. This week we're featuring the Scott Genius Plus 720, Brunox Deo, and Versus Socks. Click here to view the article
  12. Scott Genius Plus 720 Scott was one of the first big players to launch "Plus" bikes in both Scale (Hardtail) and Genius (Dual Suspension) platforms. There are several models to chose from and we've been sent a Genius Plus 720 to test. Featuring 130mm of rear wheel travel paired with a 140mm fork, the Genius is aimed at riding trails all day long. It's great to see Scott fitting a Fox 34 as it will go a long way to keep you and the bike in check on technical terrain. With the traction and grip that comes with 2.8-inch tires, the extra stiffness and control from the Fox 34 will be a welcome relief. Features: 148mm Boost Rear Axle Width Adjustable geometry via shock mount chip Direct post mount rear brake IDS SL Dropout system works with 142x12mm, 135x12mm and 135x5mm QR rear axle standards Twinloc lever system Internal cable routing Full specification: FrameGenius PLUS Alloy 6061 custom butted, Hydroformed tubes / tapered Headtube, BB92 / U-Mono Link / rear 180PM, IDS SL DM dropout for 148x12mm Boost, BB height adj. / Full Internal Cable Routing, 130mm rear travelTravelFront: 140mm, Rear: 130mmForkFOX 34 Float Performance Air, FIT4 3-Modes, Boost 15x110mm QR axle / tapered steerer, Lockout / reb. Adj. / 140mm travelRear ShockFOX Float Performance Elite / 3 modes, DPS / Lockout - Trail - Descend, reb. Adj. / 190X50mmRemote SystemSCOTT TwinLoc Remote Technology, 3 modes front and rear / integ. clampHeadsetSyncros Comp / Tapered 1.5" - 1 1/8", semi integ. OD 50/61mm / ID 44/55mmF. DerailleurShimano Deore FD-M618-E / DMR. DerailleurShimano XT RD-M781 SGS / DM, Shadow Type / 20 SpeedShifterShimano Deore SL-M610-I, Rapidfire Plus / 2 way release, IspecsBrakesShimano SLX M675 Disc, 180/F and 180/Rmm SM-RT54 CL RotorCranksetShimano FC-M627-B Boost, 2-piece Design, 36Ax22 TBB-setShimano BB-MT500-PA / shell 41x89.5mmHandlebarSyncros FL2.0 T-Bar, Alloy 6061 D.B. / T shape Flat / 9° / 740mmStemSyncros TR2.0, 6061 / 4D forged / oversize 31.8mm, 1 1/8" / +6° angleSeatpostX-Fusion Hilo Strate custom / 125mm adj., internal cable routing / remoteSeatSyncros XM2.0 / CROM railsHub (front)Syncros CL811 / Boost 15x110mm, made by FormulaHub (rear)Syncros CL148S / Boost 148x12mm, RWS axle / made by FormulaChainKMC X10CassetteShimano CS-HG50-10, 11-36 TSpokesDT Swiss Champion Black 1.8mmRimsSyncros X-40 / 27.5" / Tubeless Ready, 40mm wide / 32H / EyeletsTyresSchwalbe Front: Nobby Nic EVO / 2.80x27.5; Rear: Rocket Ron EVO / 2.80x27.5 PaceStar compound / Tubeless EasyWeight13.8 kgsRetail PriceR46,000.00 We will weigh in on the Plus vs Fat vs 29" vs 27.5" debate once we've done a good couple of rides on varying terrain. From the Manufacturer The phrase “Any Trail, Any Time“ was coined a few years back to describe the Genius series. The all NEW Genius 720 Plus makes that phrase ring even truer. Adding plus sized wheels to what is already one of the most capable rigs on the market ups the level of traction, comfort, and most importantly fun hogging. Sporting an Alloy frame, the 720 comes in at a lower price point. Rocks, roots and boosts beware, this bike is ready to rumble. Brunox Deo At the Africa Cycle Fair, we spend some time with the team behind Atlantic Cycle Products, the official importers for Brunox in South Africa. Timing could not have been better as testing the Brunox Deo will help weigh in on a recent discussion.Said to help clean your fork and shock stanchions and lubricate dust seals to keep them in full working order for longer. Although not an exact science we will use the Deo on one of our own long-term bikes to gauge it's effect and then compare that to the rest of the forks and shocks in use. RRP: R 95,00 Stockists here. From the Manufacturer Brunox Duo for cycling forks Like daily tooth care the endurance and function of a bicycle fork can only be guaranteed by thorough and regular maintenance. A little Brunox Deo is sprayed on between submerge- and stand-pipe before and after each tour. Afterwards, spring the fork shortly for several times and you can see suddenly the difference. Brunox Deo keeps the sealing rings in soft condition and does not adhesive dust.Brunox Deo has an excellent penetration ability because of the additive Turboline, keeps the sealing rings smooth, so that you can execute your work even better. Spray a little Brunox Deo on to the fork pillars before and after each ride and see the significant effect. Brunox Deo keeps the sealing rings flexible whilst resisting dust; ensuring optimal conditions for best performance. Brunox Deo protects seals, adjusting screws, fixings and all pneumatic parts of the forks. A few drops after cleaning will act as a barrier to dirt and ensure long term protection. Brunox Deo is also recommended by Sitting Bull for sprung seat pillars. Recommended by RockShox. Deo stands for: Easy care with great effect! http://www.brunox.com/website/productpages/Deo-en.html Versus Socks Versus Cycling Socks is a Stellenbosch based company who believes in creating socks that are affordable, comfortable, durable and just outright sexy. The idea to launch their own sock range came while Jurgens Uys and Hanno Lategan were out riding in Jonkershoek. Since then the company has grown in reputation and several designs and cuts have been added including lady specific ones. We were send three pairs to test. Their range of socks are available to buy online or from their dealer network with prices ranging from R79 to R89.
  13. Lapierre Xelius SL 500 CP road bike The Xelius SL sits at the top of Lapierre's road range alongside the Aircode SL aero frame. With a claimed frame weight of just 850g and professional rider input from the French FDJ cycling team, the Xelius is ready to fight it out with the best of them. The frame features a rather large BB86 press-fit bottom bracket, full internal routing, a heavily sculptured tapered fork with front brakes that sit tucked in to reduce drag, an integrated seatpost clamp, and unique tubing leading into the seat stays. The top tube thins out towards the seat tube before splitting into three. While the main tube runs straight through to connect with the seat tube, the two off shoots run straight passed the seat tube into what becomes the seat stays. This was done to offer a ride that is a bit more forgiving than most race bikes on the pro circuit. As is the norm nowadays, the frame is Di2 compatible with a "trap door" at the bottom of the bottom bracket for easy access to the battery. With the battery placed low, the height of the centre of gravity of the bike is reduced. Specifications: FrameXELIUS SL CARBONForkLAPIERRE XELIUS SL CARBON - Carbon SteererHeadsetFSA 1"1/8 1"1/4 FSA ORBIT C-33 44E + 15mm top coverBottom bracketSHIMANO KSMBB7141B PRESSFITCranksetSHIMANO 105 KFC5800CX26L 52x36 170mm (XS, S) / 172.5mm (M) / 175mm (L, XL, XXL)Stem ZIPP Service Course BLACK 6° Ø: 31.8mm L: 90mm (XS, S) / 100mm (M) / 110mm (L) / 120mm (XL) / 130mm (XXL)SeatpostLAPIERRE SPC-619 CARBON Ø: 27.2mm L: 350mmHandlebarZIPP Service Course 80 Anatomic 40mm (XS) / 42mm (S, M, L) / 44mm (XL, XXL)Front derailleurSHIMANO 105 KFD5800FLRear derailleurSHIMANO 105 KRD5800SSL 11-SpeedBrakesSHIMANO 105 KBR5800 / KBR5810 FRONT DIRECTMOUNTShiftersSHIMANO 105 KST5800 2x11-SpeedSaddleSELLE ITALIA X1 BLACK / WHITEWheelsMAVIC AKSIUMCassetteSHIMANO 105 KCS580011128 11-Speed 11-28TTyresMICHELIN DYNAMIC SPORT 700x25Claimed weight8,3 KgSizesXS,S,M,L,XL,XXLRecommended PricingR45,000 Specialized Women's Motodiva shoes The Specialized Women's Motodiva is billed as an all-round trail shoe. The sole is made from a nylon composite and features SlipNot rubber tread to help with added grip when off the bike. The lacing system uses a BOA dial on the upper strap with two nylon straps lower down the shoe. For added protection, the Motodiva has a molded toe area to help absorb and deflect collisions. Being a Specialized product, the Motodiva receives the Body Geometry ergonomic fit for women which promises to make the shoe comfortable for most feet. Specifications and features:Body Geometry sole construction and footbed: ergonomically designed and scientifically tested to boost power, increase efficiency, and reduce chance of injury by optimizing hip, knee, and foot alignment. Women's contoured Standard Fit last with low collar height for ankle comfort. Injection-molded nylon composite sole with SlipNot rubber tread for moderate pedaling stiffness and phenomenal trail traction: Stiffness Index 6.0. Single Boa S2-SV dial for easy adjustment, backed by the Boa Lifetime Guarantee. Dial/lace assembly is replaceable in seconds with Snap cartridge system. Hard molded toe kick for protection and durability. Stitched synthetic and mesh upper with asymmetric strap closure for comfortable fit. Replaceable threaded toe studs. Two-bolt cleat pattern fits all major pedals. Approximate weight: 335g (1/2 pair, size 39) Recommend retail price: R2,599.00 Oakley Radar EV Path Prizm Road The Oakley Radar EV is an update on the popular Radar range. The most notable change is the raised lens height which increases the upper field of view - a design feature Oakley borrowed from their Jawbreaker line up. The model we have on test sports the Prizm lens which (having the Road specific version) is said to improve road texture, painted lines, and traffic lights while also enhancing greens and blues. The frame on our test pair has undergone the recently announced hand sprayed Green Fade Collection treatment.
  14. First Look Friday is an introduction to the gear that we are currently testing for review. This week we're featuring the Lapierre Xelius SL road bike, Specialized Women's Motodiva shoes and Oakley's Radar EV sunglasses. Click here to view the article
  15. Lyne Contour dropper post Lyne Components is a South African based business. They currently offer a range of dropper posts with carbon wheels and other components coming in the near future. The Contour dropper posts feature 100mm or 120mm of infinite adjust travel. Models are available for both internal or external routing. The internal mechanism is hydraulic (which can be replaced for easy servicing) while the operating mechanism is mechanically operated. The range includes four models for 30.9 mm and 31.6 mm seatpost sizes. The Contour is available online for R2,199. Head over to the Lyne Components website for more information. Five Ten Kestrel Lace Following on the successes and failures of the original Kestrel, Five Ten have have developed the Kestrel Lace. A clipless shoe aimed at trail and all mountain riders looking for a shoe more relaxed in style and build than the race inspired original Kestrel. As the name suggests, the Kestrel Lace does away with the performance focused BOA closure system in favour of a more traditional lace and velcro strap option. The super stiff carbon shank has also been removed and replaced by a more compliant nylon shank. Five Ten also developed a new rubber compound for the sole. They promise this will rid the Kestrel Lace of the delaminating issues that plagued earlier models of the original Kestrel.Get in touch with a Get Stoked dealer is you want to know more about the Kestrel Lace or any other Five Ten products. e*thirteen drive componentse*thirteen drivetrain products have recently become available to the South African market. https://vimeo.com/157756139 TRS+ cassettes The e*thirteen's TRS+ cassettes supports both 11 and 10 speed drivetrains. The 11 speed option boasts a 9-44T configuration which offers a 489% range. That's a range within sniffing distance of SRAM's Eagle drivetrain. The 10 speed cassette features a 9-42T spread with a 467% range. Guidering and Range Extender e*thirteen's Guidering M single ring series ranges from 30T to 38T and also features direct mount options. The extended range cog is available in 40T and 42T sizes. Plasma tyre sealant and Rim Tape e*thirteen's plasma tyre sealant and rim tape is also available. The tubeless rim tape is available in 25mm and 30mm widths. Contact a Get Stoked dealer for e*thirteen stock and pricing options.
  16. First Look Friday is an introduction to the products that we are currently testing for review. This week we're previewing a Lyne Components Contour dropper post, Five Ten's Kestrel Lace and drive components from e*thirteen. Click here to view the article
  17. First Look Friday is an introduction to the products that we are currently testing for review. This week we're previewing the SwiftCarbon Ultravox RS-1, Giant Rail helmet, and Specialized Fast Trak Control 2Bliss Ready tyres. Click here to view the article
  18. SwiftCarbon Ultravox RS-1 The Swift Ultravox RS-1 is a full carbon race machine which, on paper, provides unbeatable value. The RS-1 is the second tier in the Ultravox lineup behind the Ti (Team issue) version as ridden by Aussie based Drapac Pro Cycling team. The two models differ only in the carbon fibres used in the layup with the Ti version utilising some of the highest quality (and most expensive) options. The Ultravox RS-1 is available locally with three build options: Shimano 105, Ultegra and Ultegra Race (including Zipp Firecrest 202/303/404s). Our test model is the middle option kitted out with full Shimano Ultegra, Ritchey WCS alloy finishing kit and Mavic Aksium Elite wheels. Specifications: FrameUltravox RS-1 T700/T800ForkSwiftCarbon 700C carbon fibreHeadsetSwiftCarbon 1.1/8”-1.1/2” taperedShiftersShimano UltegraDerailleursShimano UltegraCranksetShimano UltegraBrakesShimano UltegraBottom bracketShimano UltegraCassetteShimano Ultegra, 11-28tHandlebarsRitchey WCS AlloyStemRitchey WCS AlloySeatpostRitchey WCS AlloySaddleRitchey Streem V3 WCSWheelsMavic Aksium EliteTyresMavic, 700x25c YksionRetail priceR38,600.00 Giant Rail helmet The Rail is Giant's take on the extended cover trail and enduro helmet. The Rail is packed with features. An adjustable (and removable) visor allows for compatibility with goggles and eyewear, while out back an integrated goggle strap holds things in place. There is a spot in front designed for easy application of GoPro stick-on mounts. While 18 air vents are used to keep the rider cool with internal channels for better airflow.The Giant Rail retails for R1,595. Specialized Fast Trak Control 2Bliss Ready tyres The Specialized Fast Trak Control 2Bliss Ready tyres use the same tread as the weight-weenie S-Works version but with the Control casing cut resistance is beefed up by 15%. We have the 29er 2.2 and 2.0 widths on test, both coming in under the claimed weight 600 grams and 560 grams on our scale respectively. Specifications: Casing: 60 TPI for 15% improved cut-resistance over S-Works model Bead: Foldable Butyl wrapped bead = 2Bliss Ready Compound: 60a 26 x 2.0"; psi 35-65; approximate weight 540g 26 x 2.2"; psi 35-65; approximate weight 580g 650b x 2.0"; psi 35-65; approximate weight 565g 650b x 2.2"; psi 35-65; approximate weight 600g 29 x 2.0"; psi 35-65; approximate weight 580g 29 x 2.2"; psi 35-65; approximate weight 620g A Fast Trak Control 2Bliss Ready tyre retails for R489.00.
  19. First Look Friday is an introduction to the products that we are currently testing for review. This week we're featuring the Knolly Warden, Maglock pedals and the SPOT Gen3 and Trace. Click here to view the article
  20. Knolly Warden The Knolly Warden is a 650b 150mm travel all-mountain bike. The Warden comes as an aluminium or carbon frame, our test model being the aluminium edition. Our test bike arrived with prototype South enduro rims laced to Industry Nine hubs, Cane Creek's DB Air shock and a MRP Stage fork. The eye-catcher on this bike is the Fourby4 suspension which is a Knolly proprietary design. Fourby4 is said to prioritise "traction, ride balance, and suspension performance while braking". We look forward to putting that to the test. As built for our review, the bike will retail for around R73,000.00 depending on the currency at the time. The frame only option with a Cane Creek DB Air shock is around R33,000.00 while with a Fox Float DPS Evol it will be R29,000.00. MagLOCK Pedals MagLOCK pedals aim to provide the connection of a clipless pedal with the easy of release similar to a flat pedal. MagLOCK uses magnets to attract a SPD compatible metal slab on the rider's shoe to the pedal. The degree of the magnetic force can be adjusted by changing the number of magnets in the pedal. The MagLOCK is set to be distributed locally. We will bring you more information shortly. In the meantime, you can visit http://www.maglockbikepedal.com or watch the video below for more details. SPOT Gen3 and Trace The SPOT Gen3 and Trace are satellite communication and GPS tracking devices. The SPOT Gen3 (left) and Trace (right). The Gen3 is focussed on keeping you in touch with the world when adventuring beyond cellphone reception. You can send pre-set messages with your GPS location to contacts, allow others to track your progress, and request emergency assistance when in a life threatening situation. The Trace is an anti-theft device you can place on or in your vehicles, gear or other possession. It alerts you to movement via text messages and because it uses satellites, tracking extends to remote areas. While marketed as an anti-theft device, the Trace could be a useful tracking device in other scenarios. Once purchased, both devices remain active through a subscription service. We will let you know the details on local pricing shortly.
  21. Rocky Mountain Trailhead 940 The Rocky Mountain Trailhead 940 is an aluminium hardtail designed around 29 inch wheels. The rich red 940 features a RockShox Recon fork, a Shimano Deore/ SLX mixed drivetrain, Shimano non-series hydraulic disc brakes, and WTB rims on Shimano hubs. Weighing in at just over 13kgs and currently retailing for R13,999, the Trailhead 940 is a worthy consideration for the budget conscious rider. Specification list: FrameROCKY MOUNTAIN 6061 SL SERIES CUSTOM HYDROFORMED ALLOY. THREADED BB. TAPERED ZEROSTACK HEADTUBE.SizesXS - S - M - L - XLForkROCKSHOX RECON SILVER TK 29. 100MM (XS: 80MM). TURNKEY LOCKOUT / REBOUNDHeadsetFSA #57 INTERNAL: ZS44 | ZS56MMStemROCKY MOUNTAIN L7 7° X 60-90MMHandlebarROCKY MOUNTAIN ZERO9 FLAT 31.8MM X 720MM X 9° SWEEPGripsROCKY MOUNTAIN XC KRATONBrakesSHIMANO M446 HYDRAULIC DISC 160MMShiftersSHIMANO DEORE RAPID FIRE 10SPDFront derailleurSHIMANO DEORE 31.8MM 10SPDRear derailleurSHIMANO SLX SHADOW 10SPDCranksetSHIMANO M615 170-175MM 38/24T 2X10SPDBottom bracketSHIMANO SM-BB52 2 PIECECassetteSHIMANO HG50 11-36T 10SPDChainSHIMANO HG54 10SPDHubsSHIMANO RM33 / CENTERLOCK / 32HRimsWHEELTECH SX19 BY WTB RIMSTyresSCHWALBE RAPID ROB 29" X 2.1"SeatpostROCKY MOUNTAIN L2B 27.2MM X 400MMSaddleWTB VOLTClaimed weight13.3 KGPriceR13,999 Maxxis Minion DHR II and Aggressor Maxxis Minion DHR II Maxxis' updateded their Minion DHR to better cope with today's intense conditions and daunting terrain of trail riding and Enduro and downhill racing. Borrowing the same side knob design from the Minion DHF, the Minion DHR II has widened them for more support and unrivaled cornering capability. Where the DHF features channeled knobs for better traction, the DHR II’s ramped knobs were designed to improve acceleration and create a smooth transition when leaning the bike. The paddle-like knobs on the center tread dig in under hard braking and help keep the bike under control. The 3C Triple Compound Technology consists of a base layer and an outer layer. The outer layer uses two compounds that are specifically formulated to lower rolling resistance and optimize tread-wear and traction, for better performance and a longer life-span. This select model of the Minion DHR II is tubeless ready and features EXO protection which is an extremely cut-resistant, abrasion-resistant, densely woven fabric that’s added to the sidewalls to greatly reduce the chance of sidewall cuts and abrasions, while remaining lightweight and flexible Specification Size: 27.5 x 2.30 TPI: 60 Bead: Foldable Weight (claimed): 805g Type: Clincher Compound: 3C Maxx Terra Wide trail (WT) casing is optimized for 35mm inner width rims Conditions: Loose, Loose over hard, medium Recommended retail price: R 795.00 Maxxis Aggressor Not quite as aggressive as a true all-mountain/enduro tyre and not quite as lightweight or fast as a true cross-country tyre, the Aggressor is designed to deliver a little bit of the best of both worlds. Advanced knob shaping creates extra gripping edges, and reinforced side knobs offer enhanced stability when cornering at speed. This multi-disciplinary tyre excels on everything from loose fire road climbs to technical descents. Specifications Size 27.5x2.30 Bead:Foldable Weight (claimed): 885g Compound: Dual Protection: EXO sidewall EXO 60 TPI option features cut and abrasion-resistant sidewalls through its densely woven fabric Type: Tubeless ready Conditions: Loose, Loose Over Hard, Medium Recommended retail price: R795.00 Cadence Nutrition CarboFuel Energy Bar The salted chocolate caramel CarboFuel Energy Bar is the latest flavour from Cadence. The bars are supposed to be good tasting and easily chewable while racing or training while delivering maximum energy to endurance athletes. The bar is free of artificial flavourants, colourants and preservatives. Recommend retail price is R25.00 per 45g bar. Ryder Tubeless Tyre Sealant Ryder have updated their sealant to a new fast sealing formula. It is claimed that this formula will solve some of the challenges with other sealants. It seals up to 5mm holes and easily cleans up with waterFeatures: Ideal for tubeless conversion kits Will not harden with CO2 Seals up to 5mm holes by forming a permanent plug For effective puncture resistance in tyres Cleans up with water Recommend retail price: R110.00 for 250ml bottle.
  22. First Look Friday is an introduction to the products that we are currently testing for review. This week we're previewing the Rocky Mountain Trailhead, Maxxis Minion DHR II and Aggressor tyres, Cadence CarboFuel slated chocolate caramel bar, and Ryder sealant. Click here to view the article
  23. Fox Metah Helmet Fox's Metah builds on their original trail helmet the Flux with the Metah adapting to the demands of modern trail and all-mountain riders. The design principles behind the Metah were to create a helmet with broader coverage and protection while maintaining good breathability at a light weight. FeaturesFirst Fox All Mountain helmet with lower coverage on back of head for added protection 10 Big Bore vents provide improved airflow and reduced weight Fox Varizorb multi-density impact reduction system provides superior protection Fixed anchor Y-Strap system offers simple on and off and improved fit Premium liner with sealed edges for increased comfort and moisture management Single hand dial actuated retention system provides easy adjustment The Fox Metah retails for R1,579 and is available at all Fox Concept Stores (Baywest, Canal Walk, Menlyn, Forest Hill & Gateway). Read more about the launch of the Fox Metah here. Specialized Power Pro Saddle Specialized's new Power saddle shape is essentially a hybrid of several current Specialized saddles, borrowing the longer and wider cutout of the company's women-specific models, the broad and fairly flat cross-section of their MTB-focused Phenom, and the stubby nose and length of the TT and Triathlon Sitero. The Power saddle's nose is about 3cm shorter than more traditional saddles and sits at a different angle at the tail end. Specialized recommends to install the saddle so the nose is level with the ground, which will make the tail flare up. When you’re bent down in the drops and pushing on the pedals, the flare in the back keeps your behind planted, rather than sliding backward on the saddle. SpecificationsStiff FACT™ carbon fibre shell tuned for support and ride compliance. Super-light PU padding for comfort and support on longer rides. Lightweight and durable, hollow titanium rails. Tough, lightweight, water resistant cover. Level 1 padding: Lightest level of padding for the most direct connection to the bike. SWAT compatible mounts molded into the saddle base allow for sleek and integrated storage solutions. Size 143mm / Weight 211g Size 155mm / Weight 214g RRP R 2,599 From the Manufacturer: The super lightweight Power Pro saddle features a stiff, FACT carbon shell with durable titanium rails to keep the weight down. Its Body Geometry design caters to both men and women and helps deliver superior performance while in a more aggressive position. Proven through blood-flow testing and pressure mapping, and featuring the lightest level of padding available, the extra wide and elongated Body Geometry channel and proper sit bone support provide all day comfort. Patented Body Geometry design is lab tested for both men and women to assure blood flow to sensitive arteries. More information about the Power Pro saddle available on the Specialized website. Stages Cycling SC3 Indoor Cycling Bike In 2015 Stages Cycling increased its product offerings by adding the SC3 and SC2 indoor bikes to its already-popular line of crank-mounted power meters. The new SC Series bikes are a line of high-end indoor cycling bikes with an array of top-shelf features.The SC3 is the flagship model and includes a Stages Power meter, while the SC2 offers all the same features except for the power meter. The SC Series bikes share two new patents pending concepts: SprintShift and FitLoc. SprintShift is a dual-action resistance adjustment, which pairs a traditional micro-adjust dial with a three-position macro-adjust lever. The SprintShift lever allows large, consistent jumps in resistance for intervals and rest. FitLoc replaces the standard twist-to-lock pop-pin height adjustments with a new cam operated pop-pin, making fit adjustments for height faster and easier.The SC3 model sports Stages' new rider-powered EcoSCRN console. EcoSCRN uses a hub dynamometer, rather than batteries to ensure ease of use and keep the motivation to keep going high. The addition of the Stages Power measurement system enables riders to train indoors and outdoors with the same technology. Data capture via Bluetooth 4.0 or ANT+™ enabled sport devices (iOS and Android compatible). The power meter crank arm provides a claimed 2000+ hours battery life via two standard AA batteries For more information visit the Stages Cycling SC series website. https://vimeo.com/145918940
  24. First Look Friday is an introduction to the products that we are currently testing for review. This week we're previewing the Fox Metah helmet, Specialized's Power Pro saddle, and the Stages SC3 indoor trainer. Click here to view the article
  25. First Look Friday is an introduction to the products that we are currently testing for review. This week we're previewing the Gobi M5 saddle and M5 BOA shoes from fi’zi:k and Vittoria's Mezcal G+ tyres. Click here to view the article
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