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  1. Darkhorse are no strangers to the South African market having made a name for themselves offering well priced, good quality carbon wheels. Recently the brand made the leap to bikes with the Eclipse range of electric bikes. View full article
  2. Hi, I have been looking to replace my current saddle. Previous saddle got a bit damaged in a crash and due to stock shortage, I am not able to find the exact one which was damaged in the crash, I settled for the Pro Turnix AF 142MM. The Pro Turnix AF isn't bad by any standard, it just doesn't offer the same level of comfort I had on my Selle Italia. Especially on longer rides; > 4 hours. I mate recommended I look at the Ergon SM Comp Saddle. Does anyone own one? What is your experience with the saddle?What is the saddle stack height?-- Bit about my riding. I ride mostly XC / Marathon. +- 4. Areas I mostly ride: Botties, Jonkers.
  3. Hi all, Does anyone have any first hand experience or views on Giant's e-bikes? For some background, my wife had a stroke a couple of years ago, so she is not allowed to do any strenuous exercise as a result of the medication she is on. So we go for the occasional ride, but as an example a 5k trail ride would take between 30-35mins so we keep heart rate in check. This weekend rented an e-bike and we could do the same ride in like 22 mins keeping heart rate in check and do the trail twice. So I am looking at the Giant Stance, based on online specs, some reviews and the brand itself. But at the price point, I want to make sure I get the best bang for my buck in terms of performance, reliability, backup and obviously current stock availability of bikes in general. Much appreciated.
  4. Though a little before my mountain biking time, Onza (or OnZa) was one of the big brands in mountain bike tyres and other components in the late nineties. While the brand faded away in the early 2000’s more recently a swiss-based company relaunched the Onza brand and range of tyres. Click here to view the article
  5. The "Cyclists with a "Running" Problem" thread has so much valuable info in it, but it's hitting 500 pages now. Since we chat about running shoes so often, I thought it would be better to split these posts out into its own thread so others can find this info easily. I'll start. Found this interesting for the Asics fans: https://www.runningshoesguru.com/content/best-asics-running-shoes/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=asics_running_shoes_the_2018_updated_guide&utm_term=2018-04-06 Some reviews on the shoes I have used: New Balance Fresh Foam Lazr (Neutral Shoe) Terrible long distance running shoe. Ate the back of my feet and made my feet numb. The store assistant admitted that they are having issues with these shoes. Didn't play around with new lacing techniques as I returned them (got a full refund towards another set of New Balance). A nice looking shoe, and would work well in the gym and for cross fit style training as it feels flatter. They did feel nimble and fast though. New Balance Fresh Foam 1080 v6 (Neutral Shoe) My very first pair of real running shoes. They didn't give me a single issue, not even a blister. Have 1000km on them and they still have some life left. No tears in the fabric and slight wear on the soles. I suspect I will get 1300km out of them. They do feel big and "boat" like as they have a wide toe box. They are also quite pricey though (around R2,500). New Balance Fresh Foam 880s (Neutral Shoe) This shoe is very comfortable, feels faster and smaller than the 1080s. Also looks nicer than the 1080s. These shoes however make my feet numb 20 minutes into a run, no matter which lacing pattern I use, or how loose they are. The tongue of this shoe seems to have more padding in it, which I think is what is causing the issue. I do have high arches, but not overly high, so I would be cautious.
  6. A comfortable, well-organised backpack is essential for anyone on the move. If your lifestyle demands mobility or you simply need to arrange your clutter, the Thule Crossover may be the ideal backpack for you. Click here to view the article
  7. I have been toying with the idea of switching to a dual suspension bike for some time and when Iwan Kemp, aka The Crow, offered me his Momsen VIPA for a test ride I jumped at the opportunity. Touted as a “Super Bike” the Momsen VIPA is purpose built for cross country and marathon riding, though this particular one had a few twists in its tail. Click here to view the article
  8. The Santa Cruz and Juliana Demo fleet tours the country putting on demo events for anyone wanting to ride a Santa Cruz bike. Working with our Santa Cruz Dealers at each stop, we do our best to seek out the best possible venues for these demos to allow you to get a true experience of the quality, performance and unique ride characteristic of the Santa Cruz bikes. What is a Santa Cruz demo? Well, its a truly unique experience; our team will spend time running you through the product range, they will ensure that the best suited model is made available for the trails and / or your riding preference, and from there work with you to set the bike up from riding position to suspension and general ergonomics. For us a demo is not a ride up and down a parking lot, but rather a true experience of what its like to own a Santa Cruz and ride it on your favourite trails. Models change from stop-to-stop, so contact the organizers well in advance to make sure the frame you want to try will be available. And don't forget to bring your pedals, some photo ID and a credit-card (for a damage deposit). View the Demo Tour HERE Demo Calendar: https://calendar.google.com/calendar/embed?src=rushsportscycling.com_9ad03thd3jj2c25nrc79voabio%40group.calendar.google.com
  9. If you’re anything like me indoor training can be a bit of a chore, but often the sensible option to supplement training through winter. Even with a decent trainer and the distraction of TVs or iPads, I quickly get bored and uncomfortable. Enter the CycleOps PowerSync and their Virtual Training software. Click here to view the article
  10. As a purely unselfish initiative I have created a quick web-based bike shop survey. http://www.buildabikesa.com/bike-shop-review/ Please take 2 minutes to fill this in. This is the first step in improving service in the industry. I'll never share your details, so don't stress about that. This is an effort to gauge / snapshot the current service levels at South African bike shops. Thanks in advance.
  11. When I go into most bike shops it's seldom I will see a helmet that is not suited to the road or XC purposes. There's countless options of them out there. It's not often you see something with some rear and side support – more focused on the trail and all mountain side of things. I set out to see what I could find that is readily available in South Africa. This is Part 2 of our helmet shootout, focussing on trail lids. Click here to view the article
  12. Most sports watches I’ve owned have always shared a few common traits: they’re bulky, plasticy and generally a bit nerdy looking. Garmin’s fenix range of GPS multi-sport watches have changed all that. Their latest edition, the fenix 3, has been strapped to my wrist for the last month and as far as watches go, never mind sports watches, it’s a looker. Click here to view the article
  13. Baggies are all the rage these days, didn't you know? Actually, uh, no I didn't. These days? I've been wearing shorts, jeans – anything over and above underpants, really – for as long as I've been on two wheels. Lycra? No, never, not even once. When Fox sent over this pair of shorts, I was pretty surprised and a bit uneasy when I saw the detachable inner lining with chamois padding. Do these make me look like I'm wearing a nappy? Click here to view the article
  14. Five Ten and their Impact Low flat pedal shoes need little introduction. They have been the benchmark flat pedal shoe since 2005, when the Impacts returned to the market. In the 9 years since then, they have expanded their line to include grippy sole shoes for just about any mountain bike application. Click here to view the article
  15. I promised a while ago that I'd write a full review of the PYGA OneTen29, having given my first thoughts here. What follows are my opinions after about 150km of varied riding. Click here to view the article
  16. The common complaint I hear from anyone new to heart rate monitors is the discomfort of the chest strap. Although I have found that with time and moving to higher-end devices the chest straps have become more comfortable, they are still a bit of a pain. The Mio Velo is a wrist-based heart rate band which uses an optical sensor to read your heart rate and packs in some handy Bluetooth-ANT+ features to boot. Click here to view the article
  17. When I go into most bike shops it's seldom I will see a helmet that is not suited to the road or XC purposes. There's countless options of them out there. It's not often you see something with some rear and side support – more focused on the trail and all mountain side of things. I set out to see what I could find that is readily available in South Africa. Click here to view the article
  18. I was recently given a bottle of Smoove chain lube to try out while I was training for the Cape Epic, this is a locally made product by Spoke Works in Pretoria. I am told that the guys at Spoke Works have been working on this for a few years to get the product refined and working to their satisfaction. Click here to view the article
  19. When Spank set out to create the Spike flat pedals, they aimed to create a thin, lightweight platform pedal that could still withstand the kind of abuse dished out by amateurs and pros alike, week after week in all weather conditions. Click here to view the article
  20. Once in a while a bike comes along that exceeds my expectations and reminds me why I enjoy riding. The 2014 Merida One-Forty 1-B has been one of these bikes. Click here to view the article
  21. The idea behind designing and manufacturing a floor pump seems simple. Build one that will inflate a wheel and have a reliable, trustworthy gage. You only have to look at Topeak's range of floor pumps to realise it's not that easy, especially when taking the added demands of mountain bikers into consideration. Enter Topeak's JoeBlow Mountain. Click here to view the article
  22. A week ago I had to buy a bike in a hurry after cracking my 3rd GT frame in three years. Of those three bikes the one that lasted the longest was my first one, an entry level Karakoram 3.0 trail bike. With that in mind I started looking for a new bike Since I would buy the new bike on debt I wanted it to cost as little as possible, my requirements were simple : large frame 29er with disc brakes. The Giant Revel 0 29er fit these requirements perfectly and the LBS less than a kilometre from my house had one at the right price, they retail for R6895 but I got some discount. First impression in the parking lot was positive except for the Tektro HD300 brakes. Having used Tektro Draco II brakes for more than 10,000km on my GT's I have come to expect more from Tektro, the HD300s are usable and functional but a little too soft for me. This was the only part I changed on my new bike and it was replaced with 9 month old Deore brakes from my old bike. The next day I took it off-road for the first time on the 53km Hex Valley Autumn Splendour ride. It was my 4th time on the ride so I had a good idea of what to expect from the route. The bike feels very solid on all surfaces, even in loose sand and gravel it feels surprisingly in control for an entry level trail bike. This is most likely due to the weight of the bike, with tool bag fitted it weighed in at just under 20kg. Dealing with the first climbs on the ride was very hard for me, I was used to a lightweight 6069 Aluminium "Speed Metal" GT Zaskar with Raidon X1 air shock. The Girant required plenty of effort to get it up the hills. The 9 speed Shimano drive-train could just as well have been an 8 or 7 speed because it only goes from 11t-32t. I found myself working hard in granny gear on a few climbs. A Deore 12t-36t cassette was promptly ordered after the ride. On the single track this bike is sure footed and gives you some level of confidence to take on switchbacks at acceptable speeds. The Suntour XCM travels the full 80mm as claimed but it is a chubby fork and you do feel the weight of it when manoeuvring fast turns. The stock Giant tyres offer acceptable levels of grip, more than enough for the novice or beginner riders which this bike is aimed at. The seat is comfortable and you will often find yourself having to sit down firmly on it as you pedal up lose gravel roads and the rear wheel spins without grip. At the price the Giant Revel 0 29er is a very good bike and while it is easy to complain about the heavy XCM fork it does an honest job. I took it over a fairly long section of river rocks on the North bank of Eersterivier and managed to ride the entire stretch with ease. Coming down the rocky path at Coetzenburg was also a pleasure and I did not have to use the brakes too much. If you are looking to get into mountain biking and have close to R7k to spend, this is what you want. Even if you have been riding for a few year and want a backup bike that won't break the bank I can recommend this Giant.
  23. Cyclist safety is a serious concern, especially when on the road. Many road cyclists and commuters have at least one story about their dance with death. Ikubu, based in Stellenbosch, have developed a device that they hope will better prepare you to avoid these close encounters. Click here to view the article
  24. There's been much attention on our forums about the 2015 Giant Trance. We were lucky enough to get some time on the Trance 2 at the Africa Cycle Fair. Watch our mini-review of Giant's R25,999 trail eater. Click here to view the article
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