27th September 2017

Vittoria Mezcal 29er tyre review a solid 5 star

We've been lucky enough for the 2 months to be testing the Vittoria Mezcal 29 at our local summer series soggy bottom at Newnham park, Dartmoor National park and summer Sunday spins to the cafe with the other half. Installing the tyre was pretty uneventful, with the Bontrager flash charger gone...
Specialized Era Review - Hannah Attenburrow
17th August 2017

Specialized Era Review - Hannah Attenburrow

The Specialized ERA Carbon Comp is an awesome piece of women’s specific kit. Specialized have done an excellent job making a high spec women’s racing machine. With its low stand over height, rear shock brain technology and FACT9m carbon frame this women’s bike packs a lot of features into a...
27th July 2017

Race Bike Focus: Matt Jones' 24 hour racing machines

Having two bikes for a 24 hour race is pretty important particularly if weather conditions go south and mudmeggedon happens meaning a bike swap every lap is near essential if you want to be at the sharp end. Washing my only bike mid lap in the rain at 3am a few years ago at Relentless 24 was not...
KTM Scarp 29er
2nd June 2017
  • Author Ross Wildman
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KTM Scarp 29er

Back in 2015 I was riding a KTM Aera 29er HT built up from the frame but as my focus was drawn to longer marathon and solo endurance events, coupled with being rear-ended in my car moving over to a short travel XC orientated full suspension bike made a lot of sense. Being a brand ambassador for...
Specialized  Sworks Epic WC Review Sam Humphreys
20th May 2017

Specialized Sworks Epic WC Review Sam Humphreys

Specialized Sworks Epic WC is the second Race focus review we've received from Sam Humphreys, He's piloted the bike to multiple wins already this season! Words By Sam. My love affair with the epic started way back in 2003 when I took delivery of my very first Sworks bike……back when everyone...
Travers RussTi
8th May 2017

Travers RussTi

I saw the call from UKXCnews for reviews of owners bikes. I have my own Blog so I thought lets colour these guys page up a bit with something a little left field. I have been riding Travers frames for a few years now first with a Rudy 29 and now this RussTi which is a development of the...
2nd May 2017
  • Author Ross Wildman
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TREK FUEL EX 9.7 Review ‘Always go bigger’

I would not be writing this review if it wasn’t firstly for my crazy boyfriend and his generosity and, to Cotswold Cycles for helping him track down this beauty of a bike! This was our first Christmas together and in the morning Phil and I opened our presents. I thought I had done quite well...
Absolute Black Oval Chainrings
26th November 2016
  • Author Ross Wildman
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Absolute Black Oval Chainrings

We've been lucky enough to receive some chain rings from Absolute black to demo, on demo is the 32t oval which is designed in the UK and produced in Poland, The rings come in a nice black sleeve with instructions on how to fit. Once I had them on my bike, I headed out along a local coastal...
Wickens and Soderstrom No5 Review
10th September 2016
  • Author Ross Wildman
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Wickens and Soderstrom No5 Review

I've been searching for an alternative to Mucoff since the end of 2015 after myself and a few team mates from Complete Cycle Works went to Afan forest for a day of trail riding and some fun after a long year of training and racing, after building the bikes I realised that my chain was dry with...
28th June 2016
  • Author Scott Cornish
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Austrian-Alps.com, base for summer & winter activities

On the recent trip out to Austria for the Alpentour Trophy, we came across this  gem of a place to stay; Austrian-alps.com, deep in the heart of some amazing riding and skiing areas, just 60 minutes south east of Salzburg, in the Pongau area. Its lesser known status means smaller crowds and...
19th May 2016
  • Author Scott Cornish
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Niner RKT 9 RDO Review - xc/marathon speedster

Just arrived for a build and in flight testing is the all new Niner RKT RDO, their new go to race rig for xc/marathon. A redesign from the Jet 9 RDO, which now sits on that blurred line between xc and trail bike. The RKT is designed for one thing, speed, as Niner's no compromise frame for fast...
29th February 2016
  • Author Scott Cornish
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RWD sintered disc brake pads

Winter brings that familiar sound of brakes grinding against rims, fine wet grit reducing braking performance and increasing rim wear. The switch to a disc brake winter bike (cable discs)  a few years ago helped braking confidence in the wet, but the pads themselves just weren't lasting any...