Prevelo Bikes has re-designed their kids MTB line this after only one year in operation...amazing. A successful first season, they managed to improve on an already great frame a part spec. In the case of the new 16 inch hardtail, the Zulu 2 Heir, Prevelo have gone beyond any other bike manufacturer big or small to develop a kids specific 16 inch travel air fork. Here we look at this amazing little machine and see how it stands out from other 16 inch bikes. Thanks to Prevelo Bikes for providing a bike to review. Prevelo Zulu 2 Heir Details: Intended Age- 4 to 6 years Weight- 18.0 lbs Features- Custom carbon lower air fork with 60 mm travel, hydraulic disc brakes, 2.1 inch Innova tires, 95mm cranks, 67 HA MSRP- $799 USD, Rigid fork $469 Available- Prevelo Bikes The Bike Dads' Take: "This bike is exactly what we were looking for. The fork is truly incredible with its ability to soak up bumps with lightest of weight riders. Wide rims and wide tires offer amazing traction and enhance the shredability with its longer wheelbase, 67 degree HA and hydraulic dis brakes. The kids specific handlebar, grips and cranks are welcome features for these tiny rippers. If your little 4/5 year old loves to descend MTB flow trails with you...this bike is the answer." -Colin Recent Blog Posts Picking The First Pedal Bike Prevelo Zulu 2 Heir Review Early Rider Trail 24 Review Extending Ride Time in the Winter The Raise Riders Family Bicycle Weekend Saracen Mantra 2.4 Review Burley D’lite Trailer Review Tout Terrain Streamliner Review Woom 1 Plus Balance Bike Review Rocky Mountain Reaper Review Opus Nix 20 inch Review The post Prevelo Zulu 2 Heir Review appeared first on The Bike Dads.
Born from picturesque Henley on Thames England, Early Rider designs and builds are thoughtfully procured with the littlest riders in mind. Light weights, innovative frame design and cool belt drive trains come in a full line of kids bikes from Balance bikes on through to 24 inch hardtail mountain bikes. Here, we look at the T24 Works edition 24 inch trail slaying 24 inch hardtail. Thanks to Early Rider for providing a demo bike for us to review. Early Rider T24 Works Details: Intended Age- 8 plus Weight- 24.0 lbs Features- RST Snyper Air Fork with 100mm travel, Sram Level T hydraulic dis brakes, Maxxis Synper 2.0X24 tires, 11 spd 1X Shimano drivetrain with 10-42 Cassette and GX clutch derailleur, 155 mm Sram NX Cranks MSRP- $1400 USD, Trail build is $1099 Available- REI | Early Rider The Bike Dads' Take: "An absolute trail slaying hard tail for the hard charging 8-11 year old. The ER T24 works is a very balanced bike with great geometry and a top notch build spec. The fork is amazing and can really gobble up what the trail offers even with light weight riders. Combined with a slack Head angle (my iphone angle meter puts it at 66/67 degrees), this is a perfect upsize from a 20 inch hard tail for those kids who want to climb higher and descend faster" -Colin Recent Blog Posts Picking The First Pedal Bike Early Rider Trail 24 Review Extending Ride Time in the Winter The Raise Riders Family Bicycle Weekend Saracen Mantra 2.4 Review Burley D’lite Trailer Review Tout Terrain Streamliner Review Woom 1 Plus Balance Bike Review Rocky Mountain Reaper Review Opus Nix 20 inch Review UNCHAINED: A weekend guide for Whistler and the Bike Park The post Early Rider Trail 24 Review appeared first on The Bike Dads.
YT even includes a TSA friendly lock The body bag is essentially a box cover with wheels YT’s Body Bag combines the best parts of a dedicated bike box and a bike bag The YT Body Bag is one of those slap yourself on the forehead and say ‘why didn’t I think of that’ products. Travelling with a bike isn’t the easiest thing in the world and the box versus bike bag dilemma makes it all that much more difficult. Evoc Bike Travel Bag review How to pack your mountain bike up for travel On the one hand, you have a bike bag — designed to keep your bike safe, even in the hands of baggage handlers who might be a bit rougher than you’d like with your pride and joy. They’ve got wheels to make navigating around the airport and to your final destination easy, but they weigh ~10kg empty and cost a couple of hundred bucks no matter the brand. The Body Bag is essentially a box cover with wheels Courtesy Then there’s the Bike Box. Arguably the biggest selling point of travelling with a box over a bag is that a bike box is free. Go down to any bike shop and they’ll happily let you take a box off their hands, and will probably even throw in some packaging too. They are surprisingly robust and, even better, they don’t weigh much. The trouble is they are not easy to get around with and if it’s raining on the tarmac the box will begin to disintegrate before it is even loaded onto the plane. So, the intrepid minds over at YT have created an option that allows for the best of both worlds, the Body Bag. Essentially a box cover, the Body Bag is made from water-resistant nylon and features replaceable rollerblade wheels, as well as handles on the sides and both ends for easy maneuverability. YT has also reinforced the base and corners because these are the areas of the bag that are likely to take the most abuse in transit. On the inside, there are a couple of cinch straps to keep the box from moving around and there’s zipper that goes nearly all the way around. YT even includes a TSA friendly lock. YT even includes a TSA friendly lock Courtesy When not in use, the Body Bag can be packed inside the provided storage bag, but you’ll still have to breakdown the bike box. Claimed to weigh 4.5kg, YT says the Body Bag will accept a box measuring 34x90x134cm, which also happens to be the dimensions of the boxes it uses to ship bikes. Priced at £108.90 / $120 / €120, the YT Body Bag is almost half the price of what’s on offer from brands such as EVOC or Scion. Buy now from YT Industries
This week’s best new bike gear Restrap offers practical luggage in a variety of sizes and configurations This dinky frame bag is perfect for portage This £30 inner tube makes a surprisingly compelling case for itself The Corky is one tidy little mirror Snapped shut, the Corky is quite unobtrusive Burgtec is offering a more affordable version of its Penthouse Mk4 pedal Pursu’s bars tick a lot of eco-friendly and health boxes The eeWings cranks are astonishingly lovely The Hirth joint is precisely machined The Ninja Pouch+ Road holds a single road inner tube Yep, that’s a tyre lever The Ninja Cage Z can be combined with a tidy multi-tool in a case The QuickClick mount accepts various accessories The Sonder Santiago is a rather handsome do-it-all machine Reynolds 631 is an evolution of the iconic 531, a durable steel that’s ideal for touring bikes Avid BB5s are a bit primitive by today’s standards, but they’ll still stop you Are you edgy enough for the Smith Trackstands? The Maya 2.0 includes Kali’s LDL impact absorption tech We hope this upsetting and unsettling image doesn’t sully a completely lovely seatpost It’s been a bouncy week at BikeRadar: we’ve got all hot and bothered about a brand new Specialized Roubaix with an adjustable Future Shock, we’ve discussed just how much suspension you need on your MTB, and Pinarello has brought out a full-suspension Dogma just in time for Paris-Roubaix. We’ve mused on the quiet delights of bikefishing, which is like bikepacking but with fish, while the UCI has started a turf war with the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme over electric mountain bike racing. Read on for the latest bikes and gear to land at BR HQ. Sonder Santiago Rival 1 Mechanical The Sonder Santiago is a rather handsome do-it-all machine Matthew Allen / Immediate Media Practical is beautiful at BikeRadar, and this is certainly a handsome machine with the potential to be very versatile. The Santiago’s frame is Reynolds 631 steel and it’s bristling with bosses to bolt things to. Cable routing is fully external, the bottom bracket is threaded, and there’s room for 650bx47mm or 700cx37mm tyres. Reynolds 631 is an evolution of the iconic 531, a durable steel that’s ideal for touring bikes Matthew Allen / Immediate Media This build is no featherweight at a chunky 12kg (size medium) with SRAM Rival 1x shifting and Avid BB5 cable disc brakes, which aren’t exactly generous for the money. Avid BB5s are a bit primitive by today’s standards, but they’ll still stop you Matthew Allen / Immediate Media Nevertheless, it’s an appealing thing that looks perfect for touring, gravel or heavy-duty commuting. £1,299 Buy now from Alpkit Restrap bags Restrap offers practical luggage in a variety of sizes and configurations Matthew Allen / Immediate Media Leeds-based Restrap makes all sorts of ultra-practical bike luggage and this week the brand has sent us its small Rando Bag, small Frame Bag, and 8-litre Saddle Bag. This dinky frame bag is perfect for portage Matthew Allen / Immediate Media All are constructed from tough cordura fabrics and are handmade in the UK. Restrap offers all of its luggage in multiple size options, so if you’re on the hunt for bikepacking or commuting luggage then the chances are it’ll have something for your bike. Expect to see these particular bags gracing our Mildred’s Surly Bridge Club. Rando Bag (small): £130 Frame Bag (small): £40 Saddle Bag (8l): £95 Buy now from Restrap Holdsworth Gran Sport seatpost We hope this upsetting and unsettling image doesn’t sully a completely lovely seatpost Matthew Allen / Immediate Media Modern components can look very out of place on retro-styled builds, but this Holdsworth seatpost from Planet X looks the part completely. Available in 27.2mm only, it’s not light at 301g on our scales, but the finish is absolutely lovely and it’s particularly impressive given how cheap the post is. The head has a straightforward two-bolt clamp and there’s a polished black option that’s even cheaper. What’s not to like? £24.99 Buy now from Planet X Tubolito inner tubes This £30 inner tube makes a surprisingly compelling case for itself Matthew Allen / Immediate Media Premium inner tubes are a bit of a hard sell in the age of tubeless, but Tubolito’s curious looking tubes are interesting. We’ve actually covered them before, but they’re available in the UK now and we’ve got our hands on a few. It’s likely that most riders aren’t going to want to spend £30 per wheel to shave a few grams off their inner tubes, but these make a compelling case for themselves as emergency spares. This 29er tube, for instance, weighs just 80g, a good 140g or so less than a standard butyl tube. That’s a significant saving if you’re a weight-conscious XCer who needs a spare. Perhaps more importantly, the tubes are also tiny. This rolled 29×1.8–2.4in tube measures about 45mm in diameter, small enough that you could quite easily slip it in a pocket or hide it under your saddle. Despite the plasticky feel, Tubolito claims rolling resistance figures similar to those of latex tubes. The brand offers tubes in all the major sizes and even offers an extra-light spare-only version for some of its tubes called S-Tubo. The lightest S-Tubo road tube weighs a claimed 23g — madness! £29.99 / $35 Buy now from Tredz Topeak Ninja cages The Ninja Pouch+ Road holds a single road inner tube Matthew Allen / Immediate Media Topeak’s Ninja range includes all sorts of handy accessories that integrate with your bike in a variety of clever ways. The Ninja Pouch+ Road has a bag permanently attached to its base that’s big enough to take a standard road inner tube. Stealthy tyre levers clip to the sides of the cage and the whole assembly weighs 104g. Yep, that’s a tyre lever Matthew Allen / Immediate Media The Ninja Cage Z has a ‘QuickClick’ mount on its base which accepts various Topeak accessories including a tidy little multi-tool that sits snugly in a case. This particular combo weighs in at 175g. The Ninja Cage Z can be combined with a tidy multi-tool in a case Matthew Allen / Immediate Media The QuickClick mount accepts various accessories Matthew Allen / Immediate Media Ninja Pouch + Road: £19.99, Buy now from Wiggle Ninja Cage Z: £TBC Find out more at Topeak.com The Beam Corky drop bar mirror The Corky is one tidy little mirror Matthew Allen / Immediate Media Rear-view mirrors aren’t the sexiest of bike components, but some riders find them invaluable. There aren’t many options that integrate cleanly with drop bars, but the Corky is better than most. Snapped shut, the Corky is quite unobtrusive Matthew Allen / Immediate Media This little mirror replaces your bar-end plug and flips open to reveal a slightly convex mirror that’s about 30mm in diameter. It weighs 20g on our scales and a ball-joint lets you set its position precisely. It can be clipped shut when not in use. £21.99 / €24.99 Buy now from The Beam or Condor Cycles Kali Maya 2.0 MTB helmet The Maya 2.0 includes Kali’s LDL impact absorption tech Matthew Allen / Immediate Media Aimed at trail and enduro riders, the Kali Maya 2.0 bundles the features with a view to providing a safe, comfortable cover for your noggin. First up, protection. Helmet companies are keen to address the effects of low-G and rotational impacts using clever tech. MIPS is probably the most well-known system and Kali has its own called LDL — Low Density Layer. It’s a system of gel pads within the more usual in-moulded shell and EPS foam liner that can compress and deform in all directions, which in turn — Kali says — reduces forces by a significant amount. On the comfort front, there are all the features you’d expect including antimicrobial pads, 12 vents, a sliding buckle fit-adjust system and a visor. There’s also a bug liner because no-one wants to be riding down a mountain wondering if that bee that bounced into your helmet is actually about to start stinging your head. The Maya comes in three sizes, XS/S, S/M and L/XL, and of course a range of colours, including black, white, blue and an incredibly loud yellow. This S/M weighs 392g on our scales. £87.99 / $129.99 / AU$TBC Buy now from Amazon Cane Creek eeWings cranks The eeWings cranks are astonishingly lovely Matthew Allen / Immediate Media Prolonged exposure to bicycle bling means it’s hard to raise eyebrows with new components in the BR office, but these cranks from Cane Creek are pretty extraordinary. The eeWings are made almost entirely from titanium and are breathtakingly light — 403g including bolts but no chainring, to be precise, for the All-Road version shown here. (There’s also a slightly wider mountain bike version.) The Hirth joint is precisely machined Matthew Allen / Immediate Media They are exquisitely made, with gorgeous welds, lovely machined details and laser-etched graphics. The right-hand arm accepts three-bolt direct mount chainrings and joins to the spindle and left arm with an almost sensually satisfying Hirth joint, much like the one used on Campagnolo Ultra-Torque cranks. The spindle is 30mm in diameter and is BB386EVO standard (BB392EVO for mountain bikes), meaning it can be adapted to most bottom bracket shells. £999 / $999 Buy now from Tredz (UK) / Buy now from Jenson (USA) Burgtec Penthouse MK4 Composite pedals Burgtec is offering a more affordable version of its Penthouse Mk4 pedal Matthew Allen / Immediate Media The Penthouse MK4 pedals have been a staple of the Burgtec pedal offering for years now, but the brand wanted to develop a more affordable option. Enter the Penthouse MK4 Composite pedals. They look, well, pretty much exactly the same as the originals but are about half the price. Composed of a nylon and fibreglass body and a cromo axle, they have 16 replaceable pins each and weigh in at a very reasonable 375g a pair. To be fair, there are a few little differences: the composite pedals are slightly more concave and thicker, so they’re more likely to stand up to the tough treatment they’re designed for. They’re also serviceable, and for those environmentally minded riders out there (which should be all of us) the platform is also recyclable. They come in a range of colours from the beautiful Purple Rain pictured above to Race Red, Deep Blue, Iron Bro Orange, Kash Bronze, White and Electric Yellow £39.99 / $TBC / AU$TBC Buy now from Stif Cycles Pursu natural sports nutrition bars Pursu’s bars tick a lot of eco-friendly and health boxes Matthew Allen / Immediate Media There are a number of reasons you might choose these bars from Pursu: you prefer your sports nutrition to be made from recognisable ingredients, you’re vegan, you’re trying to avoid added sugar, or you’re fed up of sports nutrition product wrappers littering the ground. On that last point, if this bothers you, you aren’t likely to be the person leaving such things about but you’ll likely still be concerned about the plastic waste these things create. So the fact that Pursu bars have wrappers that are plastic-free and compostable is an extra win. The brand also donates 16p per box to Re-Cycle, a bike recycling charity that ships donated bikes from the UK to Africa. The bars themselves come in three flavours: sun-dried banana and cacao, sour cherry and almond and the more unusual beetroot and date with seeds and nuts (ideal for when you want something a bit earthier and less sweet). £28.50 per box of 16 Buy now from Pursu Smith Trackstand glasses Are you edgy enough for the Smith Trackstands? Matthew Allen / Immediate Media The nineties throwback trend for sunglasses continues with this vibrant pair of performance specs from Smith, though thankfully a little less in-your-face than others we’ve seen (Oakley, we’re looking at you). A neat and lightweight frame and lens combo, it comes packaged up in a nice protective storage box with a spare lens. In the case of this model, the ‘matte citron’ frame with Chromapop Contrast Rose lens, the spare set is the Chromapop Black, which is suited to bright light conditions. By the way, Chromapop is Smith’s name for its lens system, which is designed to increase definition and clarity. If you don’t want your glasses this loud (or want them even louder) then there are a range of different frame colours from a subdued matt black to a bright matt jade, which looks particularly and wonderfully lairy with the Chromapop Green Mirror lenses. £139 / €169 / $169 / AU$TBC Buy now from Chain Reaction Cycles
The 765 RS Gravel is Look‘s first dedicated gravel bike SRAM’s 1×11 Force groupset is used, but it’s a relatively tight cassette at the back Curvy, asymmetric chainstays offer tyre and chainring clearance Betting on the future — UCI approval for the gravel frame Look designs the entire front of its bike as a single system to ensure the feeling through the bars is what it desires Neat, rattle-free cable routing Decent clearance for the low-profile 37mm WTB riddler tyres Thin bar tape adds to the racy feel SRAM provides the braking via a Force caliper The e-765 RS Gravel takes inspiration from the 765 RS Gravel and the e-765 Optimum The narrow range 11-speed cassette There’s definitely clearance, just! Fazua’s bar controller is simple, if not svelte Look is speccing WTB tyres across the gravel range The 3D Wave chainstays are there to improve compliance and grip Look leaves the base of the Fazua motor naked to reduce the chance of water pooling and to keep the motor cool One side is enclosed, the other open for swift wheel changes The Fazua’s motor and bottom bracket key together with a simple mechanism This version of the 765 RS Gravel comes with a 2×11 Shimano 105 group The SRAM Force version of the 765 RS Gravel comes with a matt green paintjob Shimano Ultegra adorns this 765 RS Gravel The Drivepack contains both motor and battery SRAM Force appears on this top-level e-765 Gravel SRAM Rival provides the stop and go here Look has hit the dirt road running with a brace of gravel bikes: one man-powered, the other motor assisted. The two bikes share their DNA, with the 765 Gravel RS being a very race-focussed gravel bike, while the e-765 Gravel is a touch more relaxed but should still be quick up the hills thanks to its electric assistance. This gravel bike has a dropper and suspension Good news, now even bar tape is gravel specific Look 765 Gravel RS Neat, rattle-free cable routing Tom Marvin / Immediate Media The 765 Gravel RS plays on what Look refers to as ‘the new playground’ — gravel roads that are becoming increasingly popular to ride, especially in the US. The RS in the name stands for Racing Sport, hinting at the general demeanour of the bike. This means that there’s an increased proportion of high modulus carbon fibres in the frame’s layup, for a lighter, snappier ride. Betting on the future — UCI approval for the gravel frame Tom Marvin / Immediate Media There’s also a UCI Legal sticker just ahead of the seatpost, which could hint to the bike’s intentions. While there are no UCI sanctioned gravel races, Look believes that there could be soon in the future and therefore want a bike ready to go. Look also says the 765 Gravel RS is suitable for cyclocross. The frames weigh a reported 1.2kg with a 350g fork. Look 765 Gravel RS frame design Look has gone where a number of other gravel frames have gone before, with a dropped chainstay design. This gives Look the ability to put wider tyres in its frame and maintain the use of road cranks (and their narrower Q-factor) and up to a 50t chainring. SRAM’s 1×11 Force groupset is used, but it’s a relatively tight cassette at the back Tom Marvin / Immediate Media Tyre size is a hot topic in gravel, and Look says that the bike can run regular road-sized wheels and tyres for more road-orientated riders and easily up to 40c tyres on slightly wider 700c rims for those who want a fair mix of road and dirt. For those who want to purely hit the dirt, 650×2.1in tyres and wheels can also be fitted. These have a far larger volume for better traction and comfort but maintain a very similar outer diameter. The chainstays get the 3D Wave treatment, which we saw recently on the E765 Optimum E-Road bike that Look launched. This profile, which has two distinct curves in the tube profile, is said to offer 15 percent more compliance than a straight tube. This is handy on a gravel bike, not just for comfort over rougher terrain, but also to improve the tyre’s ability to track undulations in the road surface, thus improving traction. The 3D Wave chainstays are there to improve compliance and grip Tom Marvin / Immediate Media To make sure that the bikes are ready to get out into the wilderness there are four bottle cage mounts on the bike: three inside the main triangle and one below it. One of them is super low in the frame to improve weight distribution, which I suspect will be limited to 500ml bidons if you wish to use all four. There’s also a pair of bolts on top of the top tube for a bento box, ready for long stints in the saddle, and there are fender mounts to keep you dry too. The Look 765 RS Gravel range Three models make up the 765 RS Gravel range: The SRAM Force version of the 765 RS Gravel comes with a matt green paintjob Look Up top is the SRAM Force 1×11 bike, featuring a Force carbon crank with 42t ring and an 11-36t cassette. It comes with Force brakes, Mavic All Road Disc CL tubeless wheels with WTB Riddler 37mm tyres, Look’s finishing kit (including a 12-degree flare gravel specific bar) and Fizik Antares R7 saddle. Look will be selling this bike for €4,299. Shimano Ultegra adorns this 765 RS Gravel Look Next is a Shimano Ultegra build. This comes with a 50-34 double chainset and 11-34t cassette, and Shimano’s Ultegra hydraulic brakes. The bike rolls on Shimano RS 370 wheels and the same WTB Riddler tyres. Finishing kit is again Look and Fizik. This model comes in at €3,999. This version of the 765 RS Gravel comes with a 2×11 Shimano 105 group Look Finally, there’s a Shimano 105 group bike in very much the same format, though it’s Shimano RS 170 wheels this time, and has a price of €3,599. For our initial ride impressions of the Force level bike, scroll down! The Look e-765 Gravel The e-765 RS Gravel takes inspiration from the 765 RS Gravel and the e-765 Optimum Tom Marvin / Immediate Media Look has taken the 765 RS Gravel and the e-765 Optimum (check out the details of that here) and merged them together to create the e-765 Gravel — an electrically assisted gravel bike. Many of the features from the 765 RS Gravel can be found on the electric bike version: the 3D Wave seatstays, dropped chainstays and colour too. However, these are joined by the Fauza motor, which has impressed in the past. As with the e-765 Optimum, Look chose this motor because of its low weight and unobtrusive feel through the cranks. Look leaves the base of the Fazua motor naked to reduce the chance of water pooling and to keep the motor cool Tom Marvin / Immediate Media The motor, battery and bottom bracket system weigh around 4kg, so there’s not a massive weight penalty, and if the feeling on the bike is similar to its tarmac sibling, it shouldn’t make too much of a difference to how the bike rides. The motor has 250 watts continuous power, peaking at 400 watts, while there’s 60Nm of torque and a 250Wh battery. Four power modes are offered, though one of those is a non-assist mode. Look has had a play with the software to give a power profile that’s better suited to gravel riding, it says. There’s an associated app with the bike too. This gives you all the data you need on the battery and motor, including temperature, battery level and range. It also has mapping capabilities, including a rather smart map that will show you the range at which you’ll be able to get to and back from on one battery charge. How accurate that is in reality obviously depends on a number of factors, though. The battery and motor ‘Drivepack’ can be dropped easily out of the bike, leaving just the 1kg bottom bracket assembly behind, should you really want to go ‘au natural’! The Drivepack contains both motor and battery Tom Marvin / Immediate Media Look e-765 Gravel range There are two e-765 Gravel bikes on offer from Look. SRAM Force appears on this top-level e-765 Gravel Look There’s a SRAM Force 1×11 build, with a FSA crank featuring a 42t ring and SRAM 11-36t cassette. This bike comes with Force CX1 brakes and Mavic All Road Disc wheels with WTB Riddler 37mm tyres. Look provides the finishing kit and Fizik the Antares R7 saddle. This version costs €6,499. SRAM Rival provides the stop and go here Look There’s also a SRAM Rival 1×11 bike, following much the same pattern, though it comes with a Shimano RS 170 wheelset and a San Marco Monza saddle. This bike is priced at €5,799. Look 765 RS Gravel first ride impressions I took a quick 10km ride on the 765 RS Gravel through the vineyards of the Loire Valley to get a flavour of the bike. The first thing I noticed is that this is clearly a race-inspired design. The position on the bike feels fairly low and aggressive, and this is compounded as soon as you hit the dirt. The front of the bike — fork, head tube, stem and bars — are fairly stiff and uncompromising, which is further accentuated by the thin bar tape I had on my test bike. Thin bar tape adds to the racy feel Tom Marvin / Immediate Media This combined to give a fairly harsh initial ride. However, if I had further time to play around I’d ensure I ran the tyres tubeless, to drop pressure, and would investigate running slightly wider tyres than the 700x37c WTB Riddlers on there as stock. The tyres themselves are the Fast Rolling, Light version. Despite a relatively skinny profile and low-stack tread, I didn’t have any traction issues up loose climbs — perhaps those 3D Wave seatstays really are contributing. Decent clearance for the low-profile 37mm WTB Riddler tyres Tom Marvin / Immediate Media The drivetrain, yet again, clearly shows road inspiration, with a tight 11-36 range. With no ‘easy’ gear on there, it encourages you to attack climbs because it’s rather tricky to sit and spin. Dropping a 10-42 cassette on there shouldn’t be an issue if your chain is long enough. As I’ve often found, the faster you go over gravel the comfier it gets, and this was no different on the Look machine. It’s not the most sofa-like ride, and certainly has that aggressive edge, but it’s perfectly able to cross choppier ground and dodge potholes with its snappy, engaging handling.
Inside we take a look at the Escapod Topo teardrop trailer and a video walk-through of interesting new front suspension bike from Structure Cycleworks. Just when you think you’ve seen it all Structure Cycleworks debuts a new bike that features a linkage style front suspension design. While this isn’t the first linkage style mountain bike front suspension design, it is a much different take than anything that has come before it. Listen to what they have to say about the bike and see how it moves in the video below as they talk about some interesting aspects of their design including geometry changes as it moves through its travel and more. Pedaling it around felt different certainly but they do raise some good points about the way suspended products in other disciplines work that could be beneficial for cyclists in rough terrain. If you’re intersted in swinging a leg over one, check them out at Crankworx Whistler this year or during one of their planned demos. Production quality is limted and the price reflects that as well. See more details at https://structure.bike Escapod was showcasing their Teardrop trailers that had a lot of nice built in amenities in their off-road capable trailer. Their design allows you to reconnect or explore in adverse terrain. The 2019 Topo series trailer below shows some of the customization and features available. With a base price of 16,500 it isn’t cheap but they do pack it with features and have plenty of optional add-ons. They have the full list of options available on their website https://escapod.us/trailers/topo-series/
The Burley D’lite trailer has been in our test fleet over the past few months and we finally feel we are now at the place to talk real-world thoughts on the product. The first thing I noticed when I pulled the Burley D’Lite out of the box was how incredible light the double stroller was. It is the lightest double stroller we have tested and it has been quite noticeable on some larger hills and when I have been exhausted after a typical brutal sleep with two kids under three years old. The first thing I noticed when I pulled the Burley D’Lite out of the box was how incredible light the double stroller was. It is the lightest double stroller we have tested and it has been quite noticeable on some larger hills and when I have been exhausted after a typical brutal sleep with two kids under three years old. The next thing that I fell in love with was the seat belt harness system that Burley has developed. If you don’t have a lot of experience with trailers or putting kids into trailers you will need to channel you inner ninja unless you were blessed with angelic children. The Burley straps never tangle and are always in the right spot when you manage to wrestle the kids in. I really wish that kids car seat manufacturers could take a page from the Burley product manual and figure out how to get those straps to quit twisting. The suspension system is fully adjustable and does well with smoothing out the ride on pavement and light gravel roads. The trailer has lots of headroom for the kids and some pockets for you to store their stuff when you clean up after them. The front door attaches on a two latch system that works as intended and getting into the trailer to calm a crying kid with the soother that always seems to fall out is pretty easy. The rear hatch has impressive cargo space and you don’t have to have a degree in engineering to get to that over packed diaper bag and some extra outdoor play toys. All the materials from the floor to the ceiling of the trailer are easy to clean as the people at Burley know how messy kids can get on outdoor adventures. For a double trailer the D’lite is fairly narrow. They have bowed out the upper trailer and brought axle width of the trailer in to help with navigating. The upper bowed part is effective in giving the kids some extra breathing room. Furhter, the way Burley have tucked in the wheels is really well designed. As a Bike only trailer the Dlite is pretty hard to beat for a pathway and light off-road use. If you are not loading and unloading it out of a car all the time, the Burley D’lite would be one of our first picks for double stroller on the market. We found that the arm that attaches the trailer to the bike quite hard to remove to get the trailer into the car. It was super sicky at first but did get a little better over our 6 month test period, but it was always something I didn’t enjoy. Other than the arm, loading the trailer was a breeze, the wheels, trailer handle and collapsing of the trailer with super intuitive and easy. We used the cross country ski attachment for fat-biking this past winter. Attaching the skis was brainless and they worked well on groomed and hard packed snow. As always, with any rear axle hitch mounted trailer we recommend the Robert Axle Project rear axle for your bike. They simply work and you don’t have to fart around to get the hitch nice and secure. All and all we thoroughly enjoyed the Burley D’lite trailer; the weight, incredible harness system- we are going to call it one of the best in the industry, and all the well thought out cycling centrist features makes this trailer a top pick for any Bike family looking to buy a double trailer. Where to purchase: MSRP: $669 US | Where to buy: Burley Amazon Backcountry Specs: Riders: 1 or 2 Capacity (lb/kg): 100 / 45 Weight Including Towbar, Hitch, Flag (lb/kg): 28.4 / 12.9 Interior Seated Height (in/cm): 25.5 / 64.7 Interior Seat Width (in/cm): 22.5 / 57.2 Interior Shoulder Width (in/cm): 25.5 / 64.8 Seated Leg Room (in/cm): 21 / 53.3 Window UV Protection Rating: UPF 30 Cargo Space (in³/liters): 2900/47.5 Wheel Size (in/cm): 20 / 51 Handlebar Height (in/cm): 30-46 / 76.2-116.8 Size Open L x W x H (in): 33.25 x 31.25 x 38.25 Size Open L x W x H (cm): 84.5 x 79.4 x 97.2 Size Folded L x W x H (in): 37 x 31.25 x 14.25 Size Folded L x W x H (cm): 94 x 79.4 x 36.2 The post Burley D’lite Trailer Review appeared first on The Bike Dads.
We were super excited to see such a great 24 inch hartail come out at $750 USD. On paper this bike ticks all the boxes in a great MTB for the 8 to 12 crowd: Light weight Air fork, Hydraulic brakes, 40 mm stem, kenda small block tires, and fantastic geometry in a well made alloy frame. Thanks to Wee Bike Shop for providing a demo bike for us to review. Saracen Mantra 2.4 Details: Intended Age- 8 plus Weight- 24.7 lbs Features- Suntour Air Fork with 80mm travel, Promax hydraulic dis brakes, Kenda Small block 1.95X24 tires, 9 spd 1X Shimano drivetrain with 11-36 Cassette MSRP- $750 USD Available- WeeBikeShop | Chain Reaction The Bike Dads' Take: "It's amazing how far kids' mountain bikes have come in the last few years. Brands are making amazing bikes with great geometry and good parts available to kids who want to push their progresion. Saracen has managed to package this in a 24 inch hard tail at a great price. We swapped the tires and pedals for personal preference/riding terrain but this bike comes ready for serious trails right out of the box." -Colin Be sure to click the Facebook like button below so we can expand our kids' bike community. Thx! Recent Blog Posts Picking The First Pedal Bike The Raise Riders Family Bicycle Weekend Saracen Mantra 2.4 Review Burley D’lite Trailer Review Tout Terrain Streamliner Review Woom 1 Plus Balance Bike Review Rocky Mountain Reaper Review Opus Nix 20 inch Review UNCHAINED: A weekend guide for Whistler and the Bike Park Spawn Yama Jama 20 inch Review Ventana’s full suspension TANDEM, El Conquistador de Montana’s The post Saracen Mantra 2.4 Review appeared first on The Bike Dads.
We are often asked if quality kids bikes can be purchased at your local bike shop. Some brands are making it happen, case in point the Opus Nix 20 inch. Opus has focused on key simplicity and variables like light weight aluminum frames and quality parts to set them apart from the big branded kids bikes you see in some shops. Opus Nix 20 inch Details: Intended Age- 6 to 8/9 Weight- 20.5 lbs Min/Max Seat Height- 24-31 inches Features- alloy frame and fork, good quality parts build, 7spd gripshift drive-train, tektro v brakes, quick release seat post MSRP- $459 CDN Available- at local bike shops in CDN and USA > The Bike Dads' Take: "The Nix is a good option for kids riding around the neighborhood and exploring longer road rides with Mom and Dad. Light weight, long and stable, the 7 spd Opus Nix is a great first geared bike for kids looking for freedom and fresh air. You also get the benefits of dealer service to insure fit and maintenance." -Colin Be sure to click the Facebook like button below so we can expand our kids' bike community. Thx! Recent Blog Posts Picking The First Pedal Bike The Raise Riders Family Bicycle Weekend Saracen Mantra 2.4 Review Burley D’lite Trailer Review Tout Terrain Streamliner Review Woom 1 Plus Balance Bike Review Rocky Mountain Reaper Review Opus Nix 20 inch Review UNCHAINED: A weekend guide for Whistler and the Bike Park Spawn Yama Jama 20 inch Review Ventana’s full suspension TANDEM, El Conquistador de Montana’s The post Opus Nix 20 inch Review appeared first on The Bike Dads.