The Tectal Race SPIN NFC helmet may not technically qualify as a “smart device.” It can’t read your email or remotely turn on your toaster oven. What it can do is convey detailed medical information to first-responders. NFC, or near-field communication is a technology that uses magnetic field induction to send data from a non-powered Read More The post POC Introduces Tectal Race SPIN NFC Smart Helmet appeared first on BIKE Magazine.
While perusing the expansive halls of the BikeRadar workshop, Jack Luke stumbled upon an ultra-rare Softride-equipped Dave Lloyd tri bike from 1993, which was visiting for an upcoming feature in sister magazine 220 Triathlon. Unable to walk past a weird bike without swinging a leg over it, Jack took the bike for a spin, only to discover that it was super sketchy, ludicrously flexy and utterly terrifying ride. Knowing that subjecting him to riding the bike in a race would make for a great video, BikeRadar Diaries co-star, Joe Norledge, promptly bullied Jack into racing a local time-trial on it, organised by Bristol South CC. While Jack was subjected to the very best of the worst of nineties aero tech, Joe would be smashing it out on his modern Giant TCR Advanced superbike. But who will come out on top? Will Jack crash in a ball of fire and glory? Is a nineties TT bike faster than a modern road superbike? Find out as poor Jack scares himself silly on the insane retro machine in an action-packed episode of BikeRadar Diaries!
All hail First Look Friday, your weekly look at the hottest new road and mountain bike swag to land at BikeRadar HQ. This week we have some flashy Russian-made road hubs, a step-through mountain bike designed for older riders, an alarmingly light saddle and some shred-tastic goggle-like shades. If that isn’t quite enough to tickle your tech pickle, nuggets lovingly picked from the rich gold seam that is launch season in the cycling world that have made their way onto the BikeRadar homepage this week include Cervélo’s new go-fast gravel bike, Colnago’s bang-on-trend V3RS, Specialized’s first-ever foray into the world of electric bikes, Yeti’s all-new 27.5in-wheeled SB165 and much, much more. In the meantime, sit back, relax and immerse yourself into a world of true tech nerdery. Raketa road hubs Raketa, a brand based in Russia, has just released its first ever road hubs. Raketa Raketa — a Russian brand specialising in high-end hubs — has just launched these delectable road hubs. The hubs have been two years in the making and are its first-ever road offering, previously only producing track hubs. The hubs are compatible with all current axle standards and Raketa claims that, due to the hubs’ construction, adapting them to any future standards should also be possible. The hubs are built around an Alto Cycling freehub. This 4-pawl freehub is made in the USA and boasts a near-instantaneous 2.5-degree engagement. It is availble in XD, Shimano HG or Campagnolo bodies. The hubs are claimed to weigh 342g for a rim brake hubset and 421g for the disc equivalent Raketa claims that it considered developing its own freehub system but, acknowledging that it is a young company with limited resources, it decided to focus on the hub itself, leaving the whole freewheelin’ business to those who have experience in the area. The hubs are triple-sealed, with labyrinth seals on the end caps, a rubber lip on the freehub and sealed bearings rounding out the package. On the subject of bearings, the hubs are built around NSK bearings and, should these develop any play, a small bolt can be undone to adjust the preload. No special tools are required to do this and it is claimed that it can even be done with the wheels still fitted to the bike. The hubs are claimed to weigh 342g for a rim brake hubset and 421g for the disc equivalent — a respectable figure that is comparable to similar premium hubs with inbuilt preload adjustment (lighter hubs exist but they typically don’t feature external preload adjustment). The hubs are available in any spoke drilling from 12 to 32 spokes, with any custom combination possible. Raketa has in-house anodising facilities, so dozens of different colours in either a gloss or matt finish are available. Custom engraving is also offered. The hubs are also available in a disc version. Raketa The hubs are available in rim and disc brake options. 6-bolt hubs are currently available for discs, with centre lock to follow later in the year. The novelty that the hubs are designed and made in St Petersburg, Russia — a nation not widely known for its cycling manufacturing provenance — also undoubtedly adds to their cool factor. The hubs cost $468 for the disc version and $448 for the rim brake version. While certainly not cheap, they (on paper at least) present decent value for money compared to, say, a DT Swiss 240s hubset (approx $560). The hubs are due to start shipping throughout August and September, with pre-orders now open. International pricing is not available but worldwide shipping is offered. If freewheelin’ ain’t your thing, as mentioned, Raketa also produces a number of track bike hubs, chainrings and cogs, all of which look as lovely as its road hubs. Disc hubs: $468 Rim brake hubs: $448 Buy these delightful road hubs direct from Raketa Islabikes Jimi The Jimi is a MTB designed for older riders Jack Luke / Immediate Media Islabikes launched the Janis, Joni and Jimi — a range of bikes designed specifically for older riders who still want to live life on two wheels — earlier this year. We have got a hold of the Jimi — the step-through mountain bike from the range — for testing and, so far, we like what we see. Much like its expansive selection of early-life tot-to-teen-sized bikes, the Icons range features a number of touches that are designed to make cycling a more accessible and enjoyable experience for those in their golden years. Starting with the obvious, the bike is a step-through design, which makes a bike easier to mount. This is vital if age-related mobility issues begin to creep in. You’ll be able to spin up just about anything with this diminutive 26t chainring Jack Luke / Immediate Media The gearing is also generously low, pairing a 10-40t Sunrace cassette with a spin-tastic 26t chainring. This chainring is mounted to Islabikes’ own crankset, which is claimed to have a lower-than-average Q-factor. This can improve pedalling performance and comfort for some riders. The bike is fitted with SRAM Grip Shifters. Interestingly, the profile of the rims is specially formed to ease tyre fitting and removal. This means the rims are not tubeless compatible but will make life a lot easier should you get a trailside puncture. A rigid carbon fork is employed to reduce weight. Jack Luke / Immediate Media Reducing weight was also a priority with the bike, and our size medium model comes in at a respectable 10.28kg. With this in mind, given the bike is designed for those that are less likely to get their thrills from sending mad huckz, it should come as no surprise that the bike forgoes a suspension fork in favour of a lighter carbon fork. This bristles with mounts for Anything-style cages or mudguards. The whole package feels very well refined and as a general do-it-all bike — for riders of all ages, really — the Jimi appears to be a compelling choice. Stay tuned for a full review soon! £1,199, international pricing TBC Buy the Jimi direct from Islabikes Schmolke TLO saddle The saddle was so light we had to tie it down to stop it floating away! Jack Luke / Immediate Media This ludicrously light (64g!) saddle from Schmolke — the German composite expert’s first saddle to wear the TLO (The Lightest Only) crown — is said to be the result of Stefan Schmolke’s experiments in his own “secret lab”. Remarkably, this full carbon shell saddle is rated for both road and mountain biking. The saddle feels reassuringly solid despite its low, low weight Jack Luke / Immediate Media While this is, at best, anecdotal, giving the remarkably tough feeling Schmolke TLO saddle a squeeze results in considerably less concern for our undercarriage compared to similar ultralight perches. The 8Nm maximum torque value on the rails is also reassuringly high. While not the absolute lightest saddle on the market — that crown goes to Gelu’s 38g K3 saddle — it is a whopping €5 cheaper than that model. It also has a marginally more generous 100kg max rider weight compared to the Gelu’s 95kg. This is obviously a very, very niche choice that is unlikely to appeal to the vast majority of cyclists but, for those who want an ultralight option that appears to be actually usable, it could be a compelling option. €495, international pricing N/A Buy Schmolke’s TLO saddle from Star Bike Smith Wildcat sunglasses You too could look as cool as our Mallen with Smith’s Wildcat sunnies. Jack Luke / Immediate Media Smith’s lairy, large and loud Wildat goggle-like sunnies are a bold statement that is bound to delight the outgoing on-bike fashionista. The nose bridge is adjustable. Jack Luke / Immediate Media The extra-large coverage of the lenses extends way into the periphery, keeping the frames well out of sight. The replaceable nosepiece — which is coated with a tacky hydrophilic (i.e. it stays sticky when wet) rubber — is also adjustable for fine-tuning fit. The legs are coated with the same material. The hinge mechanism is satisfyingly… clicky? Jack Luke / Immediate Media The arms have a deeply satisfying indexed click when moving them into the open position. Swapping lenses is also very easy. The lenses are also coated with a hydrophobic coating, which is said to keep things clear in moist conditions. The glasses are available in three different frame colours and three different lenses, including a clear option. We have the stealthy Matte Moss frames, but the office favourite is by far the Refresher yellow-and-pink Matte Citron finish. At £165 RRP ($199.00 / AU$299.95), the Wildcat’s come in at roughly the same price as, say, an Oakley Jawbreaker, though you do get the additional clear lens and a hardshell bag for that price. £165 / $199 / AU$299.95 Buy Smith’s Wildcat sunglasses from Optimal Optic
There’s plenty of fantastic content in this month’s MBUK, from a look at the Fort William World Cup through the eyes of a pro and a privateer, and how to jump and corner like Brendan Fairclough, to riding some of the UK’s most fun trails just a stone’s throw from London. Plus, there’s guide to all of the best trail centres in the UK, a Mint Sauce cartoon supplement and two exclusive stem top caps to collect. Four £1,000 hardtails are put the test to see which rules the trails, and legs are thrown over three US machines from Trek, Intense and Juliana in the issue’s first ride reviews. You’ll also find Rachael Atherton as this issue’s pro columnist and an introduction to Remy Morton, a young Aussie pinner to watch out for, as well as much, much more. Pro vs privateer MBUK gets up close and personal with Reece Wilson of Trek Factory Racing and privateer Taylor Vernon as they tackle the 2019 Fort William World Cup. It’s one of the wildest and most demanding races of the downhill season, but how different is the race for a pro and a privateer? Reece Wilson waves to the crowd at the legendary Fort William World Cup. Steve Behr Pro tips World Cup star Brendan Fairclough drops his pro tips on how to take your cornering and jumping up a level, plus there’s advice on how to not just survive but thrive when riding in the Alps as the summer season kicks off. Brendan Fairclough knows how to handle a bike and gives you his tops tips on how to improve your cornering and jumping. Duncan Philpott The Downtime Podcast Find out about Chris Hall, the man behind the Downtime Podcast, as the team chat with him about how it all started, his favourite guest and some of his highlights. You can also listen to MBUK‘s very own edition, so make sure you check it out. Testing Bikes – Rob Weaver & Seb Stott from the MBUK Test Team We join Chris Hall — the man behind the mic — for a spin and a catch up about his podcast series the Downtime Podcast. Steve Behr The Surrey Hills The Surrey Hills is an area packed full of awesome trails, and MBUK brings you its top recommendations for a brilliant weekend of riding there, with maps and all the info you need to have a great time. The Surry Hill might not be mountains, but they sure offer huge fun. Russell Burton 1k warriors In this month’s bike test, four £1,000 hardtails from Giant, Cannondale, GT and Saracen are put through their paces to see where each bike shines and falters, and to discover which bike is best suited to the style of riding you prefer. Find out bike you get for £1000, and which might best suit your style of riding. Steve Behr What else? That’s not all, you can read all about the team’s attempts at enduro racing, trying to ride three of Wales’s best trail centres in a day and a trail tyres group test, with recommendations on what’s the best high volume, sticky rubber currently out there. You’ll also find nine reasons to ride Finale Ligure and there are updates on the team’s long-term bikes, plus a whole heap more besides. So grab a copy to catch up with it all. Staff writer Luke tried his hand at enduro racing at the Transcend Fest, read about his exploits and plenty more in the mag. Brodie Hood Special bumper issue This issue is a special bumper edition and brings you a comprehensive trail centre guide of 88 locations to ride throughout the UK. There’s also a Mint Sauce supplement that chronicles Jo Burt’s history of mountain biking’s most famous sheep, and two exclusive stem top caps to collect. Our special bumper issue brings you these fantastic goodies. MBUK
Chris King is best known for their legendary headsets, hubs and bottom brackets – all of which feature incredible attention to detail and high precision, in house manufactured bearings. The Portland Oregon brand has been at it since 1976 – around 43 years now. What you may not be familiar with is the fact that King has a fairly expansive complete wheel program as well, with sets starting at just $1050. Additionally, in recent news, as of today they have extended their already generous warranty for the lifetime of their products. Some months ago, Chris King was kind enough to send us a set of their ISO hubs laced to Santa Cruz Reserve rims, neither of which we’ve tested yet. I bolted them up to a long travel bike, rode them a heck of a lot and also raced them to a rather unimpressive finish in a stacked field at the TDS Enduro. Here’s how they’ve been treating us. Details Rim: Santa Cruz Reserve 30 (27.5″) External Width (mm): 36.4 Internal Width (mm): 30 Rim Depth (mm): 25.4 Available Hub Configurations: 28/28 ISO AB, ISO B Hub Options: Shimano or XD, 110×15, QR/100x15mm, 135QR/142×12/148×12 Spokes: Sapim D-Light Nipples: Alloy Black (tested), Alloy Silver or Brass Silver Lacing Pattern: 2-Cross Rim Weight (g): 460 grams Warranty: Lifetime on hubs and rims Front Wheel Weight (g): 831 grams Rear Wheel Weight (g): 1015 grams Total Wheel Weight (g): 1846 grams (our scale, with rim tape and valves) For years Chris King offered silver axles, but for 2019 they made the switch to a stealthier looking black anodized version. The polished silver hubs are still available with silver axles. Speaking of colors, they also added some very cool matte finishes to the 9 available colors. Compared to the classic ISO, these hubs sport Boost spacing and a new shape that’s less bulbous, with hub flanges that have more cant to them, enabling a stronger wheel build. Another interesting feature is that with a quick swap of a few parts, you can switch from a 15mm to a 20mm axle. I’ve heard some murmurs of the possibility of things going back to a 20mm in the future, so the option could be nice. “Responsibly lightweight” is how King describes their hubs. When laced to the somewhat stout Reserve rims, that is also a fitting description of this wheelset on the whole. You can find lighter options, but they’ll generally be more of a gamble. Chris King hubs feature a threaded lockring to tension the hub shell bearings. There’s a 2.5mm allen screw and a little hole to the left of it, so you can use the end of the key to apply tension. Initially the bearings have a little bit of drag to them, and this is intentional – after a short break in they burnish nicely and spin effortlessly. Continuing with the responsibly lightweight theme, King use one-piece axles with stainless steel end caps. Speaking of stainless steel, that’s what the SRAM/XD driver body is made from – it’s also heat treated in fact. This costs a few extra grams compared to aluminum, but it’s tough as nails and built to last. Machining it from stainless steel allows King to make the walls thinner, thus making room for much larger bearings than used in competitors’ aluminum driver bodies. The Shimano/HG driver is available in both aluminum and steel. Chris King and Santa Cruz have a rock solid partnership which catalyzed over the years from King being a key partner of the Syndicate team. And thus, the wheels on test feature 30mm inner diameter Santa Cruz Reserve rims (which are also available in 27mm and 37mm). For average tire widths, 30mm is right where the industry has settled and for good reason. The Reserve rims are asymmetrical and feature a 5mm offset, which provides better bracing angles at the spokes from side to side, resulting in a stronger better balanced wheel. Finally, although you can’t see it in the photo above, the rather stout rims feature a hookless profile making for excellent resistance to burping as well as higher tolerance to rock strikes. Last, but certainly not least Chris King use made-in-house sealed angular contact bearings. Although they are clearly a different size, in concept these are the same bearings which make their headsets so long lasting and legendary. Most hub manufacturers use radial bearings, which can’t be tightened as they wear – rather, they need to be thrown out and replaced. King bearings can not only be re-adjusted, but they’re also easily serviceable…All you need to do is carefully use a pick to remove the snap ring and seal, then you can clean and repack them with fresh grease. On the trail While the list of benefits from Chris King hubs are rather long, one of the first things that you’ll notice on trail is “Ringdrive” – the system that gives the hubs their iconic “Buzzzzz”. The basic stats are that 72 points of engagement provide bite every 5º, which is quite fast. One thing that’s unique about Ringdrive is that it sits entirely inboard from the driveside hubshell bearing. This allows it to be larger, thus providing more contact and an increased load bearing – a freakishly high torque load of 800 foot pounds to be exact. According to King, that amounts to 3X the load of competitors’ hubs. In any case, you’ll notice a pleasant, not-too-high pitched noise out back when coasting at speed. When coming out of corners, getting on the gas and fumbling through awkward sections of a climb, you’ll feel a very firm, fast and positive engagement. This wheelset was tested in a 28 hole configuration, which is slightly leaner than a fairly standard 32 hole, but not as anorexic as 24 spoke wheels. It’s worth pointing out that as these are laced 2-cross, which results in a stiffer wheel. Santa Cruz lace their wheels as 3-cross which provides a little more compliance. In the 27.5″ size tested, these wheels were indeed quite stiff, which can mainly be attributed to the rims, although stout hubs with fairly tall, canted flanges do add some rigidity as well. Having tested a wide array of carbon fiber wheels over the last few years, I’d rate the Reserve wheels as being on the more rigid end of things. They handle brilliantly well and don’t deflect too much, but if you’re looking to carbon rims more for their damping characteristics than for their steering accuracy, these may not be the rims for you as they are a bit on the stiffer side. That said, they do take the edge off more than an aluminum wheel and provide that lovely, lively feel. It’s also a safe bet that the 29″ diameter version of these same wheels will be a bit more forgiving. In terms of strength, I’ve had great luck over the past 6 months – no cracks and no flats to report. At TDS Enduro I absolutely freaking wailed my front wheel on a sneaky melon-sized rock in the high 20/low 30mph range, which resulted in the gnarliest, scariest rim bottom out that I’ve experienced. The wheel was unscathed and the tire didn’t flat – I was actually shocked thinking it had to have cracked. For what it’s worth, no tire insert was installed and the tire was a Schwalbe Magic Mary with a Super Gravity casing in the 23-25psi range. That incident as well as frequent abuse without ever using tire inserts on my longest travel bike meant that these wheels saw the worst of my pedal powered recklessness. In terms of rim/wheel strength and durability/longevity of the hubs, I’d rate this wheelset at 10/10. The hubs are spinning as smoothly and freely as they did at the beginning of this review. I keep checking to see if they need a rebuild, but they just aren’t there yet. Overall There isn’t a flaw to be found in these wheels functionally speaking, or in terms of handling. They’re tough, resilient, quick to engage, sprightly and light enough. At $2,199 they sit on the more expensive end of the carbon wheel spectrum, particularly when you consider the slow creep of a few decent contenders coming in at just over $1k. With that in mind, you get what you pay for, and both the rims and hubs not only have incredible reputations – they are now both backed by lifetime warranties (which you’ll likely never need to employ anyway). At the heart of it all is a set of hubs that truly are built to last a lifetime. Chris King’s excellent wheel building program, although perhaps not all that widely known, puts in the same painstaking attention to detail as they do with their own manufactured products. It’s also worth noting that within King’s offerings, the Santa Cruz Reserve option sits squarely in the middle – between a set of wheels with Stan’s Rims ($1,050) and ENVE rims ($2,980), leaving you a range of pricing options to get their hubs onto your bike. www.chrisking.com
Kasper Asgreen and the rest of the Deceuninck-QuickStep squad rode the new Specialized S-Works Shiv TT Disc to third place in the Tour’s team time trial on stage two Specialized Asgreen ran 58-46t chainrings paired with an 11-28t cassette for the predominantly flat course Specialized The 1.92m tall Dane requires a truly lofty front end. The new bike’s handlebar and stem is said to be 200g lighter than the previous Shiv’s cockpit Specialized The Shiv’s frame has been optimised for use with the Roval 321 Disc wheel, while the stepped seatstays reduce weight without affecting aerodynamics, according to the US company Specialized The new bike cuts a ludicrously narrow wind-cheating profile Specialized The Roval wheels spin on CeramicSpeed bearings Specialized Mechanics will rejoice at news that the S-Works Shiv TT Disc is built around a traditional threaded bottom bracket Specialized The team were running Specialized’s own Turbo cotton tyres, which appear to be clinchers Specialized Deceuninck-QuickStep supports Specialized’s Riding for Focus initiative Specialized Deceuninck-QuickStep finished 21 seconds behind stage winners Team Jumbo-Visma on the 27.6km course in Brussels Zac Williams/SWPix.com The Specialized S-Works Shiv TT Disc – which launched last week ahead of the start of the 2019 Tour de France – is the UCI-legal version of Specialized’s wild triathlon bike that broke cover at the end of last year. The S-Works Shiv TT Disc was first spotted being tested by some riders at the Giro d’Italia, but the bike made its official debut on stage two of the Tour de France. For all of the juicy deets on the new bike, check out our comprehensive first look. This bike was ridden in the 27.6km team time trial by up-and-coming powerhouse, Kasper Asgreen, who had previously rode the new machine to victory in the Danish National Championships earlier this month. Jumbo-Visma eventually took the win on the stage ahead of favourites, Team Ineos, with Asgreen and the rest of the Deceuninck-QuickStep team in third. Tour de France 2019 bikes, gear and tech Tour de France bikes 2019: who’s riding what? Specialized’s new S-Works Shiv TT Disc is half a kilo lighter and just as fast The front end of the bike is rather lofty to accommodate the 1.92m tall Dane’s figure. In stark contrast, his extensions sit exceptionally close together, clawing back some valuable aero performance. For the largely flat course, Asgreen ran a (frankly ridiculous) 58-46t chainring combo, which was paired with an 11-28t cassette. The Roval 321 Disc wheel features a special finish in support of Specialized’s Riding For Focus program, which aims to supply bikes for children with ADHD. Specialized founder Mike Sinyard on the power of the bicycle Scroll through our gallery to get all of the details and be sure to check our guide to every bike in the 2019 Tour de France for more tech goodness.
Asgreen ran a 58-46t chainring, which was paired with an 11-28t cassette Specialized Kasper Asgreen and the rest of the Decuninck-Quick-Step squad rode the Shiv TT to third place in the TTT Specialized The 1.92m tall Dane requires a truly lofty front end Specialized Deceuninck-Quick-Step supports Specialized’s Riding for Focus program Specialized The new bike cuts a ludicrously narrow wind-cheating profile Specialized The Roval wheels spin on CeramicSpeed bearings Specialized Mechanics will rejoice at the news that the new Shiv TT is built around a traditional threaded bottom bracket Specialized The team was running Specialized’s own Turbo cotton tyres, which appear to be clinchers Specialized The Shiv TT — which launched last week ahead of the start of the 2019 Tour de France — is the UCI-legal version of Specialized’s wild triathlon bike that launched earlier this year. The Shiv TT was first spotted being tested by some riders at the Giro d’Italia, but the bike made its official debut at stage 2 of the Tour de France. For all of the juicy deets on the new bike, check out our comprehensive first look. This bike was ridden in stage 2 of this year’s race by up-and-coming Danish powerhouse Kasper Asgreen. Jumbo-Visma eventually took the win on the stage ahead of favourites, Team Ineos, with Asgreen and the rest of the Deceuninck-Quck-Step team taking third. Tour de France 2019 bikes, gear and tech Tour de France bikes 2019: who’s riding what? Specialized’s new S-Works Shiv TT Disc is half a kilo lighter and just as fast The front end of the bike is rather lofty to accommodate the 1.92m tall Dane’s figure. In stark contrast, his extensions sit exceptionally close together, clawing back some valuable aero performance. For the largely flat course, Asgreen ran a (frankly ridiculous) 58-46t chainring combo, which was paired with an 11-28t cassette. The Roval 321 disc wheel features a special finish in support of Specialized’s Riding For Focus program, which aims to supply bikes for children with ADHD. Specialized founder Mike Sinyard on the power of the bicycle Scroll through our gallery to get all of the details and be sure to check our guide to every bike in the 2019 Tour de France for more tech goodness!
MBUK’s summer issue is bursting with mountain biking goodness. We attempt the world’s toughest enduro, embark on a Lakeland e-bike adventure and finally ride our MBUK Great British Hardtail up in Sheffield! We also check out the indie creations over at Bristol’s Bespoked bike show and head up to Manchester to ride the Dirt Factory – the UK’s first indoor mountain bike park. Plus, all the latest kit tested, four pull-out maps and much, much more! Save 30% when you subscribe to MBUK Magazine this month, and get a pair of Tifosi Synapse sunglasses worth £69.99! No pain no gain Luke embraces his masochistic streak and heads to France to attempt the Radon Epic Enduro. With a reputation – and statistics – claiming it as the world’s toughest, how did he do in his mission to survive one seriously punishing ride? Staff writer Luke attempts to complete the brutal Radon Epic Enduro. Immediate Media Dirt Factory Wrecking Crew Ed is shown around Manchester’s Dirt Factory – the revolutionary city-centre bike park that’s built entirely indoors. Accompanied by some of the North’s best riders, Ed’s glad to be investigating this fascinating community venture, especially as, in typical Mancunian fashion, it’s pouring with rain outside. This month the Wrecking Crew heads indoors to visit the Dirt Factory in Manchester. Immediate Media First rides This month, the LaPierre eZesty, Canyon Spectral and Specialized Stumpjumper EVO Carbon get our first ride treatment. As always, we’ve covered three very different bikes to see how they stand up in their respective fields. The Specialized’s Stumpjumper Evo Pro 27.5 gets put through its paces for our first ride review. Immediate Media Dirty Half Dozen In the fourth part of our Dirty Half Dozen series, James and Jimmer head out on a gruelling ride through the Lake District on e-bikes. Ever tried carrying one of those things up a hill? You’d better hope the descent on the other side is worth it! Ed and Jimmer take two Scott e-bikes to the Lake District for a wild adventure. On an e-bike, how hard can it be? Immediate Media MBUK’s Great British Hardtail, Part 3: The ride The time has finally come. Ed takes our pride and joy, our ultimate Great British Hardtail, out for a spin. Taking his steel steed to the Steel City of Sheffield, Ed’s joined by local mountain bike royalty Nick Hamilton and hardtail-afficionado Dave Camus to put our bike through its paces and see how it stands up to some of the country’s most rough-and-ready trails. Ed finally gets to test his hard work and to find out if he did create the ideal British hardtail. Immediate Media Steel hardtail shootout Expert tester Mick Kirkman takes out four of the latest, greatest, shred-ready hardtails from Ragley, Cotic, Chromag and BTR. Which of these new-old-school steel beasts outshines the others? As Mick himself says, “the devil’s in the details.” Four steel hardtails go head-to-head in this months bike test. Immediate Media More, you say? Another month, another MBUK stuffed full of handy tips and detailed tutorials, including how to pack up your bike for foreign travel, how not to stall on steep climbs and setting up your e-bike for maximum motorised potential. Plus, there’s tons of gear tested – from six of the best CO2 tyre inflators to a head-to-head grouptest of the best stems around. As if that’s not enough, check out all the latest and most forward-thinking independent creations from Bristol’s own Bespoked bike show. There is a load more great content stuffed into the pages of our summer issue, not least Vlan Yordanov and his homemade DH rig. Immediate Media