2 - 05/12/2019 09:01:00

With influence from the dirt jump, trail, heavy metal, fashion and punk scenes, there's a lot going on in this unique collaboration between Bicycle Nightmares and Giro. The post Giro x Bicycle Nightmares — The Outsider Collection appeared first on BIKE Magazine.

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10 - 05/12/2019 08:01:03

They've collaborated with Héctor Saura on a collection that is "the opposite of motocross-inspired racing pajamas."( Photos: 12 )

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2 - 04/12/2019 14:17:17

Cycling can be an expensive sport and, as a gift-giver, it can be tricky to decide what to buy the two-wheeled fanatic in your life without ruining your bank balance. Christmas gift ideas for mountain bikers Christmas gift ideas for road cyclists We’ve racked our brains to come up with a list of functional and, most importantly, affordable Christmas stocking fillers that almost any cyclist will appreciate for months or even years to come. dhb Aeron Merino socks Buy now from {merchant} ({price}), {merchant} ({price}) and {merchant} ({price})."> (function () { var s = document.createElement('script'); s.type = 'text/javascript'; s.async = true; s.src = "//knl.mntzr11.net/widget/intext/app.bundle.js"; s.onload = function () { new inText({ domain: "knl.mntzr11.net", shopId: 608, geolocation: true, }); }; var x = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; x.parentNode.insertBefore(s, x); //trim whitespace from li to flag empty items (twig seems to strip out closing if you remove the space..... 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Merino wool retains its ability to keep its wearer warm even when wet, and at this price the dhb Aeron is a bargain – maybe you’ll want to get a set for yourself to wear around the house to keep cosy. £13.00 / $15.95 / AU$22.00 / €15.99 Latest deals Lezyne Macro 1100L and Micro 180L lights set Buy now from {merchant} ({price}), {merchant} ({price}) and {merchant} ({price})."> (function () { var s = document.createElement('script'); s.type = 'text/javascript'; s.async = true; s.src = "//knl.mntzr11.net/widget/intext/app.bundle.js"; s.onload = function () { new inText({ domain: "knl.mntzr11.net", shopId: 608, geolocation: true, }); }; var x = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; x.parentNode.insertBefore(s, x); //trim whitespace from li to flag empty items (twig seems to strip out closing if you remove the space..... [].forEach.call(document.querySelectorAll('.monetizer-in-text-link'), function(textLink) { textLink.innerHTML = textLink.innerHTML.trim(); }); })(); This light set from Lezyne is perfect for the commuter or road cyclist who tackles dark, wintery roads. Lezyne Spot on for the commuting or city-dwelling cyclist, the Macro 1100L packs quite the punch, lasting for 72 minutes in its maximum setting and pumping out a claimed 1,100 lumens. The rear light, in its most economical mode, will run for just over 26 hours, so it’s unlikely the recipient will ever be caught short on the bike without illumination. 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Immediate Media Even if the benefits of chamois cream are lost on either you or the person you’re planning on giving it to, the name and packaging of this surprisingly practical and incredibly useful product might sway you to buy it. For the uninitiated, chamois cream is used by cyclists to provide much-needed lubrication around the nether regions, helping to reduce saddle sores and general chafing caused by long rides. 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We use this cream regularly and confirm it’s particularly good at keeping our mitts in good nick. £12.49 / $8.00 / AU$12.23 / €7.53 Latest deals SP Connect Roadbike bundle phone holder Buy now from {merchant} ({price}), {merchant} ({price}) and {merchant} ({price})."> (function () { var s = document.createElement('script'); s.type = 'text/javascript'; s.async = true; s.src = "//knl.mntzr11.net/widget/intext/app.bundle.js"; s.onload = function () { new inText({ domain: "knl.mntzr11.net", shopId: 608, geolocation: true, }); }; var x = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; x.parentNode.insertBefore(s, x); //trim whitespace from li to flag empty items (twig seems to strip out closing if you remove the space..... [].forEach.call(document.querySelectorAll('.monetizer-in-text-link'), function(textLink) { textLink.innerHTML = textLink.innerHTML.trim(); }); })(); Attach your phone to your bike with this handy mount. SP Connect Given how our phones have become such integral parts of our lives, why do we always stash them out of the way in bags or pockets when we’re out on the bike? If you’d like to use your phone for navigation, ride recording and other functions while riding, SP Connect’s Roadbike bundle provides an elegant solution to get your phone onto your bars. 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Perfect! £2.99 (250ml) / $3.97 (250ml) / AU$5.31 (250ml) / €3.88 (250ml) Buy now from Wiggle for £5.99 Latest deals Knog Oi Classic Bell Buy now from {merchant} ({price}), {merchant} ({price}) and {merchant} ({price})."> (function () { var s = document.createElement('script'); s.type = 'text/javascript'; s.async = true; s.src = "//knl.mntzr11.net/widget/intext/app.bundle.js"; s.onload = function () { new inText({ domain: "knl.mntzr11.net", shopId: 608, geolocation: true, }); }; var x = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; x.parentNode.insertBefore(s, x); //trim whitespace from li to flag empty items (twig seems to strip out closing if you remove the space..... [].forEach.call(document.querySelectorAll('.monetizer-in-text-link'), function(textLink) { textLink.innerHTML = textLink.innerHTML.trim(); }); })(); This stylish and slim bell is perfect for alerting people to your presence. 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[].forEach.call(document.querySelectorAll('.monetizer-in-text-link'), function(textLink) { textLink.innerHTML = textLink.innerHTML.trim(); }); })(); This environmetally-friendly degreaser is perfect for the person who likes to keep their bike spotless. Muc-Off If the cyclist in your world loves cleaning and fettling with their bike, you can almost bet your life savings on them needing more bike cleaning products. This can of degreaser should remove built-up dirt, muck, oil and grease from almost any bike part, returning a well-used component to its former glory. 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4 - 04/12/2019 09:51:16

Everything in fashion is circular and it appears bicycle tech is too. While new technology is often hailed as groundbreaking, or never before seen in cycling, you might be surprised to hear what’s been around before. Our assistant editor Jack and writer Simon delve into the annals of cycling history to pick out the tech that was well ahead of its time. Our fortnightly podcasts also make it on to our YouTube channel! Subscribe to the BikeRadar Podcast We have an ever-expanding range of podcasts available on a wide range of podcast services. The BikeRadar Podcast comes out every fortnight and covers a multitude of topics, and there’s an eight-part Mountain Bike Tech Talk series too – a more in-depth podcast discussion on mountain bike tech. All our BikeRadar Podcast episodes are listed below. Our Road Tech Talk series has recently kicked off and in Episode 1 we discuss 1x drivetrains on road bikes (Spotify / iTunes) We also have a BikeRadar Meets podcast, where we interview interesting and influential people within the bicycle industry. Episode 1, with Jeff Steber of Intense Cycles, is live now (Spotify / iTunes) and can be streamed below. Finally, there’s our ad-hoc BikeRadar Shorts podcast, which is a reactive news-based podcast in shorter form. The latest edition covers Shimano’s gearbox patent, uncovered by BikeRadar‘s Jack Luke. Previous BikeRadar Podcast episodes Episode 1 — Cycling Plus‘ Bike of the Year Special (Spotify/iTunes) Episode 2 — MBUK‘s Trail Bike of the Year Special (Spotify/iTunes) Episode 3 — The BikeRadar Podcast | How do £10k bikes even exist? (Spotify/iTunes) Episode 4 — The BikeRadar Podcast | SRAM versus Shimano, and more! (Spotify/iTunes) Episode 5 — The BikeRadar Podcast | Why do all bikes look the same? (Spotify/iTunes) Episode 6 – The BikeRadar Podcast | Is it time to ditch ‘The Rules’? (Spotify/iTunes) Episode 7 – The BikeRadar Podcast | Road tubeless — the what, why and how (Spotify/iTunes) Episode 8 – The BikeRadar Podcast | Purism be damned, this is why we love e-MTBs (Spotify/iTunes) Episode 9 – The BikeRadar Podcast | Do you really need more than one bike? (Spotify/iTunes) Episode 10 – The BikeRadar Podcast | How MTB racing influences bike design (Spotify/iTunes) Episode 11 – The BikeRadar Podcast | Future trends in road cycling (Spotify/iTunes) Episode 12 – The Bikeradar Podcast | Future trends in mountain biking (Spotify/iTunes)

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4 - 02/12/2019 21:01:06

Optibike R15C By Karel Kramer What motivates a company to develop a bike as unique in performance and appearance as the Optibike? Most likely, someone with the two-wheeled background of company founder Jim Turner. Turner grew up in Northern California and, along with his brother Paul, came from a motocross racing background. Along the way, Jim claimed two Canadian national titles as a Suzuki factory rider and raced in Europe for Moto-X Fox. Oh yeah, in later years his brother Paul co-founded a little-known bicycle suspension brand called RockShox. While earning his engineering degree, he commuted 25 miles a day on a bicycle. He never escaped his passion for outdoor fitness. Eventually, he purchased an early example of an e-bike. Its performance was not impressive, and the range was a disappointing six miles. With his engineering background, he was certain he could do better. His early bikes had an aluminum frame that looked more like a moped than a bicycle, but his customers are passionate about those bikes. THE BIKE In this time of specialization in e-bikes, they don’t come much more “special” than the Optibike R15C. It isn’t merely an e-bike; some would say that it isn’t an e-bike at all but an emission-free motorcycle with pedals. Where many e-bikes are the sum of parts—and that is especially true of the assist parts—the Optibike uses a proprietary assist motor, battery, frame and swingarm. Rather than a derailleur, it relies on a heavy-duty Rohloff internal-shifting rear hub with 14 speeds for a 562-percent span of gear ratios. Add in a massive 52-volt battery pack, along with a 1500 watt-hour battery, and you quickly realize that the Optibike is something far out of the ordinary. The cockpit is wide and clean, with a big display, throttle on the right side and Rohloff 14-speed twist shifter on the left.   If you’re still looking at that price tag and shaking your head, consider the following: each R15C is built to order by hand in Colorado using many proprietary parts, in addition to some top-line suspension and drivetrain components. Consider, too, that a normal 500-watt-hour battery pack has a replacement cost of around $900. The R15C has a 1500-watt pack that is three times the size, so you would expect the price tag to be $2500 to $3000 just for the battery pack alone. The Rohloff 14-speed, internally shifting rear hub is bulletproof and able to handle the extreme forces this bike can put on it. However, we found that it won’t shift under load, even if it’s just leg power.   Add in the fully adjustable Fox shock that antes up 220mm of rear-wheel travel, plus the e-bike-spec’d Fox fork with 160mm of travel. The best price we saw online for that Rohloff rear hub was roughly $1300. And if you absolutely must eschew Henry Ford’s black Model T for the frame finish, you are looking at $500 more for pearl white or silver, $1000 for custom colors and $2000 for two-color custom paint. THE MOTOR Turner is on record saying that he got in the e-bike biz to join the worlds of off-road motorcycling with the sport of cycling. We will be the first to say that he has certainly done that. In the R15C manual it says that this bike is a class 2 e-bike (limited to 750 watts and 20 mph, but with a throttle) when set at levels 1, 2 or 3. Once you jump to level 4 or 5, it legally becomes an off-road dirt bike in many places. We have ridden e-bikes on dirt bike trails, and a lot of them are not especially fun. On the R15C, you can stick to legal off-road motorcycle riding areas and trails, and have a rocking good time! THE RIDE We began by ball-parking the suspension settings, and setting tire pressure, seat angle and lever position. There is a toggle switch in a protected opening in the frame that powers on the battery. You must still push the power button on the handlebar switch to light up the display and energize the system. The right-side Ergon grip is split in two to allow for the twist-grip throttle function. Hold down the assist level-up button to fire up the massive dual headlight. The lights are super bright with a wide-spread and a warm tone to the light output. With 160mm of travel, a slack head angle and beefy 36mm stanchions, we could huck this bike off big stuff with zero worries.   With the display set at level one, the assist is actually pretty mild. Level two is better, but on the street and while climbing in the dirt, we stuck with level three. Those first three levels are fully limited to 20 mph, but level three has enough assist that you run up against the 20-mph limit pretty easily. For a rolling 8-mile commute with many stop signs and red lights, we averaged 17 mph. We’d pedal away from a light in fourth or fifth gear, then jump all the way to 14th gear for cruising along. Easy. When we checked battery life, the display showed full bars, but the charger had not shut off yet, so it may not have been completely charged. We rode 25 miles on a mixture of streets, dirt roads and trails with just over 3600 feet of climbing. Virtually all of the ride was in levels 3 and 4. At the end of the ride, we had roughly half of the battery left. That means that the Optibike range claims are very close to on the money. “To make the Optibike work for you, you must understand the e-bike political climate where you live, have access to off-road areas that are open to motorized vehicles and have a Zen-like appreciation of your finances.” The only flaw in the performance was the Rohloff hub, which refused to shift under a load—and we don’t mean under power. Even with no assist, it doesn’t like to shift if the rider is pedaling. On the street, it was a non-issue because you have plenty of time to cut power, stop pedaling and shift. In the dirt, it hampers the effectiveness of the bike until you get used to the traits. We soon learned to chop the throttle and cease pedaling while conducting a fast shift. We got to where we could downshift on hills without losing much speed. A closer look at the rear triangle and bottom bracket shows how compact this motor is for all its power, the suspension linkage and clever cable routing.   Owing to the 1650-watt motor and 190 N/m of torque, a standard bicycle derailleur is simply not an option, and the Rohloff remains one of the few bicycle-derived drivetrains designed to hold up for extreme torque on the drivetrain. They are ideal for cold, wet climates. If the terrain is steep, you must plan your downshifts. Fortunately, the Rohloff will jump easily from 14th gear to 1st with a single twist if you have no torque on the chain. You must drop enough gears to make up for the momentum and ground speed you lose while coasting during the shift. Your other choice is to select the correct gear and power level before you start a climb or learn to shift quickly. If you choose a gear that is too tall for the assist level, like any bike, simply pedal your butt off to make up for the poor gear choice. The assist motor spins more rpm than a human. If you are running on throttle, you will need to jump the Rohloff three gears higher to get to where you can pedal effectively. The ample Fox Float DPX2 coil-over shock is really good and well protected inside the frame.   HIGH POWER When we boosted the power to levels four and five, we were able to climb some astonishingly steep grades, including a fire road that would have required a 4WD with low range and off-road tires to climb. The bike’s suspension and handling are amazing. This bike is very fun on quick trails and gnarly drops. When it was time to go back up, one test rider chose a route that would have been frightening on a dirt bike. It only worked since he has superior riding skills on both a dirt bike and a downhill mountain bike, but the point is, it is possible, and without pedaling in level five. Long before he became an e-bike entrepreneur, Jim Turner was a two-time Canadian National Motocross champion riding for the Factory Suzuki team.   THE VERDICT There is no doubt that the Optibike R15C is a niche e-bike. It doesn’t even pretend that it is intended for much pedaling. The downhill routes we hit were on private property and neighborhood adjacent, so not only were we still legal with the Optibike, but owing to zero noise, there were no neighbor complaints. In addition to the R15C, Optibike also has an R8C with the same carbon chassis, but with a battery that is 30 percent smaller with less voltage and mated with an e-bike road-legal 750-watt assist motor. To make the Optibike work for you, you must understand the e-bike political climate where you live, have access to off-road areas that are open to motorized vehicles and have a Zen-like appreciation of your finances. If you can get all those points to align on your life graph, you will have a blast on this bike for a good, long time. SPECS 2019 OPTIBIKE R15C Price: $13,900 Motor: 1650-watt mid-drive with 190Nm torque Battery: 52 volt, 29 Ah, 1500wh lithium-ion Battery life: 1000 cycles Charge time: 5 hours Top speed: 20, 28 or 36 mph depending on assist level and pedaling Range: 30–70 miles Drive: Rohloff 14-speed internal hub with twist-grip shift Brakes: SRAM Code RSC hydraulic disc brakes with 203mm rotors Tires: Schwalbe Magic Mary 27.5×2.6 Display: Optibike custom LCD display with 5 power levels, cycle computer functions, battery gauge, and headlight control with backlight Fork: Fox 36, K, Float, 27.5”, F-S Speed-Ped, 160mm, 3 position adjustable, FIT4 Rear suspension: Fox Float DPX2, F-S, 3 position adjustable Evol 230, 65 Frame: Carbon fiber with internal cable routing Weight: 72 lb. www.optibike.com THERE ARE SO MANY WAYS TO GET ELECTRIC BIKE ACTION In print, from the Apple newsstand, or on your Android device, from Google. Available from the Apple Newsstand for reading on your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch. Subscribe Here For more subscription information contact (800) 767-0345 Got something on your mind? Let us know at hi-torque.com The post Bike Review: Optibike R15C appeared first on Electric Bike Action.

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8 - 02/12/2019 15:01:03

Hot on the heels of Black Friday comes Cyber Monday 2019. Here, we’ve collated all of the best Cyber Monday bike deals for cyclists, including deals on Garmin smartwatches and GPS computers, turbo and smart trainers, GoPro action cameras and more. The best Black Friday deals for cyclists The best Cyber Monday cycling deals in 2019 Cyber Monday is an online shopping event that has its origins in the USA but has truly made its way over to Europe, promising big online savings off recommended retail prices. Originally focused on tech products, Cyber Monday has expanded to include… well, pretty much everything. However, the best deals are still to be found on tech devices. From GoPros and Garmins to smart trainers and smartwatches, there are big deals across most categories. Cyber Monday Garmin deals There are loads of deals to be had on Garmin GPS devices this Cyber Monday. Matthew Allen / Immediate Media Cyber Monday is a great chance to pick up discounts on cheap Garmin GPS bike computers and smartwatches. The best GPS cycle computers Most of the deals on cycling computers are to be found on the likes of Wiggle and Rutland, but the biggest discounts on smartwatches look to be on Amazon. The best Cyber Monday 2019 Garmin GPS deals Save 20% on Garmin Edge 1030 at Wiggle Save 18% on Garmin Edge 1030 HR bundle at Wiggle Save 25% on Garmin Edge 520 Plus at Wiggle Save 35% on Garmin Vivoactive 3 smartwatch at Amazon Save 26% on Garmin Forerunner 45 smartwatch at Amazon Cyber Monday turbo trainer deals The indoor training season is here. Simon Bromley / Immediate Media We’re sorry to say, but winter is well and truly here. The best smart trainer 2020 – top-rated turbo trainers A smart trainer used in conjunction with a training app, such as Zwift, can make indoor training considerably less awful and there are great deals on smart trainers across the board this Cyber Monday. The best Cyber Monday 2019 turbo and smart trainer deals Save £240 on Elite Drivo II smart trainer at ProBikeKit Save £260.99 on Kurt Kinetic R1 smart trainer at ProBikeKit Save 31% on CycleOps Wind turbo trainer at Tredz Save £200 on Bkool Air smart trainer at Tredz Save £411 on Cycleops H2 smart trainer at ProBikeKit Cyber Monday GoPro deals There are a handful of GoPro deals this Cyber Monday (dog not included). Jack Luke / Immediate Media If you’re the sort of person that likes to make sick shredits (or bore your friends to death with hours of helmet-cam footage), Cyber Monday is just the day for you. With deals across current and previous generation GoPros, including the Hero 8, today is the day if you’re looking for a cheap GoPro. The best Cyber Monday 2019 GoPro deals Save 28% on GoPro Hero 7 White at Amazon Save 18% on GoPro Hero 7 Black at Wiggle Save 54% on GoPro Fusion at Amazon Save 30% on GoPro 3-way tripod Cyber Monday smartwatch deals Smartwatches can make a great option for some cyclists. BikeRadar A smartwatch can be a great option for cyclists that want to track their activities and performance but don’t want to invest in a standalone GPS head unit. As a more mainstream tech product, there are loads of great steals on smartwatches from Fitbit, Garmin and others to be had this Cyber Monday. The best Cyber Monday 2019 smartwatch deals Save 35% on Garmin Vivoactive 3 smartwatch at Amazon Save 26% on Garmin Forerunner 45 smartwatch at Amazon Save 30% on Fitbit Inspire smartwatch at Amazon Save 36% on Fitbit Versa smartwtch at Amazon Save 28% on Fitbit Ionic smartwatch at Amazon Cyber Monday Amazon deals for cyclists Amazon arguably leads the way when it comes to Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals. This year, there are deals on FitBit and Garmin smartwatches, SealSkinz kit, Muc-Off chamois cream, tools, bike lights and, yes, a coffee machine. We’ve pulled together the best offers for cyclists — or head to Amazon to browse the full range of deals. Best Cyber Monday deals for cyclists on Amazon Extra 10% off Cyber Monday deals on Wiggle Wiggle is offering an extra 10 per cent off selected Cyber Monday deals with the code CYBER10. There are good deals across most categories, so be sure to shop about to see what you can find. 10% off at Wiggle with the discount code CYBER10 15% off full-price bikes at Rutland Rutland Cycling is offering a chunky 15 per cent off all full-price bikes this Cyber Monday. With the discount code BIKE15, you could save some serious money on your dream 2020 bike. 15% off full-price bikes at Rutland Cycling with the discount code BIKE15

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2 - 29/11/2019 09:01:09

In a week gone mad with Black Friday discount bonanzas, it’s hard to see through the fog of reduced prices and limited-time only deals and work out what exactly it is you need or want. Hopefully, our Black Friday deals have helped you scope out exactly what it is you’re looking for in the sea of craziness. If you’re still lost, then be sure to check out our Black Friday deals hub page. And, if you’re in the market for a new bike light, be sure to check out our Black Friday bike lights deals page and our best mountain bike lights list where we’ve listed the best ones we’ve tested this year. Marin Rift Zone Carbon 2 review SRAM X01 Eagle AXS drivetrain review Elsewhere, in BikeRadar‘s world of cycling, Tom headed off to Portugal to check out the brand new Mondraker Crafty Carbon RR SL, which weighs 19.9kg and costs £10,799. Although it’s probably one of the lightest electric mountain bikes out there, it’s also one of the most expensive. While browsing the web, we also spotted a set of £1,800 tri-bar extensions from AeroCoach. Crikey! We’ve also reviewed Manitou’s Jack dropper post and a set of Fox Ranger 3L waterproof riding trousers that are well-suited to the rather soggy weather the UK’s been experiencing recently. Zipp 30 Course disc brake wheels The Zipp 30 Course wheels should be ready for gravel, road and general adventures. Alex Evans Famed for their rather pricey carbon hoops for roadies, Zipp now offers a broader selection of wheels for different sorts of riding types including mountain biking, gravel and general do-it-all duties. The 30 Course is Zipp’s only alloy wheelset but promises to offer similar levels of performance as its carbon models in terms of aerodynamics while being comfier and having exceptional cornering grip. Zipp’s deep rim profiles are slightly shallower on the 30 Course to help with cross winds. Alex Evans It’s also Zipp’s first wheelset to be tubeless-ready out of the box and features a 25mm external rim width and 21mm internal rim width. This should increase tyre air volumes, which can help give the tyres a wider shape and a larger surface contact patch, equalling more grip. The rims are built around 77/177D hubs, also found of the Zipp 202 and 303 Firecrest disc wheelsets, and are thru-axle compatible. Our set is fitting with an XDR driver to go with SRAM’s wide-range cassettes. Alex Evans With an XDR driver and 12 x 142mm axle the rear wheel weighs 866g. The front, with a 15 x 100 axle tips the scales at 786g. I’m going to be using these wheels on one of my 2020 long-term test bikes so stay tuned for a review and ride impression soon. £880.99 / $1,000 / €1,023 Latest deals Polar Ignite GPS smartwatch The Ignite watch tracks daily activity. Alex Evans As Polar’s newest GPS fitness watch, we were excited to get our hands on one to check it out. With a host of features including integrated GPS activity tracking, continuous wrist-based heart rate monitoring, calorie burn monitoring, and sleep quality and sleep recharge tracking it promises to offer a full complement of relevant features for the discerning cyclist. The in-built heart rate monitor gets its data from your wrist. Alex Evans Polar’s Flow web and phone apps work in conjunction with the watch to provide details on your activities, how hard you’re training and what you should be doing to improve your fitness levels. It also tracks your daily activity, giving a percentage readout. Unlike bike-specific GPS units, the Ignite can be used to track swimming, running and any other type of activity. The strap is made from TPU plastic while the watch’s bezel is made from stainless steel. Alex Evans Touted to have a 17-hour training time battery life, the watch should last for five days in watch mode with continuous heart rate monitor activated. Keep an eye out for a full review coming soon. From £174.50 / $229.95 / AU$349 / From €199.95 Latest deals Manitou Mara Pro rear shock The Mara’s graphics mimic the black and chrome of the Mezzer fork. Alex Evans Designed to match the well-received Mezzer Pro fork that we awarded 4.5 out of 5 stars, the Mara Pro rear shock promises to excel in the roughest and gnarliest terrain found on enduro race tracks and all-mountain descents across the globe. The external adjusters are for high- and low-speed compression and low-speed rebound. Alex Evans With external high- and low-speed compression adjustment, the Mara’s also got a lockout lever and external low-speed rebound adjustment. It’s air-sprung and has the ability to be tuned with bottom-out spacers. Our 200 x 56mm model weighs 539g. It’s currently bolted to my Orange Stage 6 long-term test bike so expect a review soon. With the lockout lever you can select between ‘party’ for descending and ‘work’ for climbing. Alex Evans £TBC / $579.99 / €610.01 / AU$TBC Buy the Manitou Mara direct from Hayes for $579.99 Trust Shout linkage suspension fork Trust’s Shout fork looks crazy! Alex Evans We covered Trust’s fantastical-looking trail-orientated Message fork at the Sea Otter event earlier this year and, at Eurobike’s 2019 show, Trust had a gnarlier, longer-travel model called the Shout on display. It’s a 178mm travel linkage-driven – rather than telescopic – carbon fibre fork that, thanks to its design, should offer some of the best-performing suspension around. Weighing a claimed 2,165g, they’re air-sprung and are available in both 27.5in and 29in variants. The linkage uses bearings in its pivots with a lifetime warranty. Alex Evans We’ve currently got a set in to test at the hands of our resident science and suspension guru Seb. He’ll be putting them through their paces, so stay tuned for a full review hitting your screen soon. £1.900 / $1,975 / AU$3,299 / €TBC Buy the Trust Shout fork direct from Trust for $1,975

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2 - 27/11/2019 20:34:15

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6 - 27/11/2019 14:51:18

Northern Irish company See.Sense makes a range of smart bike lights and is now adding an anti-theft tracker to the line-up, which employs the new Narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) low power, wide area network to get longer life out of a battery charge. This means a bike fitted with the AIR tracker could be traceable for up to three months, which is longer than existing products of its size. See.Sense says that it is the first company to apply this new technology to a bike tracker, and one of the first brands to use it in any kind of tracker design. Best bike locks 2019 Buyer’s guide: GPS bike computers The AIR bike tracker weighs 80g and is “half the size of a deck of cards”, according to See.Sense. It provides GPS location and immediate alerts to a connected smartphone app, and sounds an alarm if your bike is moved (this function can be turned off). It can be set up to send an SMS with your location to an assigned contact if it senses that you have been in an accident, and the device also gathers “depersonalised” information so that “ride insights can be shared with partners to improve conditions for cycling”. Relax, battery life is up to three months on a single charge. See.Sense Estimated launch June 2020 Three months’ battery life £119.99 estimated retail price £12 estimated annual connection charge Available for pledges on Kickstarter now NB-IoT noob? If you are unfamiliar with NB-IoT, essentially it is a new communications network for “things” (phones, lights, computers, anti-theft trackers, etc.) that has been designed to “enable efficient communication, long battery life for mass distributed devices and lower costs for wide geographical footprints or deep within urban infrastructure,” according to telecommunications company Vodafone. See.Sense’s AIR tracking device will be traceable from your mobile phone (Android or iOS) in more-or-less any location worldwide once NB-IoT fully comes into effect. The firm has worked with Vodafone in the UK to develop and test the product in its Newbury facility, which is open to manufacturers of “things” by application, in anticipation of the provider’s network launch (which will be begin in early 2020). See.Sense’s AIR tracker uses NB-IoT coverage to locate your bike. See.Sense The AIR tracker will work on Vodafone’s network, although that doesn’t mean you need to be a Vodafone subscriber to use it. See.Sense says: “Although See.Sense AIR is powered by Vodafone, NB-IoT is expected to be supported by all major telecommunications providers in the future”. In talks with BikeRadar, See.Sense’s tech team noted that they “expect in a couple of years [NB-IoT will] be as ubiquitous as mobile phone roaming”. More information about NB-IoT and a coverage map can be found on gsma.com. AIR on Kickstarter AIR recently launched on Kickstarter and blew through its €20,000 goal in a matter of hours, with over €60,000 having been pledged at time of writing. The AIR’s estimated retail price is £119.99 and it is set to be delivered in June 2020. Kickstarter pledges of £74 or more will receive one AIR, with the usual multiple-product deals for bigger pledges. A two-year network connection is included for Kickstarter backers of all levels, with the usual fee applying after that period. The AIR unit can be set up to sound an alarm if your bike is moved. See.Sense Of course, the system does depend on the AIR tracker being attached to your bike, and the fact that it is an external unit, which obtains best coverage when attached under the saddle or bottle cage, means that savvy thieves might notice and know to remove it. It is connected with a securite torx key, but, as a number of Kickstarter backers have noted, perhaps something more tamper-proof might provide further security for your bike.

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6 - 25/11/2019 16:34:15

Whether you’re looking for inspiration for the mountain-bike-loving lady or ladies in your life or you’re the woman in question and need to drop a few hints, allow us to help. Best mountain bike 2020: how to choose the right one for you Best mountain bike suspension forks: 10 trail/enduro forks tested Heat Holders Ski Socks Buy now from {merchant} ({price}), {merchant} ({price}) and {merchant} ({price})."> (function () { var s = document.createElement('script'); s.type = 'text/javascript'; s.async = true; s.src = "//knl.mntzr11.net/widget/intext/app.bundle.js"; s.onload = function () { new inText({ domain: "knl.mntzr11.net", shopId: 608, geolocation: true, }); }; var x = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; x.parentNode.insertBefore(s, x); //trim whitespace from li to flag empty items (twig seems to strip out closing if you remove the space..... 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It’s bound to taste twice as good in this Juliana glass, which is shaped like a beer can and holds a full pint (that’s 16oz for those not using the metric system). Whether or not her bike is a Juliana, she’s bound to appreciate a gift that’s simple yet celebrates one of only a handful of women-specific MTB makers. £19.99 / $10 Latest deals Sealskinz Waterproof Cable Knit Bobble Hat Buy now from {merchant} ({price}), {merchant} ({price}) and {merchant} ({price})."> (function () { var s = document.createElement('script'); s.type = 'text/javascript'; s.async = true; s.src = "//knl.mntzr11.net/widget/intext/app.bundle.js"; s.onload = function () { new inText({ domain: "knl.mntzr11.net", shopId: 608, geolocation: true, }); }; var x = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; x.parentNode.insertBefore(s, x); //trim whitespace from li to flag empty items (twig seems to strip out closing if you remove the space..... [].forEach.call(document.querySelectorAll('.monetizer-in-text-link'), function(textLink) { textLink.innerHTML = textLink.innerHTML.trim(); }); })(); A nice knitted bobble hat is a great addition to any mountain biker’s wardrobe. Sealskinz What’s better than a super-snug knitted bobble hat to keep your head warm after a ride? One that keeps it dry as well. This hat is claimed to be totally waterproof, as well as breathable and windproof. Plus it looks great and comes in a funky purple colour. £28 Latest deals Camelbak Solstice LR 10 Low Rider Hydration Pack Buy now from {merchant} ({price}), {merchant} ({price}) and {merchant} ({price})."> (function () { var s = document.createElement('script'); s.type = 'text/javascript'; s.async = true; s.src = "//knl.mntzr11.net/widget/intext/app.bundle.js"; s.onload = function () { new inText({ domain: "knl.mntzr11.net", shopId: 608, geolocation: true, }); }; var x = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; x.parentNode.insertBefore(s, x); //trim whitespace from li to flag empty items (twig seems to strip out closing if you remove the space..... [].forEach.call(document.querySelectorAll('.monetizer-in-text-link'), function(textLink) { textLink.innerHTML = textLink.innerHTML.trim(); }); })(); This low-riding pack is ideal for long days in the mountains. Camelbak If you’re buying for the kind of mountain biker who goes off on long treks in the wilderness, help her stay hydrated with this hydration pack from Camelbak. The Low Rider is designed specifically for mountain biking, and it keeps the centre of gravity nice and low and frees the upper body to move as it needs to. £114.99 / $157 Latest deals Fox Live Fast Pin Pack Buy now from {merchant} ({price}), {merchant} ({price}) and {merchant} ({price})."> (function () { var s = document.createElement('script'); s.type = 'text/javascript'; s.async = true; s.src = "//knl.mntzr11.net/widget/intext/app.bundle.js"; s.onload = function () { new inText({ domain: "knl.mntzr11.net", shopId: 608, geolocation: true, }); }; var x = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; x.parentNode.insertBefore(s, x); //trim whitespace from li to flag empty items (twig seems to strip out closing if you remove the space..... [].forEach.call(document.querySelectorAll('.monetizer-in-text-link'), function(textLink) { textLink.innerHTML = textLink.innerHTML.trim(); }); })(); Help her add a bit of flare to her belongings and show off her love for mountain biking. Fox If you’re just looking for a stocking filler or Secret Santa gift, then these cute pins from Fox are a nice idea for a woman who loves mountain biking. She can add a little flair to her favourite bag, hat or jacket, and show off her passion for the muddy magic of mountain biking. The pack contains four adorable designs, including a full-face helmet and the iconic Fox logo. The locking pin backs should keep them nice and secure too, so she can take them with her out on the trails. £10 Latest deals Patagonia Better Sweater Jacket Buy now from {merchant} ({price}), {merchant} ({price}) and {merchant} ({price})."> (function () { var s = document.createElement('script'); s.type = 'text/javascript'; s.async = true; s.src = "//knl.mntzr11.net/widget/intext/app.bundle.js"; s.onload = function () { new inText({ domain: "knl.mntzr11.net", shopId: 608, geolocation: true, }); }; var x = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; x.parentNode.insertBefore(s, x); //trim whitespace from li to flag empty items (twig seems to strip out closing if you remove the space..... [].forEach.call(document.querySelectorAll('.monetizer-in-text-link'), function(textLink) { textLink.innerHTML = textLink.innerHTML.trim(); }); })(); This soft sweater jacket from Patagonia is made from recycled plastic and will keep her warm after a wet ride. Patagonia In case you haven’t spotted a pattern here yet, let us spell it out for you: mountain biking in the winter is really fun, but leaves you shivering afterwards. Anything to help your giftee keep warm post-ride is sure to be well received. Patagonia’s Better Sweater fulfils that need, plus it’s made from recycled polyester, which wins you some eco-friendly brownie points as well. £100 / $139 Latest deals Cycle of Good Inner Tube Coin Purse Buy now from Cycle Store (£7.49) A purse made from recycled inner tubes means she’ll always have coins for the bike wash. Cycle of Good Staying on the green side of things, everyone loves an upcycled inner tube gift, don’t they? What’s more, a day at the bike park requires some coinage for the cafe and bike wash. So this coin purse fashioned from recycled inner tubes makes a great practical gift, and it’s small enough to fit into a pocket. £7.49 / €8.75 Inspirational coasters Buy now from >Amazon (>£3.75 ea) With these coasters she’ll be raring to go riding with every cuppa. Amazon Coasters are always a nice, functional addition to someone’s decor, and these mountain- and forest-inspired prints will have any mountain biker raring to get out on their bike every time they have a cup of tea. There are several designs available but these are our favourites. £3.75 each Disc Brake Pendant Buy now from Cycling Jewellery (£129) Jewellery makes a special gift, especially when it’s inspired by mountain bikes. Cycling Jewellery Jewellery is a traditional present, but that doesn’t mean you can’t squeeze a bike reference in. This necklace, from the aptly named Cycling Jewellery website, features a sterling silver disc brake rotor that’s sure to go down exceptionally well. £129 Coaching session or skills camp A skills camp or coaching session can help boost confidence and bike handling. Phil Hall Whether she’s an air-loving park queen, a clock-beating enduro racer, or just someone who’d like to progress her skills, a coaching session or a skills camp can make a big difference. One of the great things about mountain biking is how accessible and supportive its pro-racers are. She can learn from the very best. Here are just some of the many camps and coaches around and a quick Google search will throw up more in your area. Pricing varies. UK: Katy Curd – Elite downhill racer, world champion 4X racer and qualified coach Bike Park Wales One Planet Adventure Flow MTB Singletrack School Dale Trails US: Ladies AllRide Leigh Donovan – World champion downhill racer, MTB and BMX Hall of Fame inductee, and coach Women in the Mountains LW Coaching Ninja Mountain Bike Performance Canada: Sweet Skills Dialed in Cycling Zep Techniques Australia: Australian Mountain Biking Association women’s development program Bike Rite Thredbo Gravity Girls

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