Tips & Reviews

Norco’s Fluid is a naturally smooth and efficient cruiser with a good spec, but its soft-feeling frame and shorter, steeper geometry hold it back when trails get harder. Norco Fluid FS1 29er frame Norco’s four-bar ART suspension platform is smooth and neutral in feel, but watch out for loosening pivot and shock bolts The curvy
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Scott’s side-specific Mission knee pads are some of the lightest I’ve tried and they’re comfy too. That’s partly down to the stretchy mesh sleeve, which hugs your leg and does a good job of ensuring things don’t get too hot while you’re pedalling. The EVA padding articulates reasonably well and offers a decent amount of
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The new R5 launched last year, and saw success with a stage win in the Giro d’Italia underneath Dimension Data’s Omar Fraile. The disc version came a little later than the rim-brake revision, with Cervélo hoping this new generation R Series flagship will continue the models’ successes which began in 2003, with the R2.5 winning
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The Xtract is Endura’s entry-level all-round helmet and comes with a removable peak, which is ideal for wet days and trail riding. Being made in Scotland it’s no surprise to see an integrated insect net covering the main front vents either. The one-hand micro adjustment works a treat and there’s also vertical adjustment available. The
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The 2018 iteration of Scott’s Genius trail bike looks and feels like a totally different beast to its predecessor. Scott Genius 900 Tuned specifications Frame: ‘HMX’ carbon fibre, 150mm (5.9in) travel Fork: Fox 36 FIT4 Factory, 150mm travel Shock: Fox DPS Nude trunnion with TwinLoc travel adjustment Drivetrain: SRAM X01 Eagle (1×12) Wheelset: DT Swiss
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YT’s highly popular, much-praised and top-value Capra enduro bike has been back to the drawing board for 2018. And, from the minds of the German designers, a burly bruiser has emerged. YT Capra 27 CF Pro specifications Sizes: S, M, L*, XL, XXL Frame: Carbon fibre, 170mm (6.7in) travel Fork: Fox 36 Float Performance Elite,
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SDG is one of the biggest names in mountain bike saddles, so it’s perhaps no surprise that it’s jumped on to the dropper post bandwagon — though it’s taken it a little while. I’ve had my hands on one for a while now, so read on for more details on the post and my impressions.
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Giant’s Rapid range of bikes has been covered on BikeRadar in the past, but this range-topping 0 model is the current cream of the crop. Giant Rapid 0 frame and kit The frame uses Giant’s ALUXX SL frame — it’s the same alloy that you find in a number of its aluminium road and mountain bikes,
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The second-cheapest bike in Trek’s six-strong Remedy line-up still packs one hell of a punch when it comes to value and character on the trail. Trek Remedy 8 27.5 specifications Frame: Alpha Platinum aluminium, 150mm (5.9in) travel Fork: RockShox Lyrik RC Solo Air, 160mm (6.3in) travel Shock: RockShox Deluxe RT3 RE:aktiv Cranks: Truvativ Descendant Rear
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The Keo 2s are Look’s mid-range pedal, and this updated version loses some weight over previous models. Featuring a 60mm-wide pedal platform, this gives 25 percent more cleat coverage, feeling stable under foot. They are also a cinch to clip into. Spring tension is fully adjustable using a 4mm Allen key. The chromoly axles and
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