Long-term: Singular ’Rooster’ 29+
Jun30

Long-term: Singular ’Rooster’ 29+

There was a massive amount of snow last winter which meant that the Rooster has been thoroughly used and abused in some serious conditions along side ‘regular’ fatbikes so that the capabilities of the 29+ genre were really put to the test. In the 8 months we’ve had this bike it’s seen a whole host of different trails and conditions as well as being used for a multitude of different mountain biking disciplines....

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Mid-term: Travers ‘Bat Fastard’
May31

Mid-term: Travers ‘Bat Fastard’

It’s been almost six months now that I’ve been using and abusing this bike and we’ve already been through a lot together. Enough to warrant an update about how we’re getting along….. In those six months this bike has ridden many, many kilometers in a bunch of different countries and conditions. On dry dusty singletrack in France and in deep, deep powder in Austria. Short quick technical blasts in...

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Review: Bontrager OMW (Old Man Winter) boot
May21

Review: Bontrager OMW (Old Man Winter) boot

The sole of my former winter biking boot broke in two, time for some new ones. Since the arrival of Bontrager’s OMW it has only been a question of time for me to get my hands on some, only down to the fact that it has a removable inner boot. After the sceptic initial inspection and having been in a situation which urged me to buy some boots as I planned to go on a bike packing trip to one of the coldest parts in Switzerland, I quickly...

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First look: Skipulk.com sled
Mar10

First look: Skipulk.com sled

After one too many ascents spent dragging my sorry ass, fatbike and full bikepacking kit through deep snow I had a revelation….. Would a Ski Pulk work for a fatbike, help spread the weight and mean that I could go further and visit previously inaccessible locations? Not only that but how about taking snow shoes and then mounting the bike on the pulk (when the going gets really tough) and pulling it up the mountain?...

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Review: Alpha ‘Predator SL’
Feb11

Review: Alpha ‘Predator SL’

Alpha bikes are a young, up-and-coming French bike brand and I was lucky enough to have one of their bikes to play around on for a little while. Based in Grenoble they’re ideally placed to design, test and ride their wares on some of the best terrain around. They make light carbon machines with a racing bias and more than a sniff of style. The ‘Predator SL’ fatbike we got to play with was their test ride rig and so...

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First Look: Maxx ‘Jagamoasta’ (Rohloff)
Jan21

First Look: Maxx ‘Jagamoasta’ (Rohloff)

The kind people at Maxx Bikes have generously allowed me to use/test/review their ​Rohloff/Gates-carbon-drive bike whilst exploring the Jura Mountains over the course of the winter. Upon delivery, I immediately rode it up into the hills to test its mettle and my first impressions are very good, in fact excellent! The bike is well balanced being both responsive and surefooted, predictable and fun. That said I initially found the...

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