November’S Mbuk Is Out Now!

MBUK issue 349 is out now!

In need of a little winter motivation? This month's MBUK is packed with bike testing product reviews and features to inspire you to get out there

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November's Mbuk Is Out Now!

November's MBUK is out now!

The year may only just be drawing to a close but we’ve been thinking about 2018’s bikes for quite a while now. During the various launches and trade shows that happen throughout the year, our test team have gradually been putting together a picture of where we think we’re heading in 2018 and what’s happening to the bikes we ride. So we’ve carefully selected six very different bikes that we think best represent these new trends and the different styles of riding that you as mountain bikers are into. Discover our choices and find out how each bike fared on page 96. They’re not the only bikes we’ve swung a leg over this month though and we’ve got First Ride reviews on Cotic’s revised BFe hardtail, Bird Cycleworks’ Aeris 145 and more. In the grouptest we’ve subjected 14 trail and heavy-hitting knee pads to some crash testing and there are ...

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Cervélo S3 Disc Review

Cervélo S3 Disc review

We’ve already been impressed by the C and R series disc bikes , but with the S3 this is the first time we get to see how discs have been integrated into a pure aero race bike. Cervélo R5 Dura Ace first ride review Cervélo C3 Disc review Cervélo R3 Disc review Cervélo makes some bold claims that during wind tunnel testing, into a 40kph headwind, there’s no difference between the rim-braked S3 and the S3 Disc. When the wind comes in from the side, where rivals see a loss in power, Cervélo recorded a 2-watt gain. Now, 40kph wind tunnel tests are fine for a minority of elite riders, but some of the other stats are of more use to us mere mortals. The frame is 40g lighter over the standard S3, the fork is down 50g, head tube stiffness has increased by eight percent and bottom bracket stiffness ...

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Time Xpresso 10 Road Pedals Review

Time Xpresso 10 road pedals review

French brand Time has been in the pedal game for some time now, and although it may not get the recognition Shimano, Look and Speedplay do, its pedals are actually pretty clever. Best road bike pedals How to use clipless pedals The Xpresso 10’s sit more or less in the middle of the brand's range and offer a hollow-steel axle and a carbon body, and weigh just 97g per side — Speedplay's Zero with a stainless axle weighs 103g and Shimano's Ultegra SPD-SL 6800 road pedals weigh 129g each. Time was one of the first brands to introduce knee friendly float into its pedals and the Xpressos offer +/- 5 degrees of angular float and 2.5mm of lateral movement. Knee alignment issues have always been an issue for me and I have been a long time Speedplay user because of the adjustability of the cleats and the float. The multidirectional ...

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Giant Anyroad 1 First Ride Review

Giant AnyRoad 1 first ride review

Giant’s AnyRoad features a huge bow-shaped top tube flowing from head tube to rear dropouts that creates a very low-slung frame. One of the key benefits of this is that it leaves masses of Giant’s clever D-shaped carbon seatpost unsupported, which allows the post to flex fore-and-aft (while the D-shape stops it twisting), creating a compliant back end. Best gravel and all-road bikes Get started with gravel grinding Giant AnyRoad 1 spec overview Frame: Aluxx aluminium Fork: Giant carbon composite Wheels: Giant SX-2 Cranks: Shimano Tiagra 50/34 Cassette: 11-32 Shifters: Shimano Tiagra Derailleurs: Shimano Tiagra Brakes: TRP Spyre C disc brakes with 160mm rotors Giant AnyRoad 1 kit The rest of the bike is well thought out too. The XR bar features a subtle flare to the drops that isn’t as extreme as most, but enough to give you ample wrist clearance when settling into the shallow drops when riding ...

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Burgtec Penthouse Mk4 Pedal Review

Burgtec Penthouse MK4 pedal review

Burgtec aims its components squarely at DH riders, but much of it works well for aggro trail use too — like these Penthouse pedals. Best mountain bike pedals — 8 we rate How to get pinned on flat pedals Burly aluminum bodies sit on steel axles and weigh in at 452g per pair. Lighter, titanium axled versions are also available for an extra 50 quid and are 70g more svelte than the pedals tested here. The Penthouses have mid-sized platforms at 97x100mm so there was virtually no exposed pedal beneath my size 9 shoes. At 16mm deep, the pedals are reasonable thin, though the leading edges are stepped rather than chamfered and strikes have dinged them up a fair bit during testing. The 452g Penthouse MK4 pedals feel reassuringly stiff and provide a super solid platform underfoot. A short axle means they sit very close to the cranks and while ...

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Lazer Blade Mips Helmet Review

Lazer Blade MIPS helmet review

Lazer has taken design elements from its range-topping Z1 and combined them with a front and sides that have a hint of the Genesis, and a unique rear end, to create the Blade. Best road cycling helmets: 14 of our top picks A helmet is born: Kask's Protone from start to finish An in-moulded polycarbonate shell protects the outer surface and edges of the scruffily finished EPS core, but the underside is mostly left to fend for itself. Fit is adjusted by sliding the rear occipital cradle to the most appropriate of its five heights and tightening the plastic band that encircles the head’s diameter with the top-mounted Rollsys barrel adjuster. Between the head and EPS shell is the MIPS’s perforated yellow plastic layer with four slim X-Static pads and conventional webbing straps fastening it in place. Performance My large helmet weighed 337g, no featherweight, but hardly anvil-like. Of the ...

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Shimano Xt M8000 Groupset Review

Shimano XT M8000 groupset review

Deore XT may be Shimano’s second-tier mountain bike group, but it’s the one most mountain biker’s look to when they want to balance price with performance. The XT line covers a wide range of users, from cross-country riders to enduro racers and everyone in between. As a result, the M8000 group is the Japanese brand’s most versatile component group to date. Shimano XT Di2 M8050 1x11 review Buyer's guide to mountain bike groupsets For many riders, the most anticipated addition to M8000 group was the adoption of wide-range cassettes and front chainrings in whatever flavor you prefer. Whether you’re relying on cables or wires, Shimano still reigns supreme when it comes to shift performance This 11-speed transmission is offered with 11-40t and 11-42t cassettes to be used with double and triple cranksets. (Yes, retro-grouches can still have their triples.) The latest XT group was Shimano’s first step into the realm ...

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Giro Sentrie Techlace Road Shoes Review

Giro Sentrie Techlace road shoes review

When Giro first announced the Techlace system I wasn't completely sold on the idea of combining laces and Velcro. The fully laced Empires are some of my favourite road shoes and the comfort and adjustability that laces offer (except on the fly) is unparalleled. Top 5 hottest road cycling shoes for 2017 Best road bike pedals Best road bike tyres: what you should look for The trouble with laces is once they're tied up they aren't very adjustable while you're in motion. For me, the Empires are very much set and forget, but for some that lack of on the go adjustability is a deal breaker. So when Sentrie Techlace shoes arrived I was interested to put the lace, Velcro, Boa mix to the test. Flat bottom Situated in Giro’s second tier of shoes, just below the Prolight Techlace and Factor Techlace, theSentrie gets an EC 70 full carbon sole. ...

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X-Fusion Mcqueen Rc Hlr Fork Review

X-Fusion McQueen RC HLR fork review

We’ve been big fans of X-Fusion’s Roughcut bladder based damper since it appeared as a top end option in its Sweep and Trace forks and it makes the new wide stance McQueen fork a high control, low cost bargain for big tyre (or 29er wheel) fans. How to get your suspension setup dialled 2018 Fox 36 vs. RockShox Lyrik If you’re really on a tight budget to upgrade your chubby tyred bike the simpler RL2 damper version is £100 cheaper, but I’d definitely recommend spending the extra on the HLR if you can possibly afford it. It’s not just the ability to totally separate high and low speed compression damping through a wide but well graded range via the crown top adjusters that makes it worthwhile. It’s the sheer level of consistently sensitive ground connection and traction, particularly through the well supported centre stroke, even when you’re loading them hard ...

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Scott Speedster 10 Disc Review

Scott Speedster 10 Disc review

Scott’s aluminium-framed Speedster has been around for years and it’s always been a pretty safe choice at the entry level, if not the most exciting. The recipe hasn’t changed radically, but the range now includes two disc models, of which this is the better equipped. Scott bikes reviews, news and buying advice Scott Bikes 2018: here's what you won't want to miss The Speedster’s aluminium frame is in some respects rather old fashioned. It takes a chunky 31.6mm seatpost in defiance of the trend towards slimmer ones, while the seatstays are fat and straight, for once warranting no comparisons to graphite-based writing instruments. Its welds are lumpy and unattractive and the prominent seam in the left seatstay in front of the rear caliper makes it look like Scott has just grafted a brake mount onto the non-disc Speedster. Luckily, a slick paint job saves the day — primer-grey plus fluoro-yellow ...

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Women's Bike Sizes: A Simple Guide

Women's bike sizes: a simple guide

What size bike should I buy? It's a common question that women have when considering a new bike. That's why we've created a simple women's frame sizing guide on BikeRadar , which is divided into tables for road bikes, mountain bikes and hybrid bikes. Best women's bikes: a buyer's guide to help you find what you need Presenting the BikeRadar Women's Bike of the Year Awards Women's cycling news, reviews, interviews and more on BikeRadar Women Choosing the correct frame size can be confusing, especially since recommended frame sizes vary between manufacturers, models and disciplines. What size bike do I need? As a general starting point, bike sizes are determined by the height of the rider. Use this to decide what size to try using our charts below. If you sit between sizes, it’s worth trying both out and seeing which one fits you better. Most bike manufacturers will also ...

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Saracen Ariel Lt Review

Saracen Ariel LT review

Besides the name there aren’t many similarities between Saracen’s old Ariel trail bike and the new 165mm travel enduro beast it's just released for 2018. The influence of the brand’s Myst downhill bike is clearly apparent; the new Ariel uses the same suspension design and takes on full-carbon guise for the first time. Saracen Ariel LT frame Rather surprisingly, Saracen has made the 2018 Ariel a little shorter in reach than its old bike, but to counteract this it has extended the size range to XL and all carbon LT models now include a +/- 5mm adjusting headset, which is another feature taken from the Myst. The large sized bike I tested has a reach of 465mm, which is matched to average length 435mm chainstays, and it has a 450mm seat tube — the XL is a fair bit taller though at 500mm. Saracen Ariel LT kit Saracen Ariel LT ...

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Kali Interceptor Helmet Review

Kali Interceptor helmet review

Kali Protectives began in 2009 in Morgan Hill, CA and develops helmets for motorcycling as well as bicycling. Its helmets typically attempt to go beyond the established standards for safety. The Interceptor sits as its all-mountain or enduro helmet. Mongoose Capture helmet review Kali Protectives MAYA helmet review Troy Lee Designs A1 MIPS Vertigo helmet review Kali Interceptor features Nano-Fusion technology Low-density layer technology Boa retention system Adjustable visor Vents: 24 Weight: 390 grams Two sizes: Small/Medium (55-61cm); Large/X-Large (60-64cm) Added protection Kali prides itself on going above and beyond in terms of safety with its Nano-Fusion and Low Density Layer technologies. Nano-Fusion is an in-molded, multi-density EPS with acrylic self-healing foam and carbon nanotubes. Kali claims that it "dissipates impact energy more efficiently in a smaller volume." The smaller volume of material allows Kali to make lighter weight helmets with a smaller overall profile. Well vented and comfortable fit ...

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Rose Xeon Cwx 3000 Review

Rose Xeon CWX 3000 review

First up, props must go to Rose for breaking the black and red monotony of road bikes (of which Rose has been pretty guilty of in the past) with this incredibly bold, almost hi-viz, fluro yellow finish on the CWX 3000. BikeRadar's Bike of the Year 2017 awards — this year's winners revealed Bike of the Year 2017: Trek Domane SLR 9 eTap wins Superbike of the Year The CWX is based around the Xeon CW aero road design, but adds thru-axle equipped disc stopping power combined with wind tunnel-tuned shape and racing geometry. My 59cm test bike features steep 73.5 and 73.75 head and seat angles with a long 407mm reach and 580mm stack. This, combined with the 1,009mm wheelbase, makes for a bike that’s a proper competition focused rig. The CWX’s aero shape is sweetly combined with a bike that feels eager and quick from the first turn ...

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Bos Deville Fcv Review

BOS Deville FCV review

The Deville fork from legendary French damper specialists Bos is now showing its age with very limited chassis options and it’s not as stiff as chunkier forks from competitors. If there’s a model to fit your bike, thouhg, the latest FCV damper offers those patient enough to tune it right incredible grip and support that still makes it a blisteringly quick aggro fork. How to get your suspension setup dialled 5 things you've got wrong with your MTB setup With no 29er or Boost options and an irritatingly small 160mm brake mount as standard the Deville chassis is looking dated this season. Despite 34mm stanchions, cut outs in the skinny brace and obvious twist and tuck if you’re using a big rotor and bars to maximise leverage it’s still over 2kg too, which puts it into the same ballpark as much stiffer forks like the Rock Shox Lyrik and Fox ...

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Tern Verge P10 Review

Tern Verge P10 review

In a decade as a cyclist journalist I’ve only ever received unsolicited comments about the bike I’m riding from non-cyclists on two occasions; and both times I was aboard a Tern folding bike… Buyer's guide to folding bikes Tern Verge X18 review Tern’s pocket-sized Surge has never looked quite so mad That someone should want to talk to me about the slightly mad looking, drop-bar Verge X18 is understandable. It was far more surprising to hear a young Bristolian urbanite say “Sick bike man!” as I rolled past him on Tern’s latest Verge, the far more traditional folder the P10. So is the P10 ’sick’? Well, yes, probably. Especially if a little extra speed, control and comfort constitutes ‘sickness’. The P10 is one of three new Tern models to sport wheels with a 451mm diameter as opposed to the more usual 406mm. Is size important? Essentially, a 451 wheel is ...

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Syncros Rr1.0 Review

Syncros RR1.0 review

Scott’s components arm Syncros offers parts and accessories covering everything other than framesets and groupsets. The RR1.0 saddle tops its road racing (RR) range, and has a carbon fibre-reinforced nylon shell and 7x9mm carbon fibre rails. It’s 275mm long and available in either 128mm or 139mm widths. Our narrower example weighed in 13g over its claimed weight at 168g, which is still pretty light. A buyer's guide to getting the best road bike saddle Best women's bike saddle: a buyer's guide As a guide, Syncros says the 128mm model suits riders with sit bone widths between 9-12cm, and the wider version those measuring 11-14cm, so there is some crossover, and if you’re in the middle ground, compare the RR1.0’s widths to a saddle you already have and like. The design incorporates a very shallow central channel with a split tail, leaving a triangular hole in the extended shell. This is ...

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Cannondale Superx Force 1 Looks Ready For A 'Cross Fight

Cannondale SuperX Force 1 looks ready for a 'cross fight

Newly-crowned US National Champion Steven Hyde piloted the all-new SuperX this past season to great success. But the secret behind the bike goes much deeper, with the likes of Tim Johnson (450 time US national champion) and Stu Thorne (cyclocrossworld.com team owner) adding input at every step of the development process. With such pedigree, one should expect the SuperX to add up to a true contender for best cyclocross bike of the year. Giant TCX Advanced Pro 2 first ride review Try this 7-day cyclocross training plan for the busy 'cross racer 2018 Cannondale SuperX Force 1 spec overview Frame: SuperX, BallisTec Carbon, SPEED SAVE (flatmount; 12x142) Fork: SuperX, BallisTec Carbon, 1-1/8" to 1.5" steerer (flatmount; 12x100) Drivetrain: SRAM Force 1 Bottom bracket: BB30-83 Wheels: CX 1.0 Tires: Schwalbe X-One All-Round 33mm Saddle: Fabric Scoop Shallow Elite Size Options: 46, 51, 54, 56, 58, 61 Weight (size 56): 18.6 lbs ...

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Orbea Gain E-Bikes Don’T Look Like E-Bikes

Orbea Gain e-bikes don’t look like e-bikes

Most major bike companies now offer e-bikes of some variety, and Basque-brand Orbea now has the Gain line of motor-assisted machines, which are remarkable for how little they resemble a typical e-bike. E-bike vs road bike: Clash of the Giants Giant Road-E+ first ride review A slim battery sits inside a normal-sized down tube, and a rear-hub motor adds up to 250 watts of pedal-assist power. Most e-bikes have fairly massive down tubes to accommodate a battery. The Orbea Gain bikes have a port near the bottom bracket on the down tube to plug in an additional battery pack, which fits in a bottle cage. Orbea calls its system “Enough Power”, meaning that the Gain bikes will offer you assistance but not a full-on moped experience. Clean routing Orbea Gain pricing You can read more at BikeRadar.com

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