Rugged Wales. The UK mightn’t spring to mind as a top MTB destination but the small ‘principality’ of Wales is home to some of the finest mountain biking on the planet. Exiled Welsh native Steve Thomas provides an insight…
Based on my experience in cycling, many people do not put a lot of thought into which pedals they will put on their bike. Some go with the recommendation of the shop when they purchase their first bike. Others buy what their friends are using. Most of the rest pick based on price, colour or some other personally relevant trait.
Some people say that a double chainring set-up is best while others claim that a single ring will take you anywhere. Meanwhile a few people still feel that the good old triple is the way to go. In reality it comes down to personal preference and the nature of the trails that you ride. If you’re not totally sold on one particular system, why not go with a crankset that offers the flexibility to adapt to your needs? The Italian made FRM CU3 cranks use an interchangeable spider that lets you swap between a range of chainring formats.
With their stiffness and weight benefits, new generation carbon wheels have become a viable and desirable option for MTB use. What they haven’t been is attainable—until now. Retailing for $1,400, the new Roval Control 29 Carbon wheels are not far off the price of most high-end alloy offerings.
Maxima Bio Wash is a non-toxic and biodegradable all-purpose cleaner. It’s said to be fast-acting with cleaning agents that lift away dirt, grime and oil-based deposits. Bio Wash is also meant to be gentle on paint, plastic, rubber, chrome, carbon fibre and anodised finishes—it’s even supposed to protect aluminium, magnesium and other alloys.
JetBlack has gone all-out to boost the quality of their new pump line-up and make them visually appealing too. Featuring all-alloy construction, laser etched logos and an anodised finish, they certainly look good. In keeping with recent design trends, the pumps use a rubber connector that ensures the valve stem isn’t damaged through vigorous pumping.
Designed by Spanish brand MSC Bikes, this threaded bottom bracket is an aftermarket alternative that will suit external bearing Shimano, FSA and Race Face cranks. It’s called the Ultralight BB, and with a claimed weight of just 80g it’s certainly light, however the most interesting part lies with how the bottom bracket it fitted.
Bontrager’s tyre naming is intended to reflect their intended use. A higher digit at the end means they are geared more towards providing traction while a lower number means rolling resistance is a priority—their full-on downhill tyres rate as a ‘five’ for example.
An all-new model, the LS-100 is the first Louis Garneau MTB shoe to use the spool-activated BOA closure system. As well as providing even tension and avoiding pressure points, the BOA L4 system is said to be two-thirds lighter than most other systems.