A little while back we had Magellan’s Switch Up multi-sport GPS device on test. It was a compact and robust unit and served a number of users well, including cyclists. Made to be worn on the wrist or attached to a bike, the Switch Up was truly the jack of all trades, master of none. Versatility was what the Switch Up was all about. While it worked as cycle computer, the sacrifices that made it appeal to a multi-sport audience meant that it wouldn’t be our first choice as a dedicated cycling GPS.
For many former Australian pros, professional cycling still runs thick in the blood even after retirement from their riding careers. Many are still visibly working in the background of teams they once represented in Europe, while others have taken a punditry role in the media. Trent Wilson chose a different path, instead choosing to return to where it all began, and establishing New South Wales’ first NRS team.
Once a major player in the tyre game, WTB has recently been on a mission to reclaim their glory days from the 1990s. With a recent overhaul of their line-up, they’ve made a big push into tubeless ready construction (TCS in WTB parlance) and also shown a willingness to embrace every wheel size available. The latest edition to the stable is the all new Vigilante, a model that’s designed to bridge the gap between general purpose trail tyres and full-blown downhill rubber.
Tripleplay specialise in custom sportswear designs; printing your individual or team kit, jerseys and knicks. Their graphics team can assist you with designing your kit or you can download a template from their site and design your own.
Dropper posts grew from the trail and all-mountain side of the sport but now many XC-oriented riders are dabbling with droppers. Recognising the market for a lighter weight, shorter travel dropper post, KS Suspension has developed a carbon fibre version of their popular Lev model. It provides a reduced 65mm with a total post length of 410mm. The action is hydraulically controlled with an air spring that’s actuated via a ‘PowerCordz’ gear cable.
For at least the last five or six years the lines between cross-country and downhill disciplines have been getting increasingly blurred; most 130-160mm travel bikes can be pedalled on an all day adventure, and then thrown down a trail that wouldn’t seem unsuited to a DH rig. The problem is that protective gear, and particularly helmets, have changed at a much more sluggardly pace.
Towering cumulonimbus clouds marked our slalom descent into Rotorua, the pilots making the most of clear air between these atmospheric giants above the north island. New Zealand will occasionally serve up extremes of weather, and so it was on my drive through the farmland toward Taupo after touching down. The long white clouds turned black and dumped some of the heaviest rain I’ve ever driven through on the short drive south.
While the Rikulau brand may be entirely unfamiliar, the term ‘master’ is bandied about in cycling all of the time. Master can be an age category, a major component in the name of a classic Colnago frame or simply a description of excellence. We’re confident that Rikulau is aiming for the latter in this case, with a slight tip of the hat to the frames of yesteryear too.
Back in 2012 when SRAM first entered the wheel market we put their Rise 40 wheels to the test and found them wanting in a number of key areas. It seems we weren’t the only ones because the latest wheel offerings from SRAM address all our key concerns, namely tubeless compatibility, ease of maintenance, freehub pickup and axle convertibility.