We’re faced with a bewildering range of suspension systems, each claiming to be the best thing since sliced bread. Steve Hinchliffe takes an independent look at the popular designs to separate the fact from fiction.
It was only a decade or so ago that dual suspension bikes were largely the domain of elite semi-or fully-professional riders, or those with too much disposable cash burning a hole in their pockets. These machines were relatively expensive, not always reliable or durable, and many recreational riders just didn’t bother with them, happy to have their weekend trail entertainment on a quality hardtail of some description.
The northern NSW Coffs Coast is well-known as a summer holiday destination but local cyclists know that it really shines as a place to ride in the winter with clear cool mornings and bright sunny days. The NAB Coffs Coast Cycle Challenge is great opportunity to explore some of the best riding this region has to offer.
More than just a novel trick, being able to ride ‘skinnies’ is a skill that can provide real benefits on the trail.
You’ve probably seen it on videos; riders way up in the trees on impossibly narrow wooden structures. While it certainly looks scary, and you mightn’t plan on doing it anytime soon, the basic skills of balance, control and finesse can help in just about any technical riding situation.
Of late there’s been an overwhelming focus on new wheel sizes. It’s enough to have you thinking that any 26-inch wheeled bike is inherently and unavoidably inferior. Forums are loaded with talk of new 29-inch and 650B bikes, along with a good deal of bemoaning directed at brands that haven’t released a model to suit one of these new-school wheel sizes.
You’ve probably noticed that ‘top whatever it may be lists’ are all the rage these days. Just this week I read a list of the ‘50 Rules of Cycling’. Not road rules or legalities, but anecdotal rules like ‘look where you want to go, not at the obstacle’ and things like that. It made me think for a moment about what my own list would look like. Initial thoughts were that it’d resemble a derailleur moments after being sucked into a rotating rear wheel; a mess!
Let’s get it out there from the beginning; these rims are expensive—bloody expensive. Think of how much a range topping alloy wheelset will cost, around $1,000 perhaps? Well that’s about the price of a single Enve rim—one rim, no hubs, no spokes! You can also purchase them as complete wheels built with DT Swiss 240 hubs and Aerolite spokes for around $3,500.