Think of the Bontrager brand and you’ll probably picture some handlebars or a wheelset, and more than likely they’ll be fitted to a Trek bike. It may be a Trek owned brand, their gear is good enough to hold its own in the broader market. In recent times we’ve tested their tyres, saddles and helmets and each has been good enough to take it to the industry leaders for their given category.
Most bike riders will be familiar with the Thule brand; for years they’ve been a name that you’d look to if you wanted to carry your bike on a car. Well now they can also help you carry extra gear on your mountain bike!
England has a reputation for shoddy weather and mud, so it’s to be expected a product like this would originate from the UK. Muckynuts has designed a range of compact fenders that can be fitted at various points on the bike (down tube, rear wheel, under the saddle and so on).
Many mountain bikers are familiar with Frameskin. This Canberra based company makes protective kits that are custom shaped to suit all manner of bikes; from Avanti to Yeti and just about everything in between. Originally these adhesive patches came with a clear and glossy finish. While this mated well with gloss painted frames, it didn’t sit so well with matte finishes.
Place the words ‘custom’ and ‘carbon’ next to each other and you’d typically expect to be talking about something with an astronomically high price tag too, but that’s not really the case here. TWE is a Sydney based company, and a large part of their business involves making wheels to suit individual needs and budgets.
Containing all natural active ingredients, Soodox cream claims to offer relief for rheumatic conditions as well as muscular and other joint related pain. Rather than using heat to ease pain, Soodox relies on a mix of arnica, rosemary oil, juniper oil and emu oil.
Ritchey components have long had a bias towards making parts for XC race applications. In many cases the same parts have been entirely functional for all-round trail use, but they’ve always had that ‘race’ orientation. With the rise of the trail and all-mountain markets, Ritchey has now released a line of parts that are pitched more directly at the general trail riding market.
The O’Neal AMX knee guards aim to combine serious protection with enough comfort to be practical for all-round trail use. Protection wise, they are said to exceed the EN1621 motorcycle standard. The special Sas-Tec padding is meant to become soft and pliable with body heat, and then harden under an impact.