Around 12 months ago we spent some quality trail time on KTM’s curvy carbon hardtail; the Myroon. It was solidly built, great to look at and delivered a ride that could be described as ‘no BS’, in an entirely complimentary way. Now a full season later we have the Phinx on test; an alloy framed 29er dually with 100mm of travel at both ends.
Cozmic (or should that be Cosmic?) may be an appropriate name for this bike. Polygon has a relatively new presence in Australia and for many riders the brand will be as foreign as a visitor from another cosmos. The Cozmic isn’t here to introduce foreign ideas or intergalactic concepts though.
Trek’s Fuel EX range must surely be one of the most versatile and well respected bikes of the last five years. It almost single handedly relaunched Trek into the dual suspension market and through its numerous iterations has gained widespread critical acclaim across the world, as well as selling a hell of a lot of bikes for the Wisconsin brand.
In the ongoing debate created by the proliferation of ‘new’ wheel sizes, there’s often a discussion of lap times, typically accompanied by the comment; ‘I rode my local track on my new 27.5/29er and I was blah blah minutes faster than on my 26er, so the big wheels are definitely better and I’ll never ride kiddie wheels again’.
Malvern Star, Speedwell, Apollo; they are all household names in the Aussie burbs. Back in the day my mate Dave used to sneak out on his dad’s neon-fade Apollo Kosciusko, taking extra precautions to ensure that the old man wouldn’t find out.
Morewood; hailing from South Africa, it’s one of those enigmatic bike brands which few people have seen, even fewer have ridden, and yet they have an almost mythical reputation for stunning looks and equally stunning performance. I well remember the first time I ran into a guy with a Morewood Izimu out on the trail and had a pedal around; the lateral stiffness was in a class of its own, and was a real eye opener.
Zesty: spirited; displaying animation, vigour or liveliness. It’s hard to imagine a more appropriate name for Lapierre’s 140mm travel, do everything trail bike. And if this review had to be limited to one word I’d be content with just that; of course you probably want a bit more detail, so I’m happy to round out the picture.
Avanti have been in and out of the dual suspension bike game a few times over the years. After a noteworthy absence the New Zealand based brand stepped back into the bouncy game in 2011 with the 135mm travel trail-oriented Torrent and 100mm travel Vapour cross-country bike. Both were designed from the ground up by Avanti and garnered rave reviews.
Fifteen hundred bucks can buy you a fair bit of fun. That’s a big bar tab from few post ride beers and schnitzels for you and your mates, or maybe a couple of years’ worth of marathon race entry fees. That’s all well and good I hear you say, but what if you don’t have a bike to ride in order to earn that cold beer and crunchy chicken goodness, and you’re not inclined to run 100km with a numberplate zip-tied to your handlebar moustache? Hmm. BH Bikes reckon they’ve got a pretty good solution for you.
It’s said that sex sells and with that in mind, there’s a fair chance that Intense is going to sell truckloads of the Carbine 275 (at long as interest rates remain low and lenders easy to come by, in any case). Draw up a checklist of all the desirable features that you’d like on a modern long-travel trail bike – make it a long and uncompromising list – and there’s a pretty good chance that the Intense Carbine 275 will tick every box.