News / Reviews / Features

Video: The 2014 Trans-Savoie race highlights

Les Arcs, France. Another year, another amazing event. Over 100 racers of all ages, from world and national champions through to weekend warriors, completed the grueling Trans-Savoie all-mountain adventure race this August and lived to tell the tale. The statistics […]

Posted: 08/09/2014

Longterm Review: USB rechargeable bike lights from Cygolite

US brand Cygolite has been around as long as high powered lights have been used off road. At the start of winter, we received several of their latest high-tech LED lights to put to the test, including the 800-Lumen Expilion and the blinding HotShot SL tail light. After several months of commuting and winter trail riding, here’s our review;

Posted: 06/09/2014

Enduro Staff Rides: Wil’s singlespeed Larry

Words & Photos: Wil Barrett In my role as Technical Editor with Enduro Magazine, I often have the pleasure of being able to ride some of the most technically advanced mountain bikes available. Lately I’ve been playing on some seriously […]

Posted: 03/09/2014

Review update: Pivot LES 27.5 longterm test bike

Words & Photos: Wil Barrett  Yesterday we brought you our first look of the new Guide RSC brakes from SRAM. With their redesigned master cylinder, 4-piston callipers and Centreline rotors, the Guide brakes certainly look the business. Although we’ll be testing […]

Posted: 02/09/2014

On Review: SRAM Guide RSC hydraulic disc brakes

Will SRAM’s new Guide mountain bike disc brakes have enough what it takes to topple Shimano off its pedestal? We take a closer look at the new top-end Guide RSC brakes, which have ditched the Avid name in favour of a bold re-branding exercise to cut back some much-needed marketshare.

Posted: 01/09/2014

Day 5 – The 2014 Trans Savoie Race Highlights

Beaufort, Savoie 28th August, 2014. The penultimate day on the Trans-Savoie introduced riders to yet another kind of terrain and trails. Roots and more roots down flowing, sweeping channels in dense woodland mark out the signature Beaufortain trails and in […]

Posted: 31/08/2014

Day 4 – The 2014 Trans Savoie Race Highlights

Bozel, Savoie 27th August 2014, Trans-Savoie Day Four – Bozel – Courcheval – Meribel Another epic day on the Trans-Savoie saw riders in classic ski terrain riding the slopes and steeps underneath ominous peaks and ridges in the Three Valleys. Five […]

Posted: 31/08/2014

Day 3 – The 2014 Trans Savoie Race Highlights

Bozel, France.August 26th 2014. Day Three: Landry to Bozel. The third day of the six-day Trans-Savoie enduro was hit hard by inclement Alpine weather. Racers woke to heavy rain and the trails and lifts were affected by continuous precipitation and […]

Posted: 29/08/2014

Interview: Cy Turner from Cotic Cycles

Based out of Sheffield in the UK, Cotic Cycles is a small privately owned bike company that has been operating since 2003. We sat down with Cotic’s founder and owner, Cy Turner, to find out what inspired him to ditch his full time job to design bikes for a living.

Posted: 28/08/2014

PressCamp 2014: Cannondale pulls the Trigger on 27.5″ wheels

Words & Photos: Wil Barrett Sometimes in this industry, innovation exists to separate ones product from another purely for a point of difference. Then there is genuine innovation. Innovation that not only provides a point of difference stylistically, but also […]

Posted: 27/08/2014

Giro & Bell introduce new MIPS Helmet technology

Last week we published an article from our tour of the Giro R&D facility in Santa Cruz, California. We were able to get a fascinating insight into Giro’s history, as well as a look into their research & development process and […]

Posted: 27/08/2014

Day 2 – The 2014 Trans Savoie Enduro Race Highlights

Day Two: Séez – Les Arcs – La Plagne – Séez. With over 5,000m of vertical descending, Day Two was a tough day on the Trans-Savoie All Mountain Race, which brought relentless technical, rocky descending in the first half of […]

Posted: 27/08/2014

Day 1 – The 2014 Trans Savoie Enduro Race Highlights

Séez, Bourg-St-Maurice, France. 25th August 2014. Trans-Savoie 2014 started this weekend in the French Alps. You know the score – six days of mammoth descents and adventure in the Savoie region – home to some of the best technical singletrack […]

Posted: 27/08/2014

On Review: Five Ten Hellcat Shoes

As 5.10 expands and refines its mountain bike shoe range, the Hellcat joins the lineup as a new SPD-compatible option. Built for hard riding, the Hellcat is designed for Downhill thrashing, Enduro racing – and everything in between.

Posted: 25/08/2014

Trans NZ Enduro Race 2015

Trans NZ Enduro Race 2015 Introducing the Trans NZ Enduro, a 5 day all inclusive Enduro race that will take riders over some of the best trails on the South Island of NZ from March 7th to 11th, 2015. It […]

Posted: 24/08/2014

Orbea releases the 2015 Oiz: Sub-1.7kg carbon 100mm travel race weapon

The Oiz is Orbea’s flagship short-travel dual suspension carbon race machine, and for 2015 the Oiz has received a complete revamp. A new suspension design, new frame geometry, and Orbea’s ‘Big Wheel Concept’ that offers both 27.5″ and 29″ wheeled models. Read on for our first look here;

Posted: 23/08/2014

Video: Trek World Racing in North America

From Trek Factory Racing: “As the team heads in to World Cup Finale this weekend in Meribel, France, the latest team video has been released.  This segment briefly recap covers the action and highlights from the recent World Cup rounds […]

Posted: 21/08/2014

First Look: The 2015 MET mountain bike helmet range

Words & Photos: Wil Barrett A little over 12 months ago, Queensland-based distributor, Advance Traders, released the news that they would be the new distribution agents for MET helmets in Australia. It has been a few years since we last […]

Posted: 20/08/2014

First Look: Mission Workshop & ACRE hydration packs

Words: Wil Barrett. Photos: Wil Barrett & ACRE During a recent trip over to the US to cover Trek’s launch of the new 27.5″ Fuel EX as well as the Summer PressCamp event in Utah, I somehow managed to wrangle […]

Posted: 19/08/2014

On review: Adidas Tycane sunglasses

Words & Photos: Wil Barrett We might be yet to see much of the sun down here in Melbourne, but it hasn’t stopped us from getting excited about Spring knocking on our door. To keep up our spirits and to […]

Posted: 18/08/2014

Trek debuts the all-new carbon Slash 160mm Enduro bike

We had the opportunity to see the all-new Carbon fibre Slash 9.8 back at Trek World in Canberra, but Trek have just made their official launch for their latest 160mm Gravity Enduro race machine. Following the same silhouette as the alloy […]

Posted: 16/08/2014

First Look: New cycling apparel from Chrome Industries

Words & Photos: Wil Barrett Based out of San Francisco in California, Chrome Industries has been at it since 1994 when they first developed what is now widely known as the ‘messenger bag’. Utilising recycled Cordura and military-grade canvas, Chrome […]

Posted: 14/08/2014

First Look: Lapierre beefs up the 2015 Zesty AM range

The 2014 Lapierre Zesty AM was already a bloody good bike, but for 2015, things are looking even better. Carrying over the existing frame for the 2015 model, Lapierre have listened to feedback from test editors and their dealer network and have focussed on refining the spec package to sharpen the Zesty’s performance and reliability for their latest 150mm travel All Mountain destroyer. See why the Zesty will be the bike to beat for 2015…

Posted: 13/08/2014

Factory Tour: Giro’s Californian R&D facility

Do you know what goes into producing a World Cup level cross country helmet? Giro take us deep into their R&D and testing facilities in California to give us a taste of what it takes.

Posted: 13/08/2014

The ’18 Hours of Melrose’ returns to South Australia this September

Back on for 2014, the ’18 Hours of Melrose’ will be bringing plenty of mountain bike madness to the quaint country town in the Southern Flinders Ranges for the riders out there who want to soak up some of the country’s […]

Posted: 13/08/2014

Trek World 2014: New Bontrager Line wheels, XR0 tyres, XXX MTB shoes and a floor pump?

Although Trek have got plenty of new mountain bikes to get excited about for 2015, Bontrager also have some interesting new products going on in the background, which we got to check out the Trek World show up in Canberra last month. Here’s our pick of the bunch.

Posted: 12/08/2014

First Ride: The Helion XC shredder from GT Bicycles

During the 2014 Summer PressCamp in Deer Valley, Utah, we had the opportunity to check out the very latest full suspension bike from GT Bicyces; the Helion. With 110mm of travel out back, a 120mm fork, 27.5″ wheels and a long-and-low geometry set, the new Helion is built to be a super playful XC/Trail bike for hard riding. Here we get up close and personal with the latest cross country mountain bike from GT.

Posted: 12/08/2014

Light & Motion Factory Tour

Builders of high-powered lights for mountain biking and commuting, Light & Motion is one of the last few remaining companies that both design and assemble their lights in the US. Enduro Magazine paid Light & Motion a visit last year to get a closer look at why they still manufacture on home soil and how they’re pushing the FL-1 standard for the cycling industry.

Posted: 12/08/2014

On review: Bespoke Merino cycle clothing from Eleven Velo

Sydney-based company Eleven Velo has been producing bespoke merino cycling apparel for over a decade. Producing a wide range of garments from cycling bibs, baggy shorts, jerseys, and even casual t-shirts, we’ve been testing out some of Eleven Velo’s gear to see whether the quality matches the looks.

Posted: 11/08/2014

Rocky Mountain introduces the carbon Thunderbolt MSL

Based off the same 120mm platform as the 2014 Thunderbolt trail bike, Rocky Mountain have turned it up to ’11’ with a new carbon MSL frameset. Read on for an Australian exclusive look into pricing and availability of the new 2015 Thunderbolt MSL…

Posted: 11/08/2014