Picked fresh from the August Harvest. The latest produce from the MTB Tree
Seems the mongrel that is Hensley just can't stop watering the local trees. Good job as the fresh produce they are producing is definitely fit for the captain's table. To see what the pickers have harvested from Schwalbe tires, Cube bikes, Fox clothes, Bloc Eyewear, and MTB Britain this month, open wide..First in from Schwalbe
Now there really is an alternative to Maxxis. I've been running Geax tyres with no qualms for most of the summer and they are holding up fine. That said I've also been on the new Continentals and have nothing but praise for them, more about that next month.
Today is all about Schwalbe.
Keep the rubber side down
Now for the surprise, you always have to weigh stuff you test or you lot start moaning. Well this is what the Descent-Gear scales of truth tells you:
Schwalbe Dirty Dan 2.35 1,407grams
Maxxis WetScreams 2.2 963grams
Maxxis WetScreams 2.5 1,125grams
Why so heavy for the Schwalbe? Personally the sidewall feels super thick and heavy duty to touch, no pinch puncturing here me thinks. Now the weight is definitely a negative, especially in the mud. The balance is re-addressed by the super low pressures you can run. Weigh around 11stone/67kilos? Then 15psi in the tubes held up fine and gripped like sh1t on a blanket.
Also maybe only a small note, but the knobs are bigger now, that may mean a few things for you. Firstly will they dig into the mud as well? Seeing as the WetScream has a smaller "Spike".
Almost Michelin Muds IIs?
Secondly as the Schwalbe spikes are thicker there maybe no need to cut them down! Thus saving you 30 minutes of your time and a pair of blisters, your tyre will last longer than a cut WetScream as there is more tread and more importantly the tyre will be more predictable in corners. The reason we cut WetScreams is because those long spikes roll over on the roots and in corners making the ride sketchy.
Find out more at Schwalbe Tyres
. Before Loganflores goes for the title again of MTB Keyboard World Champion, please note in England we spell Tires with the letter "Y".
Just note this Kermit color is a press only demo model, expect something fancier for 2010 fresher than the 2009 current models:
In the flesh
I've known Dan White for too many years. In fact was it really 1990 or there abouts when we all headed over to the legendary Droitwhich Banks after the demo at Birmingham Wheels for the Powell Peraltra Team? Lance Mountain was right at home.
What has that got to do with the price of Fish? Well Dan is Mr. Cube U.K, an old skool skater that can still throw out a mean frontside, smith grind on any mini ramp. Therefore when he got hold of this he popped on over to show me his wares. Once it's done the rounds I'll be cocking my leg to give you guys a full review of the beast.
The Fritzz 2010 The One - Super efficient Dual Trail Control Bike from Cube with 160mm of travel and under 14KG for the complete build.
Initial top marks for:
-The One brake from Formula.
-RP23 with Boost Valve.
-Fox 36’s FIT 2010
-Syntace P6 Carbon post.
2009 Colors, 2010 promises to be even better
Pinkbike test coming soon, I wonder if I could keep hold of it until the Mega next year?It's all about Cube, right here
If you want to get ahead get a hat, bag!
Fox Helmet Bag £24.99rrp
You spend all your hard earned cash on your new lid and in most cases you get a helmet bag that resembles a pillow case with a shoe lace welded into it. Times are hard so asking you to throw another twenty five spots out your rocket has to be justified. A quality helmet bag like this Fox one will help keep that bin lid in tip top condition, save your peak from being squashed and cracked in the boot of your car, that alone will cost you another £25.00 so you know it makes sense. Plus you know it looks cool as hell...
Fox Europe for all things tasty
Imagine if you saw a bird walking around town on Saturday night running this Fox Bag instead of the usual Louis Vuitton Mary Poppins debarcle, how fit would she be?
Bloc Scorpion Shiny White Frame with Vermillion Lens VE5
A unique design inspired by originals like the Stoat and Stingray. This new design utilizes harder edged sculpturing, for a streamlined look. The soft temples hug the contours of the head enhancing comfort and performance.Frame
: The hand finished frames are super light and comfortable and grip the side of your head a treat. Hopefully you will like the super soft and more importantly comfortable nose pads that stop them moving around, even when the going gets tough. How do I know? I used these extensively at the Megavalanche and they stayed on my hooter no problems.Available Colors
: Matt White Camo, Shiny Black, Shiny Tortoise or Shiny White.
The Vermillion lens
Just need it to be sunny again.
Well I'm no window technician so I kind of have to go with the PR blurb on this one. "The unique hue of this lens makes it a true all rounder, at home in the brightest conditions, whether on mountain, street or beach. The grey content ensures natural color transmission and the vermilion enhances red, green and yellow, whilst eliminating a high degree of blue light. This increases perception of detail and dramatically reduces eye fatigue". Hopefully that all means something to you?
Now we all know how much those other brands charge for a pair of shades, enough to feed an African family for a year. These beauties tick every box for function, style and most importantly the price:
£44.99rrp and no, you don't need another pair of glasses, that ain't no misprint guys..
Thanks to Fisher Outdoor Leisure
for sending these through.For more info on Bloc click this.
Mountain Biking Britain
You can judge a book by its cover, especially when Bryceland is on it.
288 pages of the ins and outs of anywhere that is worth riding in the U.K by Chris Moran.
£14.99UK / $24.95US
ISBN 978 906098 53 7
Birmingham, the center of the MTB universe.
What have we here book worms? Definitely one to take out of the library for the most concise and detailed and damn useful guide to all things dirt. Whether you are into XC, Downhill, 4x, Freeride, BMX, Dirt Jump, Northshore or Foam pits, the list goes on.
It's all in there, the tall and short of it.
Then the full details of what the locals do and don't is a great insight for you the reader along with what facilities are available. If that is not enough, you also get the post/zip code for the sat nav, trick! This would be a great present for any rider out there who either lives this side of the pond or is planning a big road trip.
A little birdy tells me to checkout Amazon for this one.
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