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enduro-mtb.com

Published

11 months ago

Life begins at 40 – Is progression possible at life’s halfway point?

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The Big 4.0. It looms above everyone in their 30’s like the sword of Damocles. Some will see their own mortality, see the thinning hair and grey flecked beard while reliving past glories and the missed opportunities. Fuck that. That’s the slippery slope thinking that plummets you towards wearing socks and sandals and ‘Old Guys Rule’ T-shirts. I may be 39 and staring into the middle age abyss but my cup is half full; 40 is surely just the end of the beginning. Time to up the ante and prove to the world (and myself) that I’m only as old as I feel. A quick check of the bank balance confirms that I can’t afford a supercar or a Harley Davidson. What’s needed is a challenge, something to motivate me inbetween family life and work; ‘Why not compete again, enter a bike race?’ says the voice inside my head. So, before I know it I’m looking at the completed entry form to Scotland’s answer to the Megavalanche, the MacAvalanche. Mid-life-crisis it is then.

Source

bikerumor.com

Published

11 months ago

#Vanlife: The Overland Access EDC might be the ultimate adventure camping trailer

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At this point, for us anyways, Vanlife is just a tongue in cheek hashtag. While it may best apply to the finer points of living out of a cargo van to chase your singletrack dreams, for those of us who already have a vehicle that’s not a van, it could just as easily apply to something like the Overland Access EDC trailer. You could even just call it camping, but your average camper won’t make it anywhere near where you can go with the EDC. And once you get there, it just might be the most well equipped trailer we’ve seen so far.

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singletracks.com

Published

11 months ago

Updated Shimano ME7 Trail/Enduro Mountain Bike Shoe Review

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Quality cycling shoes and pedals are synonymous with the Shimano brand, and their current crop of footwear is as good as it’s ever been. The new ME7 shoe is their top end trail/enduro shoe, and has seen a few changes for this year.

The ME7 definitely has some cross-over with the AM9, and the Shimano nomenclature isn’t exactly clear. The AM9 is definitely aimed more at downhill with more padding, whereas the ME7 is more about performance and efficiency.

Changes for this year include a different upper made from a perforated synthetic leather, rather than mesh. This supposedly improves the durability of the shoe while also enhancing breathability.

Shimano also introduced a new fit for 2019 called “Volume+”, which essentially means a larger toe box across the range. This allows a wider range of foot shapes to fit. Also of note is the buckle, which has been slightly slimmed down, to keep it tucked out of harm’s way, plus revised armor for better protection.

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pinkbike.com

Published

12 months ago

Review: Fox 36 GRIP2 vs. RockShox Lyrik RC2 Fork

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The RockShox vs. Fox battle is mountain biking’s equivalent of pitting Coke vs. Pepsi, or Ford vs. Chevy. They’re the two biggest players in the suspension world, and if you’re in the market for a new bike there’s a very, very good chance that it will come with either a RockShox or Fox fork.

RockShox launched their new Lyrik earlier this year, and shortly after Fox debuted the new Fox 36 GRIP2. Both options are air sprung, and aimed at riders looking for a fork that can handle everything from enduro racing to aggressive trail riding. With similar weights, prices, and features, choosing one over the other is a difficult, but not impossible task. I’ve spent considerable time on both forks, including back-to-back testing in Whistler in order to assess their real-world performance.