Bike Reviews

MERIDA NINETY-SIX 7000: FEEL THE FORCE

  1 month ago

Rudolf Zuidema spent a couple of weeks on the full carbon Merida Ninety-Six racing machine and was completely blown away. Since its introduction the previous 99 has never really stood out among the top contenders as a race bike in our local market. This is largely due to the brand’s position in the local market…

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ELLSWORTH EPIPHANY: BOUTIQUE BLING

  3 months ago

Ellsworth is a relatively unknown brand in SA, but with ASG recently picking up local distribution rights we’re sure to see more of these hand built bikes around. All round mountain bike guru and regular Full Sus tester, Rudolf Zuidema spent a couple of weeks with the Ellsworth Epiphany. We managed to get our hands…

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E-Power: Specialized S-Works Turbo Levo

  5 months ago

There I was powering up a monster, gnarly hill: The skinny guy I dropped nearly face-planted as his jaw hit the floor. The 650b fatties gripped like the proverbial boerewors to the braai grid, the shock performed beautifully and the 140mm Pike soaked up the punishment.  Oh, the bike weighs in excess of 22kg! The…

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SPECIALIZED S-WORKS CAMBER: WHAT A MACHINE

  5 months ago

For our first review of 2017 we chose the Specialized S-Works Camber –  a pretty serious piece of kit. New editor, Frans le Roux spent of couple of weeks with ‘Black Beauty’ “GOING FROM DESIGNATED SWEEPER TO SURPRISING MY FRIENDS WITH MY NEW-FOUND SPEED AND CONFIDENCE.” When your first ever test-bike for Full Sus involves…

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BUDGET BOUNCER

  8 months ago

“ALL IN ALL, THE FRAME QUALITY AND DESIGN IS EXCELLENT, ESPECIALLY WHEN CONSIDERING THIS IS TITAN’S FIRST DUAL SUS BIKE.” You have to be blind not to notice the launch of Titan’s new Sonic Dual Sus bike. One thing that’s immediately clear from the marketing blurb is that Titan knows their market. Us Saffers are…

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Left of Centre

  8 months ago

The new Cannondale Scalpel Si has not only got heads turning but also tongues wagging.  Rudolf Zuidema puts the mean green machine through its paces and lets us know what he thinks. To understand the Scalpel you have to understand Cannondale. Its is a brand defined by innovation in the pursuit of making a better…

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Kid’s Bike Buyer’s Guide

  10 months ago

If this issue has convinced you to get your kids into our great sport then look no further than this Buyer’s Guide for the info on the best 24 inch wheeled bikes available on the SA market. Key Points to Buying a Kid’s Bike Lighter is Better: Buy the lightest bike you can afford. Saving…

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More Bike For Your Money

  1 year ago

When Seamus Allardice got back form a weekend in Secunda (don’t ask) the first thing he did was pick up the Merida One Twenty 9.600 test bike and hit the trails of Stellenbosch. The One Twenty 9.600 is Merida’s 120mm travel trail bike equipped with 29er wheels. It’s the second bike in the One Twenty…

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Niner Rocket Ship

  1 year ago

When we asked Mark Moir to review the Niner RKT 9 RDO for us he didn’t need any convincing, especially as he was keen to see how it stacked up against his usual rides on a hardtail BMC and a Trek Superfly. The Niner RKT 9 RDO XO RS1 was beautifully specced off the shelf,…

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National Anthem 27.5

  1 year ago

We tested the 29er Anthem Advanced for the June/July 2015 issue and loved it, so Shayne Dowling was keen to see how the it’s 650B boetie goes. Sus the Giant Anthem 27.5 Advanced… Photos by Ashlee Attwood. Small wheels, Big Wheels and “kinda in-between” wheels…  South Africans adopted the 29er revolution (sic) with both hands….

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