Bike Reviews

National Anthem 27.5

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 […]


The Specialized Stumpjumper is one of mountain biking’s iconic names and the 2016 Specialized S-Works Stumpjumper FSR once again taps into the 1981 original’s innovative DNA. Words and photos by Seamus Allardice. 35 years ago the first Stumpy went into production. It was, not only for Specialized, a first – […]

Race Fuel

For four months we patiently waited for this, the opportunity to test the all new Trek Top Fuel – Trek’s marathon and cross-country race weapon piloted by the likes of Emily Batty. When the first Project One Top Fuel landed in SA, Seamus Allardice was pretty much first in line […]

The African Lynx

Seamus Allardice took BH Bicycles’ trail/marathon/all-rounder, the Lynx 4.8 Carbon 29er 9.9, into the mountains where he was blown away by its cat-like balance and poise. Photos by Ashlee Attwood. First impressions as we all know, count. And the BH Lynx, especially in its top-end build spec with a 2 […]

Acclimatising to Altitude

Rocky Mountain’s Altitude 730 is a bike that grows on you, Seamus Allardice found out, especially when you start playing with its Ride-9 system. Photos by Ashlee Attwood.  With its 650B wheels, 160mm travel X-Fusion fork, 150mm travel Fox Float DPS rear shock, slack angles and bright red (Cherry red? […]

Now this is Special

You’ve seen it here first folks, for the first time in print in South Africa… a review of the epically cool Specialized S-Works Stumpjumper FSR 6Fattie. Words by Karl Ebel, photos by Ashlee Attwood.  The first thing that grabbed my attention when I laid eyes on the Specialized S-Works Stumpjumper […]

Liv(e MTB) Lust

For women’s month we got Debbie Stopforth to put one of the coolest ladies bikes around to the test the Liv Lust Advanced 2. Photos by Ashlee Attwood.  I had the great privilege of test-riding the Liv Lust Advanced 2 ladies specific mountain bike, just as I got back from […]

National Anthem

The Giant Anthem was at one at a point one of the go-to choices for marathon and stage races, but it’s spent the last couple of years drifting from our collective consciousness – no more says Seamus Allardice. Photos by Ashlee Attwood.  While Giant is internationally more focused on the […]

All Mountain Tahr

What make a bike special? Is it the look? Is it the name? Or is it the way it rides? Read on as Seamus Allardice puzzles out what it is exactly about Scott Genius 740 that had him hooked right away.  Normally when I get on a new bike it […]