Bike Reviews

Overhaulin’ your ride!

Shayne Dowling’s best mate was looking a little worse for wear – he and Big Orange had done a lot of mileage together and it was time to look at a few options… Big Orange… a bright orange, 2011 carbon Santa Cruz Tallboy, which I had bought second hand, the […]

Testing an Italian Stallion

Like most things designed and made Italy, the Bianchi Methanol FS is a real beauty and Rudolf Zuidema found himself wanting to love it right from the minute he picked it up. From the old school style head-badge, the sculpting of the carbon tubes, to the detail and precision of […]

An intriguing bike

Debbie Stopforth’s first impression of the Giant Intrigue was “what fun!” As a traditional cross country and marathon rider, she was delighted to get an opportunity to try Liv Giant’s ladies specific trail bike, the perfect machine for Enduro racing ladies. For those who don’t know the difference between marathon […]

Superfly FS 9.7 SL – Epically fast!

When Shayne Dowling first got onto the really pretty Superfly 9.7 SL he knew there something was different. It was a rushed affair having quickly checked some cursory fitment points, clipped in and off he went – big mistake.  The Superfly is a race machine and like most performance vehicles […]

The Pragmatist’s Choice

The Axis A20 is billed as being kitted with class leading specs, in its adverts, so it is fitting that we saved it for last in Full Sus’ hard tail entry level bike tests. It’s a slightly odd looking machine, the metallic grey with blue trim is easy on the […]

Riding the perfect Camber

When you get given a bike that costs close to R100 000 and you’ve been through the squint squad varsity of geek speak, you know that the bike is top of the range, expectation is high.  So it was with a little flutter of the stomach that Shayne Dowling sat […]

full sus 29er in the Merida range

Go big or go home

The Big Ninety-Nine 1000 is the entry level full sus 29er in the Merida range. The Big99ers were Merida’s first foray into 29ers and the 2013 model was their first dually. 2014 sees some minor changes; the paint job is different with the black and yellow base being nicely toned […]