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Review: Kärcher OC3 Portable Outdoor Cleaner

Review: Kärcher OC3 Portable Outdoor Cleaner

Review: Islabikes Luath 24

Review: Islabikes Luath 24

For some time, the only option for dedicated performance bikes for kids was Islabikes. Ahead of their time, the brand that MTB and ‘Cross legend Isla Rowntree set up cornered a market in light, good bikes with child-appropriate components.  Over the years, inevitably some people came to the market and competition was restored. You obviously can’t patent the general idea of child-approp ...[Read More]

Review: Juin Tech R1 cable/hydro disc brake system

Review: Juin Tech R1 cable/hydro disc brake system

The pinnacle of disc-braking for ‘cross bikes? I’m impressed. This isn’t just something that happened when I saw the rather designer, pretty box containing the Juin Tech R1 brakes. Though that was nice.  It’s also not something that came from a test-ride, on gravel and dusty summer trails.  Enjoyable too.  What really tipped me over the edge is how I rode two races in four ...[Read More]

Review: For the Love of Mud

Review: For the Love of Mud

As a cyclocross guy, like thousands of others, I enjoyed this film in a transfixed, addicted state. Benedict Campbell has a seductive and very alluring camera technique and a lovely colour treatment. Some of the clips I could just watch on a loop, for most of the day, and not get bored. The VERY widescreen, Full Frame format of the film also allows for Benedict to place the subjects well outside o ...[Read More]

Review: Lazer 2015 Blade helmet

Review: Lazer 2015 Blade helmet

The Belgian helmet company’s new 2015 “Blade” will be a popular one with cyclocross riders. Bearing a striking resemblance to the popular Z1 but retailing at almost a third of the price, the helmet enjoys slick and more pricey looks than its £59.99 retail price. ...[Read More]

On One Dirty Disco – first (proper) impressions

You’ve probably seen the banner ad on this site – On One (~ Planet X) are right there – in at (pretty much) the start with their foot firmly down in the market adapting to disc brakes on cyclocross bikes.  This is amongst the first widely available full carbon race frame with discs to hit the UK Cyclocross Market whilst other industry leaders are still dithering. ...[Read More]

Another £1k bike with great spec

Good review of the new Specialized Crux over on the road.cc site.  “You could buy the Crux Elite on a Saturday teatime and happily – well, maybe not happily but certainly painfully, race it Sunday morning without changing a thing. Unlike some other ‘cross bikes that look like they’ve been cobbled together out of the parts bin to surf the current wave of popularity, or other ...[Read More]

Whyte cyclocross range – prototype to the shops

It’s a hard thing to fairly review a bike and try to assess what’s going on that’s different to other bikes. The Whyte CX bike makes this so, so much more difficult, because it’s so, so different in so many subtle ways to the core of what’s going on in cyclocross. That in itself is a pretty bold statement… one of the defining qualities of cyclocross is that it&# ...[Read More]

Some product reviews

I used a bunch of different stuff this season, like V-brakes, XT mechs, Velocity Major Tom rims from Strada Wheels and some new proto tubs from Specialized, so did some product reviews on my own blog http://andywaterman.blogspot.com/2011/02/cyclocross-gear-review-2010-2011-season.html   ...[Read More]

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