James Smurthwaite

Dan Atherton bike check

As part of mountain biking’s fastest family, Dan Atherton is guaranteed to always have a nice bit of kit under him when he rides. Dan started racing downhill and segued through four-cross and…

essential mountain bike kit

Which pieces of kit do we actually use day-in, day-out? We've brought together our favourite products that will allow you to enjoy each ride that little bit more and maximise…

Fabien Barel Bike

Fabien Barel was one of the golden generation French downhill riders and won two consecutive downhill World Championships in 2004 and 2005. Barel is renowned for his technical approach to bike set-ups so we thought…

Megavalanche crash

The Megavalanche returns to Alpe D’Huez this weekend to maintain its position as the craziest event in mountain biking open to every rider. 4,000 competitors from 20 countries will descend on the…

The chance to compete against the elite doesn’t come very often in cycle sport. To merely qualify for the right to try and qualify for a World Cup downhill requires working your way up…

Joe Barnes rides for the Canyon Factory Enduro team, we caught up with him at round three of this year’s Enduro World Series at the Tweedlove Festival in Scotland where he showed us his Canyon…

The new patent-pending Orbea Digit dropper seatpost brings most of the benefits of a dropper post to a much wider audience. Like most great ideas, it’s ridiculously simple. The seatpost is slotted…

We’re quite used to seeing urban downhill edits where the streets are closed off for races, and they are crazy enough, but Aaron Chase went one better and decided to…

Key Points Alloy version of the formidable Capra Available in an XL frame size RockShox suspension delivers 160mm of travel at the front, 165mm at the rear Geometry mirrors the carbon…

Hope pro 2

Hope hubs are incredibly reliable but they do need occasional maintenance to keep them running at their best. The bearings are sealed and pretty much maintenance-free — simply knock them out…

Shimano External Bottom BRacket

The Shimano external bottom bracket has been around for ages now and is arguably the most common bottom bracket standard. It’s been superseded by various press-fit incarnations lately but the…

gorrick enduro

Very often cycling can be a sport of marginal gains and this is especially true in Enduro racing. When you’re racing over three days on some the craziest terrain known…