Lance Branquino

News writer

Lance Branquino

Position: News writer

Height: 5ft 8in (178cm)

Weight: 76kg

Born Namibian. Childhood in Africa.

Fascinated by anything that has wheels, since being the backbencher on many family Safari trips. Two decades as a media professional on adventure journeys, nightshift digital newsrooms and technology trends.

Manager of an accidentally eclectic bike fleet, with a monster cross Cotic 26in single-speed in the starring role, supported by a Pyga 160mm aluminium prototype 650b enduro bike.

Eyes not so great anymore, so prefer open terrain with rocky descents, as opposed to dappled light in dense forest singletrack. Most of my miles roll by at the Contermanskloof and Helshoogte trails.

Riser bars might be something of a rarity on new bikes, but ultra-progressive geometry might trigger a revival of demand. With the standardisation of 29er wheels, most bikes gained an…

Pirelli has a tyre technology legacy that dates to 1872, but its presence in mountain biking is a lot more recent. Despite numerous successes in motorsport, Pirelli only delivered its…

Those hardworking Washingtonians at Cascade Components have produced two new suspension links, for those committed tinkerers. Commencal’s Meta AM and the Transition Scout gain these latest rear suspension rocker link…

Carbon-fibre rims might be light and strong, but for mountain bikers on a budget, also unaffordable. If you are in the market for some new enduro or trail specification wheels,…

Most mountain bike brands measure their legacy in decades, but Ribble is bit different. The company has celebrated its 125-years in cycling by opening a new physical retail store, whilst…

If you are looking for a new tyre option, with quality heritage, CST is now selling direct to UK mountain bikers. Although mostly an unknown entity for most UK riders,…

Race Face has added a new handlebar to its cockpit component offering, prioritizing lightness and comfort over width. The Next SL is an interesting combination of relatively narrow overall width…

Five years ago the offering of long-reach mountain bikes with giant wheelbases, were rather limited. Pole’s Evolink was a rare instance of futuristic geometry back then, and the Finnish mountain…

Mountain bikers who don’t fancy those super-wide handlebars, now have some new narrow width Atmos options from Truvativ. For XC and trail riders who aren’t keen on 800mm handlebars, Truvativ’s…

Coloradoan mountain bike brand, Revel, had added a new wheel to its product offering. Beyond the range of trail and enduro bikes, featuring Revel’s CBF suspension, the company has also…

NS Bikes has expanded its Define range with a new mullet option. Although the mixed wheel size is popular on e-bikes and in the downhill racing scene, there aren’t too…

Cannondale has reacted to consumer demand and revealed a new addition to its Ocho range. The American frame and fork brand is best known for its single-sided Lefty fork, which…

Italian e-bike brand, THOK, has gone peak e-enduro with its latest offering Product planners at THOK have attached some tasty enduro build components to its 6061-T6 series aluminium frame, to…

Industrial designers and CNC machine technicians at Cascade Components, have developed two new rocker links. The Pacific Northwest engineering company specializes in optimising rear suspension kinematics, with its own range…

For those mountain bikers who desire the last word in progressive lightweight frames, the answer is often ‘Last.’ This German mountain bike brand is obsessed with functional industrial design and…

Italian shoe design is revered and if you desire more comfort and style for enduro or downhill riding, Fizik has a Gravita range of solutions. Although Fizik is best known…

Renowned navigation and bike data brand, Garmin, has now entered the pedal market. With its new range of Rally power meter pedals, Garmin is promising incredibly accurate and durable data…

Carbon-fibre frames and components are nice, but those mountain bikers who obsess about all things industrial design, will always retain an affinity for titanium. Notoriously difficult to fabricate and machine,…

The Steve Peat product portfolio has been expanded with a new chain lubricant, ideally suited for those challenging muddy riding conditions. After three years of development, Peaty’s LinkLube Wet is…

Mountain bikers who desire a multi-purpose flat pedal shoe, might find their requirement rhyming with Specialized’s latest product update. The Californian cycling company has launched the 2021 model year Rime,…