Salsa Blackthorn

Best known for its gravel and adventure bikes, Salsa has also spent years blending secret sauces for top-tier mountain bikes. The stealthy Blackthorn is its…

ARBR RB2 first ride

What’s the hottest trend in analog mountain bike design right now? Yup, you guessed it, it’s the high-pivot idler suspension design. From niche brands like…

YT Izzo Uncaged 7

YT launched its short travel Izzo 18 months ago, and in its original form it was a short travel bike with 130mm travel that bridged…

USWE Zulo 6 Plus Hip Pack

This Zulo 6 is a new hydration hip pack from Swedish brand USWE. Banana-shaped, it comes pre-curved to better fit the human form with a…

Deity Deftrap pedal

Most flat pedal manufacturers now have a more affordable nylon option in their range and the latest with a placky-platform is Deity.

SKS Anywhere Bottle Cage Adapter

It’s simple and effective, but only on bikes with conventional size tubes and front triangles, which are those likely to have bottle cage mounts anyway.…

Regularly lubing your bike’s chain reduces friction for smoother and more efficient pedalling and also helps prevent failures and premature drivetrain wear.

Five Ten Stealth DLX shoes

Drawing inspiration from classic 1980s Adidas trainers like Gazelles and Sambas, these Five Ten Stealth DLX shoes are a new model straddling the boundaries between…

Spank Oozy 395+ Wheelset

With a massive 40mm wide rim (measured 35mm internal) the 29in Oozy 395+ is a burly wheelset and, according to Spank, is aimed at enduro,…

A place for everything and everything in its place

The humble van, beloved of builders, getaway drivers and mountain bikers alike, it’s also one half of a double life for the MTBVanLife guys.