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Wiggle rolls out own-brand wheels

Online super-retailer Wiggle sets its sights on the wheel market with Cosine, its own range of six road cycling wheels.  Having already entered the parts and components market with LifeLine, its in-house tyre brand, Wiggle is setting up to go head-to-head against some of the big wheel manufacturers such as Shimano and Mavic. The range, […]

Home Wrench: Things you want for Christmas

With the holiday season fast approaching, I thought it appropriate to skip the handy tips and tricks for one column and do a (hopefully) non-cliché Christmas gift list. Rather than focusing solely on the obvious things you’ll find in your local bike store, I reasoned, why not mix it up and include items you may […]

MTB Batteries Lumenator front light

The price (including postage) is new but the Lumenator has been around and impressing our testers for a couple of years. The simple ribbed twin LED head unit still knocks out 1800 lumens with a decent enough spread for bar use and enough reach to spot trail trouble far enough ahead at speed. MTB Batteries […]

Here's what it's like to ditch the clips for flat pedals

There’s no doubt that clipping in has many benefits for mountain bikers. After all, it works well for Rachel Atherton and Danny Hart, right? But it’s all too easy to rely on being clipped in to give you a lift over obstacles, rather than employing good technique. As I’ve recently found out, switching to flat […]

Eurostar scraps bike boxing rules

After weeks of vocal opposition, Eurostar has backed down on its plans to force cyclists to box up their bikes before boarding the cross-channel trains. In a statement emailed to cycling charity CTC, Eurostar said: “You will be pleased to know that we are not intending to go ahead with the requirement for all bikes […]

Thule ProRide 591 bike rack

When we reviewed Thule’s ProRide 591 back in 2011, we described it as setting the standard to which other roof-mounted carriers must aspire. It’s easy to see why it’s a benchmark piece of kit. Assembly is straightforward, and it will fit to any of Thule’s extensive range of roof bars. Handily for mountain bikers, it’s […]

Pivot Mach 429 Trail X1

The 429 Trail doesn’t look much different to the old Mach 429 at first glance. But Pivot regards it as a totally new bike. Travel increases to 116mm via a dw-ink setup that uses a new upper link and the lower link from the Mach 6 Enduro bike. The rear end uses a wider, stiffer […]

Islabikes reworks chain guard to keep little fingers safe

Islabikes’ reputation for high-quality, thoughtfully made kids’ bikes has spread outside of the company’s native UK to the US and elsewhere, and now all the company’s lightweight starter bikes come with yet another smart design: a completely enclosed chain guard.  The so-called ChainGlider chain cover was made with little ones in mind, to keep fingers, […]