Eee… I don’t know about you but there seems to be an inordinate amount of leaves on my lines all of a sudden. I think the high winds last week are to blame for the new masking of existing trails.
I mostly rode “from memory” on carpets of tree droppings that were aesthetically pleasing but interesting for traction. Still, those are all great test times for suspension forks and winter tyres, aren’t they? That’s what I keep telling myself anyway as I get up off the ground once again.
Either way, here’s this week’s fresh produce for you, and only you. Because it was half term, a ten year old was duly commissioned and required to take (most) pictures this week.
Atherton Bikes may have taken a while to launch as a full-fledged bike brand, but 2022 has truly been their breakthrough year, it seems. They’ve been running the AM.200 for quite a while. The AM.150 trail bike was released earlier this year (you can read our First ride of the Atherton AM.150 here).
And now we have this bike. The 130mm travel Atherton AM.130. Diet Trail Bike? Double Down Country? Just a mountain bike? Either way, it’s definitely one of the most unique bikes currently available. This particular model is the AM.130.1 with a reach of 490mm. It weighs 14.53 kg (on our digital scale of truth and justice), which we think is quite good considering that it has very sturdy tires. We estimate it could come in at under 30lbs with a pair of less chunky rubbers. It’s something we’ll no doubt find over the next few weeks of testing and tweaking.
Pivot Firebird 29 Ride SLX/XT Air
They are like buses these stunning DW Link pushbikes. Okay, technically Pivot and Atherton use totally different DW Link layouts. But still, it feels a bit like the good old days of the 2000s when every other bike seemed to bear the fingerprints of Dave Weagle.
This Firebird 29 then. Yes, it can be shredded to run a 27.5-inch rear wheel if you’re a mustard enthusiast. 165mm rear travel. Fork travel 170mm. Super Boost 157 rear. 64.6° head angle. 76.5° to 77.5° seat angle (depending on frame size). Range from 450 mm to 515 mm.
This one has already been swiped from Singletrack’s headquarters and taken to our remote tester’s Lakeland lair. Stay tuned.
Troy Lee Designs Descent Jacket and Resist Pants
Downhill jacket. 10K/10K waterproof fabric (78gm2). Zipped hand pockets. Dropped hem. Adjustable hood for helmets. Waist adjustment cinch.
Pants Resist. Taped seams throughout. Bluesign certified 10k/10k stretch waterproof fabric with Teflon Eco Elite finish. Reinforced seat panel. Zipped vents at the front. Waterproof zip fly. Ratchet closure at the waist. Drive-side inner calf panel.
CushCore XC insert 29″
Lightweight version designed for cross-country racing, light touring and/or “less aggressive riders”. For tire widths up to 2.48 (!) inches and an inner rim width of 22 mm to 32 mm. 150g for a 29 inch flavor.
I am [Benji] will run one on the back of my blessed NS Eccentric Alu Evo hardtail. I hope to allow myself to release the beans with a little more confidence when testing mud tires and 130-140mm forks. I’ve used other inserts, but always come back to CushCore for “ardcore” ardtailing.
Fizik Terra Artica GTX Boots
Terra Artica GTX is Fizik’s all-terrain winter boot. Insulated and fitted with a GORETEX ‘Koala’ membrane, the Artica GTX is fully waterproof, meaning you can rely on its proven performance to keep you dry when it matters most.
Inside the shoe is a soft brushed fleece lining for an extra cozy layer. The Velcro strap secures the ankle in place, while the unique L6 BOA dial allows for micro-adjustments.
Ride Concepts Vice Mid
In our overview of flat pedal shoes earlier this year, Hannah really likes the usual Ride Concepts Vice shoes. So we have the highest Vide Mid builds for fall-winter bashing.
RC Fuzion outsole hexes vary in diameter from 9mm to 7mm at the pedal contact area. D3O High Impact Zone Technology insole. Suede/canvas upper. Antibacterial mesh lining. Internal TPU toe protection. Gusseted tongue.
Birzman Uncage side pull bottle cage
The design allows assembly according to left/right hand (unscrew and move the bolted cap from one end to the other essentially). It is also possible to attach Birzman’s range of tools/spares/repair kit to the end of the cage if desired. Suitable for bottles with a diameter ranging from 72 mm to 78 mm and a length of 250 mm and less. We’ve encountered them on a few test bikes before and have always loved them. 62g, if you mind.
Armed with Barronium, “a composite material that resists attack from angle grinders by turning the energy and force of the grinder back on itself. It offers at least 5 times more resistance than the best-selling and best performing D-locks”.
Designed to push back angle grinders. The anti-rotation feature fights twist attacks and simple cuts. Outer layer made of plant-based soft eco-friendly rubber. Reflective strips. Silicone keyhole sphincter.
Enduro MTB Jacket & Spada MTB Road Pants
Enduro jacket. 3 layers. 10,000mm H2O+ waterproof rating. Breathability index 10,000 g/2/24 hm+. Vents under the arms. Cuff inserts with thumbholes. Waterproof zippers at pockets and front. Adjustable hood, cuffs, hem and back. Designed for armor to wear underneath if desired. Helmet-compatible hood with roll-up function.
Trousers. And yes so that they are actually pants for once, by the way. Velcro waist adjuster (closed waistband). Two-way stretch main fabric. The mechanical stretch is bi-directional (main tissue). Lycra crotch. Laser cut ventilation holes. Compatible with knee pads. Mesh pockets with zipper.
Oxford Aqua Evo Adventure handlebar and saddle pack
Bar bag. Zipped front pocket. External elastic storage. 9 liter capacity. Double-ended roll-top closure. 450g claimed weight. Dimensions: 35 x 15 cm (L x D). Maximum load of 4 kg.
Seat package. 400D ripstop TPU material. Welded seam construction. Waterproof to IPX6 level. Hypalon panels. External elastic storage. Capacity of 10 liters. “Universal seatpost fitting” (doesn’t seem too dropper-friendly, but okay).
I Heart Singletrack Wonky Women’s Organic Tie-Dye T-Shirt
Charlie says, “Say ‘straight up, straight up’ to our new tie-dye t-shirts.
“These are wonky shirts. Much like wacky vegetables in a supermarket, these have a slightly twisted and flippant angle in the “I heart Singletrack” print. However, Amanda, Zoe, and Hannah disguised the kink with a glorious color. Yes, these are hand dyed, hand dyed in Singletrack laps. Each one is very unique and very cool.
“The handmade stuff is great. But I’m confused, I was given hand-cooked chips this week. What temperature do your hands need to be to make the chips crispy? Using a fryer is surely easier.
Yarn of the week
This week, we decided to take a look at the estimated funkmaster for this too family story of theft of toddlers…
Each week, the winning FGF TOTW receives a prize. And now is the fabulous majestic RockBand Singletrack Strap x Granite Designs which is to be awarded.
So.. hey there funkmaster! Please email [email protected] Please include your mailing address as this will really speed up shipping.
Classified ads of the week
Once again, we are expanding our classifieds. Great place to find bargains. Great place to raise funds.
This Hightower (size Large) caught our eye: “All standard spec, fox 36 performance forks. Gx eagle 12spd, guide brakes. Will come with standard wheels not the Blueflows you can see. A careful owner.
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