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Santa Cruz Chameleon: Looking Back at an Ever Changing Beast

In the animal kingdom, creatures make use of all sorts of clever little techniques to camouflage themselves. From striped zebra, to leaf life stick insects to bark coloured treecreepers – all very clever. But it all looks like kids playing hide and seek compared to the amazing chameleon. Capable of actually changing their skin colour by internally manipulating a range of pigments at different levels, allowing them to blend in, signal to other chameleons and even regulate their body temperature, they are one of the most adaptable creatures in the... Read More

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Orange Bikes: A Brief History of the All Round Range

Orange Bikes: A History if the All Round Range   Big news at Biketart. We have a new bike brand coming on board. They are British. They hail from Yorkshire. They’ve been around since the dawn of MTB time. That’s right folks..Orange bikes are coming to Biketart. Time to let you know a bit about their history and development. Because that  sort of thing’s important, right? It all begins with wind surfing. Yep, that’s right, windsurfing. Keen outdoor sports guy and windsurf company owner, Roger Tushingham acquired, in 1986, a Muddy Fox Courier... Read More

Orange Bikes:  The All-Round Range Comes to Biketart

While wandering the isles of the London Bike Show back in February, on a mission to track down the secrets behind the mythical DH29er, I visited a few of my personal favourites. While I had the job of chatting to Biketart’s regular suppliers, I also used a bit of my own time to peruse the brands that, after more than twenty years of mountain biking, I hold in some affection. Amongst those brands, one of them makes me go a little more doe-eyed than the rest – Orange bikes. I... Read More

29er DH: Downhill Finally Goes Big

You’ve heard them haven’t you? The whispers. The rumours. The secretive suggestions. And I’m sure you’ve spotted the furtive glances from industry types and seen the odd leaked photo. It’s been coming. Of course it has. The thing they said could never happen, is finally on its way. Downhill bikes are going to become 29ers. Seriously, I’m not kidding. First off, plenty of people said that downhill bikes would never work with 27.5” tyres. And they were so, so wrong. For the last three years, every single UCI World Cup... Read More

I Hear you Calling: The New Bike from Evil

Evil Bikes might be known for quirky launches, like bringing out the Following just as everyone fell in love with 27.5, but they are no mugs when it comes to the direction that the industry is taking. Founder Kevin Walsh went for a hooligan 29er while everyone else thought they were just for XC racing and had spotted the potential for slack geometry when the rest of the industry reckoned it was just for downhill. Which means that most people in the know had their eyes peeled for the first... Read More

All that’s good about Evil: A history of MTB comebacks

Evil Bikes: Bad boy comeback kings With most mountain bike manufacturers, there’s one of three ‘stories’ behind them. They are either an old road bike/established company that started building mountain bikes when they came along, or they are one of the ‘originals’ linked to a mystical bloke who started knocking together off road frames in the 70s or 80s in California/Yorkshire/The Alps, or they are a marketing company who spotted a niche, had a chat with a factory in Taiwan and then started selling online. Then there is Evil bikes.... Read More

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Öhlins Suspension: The New Old Kid on the Block

Öhlins Suspension: The New Old Kid on the Block Aah, Sweden, a country of moose, forests, reliable cars, friendly blond giants and, um, the highest performance suspension company in the world. Who knew? Well, pretty much everyone in motor sport it turns out. For a shade over forty years, Öhlins has been offering some of the finest precision manufactured suspension products that motorcyclists (and race car drivers) could lay their hands on. Luckily for us mountain bikers, Öhlins have now started making shocks and forks for our particular brand of... Read More

Fox Clothing: Forty Years of Looking Great on a Bike

Fox Head History: Fox Clothing at Forty Heads or tails people? To most of us that means flipping a coin for an outcome based on chance. Handing over our fate to Lady Luck. A gamble. To the staff at Fox it is a very different proposition. When you ask a Fox employee if they are heads or tails, you are delving deep into the very souls. Are they one of guys who develops world leading suspension technology, that has been blowing the world away since the seventies (a Tail) or... Read More

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It’s All in the Weave: Carbon Fibre Frames Explained

“Wow, it’s a lot lighter than it looks!” says my non biking friend, looking impressed, as he hefts my full bouncer with one hand. “That’s because the frame, cranks and wheels are made of carbon fibre.” I nod sagely, looking slightly smug. “Amazing! I didn’t think you could make mountain bikes out of carbon fibre. I thought they’d break.” “Er, no, its, um, stronger carbon fibre than in road bikes, so they can, you know, use it for mountain bikes and stuff.” I’m getting a bit out of my depth... Read More

Saracen Bikes: From the Top to the Bottom and Back in Three Decades

It is a little hard to fathom, at times, but the little sport of mountain biking is almost forty years old.  Those hairy hippies on Mount Tam were charging their clunkers down inadvisable slopes at barely believable speeds while many modern mountain bikers were no more than a twinkle in their parents’ eyes and this blogger hadn’t yet graduated to two wheels. British mountain bike brands took a few more years to start to appear, but by the early 1980s, there were a handful of UK based brands creating new-fangled... Read More