Author

Paul Wade

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Redefining the XC Hardtail with the new Santa Cruz Highball

You know how it is. You are blasting along your favourite local singletrack. You’re pushing hard, heart rate red lining, pedals spinning, getting the most out of your bike. And then, out of nowhere, someone just passes you. Just flies by. You look up. What are they riding? Latest full suspension rig? Maybe that new Santa Cruz Blur they’ve all been talking about. But no! It is a hard tail. You just got left for dust by a hardtail! You just got burned by the new Santa Cruz Highball. For... Read More

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It’s a Blur – Looking back and forward at the Santa Cruz Blur

The Santa Cruz Blur – A full carbon comeback story There have been a lot of classic names in mountain biking, that have come back, years later, to remind us how great they were. From the return of the Ibis Mojo in 2005, to Orange’s rehabilitation of the Clockwork, to the rebirth of the Malverns Classic race events, we mountain bikers love a good resurrection. And so it is certain to be with the Santa Cruz Blur. Absent from our trails since the LT2 C was replaced by the Tallboy... Read More

21/03/2017
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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

14/02/2017

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