Story: Fueling the Collective Stoke

Becoming more and more entrenched in helping others improve their riding is just as addictive as improving your own, according to Emma Bawtree, former pro elite XC racer and founder of Wheel Woman and Krankin Kids in Nelson. “It’s all about the rush of seeing someone else discover their own love of a sport you love so much!” she says. Both organisations are committed to helping others improve their riding, with Wheel Women focused mostly on women, and Krankin Kids supporting the shredders of tomorrow. Despite her clear passion for encouraging others, Emma didn’t plan on a life of coaching. She was busy racing, running an adventure travel company and being a mum, when the idea of Wheel Woman was born, prompted by one of her friends.


“It all started in 2012, when a friend asked me to take her and some friends out and give them some tips,” explains Emma. “A few weeks later she said the ride had made such a difference to their confidence that they wanted to do it again. By the end of that second session she had pretty much convinced me to start a proper coaching business.”


Woman 1000

Fast forward eight years and Emma is getting close to an incredibly exciting milestone: coaching her 1000th woman! “It’s been quite the journey since that first conversation,” admits Emma. “I was excited about the idea but also nervous… you know, would I run out of women to coach?” As it turns out, the answer is a resounding “no”. Since Wheel Woman began, Nelson’s reputation as a mountain biking mecca - and the trail network it offers - has only grown and, with it, interest in the sport from women. “In the first few years, I could name every woman I’d coached and recognize her on the street. As we close in on 1000 women, that’s obviously a bit harder, but I suppose that’s a good thing!” says Emma. Not only has it grown in numbers, but also in scope and region – Wheel Woman now runs workshops in Blenheim, Christchurch, Hanmer Springs and even the West Coast, as well as the annual Dirt Queens MTB Weekend.


From the Ground up

Emma says she is still largely focused on the beginner-intermediate segment, and really enjoys seeing the leaps made at that level. She says it’s often mothers getting back into biking or starting for the first time once they have some free time, or others trying to keep up with their partners or kids.


“It’s just so heartwarming to see women who are often timid, sometimes even on the verge of tears, break down those mental barriers and feel so elated because of that,” explains Emma. “I often have a few coaching sessions with the same women, and seeing their confidence grow, both on and off the bike, is incredibly inspiring.”


Apparently, those receiving coaching are equally elated. As regular, Amber Bonny, puts it: “Emma tailors her sessions to each individual. She is patient, encouraging and really gauges where you are at and how best to challenge you. This enables you to build confidence and skill without being pushed way outside of your comfort zone, and you can really feel the benefits from the coaching in every ride thereafter. Whether as an individual or in a group session, she inspires you to keep building your skills and get out there on the trails to have a blast!”


Emma says it’s really rewarding to see her coaching clients years later riding on a completely different level – something she had the chance to see firsthand recently when volunteering as a marshal, at the local Shred Like A Girl enduro. “There were 80 women racing and to turn up and see so many of the women I coached who have come so far, was just awesome.” When asked “why only women?” - Emma says it just seems to work. “In my experience, women seem to learn a lot more when you take away the testosterone,” she explains. “It’s still a very male-dominated sport so it can be intimidating for women, as most (not all!) are not as naturally confident. "They also just seem to have a lot in common, whether they’re moms or young and want to get outside. It’s all about giving them the tools and confidence to continue on their own and ride with whoever they want.”


Emma says feedback on her courses from the women, such as Louise, often reflects this: “Engaging, encouraging, confident and assertive in great balance. I found it really enjoyable, the format was perfect and it was super nice to share some collective stoke with other women in a non-judgmental space.”


The Next Generation

While coaching women is her passion, it garnered a lot of interest from parents who wanted similar coaching for their kids – thus inspiring Krankin Kids. “I got in touch with a teacher friend to work out some concepts and started with four or five coaches, one night a week, for ages 10 to 15. Now we run five days a week and coach 180 kids from ages 7 to 15 per term!” Like Wheel Woman, Krankin Kids is about growing a love for the sport and enhancing skills at the same time. Older kids who want to remain involved can do so through an apprenticeship coaching programme.


What’s Next?

Despite filling her time with coaching, being a mum and running a travel business, Emma practices what she preaches and is always looking to improve her offering. With fewer international visitors and bikepacking gaining popularity, she is looking at leading supported women-only backcountry trips on trails such as Old Ghost Road… and she promises there’s more to come!


Words: Meagan Robertson

Images: Henry Jaine

Review: 100% Accuri 2 Goggles

I was never sure why goggles were a requirement in mountain biking, but they are certainly in many rider’s kits these days. I fully understand, from my motocross days, that they stop the roost from a wildly spinning rear tyre being fired into your eyes at the speed of a bullet… but mountain bikes don't do that. Moto riders hit speeds that blur the vision and water the eyes… but mountain bikers don't usually do that. Sure, we can wear specific riding glasses to take care of those concerns, but rarely have I thought I need to wear goggles when mountain biking. After receiving a 100% Trajecta full-face helmet and these Accuri 2 goggles to review, I was interested to see if mind could be changed.


There’s no denying goggles offer better eye protection than glasses, but do we really need them? From listening to other riders, and wading through the swamp of all-knowing online forums, I discovered that a big part of it isn't just function, but fashion too. Apparently, it's not cool to wear riding glasses with a full-face helmet but, somehow, it is cool to wear goggles with a half-shell. Whack. I need to wear prescription lenses when riding, as I can't tolerate contact lenses, so whether I'm wearing a full-face or a half-shell, I really have no choice but to wear glasses. Yes, there are prescription lenses available in a number of goggles, and 100% does offer this option, but it's very expensive – especially if you need several tints for varying conditions.

So, I tried the glasses with goggles method. Wearing goggles while climbing isn't the most comfortable or should I say, breathable, especially on a slowbike (MTB). It's a little more practical if climbing on a fastbike (EMTB), but I still found that removing the goggles and slinging them around the back of my neck – while wearing my prescription riding glasses – was the better option, especially on warmer days. If the goggles are to be used for downhill sections, they have to fit over my glasses. These Accuri 2 units, despite not being a specific OTG (Over The Glasses) model, do that well. As long as there was some air flow, I didn't fog up with the double-up option, probably as the polycarbonate lens has an anti-fog treatment that lives up to its claims. 100% do offer the Accuri 2 in a OTG model, which I hope to try out, to maximise fit and function even more.


The lens my test pair came with is a reflective True Gold tinted number, and it did a good job of reducing glare on some late afternoon rides with low sun. A clear lens is also available (I think it's usually included, but ours didn't come with it). The 45mm wide strap has a silicon gripper which kept it firmly in place on the helmet, while triple-layer foam soaked up the sweat well and felt good against the skin, with no movement or irritation at all. Meanwhile, the vents did a good job of keeping condensation away.

If nothing else, wearing goggles does give you a sense of impenetrable eye protection, and a full-moto vibe, which I'm all about! I still need to figure out the ‘whys’ and ‘hows’ of it all, so cut me some slack if I'm carrying three helmets, two sets of glasses and these excellent goggles on my next ride. I'd hate to be in the wrong kit for a particular section or type of ride. Then again, perhaps I'll just put protection first, pretend I'm Cooper Webb, and give the fashionistas the middle finger.


Distributor: FE Sports


Words and Images: Brett Kennedy


Review: 100% S2 Sunglasses

In the past, cycling glasses haven’t appealed to me, but I was excited to try out the 100% S2 sunglasses when given the opportunity. After using them for the past five weeks, I'm seldom seen without them. After the signing of Peter Sagan, the popularity of 100% eyewear grew exponentially. They now offer an extensive range which covers all aspects of performance, protection, and prescription glasses. 


The polished glasses I've been testing came equipped with a mirrored silver lens and a back up clear lens. I have yet to need the clear lens as the mirrored one adapts to changes in light very quickly. The lens has not fogged up, and after many clumsy trail moments there are no marks on the impact resistant Hydroio lens. Initially, I ran them only on mountain bike rides but have since tried them on the road bike and even at a cyclocross race, and found the generous size and shape to keep unwanted air and mud away from my eyes. On the road and trail I've found them to make obstacles appear very sharp, almost enhancing my vision. The addition of ultra-grip rubber on the arms and nose piece meant, once they were where I wanted them, there was no movement whatsoever. I've often seen cyclists with glasses that don’t contrast well with their helmet, however these are not those; I have tested them with five different helmets from varying brands and they look amazing. A couple of times, whilst driving, I have picked them up to block the harsh sun – I’ve also received compliments on how good they look.


The price tag of $334 seems scary for something you think you may not need, but I can assure you these will up your steeze factor and are a good investment for a durable pair of multi-use glasses. Would I recommend these? Absolutely. If you want to stand out amongst your friends, be a style god, and keep shit out of your eyes, look no further than the 100% S2 shades.


Distributor: FE Sports


Words: Jesse Cseh

Images: Caleb Smith

Release: 2022 Kona Shonky

The Kona Shonky is back for 2022, and whilst the spec and geometry are identical to the 2021 bike, there's a new colourway and a video to celebrate the update shot with style master Carlos Langelaan. Check it out below!


Story: Turbulent Travels

Last summer was going to be one of our shorter stints at home in Nelson, NZ. We arrived later than usual after a longer 2019 season, and the 2020 season’s work schedule was due to kick off earlier than ever before. It was still early in March - we were hosting EWS racers Ed Masters, Cole Lucas and Mark Scott for a bit of a training boot camp; some local racing then a few big rides and shuttles mixed with some beach time in and around Nelson and Marlborough - when things started to get pretty surreal.


COVID-19 was unfolding all around the world and we went from carefree summer fun on bikes to lots of uncertainty with the ever-changing situation. Strava and Trailforks apps were quickly replaced by a new set of maps, graphs, stats and figures that everyone checked hourly. After years of social media updates, TV news updates once again became more important. Nervous jokes turned into serious concerns. For our guests, daily ride plans were hastily replaced with ‘get me the hell home’ plans as lockdown loomed. A year’s worth of booked flights, accommodation and travel plans had to be cancelled and delayed; deposits and payments lost or deferred as the world came to grips with the impending crisis. My bike and bag was already packed for a visit to South Africa, as was Sven’s for the Portugal World Cup season opener. Needless to say we both had to unpack our bags again as we settled into the longest stint we’ve ever had at home, since moving to New Zealand. It would be our first winter in almost ten years.

Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined something capable of causing worldwide paralysis in such a short time. We all did our bit, our team of five million. New Zealand, with its compassion and respect for fellow man and woman, fared better than most, if not all, other nations - and for this I’m both proud and thankful. Once the shock of being stranded sunk in, we genuinely enjoyed our extra time at home. I didn’t master the art of wheelies or become fluent in another language (despite best intentions) but we slowed down and enjoyed the quality time we had together. Autumn and winter in Nelson was a breeze, a mild one; I was happy to experience the settled weather, the shifting sunsets and sunrises - and the crisp, clear days were just fantastic. We re-established the veggie garden, adopted stray kittens and got to see our friends far longer than we ever do, which made us feel more part of the community than ever before. Everything was amazing – as if COVID didn’t exist. Even better – it didn’t exist in NZ, because we stopped the spread.


However, when the weeks turned to months, I began to feel isolated and even a little panicky. Immigrating to a new land is tough; leaving your whole family behind is a hard decision only made slightly easier by still being able to travel to see them whenever you choose. It’s been hard for everyone; we have all been affected by this in some way or another this year - work and livelihoods have been in jeopardy, or simply evaporated. An international travel ban is a bitter pill to swallow when a family member is diagnosed with a terminal illness. When Europe finally opened their borders to nations who had performed well in managing COVID, we jumped at the opportunity to salvage some work and get one step closer to seeing our families. People were baffled as to why on earth we would even consider leaving the COVID-safe NZ bubble for the crazy, scary, infected world out there! But, we really didn’t have a choice and to be honest, I am thankful for that - because the big, scary, infected world out there wasn’t so bad after all.

In Europe, the people were carrying on with their lives, building up their businesses again, boosting the economy and seeing loved ones. Yes, it was different: we had to wear masks, follow social distancing protocols, be super careful, wash our hands constantly, sanitize after everything and take numerous overly expensive and uncomfortable COVID tests, but at the end of the day - is that really so bad?! Shops and restaurants had their rules and at the busy beaches they cordoned off squares with ropes to safely distance people from on another. I felt totally naked without my mask, but if that’s all I had to do to carry on with work and my life, then I was more than happy to do that. The majority of people we saw, and the places we went, accepted and operated under this new norm so that at least some of this crazy year could be salvaged in a small way. It was wonderful to be back in Europe and the thought of not being allowed to travel again sends shivers down my spine.


Events were very different of course - no spectators, no access to pits or even the riders really - but the event organisers and regions managed to make it happen along with the race teams, and it was good to see how an entire industry - that had pretty much come to a complete standstill for over six months - could still continue (with precautionary measures) during a pandemic. Sven’s season went from the usual grueling 30 weeks of back-to-back events to a truncated five week season - better than nothing, but still quite frightening to see how a virus can change up your life just like that. Adapt or die, as they say.

Our usual six months in Europe was cut down to three. We had just settled into this new way of COVID living when it was time to leave again. Besides the work, our true intentions for being in Europe was for quick access to South Africa once their borders reopened. That announcement came on October 1st and, after some very complicated arrangements and a few more COVID tests, we were on a nearly empty plane heading back to Cape Town. Usually, that would be a very exciting flight for us - looking forward to reuniting with our families and friends - but this was a sad flight, as Sven’s mom had passed away just before we could get there to say goodbye, despite our best efforts. Sadly, we are not alone in having to go through this; thousands of others around the world, and in New Zealand too, have been separated by COVID in times of grief and need. So, it was onto another completely different world of worries in South Africa. Adapt, adjust and just keep your chin up.


From the very beginning of this outbreak, I was petrified for Africa and what this would do to the continent - a complete humanitarian disaster was what I had feared. There are (very) little to no subsidies for the poor, and social distancing is a luxury for some - simply not an option when you live in a shack or small house with ten other people. Telling people to wash their hands when some don’t even have running water in their homes is impossible, and with no work who has money for hand sanitizer? Often there is not even sufficient money for food. To my relief, they have done pretty well over here. Generally speaking, the people have stronger immune systems in Africa, and it is thought that widespread TB (Tuberculosis) vaccinations have somehow curbed a wildfire spread and kept the death rates surprisingly low. For the most part, people are abiding by the rules, wearing their masks and following protocols. So, once again, I’ve witnessed a country where people are now able to carry on with their lives. It is not without utter hardship, poverty and struggles, but they are carrying on trying to rebuild their lives and keep the economy from completely collapsing. The sheer scale of poverty here is mind blowing and it always takes us a little while longer to “get used to” the complete chaos over here. But, once we do, and we settle into the rhythm of the country, we appreciate it for all the amazing things it has to offer. You really do just adapt, adjust and soak up what this colourful, vibrant country contributes to life's tool belt.


Earlier this year, the media constantly portrayed a crazy, mad world outside of safe little old New Zealand, and yes, it was and still is - and to some extent this made me afraid of leaving New Zealand. I guess what I’m trying to say is that you shouldn’t believe all the media hype. Don’t let them scare you. We learn so much by traveling - from other cultures, languages, people and places. I felt alive again and cannot ever imagine a life lived in only one place.


As our time here in Cape Town comes to a close, I feel sad to leave. I’ve slipped back into this way of life again, but I’m excited to once again be going back home to New Zealand after five months away, with a whole new arsenal of experiences and adventures and insights into how the rest of the world is faring and coping in their different ways. I’m content - and ready to face another battery of eye-watering Covid tests and a hotel room (with windows which cannot open) for two weeks of confinement… but I’ll do it again and again if it means I can keep traveling, learning and growing from these experiences. Adapt, adjust and keep your chin up.


Just for the record though, I will be giving the USA a wide berth for the foreseeable future…


Words: Anka Martin

Images: Sven Martin

Review: 100% Teratec Knee Guards

So, as they say, it’s best to use protection?! Nah, you really should, especially when it comes to riding mountain bikes. If you’re like me and fall every so often then you want to protect yourself. So, yea, use protection. 100% have made a real impact on the scene but in years gone by they made simple accessories for MX, nowadays they’re a global player. You can see their googles on the heads of racers but recently they’ve become known and well-established for apparel and helmets. The brand continues to grow, and over the past few months, I’ve had the opportunity of testing some of their protection; Teratec Knee Guards.


The Teratec uses a lightweight design, they’re comfortable in use, and the overall stability of this protector is excellent. It’s got a fairly generous cut with enough sleeve up the top of the pad to ensure it stays in place. The protective pad works as its meant to – soft and flexible allowing for movement but robust enough when you crash on it. I found the guards needed a bit of ‘breaking’ in order to make the material a little more pliable. After the first few rides, they started to fit better. Fit wise, I lean towards a medium and sometimes large but with these, I’d recommend trying before you buy. These do a run a little tighter and for me, the medium was a touch small – this was mainly around the cuff at the top. But that maybe because I’ve got thick thighs?! You be the judge, but some riders may want to size up. That said the elastic/rubber cuffs at the top and bottom do fit very tight, but the pads stay in place well. And throughout all my rides with them, they stayed in place. However, I would like a little more rubber above the knee pad with a touch more roominess if I’m being picky.

In regard to the actual protection, the removable insert is super solid. And I’ve had a couple of offs to thoroughly validate this. There’s good coverage across the entire knee including some of the upper shin. For me, the pads didn’t get overly hot and they’re fine when it’s cold out. After a few rides, they do stench so best to whip the pads out and chuck em’ in the wash with your other riding gear. Having this easy option is a huge bonus and means you keep your riding buddies.

Above all the Teratec Knee Guards do their job well. They’re comfortable to wear all day on the bike and offer good protection and comfort. Wearing them I felt faster. Perhaps I just looked faster or because I had such good protection, I had more confidence to push myself harder.


Words: Liam Friary

Images: Cameron Mackenzie

Release: Rapha's new MTB Line

"What is Rapha Performance Trailwear? It’s far more than the fabrics and features you see on the shelf behind every garment is a story. From backcountry bikepacking trips and World Cup competitions, to afternoon laps around our US headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas, every garment we make is tested by our elite athletes and weartesters. And with a roster that includes Olympic medallist Jill Kintner, EWS racer Ella Conolly and XC legend Adam Craig as well as Bryn Atkinson, Eliot Jackson and Joey Schusler, we’re able to push our products to the limit. Riding and racing in locations around the globe, our wear testers have put this kit through its paces on the world’s best trails to guarantee that it won’t crack under pressure or fade over time.

The Trail ¾ Sleeve Jersey is a modern take on the classic ¾ sleeve mountain bike jersey. Constructed from a 100% recycled, light and breathable fabric to keep you cool in the heat, it’s also durable and snag resistant thanks to an incredibly high strength knit. A textured fabric back not only wicks sweat away from the skin but also disperses the moisture over a greater area, creating an incredibly fast-drying shirt that remains comfortable. On the sleeves, a strong, double weave fabric keeps your arms shielded from stray branches or a light tumble, while an antibacterial treatment maintains freshness for longer days on the bike. And for the inevitable crash that causes more damage than you can ignore, included are a set of repair patches in the same colours and fabrics of the jersey that offer a handy at home repair option so you and your jersey can get back to the trails.

The cornerstone of the Rapha Performance Trailwear range, the Menʼs Trail Shorts are a durable, fully featured mountain bike short with a contoured, variable width belt for locked-in comfort on the bike. Constructed from a durable yet forgiving plain weave stretch nylon, these shorts are tough enough to handle the abuse of all-mountain riding, while still prioritizing flexibility and breathability. An ergonomic pattern means the shorts move with you, with seams and panels placed strategically to allow for freedom of movement whether you’re grinding up a climb or going for it on the descent. The fit of the shorts has been sized to comfortably accommodate a liner and tailored to be used with or without modern trail knee pads. To keep the shorts secure, an anatomically contoured variable width belt system locks you in behind a button closure at the waist. To the front, two large hand pockets provide rapid access, while two zipped side pockets offer storage for keys or other essentials. And for the inevitable crash that causes more damage than you can ignore, included are a set of repair patches in the same colour and fabric as the shorts that offer a handy at-home repair option so you and your shorts can get back to the trails.

The Men's Trail Cargo Bib Liner Shorts are a lightweight underlayer constructed from recycled materials designed to work seamlessly with the Men's Trail Shorts. Drawing on 15 years of innovation, we’ve carried over technology and fabrics from our award winning bib short range to create a pair of fast-wicking and durable cargo bib liners that will boost comfort on any mountain bike ride. Mesh uppers promote airflow to keep you cool on the hottest days, while the fast-wicking and lightweight main fabric promotes next to skin comfort. To the back, two rear cargo pockets offer extra storage space for essentials.

The cornerstone of the Women’s Rapha Performance Trailwear range, the Women’s Trail Shorts are constructed from a durable yet forgiving plain weave stretch nylon which are tough enough to handle

the abuse of daily mountain biking, while still prioritizing flexibility and breathability. An ergonomic pattern means the shorts move with you, with seams and panels placed strategically to allow for freedom of movement – whether you’re grinding up a climb or going for it on the descent. A low profile stretch waist creates locked-in comfort on and off the bike, while the fit of the shorts has been sized to accommodate a liner, and tailored to fit with or without modern trail knee pads. On the front, two zippered side pockets offer storage for essentials and a phone. And for the inevitable crash that causes more damage than you can ignore, included are a set of repair patches in the same colour and fabric as the shorts that offer a handy at-home repair option so you and your shorts can get back to the trails.

The Women’s Trail Liner Shorts are a lightweight underlayer designed to work seamlessly with a pair of Women's Trail Shorts. Constructed from recycled materials, the Liner Shorts carry over technology and fabrics from our award winning bib short range to create a pair of fast-wicking and durable liners that boosts comfort on any trail. Featuring lightweight mesh panels on the sides to promote airflow, these shorts will help to keep you cool on the hottest days.

The Trail Technical T-Shirt is a light and breathable top designed specifically for mountain biking. Constructed from recycled materials, the Trail Technical T-Shirt is durable and snag resistant

thanks to an incredibly high strength knit while remaining incredibly airy and lightweight. A honeycomb fabric structure not only wicks sweat away from the skin but also disperses the moisture over a greater area, creating an incredibly fast drying shirt. The textured fabric combined with a loose fit helps the t-shirt stand off a rider’s skin for improved comfort, while an antibacterial treatment maintains freshness for longer days in the saddle. And for the inevitable crash that causes more damage than you can ignore,

included are a set of repair patches in the same colour and fabric as the t-shirt that offer a handy at-home repair option so you and your shirt can get back to the trails.

The Lightweight Trail Jacket is a packable windproof shell made for mountain biking in changing conditions. Made with a lightweight yet breathable ripstop nylon fabric that’s treated for durable water repellency (DWR), this jacket offers unrivaled weather protection in a seriously small package. A helmet compatible

hood features an adjustable cinch cord to offer a locked-in fit when the conditions turn nasty, while an oversized TPU zip puller allows for easy ventilation while riding. When you’re not wearing the jacket, it stows into its chest pocket for maximum packability. Further still, the Lightweight Trail Jacket comes with an added strap that allows you to cinch your jacket down to your frame for a clean, off body storage solution.

The Women’s Trail Tank is made for mountain biking in the heat. Constructed from a light and breathable fabric to keep you cool when the temperature soars, it’s also durable and snag resistant thanks to an incredibly high strength knit. The honeycomb weave fabric structure, made of recycled materials, not only wicks sweat away from the skin but also disperses the moisture over a greater area, creating an incredibly fast-drying top. The textured fabric combined with a loose fit helps the tank stand off a rider’s skin for improved comfort, while an antibacterial treatment maintains freshness for longer days in the saddle. And for the inevitable crash that causes more damage than you can ignore, included are a set of repair patches

in the same colour and fabric as the tank that offer a handy at-home repair option so you and your shirt can get back to the trails.

The Trail Hip Pack is a dependable companion for longer days on the trail, capable of safely stowing your things while you ride. Constructed from a fully recycled, durable ripstop fabric that’s easy to clean, this comfortable hip pack features multiple storage and fixing solutions for your essentials – including two water bottle pouches, a 3 litre internal capacity, and an external drawcord that can be used to strap

down a jacket or extra layer. A further front valuables pocket inside the pack includes a key clip for safe carriage of your valuables. Adjustable waist straps provide a locked-in fit, while a form-fitting and breathable back panel boosts comfort at the same time as preventing the pack from jostling while you

ride. Finally, an aquaguard zip seals things up, adding an extra layer of protection against the elements.

The Pro Team Full Frame Glasses are designed to ensure a clear line of sight and complete stability on even the roughest terrain. The frame is made with lightweight, injection-moulded Grilamid that holds that lens securely in place and protects from the elements. Megol arm grippers provide high levels of grip in all conditions and the nose piece, made with the same material, comes in two sizes for an adjustable fit. Snap lock hinges make the glasses easier to put on and remove while adding further stability. And for improved ventilation, subtle vents are positioned along the edges of the hydrophobic, anti-fog lens, which is interchangeable with a wide range of spare lenses for clear vision in any light conditions.

Created in collaboration with Smith, the Rapha + Smith Forefront 2 combines two cutting edge technologies to provide state of the art impact protection out on the trail. A Multi-Directional Impact Protection System helps reduce rotational forces caused by angled impacts to the head whilst complete Koroyd coverage provides further impact protection without compromising ventilation. Designed to work with goggles or sunglasses, the helmet features an adjustable visor for storage between laps as well as twenty air vents which keep the air flowing and help you to keep a cool head. Smith’s VaporFit dial adjustment system makes locking in the perfect fit quick and easy so you can get to the trail head sooner.


No matter where your local trails are, every ride leaves its mark on your apparel as surely as your tyres leave tracks in the dirt. But Rapha Performance Trailwear is designed to last, for lap after lap and season after season. Even if you do come off and rip an item of your kit, it’s not the end of the line. Most of our products include a repair patch kit, made with excess fabric from the same garment that would otherwise have been headed for the landfill. You can use the repair kit to easily fix your garment and get back on the trail as quickly as possible. For more serious stitch-ups, most pieces of Rapha Performance Trailwear can also be sent back to us for a free repair. We’ve repaired more than 34,000 garments since 2004 and every repair we make not only extends the life of your kit but helps us to reduce excess and minimise our environmental impact. Lastly, we’ve tried to use environmentally preferred materials across the range where possible. In 2021, 43% of Rapha Performance Trailwear, by volume, is made using environmentally preferred materials, with a commitment of reaching 90% by 2025."

Release: Mechanix Wear x 100% Glove

"100% has teamed up with Mechanix Wear, to release an exclusive collection, consisting of two popular work gloves, the Original and FastFit. Mechanix Wear, the leader in hand protection, and 100%, a premium sports protection brand, joined forces to collaborate on the most advanced gloves for working hands.


The collaboration combines the best garage gloves with the featured 100% extended logo and signature colors. A special print on the palm of the gloves is taken from the original 100% tagline, “How Much Effort Do You Give?” 100% continues to inspire a whole new generation of athletes asking this same question.


“We created 100% to make the most advanced performance eyewear, technical apparel and sports protection for the most demanding athletes on the earth,” said 100% co-founder and CEO Ludo Boinnard “We’re excited to partner with a like-minded brand that takes this same approach to building the most advanced gloves for working hands.”


“Mechanix Wear and 100% have a deep connection and storied past in the world of motocross,” said Michael Hale, CEO of Mechanix Wear. “Both brands are driven by passion and an unwavering commitment to protect riders and mechanics on and off the racetrack. Mechanix Wear is proud to collaborate with 100% by offering our proven glove technology and industry leading protection to one of motocross’s premier brands.”


The 100% and Mechanix Wear Collection consists of two styles; the Original and FastFit and each is available in five sizes.



The next generation of FastFit work gloves are here. Take control with high-dexterity 0.6mm synthetic leather and stay connected with touchscreen technology in the palm of your hands. The FastFit delivers an unmatched fit with TrekDry evaporative cooling to keep your hands cool and comfortable.


The Original

Stop throwing away perfectly good gloves due to worn out fingertips. We covered the fingers of our Original glove with ultra-grip, High Abrasion Resistant (HAR) material. HAR provides 60% more coverage to high wear areas, greatly reducing fingertip and seam failure for longevity. Form-fitting stretch Spandex and a durable microfiber palm provide a second-skin fit with exceptional dexterity for jobs big and small."

News: Commencal's new Supreme WC Prototype

Commencal have an entirely new prototype Supreme for the 2021 world cup season with a new suspension platform. Keep reading to find out more...


"It's a prototype, a lab bike that means we can try many new concepts under the most testing and extreme conditions.


In order to work with a minimum of unknowns, we use a lot of tubes from our current bikes and this allows us to ensure perfect management of stiffness as well as limiting the risks in terms of resistance. This SUPREME features a brand new kinematic with a Virtual High Pivot. Through this system, we're always looking for more performance and liveliness, without compromising the capacity of our now renowned High Pivot Point.


There is no commercialisation on the cards yet, however it’s sure that this is the dawn of a new era for the future of COMMENCAL DH.


You will be able to enjoy Amaury, Myriam, Thibault and Angel behind the handlebars for the whole season!"

Release: Updated Santa Cruz Bronson

Santa Cruz have updated the Bronson for the 2022 new bike season, with the biggest change being a move to mullet-spec. Read on for more...


"When we dropped the Bronson on the world in 2013 we caught many people with their pants around their ankles. 27.5-inch wheels were the new kid on the block and people weren’t ready for a disruptive little middle child to muscle it’s way into the household. The Bronson was among the first of its kind to adopt the in-betweener wheel size and the timing was just right to make it infamous.


Eight years later, the fourth generation Bronson comes in swinging with mixed wheels. It’s something that our other naughty kids, the Syndicate, have been playing with for a while on the V10s and Bullit eBikes. The big wheel up front gives the Bronson more traction (bigger contact patch and more rollover) which results in more confidence for the rider, while the BB to axle drop of the smaller, 27.5 rear wheel makes it easier to drop a shoulder into a late turn or lift the front wheel up and over obstacles.


Our demo crew have a saying, ‘If in doubt, take a Bronson out.’ It’s not that it’s the most versatile or anything cliché like that, it just has always had the biggest personality of any bike we build. Now the mid-travel and MX wheels mean it’s up for anything and urges a wider array of riders to get into more trouble. The good kind of trouble. With 150mm of travel and a leverage curve similar to the Hightower, it has enough to go deep on any landing and the VPP™ suspension design makes sure that there’s no wasted energy when heading back up for another go. Proportional chainstays set the Bronson up for a wide range of rider sizes (we offer five sizes from XS to XL), while protective armour (downtube and shuttle pad), internal cables, and a bottle cage inside the front triangle mean that this wild child does have table manners.

A bike like the Bronson is meant to play rough-and-tumble, and as a result should also be ready to rumble. We build our bikes to last while most brands aim to just pass basic testing. But if a rider was really going to put their bike to the test in the real world over and over again it means building something beyond the standards. While the Bronson might not win any awards for ‘lightest on test’ it will be the bike that’s stiff enough for real mountain biking on today’s trails and is a bike that will outlast the rest. That’s why we proudly wave the flag of our lifetime warranty and have done so long before it became a box for a marketer to check. For the life of the bike we provide legendary rider support, which means all the human help and tech details are right at a rider’s fingertips. Fun fact: we also offer lifetime bearing replacement (if you’re too forgetful to take 15 minutes to service them)."