Matt Hunter and his son Robbie enjoying some laps on the pumptrack at the Bike Ranch in Kamloops.
Mac Ride is a child-seat system that allows children to experience off-road riding at a younger age while developing skills that they will be able to transfer to their own bikes. Mounted to the steerer and seat post and running along the top tube, it places your child in front of you and allows them to place their hands directly on the handlebars. The stirrups give them the experience of pedals and allow them to stand up over bumps. “With Mac Ride, as it’s built for off-road use, we can head out on more adventurous outings with single track trails and swooshy berms, which keeps the cycling more interesting for our eldest, Savannah,” explains Mac Ride Co-Creator, Ashley Howard. “When our son, Mackinley, was 3 and started enjoying cruising trails on his run bike, we would take both his run bike and Mac Ride with us. It meant that we could stay out all day, swapping between the two – Mac Riding up the hills, and cruising down them as a family.” This innovative product is a fun new way to get the whole family out on the trails sooner!
Glen Dobson – father, mountain biker, and engineer – designed Mac Ride when he couldn’t find a viable solution that would allow him to take his young son out on the trails. He and Ashley quickly realized that while there were plenty of child bike seats on the market, there wasn’t a product that met their specific needs. The existing models offered bulky, hard plastic, molded seats that transferred the bumps from the trail to the child, harnesses that keep the child strapped to the bike even in the event of a fall, and hard plastic or steel foot protectors that prevent the child from standing up in anticipation of rougher terrain. The biggest deterrent they found with conventional rear-mounted child bike seats is that the child will often lean out causing balance issues and the rider had to take their eyes off the trail or road to check on them. When Glen and Ashley researched other front mounted seats they found they were all quickly outgrown and for much younger children than their kids at the time.
We saw a lot of great things in a variety of bike seats, but couldn’t find a solution that met all of our needs. I got to work pulling together all of the best bits and landed on Mac Ride – a lean design that is more engaging for the child is easy to take on and off and is compatible with almost any bike. —Glen Dobson, Mac Ride Co-Creator
Mac Ride has really expanded the range of our rides. Now we have an option to all ride together, far beyond when a child’s legs run out of pedaling power. —Matt Hunter
Understanding what they didn’t want was the first step for Glen in creating Mac Ride. It was important to put the child in front to give them the same view of the trail as the rider and allow them to chat and interact. From there he positioned them with their hands on the handlebars to feel the steering and to balance themselves and added the stirrups to allow them to stand up and lean in the corners. The seat is a non-slip silicon design similar to a horse saddle that uses a pommel for comfort and security going both up and downhill. The seat is designed to support kids from ages 2 to 5 and with the lack of bulkiness, it provides a richer, closer interaction between the rider and passenger. It also takes advantage of the bike’s existing suspension and allows for a more comfortable ride. Lastly, Mac Ride positions the child on the bike without seat belts or straps, allowing them to find their own balance within the safety of their parents’ protective arms, if a fall occurred, the child would come away from the bike with the rider, rather than being strapped to the bike.
Robbie loves it. He is always asking me to find little jumps and corners to hit. I think it helps him to see what he can do when he’s on his own bike too.—Matt Hunter
The attention to detail for safety, usability, and longevity of Mac Ride are the result of many years in the testing and designing phase. Mac Ride is built with forged aircraft grade aluminum making is lightweight but also strong and stiff. The seat uses high-quality silicon rubber for comfort – and durability. The unique mounting system replaces a spacer on your steerer tube with a custom one that allows Mac Ride front clamp to attach around it. The rear clamp uses a quick release bolt to tighten it around your seat post – this is compatible with dropper posts as well. The headset spacer is the only item that is left on your bike when the seat is removed, meaning that it can quickly be taken on and off your bike between solo rides and family rides or swapped between bikes – it takes less than 1 minute to put it on or take it off a bike. With a variety of front mount spacers available Mac Ride fits a wide range of bikes from old commuters to the newest carbon mountain bikes. It is important to note that there is no damage to or adverse effects on the bike frame; the weight of the child mimics that of the rider and is evenly distributed on two very strong points that are intended for heavy loads. Not only does this make the seat safe for even carbon frames, but also easier to maneuver than other similar child seats on the market.
Mac Ride has enabled us to ride as a family, first and foremost, so that’s an easy win. Being able to take Myla places, with her bike strapped onto our backpacks, while using Mac Ride allows her to ride around lakes, past waterfalls, and old growth trees on her own and ride in places that are just too far for her to get to under her own power. She can feel the air in her hair, see the cool trees, and beautiful forest. She can experience the flow of trails and travel at speeds not available to her – within reason, obviously – with her limited ability, fitness, and experience at age 6. These moments are priceless and give her a real feel for why we, her parents, love mountain biking so much. The impact it has had on our family is incredible. Instead of doing the typical taking turns as parents, or not covering very much terrain, we get the keys to the castle so to speak, to be able to truly ride as a family. The positive impacts of this are invaluable and truly priceless!—Darren Butler
Myla, shown here with her dad three years ago, still enjoys using Mac Ride with her family.
Designed to adapt four different ways, Mac Ride easily grows with your child. The seat position can be moved forward and back, while the stirrups and foot strap length can be adjusted. Most importantly to your child’s comfort is that the stirrups can be pivoted both back and forth as well as up and down to allow for the best positioning.
With Mac Ride, we could plan cycling trips again. We really wanted a child bike seat we could travel easily with so we could keep up with our active holidays. Mac Ride is simple to fold up and pop in your carry-on luggage – and is lightweight. —Glen Dobson, Mac Ride Co-Creator
Mac Ride has been tested to the highest standards – the equivalent of thousands of hours of use – in an independent SGS testing lab. As Mac Ride was designed with Glen and Ashley’s own children in mind, safety was at the forefront of their design and testing. Currently, there is no safety certification for front-mounted child bike seats, but the seat does conform, with the exception of not having a strap, to an EU safety standard for child bike seats (EN 14344).
At the end of the day, Mac Ride’s most proven quality is that the kids who use it, have fun! “Our kids love it,” says Glen. “Now that our son is on a pedal bike, we explain to him where we’re going and offer him a choice of transport: his bike, a trailer bike, or Mac Ride. He’s able to gauge the distance, how his legs are feeling, and whether he’s craving that bonding time up front on Mac Ride before letting us know how he’s going to travel. His favorite time for Mac Riding right now is after school. I think he’s pretty knacked by 3 o’clock and loves to chill with me up front and chat about his day. Which is great for me too!”
The newly released TR S carbon rim wheels from Reynolds combine the flawless ride quality they’re known for and the durability you’ve come to expect. No matter your budget, wheels will still be the most important upgrade you make to your bike.
Reynolds ambassador Eric Porter and product manager Todd Tanner spent time ride testing the new TR S wheels on their home trails in Utah. Porter has earnest ted a reputation for himself as a mountain biker for a number of years and is a rider most will recognize, but Tanner will likely slip under the radar of the younger crowd.
Tanner is a former downhill racer from the early years of the World Cup circuit, and it shows. He definitely knows how to handle a bike, and moreover knows how they should perform. Now he puts his years of race driven product testing experience to good use refining the ride feel and overall ride performance of Reynolds mountain wheels, including the new TR S wheels.
The asymmetric carbon rims even out spoke tension for a more durable and predictable ride. The 30mm internal rim width provides excellent tire fit and provides additional air volume for superior ride quality and traction.
The TR 309 S is the 29er version and the TR 307 S is the 27.5 version. Both are offered in a range of colors to match your bike and come with both a 30-day customer satisfaction guarantee and a lifetime warranty.
Other features include Reynolds’ new TR6 100% CNC’d center lock disc mountain hub with 6-pawl construction and 5 degree engagement. Both versions are laced with 28 straight-pull spokes front and rear lending to the wheels’ quick acceleration and snap out of corners. The TR 309 S weighs in at 1635 grams while the TR 307 S tips the scales at just 1560 grams.
You may be confused at the first time, but the explanation is simple. From the beginning of Shovel story, we are trying to produce high-end and lightweight products at the same time. First Eighty8 was also lightweight chain guide with only 88 grams of weight. The official name comes from that time, but the main difference today is that Eighty8 is only 70 grams, because we improved Eighty8 up to the highest level of chain guides.
There are many questions, how Shovel can produce products with that quality level and ultra lightweight at the same time? The answer is not simple, but we will try to explain the production process, design, materials and the philosophy of Shovel. Optimal design, and high-end materials, such as aluminium 7075-T651, Ti (Grade V) bolts, weight, tough plastics make this Eighty8 chain guide one of the best and most reliable products on the market.
With aluminum and titanium, important parts of finish product are top guide and taco. Taco and top guide are made of durable-polyamid plastics. The top guide is specially designed to be tough, but also lightweight and small in proportions, and absorbs all kind of abuse from chain exceptionally well.
Shovel Eighty8 chain guide made from just best and finest materials, like all others Shovel components. Backplate is made from indestructible Aluminum 7075-T651, with 4mm thickness.
Titanium Grade 5 bolts are used for connections between backplate, taco, top guide and mount process and they are playing a big role in whole Shovel story. Titanium bolts are corrosion resistant, participate in quality and philosophy of light-weight products at the end.
Each step of the production process is made in-house.
Shovel CNC manufacturing is based on our personal programming skills in CAD Solidworks. The preliminary process, from purchasing materials, design, software programming, CNC manufacturing and almost the whole product treatment is happening in Shovel Components factory. When a CNC system is activated, the desired cuts are programmed into the software and dictated to corresponding tools and machinery, which carry out the dimensional tasks as specified. In Shovel factory, we push our machines to finish the hardest of tasks, to make all of our products look and feel perfect, straight from the machine.
The last stage of the production process is anodizing. Anodizing is nothing less important process. The main point of Shovel Components anodizing process is the highest quality of aluminum surface, strong thickness and durable color, and this is only possible with hard anodizing,(type II). Customers satisfaction is always on top of our priorities as Shovel Components are made by riders, for riders, and there must not be compromises. That’s the reason why you can find so many product colors in our shop: black, red, blue, green and titanium.
Eighty8 chain guides are the result of smart and efficient design, and as such, from weight, materials, mounting time, toughness, this is the best enduro chain guide on the market.
Why to choose Eighty8 ?
We hope that you convinced yourself that we are talking about a high-end product with excellent performance at the sane price, which makes it the BEST enduro chain guide on the market.
At the end of this review, we want to repeat the benefits and reasons why to choose Shovel Eighty8 chain guide.
– Complete in-house production
– Made of high-end materials: Aluminum 7075-T651, titanium and tough plastics
– Reverse C design
– Easy mount system
– Available in several colors
– Light-weight product with 70 grams
– Compatible with oval chainrings
– Sliding top guide
– Designed to shred
• Still running either 150mm or 160mm front suspension for maximum trail hooliganism.
• Now updated to run a boost 148×12 rear wheel to increase tyre clearance
• Roomier ETT & reach sizing to match the Aeris range – 630mm ETT on the ML size with 451mm reach
• Still sporting super short chainstays for a playful ride
• Slacker head angle – 64.1 degrees static with a 160mm fork gives a confident ride in all terrain
• 27.5? x 2.8? tyre clearance
• One piece machined brake mount and dropout assembly for maximum precision and minimum squeal
• ISCG05 chain guide mount with boost/non-boost adaptor
• We’re sticking with external cable routing for easy maintenance, continuous outer gear cables for maximum cable longevity and a BSA threaded 73mm bottom bracket
• Stealth dropper seat post routing
• Tubeless set up out of the box
Acid yellow and Atomic Blue Zero AM
With full customisation, you can get the right bike at the right price. Choose from:
• Rockshox Revelation, Yari, Pike and Lyrik forks
• SRAM NX, GX Eagle, X01 and XX1 or Shimano Deore, SLX and XT drive options
• Wheels by DT Swiss and Hope
• A range of finishing parts from RaceFace, Hope and Bird
Custom Builds start from £1374:
• Bird Zero AM Frame in a choice of colours
• DT Swiss M1900 wheels (30mm Internal)
• 2018 RockShox Revelation RC fork
• SRAM 11 speed NX Groupset
• SRAM Level T brakes
• RaceFace Ride seat post, bars and stem & Half Nelson Grips
• Fabric Scoop Saddle
• Cane Creek 40 headset
• Choice of Maxxis Tyres, shipped tubeless set up
“With the Zero AM boost update we’ve brought in additional quality and refinements to the already popular design, without compromising it. The new boost spacing and revised geo brings it up to date with our Aeris full suspension bikes but doesn’t loose any of the easy to live with, great to ride characteristics of the original.
I think for sometime its been our signature hardtail, racking up multiple wins and series victories in enduro races across the UK. We’d even go as far as to say it’s possibly the winning-est enduro hard tail the UK ever has seen. Fans of the original will be happy to see the lineage continue, only even better. Dave liked the 2nd generation prototype of this new version so much he’s kept it as his own and has been riding it round our local trails for months. So much for keeping things under wraps!”
Truvativ have long been proponents of the 31.8mm clamping diameter for their handlebars, but the times are changing, and after releasing a 35mm carbon DH bar earlier this year they’ve now announced even more 35mm diameter handlebars and a stem to go with them. But don’t worry, those 31.8mm options aren’t going anywhere — the new sizes are additions, not replacements, at least for the time being. Keep on scrolling for images, prices, and specs of the new products, which will be available in January 2018.
There’s a wealth of carbon wheels currently on the market, which means that it often comes down to the little details when deciding what to buy. For that reason, we’re seeing more companies offering impressive guarantees and warranties that make it a little easier to justify ponying up for a set of fancy carbon hoops.
Race Face are no exception, and they recently announced a two year guarantee for their carbon wheels that covers damage of any kind, including moments of user error, like backing over your wheel as you drive away from the trails. Read on for more details from Race Face, as well as a visual representation of exactly what that guarantee covers.
It’s clear that people love to abuse their bikes. And coming up on 25 years of building industry leading bicycle components, we’ve seen just about every story of JRA imaginable. From botched gaps to bikes on roof racks meeting garage entrances, the tragic stories of components lost before their time get shared amongst riders like folklore. And while these can be fun for wrenches filling in some #bikeshopbingo, we want to ensure our customers are getting the full lifetime of their product, especially when it comes to an investment in ride quality like Next R carbon wheels.
Race Face believes that our carbon wheels are top of their class; they are so durable we are offering the following 2 year, no fault, guarantee to the original retail purchaser with proof of purchase. At the discretion of Race Face we will, within 2 years of your original purchase, repair or replace your carbon wheel regardless of how the damage occurred or what the damage is. This guarantee covers your complete carbon wheel, including the rim, spokes, and hub with bearings to ensure you have a fully functioning, ride-ready wheel.