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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         to 6:50 and by the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        rivals   10km later blew out to a maximum
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      mockery of their           45km mark had gone
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                thing and made a

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         a Grip
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                on the Champs Élysées.“We all formed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 9:45.                     from the nish in

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Greipel’s GorillDER
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Recalled Henderson and a half [laps]             Twenty kilometres
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     group of 90-odd was
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 together about two, on the back. I just          Tanunda, a chase 40 seconds behind
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 to go and then I wasas I could and it went       in hot pursuit, now
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Australian Roe, the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 yelled ‘yes!’ as loud ‘yes’, ‘yes’ – like we     20-year-old South Around the anti-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  down    the line – ‘yes’,                        last of the escapees. circuit taking in some
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            And when the boys–     clockwise nishing

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  practiced in training.  ‘ooh, we’re going…’                                   that included
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    world-famous vineyards Valley Estate

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         p.m. Sunday
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Shortly before 5.30 Rymill Park,                  lit it up, it was like,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  it was just so fast.”                             Yalumba Wines, Barossa had been
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             afternoon in Adelaide’s     Australia’s Champs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    and Cockatoo Ridge, doing his utmost
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Rundle Road became made a stunning
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Sky                                                                          caught and was now back.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Élysées when Team ProTour race, Greg                                                                   just to dangle on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             entrance at their
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     rst                     in                                                                                 , RadioShack,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Sutton going 1-2                                                             In the nal kilometresall tried their
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Henderson and Chris entrée. Before that,                                                                                     Sky
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Liquigas and Team of some sort, but
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              the Tour Down Under than a handful

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     hand at sprint trains
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              however, after no
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     more                                                                                                    learned a lesson that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           51 kilometre cri-                                                         HTC-Columbia had time taught their
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              of laps into the 30-lap,member sporting                                          drawn rst blood       last Sunday and this
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               terium, a RadioShac in a ve-man move                      Team Sky may have Classic, but two                                right.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      at the Cancer Council 2008 champion            rivals how to do it
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               dossard #11 jumpedthan Lance Arm-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               – it was none other                                    days later in Tanunda,                 red
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                strong himself!                            three      André Greipel of        shot of the opening
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Lance’s big dig   lasted right up till            the rst real warning
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         he was clearly the                                 ProTour when he
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                laps remaining and                                     event of this year’s stage and ochre
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             having shed two           claimed the rst road
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 strongest in the break, But against the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 of the original members.                    was       leader’s jersey.           it. Now we have
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       the power of three                  “I think we deserved to try and win
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 ravenous peloton and then, as if from                                         lity
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  simply not enough, came Team Sky. The                 to take the responsibi in the last two                               by German Lu-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        every stage like we rather ominously, a         In a town founded Greipel (HTC-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  the heavens above, down to the new                                                                  therans in 1839, André
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  furious nale came Team Sky, versus the                years,” said Greipel by two bike lengths                           in Hahndorf he was
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         comfortable winner (RadioShack)              Columbia) showed after crashing out
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   team on the block, of the 2009 season,                                                                                best
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      back to his 2008 besting Greg Hend-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   most successful team throughout last                  from Gert Steegmans (Omega Pharma-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         and Jurgen Roelandts                          of last year’s TDU,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   HTC-Columbia, who to nearly 100                                                                                        and Robbie McEwen
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       erson (Team Sky)                      e
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    year walked the walk                                  Lotto).                  event to ProTour    (Katusha) for his
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         second consecutiv
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    major wins.                                             The elevation of the have coincided
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                led out his                                      to                    stage victory.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        As Sky’s Chris Sutton Henderson                   status in 2008 seems ys, and the day’s                                 I didn’t get sick.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          with fruitless breakawa                         “I had a good winter,                   is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    New Zealand team-mate precision, one                                          26km in when                                support, my form
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              and                         doomed escape came Biel Kadri (AG2R           And with the team’sat the conclusion of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     with complete power    overcome by an over-                                                        good,” Greipel said
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     couldn’t help being                                   Martin Kohler (BMC),                                                  etre leg.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           déjà-vu from the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                nal                           Timothy Roe (UniSA-       Wednesday’s 133-kilom
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     whelming sense of                         the         La Mondiale) and a 2:45 lead in front
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Tour de France –                Australia-AIS) held less than
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     stage of last year’s Anglophones who go
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      last time, two other                                 of the peloton, which
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   and Cavend-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      by the names of Renshaw
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       ish did exactly the



                                                                                                                                                to begin with and
                                                                                                                             I felt the altitude a few days though, I
                                                                                                                             it really easy. After day rides out to the
                                                                                                                             started to do some surrounding area.
                                                                                                                              many Gompas in                       biking,
                                                                                                                                                 really mountain
                                                                                                                              While it was not sealed, it was great to be
                                                                                                                              as the roads were          tly. The Gompas
                                                                                                                              able explore independen washed buildings
                                                                                                                               were amazing old the top of hills. My fa-
                                                                                                                               usually perched on Gompa, which houses
                                                                                                                               vourite was Thiksey and has a striking
                                                                                                                               hundreds of monks Potala Palace in Tibet.
                                                                                                                                resemblance to the

                                                                                                                                                             it was time for my
                                                                                                                                     After a week or so day ride to Khardung
                                                                                                                                    rst big challenge; which is claimed
                                                                                                                                   La (La means pass),                            the
                                                                                                                                                         motorable road in heard
                                                                                                                                   to be ‘the highest            (I have since
                                                                                                                                   world’ at 5,600 metres  in fact, only 5,359m). of
                                                                                                                 in Nepal
                                                                                      n a trekking holiday maps for                rumours that it is,
                                                                                                                                                         top with about 2,000m
                                                                                      in 2001 I saw cycling                         was 40km to the gradient was gradual,
                                                                                                                 Tibet, to
                                                                                       a route from Lahsa, with a side              elevation gain. The was the way to go, as
                                                                                       Kathmandu in Nepal of Ever-                  and slow and steady leave you severely out
                                                                                                            side                    any bursts of energy of altitude. Including
                                                                                       trip to the north it. It wasn’t                                   sort
                                                                                                       to do                        of breath at this
                                                                         est. I instantly wanted however, that the                                              seven hours to get
                                                                         until seven years to turn this dream into a                 breaks it took nearly of the road was
                                                                         time seemed right                                           to  the top. While much towards the summit
                                                                                                                                                          to dirt
                                                                                                                                     sealed, it turned           where the road had
                                                                         reality.                  and working in Kanga-             and in a few sections due to landslides. I
                                                                             I had been living                               of
                                                                                                   and riding up some                 broken up, probablythe top, taking photos
                                                                          roo Valley in NSW area. Shortly thereafter                                        at
                                                                          the big hills in that                                       spent 45 minutes of tea. Then came the
                                                                                                         race, the Scott 24           and drinking a cup 40km freewheel. There
                                                                          I rode my rst Enduro capable of such a
                                                                           Hour, and was feeling people of my plans                   descent; an amazing heading up the pass
                                                                           journey. I started
                                                                                                  to tell                              was no motor traf and I was able to use
                                                                                                           I was planning on           this late in the day views were incredible
                                                                           and began my research; to get the best
                                                                            a September 08 departure to the travel                     the whole road. The I was down in an
                                                                            weather. In March
                                                                                                    I went                             in the fading light          al!
                                                                                                  about ights, everything               hour and a half—unre of exploring it
                                                                            agent and asked going to work out and it                                             days
                                                                            seemed like it was than I’d expected. I told                    After a few more the bike and start
                                                                             was even cheaper                             to book       was time to load rst multi-day ride was
                                                                                                   later in the week                    the journey. The                route from Leh
                                                                             them I’d be back way home I turned on
                                                                             the tickets. On the rst thing I heard was,                  the classic high altitude  route that crosses
                                                                             the radio and the Bugger!                                   to Manali—a 475km       Tanglang La 5,360m
                                                                              “Riots in Lahsa”. though, with the                         four major passes; second highest mo-
                                                                                 It was looking as                                        (claimed to be the world), Lachalang
                                                                                                                    the chances
                                                                              Olympics      in China that year,area of Tibet              torable road in the          La 4,880m and
                                                                              of getting into the I started to look at other              La 5,065m, Baralacha is only open from
                                                                               were very slim, so a route in the Himalayas                 Rohtang La 3,995m.                          snowed
                                                                                                                                                                  each year as it is high
                                                                                                                                           June to September                          so
                                                                               options. I wanted passes, large sec-                                            time—the area is
                                                                               with high mountain and some Buddhist                        in the rest of the                 habitation at
                                                                               tions of unsealed
                                                                                                     road                                  that there is no permanentup tent camps
                                                                                                               I found the perfect          all. Some hardy locals
                                                                               monasteries (Gompas).                                                                          and sell food at
                                                                                                             Indian regions of              made from old parachutes
                                                                                route in the Northern and Kinnaur. This                                               the way during the
                                                                                                     Spiti                                  various points along                         the
                                                                                Ladakh, Lahaul,
                                                                                                        for most of the year
                                                                                                                                so                               I spent 13 days on
                                                                                area is snowed in July to make the most                     summer months. for 10. This part of the
                                                                                                      in                                     ride but only  rode
                                                                                 I’d have to leave            an earlier departure,                                  rainfall as the Sahara,
                                                                                 of the good weather—                                        world has the same             to have rain most
                                                                                 even better!                                                so I was a little unlucky on about four
                                                                                                          and took a domestic                 days with a full soaking
                                                                                     I ew into Delhi           at 3,500 metres                                      descended the Tanglang
                                                                                    ight to Leh, Ladakh, touristy but still a                 occasions—I even                        to be 75%
                                                                                                                                                                  storm! It is said
                                                                                  above sea level. Leh with the old palace                    La during a hail           like less to me and
                                                                                  very interesting place, a hill, overlooking                 tarmac but it seemed my knobby tyres
                                                                                                          up                                   I was very grateful for was absolutely
                                                                                   looming, half way               was incredibly                                 scenery
                                                                                   the town. The landscape in sight. The val-                  in the mud. The                 rock formations,
                                                                                    barren with barely
                                                                                                           a tree                              amazing, with interesting I didn’t see a tree
                                                                                                                 from the Indus River                                ridges.
                                                                                                                                                canyons and sand for over a week until I
                                                                                    ley oor was irrigated was brown and
                                                                                    but out of the valley
                                                                                                                             haunting.          or much greenery
                                                                                                         beautiful, it was
                                                                                     bare. It was not

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       any dual suspension
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 relying on quality
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        squish at the back bike                back in the granny
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 the rider balanced                          to keep           pedalling rhythm gear and can affect your
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                iteration of I-Driveand in control. This new                                         when
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              some technical climbs climbing. I found
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The quite rearward is pretty hard to fault.                   easy in the middle          that were relatively
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                the high pivot helps axle path provided by                    makeable in the granny  chainring, were barely
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               momentum, especially maintain forward                          problem for not-so-stee ring. This is not a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               impacts. Trail feedbackon square edged                        can stay in the middle p sections where you
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               sense of being connected excellent, with a                    at the back, although ring and a large cog
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               under the wheels.               to what is going              situation is not ideal. the chain line in this
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      GT                           on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              level of compressio have spec’d a very low                    where you simply            For really steep
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              which gives the Sensor   n damping for this
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             shock                                  have to be in the terrain
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            it does somewhat                             granny,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              sensitivity; it also          good small bump                                        detract from the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     feels quite plush                      otherwise excellent                        Sensor’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             descents, and soaks                        on faster          trails are rarely steep   climbing ability. If
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        up medium to large                                                                  your
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             without getting unsettled.                        hits        easiest two or three enough to need your
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             feels essentially linear          The suspension              something you won’t       gears, this is probably
                                                   or 2010 GT Bicycles                                                                                                                                                                                    through the rst                                              ever notice.
                                                   new ‘trail/marathon’ has added a                                                                                                                                         of the travel with                               80%              If you ride a lot
                                                  line up. With 120mmmodel to their
                                                                                                     8                                                                                                                      end; setting around ramp up towards the                       Nevegals may not on sandy trails the Kenda
                                                                                                       Coming in at 12.9kg                                 cockpit componen                                                                            25 to 30% sag should
                                                                              of rear wheel                                    without pedals and                                ts                                         see you using all                                             spite gripping well be the tyre for you. De-
                                                  travel, the Sensor                                frame and shock                                        and this is all toppedare typically well made,                                         of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            bottoming. The shock travel without harsh
                                                  framed Marathon
                                                                         replaces the alloy                            weight of 2,950g
                                                                                                    size), the Sensor 1.0                  (medium
                                                                                                                                                                                     off by my favourite                                                                                 do not steer at all in most conditions they
                                                                          models (the Car-                                                                saddle; the WTB                                                  low leverage ratio             operates off a fairly                                   well in loose sand,
                                         bon Marathon still                                        seems to be spec’d is not super light. It              lot extra you could
                                                                                                                                                                                Rocket; there’s really                                              so
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           low pressure, which you can run relatively
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         they’re de nitely
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                not the fastest rollers  and
                                        The Sensor features has 100mm of travel).                                        more
                                                                                                   riding in mind, especiallywith aggressive trail                                ask for.                not a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       helps both with small             there either.                                     out
                                        updated pivot hardware,   a redesigned frame                                                                        Hitting the trails                                             bump complianc
                                                                                        and                                      when you consider                                revealed that despite                                          e                                          Previous versions
                                                                        all built around           the relatively heavy                                  some burly componen                                              shock durability. and overall seal and                                                    of I-Drive have been
                                        the latest evolution
                                                                 of GT’s patented                 and 180mm front Kenda Nevegal tyres                    gives the bike a bit        ts, the 100mm stem
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          well under brakes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The Sensor also behaves               notorious for developing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          noise around
                                        Drive suspension                             I-           interested in more brake rotor. For those                                      of
                                                                                                                                                         handling bias, trading a cross country                                                    with                                 the main pivot, so
                                       three different spec
                                                             design. It is available
                                                                                                  ping out a few key XC oriented riding, swap-                                       off some descending                  suspension performan very little change to                    throughout the testit is worth noting that
                                       ing from $2,199          levels, with prices in                                  items should comfort-           security in order
                                                                                                                                                                              to emphasise climbing                          Trail bikes not only ce.                                  a single squeak, creak,     period there was
                                                            for the Suntour and       rang-       ably see a total weight                               ity. If you prefer                                                                              have to soak up the
                                                                                                                                                                                                          abil-                                                                                                       or chirp from the
    ISSN 1446-750X                     equipped Sensor
                                                            3.0 up                   Deore        with almost 3kg            in the low 12’s, but                            a
                                                                                                                                                        might be better to more balanced trail feel it
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         hits, but also have
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         the Sensor does not pedal effectively, and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Sensor. In fact it
                                       Fox and XT equipped to $3,899 for the                                         in the
                                                                                                 to be a true featherwei frame it’s never going                                 swap the stem for                                                                                      to ride, with very an incredibly quiet bike
                      04              bikes are hot off             Sensor 1.0. As these                                    ght. The frame itself
                                                                                                                                                        80mm version.                                a 90 or             either. It displays disappoint in this regard                 compared to many
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               little noise of any
                                                                                                 is nicely nished                                                                                                                               very
                                      only model available production line, the                                      with                                  The Sensor proved                                             pedalling, and surges little bob under seated                                           other
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       with previous versions bikes out there. As
                                                                  for testing was the            thick paint and even hydroformed tubes,               trail bike, thanks          to be a very capable
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        in response to your           forward willingly                                               of the suspension
                                      top level Sensor                                          to see a frame looking   welds. It’s refreshing                               in no small part                                                                                        sign it uses standard                                de-
                                     hit the trails to put so we sucked it up and
                                                                                                                                                       sorted geometry.
                                                                                                                                                                                                 to its                 is a slight increase efforts. Whilst there                    big) in the pivots           headset bearings
                                                              this new beast through            tional given the mass relatively tradi-               angle strikes a good 69.5-degree head                             Propedal switched in ef ciency with the                                              and can be serviced (think
                                     its paces.                                                 swoopy designs in         proliferation of overly                                balance between                                                                                      regular bike tools.                             with
                                                                                                                                                      steering response                              rapid              quired. With the on, it is generally not re-
                                        For those who haven’t
                                                                     seen it before, GT’s      also the downright the last few years, and                                    for climbing or twisty
                                                                                                                                                      singletrack, and stability                                       do its job, the Sensor
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              shock’s damper left
                                    I-Drive suspension                                                                 weirdness of some                                              on fast, rocky                                                                  open to        8
                                                            is                                 lier I-Drive models—t                        ear-     descents. The relatively                                                                        hugs the ground
    771446   750002                 pivot design, howeveressentially a high single             aesthetically at least, his is a frame which,                                        short chainstays                   baby koala hugs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              its                       like a          For doing everything
9                                                                the bottom bracket                                                                  make it easy to get                                               to minor pedal bob mum, and the small loss                                                    trail riding, the
                                      oats between the
                                                           front and rear triangles,          of time. Standover should stand the test               steep descents or your weight back for                                                       is more than compensat             freshly nished GT
                                    and moves rearward                                        is also a reasonableheight is good and there                                  when
                                                                                                                                                     ping, and the Sensor manualling or hop-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ed for by this increased                                -      bike, and deserves Sensor is an excellent
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       traction. The
                                   sion compresses.           slightly as the suspen-
                                                                                              height adjustmen amount (12cm) of seat                air. Combined with feels nimble in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Propedal setting
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            is probably suf cientlightest           tion if you’re out very serious considera-
                                                         This                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              shopping for something
                                   pedal feedback and helps to eliminate                                           t
                                                                                              be suf cient for allavailable, which should           which makes it easy a 73-degree seat angle
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      all but totally smooth                           for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    conditions, although
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    new. It looks classy,
                                   sion stiffening without  chain-induced suspen-                                    trail riding situations.                                                                         pedal mashing out                                             a quality build and and backs up with
                                                                adversely effecting          I also liked the full-length                           during seated climbs to keep weight forward                      in some increase of the saddle will result                                               totally
                                  bump absorption                                            which keeps the                  shifter housing       capable of riding           you end up with                                             to unwanted suspen-                     geometry. The suspension dialled frame
                                                         capabilities. Don’t                                      mud                                                     through, over, or        a bike            sion movement. One                                                                                system strikes an
                                  if it seems a little                                       cables run smoother out and lets the gear                                                                                                                                             impressive balance
                                                        confusing, GT haveworry                                                                    just about anything                          around                                            point to note is that
                                 using this system                                           ness is about as goodfor longer. Frame stiff-         cally encounter. It a 120mm bike will typi-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     activating the Propedal                                       line ef ciency and between sprint for the
                                                        for quite a few yearsbeen                                                                                                                                                                     made the Sensor
                                 and the fact that                                now,      this category, with        as anything else in                                 really
                                                                                                                                                   singletrack situations, excels in owing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     noticeably higher
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             in                          ride      plushness, nding scream through the rocks
                                 for its effectivene is still around vouches                                                                                                                                        probably help keep its travel, which will                                              a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   where it con dently great middle ground
                                                      ss.                                   the addition of a the front end helped by             the bike from corner where you can throw                          ing on smooth but the front wheel track-
                                                                                            the bars are comfortab
                                                                                                                  thru-axle fork. At                                           to corner and pump                                                                                 rain your vision of handles whatever ter-
                                                                                                                        ly wide, the Ritchey
                                                                                                                                                  for extra speed in
                                                                                                                                                                          between.                      it          stepped, technical steep climbs. For rocky,                   Although it could an epic ride requires.
                                                                                                                                                     Of course dialled                                                                      climbs the best perform-                                      easily be made lighter
                                                                                                                                                                            geometry is only                        ance is again with                                            you like endurance                                  if
                                                                                                                                                                                                 half of                                    the shock left wide
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    open.         distance, the stock races and covering long
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   8                                                             will be spot on for aggressive trail setup
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Whilst the Sensor
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               is generally a great              ing to hit the trails most riders just want-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   performer, there                                             this equation outstandin  and have a blast.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         is one                                                                                 Add to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  tioning. The I-Drive thing worth men-                         across the range                  g value for money
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  'chain growth' than system produces more                                             and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                that GT has come it’s not hard to sense
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  the axle-to-bottom many other systems; the                                             up with a winner.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  extends as the suspension measurement
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  This leads to some                  is compressed.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           noticable pedal feed-
                                                                  bikes with matching
                                                                  stem, seatpost, rims white handlebars,                              time but the overall
                                                                                         and hubs for
                                                                  example. This colour                                                pretty slow—until uptake has been
                                                                 continues for 2010 co-ordination                                     Orbea, Merida and
                                                                                                                                                         now. For 2010 Scott,
                                                                 whole new level. and gets taken to a                                                     Norco all have BB30
                                                                                                                                      equipped bikes within                                                                       The lightest mass-prod
                                                                                     Manufacturers have                                                                                                                                                     uced road bike
                                                                 paid special attention                                               models. Both SRAM their high-end                                                         frames hover around
                                                                 entire bikes, right      to colour coding
                                                                                                                                     expanded their range and FSA have                                                         mark and have done the 750-850g
                                                                                     down to having colour                                                                                                                                             so
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               now. Some rigid MTB for a few years
                                                                 matched tyres in
                                                                                    some cases.                                      support the increasingof BB30 cranks to
                                                                   A few major componen                                                                     popularity of this
                                                                                                                                     relatively new standard.                                                                  dipped down towards frames have
                                                                                             t makers have                                                    It looks like the                                                                         the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              until now, no commonly 1kg mark but
                                                                facilitated this trend                                               BB30 snowball is
                                                                in an assortment of by offering their parts                                             nally off and rolling.                                                mountain bikes have          manufactured
                                                                coloured hues. With anodised or gloss                                                                                                                         For 2010 two manufactu below.
                                                               remaining structurallmany components                     Again far from being                                                                                  are aware of claim           rers that we
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   to have sub-1kg
                                                               adding a splash of      y identical to 2009,                                      a new concept,                                                              mountain bike frames;
                                                                                    colour has allowed                tapered fork steerer                                                                                                              the Cannondale
                                                               old parts to become                                    much wider usage tubes are seeing                                                                      Flash and Merida’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    0.Nine. Both are
             ome years we see
                                  extensive over-              again for the 2010 distinctive and ‘new’                                   in
                                                                                                                     and MTB markets 2010. Both road                                                                         standard production
             hauls in the parts                                                     season.                                               appear to have                                                                    advertise a rider weight  models and neither
                                  offered by the                                                                     embraced the idea.                                                                                                                  limit or similar
             major componen                                                                                          standard 1 1/8 inch Most feature a                                                                     restrictions—they
       while others remain t manufacturers                                                                                                                                                                                                       are
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            and suitable for real meant to be strong
                              relatively quiet.                    The BB30 style of
                                                                                        bottom bracket was           dimension tapering upper headset                                                                                               off-road use.
      SRAM may have
                          launched an all-new                   launched by Cannonda
                                                                                           le                       1 1/4 or 1 1/2 inch up to a larger                                                                         This is a clear sign
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     of what is possible
      and pretty revolution                                     to address the problems some years ago              larger lower bearing  lower tting. The                                                                  with good carbon
      the mountain bike ary group-set on                        by crank and bottom         encountered                                     is better able to                                                                                    frame
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           and has led to complete construction
                           front                                                                                   manage the high
     from that 2010 appears (XX), but aside                     manufacturers. At        bracket                                       loads seen in that                                                                  around the 8kg mark bike weights
                                  to be a year of                                    the                           location while the                                                                                                                (or less) with a
     ‘trickle-down’. That
                             means the new con-                bracket spindles were time, bottom                                       fatter
                                                                                                                  reduces ex. Additiona fork steerer                                                                       front suspension
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               fork tted!
    cepts and design                                                                     getting fatter to
                        ideas                                  increase stiffness,                                diameter of the head lly, the larger                                                                                                                      hit upon a mutually
    top-end 2009 groups launched with the                                          but
                                                               diameter remained the outer bearing                                                                                                                                                                          standard’ for these agreeable ‘industry
                              simply                                                 constrained by the           more ‘meat’ at the tube provides
    the line to more affordable move down                     dimensions of a standard                                                  crucial head tube/                                                                   More and more manufactu                                             new
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           FSA has two different chainring sizes.
                                     price points.                                                                down tube junction
   Shimano’s new Ultegra                                                                     bottom bracket                               of                                                                                                               rers are        patterns within their chainring bolt
                                                              shell. ‘External type’                             instance, fatter doesn’t the frame. In this                                                               producing cross country
   group from Campagno and the Athena                         solved the bearing cranks in part                                                                                                                                                        mountain                                    range and SRAM
                               lo are examples of                                   size                         heavier; with approprianecessarily mean                                                                  bike cranks with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             two chainrings rather         has another completely
   this on the road,
                       while                                  out the width of the issue but pushed              and construction,            te materials                                                                than three. Rather                               on their new XX           different format
   parts and some new the updated Deore                      a wider pedal stance     cranks, creating                                tapered steerers can                                                                                     than
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          the smallest chainring just removing            cranks. Shimano
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              double chainring
                           SRAM items do the                                                                     actually be lighter                                                                                                               (granny gear) to
  same on the dirt.                                          many riders found (Q-factor) which                                       as well
                                                                                                                (although the oversized as stiffer                                                                       leave a 32/44 cog
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              combination, most           releasing a new XTR
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             is rumoured to be
      Beyond the updated                                                           undesirable. The                                           lower bearing                                                              offer reduced chainring                                                  double crank set
                                                             system relies on a                        BB30 tends to                                                                                                                                                      for 2011 and I’d
  found on new model components                                                   much
                                                             bracket shell to house fatter bottom
                                                                                                                           put the weight straight
                                                                                                                                                      back on).                                                          seems to be a fairly        sizes—28/42
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          using yet another
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            bet my money on
                            bikes, 2010 sees the                                                                                                                                                                                                common example.
 broader uptake of
                        a few industry trends.              and a 30mm diameter bigger bearings                                                                                                                          When combined
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           with a wide range
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             chainring mounting
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         pattern. It just means
 Let’s take a look                                          bearings are tted          spindle. The fat                                                                                                                 cassette, a double                       rear                             that you’ll be
                      at                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 limited for choice
 themes as we see the most noteworthy                                             internally which in              While steerer tubes                                                                                                       chainring system                                when it
                      them.                                 turn allows for a
                                                                                narrower pedal stance.         brackets are getting and bottom                                                                          provide a good spread                   can
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   of usable gears for   replacing your chainrings comes to
                                                           Using a large 30mm                                  that more bikes are bigger, it seems                                                                     trail riding as well
                                                           increases stiffness diameter spindle                extremely thin seat coming out with                                                                         The main bene t XC racing.
   In the past few years                                                        and
                                                           composite constructi makes alloy or                tune some ‘give’ in stays. The idea is to                                                                chainrings comes of having two                      Many said that it
                         component                                                                                                                                                                                                         with the reduced
manufacturers have                                        for weight reduction.on a viable option                                    to the
                                                                                                              little vertical complianc seat stays. A                                                                  chain angle when                                 never succeed but was a fad and would
parts that are linked taken to producing                      From the outset BB30                                                         e in this area                                                              gears’—the largest
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           using the ‘cross over
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        that big wheels are
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            it is pretty clear now      longer contact patch
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                with the ground
                                                                                                             enhance the ride
distinctive colour    aesthetically via a
                                                          an ‘open standard’             was created as                           comfort with little can                                                             with the biggest cog
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             chainring combined
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        number of 29-inch here to stay. The
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        for improved traction.
                   scheme. Gloss white                                           that any                    loss in ef ciency.                          or
                                                                                                                                  This trend materialiseno                                                                                     on                                                                       side they are heavier On the negative
has been popular                                          was free to use. Specialized manufacturer on the road                                                                                                       for example. Limiting the rear cassette                                wheeled
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        bikes has grown substantia mountain
                   and you’d often see
                                                                                           and                               but many                       d                                                                                    the angle that the                                                    rolling inertia can and their increased
                                                          Cannondale have
                                                                               used BB30 for some           mountain bike frames ‘new generation’                                                                     chain is forced to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          run                          almost every major              lly with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       less manoeuvrable.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            make them sightly
                                                                                                            stays too.                   are using thin seat                                                          chain ef ciency and on improves drive            few ‘wagon wheels’ brand featuring a                                  There’s now even
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              reduces chain wear.                            in                       650B wheel size that                       a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Unfortunately, no
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              one seems to have        Why use big wheels? their line-ups.            between 26-inch          splits the difference
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       at rolling over obstacles are better                               and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   and provide a      While it is still pretty 29-inch wheels.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      can say what the         uncommon, who
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          future holds?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Photo   Christophe Margot

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       HD* = Hydraulic Disc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             CD* = Cable Disc Brakes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  LP* = Linear Pull Brakes

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Weinmann ZAC-19 Alloy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Bengal 606 CD*
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Ez-Fire 8sp                                                           Alex DC-19 D/Wall Alloy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Tektro Novela CD*
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Altus                                      Ez-Fire 8sp                                                           Alex DC-19 D/Wall Alloy
                                                                                                                                                                     ProWheel MC-A621                                                                                              Tektro Auriga Comp
                                                                                                                           Suntour M2025-MLO,
                                                                                                                                                63mm                                                    Acera                                       Acera 8sp                                                            Alex DC-19 D/Wall Alloy
                                                                                                                                                                     Shimano M191                                                                                                  Tektro Auriga Comp
                                                                                Hydroformed Alloy                                                80mm                                                   Alivio                                      SRAM X.5 9sp Trigger                                                  Alex DC-19 D/Wall Alloy
                                                              $580                                                         Suntour XCT V2-MLO,
                                 Altitude                                                                                                                            Truvativ X-Flow 3.0                                                                                           Tektro Auriga Comp
                                                                                Hydroformed Alloy                                                 80mm                                                  SRAM X.5                                    Deore Rapid Fire                                                      Alex DC-19 D/Wall Alloy
                                                               $680                                                         Suntour XCM V2-HLO,
                                 Evolution                                                                                                                           Truvativ Isoflow 3.0                                                                                           Hayes Stroker Ryde HD*
                                                                                Hydroformed Alloy                                                                                                        SLX Shadow                                                                                                           Alex ID-19 D/Wall Alloy
                                                               $800                                                         RockShox Dart 2, 80mm                                                                                                   SRAM X.7 Trigger
                                  Volatile                                                          Butted Alloy                                                     Truvativ FiveD 3.0                                                                                             Hayes Stroker Ryde HD*
                                                                                Hydroformed Double                                                                                                       SRAM X.7
                                                               $950                                                        RockShox Dart 2, 80mm                                                                                                     SRAM X.7 Trigger                                                         Mavic XM 117
                                  Catalyst                                                           Butted Alloy                                                     Truvativ FiveD 3.0                                                                                            Hayes Stroker Trail HD*
                                                                                Hydroformed Double                                                                                                       SRAM X.9                                                                                                             Alex ID-19 D/Wall Alloy
                                                               $1,100                                                      RockShox Dart 2, 100mm                                                                                                    Deore Rapid Fire
                                  Ascent                                                             Butted Alloy                                                     Truvativ Blaze 3.0                                                                                             Avid Juicy 3 HD*
                                                                                Hydroformed Double                                                                                                       Deore Shadow
                                                               $1,250                                                       RockShox Dart 2, 100mm                                                                                                   SRAM X.7 Trigger                                                         Mavic XM 117
                                  Aspire                                                                   Alloy                                                      Truvativ Firex 3.0                                                                                             Avid Elixir 5 HD*
                                                                                 Hydroformed Triple Butted                                      Solo Air, 100mm                                           SRAM X.9                                   Deore Rapid Fire                                                         Mavic XM 317
                                                                $1,500                                                      RockShox Tora Race
                                   Enduro                                                                  Alloy                                                       Truvativ Blaze 3.0                                                                                            Avid Elixir R HD*
                                                                                 Hydroformed Triple Butted                                                                                                XT Shadow                                                                                                            Easton XC One Disc
                                                                $2,000                                                      RockShox Dart 2, 100mm                                                                                                    SRAM X.0 Trigger
                                   Comp X                                                                                                                              Truvativ Firex 3.0                                                                                            SRAM XX HD*
                                                                                 Hi-Modulus Carbon                                               Solo Air, 100mm                                          SRAM X.0
                                                                $2,600                                                       RockShox Tora Race                                                                                                       SRAM XX
                                   Taos C                                                                                                                              Truvativ Stylo 3.2
                                                                                  Hi-Modulus Carbon                                               100mm                                                    SRAM XX                                                                                                             Alex TD25 D/Wall Alloy
                                                                $2,900                                                       RockShox Reba Race,
                                    Expert C                                                                                                                           SRAM XX 28/42                                                                                                  Tektro Novela CD*
                                                                                  Hi-Modulus Carbon                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Alex TD25 D/Wall Alloy
                                                                 $4,000                                                      RockShox SID XX 100mm                                                                                                     Ez-Fire 8sp
                                    Team C                                        Arctec Hi-Modulus Carbon                                                                                                 Acera                                                                      Shimano M416 CD*
                                                                 $7,000                                                                                                                                                                                Ez-Fire 8sp
                                    Arctec M                                                                                                                            Shimano M191 42/32/22                                                                                          Tektro Auriga Comp
                                                                                                                              RST 191-T-D 80mm                                                             Acera                                       Acera 8sp                                                                Alex SD24 D/Wall Alloy
                                                                                                                                                                        Shimano M191 42/34/24                                                                                          Tektro Auriga Comp
                                                                                   ADT 6061 Formtech Alloy                                        w/Lockout                                                 Alivio                                                                                                              Alex SD24 D/Wall Alloy
                                                                 $600                                                         RST Capa ML 80mm                                                                                                         Alivio 8sp
                                     Atomic                                                                Geometry                                                     Shimano M191 42/34/24T                                                                                         Tektro Women’s HD*
                                                                                   Formtech Alloy, Women’s                                        w/Lockout                                                 Deore                                                                                                                Alex SD24 D/Wall Alloy
                                                                 $700                                                         RST Capa ML 80mm                                                                                                          Alfine 8sp Trigger
                                     Forte 2                                                                                                                             Shimano M361 Octalink                                                                                         Shimano M486 HD*
                                                                                   ADT 6061 Formtech Alloy                                             w/Lockout                                                                                                                                                                 Alex XD-Lite D/Wall
                                                                  $800                                                         RockShox Dart 2 100mm                                                        Deore                                       Deore Rapid Fire
                                     Ridge Rider                                                                                                                         Shimano M361 Octalink                                                                                          Shimano M486 HD*
                                                                                   ADT 6061 Formtech Alloy                                             w/Lockout                                                                                                                                                                 Alex XD-Lite D/Wall
                                                                  $1,000                                                       RockShox Dart 2 100mm                                                        SLX                                         Deore Rapid Fire
                                      Montari                                                               Geometry                                                     Shimano M442 Octalink                                                                                          Avid Juicy 3 HD*
                                                                                   Formtech Alloy, Women’s                                             w/Lockout
                                                                  $1,000                                                       RockShox Dart 3 100mm                                                            XT                                       Single Speed                                                             Sun Ringle Equalizer
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                                                                                   ADT 7005 UL Ultralite                                                w/Lockout                                                                                                                                                                 Alex XD-Lite D/Wall
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