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Le multitool du biker selffilmer?

Pour Frédéric, dont les progrès vidéo le hissent désormais en tête des montages.

Wahoo Kickr

Voici un objet bien sympa pour développer de la puissance dans notre pays pas toujours ensoleillé.
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2013 Santa Cruz Heckler 27.5

Et de 3! Viiiiite, Intense, réagit!

2013 Santa Cruz Heckler 27.5

Introduction by Francis Cebedo

Santa Cruz announced another bike today and it’s the venerable Heckler. It features 27.5″ wheels, 150mm of travel, fancy colors and the knockout punch is it’s actually affordable. Until today, 27.5″ bikes in general have been coveted by many but out of reach for most, as most of the price tags have hovered between $5k and $10 thousand Benjamins.

This new 27.5″ is available at $2600 and $3000 complete.

And it’s not just the same old single-pivot Heckler in version 7.0 wrapper. Some of the significant changes are:

  • 27.5″ wheels
  • 150 mm of front and rear travel
  • Exact geometry as the Santa Cruz Bronson
  • New 142mm x 12mm rear axle spacing – easier wheel installation
  • Collet axle pivot – locks in place without pinch bolts
  • Angular contact bearings maximize stiffness
  • Standard or direct mount rear derailleur hanger
  • ISCG-05 chainguide compatibility
  • 6.76 lb frame
  • $1299 frame price

No, there’s no carbon version and fancy video with this release. But not only can you covet this bike, you can actually afford it too.

From the Manufacturer

In its seventh incarnation, the Heckler still allows you to order from the all-mountain menu like it’s Happy Hour.

Now with the same super awesome geometry* as the acclaimed Bronson, plus 150mm travel and 27.5” wheels to match, there’s been no half measures in the new Heckler’s development.

Legions of Heckler owners testify to the durability of the design, marching on through season after season while other bikes at this price point simply rattle to pieces. The aluminum frame is now stiffer and lighter than its predecessor, with a single collet axle pivot, 142mm rear end and a direct mount rear derailleur hanger keeping things tight and tidy.

So as the Heckler prepares to celebrate its 18th birthday in Club Tropicana** colors, you can rest assured this single pivot party will keep going long after the others have gone home.

*Super awesome geometry is not a Santa Cruz trademark.
**Drinks probably not free, so black is also available.

  • Total frame weight: 6.76 lb (3.07 kg) M size with Fox Float CTD evolution shock.
  • 6” (150mm) travel.
  • 27.5” wheels.
  • New 142mm x 12mm rear axle spacing – easier wheel installation.
  • Collet axle pivot – locks in place without pinch bolts. • Angular contact bearings maximize stiffness.
  • Standard or direct mount rear derailleur hanger.
  • ISCG-05 chainguide compatibility.
  • 73mm threaded BB for creak-free riding and easy installation.
  • Two color options: Gloss black w/orange decals and Gloss blue w/green decals
  • Complete bikes starting at $2599 (US) / $2899 (CAN) for D-AM kit.
  • Frame $1299 (US) / $1399 (CAN) with Fox Float CTD evolution shock.
  • 5 year warranty for original owners
  • Lifetime bearings warranty
  • Lifetime crash replacement warranty

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Formula T1 25th Anniversary The One brakes review


Formula T1 25th Anniversary The One brakes review

Twenty-five years is a long time in mountain biking, so Italian brake manufacturers Formula chose to celebrate by making just 600 pairs of these specially finished and anodised brakes.

The one piece forged calliper uses 24mm pistons, but with minor tweaks for 2013. Improved piston retraction reduces rubbing and there’s angled hose routing for better clearance. The top loading pads are easy to fit.

As with all current Formula brakes they use radial levers; the master piston sits perpendicular to the bar and forms both the body and the clamp, so they can run on either side. A complete 180mm front brake weighs 397g.

There’s tool-free reach and bite point adjustment for the lever, but riders who like to run levers so they sit close to the bar and bite even closer found it hard to get a position that worked.

If you dial both adjusters all the way in for a close bite point and minimal lever throw, the lever can actually connect with the body itself, stopping you braking any harder. Less extreme setups were fine, though the large hook on the lever end split opinion again.

The feel is markedly different from both Avid and Shimano, with a less vicious initial bite that progresses into serious stopping power with plenty of feel. The glossy, gunmetal-style finish certainly looks the part, and the general quality of construction is top notch.

Santa Cruz Solo Carbon – first ride review

Enfer! Que choisir entre un Solo et un Bronson? Bon courage et Thomas!

Santa Cruz Solo Carbon – first ride review

After the exciting introduction of the 150mm Santa Cruz Bronson, it looked as though the US company were content with an already packed line-up. So when they announced a further addition to their range we were struggling to work out the gap they were trying to fill. Step in the Solo, a 5in travel, 27.5in wheel trail bike developed from what Santa Cruz say they learned while creating the Bronson.

Ride & handling: Rare balance of fun and efficiency, just watch those pedals

The VPP rear end of the Santa Cruz Solo is particularly efficient, resisting bob admirably in all situations. Fox’s CTD rear shock allows for further efficiency gains at the flick of a switch (in Trail mode), the trade-off being the usual drop in small bump compliance. With Climb mode enabled the rear end of the bike demonstrates its immense stiffness. For the majority of riders, the most limiting factors on this bike’s uphill ability will be their lungs and legs.

The linkage combines both a rising and falling rate action to provide impressive traction and control without a penalty on your pedalling. As with all VPP bikes, it’s sensitive to set up. We experimented with pressures a little mid-ride before getting things dialled. Soon we were comfortably getting the full travel of the bike, feeding inspiring traction through all contact points without feeling any harsh bottoming or aggressive ramp-up.

Up front, the 130mm Fox 32 Float CTD fork did a great job of pairing with the rear of the bike. Its relatively skinny chassis never felt overwhelmed, although steering accuracy was certainly aided by ENVE’s superlight and stiff 27.5in carbon hoops.

The fork did tend to dive a little too much for our liking in the Descend setting, occasionally making the bike feel steeper than its 68-degree head angle would suggest. We preferred the front end in Trail mode, the extra low-speed compression keeping the angles as intended.

anta cruz solo carbon :

Stiff, light and extremely bright

The Solo’s geometry results in an agile, keen feel, with great overall balance and a real talent when it comes to changing direction quickly. We had to be conscious of that bottom bracket height, though – our test pedals came away with a few scars. We see this as a trait rather than a problem, as it’s simply the price to pay once you realise the agility and handling potential of the Solo.

Riders looking for a revolutionary 650b ride might want to close this page now – the ‘27.5in wheel’ element of the Solo became apparent after a few hours in the saddle, but isn’t something most riders will pick up on immediately.

Expect the ride of a 26in-wheeled bike, plus a little more stability and roll-over. It’s always easy to pop the front of the bike and generally play around, too – there’s no doubt that the Solo is more fun than a 29er in this respect.

The impressive suspension action delivered through the light and tight chassis means the last thing on your mind is the size of the wheels. The Solo just gets on with it.

It’s the perfect companion for exploring the unknown, and manages to shine regardless of whether gravity is on your side or not. If you haven’t had a chance to check out the Solo’s promotional video then perhaps you should. For us, it encaptures what the bike is all about…

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Frame & equipment: Tight and light, with proven suspension and superb detailing

Riders familiar with Santa Cruz’s current line-up will inevitably be drawing comparisons between the Solo and the current Blur TRC. Some of the figures are close, yes, but not the same – this isn’t simply a Blur TRC with 27.5in hoops.

Compared with the Bronson, the Solo is stanced lower and shorter. The head angle is also one degree steeper, with slightly shorter chainstays and a bottom bracket drop of half an inch.

The 142mm rear end of the Solo holds its derailleur hanger in place using a fuss-free single bolt; that’s just one of many small but practical touches that make this bike very friendly to work on.

Another relief for the home mechanic comes in the form of the alloy pivot hardware. Designed with muck in mind, it features an innovative sealing system that promises durability in the toughest of environments.

Bucking the press-fit trend, the Solo sticks to a 73mm threaded bottom bracket. ISCG 05 tabs are standard and each frame gets two bottle mounts regardless of the size. Along with a nifty snap-on chainstay protector, Santa Cruz have also added rubberised down tube protection – it’s nothing that will fight off rock strikes but should keep things looking pretty should you take a rough uplift.

The fox ctd shock offers convenient and useful compression adjustment:

The Fox CTD shock offers useful and convenient compression adjustment, but the Solo climbs well in any setting

Our test bike came with all the options ticked. That meant a Shimano XTR single drivetrain (not pictured), matching stoppers from the XTR line, and ENVE’s extravagant but superb 650b carbon hoops. An Easton Havoc carbon bars was also in place, providing ample width with comfortable angles.

We didn’t have scales to hand but Santa Cruz claim a figure of just over 25lb (11kg) for the test build. Familiar traction was provided by Maxxis’ fast rolling Ardent tyres.

The Solo Carbon is available in various build kits. Prices start at £4,399/US$4,199 but start ticking off those extras and the figure can almost double. Four sizes are on offer, ranging from S to XL. An aluminium version of the Solo is also available now – full alu builds start at £3,599/US$3,299 while a frameset is £1,799 – saving £800 over the carbon frame’s retail price.

This is the bike that should have potential Bronson customers scratching their heads – trying to choose between the two could be tricky. Still, it sounds like a pretty good problem to have to us…

Urge All M helmet review

Il est trop beau!

Urge All M helmet review

Urge’s take on helmet design is a little different from much of the competition, and their All M lid is no different.

The in-mould construction is only available in two sizes and because there’s no adjustable cradle, the All M won’t suit everybody’s head shape.

Saying that though, the generous padding in our small/medium sample provided a snug enough fit to keep the helmet in place on rough, rocky trails. The fit is helped by the ‘X Straps’ that cross over the back of your head and cradle your cranium, but still not as tightly as an adjustable cradle.

The generous padding can get a little warm but it does wick well, and the massive vents and internal channelling keep you cool enough. The overall coverage is good and we like the unusual styling.