You only really have two main contact points with your bike when you are riding! That is your pedals and your grips! So it is important that they are right for you!
The guys over at Torc1 racing sent us over a set of their Defy Lock on Grips for us to put to the test!
The defy lock on grips are super lightweight and come with an oversized clamp and bolt to ensure that they won’t rotate when you are riding. We’d been pretty sceptical about the single clamp as they are often more likely to twist round when riding but these grips weren’t moving anywhere, the single lock on grip also gave more room and comfort to hold onto the grip.
The grips comes with quite a unique block pattern design that I haven’t seen on any other grips before, they have a large amount of tractions. The shock absorbing material in the grips was obvious! We first rode them in a very dry and dusty Whistler with a shed load of breaking bumps and the arm pump was near enough non-existent!
One downfall of that grips was that they were so tacky which was great for riding however it meant that the grips became easily discoloured. Within the first 5 days of riding the grips the bright pink had faded significantly.
Retailing at for £22 they are a fair bit more expensive than most other grips in the market but they are worth the extra cost! The grips are super tacky so your hand are unlikely to slide off, even in the wet (making them ideal for UK winter riders), they are comfy on your hands with and without gloves & they come in a wide variety of colours! A month on from when we first started riding thse grips they still feel like news so we have no doubt that they will last the distance making them worth the extra few £! If they only complaint we have is that they discoloured slight well that really isn’t a complaint at all! The Grips are great you’d be mad not give them a try!
Available from www.torc1racing.co.uk
Not one of our usual reviews but certainly one of the most essential! Comfort is essential when riding even down to your pants! Bawbags is a home grown Scottish company! The sheer comfort of their products makes them ideal for action sports that involve a lot of movement! The Bawbags Cool De Sacs underwear even has its very own thermal wicking active technology as well as a fast drying material which makes them ideal for the torrential Scottish showers we often get caught out in!
Bawbags boxers are all vibrantly designed. Bawbags also sell baselayers as well although we haven’t had a chance to give these a go yet as the sun has been shining in Scotland the last few weeks ( I know it shocked us too), but we can’t wait to give them a go this winter!
Keep an eye out for our review dropping this winter on Bawbags Baselayers!
A Percentage Of All Bawbags Sales Also Go Towards Support For Cancer Charities!
We travel a lot with our bike so are always looking for solutions to make lugging a bike around that bit simpler. So on our recent trip to Whistler we tried out the Polaris Axial Pod Bike Bag. The Polaris Axial Pod is soft shell bike bag. Having only really travelled on flights around Europe with my bike before I was a bit apprehensive about putting my most treasured possession through a connecting long haul flight and rough Heathrow baggage handlers.
Packing the bike in the bag was really simple it was pretty clear exactly where everything was supposed to be strapped in and it all felt pretty secure.
We arrived at Edinburgh Airport and the Axial had it first proper test it had to make it to the check in desk and it had to weigh under 23Kg. After a 3 hour car journey down from Fort William at 2 am the last thing we wanted to be doing was lifting heavy boxes around the airport so I was delighted to have wheels attached to the bike bag. The straight alignment of the wheels meant that the bag did however have a tendency to drop over to the side when you lifted any sort of height off the ground with the front handle. The handle was pretty tough on your hands as well with such a heavy load in the bag.
However I did discover that if you lifted the bag slightly higher with the two handles on the either and dragged it along it was so much simpler to carry and also made it easier to carry it for longer periods of time rather than having to pull in for a pit stop every 10 metres.
As soon as we reached the terminal in Edinburgh Airport we headed straight for the check in desk to get rid of the heavy load.
With a 12 and a half hour in transit I was slightly worried about my bike getting damaged in transit but there was a sufficient amount of padding in the case, so I had a fair amount of confidence in it.
12 and a half hours later we touched down in Vancouver…. Unfortunately our bikes didn’t! They missed the flight! So the bikes (and the bag) were going to be in transit for 36 hours in total!
After being thrown about airports for so long I was convinced that there would be some damage to the bike or very minimally the bag! The bikes arrived in Whistler delivered straight to the door. Looking at the bag no damage was visible (always a bonus). I opened the bag and the bike looked absolutely fine the true test would be when it was built up.
The padding worked!!! I built my bike up and it was fine! The Polaris Axial Pod really provided the necessary protection!
One other major benefit of the Polaris Axial Pod is how easy it is to store! There were 4 of us sharing a studio so all floor space was require.., no room for bike bags. So thankfully the plastic reinforcement strips that give the bag it shape and structure simply slip out allowing you to fold the bag up and store it away easily!
I really rated this bag! It’s not without its flaws and could do with some adjustments. If the bag were easier to lift it would make the transportation of the bike a whole lot simpler. The general weight of the bag is fairly heavy, and with airlines like BA only offering 23kg you aren’t going to be able to carry anything else in the bag bar your bike and if you have a heavy DH rig you’re probably going to be overweight! Despite those adjustments that could be made the bag did the job! The bike was undamaged during travel, the bag was simple to pack everything had its place, the easy fold away design makes the bag ideal to travel with! The bag also comes with a pouch that you can put your pedals and tools in, which you then put into the netted pouch inside the bike bag! This bag is definitely worth a look at if you are in the market for a new one! It can withstand anything PROVED by the fact it survived the Heathrow Baggage handlers!
Brand: Polaris Bikewear
Colours: Black/Greeen, Blue Print, Green Print
What a race! Conditions made it hard for the girls to stay on the bikes let alone put down a solid race run! But all the girl were fighting to the end to try and put some time in between their times and Athertons 20 second gap from her seeding run on Saturday.
With a 20 second lead in Saturdays seeding run we can only assume Athertons confidence was high! But in downhill we should never second guess anything!
Tahnee took a tumble off the bike resulting in her falling down the hill and having to scurry back up to re-join the course and ending her challenge for the rainbow stripes. Solid runs were put in by both Tracey Hannah and former World Champion Morgane Charre. But in the end the head to head battle came back down to Carpenter & Atherton!
Carpenter crossed the line a huge 7 seconds ahead of the rest of the field putting her into the hot seat. But with Atherton following down the hill straight after her, Carpenters huge 7 second gap was beginning to look smaller and smaller.
With a 5 second gap at split 1 Atherton looked set to take the win! And that’s just what she did! Cruising over the line a solid 3 seconds ahead of the rest of the field.
Making Atherton the NEW 2015 Downhill Mountain Biking World Champion!
What a Season Atherton has had winning the world cup overall and becoming the 2015 world champion! Well done Rachel you are one truly amazing athlete and inspiration to the sport!
But we are 100% sure she has just given the rest of the girls the motivation they needed to go and kick the ass off of training this off season and come back in 2016 ready to give Atherton her biggest challenge yet!
Things have probably seemed a little quiet at MTB Girls Ride over the last few weeks however we can assure you that behind the scenes things have been far from quiet.
We have spent the last 2 weeks shredding it up in the Mountain Bike Mecca that is Whistler! We had a tone of fun in Whistler but some work went down too, we spent days testing products in order to bring you some of the latest reviews.
So keep an eye out over the next week and check out some of our latest news and reviews!
Lets face it if someone were to ask us what our favourite part of biking was we aren’t going to say cleaning our bike. But in order to keep the wheels turning its a jobs that has just got to be done. Fortunately enough now there are loads of cleaning products that making cleaning the bike just that bit easier.
We have taken 4 of the top bike cleaners in the market today! Here is what we thought!
The clue is in the name with this bike cleaner it really is smart. We tested a 1 Litre bottle of Duck Smart bike cleaner. The Earth Mover is safe to use on paintwork, carbon fibre, disc brakes, aluminium, rubber and titanium and on top of all of that it is also environmentally friendly. We also found that the 1 litre bottle stretched a lot further than a lot of other bike cleaners we had used in the past however if you are heavy handed on the cleaner and go through a lot quickly it also comes in a 25 litre size too. After almost a month of continual use there is still a small amount of cleaner left. We also found that the earth mover cleaner spruced up the chain pretty well too. The bottle comes with multi spray options to, you can adjust the spray from a fine mist to a concentrated jet of filth-removing power.
Verdict – Duck Smart does what it is supposed to do, it removes tough grease and mud well and it lasts a lot longer than a lot of bike cleaners…. plus it smell pretty good too (no nasty chemical smell)
Pure Bike Cleaner is another environmentally friendly bike cleaner. Pure bike cleaners left a sparkler afterwards unlike some of the other cleaners. Also we didn’t have to use any polish after use to give the frame that extra shine. It removed the dirt and grime pretty well with minimal elbow grease effort required. We have used this cleaner for the shortest time out of them all and found that it ran out a lot faster than most of the other cleaners. The sprayer on the bottle wasn’t very sturdy and it actually broke within the first couple of uses.
Verdict – Pure is one of the best bike Cleaners that we tested the cleaner was strong and removed grease and dirt a lot more easily than the other cleaners however it didn’t last as long as the other cleaners.
Green Oils bike cleaner is made up of 100% natural ingredients. Therefore the product has minimal impact on the environment and a low carbon foot print. The spray is also non-toxic so you won’t go breathing in any of those nasty fumes when sprossing up your bike. The solution comes in the bottle around a third full with you then dilute by adding water, ( we thought this made green oil the perfect bike cleaner to take on holiday with you especially if you have weight restrictions on your bag). We wet the bike all over then sprayed the cleaner over the bike and left it to do its magic for 2-3. After we rinsed the bike most of the mud and grease came off pretty easily. A bit of elbow grease was required too get some of the tougher grease off. Also unlike duck smart we had to use a polish on the frame to give it that nice shine after using.
Verdict – Green Oil is a good bike cleaner that would be ideal for traveling with as the initial purchase weight is much smaller than most other cleaners. Removes most dirt and grease with little effort and it doesn’t harm out environment like many other cleaner. Retailing at £7.99 it is slightly more expensive than some of the other cleaners.
Dirt Wash Bike cleaner did the job when it came to washing off fresh mud and grease but it really struggled to cut through any dried on mud. A large amount of elbow grease was needed in these parts. We found it really struggled to clean tires. We had read in other reviews that it made their brakes squeal after rider so this was something that we looked out for after use and we have to say we didn’t experience this problem at all. Dirt Wash retails at around the same prices as the previous cleaners but doesn’t provide the same value for money. That is why dirt was wouldn’t be our number 1 choice.
Verdict – Cleaner does an okay job but not as good as other cleaner when it comes to removing dried on mud. It also retails at around the same price as the other cleaners that we tested however doesn’t meet the same standard,
Rating – 2.5/5
The Gehrig twins are pro enduro riders, riding for ibis bikes, they love traveling the world and racing. They first got the urge to try biking in 2003 when they went to watch their brother race a world cup round…. After that they were hooked, Without their brothers influence the girls don’t think they would have been as involved in the sport as they are now. The girls lives and biking careers haven’t been without their hurdles but these hurdles have given the girls the motivation they needed to follow their dreams!
Check out this edit and see why these girls as so passionate about riding!