We love testing products here at Wideopenmag. We love to pull apart the latest and greatest industry releases, push them to breaking point and see if they live up to the hype. It’s easy to just say a product is good … we’re making sure it actually IS good!
This season the Wideopenmag race team are doing a lot of our testing… They all ride hard several times a week and they’re all racing the full National downhill or 4X circuit, a couple of world cups between them and heaps of regionals. If that isn’t a pretty solid testing ground then I don’t know what is!
Here’s the latest batch of kit that we’ve been sent to feature. Cheers to the various companies below that have got involved! Remember, this is just a ‘first look’, we’ll actually review this stuff in Wideopen Magazine!
Avid Elixir brakes. They’re light, they’re powerful … and they’re aimed at hard hitting but can they cut it on a downhill bike? We’re looking to find out.
Sram X7 shortcage rear mech. Perfect for downhill and doesn’t cost a bomb. It’s not new or fancy by any means but we’re looking forward to seeing how it copes with a season of race abuse!
Conti’s new Mud King spiked tyre has landed. It’s the first tyre that Conti have given full creative control to the Athertons over and has just been released. A few of the UK teams (including Wideopen) have now got these and they’re available in shops any minute. Available in downhill fat and trails narrow.
Moon X1500 lights – a strangely unseasonable item for summer testing but they look top quality nonetheless. 1500 Lumin, a neat little battery, braided metal cables and a really decent £250 price tag. Southern Downhill have just done a decent first look at these here.
We asked Windwave which crank they’d recommend for Wideopen rider Ellie Maxfield’s World Cup race bike. She wanted a build that was light enough to chuck about (she’s only little bless her) but still tough enough to survive Fort Bill. These are what they recommended – the Gravity Light crank set. http://www.windwave.co.uk/windwave/gravlight.html
Stay tuned to Wideopenmag for longterm updates on all of these!