Trails get more technical and the need for protection increases accordingly without wanting to compromise on comfort. For a whole day on the trails you’ll need a variation of protection, tools and small parts stored in a good storage solution. Evoc offers for enduro riding the FR Enduro backpack with integrated back protector and we’re looking here specifically at FR Enduro Team model.
Canyon Strive owners who had issues with their Shapeshifter and/or are ready for an alternative; BikeYoke has released the Modefixxer. The Modefixxer replaces the Shapeshifter and sets it fixed in DH-mode. However, the Modefixxer Pro offers besides DH-mode also a new mode called Trail-mode.
With a cumulative elevation gain of 465m over 20km, the MTB route Schöne Aussicht seems like a short and challenging route. However, due to the evenly distributed ascents you can easily pace yourself. Furthermore, there are no (single) trails since, as the name suggests, the emphasis is placed on the beautiful scenery.
With only 18km and 279m of elevation gain, the MTB route Schlossrunde is novice route or a warming-up and suitable as an introduction to the Eifel. MTB route Schlossrunde does not provide too much of a challenge to novice riders due to the many long flowing paths and climbs that can be ridden at your own pace.
The expectations of the MTB track Duinengordel are set high with a long singletrack of 1,5km. However, this is a novice MTB track of 36km which is almost completely offroad and is divided in 2 loops. The vast majority of the track consists of wide country roads, forest trails and sandy paths through the heather with minor elevation changes.
A short but explosive track, that is the MTB route Reek. At just 20km from Nijmegen runs this completely offroad track on the Reekse Heath. On this 6km long track you are served a lot of single trails where you slalom between the trees, ride over many tree roots and that while riding up and down slopes.
A long MTB track for beginners with climbs, but without technically challenging trails The MTB route Tielt-Winge (Solveld) offers 44km and a surprising 531 ascending meters. It’s a track full of country roads with the occasional interesting trail. The focus of the track is therefore primarily on simplicity and environment.
Having a cool drink during summer is something that you can achieve with ice, but insulated bottles keep your drink cool for longer. Camelbak Podium Chill claims to keep your drink cool twice as long as a regular bottle, but can it deliver and how much cooler is your drink?
For MTB tracks with many elevation differences you don't have to travel to the hilly south of the Netherlands. More centrally located, in the province Gelderland, lies the MTB track Nijmegen with an elevation gain of 531m and 40km of length which surely can handle its competition. On a technical level it can be ridden by less experienced mountain bikers.
Protection of the outer sole isn’t something that first comes to mind, but if you have carbon soled shoes it really should. Bar-style pedals like Crankbrothers Eggbeaters or Time ATAC pedals gradually dig in to your soles over time. A simple solution like the Crankbrothers Shoe Shields prevent that from happening.
Mavic isn’t known for making pedals but they partnered up with Time and rolled out a whole new series of pedals for mountain bikers as well as for the road. The Mavic Crossride SL Elite is a compact body float style pedal which features Time’s ATAC system. The similarities however go much further than that.