185 views · Oct 3, 2022 singletrackworld.com
We took all three of the new Camelbak M.U.L.Es on a long couple of days out in the UK Lake District. You can find out more about this range here on our website. https://singletrackworld.com/2022/10/camelbak-mule-range-overview-a-pack-for-every-occasion/
484 views · Aug 14, 2022 singletrackworld.com
Inflation. It’s hitting the headlines everywhere at the moment. But what about inflators? And small, portable inflators at that? Yes, we’re talking about mini pumps! What is a mini pump? A mini pump is any pump small enough to take with you on a ride. How small a pump needs to be entirely depends on where you’re going to be storing it. If you ride with a backpack, a mini pump can be relatively big. If you’re a bumbaggist, a pump needs to be a bit smaller. If you stash things in your jersey pockets – or attach things to your bike – you’re going to really prioritise a dinky mini pump. Sure, you can use CO2 cartridges but, let’s face it, they are something of a gamble. And not the single-use nature of them is not exactly eco is it? In the video below, seasoned hot air producers Benji and Hannah waffle on and on about what they think is important to look out for in a mini-pump. Valve locks, mini hoses, big handles, T-handles, foot-hitches, plastic, metal, weight, brand, how small is too small? Portability versus useability. All that sort of jazz. They also delve into the bags to pull out what mini pumps they’ve ended up going with over the years. It’s funny what mini pump you end up sticking with. Quite often it isn’t a pump you would have chosen to pluck off the shop shelves beforehand. The proof is in the pumping.
1K views · Aug 8, 2022 singletrackworld.com
Wheels. Are they the single most important component on your bike? Hmm… hard to say. A bicycle is a system after all. It needs things working together to function at all. But safe to say that wheels are almost certainly in the upper echelons of importance. The well-worn cliche of investing in decent wheels still holds true. They may not be as overly exciting as something with loads of bells and whistles – suspension basically – but a decent wheelset will give back to you with every revolution. In this video, Hannah and Benji chat about what they think is worth spending money on with wheels. They also talk about what really is not worth splashing the cash on. Carbon versus aluminium? Wide versus trad? Proprietary spokes versus regular. Loud versus quiet freehubs? Well-sealed versus low-drag? Are fast engaging freehubs actually a bad idea? Is there still a place for a bespoke(!) wheel-build from a bike shop? Hoops mon! Let’s chat…
2K views · Jun 30, 2022 singletrackworld.com
Benji wrote a review about a waterproof jacket and outrage ensued because he spoke of hoods in a positive light. So Hannah and Benji sat down to chat in defence of hoods. Hoods are great, they stop the rain dribbling down your neck, and get you home safe and dry. Probably never before in internet history has anyone got so worked up about hoods as Hannah and Benji. Hear their impassioned arguments for having a hood on you waterproof jacket. Then feel free to head to the comments and tell them again that they're wrong. Here's the review that started the controversy - head over to Singletrackworld.com to read it and loads more mountain biking content: https://singletrackworld.com/2022/06/rockrider-st-700-rain-jacket-review-70-brilliance/
2K views · Jun 23, 2022 singletrackworld.com
Benji and Hannah talk about the kit you need - and some you maybe don't - for a happy life with a tubeless set up. As ever, Benji has lots of ideas about how you shouldn't spend your money. Expect information, mixed with anecdotes and some random asides. See https://singletrackworld.com/2022/06/talking-about-tubeless/ for more details and more MTB content.
217 views · Jun 23, 2022 singletrackworld.com
What makes for a good flat pedal? Are metal flatties better than plastic flatties? Thick pins? Thin pins? Loads of pins? Minimal pins? Thin versus fat. Concavity issues.
356 views · Jun 13, 2022 singletrackworld.com
Hannah gives mark a grilling about the differences eMTB batteries and asks that eternal question.. "How far can you go on a given battery?"
3K views · Dec 2, 2021 singletrackworld.com
Trail helmets from Fox, Ion and Specialized get our attention this week. Join Hannah and mark as they look over the features of each one. Which is the best for your noggin? Hannah and Mark have made it into the studio together to look at that kit essential, the trail helmet. With three different open face helmets, all with MIPS, all designed for trail riding, they look at some of the subtle differences between them, giving you some points to look for next time you’re shopping for a helmet. Of course you’ve thought about safety, but what about all the other things that makes a helmet pleasnt to use – or not. Have you thought about how your glasses might fit with your helmet? Or where you’ll put a head lamp? Do you want a peak that moves, or not? What about fit adjustment – did you realise there are differences? Watch this video and learn about some of the differences between apparently similar helmets that you might not have realised can affect your comfort and enjoyment when riding. Read the full story here https://singletrackworld.com/2021/12/3-things-thursday-trail-helmets-with-mips/
18K views · May 24, 2022 singletrackworld.com
Benji loves tyres, so we sat him down (among a gaggle of rowdy geese) to talk about them. If you want to know the complexities of thought that go into tyre choice, what makes a good tyre – or why one might be good sometimes and not others – then tune in here. If you’re on the lookout for some new tyres, we feel for you. The world of mountain bike tyres is a confusing place. Loads of different tread designs, loads of different rubber compounds, loads of different volumes, loads of different casings, loads of… stuff. And that’s before you get into the proprietary nomenclature of the various tyre brands. EXO, Super Trail, WT, Graphene 2.0, TL Easy, Evo, MaxxGrip, MaxxTerra, SilkShield, Windshield, Greenshield Stamps… it’s all rather overwhelming. This rubbery minefield is very probably why some people never try a new tyre. People either stick with whatever came on their bike or they just stay with the first aftermarket tyre that they plucked up the courage to have a go with (and didn’t die). Take a few minutes to watch the video. You might learn something useful. Even if it’s only the best way to shoo a goose. As ever, if you have any questions at all about tyres, please post away in the comments below. It’s what we’re here for. Well, it’s what Benji’s here for anyway. Read more here https://singletrackworld.com/2022/05/talking-about-tyres