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PORTE DU SOLEIL - MORZINE

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GREAT BASE FOR THE PORTES DU SOLEIL

 
Morzine lies fairly central in the Portes du Soleil area in between Les Gets and Chatel the two big bike parks. Morzine has two sides, the pleney and on the other side is the super Morzine both with a fast  closed lift. At the top of the super Morzine there is another 2 person open lift you have to take to the top. There is not a large number of trails but the trails that are there are good. My visit was during very wet weather so things might be different there in the dry. If you are there in a wet it really is worth investing in mud tyres, you will have much more grip and a lot more fun.

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LEATT GPX 3.5 JUNIOR

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Leatt GPX 3.5 Junior Review

Leatt announced its new GPX 3.5 neck brace at the end of last year. Now all models, including the Junior version, are available worldwide. The lightest neck brace in the Leatt range, the 3.5 is more than 30 percent lighter than the existing 5.5 models and features a unique combination of in-molded EPS construction with a polyamide core, similar to that found in high-performance helmets.

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CANYON SENDER

 

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Canyon Sender Review

 
Canyon launched their Sender downhill chassis back in April 2016 and recently announced their new World Cup DH team, starring no other than pinners Troy Brosnan, Ruaridh Cunningham, and Mark Wallace. Not to mention the team is being mentored and led by the legendary Fabien Barel. 

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LEATT DBX 5.5

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Leatt DBX 5.5 Review

 
One thing I love about forward-thinking companies is their ability to keep innovating and refining a product. Leatt is one such company. With a string of excellent category-appropriate braces, Leatt has produced an all-new brace for us.
The new DBX 5.5 is CE89/686/EEC certified. For many that is just another few letters of advertising blah blah. For others it means a lot more. This unit has passed what is called a Kurbstone impact test at 50J, passed impact force tests of a perpendicular impact at 4.3 kN, and passed a horizontal impact at 5.7 kN.
Like all other Leatt braces, the DBX 5.5 uses Alternative Load Path Technology (ALPT®). For ALPT to work, a proper fit is essential.
Presently the DBX 5.5 is the easiest Leatt brace to set up. The front and rear sliding SureFit adjustments move easily by pulling a lever, sliding to the desired indexed point, and locking it in place. This can all be done without tools, and in less than 30 seconds (when you know what you’re doing).
 
The ease of adjustments allows you to change the positions quickly if need be.
The biggest visual change to the new 5.5 is the improved CoreFlex rear thoracic strut, which is wider and now totally split.  The strut has an exclusive feature that allows it to be adjusted easily to one of four setting angles, using simple rubber bumper chips that can be interchanged to 0, 5, 10, or 15 degrees in seconds. The front strut is as well for an improved fit, to promote broader dissipation of energy, and less of a chance for soft tissue injury.
Other changes to the 5.5 include the lowered side profiles. A shoulder pad can be easily removed. The pad is simply snapped in place, and you can raise or lower your brace to suit your neck length or helmet rim profile.
 
The new frame is constructed of fiberglass reinforced with polyamide. The polyamide is characterized as a material with a bit of built in flex. It’s adjustable enough to fit most riders’ body shapes, while the structure remains rigid enough to help transmit energy during an impact.
Like a car, there are multiple fracture points and crumple zones that will bend or break away at pre-determined stress levels for improved safety. The CoreFlex rear thoracic strut is one of those areas. It’s designed to be comfortable as well as safe, with an engineered fracture point, allowing it to break away in certain severe impacts. Like previous models, if broken this strut can be purchased separately.
The body side of the rear strut and the rest of the brace that contacts your body is lined with a soft padding, which helps prevent any injury to soft body tissue. Additional padding is found along the inner rim to further prevent chances of tissue damage in the event of severe brace movements (such as in a major accident).
 
Setting up the 5.5 takes a few minutes of reading. Do yourself a favor and read the well-illustrated and thought-out instructions… this is not a BBQ grill that you can eyeball and cobble together. It’s your neck on the line… literally, so going over the instructions is a must. Both the forward and rear pad areas must be set properly. It will take a bit of force to snap back the locks the first time around. They must click in place!
 
Having used Leatt for a while now, I am totally comfortable using one and have no issues with fit, feel, or any other excuse that may pop up. The new 5.5 just feels right. It is light enough that I don’t perceive the weight of it around your neck. Most of the time, I use the 3DF air vest along with the 5.5. I do not need to use the straps that come with the 5.5, since the vest comes with its own brace hoops.
Movement isn’t an issue. The push button release can easily be accessed with or without gloves on.
The only bad thing about the 5.5 is the lack of a bright marker for first responders as to where the release button is. Unlike the older DBX units where the latch was a bright red, the button is slightly obstructed from plain view. A warning sticker would be wise in future designs. Other than that, I think the new DBX 5.5 is a wise choice for those who love gravity-oriented riding.
Available in four colorways.
MSRP: €399
   

5.10 HELLCAT

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5.10 Hellcat Review

 
The Five Ten brand is synonymous with quality, performance, and dominance, especially within downhill and freeride circles. Unbeknownst to some, Five Ten’s fame started in the mid-80’s when their Stealth rubber was first introduced for climbers (the Five Tennie). The high-friction rubber formula would go on to revolutionize the mountain bike scene to the impossibility of escaping any conversation over mountain bike shoes without hearing the name, “Five Ten.” Despite such a stronghold, Five Ten maintains a humble approach, continually seeking ways to reshape, innovate, and improve. The new 2018 Hellcat is a perfect of example of Five Ten’s dedication to betterment.

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COMMENCAL META TRAIL

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Commencal Meta Trail Review

At A Glance

The Meta V4 Trail Race from Commencal is a 120mm travel bike designed to be fast and nimble on a wide variety of terrain. It utilises the same Contact System suspension set-up as its bigger brother that we reviewed a few issues ago. The system has been fine-tuned for the type of terrain this bike is aimed for and the geometry is geared towards pedalling, whilst still being capable - it is a Commencal after all!

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NORTHSTAR BIKE PARK

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North Star Bikepark Review

 
Northstar Bike Park: Last Stop this summer and only one outside Europe.               
It has been another awesome summer touring only the best bike parks and a trip to North America to be the cherry on top. So much was on tap for us this summer, and we are happy to say that it was, for the most part, injury free! During the 2018 season, we had the opportunity to visit 11 lift-accessed bike parks spread across Germany and the Swiss, French and Austrian Alps. After watching a lot of YouTube video's we were really looking forward to riding iconic trails like LiveWire, Boondocks, and Gypsy. We couldn’t wait to see what was waiting for us on the mountain. But, with ultra-dry conditions plaguing the western states, we were a bit nervous about what we might find. With a bike event happening the days before we were there, we knew that our plates would be full, and we couldn’t wait to pull out the bikes and ride park. 

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MONDRAKER DUNE XR

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Mondraker Dune XR Review

 
Most of you know Mondraker from the downhill scene for quite a while now. The unique style originating from years of developing and testing by Fabian Barel. The Dune XR is immediately recognisable as a thoroughbred Mondraker. Their signature design feature is the 'Forward Geometry’ with ultra short stem and long top tube. Mondrakers have been on my wish-list for quite some time now. So I'm excited to finally try one.

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Pilot Cycles 29+

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And now for something completely different!

[By our editor Dennis Leidelmeijer]

To start I’m not a fan of 29-ers. And yes, maybe I’m overreacting and too principal and maybe it is fear of the wheel size that comes awfully close to that of a road bike…
So I was very sceptical when I was handed the Pilot Cycles 29-er Plus. But on the other hand, I’m quite curious and love new stuff, exotic materials and techniques. So that put me on a tough spot, because this bike surely is something new and exotic! So I let my curiosity take the overhand and went for a ride.

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Test Rocky Mountain Altitude

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We tested the 2015 Rocky Mountain Altitude (the 790 MSL Rally Edition to be exact) on the finest trails at the Côte d'Azur. A full and detailed review will be published in the March-April issue #24. 

But as some of you are spending their Christmas money or end of year bonuses or whatever here is a small tip from our side: GET IT!

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