1st EWS victory for the 97.5 format (27.5 at the rear / 29 at the front)

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The Belgian Martin Maes, rider of the GT Factory Racing Team won the first race of the 2019 Enduro World Series last weekend with a very particular mountain bike equipped with two different wheel diameters: 27.5 inch at the rear and 29 inch at the front. A great way to put a spotlight onthis « new » wheel format!     Indeed, Martin Maes is not totally convinved with the 29-inch wheel size for Enduro and DH. In fact during the 2018 season he preferred using the GT Fury for …

Road bikes: all you need to know on disc brakes

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It is appropriate to visually differentiatedisc brakes from pad brakes. Pad brakes put pressure directly on the wheels in order to slow down their rotation. Special pads must be used depending on the tyre’s material. The main technological constraint of pad brakes is in the wheels’ construction, often in aluminium or carbon material and of the proximity of the braking strip with the tyre. It is extremely difficult to produce an optimal braking surface while keeping the yield and the comfort property we need from the wheel.   …

Presentation of the new Enduro MTB tyre Maxxis Assegai

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It is on the occasion of the Enduro World Series at Olargues which took place beginning of may in the Caroux mountains, in the Haut Languedoc natural park, that we discovered the new Enduro MTB tyre Maxxis Assegai.   We were on site to see Morgane Charre in action, who we accompany this year, and to better understand the formats, the courses and the latest trends in Enduro MTB. What strikes in this practice, is the physical intensity with longer descents than in Downhill, and physically intense transition …

TYRE REVIEWS: THE NEW CONTINENTAL CROSS KING BLACK CHILI PROTECTION TUBELESS READY 2018

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The German brand Continental, world leading tyre manufacturer, surprises us once again with a new cover for XC and Marathon, the Cross King Black Chili Protection Tubeless Ready 2018, inspired by the mythical X King.   This new model has several differences to the previous version.     The main improvement is that the tyre is only reinforced on the side walls with 3 layers of 60 tpi as opposed to the previous version, which was reinforced from rim to rim and had 4 layers of 60 tpi. …