When you feel that magic… Scott Spark RC 900 WC review

This was my second ride on my new Scott Spark RC 900 World Cup. The first was on a very wet and muddy trip following the South Downs Rough Ride route. I couldn’t really draw any conclusions from that other then it was a bit more comfortable than my Scott Scale 900 SL hard tail…

E-bikes may make us more European!

Why, you might ask? They are giving riders and the county new opportunities. You can save time and money too. Let me tell about a few riders with electric bikes. My daughter’s boyfriend is young (25), fit and strong. He works ten miles from home and has a semi off road route to work. He…

Scott Spark RC 900 World Cup review – first ride

We all expect everything immediately these days, next day delivery even same day delivery. Many a customer bleats about their wait. Of course you can get just about any bike that people don’t want delivered to your door next day. However, the special bikes are in demand and often in short supply. When that happens…

Scott Spark 940 review on stunning frozen trails

We have a selection of 2017 Scotts for demo: Sparks, Genius, Genius Plus and the XC Scale. As I have been waiting four months for my Scott Spark RC 900 WC to arrive I was keen to remind myself of how they rode. I took out the Scott Spark 940 which is a great all…

Frosty rides are fun and clean but you must get up early

This morning I had an early ride and the trails were frozen. I love rides like this as the grip is incredible. You can ride up, down and across stuff that you just cannot do at other times of the year even a dry summer. Once the fun is over you can go home and…

Whyte Gisburn gravel bike review

A few months ago I reviewed the Whyte Saxon Cross. It was a fair review as I was riding a Niner RLT9 at the time. The Saxon was good but lacked a few key elements to make it a great gravel bike. The new Gisburn is a big step up. The once cross bike is…

Should the South Downs National Park charge for mountain biking?

I think that we ought not ask that question but should look at the attitude of users, and in this article, some mountain biker’s attitudes to their rights on the trails. When I started mountain biking there were some bikes but no mountain bikes to be seen on our local trails. We didn’t even know…

Whyte Saxon Cross review

Before I start I ought to declare that I am not a “Cross rider”. However, I am a bike rider. Ignore the labels: enduro, road, XC, TT, marathon, tourist… yawn. I ride bikes! They all should do the same thing: they excite, go fast and encourage me to live – be it an off the…

Whyte T-130 and Bike Park Wales – a match made in heaven.

I’ve ridden the Whyte T-130 RS around the Downs but I’ve never ridden it the way it was intended to be so it really just seemed like another, albeit, slack suspension bike. To be fair, its been too wet and muddy. I planned a trip to Bike Park Wales as it would be the perfect…