2012 Merida One-Twenty XT-D 26″ review

The Merida One-Twenty XT official press photo

We had an opportunity to go out and take Merida‘s latest aluminum full suspension mountain bike One-Twenty XT-D out for a four hour muddy and snowy ride and naturally we had to write a review on the topic as well. While there’s been quite a bit of discussion on the new Ninety-Nine carbon range, the non-carbon… Continue reading 2012 Merida One-Twenty XT-D 26″ review

2012 Merida Big Nine Carbon 29″ 3000 review

The official photo by Merida, it's pretty.

As we speculated two years ago, twenty-niners are here to stay and we are glad that they are. We had the opportunity to test ride some new Merida bikes coming to the market this year, one of them was the best non-team model 29″ Big Nine Carbon 3000-D from the 2012 range and four hours in… Continue reading 2012 Merida Big Nine Carbon 29″ 3000 review

Bike ergonomics: Cockpit upgrade

Bikes are simply a collection of parts forming a whole, so upgrading for ergonomics is easy. For some reason people seem to think that their bikes are permanent and nothing can be changed. Since I’m a tall person with wide shoulders, I wanted to upgrade the cockpit of my Cube hard tail. The original configurations… Continue reading Bike ergonomics: Cockpit upgrade

2011 Review: Merida Cyclo Cross 4 Disc

We started with our Merida reviews yesterday with their road model Reacto 907, and today we go a bit more towards the rougher parts of our planet with the second cheapest Cyclo Cross (CC) model named number 4. Their budget model is the number 3 and both of them come with disc brakes. Their higher… Continue reading 2011 Review: Merida Cyclo Cross 4 Disc

Rack preview: Bike Porter from Copenhagen Parts

Finally a place to put your moustache wax in!

For some people bicycles are not just utilitarian machines of transportation but more like works of art or continuations of our personal style. This applies to all genres of cycling, whether it’s the specially anodized aluminium handlebars on your Nicolai downhill bike or this beautiful and quite functional looking front rack from up-and-coming company of… Continue reading Rack preview: Bike Porter from Copenhagen Parts

Cyclocross on a budget: Focus Mares Rush Ltd

Ritchey and Shimano parts - the basics

Cyclocross (or CX for short) bikes are very trendy at this moment – even my ultimate commuter will be built on a cyclocross frame, but what’s all the fuss with them? We take a look at German manufacturer Focus and their Mares Rush model, the kind of bike people will buy. But to understand what… Continue reading Cyclocross on a budget: Focus Mares Rush Ltd

Bike building: On frame materials and bamboo

I’m still in the process of writing an article about my current bike (Insera Reflex Evo) but that bike was bought for three things: Short sprints in the city, cheap price so I won’t be super bummed (again) when someone steals my bike and the third was that there was a bike shop literally across… Continue reading Bike building: On frame materials and bamboo