Brand X Ascend Dropper Post – £89.99 (with 35% off)
After installation the morning it arrived I then went for an epic trail ride, climbing and descending in the muddy trails of derbyshire dales. Now this is the thing and the revelation, I wasnt expecting much from this budget dropper post but having previously used a Reverb for some time I am astounded that Brand X can produce a better product and retail it at less than half the price! I
Installing everything is easy peasy and quick, maybe a bit fiddly with the internal cable routing but as long as you follow the instructions included its no problem at all. You will need to cut the excess bit of inner cable or possibly outer too depending on bike size. There are no instructions included with the lever kit but installation is pretty much the same.
Triggering feels lighter than that of the reverb, but not too light that you don’t feel it. No annoying noises when the seat is actuated. That slight side to side saddle movement that seems inherent to dropper posts is present but is far less than on the reverb and the least I have ever come across. Seat offset is the same as on reverb so I didn’t feel to far forward or back. Feels much more solid and reassuring yet weighs much less and looks more subtle and stylish than the big money brands.
All in all an amazing product at an astounding price point. I feel this dropper is a real game changer in the market and has really raffled the feathers of the big names. About time too. The 1.5m cable was perfect for my Medium sized Sommet.
- low cost
- solid quality materials yet light weight
- easy to instal and maintain
- hardly any saddle swivel inherent to droppers
- insert measurement markings
- easy operation
- optional 2x and 3x kit
- contemporary subtle stylingCons:
- need more drop options for taller riders
- need for longer cable
Lever could be improved.
The 2020 Vitus Mythique VRS is a fantastic value all mountain and trail bike suitable for a multitude of riding. With a great spec list, competent geometry and great performance Vitus horst-link suspension platform providing full active braking, plus a good pedal platform with great climbing and descending properties
We Reviewed the Vitus Mythique VR a while back and found it to be great value at just £999, with spec list that would be perfect for a beginner to intermediate rider wanting to get out on the trails and into weekend mountain biking with mates at trail centers.
After a few dodgy paint jobs in the past the 2020 Vitus lineup looks absolutely amazing and stylish – the military green VRS looks da bomb!
The VRS is currently available at just £1159 – JUST £160 more than the VR – with possibly £500 more in the value of upgraded parts!
The VRS features an additional 10mm of travel over the VR – giving it 140mm both front and rear – more than enough for a trail bike and matching the 140mm on the higher priced Escarpe. The VRS features exactly the same frame design as the VR but with the longer travel X-Fusion Sweep RC forks and the longer stroke X-Fusion 02PRO-R 200 x 56.
Compared to the VS the VRS is coming in with a budget dropper post instead of the standard ridged seat-post of the VR – dropper posts are an essential component of trail riding nowadays and would have been the first upgrade to the VR, so its great to see this on the VRS!
The VRS also comes with a SX Eagle 12 Speed drivetrain – more range than the 10 speed drive of the VR and also comes with a SRAM SX Crankset instead of the Suntour!
We are impressed with the Mythique VR and for just £160 more the Mythique VRS looks absolutely perfect!
The 2020 Vitus Lineup is selling like hot cakes at the moment -especially while CRC are running 20% off the list price. So if you want one, best to snap it up quick before they sell out. Stock is shifting as soon as it gets to CRC or Wiggles warehouse!
The Vitus Mythique VRS – with 20% off – Just £1159 at Chain Reaction
Wellgo V8 Copy Pedals (Long Term Test)
I have used these on my ‘do it all’ trail bike for over 18 months, it gets ridden at least once a week throughout the year. These pedals have never let me down. They offer good grip, good durability and look decent! They are £5.99, yes bloody £5.99!!!!!! So cheap you can buy load of them and fix them to random objects around the home.
Like many people, i loved the shape of the old DMR v8 & v12, these pedals are a direct copy of them. (The new shape DMR v8 & v12 are completely horrendous – so thin that your foot rests on the axle and provides absolutely no grip even with the long pins!)
They have outlived my old Shimano GR500 Saint Pedals by over a year. They have outlived my old DMR v12 pedals by 6 months. They are proper quality and get jet washed all the time (with zero shits given). The pins are nice and long and work well with waffle sole shoes or Adidas. They feel bombproof and reassuringly heavy. Don’t be put off by the reflectors shown in the stock photos, they come off easily with an allen key!
The shape is suitable for a shoe size 11, loads of grip and easy to find the pedal after a dab. Bearings run nicely with a mid pace so wont be spinning around looking to catch a shin. These are really very good and for £6 they are an absolute bargain!!
I have absolutely no idea why anyone would spend £120ish on pedals, an expensive pedal will not make you faster!
Buy Wellgo’s, be happy, save money and spend the money you have saved on something that actually will improve your riding like better tyres, cockpit setup or suspension tuneup!
Wellgo V8 Copy Pedals only £5.99 From CRC
Some great looking and performing hardtail frames available at the moment for not very much dollar at all. Great if you looking to do a build this autumn. Choose between building up a single speed thrasher or just a full do it all freerider for messing about in the woods.
These frames will do it all and more, just build them up with your chosen kit and get riding on a budget.
There is something here for every type of riding!
Sunn Season S2 AM Frame Only £120 with 60% Off. An aggressive XC (or all mountain as everyone like to say nowadays) frame that will handle some gravity abuse too.
Should handle a 100 to 120 travel fork and loops round your local woods!
Octane One Spark Frame Only £179
A balls out dirt and street frame. Disk mount on the back, although I guess a fair few riders will go brakeless on this one. Nice colour schemes and a great price for a solid dirt frame.
FireEye Shortfuse Frame Only £90 with 70% Off!
At only 90 quid this frame is a bargain. It might not be the lightest or prettiest, but its sure to handle some abuse and with more money in your pocket, get her built up with some top kit!
A do eveything hard tail frame, that will provide as much fun as you want it to!
Nukeproof Snap Frame From £349
CRC’s 4x specific frame that will put its hand to any type of riding.
These frames are already shifting like hot cakes and look amazing.
Last Raffnix Frame Only £186
Another dirt and street frame from European bigdogs Last. 3 colourways and nice subtle graphics.
A great individual looking dirt frame.
Cove Stiffee Frame Now £400
An all mountain trash box. This will take you any place you want to go and more.
NS Bikes Suburban Frame From Only £230
Dirt and street frame from NS bikes. Looks great, good geo and solid build.
Yeti ARC Frame now only £489
The old classic from Yeti with updated geo. A XC frame that can handle some abuse. Lightweight and flickable. Get your class on with this beauty!
DMR Omen 4X Frame From £314
DMR’s forage into the 4X market, this is a speed demon with race geo. Will also handle dirt, street and freeride with ease.
|Nukeproof Generator Rear Hub – only 330g
Nukeproof Generator Rear Hub from £99, available in bolt through 135mm / 150mm options and also standard QR. The hub weighs in at a lowly 300g for the 135mm option and 350g for the 150mm.
CRC are offering custom builds with this hub starting from £150 with a range of rims and spokes available.
A proper downhill and freeride specific hub at a very good price!
Check it out over at crc…
Leatt DBX Neck Brace – Was £250 NOW £200
People either love them or hate them – got to be down to rider choice at the end of the day. No matter how fast or big your going, if it makes you feel safer then it must be a good thing!
Pretty standard item in MTX and with things getting faster and bigger in DH and Freeride, then these Leatt neck braces are sure to be a good thing.
Currently with 20% off in Small or Medium.
First time there has been any real reduction of the price of the Leatt braces so grab yours whilst you can over at CRC…
Need a new chain guide – your sorted then! The Sunline v1 travel guide comes with a polycarbonate bash guard and ISGC or ISGC 05. At its usual price of £110 this was a great piece of kit, now at £40 this is a no brainier. Choice of max 37t or 40t and a 5 year ‘bash’ replacement policy.
With 64% off the rrp these are selling out fast over at CRC…
• Made from 6061-T6 aluminium, Nylon + fibreglass plastic.
• Bash-guard made of polycarbonate
• All new design with “breakaway” allows the lower arm of the boomerang to flex out of the way upon impact
• 5-year “bash” replacement policy to original owner
• Designed for use on long travel, full suspension frames
• Includes lightweight bash-guard with no holes for mud to pack in
A proper billy big bollocks bike – DH Only, 190mm travel, Boxxer’s, Formula brakes, Vivid shock, Sram / SDG / Truvativ finishing kit.
Easily as good a deal as the infamous Half price Iron Horse Sunday that CRC ran a few years back. (and be warned that sold out in days)
A Sunn Radical for £1499 is a proper good deal!
Get yourself over to CRC for the info
Yeah ok, its not the most advanced mtb ever, but its just shy of 500 of the queens sterling.The Sunn Wisdom at £499, price wise its right amongst the bargain basic budget hardtail market. + its a Sunn – big bonus points for this – especially as it conjurers up images of Nico V ragging down Les Gets back in the early 90’s.
Yep iI doubt you would want to take the “Wisdom S3” down Les Gets at much of a speed – but for a budget thrasher, second bike or learning steed – this bike looks the real deal!
Single pivot offering 120mm of uncomplicated travel, sram groupset, hyrdo disks and truvativ & sdg bits and bobs.
Half price – was £1k now £499
Grab it whilst you can!
Need new DH forks? Want to swap your Manitou’s after seeing the picture below?
Want some Boxxers with 40% off? Here we go then, the most successful DH fork ever with a Maxle, Mission Control, Magnesium gubbins and super duper shit all over for only £799 with a whopping £500 off the normal price.
Yep only £799 for some Rock Shox Boxxer 2010 World Cup’s in lovely red to match perfectly with the blood poring out of your face after your previous sorry ass Manitou’s snapped in half on that step down, 🙁 (editor note, We are sure Manitou’s are absolutely fine and don’t snap in half…)
See CRC for the sexy triple clamp details…