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Jul 04

Best Mountain Bike Shoes: Helping You Get That Adrenaline Rush

By Liam Neeson | Reviews

When you go about looking for the right kind of bike for yourself, it is only natural that you look for the best mountain bike shoes as well. Having the right kind of shoes is extremely important since they help you in your endeavour.

So what are the factors that you need to consider before you zero in on the mountain bike shoes for yourself? The following are those factors:

1. Types

Choose your shoes according to your needs and also in accordance to the requirements of your riding style.

2. Shank

The supportive structure that is present between the outsole and insole of the shoe is known as shank. It is important to provide stability, drive power to pedal and attaches to cleats. There are made using carbon, poly-carbon composite or plastic. The stiffer and lighter the shank, better is its performance.

3. Insole

The higher-end shoes generally come with specialised insoles which are designed to provide support to the user’s foot while at the same time it helps to drive power. These are very important since they translate the micro-muscles present in the foot for control, power and finesse.

4. Outsole

This part comes in contact with ground and hence needs to be extremely sturdy and rugged. The kind of terrain that you tackle on your mountain bike helps in determining the kind of outsole your mountain bike shoes should have. The heel lugs should be made using dual-density rubbers which provide the extra grip which may sometimes be needed.

5. Cleat Compatibility

Make sure that the shoes you choose are compatible with cleats. Be sure to get those which match your pedals.

Now that you know the factors that you need to look into before you choose the mountain bike for yourself, we have listed three of the best mountain bike shoes available for you to choose from.

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Top 3 best Mountain bike shoes on the market 2015

1. Carbide Mountain Bike Shoes by Giro

Whether you are a first time user of mountain bikes, or are looking to upgrade on the styles that you are already comfortable with, this is the shoe to go for. It has a hook and loop system and the straps help in keeping the shoes firmly in place. There are no laces to deal with, so you do not have to stop just to tie those laces which have been untied.

The materials used on top of the shoes are nylon, EVA and synthetic leather. These are very well known to be durable. Hence, you can try out a number of terrains and not worry about the shoes giving way at all.

Yes there are treads which help in adding resistance to the shoes, and it also has 2-hole MTB cleat compatibility.

The shoe is rugged, comfortable and supportive at the same time. Hence they are perfect to use for any task.

2. Mountain Bike Shimano SPD Shoes by Venzo

The shoes feature an award-winning technology when it comes to performance. The upper part of the shoe has a very comfortable and breathable mesh and also quick drying synthetic.

The lining has a textile which comes with a sock liner, hence making it a lot more comfortable than most of the shoes in its category. The shoe has a low cut construction which is perfect for fast fit. The shoes are quite light and feel very comfortable.

The front foot of the shoe is flexible and weighing just 382 gm, it is extremely light.

The shoes are compatible with all the pedal systems by Shimano SPD.

3. Mountain Bike Shoes by Gavin

The shoes are compatible with SPD, SPD-SL and SPD-R cleats. The closure of the shoes has a hook and loop system. The straps are strong enough to stick on for a long time and you do not have to bother about them at least until the end of the ride.

It has a synthetic microfiber leather complete with a breathable mesh. It helps in keeping the shoe lightweight and the user cool. The sole is made out of stiff fibreglass which resists flex, and hence, allows for maximum power transfer.

These are some of the best mountain shoes in its category. Do make sure that the shoes are comfortable and are suited to your needs and requirements.

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Jul 02

Best Mountain Bike Helmets: Safety Before Riding

By Liam Neeson | Reviews

There are dozens of manufacturers of mountain bike helmets out there. And there are innumerable kinds of helmets available for you to choose from. Although this is a good thing, choosing the right kind of helmet for you gets a lot harder.

Here are few things that you must check out before you choose a mountain bike helmet.

1. Construction

When choosing a mountain bike helmet, ensure that it has sufficient number of vents to keep you cool when you ride. Make sure that it has enhanced rear-head coverage, has distinguished visors, firm and secure, so much so, that it proves to be the perfect partner when you conquer those tough terrains.

2. Right Size

A good fitting mountain bike helmet is extremely important. There are small, medium or large sizes available for you to choose from. There are also advanced sizes for you to choose from.

To find the size that is ideal for you, use a tape and measure that part of your head which is the largest. Accordingly check the size on the catalogue and choose one that is perfect for you.

3. Weight

You do not want to carry a ton of weight on your head, while you are trying to manoeuvre some of the toughest terrains out there. So, choose a helmet that provides you with all the safety measures while at the same time, it isn’t very heavy. These may cost a little more than the regular ones, but trust us when we say that this is a lot better in the long run.

4. Components

The helmet should consist of a liner, shell, vents, straps and hair ports. These are the minimum number of components that the helmets must contain. Make sure that all of them are the best in the industry, to ensure that you remain safe at all times.

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Here are some of the best mountain bike helmets available out there.

1. Hex Mountain Bike Helmet by Giro

This helmet by Giro has a rugged style and is big on performance as well as value. It has the new Roc Loc fit system which provides stability, comfort and also adjustability.

It has an upper, as well as, lower in-moulded hard bodies and comes with colour matched visors. It is also equipped with wind – scooping vents. There are 21 wind – scooping vents in all, which will help the rider stay cool no matter what.

It has simple micro-dial system, which will help you adjust in a two-finger twist which helps the dial close or open the retention system.

It is lighter and stronger than its predecessors and is said to perform flawlessly after riding 6,600 cycles.

2. Bicycle Cycling Helmet by Amstyle

This helmet has been created by making use of the High Grade EPS and PC, as compared to the fact that the other helmets are mostly made using just EPS. This high quality and durability of the helmet has been designed which keeping the best safety in mind.

Weighing just 230 gm, the helmet is extremely light, and hence, also helps in remaining cool. The internal air channels and the outer vents have been enlarged by a large percentage. This in turn helps in increasing the cooling effect provided by the helmet, to an extent that most of the helmets do not provide.

The size of the helmet is between 54 and 62 cm, hence it fits most of the adults.

3. Bike Helmet by Bell Sports

The helmet is extremely versatile and comes in a number of styles and designs. Every single helmet comes with 19 different cooling vents and hence, keeps the user sufficiently cool.

It has an Adjustable TAG fit system (Twin Axis Gear) which is great if you are looking for a superior fit.

The VPV visor is added not just for safety but also for style, and the fact that it helps in keeping the sharp rays of the sun away from your face, is an added advantage.

With options like these available out there for you, it shouldn’t be all that hard to choose the right kind of mountain bike helmet for yourself. Something that is high on both safety and style.

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Jun 10

Folding Dual Suspension Stowabike Mountain Bike Reviews

By Liam Neeson | Reviews

This 18 speed 26” Stowabike is quite strong and has looks to die for. As the name mentions, the bike can be folded and unfolded according to your will. The bike has been designed specifically for those people who are looking for an easy storage bike, as well as for those, who love to travel and at the same time love to check out the bike trails wherever they go.

This particular bike isn’t strictly a mountain bike alone but can be made use of on, as well as, off the road with the same level of comfort. It has been manufactured by making use of some of the choicest components which are high in quality. It is equipped with dual suspension system from Shimano, hence making it fun to ride.

The exterior is tough and by the looks of it, it has been built to last for long. The dual suspension that is offered by the bike is perfect with a great rear spring, as well as, front shock which are a perfect combination for a smooth ride. The body spring has the capability of absorbing a shock of approximately 750 lbs/in. Hence, it absorbs all the shock which the trail throws at rider.

The left shifter is a 3 speed microshift grip shifter, while the right shifter happens to be a 6 speed microshift grip shifter. The front derailleur is a Saigun QD-23a, while the rear derailleur happens to be a Shimano RD-TZ50. All of these features make riding this bike an absolute pleasure.

This mountain bike weighs more than 40 pounds and when folded it has a dimension of 39” x 35” x 23.5”. With such compact dimensions, you can keep it even in tight spaces like the back of your car; in the closet etc. this size makes it very easy to carry the bike around as well.

Key features of the bike

  • The bike can be folded away when not in use or while travelling and unfolded when needed
  • The folding frame has a dimension of 26”
  • The fact that it can be folded makes it perfect for easy storage
  • It has a 26” fork steel suspension
  • Has 18 speed shifters in total
  • The spring shock can absorb 750 lbs/in

What sets it apart from the rest?

This is possibly a no brainer and can pretty much be answered by just about everyone considering how unique the bike is. What sets the bike apart, is the fact that the bike can be folded down to a compact size and can be carried along just about everywhere. However, adding this particular property to the bike by the manufacturers has in no way compromised with its other features and specifications.

Usage of the bike

The bike can be folded away when not in use and simply opened up and used, as and when needed. Hence it is perfect to be made use of by anyone who is keen on travelling as well as exploring new trails. Do not be fooled by the compact size of the bike, as it is capable of handling the trails just, as well as, any other mountain bike.

Conclusion

Mountain bikes are required to be sturdy considering the fact that they need to tackle some of the toughest terrains out there. Hence, folding and opening this bike might take some effort from the rider. However, it is a good quality bike which is perfect for those people who are looking for an easy storage option. Considering how low the price of the bike is, it has more than its fair share of properties.

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