Mountain Bike Magazine SANI - Autumn 2018 - Page 34

AUTUMNAL ITEMS Heading into the colder months there are a few essential items we all need to keep the wheels rolling – base layers, wind breakers, long finger gloves and lights, to name a few – but how about the non-essential stoke-inducing goodies? Well, we’ve got both sets covered here. COMPILED BY NAZ JONES AND SEAMUS ALLARDICE SWEDISH MOUNTAIN STYLE Thule Vital | RRP: 3 litre: R1 899, 6 litre: R2 299, 8 litre: R2 699 | You will obviously be familiar with Thule’s world-class bike racks and probably their amazing luggage too, so the shift into the new realm of hydration packs is not too great a leap for the Swedish brand. Their new Vital range draws on trail running hydration packs for inspiration, with easily accessible stow pockets on the waistband; before departing in a clearly MTB direction with the low-centre of gravity main pouch. The main pouch is available in 3, 6 and 8 litre sizes and the hydration bladders come in 1.75 and 2.5 litre options. The pack also features a magnetic hose clip, sternum strap (for added stability), a tail light attachment and designated interior loops, in the main compartment, for pumps and other trail side repair essentials. 100% GIANT Giant Reveal Goggles | RRP R1 099 | Designed in collaboration with the eyewear afi cionados 100%, Giant’s Reveal goggles pack all-mountain protection, wide fi eld of vision and comfort into one solution. The advantages of goggles with pinning it down technical trails are the greater protection they off er; and with mirrored or clear lenses plus with the same tear-off profi le as 100%’s adult goggle lenses, the Reveal goggles are compatible with any trail and light conditions. SANTA CAME EARLY IN 2018 Santa Cruz Blur | RRP from R64 494 | Bike brands love to dig big names from yesteryear out of their old catalogues, and Santa Cruz are no diff erent. Taking the famous Blur name, last seen on a Santa Cruz in 2014 in a 130mm travel Blur TR version, Santa has relaunched the Blur as a XC/Marathon machine. Think 100mm of virtual pivot-point rear suspension travel, modern long and slack geometry, boost axle spacing and a frame which weighs just 2 060g. The top end build – featuring Santa Cruz’s Reserve Carbon wheels, the lightest CC carbon frame, SRAM XX1 Eagle drivetrain and Level Ultimate brakes – weighs in at a claimed 9.94kg in size large. But the feather-light frame does not compromise on stiff ness, the double sided struts (rather than just on the non-drive side as on the Tallboy) between the seat and chain stays make the Blur exceptionally stiff and responsive. 34 | MTB | gotta have it