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BikeRumor Editor’s Selection 2023 – Steve’s Prime MTBs, Parts, Clothes & Gear

BikeRumor Editor’s Selection 2023 – Steve’s Prime MTBs, Parts, Clothes & Gear


I’m fairly fortunate to have lengthy driving seasons the place I dwell, nevertheless it all the time appears to finish too quickly! Winter is setting in throughout British Columbia, so it’s time to take a brief break and replicate on the bikes and biking merchandise that impressed me most all through 2023.

Regardless of a leg damage this yr, I nonetheless managed to check just a few mountain bikes and a good variety of merchandise. Clothes and kit was the most important class for me this time; I examined fairly just a few good items however I’ve highlighted my favourite helmets, gloves, jackets, and eyewear beneath.

2024-Pivot-Shuttle-AM-SF-Colorado-cornering, Matt Jones photo
Picture by Matt Jones

It’s been almost 9 years since I wrote my first article for Bikerumor, and I’m all the time anxious to see what’s coming subsequent for the bike business. On this quick interval mountain bikes have seen large enhancements, not to mention the speedy growth of ebikes. Mechanical reliability is usually glorious with at this time’s bikes and parts, which equates to much less time fixing issues and extra time within the saddle.

Dwelling in a small mountain city in British Columbia, I spend most of my time driving path or enduro bikes (electrical or not). I’m additionally completely happy to check gravel or commuter bikes, however street driving hasn’t caught my curiosity fairly but. I’m not a aggressive rider, having enjoyable is the primary objective for me. That stated, I prefer to journey quick on tough, slabby trails and push my limits when the sensation is true!

Expertise: Physiotherapy!

Steve's bike on trainer

Whereas I’m not together with this as a result of it was a favourite of mine, my largest cycling-related expertise this yr was physiotherapy! In late February I strained my left adductor (the massive muscle that runs down the within of your thigh) and initially, it was dangerous sufficient that 5 minutes of pedaling would have me hobbling up my entrance stairs afterward.

With the assistance of my physiotherapist (shout out to Anna at Lifemark Physiotherapy!) I regularly regained flexibility and power in my strained adductor. Physio didn’t pace up the method as I hoped, however inside what’s thought of a traditional timeframe I used to be again driving bikes. By mid-June, I used to be in a position to journey pretty nicely, and by the top of the season, I used to be pedaling simply as lengthy and much as I usually would. I’m now carried out with physio periods and will probably be sticking with a fundamental upkeep program by means of the winter. Right here’s hoping for a greater begin to subsequent yr!

Mountain Bikes

2024 Trek Slash, SF, rock

Editor’s Selection: Trek Slash

I’ve all the time favored Trek’s ABP suspension linkage, however what they did with the high-pivot model for the 2024 Slash solely made me happier. The Slash’s forte is manhandling tough terrain, and does it ever! Now bumped to 170mm journey entrance and rear, this bike gobbles up bumps of all sizes higher than something I’ve ridden but. And that’s with a 27.5” rear wheel.

What actually received me over was realizing the Slash isn’t simply further squishy; I discovered it pops off jumps higher than different Treks I’ve ridden and launches out of corners very nicely. Mix that strong suspension with fashionable, adjustable geometry and also you’ve acquired a prime contender within the enduro class. This was additionally the primary MX bike I’ve ridden long-term, and I agree they’re a enjoyable journey. Rear wheel clearance on steeps is nice, however the sharper cornering is what I actually loved.

I’m presently wrapping up my evaluate of the 2024 Trek Slash, so watch Bikerumor shortly for that article!

SCOR 2030, side

Editor’s Selection: SCOR 2030

On the other finish of the spectrum, SCOR’s 2030 was the shortest journey bike I’ve ever examined at 120mm rear/140mm entrance. Fortunately although, SCOR designed this bike to journey like a short-travel enduro, giving it a slack head angle of 64.5° (in Slack place) and constructing the body simply as robust as their 4060 enduro bike. Whereas some readers weren’t too impressed with the burden of 30.78lbs with pedals, that is a number of kilos lower than something I’ve ridden not too long ago in order that mixed with 29” wheels made the 2030 an absolute pleasure to climb.

In fact on the descents, that slack head tube lets you journey the 2030 with virtually no limitation. I didn’t hesitate to journey my space’s steepest and roughest trails on this bike, and whereas the quick journey calls for a bit extra physique language, the bike dealt with the whole lot simply superb. Using the 2030 encourages exact dealing with, however leaves loads of room for error! It might be an incredible selection for long-travel riders who need to play with one thing just a little smaller and lighter. 


Picture by Matt Jones

Honorable Point out: Pivot Shuttle AM

The one ebike I had multiple journey on this yr was Pivot’s Shuttle AM. Pivot did a superb job of constructing a body with up-to-date geometry that completely suits the Shuttle AM’s ‘All Mountain’ classification. There’s a flip chip too, so you’ll be able to fine-tune the angles by +/- 0.4° to be a bit extra ‘path’ or ‘enduro’. I additionally favored this eMTB’s snug attain and low standover peak.

I used to be fairly impressed with Bosch’s electronics too. The Efficiency Line CX motor and a 750Wh battery give the Shuttle AM loads of energy and vary. What I actually favored was the quick, exact response to pedaling inputs, and I discovered Bosch’s self-regulating eMTB mode managed energy output rather well. The wi-fi distant and rear wheel sensor additionally make for a pleasant clear look on the bike.


FUNN Python pedals, on bike

Editor’s Selection: FUNN Python Pedals

As one among your contact factors, it’s necessary to have a superb set of pedals that your ft like sitting on. FUNN got here to the desk this yr with their up to date Python flat pedals, and at 100x110mm I discovered them simply sufficiently big to supply strong assist to all elements of my measurement 9.5 ft. The pedals look fairly shapely, however they keep a reasonably sq. platform. The great a part of being ‘simply sufficiently big’ is the burden stays impressively low at 373g for the pair. For an alloy mannequin, FUNN additionally managed to maintain the value of the brand new Python Pedals comparatively affordable at $115 US.

Whereas the pedal our bodies are barely concave, FUNN sells elective longer pins for the brand new Pythons. The grip was already good with out them, however I put in the longer pins on the entrance and rear of the pedals which boosted traction and enhanced the concave really feel.

Clothes and Gear:

ABUS AirDrop, side, on me

Editor’s Selection: ABUS Airdrop Full Face Helmet

ABUS may not carry the identical status or historical past as manufacturers like Troy Lee Designs or Bell however don’t depend their helmets out. This yr I examined the AirDrop full face and got here away fairly impressed with how cool and comfy it was. Even and not using a carbon shell, the AirDrop MIPS is light-weight sufficient to pedal in for hours, hitting my scale at 799g for a measurement S/M.

The brand new ABUS AirDrop can also be MIPS geared up, very nicely ventilated, provides an incredible field-of-view and goggle compatibility, and features a dial retention system to make sure a cosy match. Final however not least, ABUS provides the choice of including their crash detecting and journey metric monitoring QUIN sensor, so you’ll be able to really feel safer on solo rides and analyze your private stats.

7mesh Cache Anorak, trailside

Editor’s Selection: 7mesh Cache Anorak

I’m a fan of 7mesh’s driving gear, and their new Airmap Cache Anorak didn’t disappoint. One of many first items of the model’s new PFAS chemical-free Airmap line, the Cache Anorak is a superb temperature regulator that breathes nicely sufficient to justify not having pit zips. As an outer layer, it blocks wind successfully and retains you heat proper right down to freezing temperatures with a superb mid layer beneath. It’s additionally a flexible jacket by itself, with a half-zip to open up some airflow and 7mesh’s Stash System that straps it to your bike if you happen to get too heat.

Water resistance was nice too; whereas it’s not marketed as waterproof, the Cache held as much as no less than 45 minutes of regular rain with out soaking by means of wherever. Lastly, 7mesh nailed the Cache’s relaxed match – there’s ample room for layers beneath however the anorak isn’t dishevelled in any respect. The one factor I might have most popular is a barely bigger and adjustable hood so you could possibly journey with it over a helmet on colder days.

Racer Factory gloves

Editor’s Selection: Racer Manufacturing facility Gloves

Racer’s Manufacturing facility Gloves shortly earned a spot as my new favourite! What I favored most about them was the slick Lycra fundamental material, which seems like a skinny wetsuit and provides a little bit of stretch for a second-skin match. The lambskin palms have been additionally nice; they’re skinny, grippy in every single place, and gentle to the contact. The Manufacturing facility gloves offered no consolation points with seams or bunching throughout my take a look at rides. Whereas there’s nothing that makes these gloves significantly cool, they do breathe nicely and are completely appropriate for three-season driving.

As quickly as I acquired the Manufacturing facility Gloves, I assumed they appeared and felt like a high-end product. Using in them confirmed this, and I’ll positively be reaching for them subsequent spring.


Honorable Point out: Leatt Velocity 4.0 X-Circulation Goggles

In virtually any situations Leatt’s massively ventilated Velocity 4.0 X-Circulation goggles are an incredible choice to preserve your face cool and your lenses clear. You get the safety of a full-sized goggle lens, however with the open vents up prime and the cut-out body beneath, air flows by means of these goggles like no different. I by no means discovered the airflow itself was sufficient to hassle my eyes, and by no means managed to get any water or mud sprayed up behind the lens. The lens wouldn’t produce any condensation, by means of variable situations from sizzling mid-summer rides to quick climbs in cool, damp climate.

I did have one challenge with water dripping off my open-faced helmet onto the within of the lens, so there are situations they might not be appropriate for. That stated, in something in need of monsoon rains the Velocity 4.0 X-Circulation goggles will probably be my best choice for subsequent season.

Julbo Edge sunglasses on rock

Honorable Point out: Julbo Edge Sun shades

This summer time I rode with Julbo’s Edge sun shades, which included two lenses which can be tremendous easy to swap out. A small magnet holds the lens to the body, and a easy rise on the lens pops it off. Most significantly, the lenses keep put whereas driving!

Julbo’s Reactiv photochromic lens provides a variety of sunshine transmission, and it’s all the time nice to have a transparent lens to swap on for mud or wind safety. I favored how light-weight the Edges have been (26g), and that the lenses are pretty tall, offering good eye protection and decrease peripheral imaginative and prescient. Each lenses proved to withstand condensation very nicely too.

The Julbo Edge sun shades don’t come low-cost however getting each the photochromic and clear lenses makes this a flexible pair of sun shades you could possibly put on on any journey.

Off The Bike:

Crocs with Trek charm


At Crankworx Whistler, Trek Bicycles determined to hook up all of the media folks with a pair of Crocs! I had by no means owned a pair till now, and I shortly realized why they’re so standard. They’re snug, well-ventilated, and extra protecting than most sandals, and since I take advantage of the heel strap they keep on my ft reliably. I took them on a tenting journey and actually favored how you could possibly step out and in of the water with them. They have been nice for wading across the rocky seashore I used to be visiting, they usually drain themselves out while you’re again on land. Thanks Trek!

Parting Ideas:

SF, rock, Pemberton

Having not too long ago achieved ‘over the hill’ standing, the years are flying by sooner than ever! I’ve had two vital accidents within the final three years, however usually talking, I’m in the very best form of my life so I’m glad I acquired into MTB! I got here to the best place to do it – it’s exhausting to beat British Columbia’s mountainous terrain and infinite path networks.

As for what the long run holds, I’m curious to see how a lot digital componentry finds its method onto mid and even entry-level mountain bikes within the subsequent few years. I’ll guess we see increasingly bike parks popping up at ski resorts, and extra e-commuter bikes cruising the cities. Hopefully, most individuals that acquired into biking through the pandemic keep it up and get hooked on the enjoyment of driving a motorcycle, whether or not which means racing DH or enduro, tricking the native filth jumps, or just pedaling round city. Trip on!

Every of those merchandise was totally chosen purely on their technical deserves, by me personally, and for the explanations described above. Extra nice merchandise handed by means of my palms in 2023. Not at all have been any of my picks paid for by their producers. Nor was any choice or favor given to any model or advertiser. My alternatives are restricted to merchandise I’ve truly frolicked driving/testing in particular person. A model’s willingness to ask Bikerumor to hitch a launch occasion, or to offer product samples could make it extra seemingly that we’ll have thought of their merchandise, if solely as a result of we will share our actual, firsthand experiences.



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