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Scott Scale 20

Cotic Soul by Ian Kane
Pretty light, good mud clearance, rides well with a big fork. It doesn’t stand out in any particular way, just does the job well, inspires confidence when things get steep, although most hardtails with a big fork do that. I don’t notice that much difference from my old Blizzard – which rode very well.

Rides very well and suits my style of riding. When I get round to it I’ll either get a frame builder to move/replace the guides and I’ll take a file to the dropouts. That’s probably just me though! I haven’t gone mad singing the praises of the thing as that’s been done below…

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Scott Scale 20 by clarkee
It’s light. If you have the legs its unbelievable fast. Going up hill is so fast it takes a while to get used to. The spec on the 2007 20 model is superb for the price. The bike is very aggressive &and it inspires you to go to your limits on every ride. It is comfortable and it looks the muts! This bike has to be ridden to be believed. This bike ALWAYS makes me smile from ear to ear.

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But we’re never satisfied here at BM Towers. We want to see your product reviews. We’re after reviews as helpful as the four below, we’re not interested in one-line reviews, but carefully-crafted, well thought-out and objective reviews. They don’t just have to be bikes either, as in the examples below, but any part of the bicycle that you’ve recently upgraded. Whatever it may be, share it with the BM community.

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Scott Genius MC-20 by Simon Morrell
The fox forks are fantastic, and mean you can lock down the whole bike for a very convincing road bike – really. This bike is not suited to really steep technical desending in my opinion but for anything else it performed faultlessly. Due to the angle of the seat tube the higher the seat is the further you move backwards, which can make the front wheel skittish.
With a new seat this bike has been comfortable enough for hours upon end of riding, road and on road, when the suspension is set up right it floats over most anything.

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Specialized Avatar Gel Saddle

Specialized Avatar Gel Saddles by Robert Henson 2
I use this saddle on both road and mountain bikes, and so far so good. No problems with numbness on either bike even after some very long rides. There are a few bits of suede on the top which can get grubby, but otherwise can’t be beaten at this price.

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RockShox Dart 3 Turnkey by
Simon Unsted

These are a really good set of forks for the money (I paid £80). I only really use it for XC and they haven’t disappointed. Their simplicity should make them a reliable proposition. They do flex a little and my disc rotor does catch on the lower stanchions as a result. All in all a great fork considering the money.

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RockShox Pike Race U-Turn
RockShox Pike Race U-Turn by Philip Slinger

Bit of a Ronseal fork, does exactly what it says on the tin, they’re as plush as my Z150′s but a lot cheaper, build quality is far better than pre-SRAM days as well. extremely good tracking forks and very adjustable, the Maxle is so much better than anything else out there for a 20mm axle quick release.

For the price they’re a great fork and are extremely supple, they make Psylo tulios feel as wobbly as a pair of Sids in comparison.

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Specialized S-Works Epic FSR Carbon frameset

Specialized S-Works Epic FSR Carbon frameset by Peter St-Amour 2
I gave it a few years to finesse the design, and once the Brain’s performance got good reviews I bought a frame to replace my Whyte PRST-1 which was good, but too heavy for racing. Weight is not an issue with the S-Works Epic. I don’t know exactly, but mine is easily sub 22lb with 100mm travel at both ends and no stupid silly racing only parts.

The quality of it is very good, with well finished paint, seemingly good bearings that haven’t given any grief yet and thoughtful design touches. The wheelbase may be a touch long and not that lively on the steepest climbs, but the pay off is excellent stability at speed. Which is something that comes naturally with this frame. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but if you want to go fast and are not riding over deep rock gardens regularly then give it some consideration. If your terrain is tougher, the low bottom bracket may not make this your frame.

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Lizard Skins Softcell Knee-Shin Guards

Lizard Skins Softcell Knee-Shin Guards by Graeme MacLean
Comfy enough to wear all day. Several days in a row. For pedealling! The thick section that sits on top of the knee cap seems to stop them falling down and keeps everything in place. Seem pretty good at keeping body parts on the inside and rocks on the outside. Thick plastic and well padded. Vents actually seem to do something once you get moving.

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Bike Greece Greece: Coast to Coast

Bike Greece Greece: Coast to Coast by david clark 18
Some cracking singletrack on the mainland and super time on the island of Evia – seeing a Greece not seen by tourists. Excellent guides with good local knowledge.

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Shimano M424 SPD  pedals

Shimano M424 SPD pedals by robert knox
Solid, easy connection, long lasting, don’t need cycle shoes for short shopping trips. I even moved them onto my road bike as I was so comfortable and used to them. Only getting rid of them to lighten up my road bike.

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Last week’s roundup brought Scott, GT and Commencal bikes under the weekly spotlight. Here’s the latest reviews herded up.

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Litespeed Niota Ti Frame by Guy Woodhouse
The suspension action balances plushness with pedalling efficency. It doesn’t feel bottomless plush as the ‘constant leverage’ thing means you don’t blow through the mid-travel and you only get maximum travel when you actually need it. This suspension doesn’t wallow and with the RP3 shock it really eggs you on to go faster and faster.

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Bell Bellistic Full Face Helmet

Bell Bellistic Full Face Helmet by Graeme MacLean
Maybe I have a Bell shaped head, but this is the most comfy helmet I’ve worn, full face or XC. Took a minor hit without flinching, fortunately I’ve not had the chance to find out how well it copes with worse abuse. Doesn’t seem to block the view out at all.

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661 2x4 Elbow & Forearm

661 2×4 Elbow & Forearm by Graeme MacLean
A great bike for either racing or fast rides. You wouldn’t want it as an only bike for big mountain all day epics but as a partner to a long travel trail bike it’s superb.
And for racing, its ideally spec’d, totally suited to longer enduro and/or technical courses and ready for the podium out of the box – all at a very good price considering the spec.

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TrailAddiction Les Arcs/La Plagne

TrailAddiction Les Arcs/La Plagne by Graeme MacLean
The trails. If you’re prepared to step up your riding several gears, there’s probably no better place to do it. They’re generally steep, techy and have some pretty scary drops, but the guides don’t take you anywhere you’re not up to and there’s no macho issues with getting off and walking the more difficult stuff. Oh, and virtually no braking bumps (unlike Les Gets/Morzine). Oh, and virtually no other riders anywhere!

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And who knows, next week we might even find some goodies to give to the best member reviews. Get writing…

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Commencal Meta 5.2 by Graeme MacLean
Seems to go everywhere really fast. Just got back from a week in Les Arcs and the bike was spot-on. It seems a bit steep for the travel so changes direction downhill really well. Just deals with the smaller (or actually quite big) obstacles while letting the rider deal with the big drops, trees and generally dangerous stuff. The first time I’ve managed a week in the Alps without a huge repair bill at the end.

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GT Zaskar Pro by duke duvet
What a great bike! Mine is the 2007 version it just flies uphill and is pretty handy downhill too although if you want to get loads of air and do massive drop offs forget it.
Still, it’s an excellent old-school XC racer that weighs nothing (under 25lbs) despite some of the components being a bit lardy.

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Scott Scale 20 by dorkingdan
A great bike for either racing or fast rides. You wouldn’t want it as an only bike for big mountain all day epics but as a partner to a long travel trail bike it’s superb.
And for racing, its ideally spec’d, totally suited to longer enduro and/or technical courses and ready for the podium out of the box – all at a very good price considering the spec.

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