Kiran Kumar Raju | Rider Interview

K Kiran Kumar Raju By: Vinay Menon | Photos: Vineet Sharma Also featured in Issue #20 | March 2014 Age: 28years Hometown: Bangalore Years riding: 3years Primary steed (Main bike): Specialized Epic 29er Your most preferred style in Mountain biking: XC racing and free ride. FR MTB MAG: How did Mountain biking come about for you? KIRAN: It happened by chance, when I borrowed a friend’s bike to compete in my first ever BBCh mtb race in March’11. I ended up finishing 3rd and was hooked. The track-technicalities and bike…

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FSA Comet

FSA Comet – Crankset By: Vineet Sharma Also featured in Issue #20 | March 2014 FSA has offered many not too heavy on pockets components including this FSA Comet crankset intended for all mountain/trail use. The older version was designed with 3 chainring bolts, which had limitations in terms of using FSA chain ring only.  This revised design is now available with 4 Cr-Mo steel chainring bolts which offer strength, and durability. The forged AL6061 alloy arms are similar and strong too. The FSA comet we have put on test…

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Five Ten – Freerider – Danny MacAskill shoes

Five Ten – Freerider – Danny MacAskill shoes By: Vineet Sharma Also featured in Issue #19 | Jan 2014 Whenever we think of flat pedal riding shoes, Five Ten is probably the first brand that comes to our mind. Five Ten shoes are known for their superior rubber grip soles and a while ago they created a rad looking freeride shoe inspired by Scottish street-trials pro rider Danny MacAskill. Our bike slayer Jeewan Jeet Singh Dhillon got hands on these shoes which feature TPU toecaps, TPR external heel cups, leather…

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Iggy | Rider Interview

Ignatius Chen Chin Fa aka Iggy By: Vinay Menon | Photos: Robin Darius Conz Also featured in Issue #19 | Jan 2014 Nickname: Iggy  Age: 27  Hometown: Bangalore, Karnataka Years riding: Started Mountain Biking 6 Years ago. Focusing on DH for 4 years now. Primary steed: Giant Glory 01 Your most preferred style in Mountain biking: Downhill   How did your inclination towards Downhill Mountain biking come about? After watching a documentary on Downhill Racing in 2009, I headed to the hill with my hardtail and tried riding a few…

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Montra 2.2 Disc – First Look

Montra 2.2 Disc By: Vineet Sharma Also featured in Issue #18 | Nov 2013 Montra bikes, which has been developing high quality bicycles in India is a sub brand of T.I cycles India. Montra has also taken an initiative to develop performance carbon bikes IN INDIA! Amongst their inventory they recently developed an entry level mountain bike which might give a hard time to competitive brands like Firefox, Suncross and the entry level models offered by Trek Bikes in India. We checked the Made in India Montra Rock 2.2 Disc…

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LeattDBX Ride III

LeattDBX Ride III By: Vinay Menon Also featured in Issue #18 | Nov 2013 In today’s time when you can attain “break neck” speeds on a mountain bike, its only appropriate to make the neck brace mandatory in your armor kit. With several brands flooding the market now, we got our hands on the big daddy of neck brace brands, Leatt. The ‘DBX Ride III’ is a bicycle sport oriented neck brace made for the BMX and Mountain bike lot. Light weight fiber with an adjustable back plate makes this…

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Jibin Joy | Rider Interview

Jibin Joy | Rider Interview By: Vinay Menon Also featured in Issue #18 | Nov 2013 Nickname: Chippy  Age: 19  Hometown: Kuttikanam  Years riding: 6  Current Bicycle: Kona Hoss FR MTB MAG: Your most preferred style in Mountain biking? JIBIN: I like Downhill and Freeride. FR MTB MAG: Are your parents supportive of what you do on your bike? JIBIN: Yes. My parents are happy about my passion for the sport. They encourage me to ride more.   FR MTB MAG: How does your productive week look like? Is dabbling…

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Five Ten Freerider VXi shoes

Five Ten Freerider VXi shoes (Pumice / Black) By: Vineet Sharma Also featured in Issue #18 | Nov 2013   Five Ten, a renowned name for quality shoes developed the Freerider VXi shoes a while ago for flat pedal shredders who want a super grippy shoe that will never let them down. This is a great looking mountain bike shoe which comes with the Stealth Contact outsole with slick contact area which easily allows to adjust the foot position on the pedals. The Freerider Vxi also comes with a breathable,…

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Coast Gravity Park

Coast Gravity Park By: Malcolm McLaws Also featured in Issue #18 | Nov 2013 The newest Mtn Bike Park to be built in BC is the Coast Gravity Park located on the Sunshine Coast near Sechelt and will open in 2014. The park is built by riders for riders and will bring riders an ear to ear smile. This will be the only year round gravity park in the Northwest, built below the snow line to give mountain bikers their adrenaline fueled fill anytime of the year. The Coast Gravity…

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iXS Dagger Knees Guards

iXS Dagger Knees Guards By: Vineet Sharma Also featured in Issue #17 | Sept 2013 If you are an aggressive trail rider or someone who loves gravity and looking for serious knee protection then look no further. iXS Dagger knee guards are just the dead-on knee protection for you.  The Next Level Series Dagger knee guards are ideal for downhill and trail riding without compromising on comfort side. The overall design and fitting of iXS Dagger knee guards is pretty interesting and full of smart features. The Squeezebox joint between…

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