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Mountain Bike Review

Our mountain bike review page has a variety of MTB reviews on bikes and components including forks, brakes, suspension, wheels, tyres and gears. These reviews are a combination of our own experiences some industry and professional reviews and contributions from fellow mountain bikers. Most of the equipment we test, ride and review has been bought with our hard earned cash or been begged and borrowed to do a test review. So you will find us telling it like it is with no obligations to advertising budgets.

This collection of mountain bike reviews started out as the "The Average Guy Reviews" and continues this tradition of providing a useful, honest and informative bike review. Big Al is "The Average Guy" just like most people out there he is not super human, doesn't earn mega bucks, has a day job and a family and loves to ride his bike. Like may of us he has come a long way from his 130kg days of Varsity jolls, beer gardens and rock concerts. Now a lean racing machine he is living proof that "the average guy" can also ride cool bikes, train hard and mix it up with the front bunch.  Big Al is the average guy who tells it like it is and he's a real funny guy too. A dedicated and committed mountain biker who is always up to date with what's going on out there. His love of all things bike has meant that he has spent most of the last 10 years in the bike industry and continues to do so. The latest info and quick updates are posted via the blog but the quality bike review info will be found right here.  

We have also listed some more detailed previews on new bikes and equipment they are launched and as we receive press releases. There is also a collection of quality MTB review websites where you can find more reviews and get a balanced international view.

If you want to contribute an equipment review then mail us with a complete review and some pics and we will gladly add your contribution.



MTBLOG | MTB bike & equipment Previews | Mountain Bike Reviews

Mountain Bike Review - Bikes & MTB Components

MTB Tech Reviews

MTB Tyre Rolling Resistance Tests - the truth
Shimano vs SRAM set up


Bike Reviews

Turner Sultan 29er review
Commencal Meta 5.5 Preview
Raleigh Marathon Team Review
Raleigh Marathon Team Preview
Pace RC41 XCAM Fork Review 
Specialized S-Works Stumpjumper FSR 2006 

Bike Demo day - (Whyte 46, Trek Fuel, Specialized stumpjumper, GT G-box and i-drive, Merida Mission)
Ellsworth Truth 2005 review 

Raleigh RDS 9.0 2004 
2007 Raleigh Carbon Frame Review


 Component Reviews

Shimano Deore XT 2011 - Preview
Hayes Stroker Ryde disc brake review
Marzocchi, FOX, Rockshox Fork Reviews
Shimano Deore XT 2008 - Preview
Maxxis Crossmark tyre review
Rock Shox Reba Race
Shimano XT 2004 Dual Control 
Mountain Bike Tyre Reviews - Maxxis & Schwalbe

New MTB Equipment Previews


Morewood Zula marathon development
Santa Cruz Blur LT Carbon

New mountain bikes 2008
(Ibis Tranny,
Trek Remedy, Giant, Specialized, Rockshox SID)
Cannondale Rush Carbon pic and info
Tomac mountain bikes
Intense Mountain Bikes
Cannondale Scalpel 2008 Prototype
Ibis Mojo SL
Ibis Mojo preview

Old Equipment News Archive



Oakley Radar Sunglasses
Shimano XTR Shadow Derailleur
Shimano XTR Groupset 2007

For the latest on what is happening with The Average

Mountain Bike Blog - The Average Guy

MTB Reviews, Resources & Buyers Guides
One of the best mountain bike review websites around. This is a great site to check out how people rate bikes, components, clothing etc  that they have used. It also has some pretty active forums and some comprehensive links to other mtb sites. It is USA based so it concentrates on products and conditions there.
Online mountain biking resource site in the UK. Lots of useful information on mountain biking in the UK and mountain bike gear, holidays, bike and equipment reviews and forums.

Bike Radar
Bike and gear reviews on latest mountain bikes and equipment. Really good quality comprehensive MTB site with online info from what mountain bike and Mountain Biking UK.

Ride Monkey
A forum based site which has a lot of latest MTB news and searchable forums with lots of useful information
The Mountain Bike Guide with news, bike reviews, race stories and lots of other stuff




Trying to pop a wheelie at Transbaviaans

Average Guy taking his bike for a medal at the Absa Cape Epic 2007

Yip that's "The Average Guy" pushing his bike at Haenertsburg

Helmet head from day 1 at the epic

Average Guy
Bike Demo Day at Adventurezone Expo 2006

The deadly blimp !

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