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Riding the world’s longest production mountain bike

It’s been a few months now since we introduced Finnish firm Pole’s Evolink 140 to you as the longest bike you’ve never heard of. 

Here we have a 140/150mm 29er trail bike with what we believe to be the longest wheelbase of any production mountain bike currently available, at 51.7in (1312mm). 

Partly responsible for that huge wheelbase figure is the Pole’s super-slack 64.5 degree head angle. That and its 29in wheels and high offset fork add up to a bike that quite literally pushes things further than any before it.

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We left the bike in the capable hands of BikeRadar tester Seb Stott, who’s put the Pole through its paces over the last few months and, in typical Seb style, has concluded his findings in the video above. 

Tune in to hear Seb talk everything from the Pole’s terrain quashing suspension system to the effects of that extreme geometry and why, amongst riding style changes, Seb eventually turned to putting a longer stem on this bike.

You can read more at BikeRadar.com

Dear Santa… Jason McRoy’s S-Works FSR Team is for sale

Mountain bikers of a certain vintage will remember being inspired by Jason McRoy in the original VHS version of the video Dirt back in the 90s.

It’s now 20 years since he was tragically killed in a motorbike accident, but one of Britain’s finest mountain bikers ever to have thrashed down a steep hill continues to inspire the next generation of riders. So we’re excited to have found JMC’s original Specialized S-Works FSR Team for sale.

Related: Jason McRoy, a tribute

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It comes with a certificate of authenticity signed by Jim McRoy, Jason’s Dad, and is being listed at £5,500 on eBay.

BikeRadar spoke to the people selling it, and they say the bike’s currently in Cheshire awaiting its next owner. It’s already been taken to the North West Mountain Bike Centre in Stockport to be checked out by owner Andy Kyffin, who used to be Jason’s race mechanic.

You can read more at BikeRadar.com

Anna Glowinski shows you how to wheelie

There’s a sound practical reason why you’d want to learn how to wheelie: it helps you manoeuvre the bike up and over obstacles. But perhaps more importantly in many people’s eyes, it’s old-school cool.

Related: Anna Glowinski shows you how to trackstand

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In this video, Anna Glowinski talks you through the basics, from getting into the right starting position and correct gear, then leaning back to find the right balance point, and keeping the bike rolling smoothly with judicious dabs of pedals and rear brake.

From there it’s practise, practise and more practise – before you know it you’ll be riding everywhere on one wheel. Maybe.

You can read more at BikeRadar.com

Best of Red Bull Rampage – five incredible videos

Heard of Red Bull Rampage? No? Well if jaw-dropping downhill, slopestyle and freeride MTB antics are your thing then the dusty canyons of Utah are where you want to look this week.

It runs from 15-17 October and features some of the best mountain bike riders in the world, all competing for glory in front of a baying crowd dotting the clifftops near Zion National Park, whooping and a-hollering. 

This year marks the 10th edition, and we thought we’d take a look back at some of the most memorable moments in Red Bull Rampage history…

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The biggest front flip in MTB history

Last year Tom van Steenbergen attempted something that had never been done before at the Red Bell Rampage – a 72ft front flip across a canyon. At this point you’re probably imagining that scene in The Simpsons where Homer leaps across Springfield Gorge on a skateboard, but in truth he so nearly landed it…

Gee Atherton comes a cropper off a big step down

The Atherton siblings are a regular sight at Red Bull events, with reigning downhill MTB world champ Rachel recently leading the Foxhunt on Scotland’s Pentland Hills. Back in 2012, her elder brother Gee (a former downhill world champ himself) suffered quite a nasty crash when trying to pick a new line at the Rampage…

Andreu Lacondeguy and Graham Agassiz land 76ft cliff drops

During practice for last year’s Rampage, Red Bull riders Agassiz and Lacondeguy egged each other on to land a gigantic step-down that pushed them both well beyond their comfort zones. The nerves were palpable for both athletes, as you can see in the video above.

Cam Zink pulls a massive 360 off a giant mountain cliff

Randy Spangler gets hit by lightning – twice

Cam Zink’s Sender backflip

You can read more at BikeRadar.com

Cube introduce new winter-ready road bike

This video was produced in association with Cube. 

Cube introduce its extended 2016 range of bikes, clothing and accessories. Joining the road range is the new Attain. Developed for comfort, this disc-ready road bike is compatible with 28c tyres and mudguards, which makes it ideal for winter riding. 

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On the mountain bike side, the new Stereo is aimed at the enduro market. This 160mm travel bike is a claimed 400g lighter than its predecessor, comes with the new 148 boost rear axle spacing, and has a lower standover. 

You can read more at BikeRadar.com

Shimano new Deore XT, 25 years of SPD, new PRO components

This video was produced in partnership with Shimano.

BikeRadar caught up with Ben Hillsdon of Shimano Europe during last month’s Eurobike trade show, where he presented us with a few highlights from the 2016 Shimano range.

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Along with the latest version of its legendary XT groupset, Hillsdon shows off Shimano’s 25th anniversary edition SPD shoes among a revamped line of mountain bike and road footwear. Shimano was also keen to show off its STEPS e-bike system along with fresh components from its sister brand PRO.

You can read more at BikeRadar.com

Custom paint, 27.5+ and e-bikes from Orbea

This video was produced in partnership with Orbea.

Originating in the Basque region of Spain, Orbea has a long history of cycling – 175 years to be exact, and the breadth of its range rests on years of development and innovation in many disciplines of cycling. At Eurobike 2015 Orbea unveiled new mountain bike models, updated road bike options and an e-bike for the large commuter cycling market. 

New to Orbea’s range of mountain bikes are the Occam and the Loki. The Occam comes in two versions; the 27.5 all mountain AM, and the 29er TR trail bike. The Orbea Loki is named for the shape-shifting Norse god, which gives a clue to it’s nature – running 27.5 plus it can also take 29er wheels, and Orbea says it’s ideal for new mountain bikers looking for a stable, fun, robust ride.

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Related: Orbea Loki 27.5+ first ride

Another noteworthy development for 2016 is the option to fully customise the paint work on the Orca road bike range, surprisingly for no additional cost. At the other end of the cycling scale, the Katu e-bike is a steed designed to work well in the urban environment, with plenty of storage and a low centre of gravity. 

Related reading: BikeRadar’s complete coverage of the Eurobike trade show

You can read more at BikeRadar.com

Focus reveals world’s lightest road disc frame and Raven Max hardtail

This video was produced in partnership with Focus Bikes.

Focus introduces the Raven Max and Izalco Max Disc as the German brand takes BikeRadar on a guided tour of its Eurobike 2015 booth. 

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The Izalco Max Disc is a race-ready road bike with disc brakes, and Focus claims it’s the lightest disc frame in the world, at a reputed 790g for the size 54 frame. On the mountain bike side of things the Raven Max hardtail was the weapon of choice for Swiss XC racer Florian Vogel, and features a free standing seat tube and Focus seat post which gives greater vertical compliance meaning greater comfort for the rider. 

Related: Get the lowdown on all the newest bikes and latest tech from Eurobike 2015, the worlds biggest bike show.      

You can read more at BikeRadar.com

How to pack your mountain bike up for travel

Packing a mountain bike up ready for riding on foreign trails is an almost identical process to bagging up a road machine. There are, however, a few additional considerations to take into account the extra complexities of most off-road rides.

Related: Best bike boxes and bike bags

The first step is to mark off your handlebars and seat, as these will be removed when packing the bike. Tape goes around bars and marked off with pen. Same goes for the seatpost. It’s always good practice to clean your bike before going away too.

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Then remove the pedals. You can mark these off with a bit of tape, but this is optional.

Remove the handlebars from the stem and re attach the stem faceplate, making sure the bolts are loosely tightened so they don’t rattle around. With some bags you may need remove the stem and bars together.

Some bags require you to remove the seatpost; if you’ve got a dropper fitted, as with the bike on the video, you could simply push it down into the frame.

You can read more at BikeRadar.com

Creative video ad aids sale of Idaho shop

VICTOR, Idaho (BRAIN) —??When it came time to list their store, Fitzgerald’s Bicycles, for sale earlier this year, retailers Scott and Janine Fitzgerald took an unconventional approach. The Fitzgeralds made a video of them placing a call with the Jackson, Wyoming on-air radio classifieds show, “Trash and Treasure”, to advertise that their shop was for sale, ignoring the show’s ‘no businesses on Trash and Treasure’ rule and frustrating the host