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Five Ten Freerider MTB Shoes – Danny McAskill Flavoured – A Review

Published on 17 March 2013 in Kit Reviews

SPD Versus Flatties – Horses For Courses

A while ago, I bought SPD pedals for my hardtail and went 100% clipped-in for a while. Other than the early slow-speed-falling-off incidents, it was great. I didn’t think I’d ever look back. When I bought the Merida 120mm soft tail trail bike, I transferred the spuds to it and had no problems….

But… I’ve started to enjoy throwing the bike around a bit more, meaning that my lack of skills and core stability shines through. When clipped in, this manifests itself as unplanned outages with consequential bruised hips and upper arms. When winter set in, I decided enough was enough and bought myself some flat pedals. The most suitable shoes I had for flatties were a pair of Etnies in brown suede, which quite frankly were going to get ruined if I kept riding them around the gritty Pennines all winter.

So, Why Choose The Danny McAskill Five Tens?

Five Ten Danny McAskill Freerider - Box Fresh

Five Ten Danny McAskill Freerider – Box Fresh

I’ve read lots of reviews in magazines, like most of you will have. I’d pretty much decided I wanted some 5:10s before I even decided I wanted flat pedals. The question for me was: which Five Tens do I get? I’m not an extreme rider, so high tops would have been overkill so I narrowed things down to:
1. Impact Low, or
2. Freerider

I’d somehow managed to arrange to have these shoes bought me as a present, so I chose the ones which looked most socially acceptable. Basically, which choice made me look the most normal? Freerider wins! The bubble-wrap-athon wraparound sole of the Impact Low is a total plus for MTB nerds, but for normal people (like the person who was buying my shoes) it looks, well, just odd.

The Freeriders come in a few cool designs (choose your favourite) but for me, the Danny McAskill flavour looks the best. Smart black shoe with cool blue highlights, looks great with jeans = Win. The extra technical specs including strengthened heel, extra resilient padding for backflips off bus stops and so on, yeah… that was really relevant for a 43-year-old MTB weekend warrior. Not. They look ace, though!

These shoes are comfy. As comfy as a worn sofa with a fluffy throwover, and your favourite duvet on top. Warm too in the winter, thanks to the generous padding everywhere. But… they don’t look like spaceman shoes. They look cool whether covered in mud on your bike, or box fresh down the pub.

On the bike, the Stealth Rubber sole is as sticky as an unwelcome nephew’s fingers on your freshly-cleaned TV screen. You have to pick your foot up off the pedals to reposition it, where it will stay until you choose to move it again. The grip is tremendous, for a shoe which looks like it has a pretty flat bottom. In fact, there’s a definite concave there to help you stay rubber side down, planted on the bike. Unlike SPDs though, you can throw a foot out and dab when you need to.

Five Ten Freerider Danny McAskill

Five Ten Freerider Danny McAskill

Skidding down the Pennine Bridleway on ice earlier this year, I was glad of one foot firmly stuck to my pedal, the other dragging along the floor while my rear wheel slid downhill sideways. I couldn’t do THAT in spuds! On difficult rocky trails they come into their own too, allowing you the cushion of knowing you can throw a foot out if things get hairy. I’ve achieved much better speeds downhill on flatties than I can clipped in, purely because of the confidence that having the ability to quickly bail gives me.

I know the top downhillers are riding clipped in nowadays and that therefore I’m fighting against a trend, but I’m not as good as those riders, and I have to turn up for work on Monday able to walk. I ride for fun, not to beat the fastest in the world down a mountain. So Danny Hart, you go ahead and clip in: I’m sticking with my flatties and 5:10 Dannys on the sketchy stuff!

Buy the shoes at Chain Reaction Cycles here
or Rutland Cycles here (link) – cheaper at the time of writing.

Clean Shoes, Muddy Bike. Must be new Dannys

Clean Shoes, Muddy Bike. Must be new Dannys

Let us know what you think of them if you get some, or if you’re rocking them already! :)

 

 
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Sunn Prim S2 Hardtail Review by Stuart McGregor

Published on 4 March 2013 in Kit Reviews

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To cut a long boring story short I needed a new frame quickly.

I wanted a lightweight hardtail for Cross Country rides: last year had taught me that what I enjoyed the most was taking myself off for 2-3 hours and exploring the countryside, often trusting my phone and sense of direction to find my way back to familiar trails!

Thanks to suddenly being faced with no Mountain bike due to a snapped rear frame I needed something. I also didn’t really have the budget for something expensive (or even modest) due to buying a road bike the week before!

It appeared about £300 would buy something like a Cove Stiffee, a little more would get a Giant Xtc, but these were both out of my non existent budget.

2nd hand didn’t appeal so it was onto the unknown stuff…Gulp!

After some looking around I decided to go for a Sunn Prim S2 from Chain Reaction Cycles for the princely sum of £134 !

What little I could find about it seemed positive so I paid my money and crossed my fingers.

The frame arrived in the usual super quick time (2 days) and I set off to my garage with my new frame to build it…

Two evenings later I swung my leg over it for the first time……I was impressed!

So, what is it like?

Finish is good, a nice paint finish with a metallic black that looks decent, the graphics are a bit over the top for me, but at least they are properly done and under the top coat of lacquer.

It’s light, I weighed it at around 1kg. The frame has solid looking welds and came with some chunky looking hangers. It took standard size bottom bracket bearings and head bearings.

How does it ride?

Well I have ridden it three times now – about 50 miles (Hey, I’ve got a cold!) and it feels great, certainly quicker than my old Orange Sub 5 and for me the geometry is better than both the 5 and the Orange G3 I broke. It seems to climb well, lumps along the flats nicely and so far bounces down the downhill bits ok- I do miss having that rear suspension for the downhills  though!

Am I glad I bought one?

Yes, so far I’ve been very impressed  it’s light and is perfect for XC riding, the bonus being it feels like a much better quality frame that the price suggests, certainly it’s nicer overall than the Orange G3  frame.

So, need a Hardtail frame? Limited budget? You’ll do a lot worse than trying the Sunn Prim S2.

(Apologies for the slightly grubby bike and all the guff attached to it in the pics)

 
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Get Dirty

Published on 12 February 2013 in MTB Info

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I rarely just repost things here, but I thought you should all see this. It’s three minutes of your life which will make that life better.

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