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Ridelines Working With Cube Bikes for 2019

It’s been hard work building Ridelines up from one person’s lifestyle business just 8 years ago. Now, in 2019 it’s something everyone involved, past and present can be proud of. We’ve helped 1000’s of people develop their mountain bike skills over this time. We’ve also helped educate & train MTB leaders and coaches, helped disadvantaged and minority groups into cycling, consulted for businesses & events and basically had great fun. All whilst trying to keep a core staff of local instructors and coaches.

Last Year signified the pinnacle of Andy’s original dream when we were voted Scottish Mountain Bike Service Provider of the Year at the 2018 Scottish Mountain Bike Conference.

Shortly after, we decided it was time that to do something a little different, so we decided to look for a partner to work with in 2019. Not just a bike partner, but a company we could work with on developing Ridelines for our clients benefit. To help take some of the strain associated with running a small business and to lean on for support should we need it.

We needed to find a brand that we could work in tandem with to develop things we want to get better at as a company; like education, inclusion & technology whilst continuing to be on the forefront of delivering the very best core products that Ridelines is best known for. We didn’t take the search lightly!

Late last year we started talking to Cube bikes and we are thrilled to now officially announce that Ridelines and Cube will be working in partnership for 2019. Cube have been absolutely amazing throughout the process of building our final relationship. They are completely in-step with the aspirations we have for Ridelines and it’s customers. We feel we’ve found the very best partner.

You’ll see us around our usual haunts (and some new ones) riding Cube’s brand new Stereo 150 C:68 TM 29. As well as putting a select line of Cube ACS clothing and accessories through their paces too. If you’re curious about anything we’re riding or wearing, please stop us and ask. We’ll be glad to chat.

That’s all we’re going to say for now and we’ll update with more as we come to terms with this exciting opportunity and what it means for Ridelines. But suffice to say we’re super excited to be working with Cube this year. So stay tuned for the latest as it happens.

Again, a huge thanks must go out to everyone past and present that has supported Ridelines over the past 8 years. You are all part of the reason we can continue to live the dream!

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Ridelines: Cube Bikes and Ridelines working together in 2019.

We are super excited to be working with Cube Bikes in 2019.

In a happy coincidence, Cube has chosen orange as the accent colour for their 2019 flagship enduro bike, the Stereo 150 c68 TM 29. No photoshop required to get this bad boy on brand for the year ahead! Even just a set-up ride around Glentress had some heads turning!

 

Ridelines: 2019 Cube Stereo 150 c68 TM

The Hugely impressive 2019 Cube Stereo 150 c68 TM 29

 

Ridelines: 2019 Cube Stereo 150 c68 TM

We’re struggling to find anything we’d upgrade on this bike.

Ridelines: Powered by Cube Bikes

 

Ridelines: Cube Bikes OX25+ Alpine Rucksack

You’ll be seeing us out and about with Cube ACS accessories too.

We didn’t really know the Cube did a range of rucksacks. Turns out they are very capable and have some very cool features too. We’ll be using these super light and stealthy OX25+ backpacks for a lot our daily work.

Ridelines: Cube Bikes Performance MTB gloves

Discreet branding is a great feature of all Cube ACS gear.

 

Ridelines: Cube Bikes Blackline Waterproof Jacket and Shorts

Waterproof Cube Blackline jackets and shorts for the cruelest Scottish weather.

The Blackline waterproof products are very light and super packable. Small enough to stuff away and strong enough to take a beating from standing around in the cruelest of Scottish weather. Hopefully these won’t see much use :)

Ridelines: Cube Bikes GTY MAZE Flat Pedal Shoes

We’ll be testing out all the new Cube bikes gear from head to toe!

 

Ridelines: Cube-Stereo 150

Andy performing the worlds fastest looking track-stand!

Michelin Wild AM 280 tyre review.

OK, quick wee blog for you!

First up, these are cheap. Plus size tyres are expensive and these were not. So having already splashed on a 30mm wheel-set to put them on. They were right on the money (so to speak) However, If I hadn’t got these I wouldn’t have been able to try something a bit different and would probably have been running a HRII / DHF combo for twice (three times?) the money.

Michelin WIld AM 27.5x2.8 Mountain Bike Tyre

So I have these to finish up what is most likely the ideal setup on my Pipedream Moxie. As you may have read in a previous blog, I’ve tried 29″ 27.5″ and now it’s time for the 27+ option, or as close as I can get! I’m mounting these on a 30mm (internal) rim to get a nice big profile and keep some even volume across the width. Ideally and with most plus bikes a 40mm internal rim is specced, but I think this would be crazy on a such a potentially lively bike. So with what was available, the money I had and the timescale I was working with. So off I went and stuck it all together.

What forks?

My fork is a 29 / 27+ fox Factory 36. The brace clearance on this fork is quite generous even with a big 29er, so with the smaller 27+ wheel and the “less tall and round” profile of this tyre, the whole package sits well below the fork brace. It doesn’t look too goofy and theres plenty of clearance for the Mud Hugger to be mounted.

What wheels?

The tyre and rim combo is pretty heavy and as I was in a bit of a hurry, I have tubes inside too. Even with an air-shot, the creased (due to retail folding) bead of the tyre plus the extra internal volume proved problematic to getting a seal in the time I had. They’ve been on on for a while now, so I’ll probably whip them off and try again now they have been seated for a while.

First thing I noticed is that I didn’t actually feel that much drag. The way these things look, you’d thing they would be terrible, but no, at least not for me. When the ground gets really packed, like forest roads etc, you can feel the tyre gripping and “moving” under torque, bit it didn’t feel like drag to me, Kinds weird but there you go?

On the Front.

Certain riders will look down and find security in a rounder profile, big knobbed tyre. I’m kind of one of them. Running these around the 25psi mark in intermediate weather on a mixture of natural off-piste trails and the more “knackered” trail centre lines brought out a decent bit of performance out of there. Although they did roll a tiny wee bit on very tight turns, it seemed like it was just the casing doing its job and not an under-inflation problem. It was a very predictable thing and I soon got used to it. Putting any more air in this tyre is a no-no though. It just immediately stands too tall and the knobs are way too aggressive to be relied on alone, without the flexibility of the casing.

I’ve also now had the chance to try them on some slimy steeps too. I did, though let out a few psi and they were fine. There was a bit of clogging at low speed, but as soon as the speed picked up, they cleared fairly fast. A few folk have scoffed at these tyres for natural riding, but I have found them just fine.

On the back.

The front follows the back… every time! Again, too much air and it just bounced off everything (surprise) Run the rear a bit lower and dig your heels in a bit to make the casing and the tread work best. Theres a 2.6 version available too, so I may give that a go on the rear just so it breaks loose a little more readily as the 2.8 really did grip when deliberately pressed into service.

The equivalent Maxxis and Schwalbe tyres in this size are extremely expensive and can be quite hard to reliably find in stock too. So as I said above, these were a cheap solution to get my bike rolling. Turns out that they are actually more than OK. The very soft compound is always a worry, but I guess we’ll see where grip and longevity meet in the long run?

At £22.99 a hoop though, I’m willing to take the chance.

Sealskinz Dragon Eye Waterproof MTB Glove Review.

Admittedly, I had to buy these because the velcro strap just ripped away from almost 2 year old all-weather Sealskinz gloves. I was about to go off on a guided MTB ride in the Tweed Valley during a rather inclement local weather cycle, so they were a bit of a distress purchase. And nope, they weren’t free, I bought them with our own money.

The other week I put up a fairly ordinary social media post that resulted in a few questions. So I thought I’d write a few words on these gloves. When you’re a Mountain Bike Guide or indeed any instructor that spends a lot of time standing watching others, your well-being can be a tightrope.  When cold weather gear is to thick or heavily layered you’ll cook, then cool down in  your own sweat when standing still. Too thin and you’ll cool down too quick and perhaps struggle to warm back up. Guiding can be different, as you can perhaps set a pace and make provisions for this sort of thing.

Sealskinz Dragon Eye MTB Glove

Lest start off by saying this is a good looking glove (that matches our kit :)

Anyway, these gloves were £45. Expensive by normal glove standards, But actually when you’re out there, good gear will pay for itself many times over. But they have to be good! I’ve been out in these in bad weather for 4 days in the rain so can’t speak to longevity, but I can speak to their function. Firstly I’ll say that they fit me well. They are a wee bit on the tight side getting past the cuff as I’ve found many Sealskinz gloves to be. Once on though, they are very comfy. With my hand open I just get that little trampoline in the centre of my palm and the glove wants to pull my hand closed.

I like my gloves like this as when you clench your fist, you don’t want a load of bunched material getting in the way of your hand against the grip. It’s also worth noting that there’s no padding on the palm, which seems to be the case with most gloves these days. Again, this doesn’t bother me as I’m more about the right grips than padding on gloves.

Sealskinz Dragoneye Glove Palm

The Palm on the Dragon Eye is very taught and doesn’t bunch up.

The velcro strap has a strange idiosyncrasy that I can’t see past though. Theres a 2″ patch of velcro on the glove and a 2″ strap to cover it, but it doesn’t quite work as well as it should. When the cuff is pulled tight and the strap pulled over, it only grips on less than half of the velcro. This leaves the other half redundant. (see image below) The strap just feels like it’s ready to come loose on it’s own (it hasn’t) but I’ve caught it a few times and it’s came away very easily. (such as pulling my jacket sleeve back to look at my watch) It’s a shame as there’s some seriously heavy stitching on the heavy-duty strap itself over an area that if moved along a bit could have solved this issue. I’m unsure how this small patch of velcro will hold up over time? In short, I think this strap needs to be longer.

Sealskinz Dragoneye Glove Velcro Strap

The strap on the Dragon Eye only closes half way with a very small strap area.

The above is a glitch really as every other feature on this glove cures every other problem I’ve had with waterproof gloves. The fingers are gusseted to a point at the ends, they feel very thin and have anti-slip silicone patches on the braking fingers. Because of this, they are quite malleable and as a result are great for tinkering and the like out on the trail. At £45 though I’d liked to have seen some touch screen compatibility, though I’m admittedly unsure how this would effect the waterproof nature of the product.

They are pretty light for a warm glove too. Just 100g a pair on my scales. You can feel the liner moving a little if you try, but when you wear the glove it feels very stable. Breathability though is quite low and you’ll sweat a bit, but after 3 days in the rain, I definitely did not have wet hands. Best of all, when you pull your hand out, the liner doesn’t come with it despite sweaty hands. Theres some nice rubberised detail going on on the gloves too and the colours we chose are quite neutral.

Sealskinz Dragon Eye MTB Glove Fingers

The Dragon Eye’s fingers are tapered, so you can get fiddly jobs done.

I thought these were expensive… But perhaps thats a bit harsh as they don’t look like you’d think a waterproof glove would look. They are thin, good looking and don’t have that “Ski glove” presentation that this type of product has suffered from for years. So yeah, bearing in mind that I actually like them very much despite my niggles. They are probably right on the money at £45.

If you see us out and about with these gloves on, feel free to ask us about them. You can also have a look at the Sealskinz Dragon Eye MTB Glove range on the Sealskinz website HERE