Review: Topeak Mondopack Hydro

The Mondopack is a range of big saddle bags available from Topeak. There’s 4 models in the range. The Mondopack (1.2l), the XL (2l), the XL with straps instead of QuickClick and the Hydro (1.7l). The model I have is the Hydro. It’s a 1.7l saddle bag with a pocket at the rear to stash Read more about Review: Topeak Mondopack Hydro[…]

Ongoing Review: Hope 20Five Tubeless setup

Tubeless Easy? Well that depends on if you tape the rim correctly. I did not. It took me 3 attempts to get the first wheel to seal. 1st Attempt My first attempt was using Effetto Mariposa Caffélatex Tubeless Tape. I ran 2 full revolutions of tape, poked a hole for the valve, inserted sealant and used Read more about Ongoing Review: Hope 20Five Tubeless setup[…]

Ongoing Review: Hope 20Five with Tubes part 2

Just don’t. I’ve had more snakebite punctures with these wheels than I’ve had since I started cycling. If you have no plans to run these tubeless I would not recommend them. I have bought some new tyres and will set them up tubeless in the next day or so.

Bike fit: A personal experience.

I started my cycling life commuting to work and back to save money on bus fare. I bought a Carrera Subway in a size Halfords recommended for my height (20 inch). It was a flat-bar hybrid and I was so unaccustomed to cycling I fitted a steerer extender to increase the bar height to make Read more about Bike fit: A personal experience.[…]

Ongoing Review: Hope 20Five with Tubes

UPDATED 04/06/2017: Added Pictures of Rim Bed and Tape. I’ve been using the Hope 20Five for around 200km now and I’ve now experienced my first puncture. This gave me the perfect chance to test out what they are like to work with at the roadside. Simple answer: I got a lift home. A simple glass Read more about Ongoing Review: Hope 20Five with Tubes[…]

Initial Review: Hope 20Five-Pro 4

The 20five is Hope’s latest Road Disc/Cyclocross wheel built on their legendary Pro 4 hub. They retail at £380 but you can find them for around the £350 mark online. They are alloy wheels built with 32 spokes. The rim is 24mm wide externally with a 20mm internal width. This gives a nice plump tyre Read more about Initial Review: Hope 20Five-Pro 4[…]

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