The Topeak Ratchet Rocket has long been a staple of Topeaks multi-tool range, and for good reason. I’ve been using an older model for nearly 4 years now while tinkering in the garage and I just love it. Now that’s not to say that I use it for every job (there are better tools available)[…]
Here it is, my new(ish) bike. The old Arkose is a really good bike but it was a frame size too big for me so it felt more like I was sat “on” than “in” the bike. It was also based around cyclocross geometry (high bottom bracket, short front-centre) which is fantastic off-road, but a[…]
I bought the Pinnacle Dolomite LTD back in August and I am very much in-love with this bike. The Dolomite comes equipped with a nearly-full Shimano 105 5800 group set, the only deviation are the non-series RS685 STI units and the RS805 brake calipers. The bike came with a front dynamo hub built upon Alex[…]
What a difference 6 months makes, well ok, that’s an exaggeration. These wheels are just as solid as they were the day they came out of the box. Since sealing them up tubeless they’ve been hassle-free, although they could probably do with new sealant in the very near future (read: ages ago). My only real[…]
I bought a new bike! You can check out the stock specs at: Evans Cycles I’ll be posting more about this bike as I put more miles on it.
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[…]
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[…]
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.
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[…]
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[…]