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Review: Rebound Suspension Servicing

I’ve not yet written a review of something that isn’t a product of some regard. But I felt the personal service of Rebound Suspension was worth a few words.

I’ve sent my forks off to be serviced by the likes of Mojo, TF Tuned and Push before, who all do an admirable job. But let’s face it, they can be a tad pricy! It’s like taking your Audi to an official service center and paying for the privilege. But if you search Google, there are other small companies out there looking to offer a fantastic level of service for a much lesser rate. See it as taking your Audi to a barn on some farm land, but letting a passionate wrench who has all the know-how and uses genuine parts to do the work instead.

A friend recommended Rebound Suspension (@ReboundSus on Twitter) so I gave them a go. I filled out a simple online form on their site and shortly after I got a text message from the owner (Jason) quoting me for price. At £145 I was able to have a full strip down and service of my Fox 36 Talas and Fox RP23 rear shock including new seals, bushes and even shock mounting bushes. This price also included return shipping.

The text informed me to ship the forks and text back once they were on their way. I did so. Two days later I received a text in reply stating “Your fox and shock have arrived safely and rebound suspension”. I received further updates as my forks went through the service stages and a final one stating my forks and shock had been shipped and to expect them on Tuesday. Sure enough, Tuesday came around and my forks and shock arrived, complete with all my old bushes and seals as evidence of the work performed.

I’m so very happy with the level of service, professional manner and quality of work complete. In particular, I felt that the level of quality was superb, given the official Fox service center in the UK would have charged £90 more for comparative work.

Highly Recommended!

Review: Easton 35 Oversize Carbon Bar & Stem

I had only just upgraded to the standard carbon Easton Havoc DH bar and paired it with a 50mm Thomson Elite X4 stem which to me is the benchmark of how a stem should be made. At 750mm wide the standard Havoc felt wide enough, so why did I chose to upgrade AGAIN only two rides later to the new 35mm set up?

Well I am keen on having the latest kit, so if Easton, Deda and multiple other brands (rumored at the time, now confirmed to include Race Face) were drawing up 35mm designs then there must be something in it. You won’t hear me sharing opinion of something I haven’t used, so why not!

At 800mm width, the bars are amongst the very widest out there (but of course you can cut them down), yet only weighing around 25grms more than the standard Easton Haven bars. Easton are masters of tube tech so have made the walls of the bars thin but with the extra diameter at the clamp up to 35mm (from 31.8mm), strength is actually improved.

Stem quality is superb, with sharp CNC edges and very good looks. I wasn’t sad to say goodbye to my Thomson stem at this point. It’s also very stiff and available in black or ano orange alloy colours in 50mm only. The bars are available in a cheaper aluminium option in black, ano Orange, ano green and silver also.

Is the 35mm set up stiffer? Like going to a QR15mm axle from a standard quick release wheel, the improvement in stiffness is noticeable. Though perhaps not just bouncing around the car park. Tech trails with switchbacks, steep chutes and big jumps is where you notice the additional stiffness. The bars are stronger, but I don’t think anybody running an Easton carbon bar needs to worry about that!

All in all, a top quality bar offering the latest and most fashionable dimensions to your cockpit with genuine, world class performance.

Review: Turner Burner – First Ride

It’s a long drive from Wiggle HQ in Cosham, all the way down to Silverfish HQ in Saltash. A drive I’ve made twice since becoming a buyer 8 short months ago. Silverfish are suppliers of prolific MTB brands such as Race Face, e.thirteen, SDG, Formula, Evoc and more.

I look forward to the trip for a number of reasons. It’s partly because it’s a group of guys, led by one passionate individual, who are all 110% in love with mountain biking as a sport. It’s also partly because of Managing Director Darren’s love for Yeti, which is evident when seeing the multiple examples of Yeti history strewn across his office, such as more Cooks Bros Cranks than you can imagine, a few Tioga disc drive wheels and one in particular is attached to John Tomac’s famous Yeti C-26! There is much more besides!

A great looking bike from every angle!

This trip was slightly different as we found time to hit Silverfish’s local trails which they sponsor – Cardinham Trails. A relatively short trail, filled with climbs, down hills, berms, jumps, rock gardens…it’s an ideal proving ground for a new bike. Which bike did Darren prepare for me? The Turner Burner of course!

Lucky for me, this was the second 650b bike I have ridden. Six months ago I had the pleasure of an Intense Tracer 275 for a weekend in Wales. I wasn’t enthralled by the ride, but that could have had much to do with the weather and as my first experience of 650b wheels, was perhaps more of an orientation exercise. Riding this Turner Burner however, really did impress.

The DW-Link suspension was incredibly active, soaking up every bump but was incredibly well behaved at the same time. As always, I ride with all ProPedal features switched off. I don’t think a GOOD bike should demand a clever shock to ride well. Clever shocks, should only make a bike ride better. Despite the suspension being very active on the downs, it was very active, yet very well behaved on the climbs. It was very efficient, felt light and was incredibly nimble. My Large test bike was well grounded, never loosing grip on the climbs. Considering the tyres were laden with Kenda Nevegal’s, that was a success right there!

On the downhills I longed for a dropper post. My test-bike had a conventional post which I had to manually lower. So with that, I simply hauled as much ass as I could without dropping the saddle which almost made me realise regret on a number of occasions. In the end however, I stayed upright (unlike my riding companion Steve Kitchin on his Forward Geometry Mondraker who fell off twice) and enjoyed the flowing swoops, berms and mini rollers that Cardinham trails were dishing out. It was a very lively and exciting ride.

Compared to my 29er, this bike felt very nimble and maneuverable. Indeed, I wondered if I could tell much of a difference between the 650b wheels on this bike Vs the 26″ wheels on my own full suspension bike. The wheel size certainly gave me uphill benefit but didn’t seem to make much of a difference on the downs. The perfect trail bike? Pretty much. 5″ travel was plenty, soaking up the biggest bumps and taking everything my large stature and body weight could throw at it.

But is it for me? Not quite. This bike really can do it all for most riders. And while I think in the real world it would also do everything I want, sometimes I push my full suspension bike to extremes. I like to jump big, ride it like a DH rig and generally ride very ‘enthusiastically’. I have a 29er hardtail for most of my riding, so I want a bike to go large on and still come back for more. I also want a bike to enjoy the climbs on. So while the Turner would be a very good option, it isn’t quite my ideal option.

All-in-all, if you want one full-sus rig to do it all very well with no complaints and give you that buzz every time you throw a leg over…this is your dream bike!