Nextie is all about mix and match to suit your needs. Check out these Nextie carbon rims 46mm 29er front NXT29XM46 and 41mm 29er rear NXT29XM41 both with subtle solid black wrap logos.
The problem with working with quality brands and building bikes is that you don't want to hand them over to the customer! Sadly I do and this is another bit of bike porn that his heading out to a lucky rider!
This Gold Garbaruk Cassette really highlights the amazing quality and machining that goes into every product they produce. This 11 speed XD 10-50 is lighter than the equivelant SRAM XX1 version at just 300g
I make no secret of the fact that I love Plus tyres, whether it be 29er or 27.5/650b the ride quality, simplicity and weight saving is faster, smoother and is far more user friendly both in the workshop and especially out on the trail for pretty much all enviroments. (Unless you prefer a more gravity rich playground).
Saying that the Maxxis Ikons 27.5 x 2.8 I have/had on my Travers RUSSTi EVO are almost bald and have served me well over the last almost 3 years but with winter approaching it is time for a change.
The one area that the Plus (and fat) tyres are not that great in is mud, especially hard pack with a layer of greasy crud.
So....the Ikons have been binned and replaced with a set of Continental Cross Kings 27.5 x 2.2. Luckily when building up the RUSSTi EVO I had planned to do this and specced the Nextie Premium 41mm rims which can handle most tyres sized up to 3"
As you can see the from the photo below the Ikons 2.8 are quite a bit larger and measure 69mm on the 41mm rims and the Cross kings come in at 57mm. There is only a 12mm (17%) difference but that isnt the full story, the Ikon have a larger volume and thus a larger outer diameter so the ride and feel is quite different. You can feel the Cross Kings are much harsher due to the lack of volume but do cut through the mud better and give more of a bite in the slippery corners.
With the lower speed and the extra cushioning due to the softer surfaces its worth the compromises but come the drier months the Plus tyres will be straight back on!
Broken biscuits! Mistake happen! we have 4 Nextie NXT90WD-II that have been drilled incorrectly. The drilling is moved one to the left so the valve hole does not align with the normal gap large gap. Normally this would be a problem because it would be tricky to get the pump in but with Fat bike rims there is plenty of room but its not correct so we are offering them at a discount 25% off.
All 4 rims are Matte with no logo
Travers have been at the cutting edge of carbon fork design for over 7 years. The EVO Prong isn't another cookie cutter rebranded fork like many other companies trot out but a ground up bespoke fork specifically designed for XC/Endurance riding by us, we own the mould, you wont see this design anywhere else! As the name suggests the EVO is a fork that has EVOlved overtime and is the 4th iteration. Travers Bikes are quite confident to say the best rigid carbon fork on the market.
The EVO is designed to slot straight into your frame and replace your current suspension fork without any need to adjust your riding style.
99.99 of new bikes are supplied with a suspension forks brainwashing people into thinking they couldn't possibly ride without one but in reality for the majourity of the trails most people ride a rigid fork would be more suitable. The EVO has been tuned to take the buzz out the trail, which would normally pass through a suspension fork and straight into the riders wrist and shoulders, leaving you less fatigued and tired.
The best thing about the EVO Prong is that you can customise it, swap ou the standard cage bolts for titanium, add a Travers Titanium headset cap/bolt to match your bike. Still running 100mm Hope Pro 4 hubs? No Problem we can supply an adapter to allow your front wheel to fit the boost width.
The EVO Prong is supplied with a ultra lightweight British MT Zoom axle but if you prefer to use a axle with a handle you can easily swap this out with any Fox boost axle on the market.
Hub Width: 15x110 Boost
Weight: 680g +/-5g
55 mm fork offset
498mm Axel to Crown
Carbon threadless steerer uncut length 300mm
15mm thru axle (supplied)
Direct mount disk brake
Ideal for 27.5+ / 29er or 29+ bikes (suitable for the RUSSTi EVO 27.5+ or 29+)
Maximum Tyre width 3" (76.2mm)
Internal front brake cable
Matte or Gloss finish
With or without “Triple cage mounts"
2 year Warranty on EVO Prong" forks
It was an early start to day 3 getting up and leaving by 07:00, we wanted to get back to Taunton by midday to miss the worst of the rush hour traffic. We were rewarded with a stunning sun rise and a rapid chilly road descent into Winsford followed by a nice gentle climb out of town, this calm tranquil start was soon rudely interrupted by a evil knee breaker of a climb, it was initially a lose rocky, wet off road up to Exton before turning into a 25% slog up a road climb. I was still being fuelled by the pizza we had in the town the night before because of the early start all the shops were closed and breakfast was just what we had left over a pancake and handful of salted cashew nuts.
From the top of the climb the remaining of our trip was mainly downhill with the odd kicker to keep you on your toes, the road opened up as we approached the Bessom Bridge, which in itself was quite impressive after only seeing open countryside and small back lanes for the last 3 days, to our right was an expansive view of Wimbleball Lake....well where Wimbleball Lake should have been! It was shocking to see it so empty, below us was just a small stream carving its way to the distant lake set amongst the deep mud wall banks that were previously the lake bed.
We followed the track around the left hand side of the lake, the first half was not the easiest riding with long grass either side and just a bumpy 20cm wide path to navigate. The expansive views of the lake disappear on the second half as you enter the tree line and you are rewarded with rolling flowing trails, a small stone bridge that felt like it was 20 metres in the air but clearly from the photo I was barely 1 metre above the stream, before eventually popping back out onto the road for a enjoyable cruise back into Taunton.
I would like to thank Pete and Stuart for inviting me along on their jolly, it's always good trying out new/different things. I hadn't ridden in the Exmoor area before and, after this experience I would recommend it to anyone. The terrain is hard going the deeper you get into the hills, but the scenery makes it worth while, can't wait until I can return!
Day 2 started bright and early for me, I woke at 06:30, looked out of the tent flap, it was still raining hard and there was a stream running down the road outside. I tried to go back to sleep but I couldn't, so I laid there until 07:00 and got up. I only had a 1 man tent, couldn't sit up and had no phone signal so decided to head to the showers and get everything packed away ready to leave. Pete and Stuart were still asleep, so I decided to explore the area on foot and practise my photography skills.
The sleeping beauties eventually woke up and we were back on the road by 11:30! It turns out we had cut off more of the route than we had planned the day before and only left ourselves with 12 miles before our planned camping spot at the end of day 2. Luckily we had cut the big chunk off, as the 12 miles were not a walk in the park. Now fresh, the climb out of Exford seemed less daunting along with the ensuing rolling terrain over the next couple of miles, which seem to pass quickly before dropping down to cross the Barle river.
The river crossing probably starkly highlighted our different approaches to the trip. None of us had done this kind of relaxed trip before, so it was a learning curve. I took a few more clothes and a 1 man tent (rather than a bivvy bag) over what I would normally take and Pete and Stuart took provisions for a 2 week trip, even a washing line! This really showed up when carrying our bikes across the river. If Paul Chuckle is looking for a new partner I have a great audition tape of Pete and Stuart trying to get their bikes across. To me, to you.... As a side note, if anyone follows this route, do not cross where we did, further down stream, about 20m, there is a gate!
After we dried out, we pushed on and was initially rewarded with some great (slippery in places) but flowing rocky single-track. This got more and more technical the further we pushed on until eventually the rocks got much bigger, steeper, narrower and unrideable. It's fair to say Pete didn't enjoy the hike-a-bike section! It felt like it went on forever, but it was probably only about 500m. It did feel unnecessary, it would have been very easy to slide down some of the rock slabs you needed to navigate and snap an ankle or break a leg. We considered trying to scrabble out of the ravine to see if there was a path that ran higher up but, when I investigated it, the routes were just as bad if not worse, so we continued on. We crossed the River Barle again via a bridge which was now considerably wider than when we waded across earlier.
I unceremoniously fell of my bike on the next section having stopped to let a woman past with her dog and chatting to her whilst standing on a rock, my foot slipped off. I rolled down the bank and the bike fell on top of me! I obviously jumped/scrambled up, brushed myself off and embarrassingly rolled on! Pete and Stuart gained a bit of a fan club when we stopped on the bank next to the Tarr Steps and were considering whether to ride across the river (rather than use the stone bridge that had been provided). I chickened out and took the easy, dry route. After taking their tent/bags off their bikes, Pete and Stuart rode across the river to wild applause from the adoring crowd that had formed, all hoping their video would make the local news or £250 from You've Been Framed. Sadly (I mean luckily), both of them made it across without taking a dip in the river.
Just a quick stop at the Tarr steps for a tea cake and beer (coke for me) before a rather spiteful steep rocky climb took us back onto the moors. Like stallions, we rode 3 abreast along the slowly descending track towards our day 2 campsite, Pete getting the short end of the stick having to splash through the puddles, only breaking formation to skirt round some real-life Exmoor ponies. We rolled in, pitched our tent, had a shower and then cooked some food that we had been dragging around with us (Note: I definitely didn't try and sprinkle some of the "Do not eat sachet" on my boil in the bag meal). We then headed down to the pub.
HAND BUILT TITANIUM FRAMES.