Superior Cycling – Our Top 5 Favourite Mountain Bikes

Superior Cycling – Our Top 5 Favourite Mountain Bikes

We love cycling. There’s just something about the wind in your hair, the constant movement of legs and feet, and the speed that makes it all so enthralling. Add a little bit of scenery and the fact that it’s all environment friendly, and there’s really no way you can top this active hobby.

Cycling is a great way to lose weight, keep in shape, and experience the wonders and beauty of Mother Nature. But sitting your bum on a bad bike could end up giving you a bad back and much worse. It’s important to take into consideration the bike you choose to use because at the end of the day, no one wants to find themselves lurching through terrain on a flimsy bike. There are lots of great mountain bikes available on the market, each with their own pros and cons. Here, we round up our most 5 favourite mountain bikes to give you a superior cycling experience.

Giant Stance 0

Carbon bikes are common in the market and it’s not hard to come across crazy blinged-out bikes at steep prices. Finding them at a higher functionality for only half the price is the true challenge. That’s why the Giant Stance 0 mountain bike is one of the best on the market. This full-suspension bike model does the job when it comes to performance without sacrificing sleek style. How did it become so affordable? Giant decided to manufacture this specific bike model with a single-pivot suspension which cuts back on cost without giving up functionality and performance. What’s more, this model comes with a dropper post that can greatly benefit any and all riders – a feature that’s hard to find on a bike of this calibre.

Santa Cruz Highball 27.5 CC

Who says hardtail is dead? The Santa Cruz Highball 27.5 CC mountain bike model just goes to show that nothing stays dead for long. The Highball’s bike geometry is generally relaxed relative to other hardtails. Despite its being a little heavier than other models, the Santa Cruz Highball 27.5 CC bike model uses a lower-grade carbon fiber than the other models in its series, making it equally awesome in terms of performance but way more affordable.

Giant Anthem Advanced SX 27.5

An XC mountain bike that offers maximum fun? Yes, it exists, and it’s called the Giant Anthem Advanced SX 27.5 mountain bike. This model makes use of Giant’s tried and tested Maestro suspension making the riding experience thrilling and comfortable. Add in the RockShox’s Monarch DeobnAir, and you have one amazingly high-performance ride. This Giant success comes equipped with a dropper post – a great feature for riders of all experience levels.

Transition Patrol 2

This bike model, a close cousin of the Transition Smuggler (also an amazing bike model, however short-travel) take the transition to a 155mm travel, making it one of the best mountain bikes in the market today. The GiddyUp suspension technology makes this bike model a breeze to ride, providing users with endless fun and frolic. What’s more, the Patrol’s frame and build make it a rough and rowdy ride for those who want a more extreme biking experience.

Trek Stache 9

Are you looking for a ride that sticks to the trail like no one’s business? The Trek Stache 9 comes equipped with super wide wheels that make it easy to stay close to the ground at all times. This fast bike model floats off of obstacles even with those massive wheels. Talk about power. We also love that you can run with 27+ or regular 29er wheels depending on your preferences.

Also read A Good Mattress is Important, Which is Our Favourite?


A Good Mattress is Important, Which is Our Favourite?

A Good Mattress is Important, Which is Our Favourite

When it comes to the quality of sleep you get every night, your mattress matters. Most of the common physical aches and pains we feel every morning (or everyday) can be pinned on the quality of the mattress we sleep on. Whether it’s too flat, too flimsy, or just plainly too old, a mattress can make or break your well-deserved rest.

If you’ve got a crick in your neck, or if you just can’t take that back ache anymore, then maybe you should take a good long look at your mattress. It’s probably time for an upgrade. There are thousands of different brands and mattress types to choose from, and that might make the task of purchasing a new mattress a bit of a struggle. So to ease that stress, we’ve put together a list of the 5 best mattresses to take your sleepy time up a notch.

BedInABox Tranquility Gel

When it comes to memory foam mattresses, BedInABox delivers. Their Tranquillty Gel model has even been given a Tancel cover to set it apart from all of their other models. The BedInABox Tranquility Gel mattress uses lower density foam compared to other memory foam mattresses, however delivers a solid punch in the durability department. It also guarantees a cool surface to sleep on thanks to its cooling gel technology.

Denver Mattress Doctor’s Choice Euro Top

If you’re more of a spring mattress kind of bloke, then the Denver Mattress Doctor’s Choice Euro Top might be a good option for you. This mattress features a high spring coil count, and also has encasings for each coil to better limit unwanted or unnecessary motions while you tumble and toss at night. The mattress is generally comfortable, offers great back and neck support, and is highly regarded for its durability.

Beautyrest Black Edenton Luxury Firm

Are you the kind to prefer harder surfaces to sleep on? Then perhaps the Beautyrest Black Edenton Luxury Firm mattress would be an ideal option for you. This mattress offers a firm, yet very comfortable, sleeping surface that guarantees to protect your neck, back, and body during sleep so you won’t have to wake up with those aches and pains. This mattress has also had great reviews when it comes to retaining shape. Unlike most mattresses that tend to sag and droop at the pillow and foot ends, the Beautyrest Black Edenton Luxury Firm mattress has strong internal supports that keep it from losing shape over time.

Sleay Posturepedic Hybrid Trust Cushion Firm

Having problems with your back or neck? The Sealy Posturepedic Hybrid Trust Cushion Firm Mattress might be what you need. These mattresses feature 825 encased titanium coils and a combination of both regular and memory foams to give you the ultimate support for your body during sleep. When it comes to comfort and motion isolation, this mattress delivers. The Posturepedic technology makes it so that you experience pain relief during sleep. Waking up becomes a treat every time on the Sealy Posturepedic Hybrid Trust Cushion Firm Mattress.

Spa Sensations 12”

If you’re on a budget but you still want to get the perfect latex mattress for your slumber needs, then the Spa Sensations series might do the trick. This mattress has good reviews all around – from durability, to comfort, and even motion isolation. The Spa Sensations series offers people an awesome mattress solution at an affordable price. Although, heavier users might want to opt for a thicker mattress, the 12” Spa Sensations memory foam is great for average users.

Also read our article on our favourite hoverboards!


Hoverboards are Hot Right Now, Which is Our Favourite?

Where is the Best Place to Buy a Self-balancing ScooterHoverboards are a hot product right now. They are popular in the US and UK as well. However, as with products that become a hit in the market, consumers have the freedom of buying them in various shapes, sizes and prices. So which one is your favourite?

Are you able to get one with built-in speakers so you can connect to your smartphone? Or can you get one that is equipped with a GPS system to help tell your position while riding?

These things come in various forms and features. Only your money dictates what you get. So if you’re confused about all the features these self-balancing wheels are touting out there, it’s time to pick what everyone else is approving.

Some of the best hoverboard models selling in the UK right now are listed below:

The RED5 hoverboard

This is the standard that most UK riders use on the streets. It comes with an intelligent auto-balancing technology to help stabilise you. The pressure-sensitive pads will help detect how your weight is being distributed, so it can translate it to control.

When you lean forward, it moves forward without having to push anything. A built-in gyroscope has also been included to help keep you upright during rides, plus the design lets you do a full 360 degrees turn.

If you’re intending to ride on a rough road, then RED5 is promising you that their hoverboard wheels will never get punctured. Also, they say those wheels are very grippy in most road surfaces. Consumers are yet to confirm this anyway.

The RED5 should comfortably achieve top speeds of up to 10mph. The average range is 15.5 miles, though it depends with your speed, weight and terrain you’re riding on. What’s more, this hoverboard will achieve a full charge in 2 hours flat, meaning you’re always not too far from experiencing your hoverboard ride adventure. Also, it comes with color variants of red, black and white.

How about the MonoRover R2?

This is yet another powerful hoverboard that consumers are picking up from Amazon. Like the above model, the MonoRover R2 also comes with the gyroscope feature to help the rider achieve good balance amid rides. Couple this with pressure-sensitive pads plus puncture-proof tyres and you have a powerful hoverboard you can enjoy in the long term period.

The MonoRover is powered by a 1000w motor which can push it up to 10kmh or 6mph top speed. The average range is 20km or 12.4 miles. This is a good distance indeed considering that most distances we travel in are rarely beyond the 20km mark.

However, your ability to ride optimally will depend on your weight, terrain and temperature. Also, it should be noted that the MonoRover R2 is a little bit costly, pegging its price at £400. The RED5 is slightly below that price mark.

There are lots of other hot hoverboards in the market right now. We can’t fail to mention the likes of Duoglyde, Smartrax S5 and the Airwheel X3. These are great examples of hoverboards currently being used in the UK. You can’t afford to be left behind in this hoverboard movement. Even parents are joining in the bandwagon and getting their kids a board for Christmas. You can read about their recommendation through the sites listed in our previous post.