One of the most important things to consider when you’re buying a new bike is just how far, and fast, you will plunge down a mountain ravine if you misjudge a descent.
Thankfully the good people at Wiggle have conducted some tests and launched a few bikes and their riders off a ramp (with bungee cords attached) so that you don’t have to.
First up was the Verenti Insight 0.4 Sora, one of Wiggle’s own brands. CW didn’t put it through such extreme testing back in April, but travelling 32m through the air the Verenti certainly showed off its aerodynamic qualities.
Next was the pink Bobbin BonBin, a bike that potentially wasn’t designed for jumps, or even rapid descents, which was highlighted by its relatively disappointing 30m jump.
Unsurprisingly the GT Zaskar Comp mountain bike was the overall winner with an impressive leap of 33m.
So, there you have it. If you have a propensity to overshoot the hairpin on your mountain descents, riding a pink Bobbin BonBon will ensure you don’t launch yourself too far.
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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.
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