Patrol Releases Carbon Fiber Kids’ Bike Range – Across the Pond Beaver

Kids have it pretty good these days with their Facebooks, Fortnites and fidget spinners, but sometimes they aren’t so lucky with their mountain bikes. If you buy the wrong one you can end up with a heavy frames, adult sized controls, poorly damped suspension and a temper tantrum every ride. One brand hoping to help kids swap screens for singletrack is Patrol with its new range of carbon fiber kids’ bikes.

The Indonesian brand today announced two full-carbon hardtails aimed at kids with a load of features you’d generally expect to see on adults’ bikes. The two hardtails are separated by wheelsize with a 20″ version and a 24″ version; both bikes have full internal cable routing, disc brakes and 2.6″ wide tires from Vee. The bigger wheelsize does get an increase in travel though, jumping from 100mm to 120mm. The bikes are apparently intended for “all day fun” so

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Bike Components’ Special Edition RAAW Madonna V2 – Across the Pond Beaver

Bike Components is a bit more than just your regular online shop. Throughout Europe they’re often the go to site for getting hold of, well, components as well as bikes and all manner of cycling related bits and pieces.

A recent From The Top with their CEO, Philipp Simon, examined into their origins, how the online retailer works and can react differently to other setups and talked about their own, BC, brand.

But in what could be a first for an online retailer, they’ve commenced a project looking to offer custom built bikes using select brands that they feel fits the style of the project and most of the time, brands they also use to build their own bikes.

Their first bike in this project, the Industry’s Choice, is the RAAW Madonna V2. A bike that we are fans of at Pinkbike for its eye watering speed capabilities and attention

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First Ride: Privateer’s New 141 Trail Bike – Across The Pond Beaver

Privateer have been once around the cycle now, and with it they add a new bike to their collection, the 141.

It’s not hard to understand the positioning of the 141. Their 161, or budget priced brute as Mike Kazimer put it, clearly had an eye on going really damn fast. So the 141 should take some of that inspiration, but with more of an eye on a bit of everything. More versatile and less single minded.

As the name suggests, it has 141mm rear wheel travel and uses the same wheel size idea as its bigger brother, with the larger sizes rolling on 29″ wheels and the smallest on 27.5″ wheels.

141 Details
• Wheel Size: 29″
• All aluminum frame
• 141mm travel, 150mm fork
• 64.5° head angle
• 485mm reach (size P3)
• 446mm chainstay (size P3), changes with sizes
• Frameset £1,489 / €1,739 /
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