Dean Koh

Why Go Custom? An introduction to custom-built frames & bicycles

  If looks could kill…it’s a material world The very first thing other cyclists or even non-cyclists would notice is the appearance of your bike. Some may even judge you based on the type/brand of bicycles you use. Sure, most of us will drool at the sight of the latest Pinarello Dogmas, Specialized S-Works Venge or Cervelo RCA but when was the last time you ‘wowed’ at a truly artistic marvel of a bicycle? Although most might say beauty is only skin-deep, going custom really allows you to truly determine the geometry, colour, finish and even details of your...

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Frame Review: Focus Raven Carbon Hardtail

Introduction Focus Bikes originates from Germany and has its administration and production facilities based in Cloppenberg. The company which was founded in 1992 by Mike Kluge, a former cyclo-cross world champion, has a history of sponsoring professional cycling teams and champions over the last 2 decades. The bike in question for this review is none other than the Focus Raven, a 26inch carbon hardtail that is designed for serious trail action. First up, here are the specifications of the kit the bike came: Frame:              Focus Raven XC Full Carbon Fork:      ...

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The Kenyan Riders : Cycling towards the Tour de France, one pedal stroke at a time

Kenyans are globally renowned for their dominance in long-distance marathons but did you know that a group of young Kenyans are working towards getting a spot in the pro-cycling arena? Meet the Kenyan Riders, the first professional cycling team based in Kenya and founded by Singaporean Nicholas Leong in 2006. There are certainly grand plans in the radar as the team set their sights on 2019 Tour de France. In 2009, Nicholas joined forces with Matthieu and Marie-Anne Vermersch and together, they incorporated the Kenyan Riders Pte Ltd, in Singapore. The team has grown from strength to strength ever since....

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GoPro Hero 3 Sports Camera (Black Edition)

The brand GoPro should ring a bell amongst sports enthusiasts, particularly those doing extreme sports. The company was founded in 2002 by Nicholas Woodman who is also the CEO. His idea of a portable sports camera came about a decade ago when he wanted to capture his surfing adventures on video to show it to his buddies. Fast forward today, GoPro has come a long way and is America’s fastest growing digital imaging company. The GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition is the top of the line model for the brand and the most advanced model thus far. First Glance...

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Which is wheelie best for you? 26 vs 27.5 vs 29

Above photo: http://thepeopleofsantopoco.blogspot.sg For those of us who had been mountain-biking for a while, the venerable 26 inch mountain bike has been around for the longest time and many honed their handling and riding skills on the 26 inch platform. Then about a decade ago, the very first 29 inch mountain bikes appeared which received a less than enthusiastic welcome to those who were so used to 26inch mountain bikes. Fast forward today, almost every bike company has a 29er model and improvements in ride geometry and availability of related accessories make it an irresistible choice for those considering a...

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