Jonathan Tan

Top Class All-Rounder

Review: Merida Matts Lite XT-Edition While Merida has long been known for its manufacturing pedigree, the brand has since made a name for itself as a premium cycling brand. While its rising popularity can be attributed to the success of the Multivan Merida Biking Team, the quality of the brand’s lightweight race-winning O.Nine, Big.Nine and Ninety.Nine models are arguably the key drivers of its appeal. Benefitting from Merida’s extensive research and development is the brand’s Matts Lite hardtail mountain bike range. An all rounded performer, Merida’s ‘Sport’ hardtail definition of its Matts Lite range is an understatement because the...

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Tyrell Workshop 2012

The spotlight may have recently been cast on foldable bicycles or foldies as they’re affectionately known to enthusiasts, owners and retailers alike; with the daily papers dedicating numerous pages to the discussion of the pros and cons of whether the bikes in question justify the two thousand odd dollars shelled out by the government on a certain British brand of foldable bikes for use by staff. Either way, the publicity highlights a class of bicycles fast gaining popularity here in urban Singapore. But our concern here is not about the pros and cons of foldies, since we don’t sell...

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EuroBike 2012: The Weird and Wonderful

  Having sighted so many wheeled machines at EuroBike, words alone will not suffice in sharing that experience. Togoparts compiles a mini photo essay on some of the weird and wonderful rides sighted at EuroBike 2012 as we approach the tail end of our special feature series. Enjoy… The Weird Electric Recumbent Cruisers Surly Salsa (Big Foots) Electric Full Sussers really got me going Laid back, light weight Recumbents were really hot The Wonderful Old School commuter bikes make a comeback Extreme Downhill Hand-made goodness Now we’re talking 29-inch full sussers made a splash. This was a big hit...

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EuroBike 2012: Shimano Saint and Zee

Such is the depth of EuroBike that after a full two weeks of consistent updating and profiling the coolest, most dope technology and product releases from the who’s who of cycling, there is so much more to say and even more to share. Well, we could definitely give you a main summary of everything we saw, but that would not do the products any justice at all. So here goes… Saving perhaps what might be the best for last, we take a closer look at Japanese component maker Shimano’s new 2013 line up of Saint and Zee ‘Gravity’ components...

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EuroBike 2012: Spoilt for Choice

It’s hard to deny that riders are getting spoilt (not to be taken literally) by technology. Given the array of ‘convenient’ and energy efficient mechanics and electronics available to cyclists, getting your ideal fork or gear setting has been made much more convenient. In an earlier article, we discussed the benefits provided by the Shimano’s new Di2 system in having electrical assistance reduce the effort of gear shifting. Here, the spotlight is cast on the new CTD (Climb, Trail, Descent) system that has been incorporated into the suspension maker’s 2013 range. Essentially, the CTD system has been set up to allow...

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