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Wear This Out

We've always believed gear looks better with a little mud. That's why our designers make apparel that will handle more of it. To test our new spring/summer line, we traveled to some of the world's most inspiring mountain bike destinations to prove what we already knew to be true: great gear brings you to better places.

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It’s where we take the shiny-shiny goods that arrive at the office, bolt them onto a bike and throw them round the hills for a couple of months. Then we lightly dust them off and tell you all about how they fared. Behold this issue’s crop!


Price: £119.00 (carbon rails), £89.00 (alloy rails)

From: Ison Distribution, ison-distribution.com // Tested: Six months

Saddles are funny things to review and we tend to stay away from reviewing many of them because the fit of each is so rider-specific, and there are rarely that many differences between them to talk about.

However, Morgaw takes a very different and modular approach to saddles that certainly has a lot going on. Unlike companies that are trying to simplify the saddle, the Trian is made up of many parts, but it’s this component-based approach that makes it unique.

At the core of the saddle ‘system’ is a pair of elastomer dampers that connect the saddle base to the saddle rails. The dampers bolt to the saddle base and they suspend the (alloy or carbon) saddle rails. The saddles ship with medium elastomers (for riders 65kg–80kg), but softer or harder replacements are available for £28. Also replaceable are the alloy bolts that keep it all together; £15 will get you a set of replacement bolts in a range of snazzy colours to match your colourcoded bike, if you’re that way inclined. Replacement saddle rails are also available in alloy or carbon if you want to upgrade or swap out a bent rail.

The saddle is surprisingly minimalist in shape, but offers a pretty comfy perch, especially for short blasts or events like enduro, where you’re not sitting and grinding it out for the whole day. The elastomers are said to dampen high-frequency trail buzz and I found the saddle surprisingly comfy on all-day hardtail rides atop a rigid seatpost, though the small shape started to make itself known after a few hours. Given that this has been on several bikes and we have nothing but scratchy stone walls to lean bikes against, the saddle is still looking good for its age.

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