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#OnTheHunt 2014 CRC/Nukeproof in Pietermaritzburg

April 15th, 2014 · No Comments

The first edit to drop from last weekends South African World Cup DH opener – Team CRC/Nukeproof featuring Sam Hill.

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This Is Peaty – Pietermaritzburg 2014 World Cup Helmet Cam

April 13th, 2014 · No Comments

Let’s set the scene a little.  Here is Steve Peat’s headcam from Pietermaritzburg, World Cup DH 1.  Strap in and enjoy the ride!

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Inside Specialized Racing: Preview – Pietermartizburg

April 13th, 2014 · No Comments

So how opportune is this?  Without giving the game away completely (sod it, Gwin won and won well) here is a preview produced by the Specialized team.  Racing season is back underway, expect some edits to drop in the next few days.

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RockShox announce RS-1 29er fork

April 10th, 2014 · No Comments

After weeks of teasers RockShox have revealed details of their latest XC fork – the RS-1.  Literally turning the fork world on it’s head (sorry for that) the RS-1 promises massive improvements in small bump sensitivity through it’s inverted chassis.  While they are not the first manufacturers in the MTB world to try it they do appear to have had a break-through with regards to stiffness.

Traditionally the issue with inverted forks has been maintaining a stiff axle and avoiding wheel deflections.  Traditional forks do this with a brake arch over the wheel but that doesn’t work with inverted forks which try to flex through the hub.  RockShox have developed a specific hub and mounting system that is a progression from the standard thru axle which provides the required stiffness. [Read more →]

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A day with Steve Peat

April 7th, 2014 · No Comments

Shimano are producing a video series of a day in the life of various cycling professionals.  First up Mr Steve Peat!  An interesting vignette into his daily life away from the buzz of the World Cups.

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Santa Cruz launch a new 650B Nomad

April 4th, 2014 · No Comments

Santa Cruz’s do it all Enduro steed, the Nomad, has been redesigned and built in Carbon for 650B wheels.

The bike has been completly updated with an aggressive 65 degree headangle and an upper link inspired by the one found on the V10 Downhill bike.  Travel increases to 165mm along with the bigger wheels with a claimed increase in small bump sensitivity. [Read more →]

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RockShox Culture shock – Russell and Chris – RS-1

April 3rd, 2014 · No Comments

Here is another teaser video for the RockShox RS-1 inverted fork featuring Russell Finsterwald and Chris Dewar ripping arouind the trails in Palm Springs, California.  Enjoy.

Different dudes. Same agenda. At least sort of, anyway. Bring XC champ Russell [Read more →]

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RockShox announce new BoXXer fork and DebonAir shock upgrade

April 2nd, 2014 · No Comments

SRAM’s suspension arm RockShox have announced details on some new downhill oriented product including a brand new BoXXer fork, a revamped Domain fork, Charger damper upgrade and a new DebonAir air can option for Monarch and Monarch Plus.   The BoXXer borrows tech from it’s younger brother the Pike and it’s Charge damper while also being released in 650B to match the sudden plethora of downhillers riding the bigger wheels size.  The DebonAir air can allows for a much more sensitive shock that requires far less force to activate.  This is a real winner for riders as it is retro-upgradable to existing 2013 Monarch RT3 and 2014 Monarch and Monarch Plus shocks for the paltry sun of €104.21, way cheaper than buying a new shock.  Full details and snazzy pics below.

ROCKSHOX

What’s Your Line?

RockShox was born out of a belief that the mold was meant to be broken.

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Shimano reveals new mechanical geared hydraulic shifters & 105

April 1st, 2014 · No Comments

Shimano have announced the introduction of hydraulic breaking to a mechanically operated road shifter, bringing hydraulic braking closer to being the standard on road bikes.  Previously this had only been available on electronic Di2 units but Shimano have redesigned the hoods to incorporate all the required internals, including a reservoir.   The new unit is compatible with all 11 speed Dura-Ace, Ultegra and the new 105 groupset.  The caliper has been redesigned too to allow for better routing of the hydraulic hose and the companies Ice-tech technology has been borrowed from Mountain Biking.  Full release below with details on the new 105 below that too.

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2014 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup trailer

March 28th, 2014 · No Comments

It’s coming!  The 2014 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup kicks off in two weeks time in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.  To wet your appetite here is a teaser.

Date Venue Nation Type
10-13 April Pietermaritzburg RSA WC – XCO/XCE/DHI Round 1
24-27 April Cairns AUS WC – XCO/XCE/DHI Round 2
23-25 May Nove Mesto na Morave CZE WC – XCO/XCE Round 3
30 May – 01 June Albstadt GER WC – XCO/XCE Round 4
07-08 June Fort William GBR WC – DHI Round 3
14-15 June Leogang AUT WC – DHI Round 4
31 July -03 August Mont-Sainte-Anne CAN WC – XCO/XCE/DHI Round 5
07-10 August Windham USA WC – XCO/XCE/DHI Round 6
21-24 August Méribel FRA WC – XCO/XCE/DHI Round 7
03-07 September Hafjell NOR World Championships

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Video – Desert dreaming | Kate & Russell | RS-1

March 27th, 2014 · No Comments

RockShox have just released a video of desert riding in Palm Springs.  Pay particular attention to what is connecting the wheels of the riders bikes to their frames….

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SRAM introduce Guide brakes

March 26th, 2014 · No Comments

Component manufacturer SRAM has just announced that they have subsummed AVID under the SRAM umbrella, releaseing a completly new brake design, dubbed GUIDE at the same time.

The brake announces several new features and the reintroduction of a lever mounted fluid reservoir.  The lever is designed with flip-flop functionality and is available in three models with varying levels of functionality.

The top level GUIDE RSC (R- Reach adjust, S- Swinglink, C- Contact point adjust) allows for the utmost tuning with lower models – the Guide RS ditching the Contact point adjustment and the Guide R ditching Swinglink aswell.  There is a guide to what these mean below. [Read more →]

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Review – Moove Lock-on Microdot grips

March 25th, 2014 · No Comments

Not many component manufacturers can claim to be Irish but Dublin based Moove components is one!  The company produces a range of bike components, here we take a look a their microdot grips.

Grips are a fundamental that are often overlooked.  You could spend thousands on a high end steed only to have a rubbish ride quality as your main point of contact with the bike and controls are rubbish.  For most you may not ever change your stock grips that came with your bike but you may be missing a trick. [Read more →]

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Video – Chris Akrigg Chriscross

March 24th, 2014 · No Comments

Yet again Chris Akrigg shows us that he can ride a bike better than pretty much everybody… amazing stuff!

CHRISCROSS from chris akrigg on Vimeo.

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Video – MTB Trails Northern Ireland

March 21st, 2014 · No Comments

Here is a really nice video showcasing the best of Northern Ireland trail centers.  If you haven’t been yet you are missing out!

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Ballyhoura Biking Blitz this weekend

March 21st, 2014 · No Comments

The final round of the excellent Biking Blitz takes place this weekend in Ballyhoura.  This round was moved following storm damage to the trails that has now been moved.

Competitors have two course options on two different trails -

Baggy Shorts Category- 1 full lap of brown loop, 17km (1 hr 10mins approx winning time)

Super Pro Category- 1 full lap of white loop, 35km (1 hr 50mins approx winning time)

This is a fantastic opportunity to race Ballyhoura ahead of the European Marathon Champs this coming June!  Registrations close tonight at 11pm.  Enter here.

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Video – RockShox B.I.K.E.

March 20th, 2014 · No Comments

RockShox riders Kurt Sorge and Ryan Howard settle a bragging war with a jump off with a difference.

RockShox B.I.K.E. from Good Fortune Collective on Vimeo.

It all started with two friends talking smack on Facebook. Friendly banter on Facebook between two of mountain biking’s biggest stars (Red Bull Rampage winner Kurt Sorge and Strength in Numbers star Ryan Howard), escalated into a challenge to duel it out in a no-holds-barred game of B-I-K-E. RockShox got wind and offered 5,000 bucks to the winner if the game was played live on the RockShox wall. (Oh, and the loser had to get their chest redecorated with a henna tattoo of the winner’s choosing.) Sorge and Howard agreed, and it was off to Canada.

After the live Facebook event was over, RockShox released this full 20 minute film with all the cinematic glory their fans have come to expect.

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Video – The Lone Wolf

March 18th, 2014 · No Comments

Ibis Cycles UK rider Lewis Kirkwood rides the first round of the Scottish Enduro series sponsored by POC.

The Lone Wolf – Part 1 from 2pure on Vimeo.

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Biking Blitz Ticknock & Demo day

March 14th, 2014 · No Comments

The penultimate round of the Biking Blitz takes place this weekend in Ticknock this Sunday.  Online registration closes this evening  at 11pm and you can enter here.  The usual two categories are available – Baggy Shorts (1 lap) and Super Pro (2 laps).

In addition there is a demo day running concurrently with the racing.  Leave in your credit card and test away on 26″, 27.5″ and 29″ bikes from Cannondale, Trek and LaPierre!  No bookings necessary.  First come first served.

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Video – How to make a mountain bike film

March 12th, 2014 · No Comments

We have featured work from these guys before.  Seriously well put together videos.  Here is how to replicate them – a great how-to video!  Some really good advice here.

How to Make a Mountain Bike Film from Filme von Draussen on Vimeo.

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Video – Jerome Clementz in Chile

March 11th, 2014 · No Comments

Enduro World Champion Jerome Clementz takes us for a spin in Chile, site of round 1 of the Enduro World Series only a few weeks away on the 19th/20th of April.

ESCAPE – Anfiteatro – Chile with Jérôme Clementz from Jérémie Reuiller on Vimeo.

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Video – SRAM X01 DH Technology

March 10th, 2014 · No Comments

Last week we brought you news of the new X01 Downhill drivetrain.  Here is a great video from SRAM that details the developments and technologies that go into the new group such as explaining the use of an eleven speed chain with the 7 speed cassette.

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Marcelo Gutierrez’s run at the Valpariso Urban DH

March 7th, 2014 · No Comments

Here is another wild ride down the Valpariso Urban DH course with Giant Factory Off-Road Team rider Marcelo Gutierrez who rode a new prototype Glory DH to the podium.  Strap in!

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Video – 10 years of the Mega!

March 6th, 2014 · No Comments

The iconic French race needs no introduction.  The God father of Enduro racing in many ways, it’s now entering it’s tenth year, sit back and enjoy!

10 years of Megavalanche from SRSUNTOUR on Vimeo.

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SRAM introduce X01 DH

March 4th, 2014 · No Comments

Component manufacturer SRAM have just announced details of their new Downhill orientated X01 drivetrain featuring a 7 speed or 10 speed cassette option and utilising the companies X01 platform as a basis.  The new drivetrain includes the narrow-wide chain rings of X01 and the new narrow block to produce the world’s lightest drivetrain.

The 7 speed option is a really interesting development.  It actually covers a huge range of gears as there is a larger jump between sprockets.  Thus the range is 10-12-14-16-18-21-24 which is very respectable.  The main advantage is the light weight and the ability to get down to a 10 tooth ring.  With chain ring options in two teeth increments from 30T to 38T there is plenty of choice for front chain rings too.  Full details below.  Availability is as early as next month! [Read more →]

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Sam Bennett wins the Clásica de Almería

March 3rd, 2014 · No Comments

Irish rider Sam Bennett took his first professional victory on Sunday at the Clásica de Almería.  The 23 year old won the 178 kilometre race in a sprint finish riding for his new team NetApp-Endura.  Bennett  had a stellar 2013 season riding for the An Post-Chain reaction squad in 2013 winning the Suir Valley 3 day, 2 stages of the Ras and a stage at the Tour of Britain.

Credits: TNE/BettiniPhoto

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Giro d’Italia route Day 1-3 routes

February 28th, 2014 · No Comments

The route for the first three stages of the Giro d’Italia in Ireland has been announced.  Starting in Belfast on day one with a Team Time Trial of 27.1 kilometers it is then off to the Antrim Coast on day 2  for a 218 km leg ripper with an expected sprint into Belfast.  Day three sees the riders go from  Armagh to Dublin with another expected sprint finish in the offing.

The Team Time Trial  on May 9th is a fantastic opportunity to see the riders in action [Read more →]

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Volvo UK ad – First Up, First Down, Steve Peat

February 28th, 2014 · No Comments

Volvo commissioned a series of four adverts featuring athletes in the UK.  Here is the Steve Peat one that features him riding in the Scottish highlands.

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Rob Lutter – A Ride Reborn

February 27th, 2014 · No Comments

“Adventure is not something left to the dreams of children”.  Rob Lutter is half way through a thirty thousand kilometer cycle from London to Hong Kong and back and this nice little video gives a flavor of the man and why he is doing it.  It is very worthy of your time.  Inspirational.

A RIDE REBORN from Edwin Lee on Vimeo.

See thelifecycle.roblutter.com for more.

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Review – The Armstrong Lie

February 26th, 2014 · No Comments

In 2009 Oscar award winning documentary film maker Alex Gibney was contracted to make a documentary about Lance Armstrong’s return to cycling, “Comeback 2.0” as it was referred to. The film was meant to show Armstrong’s triumphant return, to silence the critics once and for all, to show that yes this man who won the Tour 7 times is a great champion.

However allegations about Armstrong’s doping and the subsequent federal investigation saw the project shelved until Gibney reignited it following the damning release of the USADA (United States Anti Doping Administration) reasoned decision that saw Armstrong stripped of all 7 wins and his 2009 3rd place. Maddened at Armstrong’s deception, which he admits he had fallen for, he confronted him and demanded an interview. Cameras are on hand hours after the Oprah Winfrey interview was filmed and on another location too. What results is a smorgasbord of footage that is stitched together to tell the story of Armstrong, his highs and his lows. [Read more →]

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