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Entries from September 2008

This just in – The Catlike Whisper Plus helmet.

September 30th, 2008 · No Comments

We stopped by the Catlike stand at Eurobike and were very impressed with the range from this Spanish manufacturer.  Chances are you’ll recognise the helmet worn by French MTB superstar Julian Absalon and female World Champ Margarita Fullana among others.  It is also the head gear of choice of the Basque road team Euskaltel Euskadi [...]

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Tags: Mountain biking · Road cycling · Tech

Eurobike part 4.

September 29th, 2008 · No Comments

For this edition of our expose series from Eurobike we decided to look at Look (sorry), Crank Brothers, Ritchey, Syncros, Stan’s No Tubes and Campagnolo(?).

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Tags: Mountain biking · Tech

Review – Shimano XT M775 wheelset.

September 26th, 2008 · No Comments

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Tags: Mountain biking · Reviews · Tech

Armstrong to Astana… and Australia

September 25th, 2008 · 2 Comments

7 time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong will bid for an 8th title as a member of Team Astana it was announced Wednesday in New York.

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Tags: General commentary · Road cycling · Tour de France

NPS 6 Castlewellan

September 24th, 2008 · No Comments

The final round of the Irish MTB XC NPS takes place this Sunday the 28th September in Castlewellan Forest Park, County Down.

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Tags: Mountain biking · Racing

SRAM Hammerschmidt

September 23rd, 2008 · 1 Comment

People often ask us have you seen anything really new.  Sure we say, there is this new carbon frame, that new fork etc.etc. but it’s not often that we actually see something truly revolutionary that stops us in our tracks.  However, one of those moments happened at Eurobike as SRAM presented their new planetary crank [...]

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Tags: Mountain biking · Tech

Vuelta comes to a close.

September 22nd, 2008 · No Comments

The 2008 edition of the Vuelta a Espana finished on Sunday with victory going to pre-race favourite Alberto Contador of Team Astana. 

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Tags: Road cycling

The transfer market opens…

September 22nd, 2008 · No Comments

Speculation is rife concerning the team setups for the 2009 season among the MTB downhill set.

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Tags: Mountain biking

This just in – Endura rain jackets.

September 19th, 2008 · No Comments

The first of our Eurobike test gear arrived yesterday, a pair of rain jackets from UK manufacturer Endura along with a set of Winter gloves.  The Summer has been such a washout that we could perhaps have done this sooner but we are glad we didn’t as Endura have just released a really exciting new [...]

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Tags: General commentary · Mountain biking · Tech

Carlingford Marathon.

September 19th, 2008 · No Comments

This Saturday Cuchulainn Cycling Club are running “Da Cooley Thriller” in Carlingford.  Starting and finishing in the village, the race will head out into the Cooley mountains for one large loop of 52 kms or a shorter 27km loop.  Predominantly singletrack, the road has only 14km of roads and 6kms of fire roads.

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Tags: Endurance events · Mountain biking · Racing

James O’Carroll – Ireland’s answer to Tim Flooks.

September 18th, 2008 · No Comments

Former Irish Junior Cross Country champion turned downhiller James O’Carroll has just become Ireland’s answer to the UK’s suspension guru Tim Flooks of TF Tuned with the launch of his new venture OC Tuning.

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Tags: General commentary · Mountain biking · Tech · Uncategorized

Dt-Swiss ex-demo forks for sale.

September 17th, 2008 · 4 Comments

We recently came accross this on the Pace racing website.  They are selling off ex-demo forks at vastly reduced prices.  DT-Swiss have a great reputation for quality and precision engineering and we reckon these are well worth a look especially as they come with a full 2 year warrenty.  To see images of the range [...]

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Tags: General commentary · Mountain biking

Eurobike Part 3 – Road

September 17th, 2008 · No Comments

With all this focus on mountain biking some of you have been wondering about the Road side at Eurobike.  First up is the new Dura Ace Di2 group from Shimano followed by some nice bikes we picked out as highlights.

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Tags: Road cycling · Tech

FSA 2009.

September 16th, 2008 · 1 Comment

We attended the FSA press conference at Eurobike and had a tour of the product line.  The company already produces some of the tastiest products on the market for both MTB and road but have made some recent advancements that are worth a  special look.

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Tags: Mountain biking · Tech

MTB World Cup final round in Schladming, Austria.

September 15th, 2008 · No Comments

The last round of the mountain bike World Cup took place in Austria this last weekend with the downhill overall at least still up for grabs.

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Tags: Mountain biking · Racing

Eurobike part 2.

September 15th, 2008 · No Comments

For part 2 of our eclectic look at the highlights of the Eurobike show we have picked some diverse products from the best of the best.  First up is a new Marin carbon fibre hardtail followed by some new products from Mavic and finally top German company Magura.

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Tags: Mountain biking · Tech

Vuelta – Contador seizes control.

September 13th, 2008 · No Comments

It’s been a while since we checked in with the last Grand Tour of the season and a lot has happened in the past week.

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Tags: Racing · Road cycling

KTM bikes coming to Ireland.

September 12th, 2008 · No Comments

At Eurobike it was confirmed that KTM have a new Irish distributor.  While we can’t tell you who it is yet, this excellent range of bikes from the motorbike supremos will send shock waves through the industry with competitive pricing and high spec levels.  We toured the whole range at the show and while not [...]

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Tags: Mountain biking · Tech

New Scottish Adventure pass.

September 12th, 2008 · No Comments

Visit Scotland have just launched a new adventure pass that has some mountain biking elements to it.  The free pass offers discounts and special offers on 50 adventure activities, wildlife and sightseeing tours throughout the country to help visitors make the most of Scotland’s glorious outdoors.

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Tags: General commentary · Mountain biking

DT Swiss forks & wheels 2009.

September 11th, 2008 · 1 Comment

DT Swiss recently announced their lineup for 2009 and we thought we would bring you some of the highlights.

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Tags: Mountain biking · Tech

Armstrong confirms – he will ride the Tour in ’09!

September 9th, 2008 · 3 Comments

Lance Armstrong has confirmed that he will indeed return to race at the top level of road racing in 2009. Just ahead of his 37th birthday the Texan rider has told Velonews and Cycling news that the Tour de France is his goal, a potential record 8th title. 

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Tags: Road cycling · Tour de France

Rock Shox Boxxer 2009

September 9th, 2008 · 12 Comments

RockShox launched the completly redesigned 2009 Boxxer last Friday at Eurobike.  RockShox General Manager Jeremiah Boobar outlined the benefits of the new fork to  Spoke.ie.

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Tags: Mountain biking · Tech

Masters MTB World Championships 2008.

September 9th, 2008 · No Comments

21 Irish Mountain Bikers made the trip to Pra-Loup for the 2008 Masters World Championships.

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Tags: Mountain biking · Racing · World Champs

Eurobike part 1

September 8th, 2008 · 3 Comments

Eurobike is the biggest bike show in the World with 36,800 trade visitors from 75 countries and 1,430 journalists from 32 countries.  Spoke.ie joined the latter in a hedonistic 3 days of bike geekery gone mad.  Now that we have recovered we can present some of the highlights of the show over the coming days [...]

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Tags: Mountain biking · Tech

Lance Armstrong to return to top level road racing?

September 8th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Rumours are flying around that 7 time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong is possibly set to make a return to elite level road racing in 2009.  The internet is a buzz with the story and it was a hot topic at last weeks Eurobike trade show.  The rumour suggests that Armstrong will ride for [...]

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Tags: General commentary · Racing · Road cycling · Tour de France

Training days with Niall Davis.

September 8th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Irish international Cross Country rider turned qualified trail guide Niall Davis is running training days for mountain bikers on Saturdays and Sundays during October.

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Tags: General commentary · Mountain biking

1st Kids day at Ballinastoe a huge success

September 8th, 2008 · No Comments

Epic MTB club have just run the first kids day at Ballinastoe.  The aim is to give kids an introduction to the sport in a controlled environment and despite the weather, 35 kids of varying ages and ability showed up to have a go.

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Tags: General commentary · Mountain biking

Eurobike.

September 5th, 2008 · No Comments

In terms of bike shows there are 2 big ones – Interbike in Las Vegas and Eurobike in Friedrichshafen, Germany. Over the next few days Eurobike will be home to 868 exhibitors off all things biking and Spoke.ie will be there to report on all the latest equipment. This is the ultimate in bike geekyness [...]

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Tags: Uncategorized

Vuelta stages 1-4

September 3rd, 2008 · No Comments

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Tags: Road cycling

Charity cycle for Age action.

September 3rd, 2008 · No Comments

Orchard CC are running a charity cycle for Age Concern and in conjunction with Richhill festival week on Sunday 21st September.

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Tags: General commentary · Uncategorized