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Entries from October 2008

Beginners guide to mountain bikes

October 31st, 2008 · No Comments

For some time now we have been contacted by beginners wanting to know more about what to look for in a bike and what all the various acronyms etc. mean.  Over the coming weeks we will have a number of posts regarding the various ins and outs of frame materials, group sets, suspension forks, wheels [...]

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Tags: Beginners guide · Mountain biking · Tech

Kids spin this Saturday in Djouce

October 30th, 2008 · No Comments

Epic are organising a Kids spin will take place this Saturday at Djouce woods at 1pm. 

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Tags: General commentary · Mountain biking · Uncategorized

This just in – Stan’s Notubes

October 29th, 2008 · No Comments

 Stan’s Notubes system was one of the first to realise the benefits of a tubeless tyre system.  Low rolling reistance, lightweight and virtually puncture free tubeless tyres are now the norm on all high end mountain bikes and starting to creep into the road market too.

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Tags: Mountain biking · Tech

Details of the Governments new cycling initiative

October 28th, 2008 · No Comments

Details are emerging of the new Government scheme announced in the budget to encourage people to cycle to work.  By 2020 they want 10% of all jouneys to be conducted by cycling rather than the 4% of Dublin commuters who currently cycling.

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Tags: General commentary · Uncategorized

Shaun Palmer to return to Downhill competition?

October 26th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Charismatic American snow boarder Shaun Palmer is allegedly set to return to World Cup downhill racing, eight years after hanging up his bike.

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Tags: General commentary · Mountain biking

This just in – Exposure Joystick Maxx

October 24th, 2008 · No Comments

These night lights come from Exposure, a UK company with a long pedigree in componantry design through their other division USE.  Design wise these are fantastic with clever features, real power and great battery life.  This light can be helmet or bar mounted easily.

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Tags: Mountain biking · Tech

Tour de France 2009

October 23rd, 2008 · No Comments

The route for the 2009 edition of the Tour de France was announced Wednesday in Paris with a truly international flavour. Visiting 6 countries the Tour will start in Monaco before heading through France to Spain and the city of Barcelona. The Tour will also visit Andorra, Switzerland and Italy.

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Tags: Racing · Road cycling · Tour de France

Review – Magura Durin 100R

October 21st, 2008 · 6 Comments

German engineering is renowned all over the world for its quality, durability, longevity and functionality.  Mercedes Benz, BMW, Audi are all marques of quality but it is high time another brand joined this group – Magura.

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Tags: Mountain biking · Reviews · Tech

Review – Endura Stealth jacket

October 20th, 2008 · No Comments

Winter is on the way and if you are planning to keep riding then you will need a proper wet weather jacket.  The Stealth from UK company Endura offers waterproof protection against the elements with many great features.

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Tags: Mountain biking · Reviews · Tech

Highlights from the London Cycle Show.

October 16th, 2008 · No Comments

Last Thursday we were in London for the Cycle Show and we thought we should bring you some of the highlights.

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Tags: Endurance events · Mountain biking · Tech · Tour de France

This just in – Seal skinz gloves and socks

October 14th, 2008 · No Comments

At the Cycle Show in London we stopped by the Seal Skinz stand and were really impressed with their range of products.  So impressed in fact that we organised some test product on the spot with Relentless 24 in mind.

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Tags: Mountain biking · Tech

Irish Single Speed National Champs.

October 13th, 2008 · 1 Comment

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Tags: Mountain biking · Racing

This just in – Niterider MiNewt Mini USB Plus

October 10th, 2008 · 4 Comments

Just arrived from Niterider is this nifty light.

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Tags: Mountain biking · Tech

The London Cycle Show 2008

October 9th, 2008 · No Comments

Hot on the heels of Eurobike comes the Uk equivalent – The Cycle Show in Earl’s Court which is open to the public from Friday 10th to Sunday 12th of October.  We will be there on the press and dealer day on Thursday for a taste of the goodies on their way to these shores [...]

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Tags: General commentary

This just in – DT Swiss XRC100

October 8th, 2008 · No Comments

Just arrived in Spoke towers is this rather nice DT Swiss XRC100 suspension fork.  Fitted with a remote lockout this is the ultimate in cross country engineering from the Swiss company.

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Tags: Mountain biking · Tech

Attention all XC riders.

October 7th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Irishxcmtb.com are running an online survey for both racers and non-racers alike to try to make our racing experience better.  It will only take a few minutes of your time and will benefit the sport in Ireland enormously as it will let them know what needs to be done.  Details and the link to the [...]

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Tags: General commentary · Mountain biking · Racing

In vino veritas…I think not.

October 7th, 2008 · No Comments

In a shock move disgraced former Astana rider Alexander Vinokourov has announced that he wants to return to the Pro Peloton and with….Astana.

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Tags: Racing · Road cycling · Tour de France

Crank Brothers Sage Directset headsets.

October 6th, 2008 · No Comments

Crank Brothers have just advised us of some new headsets.  We saw samples at Eurobike and they are very nice indeed with a full range to cover all riding types.  Designed for Gravity riders the Sage Directsets are strong and light with special bearings and complete a full range of headsets.

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Tags: Mountain biking · Tech · Uncategorized

24 hours of Relentless MTB in Scotland

October 4th, 2008 · No Comments

On Saturday the 11th of October racers will take to the lower slopes of the Uk’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis, for 24 hours of mountain bike racing.

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Tags: Endurance events · Mountain biking · Racing

UCI MTB World Cups 2009

October 4th, 2008 · No Comments

The lineup for the 2009 MTB international season has just been announced with the addition of a round in South Africa and La Bresse in France. 

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Tags: General commentary · Mountain biking · Racing · World Champs

Cyclocross season kicks off in Lurgan.

October 3rd, 2008 · No Comments

The Cross Country Mountain Bike series drew to a close last weekend and with the wintry weather that blew in this week, wintry biking has come in as the Cyclocross season starts this weekend in Lurgan.

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Tags: Cyclocross · Racing

Shimano Yumeya.

October 2nd, 2008 · No Comments

Shimano have just released a new bling upgrade component set for its top of the range XTR group set.  Called Yumeya, it consist of bolts, disc brake plates and various small parts which are designed to shave off small amounts of weight and are all finished in a very fancy gold.

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Tags: Mountain biking · Tech

Epic Sprockids day 2 in Ballinastoe.

October 1st, 2008 · No Comments

EPIC Mtb club are running their second kids training day in Ballinastoe on Saturday the 4th of October at 1pm in Ballinastoe wood.

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Tags: General commentary · Mountain biking