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Entries from November 2008

Off Road Commission AGM

November 29th, 2008 · No Comments

Details have just emerged concerning the 2008 Off road Commission Annual General Meeting.  The AGM will take place in the Marine Hotel, Sutton Cross on Saturday 20th December at 4pm.  The meeting is open to all members of Cycling Ireland – i.e. anyone who has a cycling Ireland license.  Below is the official notification on [...]

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Tags: General commentary · Mountain biking · Uncategorized

New products from Ritchey

November 27th, 2008 · No Comments

Ritchey have been at the forefront of mountain bike product design since the dawn of the sport so when they introduce some new products it is always worth a close look. 

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Tags: Mountain biking · Tech

On test – SID Team, Elixir R and Stylo 3.3 cranks

November 26th, 2008 · No Comments

SRAM just sent us a box of goodies for review.  Inside was the Rock Shox SID Team fork, Avid’s new Elixir R brakes and Truvativ’s Stylo 3.3 crankset.

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Tags: Mountain biking · Tech

Limited Edition World Champ Fox shocks

November 23rd, 2008 · No Comments

Fox Racing Shox have just released details of some limited edition versions of their double World Championship winning 40 RC2 fork and DHX RC4 rear shock.

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Tags: Mountain biking · Tech · World Champs

This just in – Suunto X10 GPS

November 22nd, 2008 · No Comments

Just in from Suunto is their new GPS unit the X10.  Its a watch sized unit so no maps but it is compact and features an altimeter, barometer and compass built in.  It utilises Google maps to plot your route after the run so  you can see where you went.  More to follow with the [...]

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Tags: Mountain biking · Tech

Beginners guide pt 3 – Suspension forks

November 18th, 2008 · No Comments

Suspension forks are now a standard component of most mountain bikes from 100 euro bargains to 10,000 euro dream machines.  True some prefer to ride a rigid fork but for most this is a critical core component of their bike.  The range and diversity of forks is truly baffling so what makes them diferent and [...]

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Tags: Beginners guide · Mountain biking · Tech

Andy Potts Off road commission report for 2008

November 17th, 2008 · No Comments

Cycling Ireland Off Road Commission-2008 Report by Andy Potts. The 2008 Off Road Cycling season has had its share of ups and downs yet the numbers taking part in Off Road events continues to rise.

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Tags: General commentary · Mountain biking

Sram release teaser of new group – XX

November 13th, 2008 · No Comments

Component manufacturer SRAM today released a teaser to the media concerning its first full MTB group set titled XX.

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Tags: General commentary · Mountain biking · Tech

Training days with Niall Davis

November 11th, 2008 · 3 Comments

It’s not every day you get private coaching from a World Cup level cross country and downhill rider but with Niall Davis’ training days you can.  Niall is a top three Irish international cross country rider who has spent the last summer running guided rides with partner Tarja Owens (herself a World Cup level female [...]

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Tags: Mountain biking · Uncategorized

Beginners guide pt 2 – Groupsets

November 10th, 2008 · 1 Comment

For our second beginners guide we thought we would look at the beating heart of the bike – the groupset.  While the frame is crucial to a bike gears, brakes and moving parts are fundamental to how the bike will perform.

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Tags: Beginners guide · Mountain biking · Uncategorized

Leatt-Brace now available in Ireland

November 7th, 2008 · No Comments

Manufactured in South Africa and Nevada this is a revolutionary neck brace system designed to protect anyone who wears a full face helmet including motor cross riders, extreme skiers and mountain bikers.  It was developed by a doctor (Dr. Chris Leatt) who is a motor bike racer and has witnessed many serious neck injuries to riders.

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The world is our playground

November 6th, 2008 · No Comments

On the 6th of December above the Outdoor Evolution store in Blessington there will be a night featuring some of the top people from the world of adventure sports.

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Tags: General commentary · Mountain biking · Uncategorized

Review – Niterider Mi-Newt USB Plus

November 5th, 2008 · No Comments

This is the entry level light from Niterider and it’s a neat package – a small light and a small light weight battery pack that can be either bar or helmet mounted.

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Tags: Mountain biking · Reviews · Tech

Review – Kenda Karma 1.95 tyre

November 3rd, 2008 · No Comments

Designed around a go anywhere theme, the Karma is can take on the toughest of trails and inspire confidence in the rider. 

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Tags: Mountain biking · Reviews · Tech