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Entries from December 2008

On test- FSA K-Force light 2×9 crankset

December 25th, 2008 · No Comments

Just arrived are these range topping Mega EXO carbon 2×9 cranks from American company FSA.  Market insiders tell us that the trend is towards a double chain ring crankset for Cross Country racing with sets on the way from SRAM and Shimano we are reliably informed for 2010.  Unusually these giants of the sport have [...]

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Tags: General commentary · Mountain biking · Tech

Happy Christmas

December 25th, 2008 · No Comments

A very happy Christmas to all our readers from the Spoke team.  Here’s hoping Santa brought you something interesting for your bike or at least that the socks were for cycling!

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Review – Catlike Whisper Plus

December 23rd, 2008 · 3 Comments

When Julian Absalon straps a helmet to his head it’s this one.  With that in mind we expected big things and … we weren’t disappointed.  We have ridden most of the top brands in the market and this easily outclasses them all.

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Tags: Mountain biking · Racing · Reviews · Road cycling · Tech

2008 Off road AGM

December 22nd, 2008 · No Comments

The 2008 OffRoad AGM took place in the Marine Hotel, Sutton, Co.Dublin on Sat 20th Dec.  We have recieved some initial information from the new secretary Fergal Kilkenny with more to follow in detail shortly.  For the moment here is the new board and some key things which were discussed.

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Tags: General commentary · Mountain biking · Uncategorized

Off Road Commission AGM this Saturday.

December 19th, 2008 · No Comments

This Saturday, the Cycling Ireland Off Road Commission AGM will take place in the Marine Hotel, Sutton Cross at 4pm.  The meeting is open to all members of Cycling Ireland – i.e. anyone who has a cycling Ireland license.  This is the main forum for mountain bikers who wish to get involved in the running [...]

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Tags: General commentary · Mountain biking · Racing · Uncategorized

K-Cup 2009

December 18th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Details are beginning to emerge about the K-Cup 2009 race series.

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Tags: Mountain biking · Racing

2009 Giro D’Italia route announced

December 17th, 2008 · 1 Comment

The centenary edition of the Italian Grand Tour, the Giro D’Italia is set to be a thriller with a huge list of all stars set to line up on the 9th of May to contest the Maglia Rosa.

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

Review – Seal Skinz all weather gloves

December 16th, 2008 · No Comments

These gloves from Seal Skinz are perfect for winter riding conditions.  Utilising Porelle membrane technology to keep all things wet out they also breath really well.  Once you get the fit right they are brilliant.  Seams are all located in areas which don’t put pressure on your hands and we found them really comfortable on [...]

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Tags: Mountain biking · Reviews · Road cycling · Tech

Magura Durin recall

December 11th, 2008 · No Comments

Magura have just announced a recall on the first batch of Durin suspension forks.  Not all forks are affected and much like the Beef industry in Ireland, Magura use a serial number system and have identified the problem batch.  The forks were produced in 2007 and were the first sets on the market.  We have [...]

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Tags: General commentary · Mountain biking · Racing · Tech · Uncategorized

Lance Armstrong to race the Tour of Ireland?

December 11th, 2008 · No Comments

Rumours are growing that Lance Armstrong could race the Tour of Ireland in 2009.  The Texan 7 time Tour de France winner is pursueing his Livestrong campaign on the road next year and the Irish flagship Tour could fit into his plans.

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Tags: General commentary · Racing · Road cycling

Here is the news…

December 3rd, 2008 · No Comments

There have been lots of goings on in both the road and mountain bike side of things recently.  Here are some of the headlines.

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Tags: General commentary · Mountain biking · Racing · Road cycling

Ritchey MTB rigid fork

December 2nd, 2008 · 1 Comment

Contrary to popular belief, not all mountain bikers ride with suspension forks.  Many purists prefer to ride with rigid forks enjoying the ride quality that comes from knowing you are completely in touch with the trail.

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Tags: Mountain biking · Tech

Irish Cyclocross National Championships

December 1st, 2008 · No Comments

Apollo Cycling Club of Lurgan will be hosting this year’s National Cyclocross Championship Race at Lurgan Park on Sunday January 4th.  Lurgan Park offers cyclocross riders an excellent venue for fast racing in pleasant surroundings. Those of you who enjoyed the October race at this venue will be pleased to know they have added the [...]

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Tags: Cyclocross · Mountain biking · Racing · Road cycling