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Entries from March 2009

On test – Felt F2 SL road bike

March 31st, 2009 · No Comments

We have just taken delivery of a new road test bike – the Felt F2 SL.

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Tags: Racing · Road cycling · Tech · Tour de France · Uncategorized

Last chance to enter the Torq competition

March 30th, 2009 · 1 Comment

24 hours to go on the Torq competition and we thought we would give you one last chance to win a box of gels. Each box contains 20 gels and we have a mixed box available to the lucky winner worth GB£24.25.  To be in with a chance to win simply email the answer to [...]

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Tags: General commentary · Uncategorized

New bike shop in Arnotts

March 29th, 2009 · 1 Comment

The latest bike shop in Dublin has just opened in Arnotts department store in Henry Street.  Freewheel cycling stocks KTM bikes, Jeantex clothing and Catlike helmets among others.

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Tags: General commentary · Uncategorized

New product- Ritcheys ergonomic mountain bike bar

March 28th, 2009 · No Comments

Ritchey have just produced a new ergonomic cross country carbon handlebar.  Called the 10D flat mountain bar, this bar has a weird M shape when viewed from above.  The idea is to provide the sweep of a riser bar with the low profile of a flat handlebar.

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Tags: Cross country · Mountain biking · Tech

On test – Sidi Eagle 6 Carbon SRS MTB shoe

March 27th, 2009 · No Comments

Sidi have been specialising in cycling shoes since 1970.  This reviewers first pair of cycling shoes were Sidi Dominators and I rode them till they literally fell apart, about 5 years.  Sidi are renowned for their comfort, fit, styling and design and the Eagle sits near the top of the MTB range.

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Tags: Mountain biking · Tech

Armstrong collarbone update

March 26th, 2009 · No Comments

(Now updated with two videos) Lance Armstrong underwent surgery yesterday on his broken collarbone.  Originally the fracture was thought to be a simple break but when the Americans doctors looked at the x-rays in Austin, Texas they discovered that it was actually in four pieces. Lance Armstrong’s collarbone by Elizabeth Kreutz coutesy of CSE

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

NPS 1 Results

March 26th, 2009 · No Comments

The first round of the Irish XC NPS series went of without a hitch last Sunday amid beautiful conditions. 

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Tags: Cross country · Mountain biking · Racing

Lance Armstrong breaks collarbone

March 24th, 2009 · 1 Comment

7 time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong has suffered his worst career accident crashing out of the Castilla y Leon yesterday with a fractured collarbone.  The American crashed with just 0ver 15  kilometres to go on the first stage whilst riding in the front group.  He hadn’t been outside the top 10 all day.

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Tags: Racing · Road cycling · Tour de France

On test – KTM Myroon

March 23rd, 2009 · No Comments

This is one of the most eagerly awaited arrivals in Spoke towers and is our new 2009 long term test bike.  The Myroon is a completely new design from Austrian bike manufacturer KTM and is a carbon fibre monocoque (single piece) frame.

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Tags: Cross country · Mountain biking · Racing · Tech

Result : Milan-SanRemo

March 21st, 2009 · No Comments

The Milan-SanRemo Spring Classic road race came down to a sprint finish on the streets of SanRemo today and it was young Isle of Man rider and self-proclaimed fastest man in the World Mark Cavendish who took the honours.

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Tags: General commentary · Racing · Road cycling

Road round-up

March 20th, 2009 · No Comments

Lots has been happening over the past few weeks in the road racing world.  We take a look back at the turbulent events of the first major European stage race, the Paris-Nice and look forward to one of the first major classics Milan-San-Remo tomorrow.

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Tags: Racing · Road cycling

TORQ competition – win a box of gels (links fixed)

March 19th, 2009 · No Comments

For the month of March we have teamed up with TORQ energy to offer the readers of Spoke.ie a fantastic competition.  With the racing season about to start the prize is a box of TORQ energy gels.

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

On Test- Garmin Edge 705

March 18th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Recently arrived from Garmin is the Edge 705, the class leading GPS cycling product.  Equipped with heart rate, a barometric altimeter, cadence and a full range of GPS functions this package will leave you wanting nothing more, a complete training solution.

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

Extreme Channel showing ’08 World Cups all week

March 18th, 2009 · No Comments

It has come to our attention that Extreme Channel are showing re-runs of last years Mountain Bike World Cup at the moment.  Each 30 minute programme covers one event on the circuit and they seem to be repeated 3 times a day.  Maribor (DH & 4X) and Andorra (XC) are the rounds of the series [...]

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Tags: Cross country · Downhill · Mountain biking · Racing

Results from the Djouce Challenge

March 16th, 2009 · No Comments

Amid fantastic weather conditions 160 riders set out to ride the 15+ kilometres of pristine singletrack in Djouce woods, Co.Wicklow.  Designed by a team from Team WORC the trails were amazing with great climbs and descents mixed in to keep riders entertained.

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Tags: Cross country · Mountain biking · Racing

Customised Team Astana Trek bikes

March 14th, 2009 · No Comments

Trek are the bike sponsor to Team Astana which as we all know contains more than its fair share of the sports star riders.  For 2009 a number of custom painted bikes have been commissioned for three of the teams top riders.

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Tags: General commentary · Racing · Road cycling · Tech

Review – Dirt School DVD

March 13th, 2009 · No Comments

Looking to improve your skills a little?  Then this could be the thing for you.

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Tags: General commentary · Mountain biking · Reviews

Review – Ritchey carbon WCS flat bar and WCS Stem

March 9th, 2009 · No Comments

Ritchey WCS Carbon handlebars. These ultralight handlebars are from Ritchey, one of the oldest and most established cycling component manufacturers.

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Tags: Mountain biking · Reviews · Tech

DT Swiss XCR100 gets lighter

March 7th, 2009 · No Comments

We reviewed this fork back in early January (see here) and though it was fantastic.  Since then DT Swiss have been working on making this lightweight fork even lighter with a number of new improvements, bringing the overall weight down to a staggering 1250 grams.

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Tags: Mountain biking · Tech

5 Pro Tour teams in trouble with the UCI

March 6th, 2009 · No Comments

The UCI announced Friday that five Pro-Tour teams faced exclusion from the upcoming Paris-Nice race and other Pro-Tour races for non-payment of fees for the biological passport system.  The five were named  by UCI president Pat McQuaid as Cofidis, Bbox Bouygues Telecom, Silence-Lotto, Quick Step and Caisse d’Epargne.

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Tags: General commentary · Racing · Road cycling

All Mountain Experience in Dun Laoighaire

March 6th, 2009 · No Comments

Tarja Owens and Niall Davis will be staging training sessions for both kids and adults alike this weekend in South county Dublin.  Dun Loaghaire Rathdown county council’s “Active 8 family fun day” takes place in Shanganna Park near Shankill this Sunday. The event runs from 1-4pm and is free for all.

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Tags: Beginners guide · General commentary · Mountain biking · Uncategorized

New Ritchey carbon Bottlecage

March 6th, 2009 · No Comments

In cross country and road racing every gram counts and Ritchey have developed a lightweight carbon bottle cage that weighs a mere 27 grams.

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Tags: Mountain biking · Road cycling · Tech

Djouce Trail Challenge 2009

March 5th, 2009 · No Comments

The first cross country race of the season will take place on Sunday the 15th of March at Djouce Woods in County Wicklow.  The race features one lap of a special course designed to take between 1 and 2 hours to complete.

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Tags: Cross country · Mountain biking · Racing

Mel Spath takes 3rd at Sunshine Cup opener

March 2nd, 2009 · No Comments

Irish Marathon National Champion Ryan Sherlock and his partner Mel Spath (2008 K-Cup and NPS female champion) are currently racing in the not so sunny Sunshine Cup in Cyprus.  It’s one fo the first races of the season and many of the World’s top pros are in attendance to get their bodies and minds warmed [...]

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Tags: Cross country · General commentary · Mountain biking · Racing

Review – Avid Elixer R brakes

March 2nd, 2009 · No Comments

A division of SRAM, Avid brakes used to be known for their awesome stopping power but not so much for their modulation. This changes with the Elixer series of brakes which not only promise 20% more power than the Juicy series but also great modulation.

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Tags: Mountain biking · Reviews · Tech