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Entries from April 2010

SRAM X-9 completes 10 speed offerings

April 29th, 2010 · No Comments

Component manufacturer SRAM has recently announced a complete revamp to the three groupsets (or families) immediately below their revolutionary range topping XX group.  All of them are now 2×10 speed with various levels of the technologies that make up the uber expensive top level series. For its part X9 has been radically updated and now [...]

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Tags: Mountain biking · Tech

MTB on Eurosport 2 tonight

April 29th, 2010 · No Comments

Highlights from the first round of the MTB XC World Cup will be shown tonight on Eurosport 2 from 5pm till 6.30. Sidi athletes Julian Absalon and Nino Schurter battle for the win. Be sure to set your recorder or check the schedule for repeats.

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Tags: Cross country · Mountain biking · World Cup

Review – RST F1rst Platinum fork

April 27th, 2010 · 3 Comments

For everyone who reads any of the MTB magazines, it’s hard not to be swung by the Bike Porn ads placed by the “big” suspension manufacturers, indeed often these publications are swayed in their decisions by advertising (we know we have ridden some of the forks that got dodgy top ratings). RST has a history [...]

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Tags: Cross country · Mountain biking · Reviews

Giro d’Italia of old

April 26th, 2010 · No Comments

They don’t make em like this any more, a hark back to the olden days when men were men….

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Tags: Racing · Road cycling · Video

Review – Prologo Scratch Saddle

April 25th, 2010 · No Comments

The saddle is one of the most important areas of the bike and one that is often overlooked. This one is a favourite of many ProTour riders including

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Tags: Mountain biking · Reviews · Road cycling

Kranked 8

April 22nd, 2010 · No Comments

North shore riding takes a certain kind of rider, after watching this you’ll know if you’re one…

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Tags: Mountain biking · Video

SRAM XO gets a full revamp and goes 2×10

April 19th, 2010 · No Comments

For 2011, the new XO returns as a complete product family, featuring the legendary XO rear derailleur, trigger shifters and an all new 2X10 crankset with front derailleur which promises amazing shifting performance. New Avid XO brakes provide the first XO specific brakeset to complete the family.

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Tags: Cross country · Downhill · General commentary · Tech · World Cup

Columbia Ravenous Trail running shoe

April 18th, 2010 · 1 Comment

This past weekend we were to be found racing the WAR (Wicklow Adventure Race) adventure race in Glendalough.  On our feet for the running leg were Columbia’s trail running shoe, the Ravenous. Released as part of the revamped product line, the Ravenous is a new shoe from the ground up.

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Tags: General commentary · Reviews · Tech

Shimano introduce Dyna-Sys – 3×10 speed

April 17th, 2010 · No Comments

Shimano announced its new drivetrain system Dyna-Sys on friday with a 3×10 setup to go head to head with SRAMs 2×10 range which now goes from X7 right up to XX (more on this soon).  Whereas the SRAM system uses two chain rings up front, Shimano have stuck with three but narrowed the ratio and [...]

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Tags: Cross country · Mountain biking · Tech

UK & Ireland Solo 24 hour Championships

April 14th, 2010 · No Comments

On 22nd May 2010 up to 100 mountain bike riders will gather in the Scottish border village of Newcastleton to take part in the only 24 hour mtb race just for solo riders in Europe, incorporating the UK and Ireland championships and an official qualifier for the World Solo 24hr Championships.

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Tags: Cross country · Endurance events · Mountain biking · Racing

NPS XC Rd 1 Race Report

April 13th, 2010 · 2 Comments

In beaming sunshine well over 200 riders started the first XC NPS of the season in Slade Valley on Sunday.  The organising club, IMBRC, had spent months grooming the track and despite a last minute hitch when over an inch of snow fell with less than two weeks to go, the track was in fantastic [...]

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Tags: Cross country · Mountain biking · Racing

NPS 1 Team Relay results

April 12th, 2010 · No Comments

On Saturday the first NPS of the year kicked off in style with the IMBRC speciality, the Team Relay.  Amid fantastic weather and conditions.  33 riders got to see how the course rode at full pace. Last time this event was held Team Worc scooped first and third on the podium and in ’07 it [...]

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Tags: Cross country · Racing

Mini course preview for Sunday NPS 1

April 9th, 2010 · No Comments

Here is a segment from this weekends NPS course.  This is a family site so we won’t tell you why it’s called Rabit Ride.  Team sign-on has been added so sign up now for the Team relay on Saturday! Thankfully all the snow has gone and the club (IMBRC) have been busy putting down tons [...]

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Tags: Cross country · Mountain biking · Racing · Video

Chris Akrigg bike control lesson

April 9th, 2010 · No Comments

Mongoose Pro Chris Akrigg shows us how a bike should be ridden. Chris Akrigg TEOCALI.0 from chris akrigg on Vimeo.

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Tags: Mountain biking · Video

DH NPS Round 1 video

April 8th, 2010 · No Comments

Footage from a muddy Cahir of round 1 of the DH NPS hosted by 021 racing.

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Tags: Downhill · Mountain biking · Racing · Video

XC NPS Round 1 Slade Valley

April 6th, 2010 · No Comments

The first round of the Irish XC NPS series kicks off this weekend at Slade Valley above Saggart in Dublin. It is also the third round of the Leinster XC League. Slade Valley has hosted various XC events in the past including Leinster League and NPS races but the organising club, IMBRC have been busy [...]

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Tags: Cross country · Mountain biking · Racing

Trajectoirescycles.com Snap up Irish Road Rage Downhill Ace

April 6th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Trajectoires Cycles Nantes, France have agreed a sponsorship deal with the undeniably quick Irishman Janos Köhler. The deal is initially for the duration of the 2010 Red Bull Road Rage downhill road racing season which kicks off in Belgium this coming May.

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Tags: Cross Country · Downhill · Racing · Tour de France

Santa Cruz presents the Nomad Carbon

April 3rd, 2010 · 2 Comments

Santa Cruz have just released details of their new carbon fibre Nomad.  Below is the full press release , it’s a bit of an essay but none the less, enjoy. It seems like barely a year and a half ago we totally revamped our beloved gnarl-hound with updated suspension, geometry and a host of details [...]

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Tags: Mountain biking · Tech

Follow me Irish cinema date

April 2nd, 2010 · No Comments

Back at the start of March we brought you news of the new MTB film from the guys behind the Collective, now Anthill films. Following from that they have recently announced a European cinema tour with Follow me visiting the Lighthouse cinema on the 16th of June at 8.30pm.  Here is a reminder of the [...]

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Tags: General commentary · Mountain biking · Video

Rockshox Domain Dual crown announced

April 1st, 2010 · 1 Comment

Rockshox have just announced a new version of the Domain fork, with the same Domain characteristics brought up to a 200mm dual crown chassis at a fantastic price point.

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Tags: Downhill · Tech

Race report Leinster League Rd 1

April 1st, 2010 · 5 Comments

The first round of the Leinster Cross country league kicked off this past weekend, just outside Bunclody in Co.Wexford.  It was the first time the organising club Racing 795 had run a race although you would not have known it!

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Tags: Cross country · Mountain biking · Racing · Tech