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Entries from April 2013

Rostrevor sneak peak

April 29th, 2013 · No Comments

Here is a sneak peak at the new Rostrevor trails courtesy of Andy Yoong.  Looks fantastic!  remember to keep away until the official opening.  For those of you looking for that dream job, look no further – Mourne Mountain Bike Trail Ranger

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Tags: Mountain biking · Video

Rockshox introduces new SID and Revelation, X-Loc and Monarch

April 28th, 2013 · No Comments

More new product news in what is a busy year for SRAM and Rockshox.  The company have revamped their excellent SID and Revelation lineup.  Both forks are now available in a full range of 26″, 27.5″ (650B) and 29er models with SID going from 80-120mm and Revelation from 120-150mm.  They have also updated their excellent [...]

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Tags: Mountain biking · Tech

Cycling Ireland call EGM over Pat McQuaid nomination

April 26th, 2013 · No Comments

The board of Cycling Ireland have announced tonight that they will convene an EGM regarding the nomination of Pat McQuaid for a third term as UCI president.  This follows sustained pressure from many quarters in the wake of the vote to nominate him on the 12th of April that saw board member Anto Moran resign.  [...]

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Tags: General commentary

United States v. Lance Armstrong

April 26th, 2013 · No Comments

Well it was only a matter of time… The Federal government has joined Floyd Landis’ case against Lance Armstrong which also interestingly includes Tailwind Sports (which owned and operated the U.S. Postal Service cycling team) and Johan Bruyneel. US Postal was sponsored for a total of US$40 million between 1998 and 2004 and the case [...]

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Tags: Racing · Road cycling · Tour de France

Friday afternoon madness

April 26th, 2013 · No Comments

Check out this madness from the States, a 14.5 foot high bike!  Birds eye view anyone? STOOPIDTALL – CICLAVIA 2013 – LA BIKE CULT from Richie Trimble on Vimeo.

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Tags: Video

Rough Rider promo

April 24th, 2013 · No Comments

Former professional cyclist turned award winning journalist Paul Kimmage is the subject of a new film project which will examine the 100th edition of the Tour de France this summer.  Kimmage has competed in the race and his now infamous book A rough ride (if you have been hiding under a stone get this book [...]

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Tags: Road cycling · Tour de France · Video

European 24 & 12 hour Solo MTB champs 2013

April 24th, 2013 · No Comments

There are less than three weeks to go until the 2013 European 24 Hour and 12 Hour Solo Mountain Bike Championships and already over 100 riders from 7 countries have entered. The final preparations are being made to the new course at a new venue and sponsor details are being finalised. New for this year [...]

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

Gravity Enduro Round 1 video

April 24th, 2013 · No Comments

The 2013 Gravity Enduro Ireland Series kicked off with a cracker at Carrick Mountain in County Wicklow last weekend. The highly anticipated event sold out in record breaking time, with all 350 riders keen to make a good start to the new season. The trails had been tweaked from last year, with some challenging new [...]

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Tags: enduro · Mountain biking · Racing · Uncategorized · Video

Sea Otter ride alongs

April 23rd, 2013 · No Comments

Here are riders eye views of the Sea Otter dual slalom and downhill courses.  First up dual slalom in the company of Darren Berrecloth. Next we head downhill with the Santa Cruz quad of Steve Peat, Greg Minaar, Josh Bryceland and Cedric Gracia. The downhill race was won by Aaron Gwin in his first major [...]

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Tags: Cross country · Downhill · Reviews · Video

Shimano update XTR XC components

April 22nd, 2013 · No Comments

Shimano have just released detials of a revamp to their legendary XTR groupset.  Now divided into XC and Trail, this release is a new brakeset for XC and a new 29er wheelset.  40 grams per wheel may not seem like a lot but to the XC set that’s a whole heap of weight and with [...]

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Tags: 29er · Cross country · Mountain biking · Tech

Superenduro Rd 1 highlights

April 19th, 2013 · No Comments

Well the weather outside is.. amazing!  Finally spring is truly here and the Irish Enduro season kicks off in style this weekend with not one but two races.  Wicklow venue Carrick hosts the first round of the Gravity Enduro (completely sold out) while the new Davagh trail centre hosts the Davagh Enduro.  To get you [...]

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Tags: enduro · Racing · Video

Danny MacAskill – Imaginate Ep.1

April 17th, 2013 · No Comments

Here is episode 1 from the new Danny MacAskill series.  Anyone who is wondering where the dynamic Scotsman has been for the past while will find this illuminating! Click here to go to the Red Bull site and watch it.

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Tags: General commentary · Video

AVID introduces Elixer 9 Trail and Elixer 7 Trail

April 16th, 2013 · No Comments

SRAM certainly have been busy.  On top of the Pike, wheelset and Monarch shock announcements here are details of the companies trickle down effect in full swing with the XO trail brake being converted to X9 and X7 product levels.  These new X9 and X7 trail brakesets are designed around a powerful 4 pot caliper [...]

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Tags: Cross country · enduro · Mountain biking · Tech · Video

SRAM introduce ROAM and RAIL wheelsets

April 11th, 2013 · No Comments

SRAM have just announced some new wheelsets, a follow on to their RISE series, but this time focusing on more trail and all mountain applications.  Not before time we say, the RISE wheelset is fantastic.  Their are carbon (ROAM) and aluminium (ROAM & RAIL) versions, all in 26″, 27.5″ (650B) and 29er varients. All the [...]

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Tags: 29er · Cross country · enduro · Mountain biking · Tech · Video

Bluegrass Enduro Rd 1 video

April 11th, 2013 · No Comments

Easter weekend saw the first round of the Bluegrass Enduro Tour in Castelbuono, Sicily.  Here is the video for the first round.  Remember the Bluegrass Enduro Tour will visit Ireland in September!  Oh and watch out for Giant Dublin rider Daragh Smith who took the top step of the podium in his class. Bluegrass Enduro [...]

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Tags: enduro · Mountain biking · Racing · Video

Mid week motivation

April 10th, 2013 · No Comments

Here is an uplifting short.  Just get out there!

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Tags: Video

Rockshox announce new Pike, Monarch Plus and Reverb changes

April 4th, 2013 · No Comments

Rockshox have just announced the reintroduction (and redesign) of their Pike fork, a new Monarch Plus rear shock and changes to the Reverb and Reverb Stealth seatpost including the aptly named ‘Connectamajig‘ quick release hose for the Stealth. Pike The Pike is back after a period of absence in a new package and available in [...]

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Tags: 29er · enduro · Mountain biking · Tech

Steel in motion

April 4th, 2013 · No Comments

More frame building.  Ahhh steel, the simplicity, the ride quality, hard to beat.  I still have a steel Rocky Mountain Blizzard hardtail that I bought in Canada eighteen years ago and can’t bear to part with.  It still has the original Rockshox elastomer fork that I bought for it too.  About 20mm of rubbish springy [...]

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Tags: Mountain biking · Video

Test bike – Orbea Occam 29 S30X

April 3rd, 2013 · No Comments

A recent arrival in Spoke towers is this rather nice Orbea Occam 29er full sus.  Packing 100 mm of rear travel and 120 mm of front suspension it is a trail oriented marathon weapon. Orbea have been on our radar for a while.  Obviously Julian Absalon did them some favours but the range has expanded [...]

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Tags: 29er · Cross country · Mountain biking · Tech