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Entries from May 2013

Danny MacAskill’s Imaginate Episode 4

May 31st, 2013 · No Comments

Off to Glasgow for Part 4 of Danny MacAskill’s dream project.

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Tags: General commentary · Mountain biking · Video

Updated shifters and mechs from SRAM

May 30th, 2013 · No Comments

Component manufacturer SRAM have just announced details of some upgrades to their existing product line.  XO, X9 and X7 have all been upgraded to XX internals, zero loss shifting and all in a smaller package.  The top two lines get ball bearings for the mechanism in the pull lever and the XO shifter now features [...]

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Tags: Mountain biking · Tech

Long travel 29er Enduro bikes

May 30th, 2013 · No Comments

We here at Spoke.ie have long been proponents of the 29er wheel size.  In our opinion there is no argument as to the benefits of so called wagon wheels at XC level, although some manufacturers are pushing the 650B/27.5″ wheel size.  Up till recently 650B was seen as being the next logical step for Enduro [...]

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Tags: 29er · enduro · Mountain biking

Specialized 2013 World Cup XC1 – Albstadt

May 30th, 2013 · No Comments

Coffee time.  Off to the first round of the XC World Cup with Team Specialized…

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Tags: Cross country · Mountain biking · Racing · Video · World Cup

Video – Lost in Peru

May 28th, 2013 · No Comments

Iconic scenery, epic riding and great people, off to Peru for a bit of motivation!  Road trip anyone?

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Tags: Mountain biking · Video

Michael James McCutcheon 2nd at Euro 24 hours!

May 26th, 2013 · No Comments

Irish rider Michael James McCutcheon recently took  a phenomenal 2nd place a the 24 hours of Exposure Euro and UK champs.  A serious feat in anyone’s books, here we check in with Michael as he relates the race on his blog.  Over to Michael… The 24 Hours of Exposure, the race I always wanted to do well [...]

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

Enduro World Series Round 1 – Punta Ala

May 23rd, 2013 · No Comments

It has been some week for enduro with last weekend seeing round 2 of the Superenduro also hosting the first round of the new Enduro World Series in Punta Ala. #SuperEnduro2013 – EWS #1 – PRO2 Punta Ala – Highlights from Superenduro TV on Vimeo. The race was won by two former downhill World champions [...]

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Tags: enduro · Mountain biking · Racing · Video

Greg LeMond in conversation with Shane Stokes

May 23rd, 2013 · No Comments

Three time Tour de France champion Greg LeMond will be in Limerick next month for the Get Back challenge charity ride and while here will take part in an interview with cycling journalist Shane Stokes  in the Lime Tree theater on June 14th.  Not to be missed this is a great opportunity to find out what makes [...]

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Tags: Racing · Road cycling · Tour de France

Gravity Enduro Rd 2 video

May 23rd, 2013 · No Comments

The Through the roots guys have produced another great video for the Gravity Enduro Round 2.   Grab that coffee and sit back! 2013 Trek Gravity Enduro Ireland Round 2 – Ballyhoura, County Limerick from Gravity Enduro Ireland on Vimeo.

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Tags: enduro · Racing · Video

Gravity Enduro Round 2 report

May 21st, 2013 · No Comments

Sunday saw the running of the second round of the Irish Gravity Enduro series in Ballyhoura by Biking.ie.  Last years event had been marred by awful weather and with Met Eireann forecasting similar conditions for the afternoon there was a scramble for the early start slots that proved unnecessary as balmy weather descended on County Limerick with the needle hitting a high of [...]

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Tags: enduro · Mountain biking · Racing

Nico Vouilloz – The relentless pursuit of balance

May 20th, 2013 · No Comments

Downhill legend (and now Enduro racer) Nico Vouilloz is set to star in a series of videos produced by SRAM this year.  Here is the first one – well worth a look! Nicolas Vouilloz – The relentless pursuit of balance – SRAM MTB Wheels After 10 World Champion titles and 5 overall World Cup wins, [...]

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Tags: enduro · Mountain biking · Racing

Shut up legs! Jens Voigt wins in California

May 17th, 2013 · No Comments

41 year old Radioshack rider Jens Voigt took his 66th stage win at the Amgen Tour of California yesterday with a canny team breakaway that shattered the field and was reminiscent of the famous Tour de France echelon split made by the Columbia squad.  Voigt is one of the most charismatic riders in the Peloton with his [...]

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Tags: Racing · Road cycling

Thursday motivation Chris Akrigg – Five

May 16th, 2013 · No Comments

It’s Thursday.  You can almost smell the weekend!  Here is some classic inspiration from Mongoose rider  Chris Akrigg. Chris Akrigg – five from chris akrigg on Vimeo.

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Tags: Mountain biking · Video

NPS 3 Race report – Scott Wallace

May 15th, 2013 · No Comments

National Youth development rider Scott Wallace rode to an excellent 3rd place at the NPS round on Sunday.  Here is his take on how the day went down.  Incidentally entry is now open for Round 4 in Lady Dixon Park on the 26th May.  Full details here. Words Scott Wallace, Photos Keith Wallace. So last [...]

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Tags: Cross country · Mountain biking · Racing

NPS 3 Race Report – Leah Maunsell

May 15th, 2013 · No Comments

National Youth development rider Leah Maunsell took the win in the Under 14 girls category at the Ticknock NPS round on Sunday.  Thi sis her account of the weekend, just don’t tell her brother about her handlebars!  Incidentally entry is now open for Round 4 in Lady Dixon Park on the 26th May.  Full details [...]

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

This is Peaty S.02 Ep.1

May 14th, 2013 · No Comments

Peaty is back for another season.  Sit back, open a cold one and enjoy!

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Tags: Downhill · Mountain biking · Racing · Video

Racing 795 MTB sportif

May 14th, 2013 · No Comments

South Eastern MTB club Racing 795 have announced an event with a difference.  Billed as an MTB sportif it should be a fantastic day on the bike given the great events the club has run in the last few years.  I still remember the Thai grub after their first XC race… be worth it for [...]

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Tags: Cross country · Mountain biking · Racing

Team Specialized at the Sea Otter XC &DH

May 13th, 2013 · No Comments

After a great weekend of XC racing in a wet Three Rock we are off again to Sea Otter for the race from the Specialized point of view in slightly better conditions…  Congrats to MAD on a great race! Now the DH guys including Aaron Gwin’s first ride in a red shirt and not on [...]

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Tags: Cross country · Downhill · Mountain biking · Racing · Video

Shimano Ultegra goes 11 speed

May 8th, 2013 · No Comments

Shimano has launched an 11-speed version of its popular Ultegra groupset.  Muchas XT is to XTR in the MTB world, Ultegra is to range topping Dura-Ace.  Durable, with great quality and many of the features of Dura-Ace but at a more accessible price point, Ultegra is a really great product.  Now available in 11 speed [...]

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Tags: Road cycling · Tech

XC NPS 3 course preview – Ticknock

May 7th, 2013 · No Comments

Here is the video preview for Round 3 of the XC NPS next Sunday on Ticknock.  Our all time favourite place to ride in the world (!), Ticknock boasts some super amazing trails which the organising club MAD have been busy adding too and utilising to make one tough course from the vid.  Go here [...]

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Tags: Cross country · Mountain biking · Racing · Video

Trek World Racing stories – Ep 1

May 7th, 2013 · No Comments

Trek World Racing lost it’s lead racer Aaron Gwin at the cusp of the transfer market closing and unfortunately for them it shows.  Faced with a season bereft of a real star of the DH world they have had to fall back on a more documentary style video format.  Here is the first episode.  We [...]

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Tags: Downhill · Mountain biking · Racing · Video

Bank holiday viewing – Haute Route – Life is a pass

May 5th, 2013 · No Comments

Exploring real mountains by mountain bike and the challenges that life puts up in front of you too. Haute Route – Life is a Pass from Filme von Draussen on Vimeo.

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Tags: Uncategorized

This is Peaty Season 2 trailer

May 3rd, 2013 · No Comments

Steve Peat is back with more madness.  Check out the trailer for season 2.

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Tags: Downhill · Mountain biking · Video · World Cup

RedBull Weavers

May 1st, 2013 · No Comments

Here is a unique event, ripe for Ireland and really cheap to run… unless you are the farmer… Red Bull X Charge Weavers Event from Charge Bikes on Vimeo.

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Tags: Mountain biking · Racing · Video