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Entries from December 2013

Christmas Gift Guide Part 2 – €25 and beyond!

December 23rd, 2013 · No Comments

Okay so it’s a little later than planned but here is an eclectic lix of mountain bike themed Christmas presents that might be handy to leave around for your other half.  Also some inspiration for some post Christmas retail therapy…  We have intentionally steered clear of bikes, groupsets and things like that… in case you [...]

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Tags: General commentary

This is Peaty 2013 S02:E08 Season finale

December 20th, 2013 · No Comments

Steve Peat and co check out in style for 2013.  Enjoy! It’s been a jam packed year full of laughs and good times with Peaty and co, but unfortunately this season has come to an end. With the up-coming release of Steve Peat’s life story ‘Won’t Back Down’,

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Tags: Downhill · enduro · General commentary · Mountain biking · Racing · Video

Funding announced for new BMX track in Marley Park

December 19th, 2013 · No Comments

Back in the day I rode my BMX in Marley Park on a cracking BMX track.  I say back in the day because it then got covered in a pretty good playground that I now use with my kids.  However they will be able to share my experience as Dun Laoighaire-Rathdown County Council have announced [...]

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Tags: BMX · General commentary

Christmas gift guide part 1 – under €25

December 19th, 2013 · No Comments

Christmas is only around the corner and it’s time to drop some serious hints. Here at Spoke towers we have curated a list of goodies that would keep every cyclist happy with options to further entertain all sizes of wallet. Let the panic buying ensue! First up gifts for under €25 Moove grips €12.10 It’s [...]

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Tags: General commentary · Mountain biking

Vote for Gravity Enduro at the Outsider awards

December 18th, 2013 · No Comments

Calling all cars, calling all cars!  The Gravity Enduro is up for Best Outdoor Event at the annual Outsider magazine awards tomorrow night.  Voting continues right up to the event so get as many as you can to vote for them on the site here – http://outsider.ie/Voting This is a get out the vote message [...]

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Tags: General commentary · Mountain biking

Yeti Cycles – Our process – The lunch time ride

December 17th, 2013 · No Comments

Yeti Cycles shut up shop everyday from 11.30-1 to go for a lunchtime ride.  Doubtless staff morale takes a boost!  Must bring it up with HR…. Our Process: The Lunch Ride from Yeti Cycles on Vimeo. Don’t call us between 11:30 and 1:00. We won’t be here. Every day, weather permitting, we shut our doors, [...]

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Tags: Mountain biking · Video

SRAM XX1 | Enduro | Part 2: Flat Out and Focused

December 16th, 2013 · No Comments

Let’s start the week off with a little Enduro action SRAM style! Enduro is demanding on riders and bikes in the same way: it requires a unique combination of all-out riding and reliability over long stages, multiple days of racing and ultimately a long season. This second chapter follows the best enduro racers in the [...]

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Tags: enduro · Enduro World Series · Mountain biking · Racing · Video

Hannah Barnes – NorthWest

December 12th, 2013 · No Comments

A few post ago we brought you the trailer for Hannah Barnes stunning new short movie “NorthWest”.  The full edit has now landed at a whopping 26+ minutes.  Put the kettle on and sit back!

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Tags: enduro · General commentary · Mountain biking · Video

Bluegrass 2013 DH season video recap

December 11th, 2013 · No Comments

Here is a nice riding video from Bluegrass featuring their World Cup Downhill riders in action. Bluegrass 2013 DH season video recap from Bluegrass on Vimeo.

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Tags: Downhill · Racing · Video · World Cup

Martyn Ashton – Road Bike Party 2

December 10th, 2013 · No Comments

Martyn Ashton returns with a sequel to his incredible Road Bike Party internet sensation which garnered 9 million YouTube views.  Ashton is currently recuperating from a broken back sustained during one of his shows so he roped in mates Chris Akrigg and Danny MacAskill to finish filming.  Get well soon Martyn! PS Now that is [...]

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Tags: Mountain biking · Video

Above the wall – Aurélien Fontenoy

December 9th, 2013 · No Comments

A nice trials edit featuring World Championship Silver medal Mountain Biker Trials rider Aurélien Fontenoy. Above the Wall / Aurélien Fontenoy from Quentin Chaumy Creation on Vimeo.

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Tags: General commentary · Mountain biking · Video

Rene Wildhaber – trail riding British Columbia

December 7th, 2013 · No Comments

Two years ago I had the privelidge of riding with Rene Wildhaber on 3Rock purely by chance.  Riding through the carpark we nodded to each other as those that bikes do and he cruised up to ask if I would show him around.  It ended up being a hugely enjoyable spin with one of the [...]

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Tags: enduro · Mountain biking · Video

Micayla Gatto – Beyond the bike

December 6th, 2013 · No Comments

People often ask us what does it take to get sponsored.  The answer is hard work and dedication and a great example of this is Micayla Gatto.  Working four jobs int he off season to pay the bills come race time she is putting in the hours while many pros are still in the scratcher. [...]

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Tags: Downhill · General commentary · Mountain biking · Video

Hannah Barnes – North West trailer

December 5th, 2013 · No Comments

Scottish mountain biker Hannah Barnes checks out her backyard – Scotland!  A huge outdoor playground she is heading into the more unknown areas, anyone contemplating a trip next year should definitely take a look. Elite female mountain bike enduro racer Hannah Barnes embarks on a mission of exploration up the west coast of Scotland. Beginning [...]

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Tags: Mountain biking · Video

Video – SRAM XX1 – Enduro – Part 1 Stepping up

December 4th, 2013 · No Comments

Here is a nice video for SRAM that has us hungry for the 2014 Enduro season.  Feast your eyes on this nice season summary featuring a who’s who of serious players.

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Tags: enduro · Enduro World Series · Mountain biking · Video

10 things every mountain biker should do…

December 3rd, 2013 · No Comments

Proud to say we have 8/10.  What about you? 10 Things Every Mountain Biker Should Have Done from Filme von Draussen on Vimeo.

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Tags: General commentary · Mountain biking · Video

On test – SRAM X01

December 2nd, 2013 · No Comments

Recently arrived in Spoke towers is the rather nice X01 drive train from SRAM.  With a monster eleven speed rear cassette and a new rear derailleur that features huge jockey wheels to handle the chain and a single ring up front it’s a new look at how we should power our bikes off road.

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Tags: Cross country · enduro · Mountain biking · Tech