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Entries from April 2014

Inside the ride – Orica-Green Edge at the Liège-Bastogne-Liège

April 30th, 2014 · No Comments

Orica-Green Edge rider Simon Gerrans won the 100th edition of the Liège-Bastogne-Liège on Sunday.  The Australian rider won a sprint finish in style.  This intriguing video includes footage inside the team cars, rider interviews and behind the scenes footage. Watch out for Dan Martin’s unfortunate crash on the last corner while in serious contention to retain [...]

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Tags: General commentary · Racing · Road cycling · Video

Ticknock to host XC NPS#2

April 29th, 2014 · No Comments

The Mountain Biking Association of Dublin (or MAD for short) are organizing the 2nd round of the Irish cross country NPS series on Ticknock mountain on the 10th of May. Registration is now open here and the short video below gives an idea of the course.  Miss it at your peril! 2014 Cross-Country NPS Promo [...]

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Tags: Cross country · Mountain biking · Racing · Video

Trailer – Montenbaik EWS 2014 Chile

April 28th, 2014 · No Comments

Following a weekend of abysmal conditions in Cairns for World Cup Downhill #2 (be expecting the carnage to drop this week in the ususal team vids), here is an altogether different experience from the first round of the Enduro World Series in Chile.  Round 2 in Scotland is rapidly approaching!  We’ll be reporting live from [...]

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Tags: enduro · Mountain biking · Racing

Single Speed European Champs this weekend!

April 25th, 2014 · No Comments

Castlewellan in Co.Down is the venue for the Single Speed European Championships this weekend with hundreds of racers due on course for the main event tomorrow, Saturday at 10.30. For those that don’t know Single Speeding is exactly that, mountain biking without gears.  It’s as hardcore as it sounds but with the added incentive that [...]

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

Track Walk and ride – This is Peaty

April 24th, 2014 · No Comments

Steve Peat walks us down the Cairns World Cup Downhill course ahead of this weekends action.  Steve was then laid up with a bad back so Josh Bryceland takes us on board. It’s errr slightly wet which could have a big effect come race day as new roots and rocks are being uncovered already.

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Tags: Downhill · Mountain biking · Racing · World Cup

XC NPS 2014 Round 1 this weekend

April 23rd, 2014 · No Comments

This Sunday sees the first round of the Cross Country National Points Series in Slade Valley.  Run by the IMBRC, this venue has been course of the year on multiple occasions and with the good weather this is set to be a classic.  The course is well weather proofed and provides a fantastic test for [...]

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Tags: Cross country · Mountain biking · Racing

How to make a Sick MTB Edit from nsmb.com

April 23rd, 2014 · No Comments

Yo Bro, check out how to make a banging edit!  <Insert more appropriate phrases here>  Enjoy! How to Make a Sick Mountain Bike Edit from nsmb.com on Vimeo.

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Tags: General commentary · Mountain biking · Video

Johan Bruyneel banned for 10 years

April 23rd, 2014 · No Comments

Lance Armstrong’s former Directeur Sportif Johan Bruyneel received a ten year ban from cycling yesterday over his role in the organised doping within the various teams he was involved in.  He has released a statement on the matter which makes for interesting if uncomfortable reading.  We’ve reproduced it in full below. Bruyneel is correct in [...]

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Tags: General commentary · Racing · Road cycling

Specialized and Lapierre at DH World Cup Rd.1

April 17th, 2014 · No Comments

Here are some more edits from the Downhill World Cup last weekend in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.  First up Specialized followed by the Lapierre Gravity Republic team. Lapierre Gravity Republic – WC1 2014 South Africa a Mountain Biking video by Creative Concept

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Tags: Downhill · Mountain biking · Video · World Cup

Gravity Enduro Round 1 video

April 16th, 2014 · No Comments

The race season is back in full swing with the first round of the NPS XC series only a week and a half away and the round 2 of the Gravity Enduro on Ticknock all but sold out (don’t say we didn’t warn you!).  The weather seems to have gotten the memo too.  Here is [...]

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Tags: enduro · Mountain biking · Racing · Video

#OnTheHunt 2014 CRC/Nukeproof in Pietermaritzburg

April 15th, 2014 · No Comments

The first edit to drop from last weekends South African World Cup DH opener – Team CRC/Nukeproof featuring Sam Hill.

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Tags: Downhill · Mountain biking · Racing · Video · World Cup

This Is Peaty – Pietermaritzburg 2014 World Cup Helmet Cam

April 13th, 2014 · No Comments

Let’s set the scene a little.  Here is Steve Peat’s headcam from Pietermaritzburg, World Cup DH 1.  Strap in and enjoy the ride!

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Tags: Downhill · Mountain biking · Racing · Video · World Cup

Inside Specialized Racing: Preview – Pietermartizburg

April 13th, 2014 · No Comments

So how opportune is this?  Without giving the game away completely (sod it, Gwin won and won well) here is a preview produced by the Specialized team.  Racing season is back underway, expect some edits to drop in the next few days.

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Tags: Downhill · Mountain biking · Racing · Video · World Cup

RockShox announce RS-1 29er fork

April 10th, 2014 · No Comments

After weeks of teasers RockShox have revealed details of their latest XC fork – the RS-1.  Literally turning the fork world on it’s head (sorry for that) the RS-1 promises massive improvements in small bump sensitivity through it’s inverted chassis.  While they are not the first manufacturers in the MTB world to try it they [...]

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

A day with Steve Peat

April 7th, 2014 · No Comments

Shimano are producing a video series of a day in the life of various cycling professionals.  First up Mr Steve Peat!  An interesting vignette into his daily life away from the buzz of the World Cups.

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Tags: Downhill · Mountain biking · Video

Santa Cruz launch a new 650B Nomad

April 4th, 2014 · No Comments

Santa Cruz’s do it all Enduro steed, the Nomad, has been redesigned and built in Carbon for 650B wheels. The bike has been completly updated with an aggressive 65 degree headangle and an upper link inspired by the one found on the V10 Downhill bike.  Travel increases to 165mm along with the bigger wheels with [...]

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Tags: 650B · enduro · Mountain biking · Tech · Video

RockShox Culture shock – Russell and Chris – RS-1

April 3rd, 2014 · No Comments

Here is another teaser video for the RockShox RS-1 inverted fork featuring Russell Finsterwald and Chris Dewar ripping arouind the trails in Palm Springs, California.  Enjoy. Different dudes. Same agenda. At least sort of, anyway. Bring XC champ Russell

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

RockShox announce new BoXXer fork and DebonAir shock upgrade

April 2nd, 2014 · No Comments

SRAM’s suspension arm RockShox have announced details on some new downhill oriented product including a brand new BoXXer fork, a revamped Domain fork, Charger damper upgrade and a new DebonAir air can option for Monarch and Monarch Plus.   The BoXXer borrows tech from it’s younger brother the Pike and it’s Charge damper while also [...]

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Tags: Downhill · Mountain biking · Tech

Shimano reveals new mechanical geared hydraulic shifters & 105

April 1st, 2014 · No Comments

Shimano have announced the introduction of hydraulic breaking to a mechanically operated road shifter, bringing hydraulic braking closer to being the standard on road bikes.  Previously this had only been available on electronic Di2 units but Shimano have redesigned the hoods to incorporate all the required internals, including a reservoir.   The new unit is [...]

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Tags: Road cycling · Tech · Uncategorized