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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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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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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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2014 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup trailer

March 28th, 2014 · No Comments

It’s coming!  The 2014 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup kicks off in two weeks time in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.  To wet your appetite here is a teaser. Date Venue Nation Type 10-13 April Pietermaritzburg RSA WC – XCO/XCE/DHI Round 1 24-27 April Cairns AUS WC – XCO/XCE/DHI Round 2 23-25 May Nove Mesto na Morave [...]

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

Video – Desert dreaming | Kate & Russell | RS-1

March 27th, 2014 · No Comments

RockShox have just released a video of desert riding in Palm Springs.  Pay particular attention to what is connecting the wheels of the riders bikes to their frames….

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Tags: Cross country · Mountain biking · Video

SRAM introduce Guide brakes

March 26th, 2014 · No Comments

Component manufacturer SRAM has just announced that they have subsummed AVID under the SRAM umbrella, releaseing a completly new brake design, dubbed GUIDE at the same time. The brake announces several new features and the reintroduction of a lever mounted fluid reservoir.  The lever is designed with flip-flop functionality and is available in three models [...]

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

Review – Moove Lock-on Microdot grips

March 25th, 2014 · No Comments

Not many component manufacturers can claim to be Irish but Dublin based Moove components is one!  The company produces a range of bike components, here we take a look a their microdot grips. Grips are a fundamental that are often overlooked.  You could spend thousands on a high end steed only to have a rubbish [...]

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Tags: Cross country · Downhill · enduro · Mountain biking · Reviews

Video – MTB Trails Northern Ireland

March 21st, 2014 · No Comments

Here is a really nice video showcasing the best of Northern Ireland trail centers.  If you haven’t been yet you are missing out!

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

Ballyhoura Biking Blitz this weekend

March 21st, 2014 · No Comments

The final round of the excellent Biking Blitz takes place this weekend in Ballyhoura.  This round was moved following storm damage to the trails that has now been moved. Competitors have two course options on two different trails – Baggy Shorts Category- 1 full lap of brown loop, 17km (1 hr 10mins approx winning time) [...]

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Biking Blitz Ticknock & Demo day

March 14th, 2014 · No Comments

The penultimate round of the Biking Blitz takes place this weekend in Ticknock this Sunday.  Online registration closes this evening  at 11pm and you can enter here.  The usual two categories are available – Baggy Shorts (1 lap) and Super Pro (2 laps). In addition there is a demo day running concurrently with the racing. [...]

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Tags: 29er · 650B · Cross country · General commentary · Mountain biking · Racing

Biking Blitz Round 2 postponed.

February 14th, 2014 · No Comments

It should come as no surprise but following the crazyness of storm Darwin the second round of the Biking Blitz has had to be postponed this weekend. The Ballyhoura Blitz has been moved to Sunday the 23rd of March.  Kudos to Biking.ie for making the difficult decision to postpone.

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Tags: Cross country · Mountain biking · Racing

Solo Twenty-Four

February 13th, 2014 · No Comments

Twenty-Four hour racing isn’t for everyone but it is an incredible experience.  Personally I have huge admiration for people who can do them solo, I’ve only ever competed as part of a team in them but I always marvel at how they can keep going.  Don’t get me started on the single speeders! Solo Twenty-Four [...]

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Euro Marathon champs entry open!

January 27th, 2014 · No Comments

Entry has opened for the 2014 European Marathon Championships, hosted in Ballyhoura by Biking.ie. This is a rare opportunity to race in a bona fide European level event in Ireland.  Racers please see below for details on categories.  See you on the start line! Elite men will tackle 91km while Elite Women, Expert, Masters, Vet, [...]

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

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

Rocky Mountain – Instinct in the Monashees

November 12th, 2013 · No Comments

Rocky Mountain decided to create a video for their new all conquering quiver-killer bike called the Instinct.  The weather didn’t co-operate entirely but actually out of adversity comes greatness… Instinct in the Monashees from Rocky Mountain Bicycles on Vimeo.

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

Biking Blitz 2014 dates released

October 9th, 2013 · No Comments

Biking.ie have released dates for their phenomenally successful Biking Blitz series for 2014.  The race series is aimed at beginners with it’s Baggy shorts category which has been instrumental in introducing many to racing. The dates are as follows – Round 1 – Ballinastoe, Co. Wicklow, 2nd February 2014, 14km or 28km  options. Round 2 [...]

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Specialized reports from Hafjell

September 19th, 2013 · No Comments

Team Specialized checks in from the last round of the XC World Cup and the penultimate Downhill World Cup.

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

Live XC World Cup coverage from Hafjell

September 14th, 2013 · No Comments

Live coverage of the Elite woman Cross country race from Hafjell in Norway starts at 10.20am on Red Bull TV. http://live.redbull.tv/events/238/uci-mtb-world-cup-2013-hafjell-crosscountry-women/ Coverage for the mens race starts just before 1pm Irish time with the downhill events on tomorrow, Sunday.

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

Red Bull Foxhunt selling out fast!

September 12th, 2013 · No Comments

Entries are filling up fast for the Red Bull Foxhunt set to take place in Rostrevor on the weekend of the 4th to 6th of October. This is the third year of the race which sees a 400 strong field (the hounds) chased down the mountain by current World Cup leader Gee Atherton (the fox).

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SRAM introduce new XO hubs

September 3rd, 2013 · No Comments

Component manufacturer SRAM have annouced details of their new XO hubs.  Featuring angled flanges, superfast bearings and quick engagement they are sure to be popular.  The rear hub features the XD drver cassette body designed to fit the 11 speed rear cassette from XX1 and X01.  Aimed at XC and All mountain riders the only [...]

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BikePark Wales opens this weekend

August 19th, 2013 · No Comments

A new bike centre will open on Saturday in Southern Wales.  BikePark Wales promises several different graded trails on opening with more on the way.  Opening at the same time is a new centre incorporating a bike shop, bike hire and cafe. Only a hop skip and jump from Rosslare on the ferry the centre [...]

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Specialized Racing round up

August 16th, 2013 · No Comments

Here’s three from the Specialized crew – DH & XC World Cups and the Leadville 100 (on our bucket list!).

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Tags: Cross country · Downhill · Endurance events · Mountain biking · Racing · Video · World Cup

Giant goes 27.5″. phasing out other wheel sizes!

July 29th, 2013 · No Comments

Giant have annonuced a quantum shift in their lineup announcing a shift to 27.5″.  26″ is dead on all but the biggest travel bikes, 29er will be phased out eventually.  Giant are putting all their eggs in the 650B market despite saying they weren’t going there a few short years ago. Okay so we at [...]

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XC Nationals this weekend

July 19th, 2013 · No Comments

Sunday sees the hosting of the 2013 Cross Country National Champsionships in Garvagh Forrest in Derry. The Start list has now been released with some exciting battles pending.  Download the full list here -  2013_XC_Nationals_Start_List.

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XC National Champs 21st July

July 2nd, 2013 · No Comments

The Cross country National Championships take place on the 21st of July in Garvagh forrest, Derry. The Course The low level, forest floor course has everything you could want from a XC course: short sharp technical climbs, fast flowy singletrack, plenty of fire roads lots of passing opportunities and we have added even more technical [...]

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Team Specialized at the Val di Sole World Cup

June 20th, 2013 · No Comments

First up Aaron Gwin tackles his second race for the team but is outdone by his junior member Troy Brosnan.  Then we turn our attention to the XC…

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

Leah Maunsells blog – NPS 5

June 13th, 2013 · No Comments

XC development squad rider and Enduro racer Leah Maunsell checks in from NPS 5 in Slade Valley last weekend. On Thursday my Dad and I headed back down to Kinsale to Weldon Bicycle Suspension to collect my fully serviced Rockshox Sid fork. I brought it out for a test ride in Ballyhoura that evening to [...]

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Santa Cruz announces Tallboy 2

June 10th, 2013 · No Comments

Santa Cruz announced the rdesign of its popular 100mm 29er full sus the Tallboy late last week promising improved pedaling efficiency, increased stiffness and reduced weight to redefine what is their most popular trail bike. Santa Cruz Tallboy 2 from santa cruz bikes on Vimeo.

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Slade Valley NPS 5 preview vid

June 6th, 2013 · No Comments

Here is some cracking footage from the XC NPS this weekend in Slade Valley.  The course is riding unbelievably well!

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2013 XC NPS Round 5 Slade Valley

June 5th, 2013 · No Comments

This Sunday sees the fifth round of the 2013 XC NPS run at Slade Valley by IMBRC.  The event is a two time winner of event of the year in the past and the technical singletrack is in phenomenal condition following the good weather which is set to stay for the weekend. The 6km course [...]

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