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.
Entries Tagged as 'Cross country'
December 2nd, 2013 · No Comments
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.
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 [...]
September 19th, 2013 · No Comments
Team Specialized checks in from the last round of the XC World Cup and the penultimate Downhill World Cup.
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.
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).
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 [...]
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 [...]
August 16th, 2013 · No Comments
Here’s three from the Specialized crew – DH & XC World Cups and the Leadville 100 (on our bucket list!).
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
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…
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 [...]
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.
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!
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 [...]
June 4th, 2013 · No Comments
On a day like today we feel like saying – stop looking at the computer and just get out and ride! But we realise that’s not possible for those of you chained to a desk so here are two videos from Specialized of the first two rounds of the 2013 XC World Cup to keep [...]
May 30th, 2013 · No Comments
Coffee time. Off to the first round of the XC World Cup with Team Specialized…
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]