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EWS Crankworx Whistler Race report

August 11th, 2014 · No Comments

Photos Matt Wragg Crankworx Whistler is the biggest mountain biking festival in the world – so it was fitting that this weekend they threw the biggest enduro race of the season.  The SRAM Canadian Open Enduro brought to you by Specialized may only have lasted a day – but it proved to be the most [...]

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

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

Review – The Armstrong Lie

February 26th, 2014 · No Comments

In 2009 Oscar award winning documentary film maker Alex Gibney was contracted to make a documentary about Lance Armstrong’s return to cycling, “Comeback 2.0” as it was referred to. The film was meant to show Armstrong’s triumphant return, to silence the critics once and for all, to show that yes this man who won the [...]

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Tags: Reviews · Road cycling

Sea Otter ride alongs

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 [...]

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Tags: Cross country · Downhill · Reviews · Video

Garmin Edge 200 review

February 26th, 2013 · No Comments

Garmin’s budget bike computer is so much more than a stripped down Edge 500 which really shines when plugged into your PC for post ride analysis. We are already big fans of the Garmin Edge series of GPS bike computers so naturally we were excited when the Edge 200 was released. 

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Review – Shimano XTR Shadow Plus rear derailleur

January 8th, 2013 · No Comments

This is one of those, why has nobody ever done this before things.  The Shimano Shadow Plus rear derailleur stops your chain from dropping off without using a chain device.

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The Secret Race – Tyler Hamilton & Daniel Coyle

November 19th, 2012 · No Comments

Tyler Hamilton’s tell all book about cycling in the 90′s and early Noughties has been out for a while now and gives a fascinating insight into life in the Armstrong era and beyond with insider info on the US Postal setup in particular.  It is a powerful account but before I get into the book [...]

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Tags: Racing · Reviews · Road cycling · Tour de France

Knog Boomer USB

October 27th, 2012 · No Comments

This weekend sees the clocks go back and the commute home getting darker and darker.  No better time to talk about lights and specifically rechargeable lights.  Knog are an Australian manufacturer of products known for their edginess.  Their main product line has been bags but the lineup now includes multi tools, locks and lights. Utilising your [...]

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Tags: General commentary · Reviews · Tech

Christmas gift guide – gloves

December 6th, 2011 · No Comments

Sealskinz have been a Spoke.ie favourite for a few years now and their gloves have never dissapointed us.  With the cold weather now truly upon us why not treat your hands (or your riding buddies hands) to these excellent windproof and waterproof gloves – the Sealskinz Ultra grip glove.

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Tags: Mountain biking · Reviews

Review – Icebreaker Cadence bike wear

August 31st, 2011 · No Comments

Icebreaker, the merino wool specialists have a new range of bike wear designed specifically for the bike.  We have been testing some of this gear for the past few months and are ready to give some opinions. Icebreaker Cadence SS jersey First up it feels totally different to wearing lycra.

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Tags: Mountain biking · Reviews · Road cycling · Tech

Test – Fox F29 2012 fork

July 19th, 2011 · No Comments

With product becoming available earlier and earlier every year we can bring you a first test of the Fox F-29 2012 fork. While this is a 29er specific fork there is very little difference between the F-29 and the standard 26 inch fork. Having spent the previous six months on the 2011 F-29 we were [...]

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Tags: Cross country · Mountain biking · Reviews · Tech · Tour de France · Uncategorized

Syncros FL saddle review

June 13th, 2011 · No Comments

When people think of upgrades for their bikes it is often wheels, tyres, groupsets etc. but key contact points should also be considered – namely the saddle! Racy lightweight saddles tend to trade comfort for weight but not here

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Tags: Cross country · Reviews · Tech

Niner Air 9 Carbon frame review

June 1st, 2011 · No Comments

Last year we flagged a growing trend in mountain bike development, the 29 inch wheel. At last year’s trade shows we were struck by the jump in the number of bikes with 29 inch wheels even from the conservative European manufacturers who previously had dismissed them. We tested them extensively at the trade show and [...]

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Tags: Cross country · Mountain biking · Reviews

Review – Garmin Forerunner 210

February 10th, 2011 · No Comments

GPS technology has been developing at a fantastic rate from a brick sized unit not that many years ago to a sports watch sized unit that doesn’t look out of place on your wrist.  Leading the outdoor market is American manufacturer Garmin and their Forerunner 210 while primarily aimed at runners, is especially useful for [...]

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Review – Fenwicks Foaming degreaser & Disc cleaner

January 17th, 2011 · No Comments

At this time of year cleaning your bike post ride is more important than ever as thick gloopy mud is the norm.  Anything that makes this easier is a good thing in our book.

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Tags: Mountain biking · Reviews

Mountain biking the Manual – Chris Ball

December 4th, 2010 · No Comments

Chris Ball is the man behind Dirt School, a Scottish based mountain bike skills school. We have already reviewed the excellent Dirt School DVD, a series of skills lessons, but this takes it a step further. Combining some basic training info with skills, nutrition, psychology (!) and race prep it is a full manual for [...]

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

Baselayer mini-test

December 3rd, 2010 · No Comments

Okay it’s cold outside, really cold and it looks like it’s here to stay.  Critical to your enjoyment on the bike is being warm and here we present two different options to do just that.  They will also keep you warm off the bike which is no bad thing either! Icebreaker Oasis Crewe merino baselayer

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Tags: Mountain biking · Reviews · Road cycling

Review – UrbanFrog Merino cycling gear

November 24th, 2010 · No Comments

The brain child of two commuting young mothers Urbanfrog is a new Irish cyclists clothing brand that is a more function than racing. The owners -Angie and Viv, are two working mums who cycle to work, collect kids from school, meet with friends in town and do all the things you do.

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Tags: General commentary · Reviews

Knog commuting bags reviews

November 23rd, 2010 · No Comments

As the cold weather closes in commuters are outfitting themselves for dark wet commutes and we thought it a good time to look at some options for transporting your stuff.  Waterproof and capable of taking lots of gear these bags are ideal for bringing a full change of clothes with you – even a suit.  [...]

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Review – Zipvit nutrition products

August 23rd, 2010 · No Comments

Sponsors of Pro-Tour teams Cervelo & Radioshack and (recently married) mountain bikers Ryan Sherlock and Mel Spath, ZipVit are an English company making waves in the nutrition market. They have a full range of products including vitamin supplements but we tested the ZV1 Energy drink and ZV3 Protein recovery powder.

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Review – Garmin Edge 500

August 10th, 2010 · 1 Comment

For the past few years the Garmin Edge 705 has been the cutting edge in terms of GPS cycling computers whether you were a Tour de France rider or a trail warrior. Recently the company introduced this smaller model in response to a request from the Garmin-Transitions Pro-Tour squad who were looking for something a [...]

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Tags: Mountain biking · Reviews · Tech

First ride – Trek Remedy 8

May 10th, 2010 · No Comments

The Remedy is Trek’s All mountain machine.  Designed around a 150mm suspension platform the bike is destined for going downhill fast. 

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Tags: General commentary · Mountain biking · Reviews · Tech

Review – Rockshox Reba XX fork

May 1st, 2010 · No Comments

XX is the range topping groupset (sorry, family) from SRAM and this is their range topping trail/race fork.

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Tags: Mountain biking · Reviews

Review – RST F1rst Platinum fork

April 27th, 2010 · 3 Comments

For everyone who reads any of the MTB magazines, it’s hard not to be swung by the Bike Porn ads placed by the “big” suspension manufacturers, indeed often these publications are swayed in their decisions by advertising (we know we have ridden some of the forks that got dodgy top ratings). RST has a history [...]

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Tags: Cross country · Mountain biking · Reviews

Review – Prologo Scratch Saddle

April 25th, 2010 · No Comments

The saddle is one of the most important areas of the bike and one that is often overlooked. This one is a favourite of many ProTour riders including

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Tags: Mountain biking · Reviews · Road cycling

Columbia Ravenous Trail running shoe

April 18th, 2010 · 1 Comment

This past weekend we were to be found racing the WAR (Wicklow Adventure Race) adventure race in Glendalough.  On our feet for the running leg were Columbia’s trail running shoe, the Ravenous. Released as part of the revamped product line, the Ravenous is a new shoe from the ground up.

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Review – Icebreaker LS Chase Crewe

March 22nd, 2010 · No Comments

Our female tester declared this the most versatile outdoor product she has ever used.  What ever your passion be it MTB, trail running, hiking, mountaineering etc. and then slipping down the pub afterwards for a quick drink, this is the garment for you.

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Tags: Endurance events · Mountain biking · Reviews · Tech

Outsider February issue now online

March 3rd, 2010 · No Comments

You can now view the February issue of Outsider magazine online here (or click on the image).  Lots of bike features and reviews this issue. If there is anything you would like to see specifically from a mountain bike point of view between the covers of Outsider email us at info@spoke.ie.  As mountain bike editor [...]

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Tags: General commentary · Mountain biking · Reviews

Review – Bontrager RL ATB shoe

February 12th, 2010 · 1 Comment

These are an awesome performer with great power transfer, fit, weight and (importantly) price. It’s a complete package with a number of innovative features.

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Tags: Cross country · Mountain biking · Reviews

Review – Icebreaker Rapid leggings

February 9th, 2010 · No Comments

A favourite among our female testers, these leggings from merino supremo Icebreaker are fantastic for all outdoor sports. Made from 260 g/m2 Merino wool, these leggings are part of the GT active outdoor range.

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