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Scottish Bike Show Part 2

Scottish Bike Show Part 2

Right peeps, what better way to banish those back-to-work/school blues than to have a wee skive and check out some more goodies from the Scottish Bike Show last weekend? First off, the Magik Stem from MSC bikes. “What’s magic about a stem?” I hear you ask. Well, this stem doesn’t have any knee-unfriendly pinch bolts on the steerer. What it does have, and a classic why-didn’t-someone-think-of-that-before is an internal wedge (red) that clamps the steerer tube when you tighten up [...]

First look at the new Ancillotti FRY

When I saw that Steve had built up a new Ancillotti FRY for use in the up and coming Fetish Enduro Series I just had to go down and have a look.  It’s been a while since I last slung a leg over a lovely piece of Italian engineering, it would’ve been Gary Forrest’s race bike back in the day’s of ProbikeSport.  I have to say the bike looks lovely, what you’d expect from a hand built frame from Italy.  [...]

Tracey Hannah is back….

Congratulations goes out to Tracey Hannah who has just won her first race at the Australian national out at Canbera on her new Morewood . Here’s a chance to get to know a little bit more about the girl and the Hutchinson United Ride team on this video shot in Brisbane, Australia. It’s official Pink Bikes are faster… It’s always been in the back of my mind, racing on the World Cup Circuit again! What is even more amazing, I [...]

Nukeproof Critical Armour – Knee/Elbow

If your in the market for some new protection for those bits on the body that stick out a bit you might want to have a look at these bad boys.  The guys at Hotlines kindly sent over these for a good old beating/testing on the Tweed-valley hillsides. The truth be known I don’t usually wear elbow pads but recently with all the more extreme enduro type tracks that are appearing on the hills around the Innerleithen area it’s time [...]

Bilt Bikes

Bilt Bikes

Bilt Bikes Australia are happy to release pictures of our Bilt Eight DH frame. After two years of development and testing, the frame as it stands is pretty much what we will be putting into production very soon. Main features: •    6000 series aluminium construction with sealed bearing pivots. •    Linkage tuned Single pivot with 203mm travel. •    Cane Creek Double Barrel rear shock 240mm. •    Emphasis is on Race geometry with “low and slack” being the order of the [...]

Eurobike Retrospective 2011 Part 2 – The Gearboxes

Eurobike Retrospective 2011 Part 2 – The Gearboxes

Anyone who knows me knows that I love gearbox bikes and hate derailleurs with a passion! I am even halfway through my own gearbox bike project, so it was with some excitement that went to Eurobike, the traditional home of weird and wonderful gearbox creations. So how was it?- Truthfully, a bit disappointing in some aspects- there were no “Wow-look at me”, totally out-there, built in a shed by a crazed boffin, wonder-creations that have you scratching your head in [...]

Eurobike Retrospective 2011 Part 1- Complete Bikes

Eurobike Retrospective 2011 Part 1- Complete Bikes

Okay, I know it’s over a week since Eurobike 2011 finished, but going through my photos from the event shows that there is still much more to share. This time, Bikes.*(Please note- all prices are given in Euros- we will have to wait and see how this converts to Sterling) First off has to be the GT Fury Alloy. Whilst many brands (think Santa Cruz and Trek) are now offering carbon versions of their DH rigs, GT are doing the [...]

Eurobike Day 2.5

Crank it up!- The Hive/Chub/e*13 were showing off a whole range of goodies from their long awaited pedals, to a range of cranks and a sweet new wheelset. The pedals have been much talked about on internet forums but it was nice to see them finally in the flesh. They feature a sandwich-type construction where the alloy main body is flanked by two replaceable poly platforms. Running on IGUS bearings they have an adjustable spin preload and rather neat replaceable [...]

Eurobike Day 2 – New Rubber

Eurobike Day 2 – New Rubber

One of the things on show at Eurobike this year has been the addition a new batch of gravity-focused tyres. Often overlooked, these are the vital link between you and the ground, and any development that helps keep you rubber-side-down has to be welcome. For many years now Maxxis have pretty much had it all their own way, but look for this to change in 2012 with many other manufacturers keeping them on their toes. Speaking of Maxxis, their new [...]

Eurobike Day 1, Friedrichshafen, Germany

Eurobike Day 1, Friedrichshafen, Germany

Wow, where to start! Eurobike is huge, and is a full-on assault of the senses. Everywhere you look there is something that is newer, better, stronger, lighter. Sometimes there is no much to look at you almost miss the wood for the trees. But here goes; First off Endura (and the reason that I am currently drunk in a Mexican Restaurant!) They were celebrating their 18th birthday and had shipped out a load of Deuchars beer and a Saltire shaped [...]

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