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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 [...]

Eurobike Demo Day- Ratzenried, Allgau, German

Eurobike Demo Day- Ratzenried, Allgau, German

Ham and Cheese and Electric bikes! I’ve only been in Germany for one day, and already I find myself full to the brim with Ham ,Cheese and Electric Bikes! Although Eurobike proper only starts tomorrow I already know that 2011 is going to be the year of the Electric Bike. Man, they’re everywhere! Some look like full-on DH sleds with a motor- that’ll solve the uplift problems in the UK! Nicolai were showing a neat one that was DH orientated; [...]

The Atherton Project 2011 Episode 4

Rachel, Gee and Dan head to Leogang for the Austrian leg of the UCI MTB World Cup. As a bit of a test of stamina one of the Red Bull pilots, Raymond, takes the guys up in his plane for a G-Force test… cue Gee’s bravado, distorted faces and awkward moments.

The Atherton Project – Inspired Biking with MacAskill

Dan is back in action as he takes a roll through their home town of Llanhaeadr, UK with trials expert Danny MacAskill. The relaxing times allow Dan to get comfortable back on his bike as he reflects on his injury and the lessons that he learned through the experience. The Athertons then head off to the world cup in Fort William for one of the largest down hill mountainbiking contests to date.

The Patriot is back!

The Patriot makes a return to the Orange Mountain Bikes lineup for 2012. Taking up a position between the Alpine 160 and 224, the new bike delivers 180mm of balanced single pivot suspension. The original was responsible for much of our direction in design, the 2012 bike more than lives up to the name… Highlight features at a glance: The monocoque down tube profile develops stiffness and reduces weight. The top tube adopts similar technology, allowing a front end that [...]

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