25 April 2006
Yes, you did read that right. Dragon DH are trying to get enough support and investment to get a chairlift installed for a permanent DH / Freeride venue in South Wales.
With the current tightening of regulations on uplift transport the problem of how to get your big bike to the top of the hill is a real issue at the moment. However this means the timing is perfect for Dragon Downhills radical "a chairlift in five years or your money back" investment scheme.
The scheme has only just kicked off, but basically by getting serious investors to pledge money it confirms the real support of riders to the idea of a permanent Whistler / Morzine style park in South Wales. It'll also be much easier for the scheme to get 'matched' grant aid if they`ve already got some money of their own to invest.
For more information on this scheme then head to www.dragondownhill.co.uk
24 April 2006
The Red Bull District Ride set a new standard of professional mountain bike events in 2005 and it returns turning it up yet another notch for 2006 event
24 April 2006
The all new Juicy Ultimate is just what it says. The new brake was designed to incorporate all the benefits of the Juicy 7 optimized for the ultra weight conscious XC rider.
A few grams here, a few grams there...not a huge change in itself. But when you shave 80 grams and maintain the best performance and the most advanced features on the market...now you're talking about a big difference. A difference that helps you ride faster and with more control.
The combination of the inviting thin wall carbon lever blade, super-light, low-profile magnesium lever body, and the racy new one piece Monoblok™ caliper design all work together to make a package that looks and feels as fast as they are.
Of course, it wouldn’t be the Ultimate brake without the Pad Contact Point Adjustment, but this time it’s so sleek and so sexy, you just might miss it. Now you can pick the position of your fingers where the brakes grip, and you can balance the levers with the simple twist of a 2.5mm hex wrench. Plus, there’s never been an easier hydraulic disc to install. With Avid’s Tri-Align™ Caliper Positioning System™, alignment of the brake caliper literally takes seconds.
Be on the lookout for athletes like Thomas Frischknecht (Team Swisspower), Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (Subaru-Gary Fisher), and Julien Absalon (Motorex-Bianchi) racing on Juicy Ultimate.
21 April 2006
Argyle provides everything a dirt jumper needs – strength, function and style!
Argyle is available in three different models: the 302, 318, and the top of the line 409. How big is your engine? The bigger the engine, the better. The model designators are simple, the higher the number, the bigger the features.
The colors available Aftermarket for the 302 are Black, the 318 in White, and the 409 in Punish-Mint. OE color options may vary. Each feature a fresh new graphic treatment.
The top of the line Argyle 409 features 100mm travel and Motion Control Damping. Riders can control their ride with adjustable floodgate and external compression via aluminum controls.
Argyle 409 is the first fully air sprung Dirt Jump fork and features RockShox’s patented Solo Air. Solo Air uses a single air valve to fill both positive and negative air chambers simultaneously. This ensures a simple and light weight set-up with a plush ride.
All Argyle forks include the now legendary Maxle system. Maxle 360 is a great idea made better. With the 360 design, riders get the added benefit of positioning the Maxle lever wherever they want.
The Argyle 409 tips the scales at 5.15 lbs (2336g). Weight based on a full length steerer (265mm) and Maxle 360.
21 April 2006
Ritchey Components distributed in the UK by Paligap have taken on the sponsorship of the Bristol Bikefest for 2006 and helped to develop the new concept
20 April 2006
GT Bikes have just signed multiple Swiss 4X and BMX National Champion Roger Rinderknecht for 2006.
The young Swiss, who won his first 4cross worldcup race in 2005 and is likely to start at the Olympic BMX race in Beijing 2008, will be competing on GT Bicycles for 2006.
Rinderknecht recently raced at Sea Otter as a privateer, coming second behind GT rider Brian Lopes, which must have helped him to catch the eyes of potential sponsors. Now his sponsoring status is secured and Oakley as his second main sponsor delivering shades and sportswear, the young Swiss is going to be able to focus in both the 4cross and BMX worldcup races throughout the year.
19 April 2006
Back for 2006, Scotlands largest Mountain Bikes demo day at Laggan Wolftrax on 29th and 30th April, between 10 am till 5pm.
Bikes to try out include:
Giant, Specialized, Cube, Scott, Turner, Orange, GT, Titus, Santa Cruz, Rocky Mountain, Marin, Fuji, Kona, Narco, Whyte, Cove.
Laggan Wolftrax is the latest purpose built mountain bike centre in Scotland, designed and built by mountain bikers for mountain bikers. Wolftrax is the latest dedicated mountain bike facility to be developed by Forestry Commission Scotland in partnership with the Laggan Forest Trust. The trail network offers some of the best mountain biking in Scotland, encompassing challenging and unique features for all abilities. From the fun blue to the highly technical black, you won't be disappointed. There is a mixture of mature forest and open country riding allowing you to make the most of the big mountain views.
BaseCamp is run by individuals with a passion for the outdoors and mountain biking, who draw inspiration from living and working in the mountains of Scotland and having the opportunity to share it with others on a daily basis. They run a friendly mountain bike shop and cafe located within Laggan Wolftrax Mountain Bike Park. You will guaranteed a friendly welcome, be it just to seek some trail advice, hire a bike for the day or order an extra banana in your smoothie! They will be glad to help.
19 April 2006
Bedgebury Forest in the High Weald of Kent has used funding from Sport England and The Forestry Commission to create a cyclist’s paradise amongst the trees.
The forest now has a ten-kilometre family cycling route and twelve kilometres of mountain bike trails. These include a long singletrack cross-country loop combining existing and new paths and a North Shore-style freeride area, incorporating built structures and obstacles designed to challenge a rider's ability and technical skills as well as their nerve.
Furthermore, the new Visitor Centre will feature a cycle franchise for bike hire, purchase and repair (including cycles for disabled people), plus showers for bikes and their riders. Few if any places in the South East can offer cyclists and mountain bikers the range of off-road riding experiences that Bedgebury now provides.
14 April 2006
It’s spreading. At an ever increasing pace, the Kona Bike Park program is equipping mountain resorts all over the world with the tools and the know how to operate world class bike parks, giving freeriders, new and old alike, a place to call their own.
The latest inductees, in no particular order, are: Verbier, Switzerland; Killington, VT, USA; Canada Olympic Park, Calgary; and Levi, Finland. Check them out at the improved www.konabikeparks.com
As with all Kona bike parks, Verbier, Killington, Canada Olympic and Levi will be supplied with a fleet of durable and high-performance freeride and downhill mountain bikes for guides and clients alike. Kona will also lend assistance to the parks with event development and promotion, design of trails and park features and coordinate marketing of the resorts to assure summertime success for their bike park partners.
“Verbier, Killington, Canada Olympic and Levi are just the kind of resorts we want Kona to be associated with,” said Kelly Steelman, Kona’s North American Bike Park Guy. “These parks share the energy and attitude Kona wants to infuse into the sport, and they’ll be great places for mountain bikers to hone their freeride skills, or simply give the sport a try for the very first time.”
The four new parks join Kona Bike Park All-Stars; Canada’s Whistler Blackcomb and Panorama, the U.S.’s Winter Park and Snowshoe, Austria’s Leogang, Germany’s Todtnau, Italy’s Livigno, France’s Les Gets, Bolivia’s Gravity Bolivia and Australia’s Mount Buller.
13 April 2006
Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS) is aiming to raise the standard of its downhill mountain bike centres with the help of its health and safety experts
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