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Good to hear some positive real world experience with this setup. I’ve recently ordered a XG1150 10-42 cassette, PC-X1 chain and Absolute Black 28T Oval chainring to replace a worn XT 11-46 cassette, chain and 32t chainring. Luckily my wheel came wit both freehubs.Posted 3 days ago | Go to post
I’m looking forward to better gear spacing, shorter chain, lower weight, better clearance and improved wear.
Swinley is a good bet in winter. It’s mostly low level XC type riding but it’s sandy soil, so doesn’t get too sticky. The official routes are hard wearing, and there is a bit extra to keep you interested if you head out into Crowthorne wood, and some jumps to session on Babaymaker, Bikini Car Wash, etc around ‘The Clubhouse’ area.Posted 1 week ago | Go to post
Reply to: Swinley Skills area
Swinley is the closest place for me to ride, so I ride there often, especially during the winter as the trails hold up remarkably well in the wet, but I’ve still only ridden there 20 times in the last year. Even if I had a play in the Summit area every ride, I still wouldn’t be getting good value from a £120 annual Sub, especially as I’m not interested in a Trail Confidence (beginners?) course included in the price.Posted 2 weeks ago | Go to post
Secondly, There currently appear to be too many unanswered questions…
When are the open sessions?
Do you have book in advance?
What is the subscription cancellation policy?
Can you carry unused sessions forward to the next month if you are away, or working a shift pattern that doesn’t fit the 5 session times available per week?
What if the only sessions you can attend are fully booked?
What if you’re injured and can’t use your open session allocation?
Will there be different training sessions available in the following years? I doubt many will want to do the same ones every year.
Details in regard to these type of questions are non existent on the website.
I’m sure all these will be answered once they’re up and running, and I hope it works out for Tristan and Tom, I know they’ve put a lot of effort in and the Crown Estate have been quite restrictive with the conditions they’ve placed upon them. It’s just a shame I don’t think I’ll be able to use the new facility given the current subscription model.
I’ve done 2 trips in the last year to the Pyrenees with Basque MTB and on both occasions found 3DO knee and elbows (I use POC VPD Air) do a great job. On both trips I caught a rock to the shin once in 6 days of riding, so personally feel shin pads to be overkill for such low odds. It stings for a few minutes but that’s about it.
Open or full face is down to personal choice and what you feel most confident in. Most riders on both my trips wore open face, I and 1 or 2 others opted for Enduro style full face. You hope not to need the extra protection, but I can tell you from experience that if yon crash in a rock garden an hit your face it hurts, a lot.
I’d highly recommend Basque MTB’s Ainsa Winter Enduro trip in Feb/March. It’s chilly, there’s no pool, but riding is fantastic, with superb well organised guides.Posted 3 weeks ago | Go to post
I think the warranty on XT components is 1 year (2 years on XTR) so unless you bought them late last year you may be out of luck. I sent back my XTR M9020 brakes back to ChainReaction for the same issue, replacements haven’t been any better. I have no experience with the latest M8120 or M9120 versions though.Posted 4 weeks ago | Go to post
Reply to: Fresh Goods Friday
I’d really like to give one of those EXT Storia shocks a try, but my frame “…was designed to work with the progressiveness of an air spring.” “Any frame damage occurring due to issues related to any shock that is not what is supplied with the bike or offered as an upgrade…will not be covered under warranty.” Grrr.Posted 1 month ago | Go to post
Reply to: SPD footwear for hike a bike
XM9’s for me too. Did a 2 hour hike-a-bike in the Pyrenees over boulder fields to get to a trail last week and plenty of other wet scrambles throughout the week. Boots were comfy, dry and grippy throughout. Bit heavy duty for summer riding though.Posted 1 month ago | Go to post
Reply to: Interesting E-Bike article on the BBC
I have no problem with E-Bikes when they are used in the same way an unassisted bike would be. Whether it’s enabling riders to complete loops faster, or help those who need it, all great stuff.
Where I often ride we have some tucked away trails (that walkers don’t use) that have always been descents because they are too steep or loose to climb or because there is an easier climb or fire road nearby. Now, for the first time, I have seen E-bike riders climbing up them. We can argue all day about ‘it’s not a trail centre’, or ‘you should be in control/able to stop’ etc, but it increases the chances of a collision occurring in a manner that had never previously existed. Secondly, bike wheels, motor assisted or human powered, going up hill under load result in levels of trail erosion far greater than those caused when freewheeling down hill, particularly in woodland areas where the ground is soft, loamy or muddy. This behaviour will most likely lead to resentment and conflict with other riders and landowners in the future if it continues.Posted 2 months ago | Go to post
Reply to: Anyone fancy going to Madeira with me?
I often travel solo for bike trips myself. It can sometimes make things trickier in terms of cost and logistics.Posted 2 months ago | Go to post
Freeride Madiera is on my ‘Must Ride’ list, but February is not possible for me. Good luck in you search :0)
Reply to: Riser bars vs spacers
It will affect the reach slightly too.Posted 2 months ago | Go to post
I run my Fox 34s at 150. Never felt particularly noodley but not as good as my 36’s either.Posted 2 months ago | Go to post
They do seem to have developed a creak somewhere in the crown of late but whether this is related to them having the longer airshaft fitted I couldn’t say.
Reply to: Spanish winter riding
Not Spain, but Sospel is open year round. If you can get a few of you together (4 minimum), for 45 euros per person per day, you can get Coolbus to run uplift for you.
Also look at DH Guide Canarias http://www.downhilldays.com Not used myself, but looks like they offer what you’re looking for.Posted 2 months ago | Go to post
Ebay. Get the big ones. I just cut or rip them down to the size in need. You can mend some pretty big holes with them. I got a cut while in the Peaks that took 3 to fill but still in there and perfectly sealed 6 months and 1000km later.Posted 2 months ago | Go to post
Basque MTB – Hign Pyrenees or Ainsa Enduro, depending on when you want to go in either October or Novemnber. Bike hire is available too.
Edit scratch that, these are week long trips. 🙁Posted 2 months ago | Go to post
Reply to: Geometry Fiddlers Assemble!
Thanks for the replies.Posted 2 months ago | Go to post
I’ve just seen the new Ibis Mojo HD5 specs. It’s a 6″ travel DW link bike just like mine. The geo on it is almost identical to what I have planned, so I can’t be far wrong.
Angle Headset ordered, 36 Forks go for 170mm Airshaft, Vorsprung Luftkappe and Fractive damper upgrade tomorrow.
Reply to: Do I need a full face helmet?
Depends where and what you ride. My local trails are all Surrey Hills and surrounds, where it’s almost all dirt and loam so I don’t feel it’s necessary to where a full face. If away riding rocky terrain, riding at a bike park where there are lots of jumps and drops to deal with, or racing so pushing hard, then I feel much happier in my Proframe FF.Posted 2 months ago | Go to post
As has been said, you don’t need a full face until you really need it!
Reply to: Oneup or revive dropper
One up is possibly the shortest for a given size but if you have to shim a One-Up 180 down for use as a 170 or 160mm extension, you still have the longer body of a 180 under the collar, which can be a problem on frames with a kinked seat tube.Posted 2 months ago | Go to post
Reply to: Oneup or revive dropper
This thread has been quite timely for me, as I’ve been thinking about a longer post for a while, for more clearance on super steep descents and jumps. The 125mm Fox Transfer I have works well but is long for the amount of drop it provides.Posted 2 months ago | Go to post
I’ve ordered a 160mm Revive which should fit my frame with a few millimetres to spare in terms of insertion length for my saddle height. The ‘Triggy lever that come with the Revive also mounts directly to Matchmaker, which is handy for me.
One-up looks good value, but the 150mm wasn’t enough in terms of increased drop and a 180mm shimmed down to 160mm would be too long to fit my frame.
Reply to: Kids Bike For 8 Year Old
We got our eldest a Early Rider T24 for his eight birthday. Pricey, but light and we’ll get good use out of it, as it’ll get passed down to his younger brother, just as the Belter 20″ has.Posted 2 months ago | Go to post
Our boys are both 91st centile on the growth chart, so tall for their age but even so at 8 years old the eldest was only just big enough to ride the 24″ wheel bike even though he was 135cm tall when he got it. I think 26″ wheels are too big for their age.
Reply to: Someone explain brake jack to me
This article explains almost every different suspension design and their various characteristics, including anti-rise aka brake jackPosted 3 months ago | Go to post
Reply to: MTB specific tops vs just tops
I don’t think there is any real benefit over generic sports tops. The cheap tops I’ve bought in Sports Direct have been no worse the Endura or Royal Racing MTB tops I have.Posted 3 months ago | Go to post
In summer, when there lots of bramble and gorse encroaching on the trails, I prefer them as I’m not bothered if a £5 top gets snagged.
You shouldn’t be pumping them all the way up to the required pressure in one go. Put in 20psi at a time and then compress the fork slowly as possible several times to allow the positive and negative chambers to equalizePosted 3 months ago | Go to post
I usually exercise every day, so in theory this should be easy, but in reality doing 100 consecutive days is hard.Posted 3 months ago | Go to post
I don’t think I’ve ever managed it. Things like a travelling on holiday or full day out with family/friends will often scupper you.