NEW – SRAM AXS – My Opinion

I have to admit it – I absolutely love it and I want it all and I want it now!

The simplicity of the installation, its got an app, its lighter and the action is smooth and fast.  Its customisable, its clean, there are no cables – its exciting stuff!

I need this in my life – its amazing!

But – damage the mech, crash and break the shifter, and you are screwed!

You can no longer pop to you LBS and buy a new shifter or mech and get back out on your bike. Within the Shimano or SRAM ranges you can typically mix and match and therefore buy whatever is on the shelf in your LBS – now you have to pick up an AXS component that is probably not going to be available on every high street or at a bike shop at a trail head.

Forget to charge your battery after the last few rides or think it should be ok for one more and boom you are an hour behind your mates.

Oh wait a minute – the seat post is £700 and the group set is £2000 you say?!

Forget it!

This is aimed at pro racers or those with WAY to much spare cash (who’s got that these days?)…

So, nice tech (REALLY nice tech), nice features on GMBN  (PAID PROMOTIONS I notice), but its like watching supercars on Top Gear – I won’t be buying one anytime soon…

 

Peatys Enter the Tubeless Battlefield, with sealant, valves and rim tape

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I might be wrong but I think the Tubeless revolution started with Stans No Tubes. We’ve all used it and all probably sworn by it.

But there are a bunch of new challengers on this battlefield. And one who you can’t argue with, or he’ll probably set Rob Warner on you is Peaty / Peatys.

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I think it started with the Loam Foam, bike cleaner.

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Quickly followed by some merch by way of caps and T Shirts.

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But most recently its a full set up of tubeless gear – sealant, valves and now rim tape.

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I’ve been very lucky and been sent a complete set so i can fix up my new bike in the next few weeks.

Stay tuned for a review, more pictures and a video!

Ashton Court MTB Trails – Review

If you follow my Youtube Channel you will have seen this video last weekend and know that I paid a visit (with a few mates) to Ashton Court in Bristol for a revisit – been about 5 years since I was there last!

Now before we get stuck in, the trails are in a city, so there is a distinct lack of elevation and serious gravity fed fun.

Its not a hot destination for mountain bikers wishing to “shred the gnar” or if you are in search of real technical challenges (though the Super Nova Red section was particularly scary in the wet!). However, if you live in the South West and have a few hours to spare its well worth a visit.

Firstly parking is only £1.20 for the whole day – I know this is probably not high on the  your check list when visiting a trail centre but if you live in south Wales for instance, now that the Severn Bridge Tolls have been removed its a very cheap trip – and I think you should consider it.

Whats here?

Only about 7 miles in total of way marked trails. Mostly “flat” and cross country  by nature but the constant undulation will give you a proper work out.  The Bristol Bikefest is a much missed event and tested riders endurance on multiple laps up until a few years ago.

These are made up of 2 main trails at Ashton Court and in the neighbouring Leigh Woods.  Leigh Woods was less fun, but there are some off piste trails there that are worth exploring in the drier weather.

Mostly you have twisty single track, with a mix of rocky and natural (muddy) surfaces.

And don’t forget the undulation – which basically translates as you will be pedalling most of the way around.

Red Sections here bear absolutely no resemblance to “Reds” at Bike Park Wales or even the Forest of Dean.  In a nutshell, its a pretty easy and non challenging environment on the whole. However…..

Don’t dismiss it

Recently there have been some developments and new trail sections have had some work done to provide flow and jumpable features that the trail had previously lacked.

There are a few sections (as you will see in my video) that are worth lapping and sessions in these short spots can help novice riders learn some skills and provide a fun playground for even the most advanced riders.

So go and give it a visit, put a few hours aside and session the new bits (you’ll know them when you find them) and if you don’t enjoy yourself you haven’t tried hard enough.

Links

Here’s a great downloadable map of the trails including the ones in Leigh Woods and 50 Acre Woods  :

https://betterbybike.info/wp/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/BD10784-Mountain-Bike-Trails-leaflet-WEB.pdf

For info on bike hire and skills coaching at the trails contact Pedal Progression  :

https://www.pedalprogression.com/about/

Louri Frame Strap Review

It was really nice to meet Sian and Thomas at the Cycle Show last week and to get a look at the many products that Cyclorise distribute in the UK.  Getting a close up look at the Louri frame strap and getting my own in a bike colour matching orange was a bonus.

The strap allows you to attach some essentials to your bike for races or when you want to travel a little lighter. Its really useful and easy to use – watch my video for the full low down.

The Louri strap costs £18.99 for the frame version and £17.99 for the saddle mount version.

Finally – the pronunciation – its looo-reee  as in

not lahow-rey ?  as in

For more information visit the Cyclorise and/or the Louri websites.

Lee Quarry – A Sort of Review

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Lee Quarry

Why a sort of review? Cos I only “sort of” rode there.

Being a little pushed for time but also being in the neighbourhood of one of the first “trail centres” I heard of when I started mountain biking a few years ago, meant that I had to give it some sort of a visit. And the sun was shining so it would have been rude not to, even if I was only able to stay for an hour or so. So here goes: Continue reading “Lee Quarry – A Sort of Review”