Hi everyone! Had super fun time shooting with the guys from Ride It as part of their new women's range of jerseys (more on them soon). Ride It are a Scottish mountain bike brand who alongide these soon to be released womens jerseys, have a range of mens jerseys, shorts and jackets as well as producing custom clothing for brands.
Thomas joined us for the day too, helping out with a lot of these photos, so it was fun to hang out on the Kona's and ride dry trails. These photos do show how long it takes to shoot too, lots of waiting whilst others climb back up, and lots of climbing for you to repeat the same sections for the best light, angle and of course when someone leaves on the lens cap!
Here are some behind the scenes photos from the shoot, a fun crowd always makes repeating the same line 5 times for a photo the most fun!
This weeks #snapshotsunday is featuring the Kona Rove ST. The Rove ST has a chromoly frame with a SRAM 11-speed drivetrain, with Hayes mechanical brakes. The bike also features a large tyre clearance and fender eyelets, to winterproof your bike easily.
This years Kona CX range feature a lowered bottom bracket to increase stability and aids cornering ability. The Clement tyres also allow the bike to be used on a variety of terrains with grip when needed and minimal drag on the long tarmac miles.
In a strange way the bike is difficult to put an age on if you are not up on the Kona range. No garish colours and no over the top components, just a solid CX bike with a decent spec at a reasonable price (RRP £1299). For those looking for a good investment then this is key - it won't go out of fashion any time soon.
Overall, if you are looking for a good all rounder CX bike, that can handle some racing and any of the winter coffee shop rides, CX training or the daily commute you throw at it, this bike is more that capable to handle it all!
Hi everyone! Fun times in Fort William for the SES Rd 2. I wasn't racing but instead a weekend of riding local trails and taking photos. I even had time to ride part of the World Cup DH track which was awesome!
The water crossing was my favourite spot which you can see from the photos - so fun to ride and so fun to photograph! Thomas was racing at the weekend so it was fun to watch him and take photos of the other riders. It is great to have better weather and get out and ride without a waterproof, hopefully that will continue!
Kona have dropped another bike to me this week now so will have more on that on #snapshotsunday!
Hi everyone! What a good evening at the Kona and Hart's Cyclery demo evening. The event was held at Glentress so riders had the opportunity to ride some of the more established Tweed Valley trails and test out the bikes fun side in the freeride park. On show was most of the Kona range with the Process being ever popular.
What a difference a few weeks makes on evening rides too, no more lights for early evening rides. Looking forward to more long days in the next few months, with more opportunity to try other bikes in the Kona range.
Hi everyone! How cosy is this place! Stopped by for some breakfast and it was so worth it, great coffee and great food with a variety of gluten free options.
Definitely worth a visit if you are riding at Tentsmuir Forest or on the NCN 1. If so Kitsch'n'Bake is a super chill place to be.
Hi everyone! What a weekend of bikes - from natural trails to cycle paths and all the seasons. This weekend was the first of the Belles rides of the year.
This ride was one of the beginner rides, at about 13 miles, with a mandatory (!) coffee and cake stop.
As a Kona ambassador it is great to meet other women who are also passionate about cycling. Belles is a great group to run because the women who are part of the group really empower me to adventure more and discover new trails to share. Their enthusiasm for cycling, in whatever form - road or MTB - makes the group rides a friendly place to enjoy the sport.
More about the group is available here!
Hi everyone! Had a quiet while on the blog as I took a break from social media instead getting out and enjoying the amazing weather. Lots of that to post about in the next while though.
This weeks #snapshotsunday is my new bike - Kona Process 153 DL in Purple/Green. I had hoped to get photos of it once it was built, but I just wanted to get out on it, so the bike is slightly muddy! At the moment the bike is stock (apart from the mudguard), but I have plans to change a few things to make it like I want. So far though I am so impressed with it - climbs well and descends fast.
The RRP is £4199, with a Rockshox Pikes and Monarch suspension setup, with Maxxis Minion 650Bs front and rear. The frame is 6061 Aluminium and has 2 colour options: Purple/Green or Purple/Red/Orange.
The bike has X1 drivetrain, and I don't normally run SRAM, so it will be interesting to see how it compares over the coming weeks. It also has the one ring at the front (32t), and I previously ran a double, so this will also be different. The brakes however are Shimano XT so there is a mix of manufacturers making an all round good setup.
Overall, if you are looking for a good spec Enduro bike that will tackle trails from natural trails to sculpted trail centres with the option of taking the bike for some summer chairlift riding, then you have the perfect bike.