Hi everyone, todays #snapshotsunday features the Kona Process 111 with the new Rockshox 170mm dropper. This is Thomas's main bike at the moment and it is a pretty cool bike!
Whilst on the shorter end of travel for most Enduro warriors, the 29-er equipped with Maxxis Minion / Ardent combo on WTB STs i29's as standard, makes the best of both worlds with its XC/Enduro crossover potential. At an RRP of £3499, you get Rockshox Pike RC 120mm upfront and RockShox Monarch RT rear, with SRAM SRAM XG1180 drivetrain for tackling technical ascents and fast descents.
Most importantly of all, the bike looks good. The black and white frame allows for riders to suit the bike to their existing kit, or to coincide with any specific ongoing colour scheme.
Overall, this bike looks understated but packs a punch with components and ride quality - another high quality product from The Kona Bicycle Co.
The new Kona range has just dropped for 2016 - check it out here!
Hi everyone! How changeable is the weather just now? Current bike rides require suncream, smidge and a waterproof in your backpack, however trails are still running good and whilst it rains, the trails still remain reasonably dry.
Some led rides are coming up in the next few weeks, so time to prepare routes for them.
Hi everyone! The weather is making the trails so dry at the moment, always great to ride and not end up in muddy clothes! Thomas and I decided to have a look at the different ways we corner the other day, and its super interesting to see the different styles we have. We both are on Kona Process 153s, although slightly different suspension setup, so it really shows the difference in approach.
I completed a course at Dirt School last week and it was super interesting to see how many bad habits I have picked up over time, and how little needs to be done to make huge improvements to my riding. The team over at Dirt School know their stuff and are really supportive in what they coach. I did the Trail Craft course as I wanted to improve my drop technique and overall riding position. Looking at this photo which was taken just before the course, I think my position has changed a lot. My level of lower limb fatigue has also reduced with the changed position, with straighter legs rather than the previous crouch which I had got used to rather than using my upper body to absorb some of the trail. It is so interesting to be coached on the basics, it really gets you thinking so more about every movement you make on the bike.
Now to go ride some sunny trails while the weather is so good...
Hi everyone! This weekend saw almost 300 riders take over the hills of Tomintoul for round 3 of the Scottish Enduro Series at Glenlivet Bike Park. The weekend consisted of trail centre type trails with a few new trails added for the race.
Glenlivet Bike Park is located in the north aspect of the Cairngorms, just outside the small town of Tomintoul. The Glenlivet trails are about 30km in total, with a blue and red trail, complemented with a range of additional natural trails to the outskirts of the main centre. Glenlivet trail centre has a good cafe and 24 hour toilets (perfect if you are staying overnight in a van or camping).
Whilst the trails at Glenlivet are not massively expansive, the Lecht is about 20 minutes away and has a couple of chair uplifted trails, so these may be a good 2 to join up on a trip, or visiting independently if passing though to go north.
The race itself took in over 30km of local trails and transitions, with lots of pedalling and good weather throughout. Photos from the race can be found here.
This weekend I am going a course with Dirt School, hopefully they can get me out of my bad habits!
Hi everyone! As I said before, I took a LOT of photos, so here is part 2. The first picture is my favourite of the weekend as it is of one of many Canadian flags flying in tribute of Steve Smith. There was a tribute organised mid race for Stevie in which there was a silent run in his honour. As the cameras crossed the finish line the atmosphere at the arena was incredible, with it evident how much Stevie had, in so many different ways, affected people's lives.
The race itself was action packed with it all down to Gee, who had a crash at the last moment, sealing the top spot for Greg Minnaar. Greg had held the top spot with an initial 6 second lead on the previous hot seat rider, with Eddie Masters making a number of mistakes on track, resulting in a bunch of crashes.
Next up is Glenlivet SES and hopefully the dry weather remains so the trail centre style stages run fast. More soon!
Hi everyone! What a great weekend at the Downhill World Cup in Fort William. The weather stayed great for both days and the crowd was on top form.
I spent a lot of Saturday at the top of the track, and was fortunate to spend a lot of time at the start gate. The opportunity to meet the riders during practice and experience the tension during qualifying is something else. The atmosphere following the Stevie Smith ride on Thursday evident with most riders wearing the #longlivechainsaw stickers and logos on their clothing.
I took a lot of photos over the weekend so part 2 will follow with more of the village and the race, plus a sneak peek at some 2017 product.
Hi everyone! We are just back from exploring the best Portugal coast has to offer. With the rain due back in the UK this trip was well timed, and the weather remained good throughout. The area has a wealth of opportunities for varied activities from watersports to mountain biking and everything in between.
These photos are a quick preview with a full ride guide coming soon full of ideas for places to visit in the area.
Hi everyone! What a great weekend of weather! Hope everyone got out on their bikes whether it road, mountain bike or anything in between. I was at the Cycle Law Scotland sponsored Tweedlove event Skinny Tweed. A bit different for me as road events are not normally my area, however, as per all Tweedlove events this was another great day.
Photos from the event can be found here.
The sportive was 75km looping from Peebles to Biggar with approximately 630m of climbing. The route used a number of quiet roads past Stobo and Dreva with some challenging climbs and a stop half way to refuel. It was great to see so many people really enjoying their time exploring the Tweed Valley road network.
After spectating at this sportive I also caught the end of Air Maiden, another event happening as part of the Tweedlove Festival. It is great to see the event running again in Scotland. If you are a woman wanting to try out mountain biking event with top coaches then this is the event to try. Hopefully it will return again in the freestyle format in 2017.
Hi everyone! This weeks #snapshotsunday is looking at a new line of women's clothing from Ride It.
Ride It is a Scottish brand which continues to grow and grow in popularity from elite enduro racers to weekend warriors all seen wearing the distinctive colours.
The women's jerseys are another step in the right direction for the brand, and with 2 colour bright colour options, there is a colour to suit everyone.
The jersey has many of the same features of the men's range, with an integral glasses wipe and side pocket both key additions to make riding in the jersey easier. The main difference however is the more tailored fit and more accurate sizing specific to women rather than baggy oversized men's wear.The other benefit with this also is the sleeve fitting - the sleeves are narrower and so when pushed up they stay up, without putting too much pressure on your forearms.
The jersey has side vents which will make this a great jersey for summer riding, however with a baselayer underneath this jersey is also great for this time of the year riding. The material has been durable for rides so far and after a few washes is still looking bright.
Key features that I like:
- The glasses wipe attached to the inside of the jersey
- The side pocket (it fits an iPhone 6)
- The sleeves - they stay in place when pushed up
What could be better:
- MORE colour options - so I can justify buying more!
- Matching shorts
Overall as far as women's jerseys go, for size and quality you will struggle to find a better jersey.
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!