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Looking back – 9 for 2009

A look back at the highlights of Matt’s MTB’ing 2009 and a summary of his stats.

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January 2010 – looking back, looking forward

A quick thankyou to all the readers, writers and riders we’ve come into contact with through 2009.

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The Evolution of Hardtail Bike design

We started rigid, tried 100mm of travel and now hardtails sport 140mm plus suspension travel. Have we gone too far or is there sense to any of this?

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Cycle Show highlights 2009

Some of the key themes to emerge from the UK Cycle Show at Earls Court this year. Colour, Cross but no 29ers.

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Light wars – Nukeproof or LUU

Two companies, Chain Reaction and On-one, are using differing methods to sell essentially similar (but distinct) LED lights. Which one makes the most sense?

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Ibis Tranny: The new three-way swinger

I have been decidedly absent from a few rides recently and even more guilty of not contributing to this site for some months, but what better way to stage a comeback of Armstrong proportions (that way I have an excuse if it all goes quiet for another year!) than with something right up my street.

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Ragley Bikes – product line-up

A quick run through of the Ragley Bikes range as we understand it prior to the frames going on sale.

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Retro bike builds are nearly here

A 1998 Marin Muirwoods and a 1999 Marin Nail Trail form the basis of two retro bike builds, including V-brakes – remember them?!

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SRAM spare parts prices

Outrageous prices for SRAM replacement parts seem to be treating SRAM’s biggest fans as cash cows.

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Shedfire brand is Tweak

Matt probably has too much time on his hands or has a very good RSS search running. Anyway, he spotted a comment on a blog about being a “development rider for Tweak, the new bike brand from Calderdale.” This fits with the partial logo shown on the Shedfire site.

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Dr Sludge or Slime tubes – an alternative to tubeless tyres

What are the pro’s and con’s on using tubeless tyres versus normal inner tubes? And is there a better solution to both in the shape of Dr Sludge or Slime tubes?

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Orange belt drive progress

Further news on how Orange are pressing ahead with development of belt drive technology.

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