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Used and Abused – Gear Review 2019

We are in the lucky position that we get to ride our bikes almost daily in some amazing terrain in Wales – alright I know that is rubbing it in – which means we really use and abuse our kit!  We have picked 6 of the best we have used for our guiding and coaching this year;

Here are first few of the standout bits of kit….!

Orange Bikes 

I know their looks divides opinion, and that people think the suspension design is simplistic , but these bikes really do just keep on working!

We have had 2 this year, Windy’s Five and Gareth’s Stage 6.

Both have done over 150 big days out, and the only maintenance has been one set of bearings each. That’s a massive £40 spent between both bikes to keep them running sweet, and less than an hour on the tools. Compare that to some of the fancy linkage bikes out there, the Oranges just keep handling the abuse we dish out with no complaints.

The angles are super sorted too, which means you can grind them up the hills, and then have a smile for miles all the way down, and we all know there are some epic downs here in South Wales!

Yes the single pivot means that it can ‘jack up’ under braking, but choose your braking spots, anad learn to keep the throttle open and these are as fast as anyuthing else out there!

Burgtec Grips and Pedals

We have been using a range of the Burgtec products, from the bars, stems, chainrings, pedals and grips, but the two stand out products have been the grips and pedals.

We have used the new Greg Minnar grips. First thing we admired was the price…..£19.99 is mega competitive for some grips.

We really got on with the shape – 31.5mm seems to be the perfect width for our hands, and the tapered core means our hands sit really comfortable on them. The 25A rubber is supersoft (when you think the softest tyres are 42A) and this seems to really help absorb vibrations and help maintain grip, especially in the wet. All in all, they are the best £20 upgrade we have spent on our bikes!

What can I say about the pedals?

The composite ones below have been on the e-bike all year. £44.99 and they haven’t missed a beat!

They have the same great shape as the Penthouse ones, and have the same bearings and sealing too. The thinner pins, means they aren’t quite as planted as their more expensive brother, which means when we have been getting rowdy on the trail bike, the Penthouse have been the go to pedal of choice.

More to the point though, we haven’t had to touch them all year. Sure, they have some great battle wounds, from some of the rocky descents in Wales, but they just won’t die!

Still running the same bearings from new, and still super smooth!

Madison Flux waterproof Jacket

This has been the ultimate guiding waterproof, and we have given it some testing! It has a lovely soft shell construction, and a 4 way stretch to the material, which makes it super comfortable to wear, and a great fit!

It’s also super light and pack down really small, meaning there is never an excuse to not pack it in the guiding bag!

I think this also helps with it’s versitility. You don’t get too hot in it when cuaght in a summer downpore, but it’s great with a few layers underneath in the winter too.

The soft shell material, together with it’s great breathability, means we wear it a lot as a wind jacket when it’s not raining as well.

We really do think we are going to be hard pushed to find a better one, particularly for the money (£119)!

You’ll have to wait until Friday to find out what the other 3 bits of kit are!!!

Happy Shopping

Riding with women will make you better rider!

Getting more people on bikes, that is one of our key aims at WyeMTB 

Who has walked around their local trail centre and seen how male dominated the site can be? But if you look closely there is a growing community of female riders starting to enjoy the delights of their local cycle centre.

These female groups have started to emerge because of a dedicated few wanting to guide, coach and develop mountain bike riding in their local community, but without their significant other ‘showing them how it’s done’ ;-). Our local group – The Dames – in the Forest of Dean have grown partly because of the highly popular Little Fodders kids mountain bike club run through PedalaBikeAway every Saturday, whereby they drop their children off and then they themselves head off in a group.

WyeMTB are keen to develop these female riders and show them the mountains of the Brecon Beacons National park. This is where the brain child of owner and director David Windebank came from ‘my wife started to ride when our two children were in the kids club, you could see her confidence grow week on week. I’m fortunate, as a professional Mountain bike guide, I get to spend a lot of time in the mountains, I really want to get more people out there and experience the breathtaking views, scenery and well-being benefits of the mountains can provide. The key to developing female mountain bikers is riding with other females in an encouraging and progressive environment’

In the dark gloomy winter months, we created 2 bespoke guided rides just for the female market:

WyeMTB have some great contacts in the mountain bike industry and have been lucky to secure two world class female mountain bike guides to run our trip. Both guides are industry leaders and have expeditions and trips all over the globe. Take a closer look at the trips on the website.

 

Uplifts make an Epic day even more Epic

Okay, okay… You may love or hate an uplift, and to be honest, it depends on the day and the ride for me.

There is something about working hard to get to the top of a climb and taking in some amazing scenery before throwing yourself down a loose, sliding, sometimes sketchy fast descent. Get 3 climbs and runs in can sometimes be all that anyone can handle.

Then you see the Landrover parked at the bottom of a long, challenging, awesome descent and your weary body gets another shot of adrenaline. Yeah, we think an uplift is the shizzle too 🙂

Brecon Gives Another Epic Descent

A video is always stronger than words. But we have to say stunning views and amazing natural descents.

You may be wondering whether riding the Brecon Beacons is for you… it most definitely is.

When you ride natural trails you always need to be prepared for what Britain can throw us. The weather was crazy with #stormhannah providing some very strong winds on the summits. We highly recommend following our <packing list> to be able to get every ounce of gnarly fun out of the rides.