Breaking news from – Steve Day AKA Single speed Wolverine

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Sep 052016
 

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After an amazing couple of years flying the Singular Cycles flag while racing and having fun, and achieving some massive goals along the way, I have picked up a new frame sponsor by the name of TraversBikes.com. I am so excited about the new kit that has arrived and photo’s will start appearing as the build gets underway… hopefully in time for Tide2Tide and definitely ready for Relentless at the end of October. This gives me plenty of time to get everything bedded in ready for defending my WEMBO Singlespeed title in Italy next June.
A BIG thanks has to go to Sam Alison for his support over the last couple of years, and especially his assistance with getting me sorted with local help and extra kit for my WEMBO-16 trip to New Zealand. Without this the whole trip would have been a lot more stressful.
The Travers RussTi will be shod with a pair of Lauf Forks for the long distance races. Coming highly recommended by Mr Travers, and weighing almost nothing. Again, something I am really looking forward to putting through their paces over the next couple of months. A huge thanks to the nice men in Iceland for getting these to me so quickly.
Finally, I am also proud to now be supported by Jersey Pocket Nutrition who will be helping me with my energy products. A great UK company who make some awesome products down in Devon. Thanks to Marc Baker for putting me in touch with these guys.#

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Through the mill just landed.———- Vee Tire Co – Bulldozer

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Aug 252016
 

 

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Some nice new Boots came a few days ago for the DMR Trailstar. No they are really close just really big. Yep we are trying out this 27.5 + thing. They do bear a resemblance to a few other tires but are they as good. Well lets start off with the fact they are 2.8. yep that’s rather big.  Vee Tire Co are pretty new on uk shores and these are the Syn version which is a little more robust.

Vee Tire Co have this to say about them.

The Bulldozer + ploughs through any terrain you can challenge. Center tread knobs are shaped to grip hard and keep you on the trail. Built for the most demanding fat bike riders, the Bulldozer+’s aggressive side and transition knobs keep you upright and provide excellent grip in the corners.

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How good will they be? Well I’ll en devour to find out..

Just Landed…. TRP and DMR bikes/WTB Plus size wheels

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Aug 122016
 

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We’ve gone all big on the Long term DMR Trailstar….First up we have delved into this 27.5 + size thing.

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On the left is regular 27.5/650b on the right 27.5+. And yes they are different. Both run on DMR hubs but the Plus size is sporting WTB Scraper rims. They are rather on the wide side even if the tyres main tread isn’t. No hassle getting these up on a normal pump with the valve in!!

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Oddly the tread on the WTB Trailblazer isn’t much wider than the Schwalbe Hans dampf. But according to a inside source this is because the WTB’s are designed for narrow frames… Yes they are fast and certainly different. But how much? We’ll endeavour to find out.

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Of course with big wheels big brakes help to haul to a stop. These are TRP Quadiem. Some American fellow called Aaron uses them so they must have some stopping power right?

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As the name hints they are 4 pot and rather burly. But are they the Cats whiskers? Keep your eyes peeled for a review in the future.

thanks to Liam and Damian @ Upgrade.

 

Through the mill…. Not2Bad

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Aug 082016
 

 

So once again those crazy kids from Trek and Anthill films join up for more mischief and bike riding in another location around the world. This time it’s Spain. As they say one is good two is better. So what can you expect?

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Photo – Harookz

The first thing is it’s download so there are many ways you can watch it which is handy in this day and age of gadgets. It also means it’s pretty cheap but you’ll have to check depending on which method you use. I used a PS4 and I paid about £7. I would like to of had a actually physical copy as I tend to prefer them.

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Photo – Harookz

If you saw Not bad then you have an idea of what to expect. Except more of it. More BIG jumps, More Slo Mo and mischief.  One of the downsides is it’s only 35 min long. Which is a shame as I would like to of seen more about riding in  Spain itself as there is a great trail section. The rowdy crowd of riders consists of Brandon Semenuk, Brett Rheeder, Cam McCaul, Ryan Howard, Casey Brown & Andrew Shandro with Rachel, Gee & Dan Atherton and none other than BMX legend Ruben Alcantara. So you imagine some pretty inspiring riding all round.

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Photo – Harookz

Some of the locations are pretty unusual too. The trail section is pretty cool and I wouldn’t mind having a go on it myself.  This section pretty much has everyone “Shredding” at flat stick pace inc the Athertons. They aren’t hanging about either. The deserted house section is well… Ah you’ll have to watch it to find out. Yes there is a fair amount of Big dirt jump action with the usual twist you expect from the crew but with some insane moves thrown in. The amount of work gone into some of the spots is immense. But don’t think it’s all just made for the film. Spain has some pretty cool spots all ready and Ruben has more than just a hand in some of them inc Dirt jumps ( Which wouldn’t look out of place on a Moto X Film) and a sweet Skatepark spot.

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It’s good to see two very fast ladies get in on the action too. Casey Brown shows she’s up for a bit of airtime as well as being damned fast when she rides with Rachel Atherton. You can see why they are both Downhill racers and i doubt many could keep with them on the trail either. Casey also gets up to a bit of mischief as the rest continue the mobile food fight.

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Photo – Harookz

 

So all in all another fine film from the Anthill crew, actually I’d it’s Not2Bad. Well shot and a great soundtrack in another rarely seen location. A varied mix of riding to boot so a little of something for everyone inc the antics they get up to. Definitely one to watch if you are about to head out or just kicking back after having been out. The only thing you may need to check is how good a connection you have as it will effect the playback. As I have mentioned I used a PS4 and in some sections/shots it does get a little pixelated. But if you have a good connection it should be fine.

Now I wonder if I’m to old to learn to Dirt jump or ride Skateparks?

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BTR – 100th Frame

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Jul 222016
 

DAVID SCHWANKE – RANGER #100

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BTR are proud to announce the completion of our 100th frame.

Our 100th frame has just left the workshop; a custom-built complete bike bound for Germany.  The bike is a perfect display of our capabilities, blending traditional 26” wheels and steel frame with cutting edge geometry and a dream-spec build kit.

“Frame #100 is a huge milestone for BTR.  We’ve come such a long way since #001, back in the shed, and it’s all shown in this bike; from the stronger, lighter and sleeker Ranger frame to the range of quality components we’ve supplied to complete the build.” – Tam

The bike is an extra-large 26” wheeled Ranger frame with an integrated seat clamp, in our signature raw finish.  The build kit features SRAM XX1 drivetrain, Hope Tech DH rims on Hope Pro4 hubs built by August Bicycles, Renthal cockpit, Maxxis High Roller II Exo TR tyres, DMR Vault pedals…no expense has been spared!

Complete Build Specs:

  • Ranger frame; 26”, XL, with Integrated seat clamp
  • RockShox Pike RCT3 forks @120mm
  • August Bicycles hand built Hope Tech DH/Pro4 wheels
  • XX1 cranks, cassette, chain, derailleur & shifter
  • Renthal FatBar
  • Renthal Duo stem
  • Ergon GA2 grips
  • Avid Guide RSC brakes
  • RockShox Reverb
  • Fabric Scoop Flat Pro saddle
  • Hope headset
  • Maxxis High Roller II Exo TR tyres
  • DMR Vault pedals

“The ability to offer builds like this is the culmination of a lot of work and continuous progress over the past 4 ½ years.  It’s great to be able to offer build kits tailored to the customer just like our frames are.” – BTR Fabrications

As usual, we’re continuing to push hard with developing new products as well as refining our existing range.  We’ve recently added frame and fork bundles to our web shop, as well as offering more spare parts and separate Trail Tool heads and handles.  There’s plenty more to come from BTR – watch this space!

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Ranger #100 gallery: https://www.btr-fabrications.com/portfolio/ranger-100/

Ranger frame: https://www.btr-fabrications.com/products/ranger/

BTR web shop: https://www.btr-fabrications.com/products/

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