Through the Mill…. Long Term Test – DMR Trailstar 27.5

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Feb 242017
 

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DMR Bikes Trailstar

Long term test.

 

Well it’s been over a year now since this steed has been with me. We’ve had our highs and lows and many a mile along the way. So what is the Trailstar like after all this time?

This is a fun bike. It’s still a bit long at times but it’s pretty stable when you are giving it some welly. The frame is still looking pretty good  paint wise but early on I did Helitape areas I thought it would need it. It handles fast flowy trails with ease and confidence.  As well as local trails the Trailstar has been to a couple of places in Wales including Coed-Y- Brenin and Bike park Wales. Coed-y-Brenin is pretty harsh on bikes as it’s pretty rocky. But this didn’t bother the Trailstar. In fact on some of the longer sections it really shone. It simply likes to get a gallop on. Even on some of the more rougher section there was no sign on getting out of it’s depth. The climbs weren’t a bind either. It’s not a flyer uphill but that’s not what it’s for. Having said that my Strava times did go improve quite a bit back home. Steep stuff it is very capable and more often than not it’s me that is the weak point. Too many OTB. At BPW it was spot on. I tackled the longer Blue runs pretty quick and with no stopping. A couple of the blacks it was a bit wayward but I think had I run the 27.5+ wheelset up it would’ve been better. On the wheel size subject it’s certainly proved interesting.

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Through The Mill………….Danny MacAskill – Biography

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Feb 222017
 

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At The Edge – Danny MacAskill – Riding for my life

£14.99

We’re all no doubt familiar with Danny’s films and shows by now. Things have certainly come a long way since a certain film hit You Tube a few years ago. We’ve followed this rather skilled Scotsman up mountains, along rather narrow ridges, through old deserted towns, playing in a rather larger than life bedroom and for a “Wee Day out” and much more. But Danny’s life of bikes starts further back than that. Much further.

This is his story in his words. It’s an interesting and insightful look into the imagination, trials and tribulations, success and more of Danny’s life. It’s a good read no a excellent read and a few choice photos always help. It was full of wonderful adventures and some misadventures. it also provided just a glimpse of how Danny thinks. With just shy of 270 pages it’s not too long and if anything you are left just a little bit wanting to know more.

So if you are a fan of Danny, trials or just mucking about on bikes, then is well worth buying. I’ve rather enjoyed it and even to the point at 44 of maybe having a wee dabble at trials.

TTM Just Landed-DMR Bikes V Twin pedals

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Feb 112017
 

As I have gone back to Disco Slippers and Clipless pedals it’s been a little bit exciting awaiting these…

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Yes the long awaiting V Twin from DMR Bikes landed.

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They are a Clipless pedal which will be ideal for Trail riding and more… They have a number of different set ups you can run to suit your tastes.

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All of which comes with the pedals. 

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DMR haven’t just taken a current pedal and reworked it either. This is designed from the start to be rather different. Oh yes and they do come in a wide range of colours.. So full on grip with Pins or Out the box with a unique Nylon “Bumper”? decisions decisions…. The Clipless unit is very much similar to the tried and tested of the big S. Hope will they fair though? You#’ll have to wait and see.

Through the mill….Hurly Burly – The 2016 World Cup Downhill Year Book.

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Feb 102017
 

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Hurly Burly – The 2016 World Cup Downhill Year Book.

£15

www.downhillyearbook.com

 

In a day an age where the internet seems to rule and everything is “Now” and in 5 minutes it’s “Then” and there is a decline for magazines it’s refreshing and rather pleasing to see some folk are still will to take a punt at good ol’ fashion print. This is where Hurly Burly- The 2016 World Cup Downhill Year Book comes in. A rather nice change I think you’ll find.

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So as you may well gather it covers the 2016 World Cup Downhill as it tours around the globe. Covering the the highs and lows of the scene with well written race reports and stunning photography from some of Mountainbiking  finest. There are also a good few other articles from those involved with the worlds fastest racers too.  it’s the brainchild of: James, Chris Jones, Morgane Charre, Sebastian Schieck, Sven Martin and Duncan Philpott, with input from a wide range of folk.dec-jl-004

 

With the best part of 200 pages it’s well worth the £15. It’s just a brilliant and well presented book. I mean if nothing else the Photos alone tell the story but with written accounts it only helps to create or rather recreate the scene at the time. The reports aren’t too long and give you enough insight to image what went down. I myself wouldn’t of minded a bit more but that’s me and as i have already said it’s 200 pages already.

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James and the gang have done themselves proud with this  2016 World Cup Downhill Year Book. So if like me you missed the “online” coverage or even if you didn’t it’s well worth buying. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and you do get a little buzz from the highs and you also feel feel a little sadness too as it also mentions some of the sports finest who we lost last year. Even if Downhill isn’t really your thing, buy it anyway. You may never know it might just create that spark to perhaps get into a bit of Downhill.

Who are you?…………..The Wandering Trail hunter.

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Jan 282017
 
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In search of the Holy Trail…..?

 

How would the life of travel, writing, exploring and riding bikes sound? I don’t know about you but it’s something I wouldn’t mind.  This time on “Who are you?” I manage to catch up with ome such fellow who has in a fashion made a life out of doing what the opening question asked. You may be familiar with his ramblings and stories from the days when Dirt mountain bike magazine was about in paper form. I for one would often marvel at the adventures and on the odd occasion misadventures he got up too. But don’t for a minute think he’s been idle. Oh no. He still wanders this little blue planet in search of the “Holy Trail” or the next “Big adventure”.  He’s down to earth and a rather decent chap who will spare you the time especially if you too are up for a bit of a ride. He also happens to just have a fondness for riding hardtail Mountain bikes. Even if his is a little, well different shall we say. Once again we ask our keyboard surfing trail hunting wander.

Who are you?

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