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21/09/2018
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Ard Moors 2018 – epic big-country racing

Ard Events is rapidly building a reputation for delivering excellent racing on exclusive trails combined with camping and a festival atmosphere. Growing in popularity like it’s big sister, Ard Rock, Ard Moors is the early autumn race to be seen at. At Biketart we love a road trip and a chance to race a selection of North Yorkshire’s finest private land trails was too much to resist. Biketart team members Ryan and Vicky were joined by Tom, a good friend of ours and passionate Santa Cruz owner. Camping opened on... Read More

09/08/2018
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Behind the scenes at Santa Cruz UK

A couple of weeks ago Santa Cruz and Juliana launched their revamped short and mid travel bikes across the world – the Santa Cruz 5010 and Bronson; and the Juliana Furtado and Roubion. A week later we headed up to Santa Cruz’s UK HQ in Yorkshire to find out more and see what they get up to there. The Bronson and Roubion have taken the same VPP/solid rear triangle that was introduced on the Nomad 4 last year and run with it.  The upper linkage is now anchored further back... Read More

23/07/2018
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Taking inspiration from the pro riders!

Whatever style of bike you ride – from road to gravel to mountain – the big events of the summer like the Tour de France, the Enduro World Series and the UCI Downhill Championships are great for inspiring us to get fitter, push harder and go faster. What’s the best way to do this when you’re a recreational cyclist. The short answer is simply to get more hours in on the bike but with busy lives it’s not always that simple. Drawing on the experiences of our staff and customers... Read More

18/07/2018
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Women’s Festival of Cycling – Biketart Ladies Ride – 8 July 2018

In celebration of the growing number of women riders we joined Cycling UK’s Women’s Festival of Cycling 2018 with a ladies ride round the local woods and lanes. As the ride came closer we kept our fingers crossed that the glorious sunshine would hold and we were in luck. Our mechanic, Vicky, was leading the ride and she spent a couple of early mornings before work scoping out the route. Kent is known as the Garden of England and Biketart is set in the middle of the Elham Valley, with... Read More

20/06/2018
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Santa Cruz 5010 – UK trails dream machine?

It’s hard to find a bike that ticks every type of mountain biking requirement but Santa Cruz’s 5010 certainly comes close for a large proportion of the UK’s trails. With 130mm travel front and back it has enough travel to allow you to enjoy features whilst still being twitchy on tight, twisty, single track. The 5010 is one of our best-selling bikes and for good reason. Rather than just telling you what we think, we asked one of our long-standing customers, Will Nelson. Will has been ragging his Santa Cruz... Read More

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UK Cycling Women’s Festival of Cycling – Ladies Social Ride

Ladies – grab your bikes and join us for a social ride around the Elham Valley. Part of Cycling UK’s Women’s Festival of Cycling the ride will be approximately 10 miles through lanes and forest fire roads at a gentle pace. To complete the celebration refreshments including bubbles and cake will be available at Biketart when we return. No bike, no problem! We’re offering a 50% discount on our hire bikes (including eBikes).  Hire bikes must be booked in advance – for bookings and more information, please call Vicky on... Read More

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Redefining the XC Hardtail with the new Santa Cruz Highball

You know how it is. You are blasting along your favourite local singletrack. You’re pushing hard, heart rate red lining, pedals spinning, getting the most out of your bike. And then, out of nowhere, someone just passes you. Just flies by. You look up. What are they riding? Latest full suspension rig? Maybe that new Santa Cruz Blur they’ve all been talking about. But no! It is a hard tail. You just got left for dust by a hardtail! You just got burned by the new Santa Cruz Highball. For... Read More

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It’s a Blur – Looking back and forward at the Santa Cruz Blur

The Santa Cruz Blur – A full carbon comeback story There have been a lot of classic names in mountain biking, that have come back, years later, to remind us how great they were. From the return of the Ibis Mojo in 2005, to Orange’s rehabilitation of the Clockwork, to the rebirth of the Malverns Classic race events, we mountain bikers love a good resurrection. And so it is certain to be with the Santa Cruz Blur. Absent from our trails since the LT2 C was replaced by the Tallboy... Read More

02/11/2017

Vicky’s Juliana Roubion

Vicky is sponsored by Biketart and chose a Juliana Roubion for her season. This blog entry by Vicky is the full lowdown of the new bike experience and some of what she’s got up to on it so far!! Over to Vicky: How do you honestly review a bike that makes you yell ‘I love my bike!’ every time you ride it?! It’s not easy! Three months ago my Juliana Roubion, aka, Liberty, was delivered to Biketart HQ in Barham, Kent. Since then we’ve racked up over 730km shredding trails... Read More

23/08/2017

Santa Cruz Rocks the 2017 Vital MTB Audience Survey!

Santa Cruz was voted number one during the 2017 Vital MTB Audience Survey in six of seven classifications in the bike and frame intent-to-buy categories: Bike Brand, Frame-Only, Trail Bike, Enduro/All-mountain Bike, 29-inch Bike, and 27.5-inch Bike. That’s pretty impressive we think! “We’re blown away about how the demand for our bikes continues to grow,” said Santa Cruz Global Sales Director Tom Larter. More than 10,000 visitors completed the survey, 25% of whom either work, or had worked, in bike shops themselves. At Biketart we have an extensive range of Santa... Read More