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13/12/2018
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Christmas Riding Roundup – Southern UK

Got time off over Christmas and fancy hitting the trails? We’re always happy to facilitate biking escapism here’s a round up of places across the South of England and their opening times plus a couple of organised rides that might be of interest. Biketart MTB Rideout 15 December – meet at Biketart HQ, Barham – 9.30am for 10am start https://www.facebook.com/events/228315537877299/ 29 December – meet at Biketart HQ, Barham – 9.30am for 10am start https://www.facebook.com/events/1197679897046234/   Ladies Multi Club Xmas Ride – Forest of Dean 22 December meet at 10am. Meet... Read More

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

01/06/2017

The All-New Santa Cruz Nomad

Today Santa Cruz have launched the brand new Nomad. The 4th generation of this famous bike sees an overhaul of the design introduces new features to keep it on top of the enduro stack. The 2018 Nomad brings more travel, adjustable geometry, killer looks and some very cool build kits. Key changes: 170mm travel (up 10mm). More pedal efficient – the Nomad surprises everyone at how well it pedals. It’s now even better. If you want a big travel bike that you can pedal up this ticks the boxes –... Read More

Orange Bikes:  The All-Round Range Comes to Biketart

While wandering the isles of the London Bike Show back in February, on a mission to track down the secrets behind the mythical DH29er, I visited a few of my personal favourites. While I had the job of chatting to Biketart’s regular suppliers, I also used a bit of my own time to peruse the brands that, after more than twenty years of mountain biking, I hold in some affection. Amongst those brands, one of them makes me go a little more doe-eyed than the rest – Orange bikes. I... Read More

29er DH: Downhill Finally Goes Big

You’ve heard them haven’t you? The whispers. The rumours. The secretive suggestions. And I’m sure you’ve spotted the furtive glances from industry types and seen the odd leaked photo. It’s been coming. Of course it has. The thing they said could never happen, is finally on its way. Downhill bikes are going to become 29ers. Seriously, I’m not kidding. First off, plenty of people said that downhill bikes would never work with 27.5” tyres. And they were so, so wrong. For the last three years, every single UCI World Cup... Read More

All that’s good about Evil: A history of MTB comebacks

Evil Bikes: Bad boy comeback kings With most mountain bike manufacturers, there’s one of three ‘stories’ behind them. They are either an old road bike/established company that started building mountain bikes when they came along, or they are one of the ‘originals’ linked to a mystical bloke who started knocking together off road frames in the 70s or 80s in California/Yorkshire/The Alps, or they are a marketing company who spotted a niche, had a chat with a factory in Taiwan and then started selling online. Then there is Evil bikes.... Read More

Click or Collect- Why Local Bike Shops Matter

With summer holidays approaching, I picked up a few last minutish items online. Some super high strength sun cream (I don’t have skin, I have a translucent layer of rice paper laid over my flesh), a couple of ‘best summer read’ books and something called a ‘cover up’ to add to my partner’s swimwear wardrobe. All done without leaving the comfort of the couch, leaving me more time to check the Facebook updates of people already on holiday and to start a sort of ‘gloating countdown’ as a build up... Read More

Wet Root Dreams: Confessions of a 24 Hour Race Virgin

All I can see is the front tyre and my bars. Everything else is blurred. I get hints of trail – a rock here, a dip there. Suddenly there’s a rise in the track, slightly off camber. Slick roots reveal themselves on the upslope. It is no more than eighteen inches high, but I find myself panicking. I’m carrying too much speed. I’m going to be launched into the trees. I grab a handful of rear brake and, for some reason, the front wheel locks up. The tyres catches on... Read More