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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

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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

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

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

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It’s All in the Weave: Carbon Fibre Frames Explained

“Wow, it’s a lot lighter than it looks!” says my non biking friend, looking impressed, as he hefts my full bouncer with one hand. “That’s because the frame, cranks and wheels are made of carbon fibre.” I nod sagely, looking slightly smug. “Amazing! I didn’t think you could make mountain bikes out of carbon fibre. I thought they’d break.” “Er, no, its, um, stronger carbon fibre than in road bikes, so they can, you know, use it for mountain bikes and stuff.” I’m getting a bit out of my depth... Read More