9th April 2015
  • Author Andy Mawer
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2014 KTM AERA Comp 29 - Steve Bowman Race Bike Focus:

Time to put down the kids easter eggs and cast an eye over another XC Racer's prized rig. This week we're pleased to bring you the 2014 KTM Aera Comp 29 rocket of  Wild Bikes rider, Steve Bowman. Those of you in the know will spot straight from the gun that this is not your 'stock' KTM...
26th March 2015
  • Author Andy Mawer
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Cannondale F29 2 Race Bike Focus: - Simon Price

Welcome to the all new UKXCNews.com 'Race Bike Focus', where we'll be taking an indepth look at the race ready machines from some of the UK's finest XC and endurance racers. We'll be getting up close and personal with some of the fastest carbon rides out there; down and dirty with some slammed...
3rd March 2015
  • Author Craig Bowles
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Focus Raven 29R 1.0 Race Bike Focus

Warm-up… For a few months now I have been riding and racing the Focus Raven 29R 1.0 “Team” bike which will be my bike for the 2015 XC race season. The Raven being a popular model for racers and all mountain bikers alike, I thought it would be useful for other racers to put together a few...
24th February 2015
  • Author Craig Bowles
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Review: Dry gear – Scott Gore-Tex Paclite Waterproof shorts

Warm-up… Waterproof shorts are one of those garments you don’t realise how useful they will be until you own a pair. For years I’d unflinchingly accepted a soggy chamois as a simple reality of rain affected races; something you just put up with. But as race distance increases, so too does...
24th February 2015
  • Author Craig Bowles
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Review: Warm gear – Altura Night Vision Waterproof Gloves

Warm-up… The challenges of the Strathpuffer 24 Hour provided an excellent test environment for kit and clothing. Next in my series of warm weather gear reviews are the Altura Night Vision waterproof gloves. These are positioned as an extreme weather commuting product with the ‘Night...
2nd February 2015
  • Author Andy Mawer
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Review: Warm gear – Pro Ventura overshoes

Warm up... Racing in cold conditions is a difficult balance between keeping warm, whilst not overheating to such an extent that your performance is compromised. This challenge is further complicated by our individuality when it comes keeping warm so what works for one person, may not work for...
31st January 2015
  • Author Andy Mawer
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Review: What tyre - Schwalbe Ice Spiker Pro 29

Warm-up… Racing in snow and ice is very rare in the UK, with the Strathpuffer 24 Hour one of the few events where those conditions are a distinct possibility. However, increased snowfall over the last few years has seen a few winter XC races hit by wintery conditions and the opening round of...
14th December 2014
  • Author Andy Mawer
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UKXCNews Festive Gift Guide #2

Here we are again for part 2 of the UKXCNews 2014 festive gift guide, and if you're out to impress the XC racer in your life, then you best get a crack on... not many more posting days left to grab that perfect gift before Christmas is upon us! Lets start with a great bit of British design...
7th December 2014

UKXCNews Festive Gift Guide #1

So you've all been really good this year and finished your Christmas shop in August... What's that? You haven't even started?!? Oh well (neither have I), but not to fear, UKXCNews.com is here to help you with a few last-minute gift ideas for the Cross Country Mountain bike racer in your...
2nd December 2014
  • Author Andy Mawer
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Young racer Part 2 – Orbea Team MX 24

Warm-up… Following on from our recent pre-Christmas review of the Dawes Academy 20, we are stepping up to the next level with a look at the 24” wheeled Orbea Team MX with the help of 10 year older aspiring XC racer Cameron Bowles. Originating from Northern Spain, this brand aren’t well...
25th November 2014

Review: Young racer - Dawes Academy 20

Warm-up… A few weeks back, a bike box landed at the gateway to Castel de UKXCNews.com that was a little smaller than usual... What lay inside this little (actually, not really that much smaller) box was the 2015 Dawes Academy 20 MTB; part of the Dawes 'premium' range of kids bikes aimed at the...
6th November 2014
  • Author Andy Mawer
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Review: MuleBar Salted Caramel Gel & Eastern Express Bar

We got our eager mitts on a few samples of the new Gel and Bar flavours from Natural treat pedlars, Mule Bar. With winter training now on most riders agenda, we let Mike Moore from Paleo Racing give these new flavours the winter training test... Would these tasty treats ease the pain of those long,...