Bike check – Swinnys V10c

So, mid point of the season has already arrived. It’s been a crazy first half of a year with a mixed bag of results on the European stage.
A huge thanks has to go out to all those who have helped make this year happen for me. After getting the bike together just in time for the World Cup round up in Fort William, I spent the following 5 weeks in Europe chasing races & learning the characteristics of the new build on my bike. To say I’m happy with the setup is an understatement, I feel faster & more confident than ever before with the bike.

Santa Cruz V10c

It’s been a season of transition so far, after a couple of years aboard the same kit, this year I have picked up a few component deals & had to adapt quickly to the new feel of the bike.

Marzocchi suspension

Marzocchi suspension, provided by Windwave, have been a very positive upgrade. With the professional support from Pedro at Fort William & Leogang World Cups, I feel very comfortable & confident with the feel of the suspension.


FSA gravity light bars/stem, cranks/chain guide & seatpost, provided again by Windwave. Lightweight with a solid feel throughout.

The Sensus Swayze grips

The great feeling Sensus grips from Hookit Products. Extra long in length with a soft compound wave effect. The Swayze has held up well to wear. A great feeling grip.

Stans wheels & uberbike components

Stans ZTR flow EX wheels, through Paligap, have held up to a beating from some brutal tracks.
The build was finished off by the guys down at Uberbike. With there own products, floating disc rotors & pads, brake mounts, Ti bolts, gear & brake hoses. They also did a cracking job of putting the whole build together for me on a tight schedule! Cheers guys!

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Cheers to everyone for the help guys! Looking forward to the rest of the year.

Steel City DH ’14 cam run

Come join Swinny & Eddie Masters for a run down this years Steel City track.
Such an amazing event without doubt the biggest crowd & riders to date! A superb event put on by all involved.
Huge thanks to Nick Hamilton, Henry Norman, Steve Hardcastle & not to forget Steve Peat for all there hard work put into the biggest little event of the year.
Here’s to next year!


Girls Give BMX a Go

Girls Give BMX a Go

So, Abi has commandeered my computer again and written about a recent trip she organised to a fairly local BMX track. Cycling can be enjoyed on a variety of wheel sizes (although, 26″ is definitely the most fun) and many useful skills can be transferred from one type of riding to the next. It can sometimes be surprising how many girls are out there who can be rallied together for a ride so it’s always worth getting the word out there. I was sacked from photography duties this time as my phone clearly wasn’t up to the job for the Parkwood Springs coaching session so all photos are kindly provided by Chris Ratcliff. Take it away, Abi!:

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The Monks

Marco Wood-Bonelli and Oscar and Jake Monk are a real force to be reckoned with. Super stoked on riding everything all the time its been a pleasure to watch them all become great bike riders. They’re always manualing and jumping everything in sight. When they turn up to mate’s races they are generally not last despite being only 16 15 and 17 years old.

In this edit Marco wields the camera as the Monks rip up many of Sheffield’s riding destinations, can you name them all?

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