GoPro Hero 3 – Even Better, Again.

Just received the latest GoPro in store, along with their POS display stand, The most impressive piece of POS I’ve ever seen!

As for the Cameras, 2x as powerful, almost half the size and 3 different spec oprions.

The White edition kicks off the range with features just below the old Hero 2 camera, 1080p with 30 fps and 5mp still photos. Built in Wi-Fi enables the use of a remote to record from up to 600 feet away, this also allows the use of the new GoPro app, allowing users the use of their phone as a viewfinder. This is the entry level camera which will be readily available pretty much everywhere!

The Silver edition ups the ante with an ultra-wide 1080p 30 fps and 11mp still photos, built in Wi-Fi included, these will only be available from selected retailers.

The Black edition is the all singing all dancing model of the range, boasting ultr-wide 1440p 48 fps! and 12mp still photos with 30 photos a second! this is almost as imprerssive as a high end DSLR camera. The built in Wi-Fi is couples with the addition of the Wi-Fi remote in the package. This will also only be available through selected retailers.

All Cameras come with a waterproof housing and a selection of mount options.

With a huge array of add-ons and accessories, GoPro is THE best wearable action camera available on the market.

Silver editions available now, in-store and online, with the Black edition coming late November.

Check them out – GoPro.com or sprocketscycles.com

What’s the deal with 29ers?

Chris from Sprockets Cycles attended the Demo day at Glentress Trail centre last sunday for some “product research” The brief : should we stock 29ers?

Arriving at glentress early on the sunday, I hadn’t ridden here in ages, really looking forward to the trails and testing some different bikes. I don’t tend to hire bikes from trail centres, they never feel right when you ride them, you can’t beat your own bike. With this in mind I spoke to Andy from Trek bikes, he had a small Rumblefish 29er aside for me to try first thing. Sat on the bike, set-up felt pretty good, stuck my own pedals on and away up the demo loop.

First thing I noticed with the bike, the front tyre feels like it’s a mile in front of you, its the strangest thing I’ve ever felt on a bike. Next was how easy it was to ascend on this huge wheeled full sus beast! compared to my 26″ short travel MTB it was way easier to climb steep rocky trails, if slightly more barge-like around the tight corners. reaching the top of the demo loop I was beginning to see what all the fuss was about, but was still skeptical about descending on the bigger wheels, would it still be as fun?

Cranked the pedals for a few turns until the first take off, so fast over so little distance! landed sideways into the berm and boosted out of it, pushed it straight into the next one and instantly forgot about the bigger wheels, cranked it along the straight, over a few wee jumps, this wasn’t what I had imagined 29ers would feel like, so easy to manoeuvre the bike in the air, around the wider corners it kept its speed and didn’t seem as barge-like. I WANT ONE OF THESE BIKES!

Back at the car park Andy was interested to see what Orange had to offer with their Gyro full sus 29er, asked if I could give it a blast as a comparison, instantly the Orange set-up felt too hard, even though it was calibrated to my weight by the guys, just didn’t feel as confident on it, adjusted the shock a wee bit so it felt nicer. Uphill it was still faster than my own bike, but not as fast as the rumblefish. The top of the demo loop again, got up to speed so fast again, didn’t manage to quite hit the berm after the take off, the bike didn’t feel as planted or as stable at speed as the last, almost as if the wheels wanted to fold if you pushed it too hard. Don’t know if it was the single pivot that made it feel like it did, but it was no where near as fast or as much fun going down.

Back at the car park again, handed the bike back to the Orange guys, didn’t let on that I didn’t enjoy it as much, moved on quickly. Last of the 29ers available was the Yeti Big Top, this bike looks awesome! Had my doubts because it was an aluminium framed hardtail, but gave it a go. Again it flew up the hills like no ones business, no bob or flex, just straight up power. Obviously the first thing I noticed was the lack of rear suspension on the downhill, made it slower than the last two but still had ease of movement in the air, railed the turns and got up to speed so quickly if you slipped up. The only thing that could make this hardtail 29er any better would be a steel frame.

Conclusion? 29ers kick ass, I’ll be the first to admit that I didn’t really see the big deal about them when they started becoming more mainstream, but after riding a few, my opinion has totally changed, could almost see myself selling one of my 26″ mountain bikes to add a 29er to the garage.

Signed up to get a Bandit 29er demo bike in Sprockets Cycles, also looking to get the Yeti Big Top, Santa cruz Highball and Blur 29er added to the shop bike line-up. cannot wait to see these things in Sprockets Cycles.

Come in and have a look at them when they arrive, you will not be disappointed, and if a demo day comes to a trail near you, get a go on a few of them, you will see what all the fuss has been about.

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Look ma……..No lights. sunset sessions.

The summer is coming and Sprockets Cycles is getting busier. It’s been a while since I’ve been able to ride after work without feeling exhausted and without lights on. It’s also been a while since the other half has let me out to play after work, I love yoga classes, an hour and a half to get as much riding in as possible!

As much as I love riding at night with lights, nothing beats a “sunset session” light is fading, air is cool, trails are empty…………

The last couple of weeks have been awesome in terms of weather, sunshine all day long, cool clear nights, the trails have been completely dried out. this week though the rain has re-appeared, the trails are even better, bit more grip and wee bit of uncertainty in the corners, slidy slidy……….

Anyhow, I headed over to the other side of the local hill, haven’t ridden this trail in ages, someone excavated the tree that was blocking the end too, good times. Sessioned this for a while then headed back to the reservoir, one wee blast down the resi track and headed home. Just in time to meet the other half after her class, Cup of tea and a biscuit, night.

Cotic BFe feels awesome on the tracks, get one at sprocketscycles.com

See you in the shop,

Chris.

Transition TR250 Build

Sprockets Cycles manager is patiently waiting for the bits for his shiny new Transition TR250 to turn up. This should get him excited. Might have to come up with something along these lines for when he finally builds it, but he definitely won’t be getting paid for the man hours taken to produce this piece of work.

Hopefully his bike turns out to be this nice as well.

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New issue of DIRT Mountain bike Magazine JUST LANDED!

Just received a drop of the new DIRT mag in store today, loving the cover shot, Gwin pinned as usual!

Contents :

Aaron Gwin testing with Prototype Shimano kit, Danny Hart and Andrew Neethling testing with SRAM Blackbox

Interviews with Tracy Moseley, and whats happened to 4X?

Reviewed : BOS Void air shock, Hammered : XTR Trail pedals and Crank Bros Mallet 2 pedals.

Grab a copy in store now.

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Transition Covert

Second Up from Transition Bikes is the Covert…………

with slightly more travel (160mm) than the Bandit, this is a harder hitting full suss option from Transition, capable and burly enough to be ridden in the Megavalanche but still relatively light and nimble to take on most UK trail centres.

This is the Covert 2 build option, slightly more wallet friendly than option 1 and comes in at £3209.99.  This build comes with the lovely new RP23 Boost Valve with Kashima coating, giving it 160mm of unbelievably plush rear wheel travel. Up front we have a Rock Shox Lyrik RC 2P fork, dual position travel for grinding uphill and ragging it back down again. Full specification can be found at Sprockets Cycles.

We have a medium in stock but can get all sizes and colour options within a couple of days.

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Genesis Fortitude 29er

Received this lovely new Demo 17.5″ Genesis Fortitude race 29er bike from Madison this week.

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29ers have come to the masses, they are not now reserved for those who love the rigid, singlespeed, minimalism of bikes. they have GEARS! and occasionally suspension too!

This offering from Genesis though keeps it relatively close to the 29er roots, rigid forks, single front ring and a decent ratio 9 speed rear cassette. Built from Reynolds 725 steel, the frame can take anything thrown at it.

This bike promises to be a UK trail centre king.

Try one out at Sprockets Cycles today.

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First ever sprocketscycles blog post.

Come visit the website at sprocketscycles.com

Loads of great bikes and bike products available, all with FREE UK delivery!

If you are local why not visit us in store and browse our large selection of bikes on display, then head to our cafe and have a coffee.

Sprockets Cycles
Peace & Plenty
Ayr Road
Kilmarnock
Ayrshire
KA1 5LF

We look forward to meeting you…….

Chris.