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Koo-Bikes in partnership with Gawton Gravity Hub!

Koo bikes are proud to announce we are now the official sponsor of Gawton Gravity Hub!

So who are Gawton Gravity Hub, and what does this mean?

Gawton Gravity Hub is part of an amazing mountain biking facility located in the South West of England, near Tavistock, Devon. The Tamar Valley based trails have received a lot of attention in the relatively short period it has been running, and it has already been suggested that it boast some of the best trails in the country!

There are two sites run by the club, and are focused towards downhill mountain bikers, offering a range of tracks graded from Red all the way up to Double Black. You only need to see the videos and magazine articles of the world’s best riders tearing it up, to fully appreciate the quality of tracks on offer. The club is non-profit, which means any money is put straight back into the site, improving tracks and facilities further.


Gee Atherton on the Dirt/Gawton 1:04 from Jacob Gibbins on Vimeo.

Gawton Gravity Hub currently has a broad range of tracks spread across its two sites, but are eagerly awaiting the completion of one new track in particular. This track is set to be one of the most popular tracks, appealing to a wider user ability range, and being generally very fun to ride. Many people have helped build the track, including several of the staff from Koo-Bikes – we cannot wait to test ride the parts we have had input on!

This year will also see the grand opening of a hut located at the top of the tracks at Gawton. This will offer facilities such as somewhere to get out of the elements, and have a bite to eat and a hot drink, toilets, bike wash, and buy any essentials you might need. This, coupled with a brand new uplift service on its way, and the new track, things are set to be big in the future…

Being offered a chance to get involved with the Gawton Gravity Hub is a great opportunity for us here at Koo-Bikes. We have always been very keen to support local events and organisations, but this long term involvement is a great chance to give something back to the local riding community. Being only a short distance away in Plymouth, we can really get involved as a sponsor, attending events and seeing whats going on first hand. We see the partnership very much as a two way relationship, and want to help Gawton Gravity Hub in every way we can. We feel everyone can benefit, resulting in Koo-Bikes getting their name out there, but more importantly see the club grow into its full potential. We see a bright future ahead, and with the recent developments, it is certainly looking that way, and we are excited to get things going…!

What does this sponsorship mean? Well, essentially Koo-Bikes and Gawton Gravity Hub will be building up a strong partnership, helping each other grow faster and becoming further established in the cycling industry. And of course this means you guys get some of the benefits. Keep your eyes peeled for exclusives Koo-Bikes offers, and special events only available to Gawton Gravity Hub club members.

We will be keeping you all up to date with associated events, and informing you of any related promotions with Gawton Gravity Hub. Make sure you check out their awesome website with all the information on www.gawtongravityhub.co.uk , including how you become a member, information on races, and any other developments for the future… and remember, to ride here, you do need to be a member.

Keep checking back for more updates and news, and make sure you join their new facebook page!

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Wednesday Weights!

Here is your next installment of Wednesday Weights, where all you have to do is guess the weight of the product we weigh! The closest guess wins a prize. This week, another legendary Koo-bikes T-shirt will be won by one lucky person! The competition will close on Friday and we will reveal the winner and actual weight. Guesses should be to the closest 0.01grams.

Please post all answers on our Facebook page, where this competition will be posted.

This week you have to guess the weight of a Basil Wicker Dog basket and optional cage, containing a TSG Nipper Mini Helmet and box…. good luck!

 

 

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Core Bike show: Shiny Road Bits

Following on from Koo-Bikes visit to the Core Bike Show , this week we have got lots of random shiny road bits… Keep checking back for more….!

New Fast Forward Wheels

New prototype carbon wheel from Fast Forward which the company is hoping to launch later in the year. Currently in tubular tyre form they weigh in at a svelte 1000 grams for the pair. The concept was to produce a lightweight aerodynamic carbon wheel with replaceable spokes. The spokes have aluminium threads at either end so that they can be screwed into to place, so if you break one in an accident you don’t have to scrap the wheel! The pro team Vacansoleil are currently testing them. The price is likely to be £3000 for the pair.

 

Cipollini RB1000

We never thought we’d describe former Italian pro sprint star Mario Cipollini as understated but we think that’s a fair description for this super stiff looking machine; the price is certainly not understated at £4400 for the frame and fork but you do get the headset and seatpost clamp with that!

Ritchey P29er

Many of the older mountain bikers will remember the classic Ritchey P21 etc frames from mtb pioneer Tom Ritchey; this is the company’s eagerly awaited venture into the world of the 29er. This frame brings the model right up-to-date with a classic 29er format but harking back to the old frames with its use of Ritchey Logic II steel tubing.

 

Avanti Chrono

Avanti is a big bike brand in the southern hemisphere and the company was displaying this wind slicing Chrono TT machine.

 

 

Cinelli Handlebars

Massive bling factor with these Cinelli Ram bars.

 

 

De Rosa

i-Ride were displaying the brand new De Rosa Protos frameset built-up with Campagnolo’s latest Campagnolo Record EPS electric groupset and Fulcrum Racing Speed XLR wheelset – very stealth. The frame weighs in at just 800g and looks very stealth – cost for the whole bike – around £13,000.

 

 

Merckx

If you’re looking for a for a bike that’s a little different from your everyone else’s in the amateur Peloton how about the Merckx range which begs to be ridden hard and fast from the home of the toughest classic’s riders.

 

Bont Chrono Shoe

The men in blazers at the UCI decided to ban these Bont Chrono TT shoes – “not approved as technical innovations under article 1.3.004.”….. yawn.

 

 

And here are a few other random bits that we thought stood out at the show…

 

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Wednesday Weights

Here is your next installment of Wednesday Weights, where all you have to do is guess the weight of the product we weigh! The closest guess wins a prize. To make up for no Wednesday Weights last week, we decided to double the prize fund this week and have a £10 Koo-bikes voucher up for grabs! The competition will close on Friday and we will reveal the winner and actual weight. Remember all packaging has been removed, and guesses should be to the closest 0.01grams.

Please post all answers on our Facebook page, where this competition will be posted.

This week you have to guess the weight of a Sram Red Chainset 172.5mm 52-36t (no BB) , and a mug (empty) from our good friends at Fishers Outdoors… good luck!

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Wednesday weights!

Here is your next installment of Wednesday Weights, where all you have to do is guess the weight of the product we weigh! The closest guess wins a prize.
This week we have a £5 Koo-bikes voucher up for grabs. The competition will close on Friday and we will reveal the winner and actual weight. Remember all packaging has been removed, and guesses should be to the closest 0.01grams.

Please post all answers on our Facebook page, where this competition will be posted.

This week you have to guess the weight of a front Hope Pro 2 EVO 15mm Hub, and a cool massive ODI grip desk tidy, containing standard issue stationary… good luck!

 

 

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