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Merida MTB Marathon

It's the last week before the Scottish round of the Merida Bikes MTB Marathon in Selkirk (4-5th August 2007) opens its doors. We are expecting more than 1000 riders to join us at what is widely regarded as the best course the UK enduro scene has to offer.

If it performs as well as it looks Ducati are on to a winner

Ducati hit the road

Bianchi now make bikes under licence from legendary Italian motorbike manufacturer Ducati and the first road-going example is the Ducati Factory 900XR - undoubtedly the most bling bike at the Bianchi launch.

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Merida Carbon Race frame
£900.004.5

The Carbon Race is the new version of the frame that Gunn-Rita Dahle dominated World Cup cross-country races on last year. Redesigned seat and chainstays add more shock absorption for those who like to run hard

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New MRP G2 combined chain guide and bashguard

MRP have launched their new G2 Chain Guide at this year's Crankworx. For 2008 it's out with the rollers and in with the plates. The G2 will be the first model to go into production utilizing MRP's patented integrated chainguide/bash guard.

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Corima Aero
£899.004.5

These French aero wheels are available in several spoke combinations- ours is the 24/12 that is well suited to time trialling, and they slip through the air without the high cost associated with using a disc wheel

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Revia Solar light set
£39.993.5

The idea behind this system is that you remove the lights from your bike during the day, leaving them where they will get some sunlight where they charge up the batteries inside.

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Reynolds Ouzo Pro
£289.003.5

While Californian based Reynolds Composites have a Lite and Aero version in the Ouzo Pro range this is the standard model. Reynolds forks are very popular at the high end of the market.

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Ritchey Aero Road
£110.004

Ritchey have always made good, dependable products and these wheels follow that tradition. The rims, spokes and hubs are all basic but very well made.

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Ritchey Carbon Fork
£350.003.5

This is by far the lightest - and most expensive - fork on test here. It makes for a pretty steep head angle and very lively steering on them too.

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Mongoose Canaan Team
£2,300.004.5

Named after the first 24-hour relay race, the Canaan is designed to give endurance riders easy speed and control however far they go. But while the miniaturised suspension and bling kit list is excellent, the fork is potentially a real Fox among the otherwise content chickens.

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Trek VW scores podium finish at Mt Snow

Despite an injury-plagued season, the Trek-Volkswagen Racing Team pulled it together for the USA Cycling Championships at Mt. Snow, Vermont, as team rider Jeremiah Bishop scored a podium spot in the Men's XC event.

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Hayes Nine
£100.004.5

We've used hundreds of sets of Hayes Nine brakes in our years of bike testing and these faithful speed eaters are still some of the best basic brakes around. With a long lever and big pad area, the Nine has a fearsomely powerful bite

Race Face Evolve XC

Race Face Evolve XC crankset
£169.003.5

Race Face's mid-range XC cranks are purposeful looking units that'll pimp any bike. The cold forged construction is obvious in the largely rough finish

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Jenny Copnall retains British XC title

Rain holds off for the UK national champs at Newnham Park.The British Cross-Country Championships took place over the weekend, including Round 4 of the 2007 British Mountain Bike Series. Jenny Copnall retained her British cross country title in the elite women's race, with Jenn O'Connor a close second and Ruth McGavin in third.

DHB Bib Shorts

DHB Bib Shorts
£29.994

DHB is made exclusively for online sportswear store, Wiggle. The princely sum of £30 gets you a bib short that has pretty much everything you need, even if they don’t look as flashy as more expensive models.

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Phil Liggett leads victory ride

This year's Phil & Friends Challenge Ride takes place on 12 August in honour of the 11,000 people who actively supported CTC's successful campaign to stop certain cycling-related changes to the Highway Code

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Stage 7: A Tim de Waele gallery

A selection of Tim de Waele photos from the seventh stage of the Tour de France, between Bourg-en-Bresse and Le Grand Bornand. Don't you wish you were in the Alps?

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Rasmussen takes it all

Dane Michael Rasmussen (Rabobank) has taken control of the Tour de France after winning stage 8 between Le Grand Bornand and Tignes.

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Crash takes out Zandio and Di Gregorio

A crash during stage 4 between Villers-Cotterets and Joigny saw Xabier Zandio and Remy di Gregorio both out of the Tour de France. The fall occurred 70km into the 193km stage and also involved Euskaltel's Inigo Landaluze, who managed to finish the stage.

Merida Bikes MTB Series

Merida Bikes MTB Series

A report from the Merida Marathon team...After weeks of rain all over the UK the Builth Wells round of the Merida Bikes MTB Marathon Series managed to find a hole in the national cloud cover and enjoyed more or less uninterrupted sunshine for the event weekend.

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