Conrad was knocked off his bike tonight by a reckless driver. I picked up the wreckage from the Accident and Emergency Unit at the Manchester Royal Infirmary earlier on. Fortunately it looks like Conrad is going to be okay. His bike might not make it. More news soon.

Everyone has coverage from Interbike at the moment. Try Singletrack, Bikemagic and Cyclingnews for starters. There’s loads more on each of those three sites if you do a bit of surfing.

Shiny new kit everywhere. What’s hot? Well Race Face have been keen to do this before anyone else thought of it and who can blame them? The spiel is:

The new Race Face X-Type bottom bracket and crank system uses outboard bearings and a hollow pipe spindle (think along the lines of XTR and ’04 XT), but the Race Face offering permanently attaches the left hand crank to the spindle. Should be available in XC, “All-Mountain” and DH versions.

Also new is this Virtual Pivot Point Santa Cruz, the VPP-Free, fitting into the long travel freeride market in between the Blur and V10. Pink Bike have lots of photos and early thoughts on the beast.

And Shimano have been having some technical difficulties with their new XTR wheelset. MBA cover the problems and the fix here.

Author: Cris Bloomfield

Usually mountain biking in the North.

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