I’m really pleased to be working with a number of my long time sponsors again and to welcome some new ones for 2011 . One thing is for sure I will have the best kit available for riding, racing and working around the country.
Here’s a quick run down of the kit I will be using this year and some product shots – I will update the post as new kit arrives through the season.
Orange are once again my frame sponsor and I’m really pleased to be on board their bikes. This year I will be riding my favourite bike the Orange Five around the UK, the Alpine 160mm at selected events home and abroad, the M111 for the pump tracks, dirt jumps and when testing out our 4x tracks and after a year of riding the great Orange 225 it is all change and time to test the 322 downhill frame which I will be getting my hands on very soon and looking forward to getting up to speed and providing some feedback for the guys in Halifax.
The bikes are kitted out with Fox suspension front and rear provided by Mojo Suspension including the great new Kashima coated forx and very soon rear shocks making the already smooth set up, even slicker. Mojo are on hand to custom tune the suspension to suit my riding style and further refine the set up.
Brakes come in the form of Hope Technology’s great race X2 and the M4 callipers paired up with the works of art that are the race levers. Hubs and headsets are also provided by Hope which means a maintenance free year again as they are bombproof.
Control points are provided by Sunline who’s bars, grips, stems seatposts and pedals I have been using since they were launched in this country, it is all solid dependable gear with a good feel to it and this year comes in a few colour options aside from the grey of previous years.
I’m running Maxxis tyres which have a great range including my favourite the crossmark and of course the Minion and Wet Scream super tacky tyres for the 322.
It’s great to be part of the Royal Racing family again and they have developed their range with a lot more trail riding kit this year whilst still maintaining the race presence, Royal is going to be even bigger in 2011.
Six Six One provide body armour with Urge helmets supplying full face and trail helmets that offer great protection with Oakley eyewear stepping in to provide goggles and glasses.
Feet are kept firmly planted to pedals by the awesome five ten shoes, with some great new designs in the range this year, I’m pleased to be on board with them.
Trail packs for the longer days, multi day trips and enduro races are provided by evoc they have a great range of packs, holdalls and the ultimate bike bag that really is brilliant.
And finally, mechanical support and upkeep of the bikes is provided by Skyline cycles based in Glyncorrwg in South Wales.