Surrey Hills MTB



Geared up Forks

So in this time in three weeks time I’m going to be in Morzine. We’ll be into day two of riding and hopefully by now after a warm up day on Friday I’ll be dialled in to the braking bumps, the berms, the jumps and the drops.

And in preparation for that, I’ve just picked up my freshly serviced forks from Geared Up Cycles where they’ve received a massive amount of TLC from Cytec trained Steve G.

Steve has stripped and rebuilt the fork, replacing seals and fluid and generally talking to them in soothing tones. Well, that last bit may be erroneous but oh my God do they feel 1000% better than they did before.

Steve tells me that Fox forks (and shocks for that matter) are relatively speaking a doddle to service, unlike some [name deleted!!] other units which are just eye wateringly complicated and require specialist servicing. I’ve just finished setting the sag and they’ve had a very brief up the road test ride and even over that short distance I can tell what a difference it’s made.

I have a buttery smooth fork again!

So my tip of the day is if it’s been 18 months or more since you had someone look at your bounce (guilty as charged), get down to your LBS (or if you live in Surrey – go see Steve at Geared Up) and smile sweetly at them.

Oh yeah, and the other reason for loving your LBS is that when you put your fork back on and place one of the key components on upside down (ahem…) they don’t laugh at you (albeit perhaps internally) they patiently and simply point out the error of your ways…

Anyway, mechanical incompetence aside. Morzine, Les Gets, Crankworx. Yeah, that’s soon for me, the TFITers et al isn’t it (sorry to keep going on about it, but I’m getting a little excited).

However, this morning I had several texts from Leigh B about the total washout that was Crankworx Les Gets. My heart goes out to the organisers. They have put so much time and effort into it and the June weather has just not performed. I’ve just seen the current forecast and it’s more rain for the rest of the week.

However clearly it was not an issue for everyone – massive congratulations to Daryl Brown’s 1st place in Dual Speed & Style – only on his first attempt!

And if you want to see just how wet and muddy it is in the Alps, check out this video on Daryl Brown’s Facebook page showing the chaos with Sam Pilgrim, Ben Deakin, Brendan Fairclough and Sam Reynolds.

Dear God I hope it dries out over the next three weeks




Les Gets… Morzine… Crankworx

I’ve just made the mistake of consuming a bowl of pea and mint soup from the office canteen. Don’t get me wrong, it was very tasty but it was also “thermonuclear hot” and will have, I suspect, undesirable digestive consequences.

Anyway, that’s my colleagues problem. However while I was waiting for the tongue-melting soup to cool I did have the chance to checkout PinkBike and their latest post on Crankworx.

It’s a brilliant review with some cheeky predictions for the event (I have my fingers crossed for Tahnee Seagrave) but I confess I was mesmerized by the preview of the new Crankworx downhill course.

I suspect if that route is still open in July it will have significantly less vegetation and significantly more braking bumps (!!!) although that starting ‘gap’ (does that even do it justice?) looks fun….

That would be fun in a sort of “weeeeeeeeee… crunch… ahhrrrgghhh” kind of way!

Crankworx: Les Gets 2016

So we Surrey Hills TFITers are getting a bit collectively giddy at our impending Alpine trip (it’s now 29 days). We’ve had ‘comedy t-shirt’ suggestions for James G flying around as it is technically speaking his 40th Morzine trip.

Yep, the excitement level is starting to peak like a group of teenagers who have managed to swag a can of beer from an off-licence!


So to add to this general level of giddiness I thought I’d share a video I found on the Morzine Source Magazine site – “Building for Crankworx: Behind the Scenes” shot by a local videographer Will Nangle. I’d embed it here but it’s a faceinstatwitt video so no joy.

I’d recommend you check it out – my toes curled just watching it – wonder if this is going to be accessible when we get there? Because of course I’d be very up for that.

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha – yeah right.

Les Gets “gearing” up for Crankworx

Oh ho ho ho – what a witty blog title… Ahem

Anyway, just read excellent post on about the developments in Les Gets for Crankworx next month and oh Lordy me those are some large obstacles. I particularly like the vertiginous mid-tree drop-off. It also looks like there is a who’s who of top riders participating fingers crossed.

Apparently you can watch Crankworx live on and at as it kicks off on 16th June. I will be.

Crankworx Les Gets 2016

Just been reading with interest about the large scale preparations for Crankworx in Les Gets this year on Morzine Source Magazine, you can check out their report here. The image gallery was not working for me when I checked earlier but you can still see the size of those ramps – eek…

Crankworx is taking place from June 15th to June 19th in Les Gets and will feature some horribly talented downhill and slopestyle riders doing frankly unbelievable things on bikes. Take a look at the Rotorua Slopesyle Downhill course below:

I’m slightly sad that we’re going to miss this massive event and I’m curious if ‘anything’ will be left for us riders later in the year? I suspect not but it would be totally awesome if they did. I should probably add that I am however mostly not sad we’re going to miss the event as I suspect watching those guys rail through the obstacles would make me realise how totally crap I am on a bike!!!

However, that aside, if there is anything standing I may get a photo next to a feature that Sam Pilgrim or Brandon Semenuk destroyed and try not to look too scared…

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