Rallon, pronounced more or less like Ra-y-on, is a Spanish slang for a baby wild boar. It is also a mountain near Bardenas National Park. I guess that the Orbea Rallon is named after the mountain, however I often like to believe it was named after the Wild Boarlets that you sometimes see snuffling furtively in the Basque forests as the sun goes down. Regardless of these random ponderings the Orbea Rallon is the fourth version with that name which Orbea has released and it represents a dramatic departure in design for the Basque cooperative. Orbea have a history of making top end road bikes and cross country mountain bikes, the Rallon V3, this bike’s predecessor, was a 150mm travel bike but it displayed its cross country routes very clearly and in my opinion was very compromised as a 150mm travel “all mountain” bike. The new Rallon however seems to stride out in the world unencumbered by compromise and shattering expectations with every roll of it’s 27.5″ wheels. Has Orbea pulled it off, have they really made a great enduro or all mountain bike? Read on to find out how I got on with the Orbea Rallon. Read the post »
basqueMTB have been in the mountain biking, and more general, press quite a bit this year. At the start of the year we were in The Guardian and in these last few weeks we have been in a fair bit of the mountain bike press. Here are some links to the latest articles.
When I put together our Backcountry Pyrenees mountain bike holiday it was never meant to be fixed in stone. The idea was always to develop it, change the route some years and generally keep it interesting for us and fresh for all the people who return year after year. Yeah, we will keep some trails as a core but we don´t want to be doing the same thing year after year, no matter how good it is! And, let me be honest here but please don´t tell Amaia, it´s great to load up the van and head into the mountains to ride bikes, eat good food and drink nice local wine all in the name of trail scouting. Read the post »
How many brake pads do you think we get through out during our mountain bike holiday season? For me it´s usually a set or two a month, more if we get bad weather. It adds up, meaning around 15-20 sets of brake pads a year and if you are buying them in the shops, even with a friendly price, it is a few hundred euros. I have tried various online shops with mixed success, some of them have been excellent and others variable. Recently I was contacted by Rahox to test some of their mountain bike brake pads. Read on to see how I got on. Read the post »
It was a comfortable 13 degrees in the Basque Country, with pretty blue skies and dry trails. Why then did we drive an hour south, deep into the frozen tundra of Navarra, where there were cloudy skies and cold winds forecast? Why were we pulling on thermals and filling flasks of coffee when we could be donning t-shirts and finishing our ride with beer on the beach? The answer can only be because we are a special kind of stupid. Sometimes though, the good adventures follow stupidity.
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