wet and gears...
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Richie Byrne makes like he's feeding the 5,000...
We spoke to 'Blast' winner Greg Callaghan about his new bike, set-up and title...
"The bike is a Solid Blade, supplied by OC Tuning. The intention was for the bike to be a winter training bike to be used for all mountain riding, but it turned out to handle the downhill stuff a lot better than expected, it also climbs like a xc full suss which is great and makes it the perfect bike for the Blast.
"I've had it out on 5 hour xc spins and gone for a days downhilling and it handled both better than I could have ever imagined, it really is an all round bike! I got the new 2011 Fox Talas forks with the kashima coating which feel amazing. We also built it up with Reverse components which helped keep the weight down and the strength up.
"We ended up building the perfect bike for The Epic Blast and I knew it would give me a good chance at the win yesterday... and that's exactly what it did.
"I have the option of running the bike at 160mm or 130mm of travel on the rear and chose for the 160mm setting for the blast because of the jumps and some of the rough bits. I made most of my time up on the downhill bits because of this but then managed to still stay ahead on the climbs. With Niall Davis being a xc rider and on a hardtail made it obvious that it would be tough to keep him behind me on the climbs, thankfully the bike pulled me up the climbs and I managed to fend him off and hold on to the end.
"I plan to use it for some of the Irish downhill races next year on some of the smaller, flatter courses and I think it will be more than able for it."
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Video by gavogavin
hosted on www.pinkbike.com that
proves its not about the results, its about the craic. There's nothing
like racing 300 riders for a space barely big enough for two, this was
the view shared with marshall Paul Cummin's - the eejit on the megaphone...
See the original at: http://www.pinkbike.com/video/160975/