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New for Summer 2014 we are really proud to be able to announce that we have been selected by Kingdom Bike to work with them as a test centre for their All Mountain / Enduro bike, the Hex.

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The Hex is a beauty, hand crafted in Titanium with carbon highlights to keep the weight down to an amazing 13Kg on what is a 160mm front  / 145mm rear travel beast of an Enduro machine. Take a test ride with us and claim a 10% discount on your own new Hex.

Hope Technology

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Since 2013 we have been using the fantastic Hope brakes. Initially with the Tech 2 X2 and M4 brakes and currently with the Tech 3 X2 and E4 brakes. All the Kingdom bikes are fitted with the fantastic E4 models, offering fade free, progressive braking. Perfect for the loose descents here in Tenerife where you need great modulation and feel from your brakes. The standard bikes (Marin Mount Vision and Wolf Ridge) use the X2 brakes, which offer a little less outright power, but are perfect for the easier XC rides and yet still up to the challenge of a little enduro action.

The rider experience is enhanced with the fantastic drilled lever, which gives great feel and grip. There is also both reach and bite point adjustment to allow you to dial in that perfect lever position and bite point for you.

From our point of view, they also offer great value. Yes, they are a little more expensive up front, but unlike lots of other brakes out there, they are fully repairable with all the components available to service and repair your brakes. That has to be more eco friendly than throwing broken brakes away!

We look forward to a long relationship with Hope products whilst we fly the flag for UK engineering here in the Canary Islands!

Uberbike Components

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If their good enough for the SPS (Steve Peat Syndicate) then their good enough for us. So we have also teamed up with Uberbike Components to use their fantastic brake pads. Yes, Uberbike sell much more than just brake pads, just take a look at their website to see the extent of their range.

We tried a number of brake pad compounds from Uberbike and other companies before we eventually settled on the Uberbike Race Matrix versions. The Race Matrix pads provide us with long lasting, quiet and powerful stopping power. You'll get the feel of an organic pad, with life almost as good as a sintered pad, but without the squealing, what's not to love there?

Fifty Cycles

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We are happy to now run with Fifty Cycles AKA Fifty Fifty who supply all our flat pedals needs along with narrow - wide chain rings. We hope to soon also be using their AM stems and bars to create a perfect cockpit on our bikes.

If you would like to purchase Fifty - Fifty products please contact us.

Squirt Bike Lube

Like so many dry lube users we used Pedros Ice Wax for a long time. Then recently I saw some feedback on Squirt lube on some internet forums and got hold of a sample.

squirt100x100What can I say, it was a revelation. Squirt doesn't pick up any trail dirt or dust like the Ice Wax did. On top of that, the Squirt lasts around 3 times longer on the chain than the Ice Wax did. We normally had to reapply the Ice Wax after every ride as the chains were showing signs of being dry. But as a test I ran my bike without reapplying any lube and managed just under 200kms of dry dusty trails before the chain started to sound dry. Something that usually happened after about 40kms with the Pedros.

We're converted as we're sure you will be once you try it.

Squirt is a wax based, long lasting dry lube for the use on bicycle chains.

This liquid lubricant has unique properties that make it ideal for use in any cycling condition. It had been developed to give better lubrication, last longer and keep the chain cleaner over extreme distances for both MTB and road cycling. No degreasing is required.

Squirt is an emulsion that is blended under special controlled conditions from a number of waxes. This process gives it a unique smooth texture that makes it very easy to apply. No separation will take place under normal storage conditions and no clogging of the nozzle will occur.

Due to Squirt's composition, build-up due to dirt does not occur and no grinding paste will form.

Continuous application can be done without having to clean the chain. Excess wax that gets expelled by the chain does not attract dirt, hardens slightly and falls off during riding. Cleaning with a dry brush is adequate. This lubricant also sticks to the chain longer and extends lubrication intervals.