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On One Inbred 29er For Sale

On One Inbred 29er For Sale

£650 ono

Has been used for bikepacking in the most part. Has also been general goto bike for quick blasts. It has marks, scratches and scuffs, as you would expect for a bike that has been used. Frameset was purchased about 1 year ago. Pedals are not included.

It’s a great ride, with or without the suspension. Comfy on long rides and a blast at the trail centres. Also perfect for load lugging when bikepacking.


Inbred 29er frameset size small (I am 5ft 8″ and ride it as is in the picture).
HST First 100mm suspension forks.
Charge chromo rigid forks (correct crown race is fitted for easy swapping).
Stans crest rims on superstar superlegara hubs with triziod freewheel. Very light.
Sram XO rear mech.
Sram X9 shifter.
Shimano SLX brakes with brand new pads.
Race Face Cranks.
Race Face 30t narrow wide chainring.
Richey comp stem.
FSA headset.
On One bars and seatpost.
Charge Spoon saddle.
Continental X King Protection tyres. Pretty much new.








Shimano 1×11 Speed, fits 10 speed freehubs



My 10 speed cassette, chain and rear mech where due to be replaced and as I was already using 1×10 with a 42 tooth One-Up this made sense as the next progression. I use Srams XX1 groupset on my race bike so I new 11 speed was the way to go for my winter bike.

It made sense price wise too, especially if you only need the cassette, mech, chain and shifter. All of which can be had for less than £150 if you look hard enough.

I thought do a really need to put a lengthy review? The answer is no, not really. It’s exactly what you would expect from an XT groupset. It just works, simple. Its huge bang for your buck…. nuff said. To be honest its hard to justify XTR and XX1 over XT now this new 1×11 groupset is out. OK, so its a little heavier, but not enough.

The best news is these XT 11 speed cassettes do fit on 10 speed freehubs. I have tested it on a Mavic, Hope and Superstar freehubs without problem.

Feels like forever since we had some nice weather


Was nice to actually be out on the MTB this week instead of being stuck indoors on the turbo trainer.

Managed to skive of work on Wednesday morning to do my usual telegraph pass loop. The weather was amazing.


Off to do the a loop over on the wayfarer nr Corwen tomorrow. Hopefully the weather will stay dry.


I’m Back

After somewhat of a break from posting on here I thought I would come back and take up where I left off.  I have still been riding, a lot, but not finding the time to update the site.

Lots of stuff planned for 2016, more on that to come.

Meanwhile I hope you all had a Happy Christmas and wish you a Happy New Year…..

For Sale, Canyon Nerve AL 9.9 SL 29er

As I no longer use it, its time to let it go. No point in it sitting there going to waste when someone else could make use out of it.  I have switched to a 29er hardtail since the beginning of the season for the MTB marathons I do.

It Canyons top of the line model from 2013, actually a better spec than this years model which costs £2599.  I have upgraded too by adding Sram XO gripshift and a stealth rockshox dropper seatpost.  Its converted to tubeless too.


  • Full Sram XO Groupset with gripshift and carbon cranks.
  • Fox Kashima Float CTD Forks
  • Fox Kashima Float CTD Rear Shock
  • Mavic Crossmax SLR wheels
  • Rockshox Stealth dropper seatpost
  • Size Small, 16″

I have got a couple of spare rear hangers too to go with it.

Its in great condition and I have looked after it as best I can. Everything still works as it should. There are a few scrapes here and there, most notable under the chain stay near the crankset from the chain and on the rear driveside spokes from chain slap.

I think £1800 is a fair price for a lot of bike.

I dont think posting is a good idea as have had bad experiences in the past.  I would happily meet somewhere or why not come over for the day and i will take you riding nearby.  After all we have some of the best riding right on our doorstep….

Contact me either by email or mobile. or 07812069669.


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Marin to Penmachno to Coed Y Brenin

The idea came about to attempt this as a charity ride to help raise money for someone we know that is suffering with Lyme Disease.  Her name is Bridey and any donations would be greatly received. To donate please go to

What we wanted to do was get from the trail head of the Marin trail, pass through Penmachno and then on to finish at Coed Y Brenin visitors centre, all off road as much as possible.  We had the full route plotted where we had 90-95% of it off road. Thanks to welsh weather and the constant pounding of wind and rain we had through December, some of it was looking unlikely to be rideable due to the terrible ground conditions. We would have had lots of peat bogs and the like to get through.

So the decision was made to cut one specific section out which we knew would probably be impassable.  This unfortunately meant adding in a bit more road which brought our off road count down to around 80%, which is still not bad.

Myself, Pete, Chris and Dafydd started at the trail head of the Marin at 8.30am in as a good a mood as was possible on a cold wet morning.  10 minutes in and it started raining, which it did pretty much on and off all day. At least there was no wind to speak off so it didn’t really bother us.

Dafydd and Chris were obviously quicker that myself and Pete and a pattern emerged that continued pretty much all day, them having to wait at the top of every hill.  There were certainly no Strava records being broken. We were still getting on with it, keeping the pace high enough to cope with and not stopping and chatting too much.

The Marin section went by quickly enough and we were soon on the climb up and over Llyn Elsi. The old track over to Pont Y Pant was as splish splashy as expected, with the well known puddles of doom. We took it it in turns to open the gates so we didn’t have to slow the pace down too much.

A short ish climb brought my favourite double track descent with fast sweeping bends, a good 30+ mph descent.  Some of it covered with a thick layer of pine needles which made guessing how much grip there was quite entertaining. The downside to this was we had lost a lot of height, all of which and more we had to gain back.  A good deal of climbing later and we meet the turning point where we join Penmachno.  This is about the halfway mark for those doing loop 2.

Penmachno was reliably wet and puddly, even in the middle of summer it doesn’t dry up so it was no surprise to find a constant stream of water on the ground. Going in this direction we were covering the hardest part of the trail, very rough and technical which meant we were falling behind our already fraying schedule. Lots of trees down meant a diversion cut some of the slowest part out, which actually was a blessing.  Because we had to get to the trail head we decided to cut the second to last  single track out and roll down the double track to the start of the last descent.  Dafydd started suffering with little or no back brake at this point, which was no big deal as he just lived without it and it turned out to be the only mechanical issue of the day.

A slight uphill road climb took us to Cwm Penmachno and the foot of a very steep quarry climb. Around a mile of what felt like near vertical hike a bike. I complained a lot about this as I hate pushing/carrying my bike and I am a bit partial to a good whinge if the mood takes me. Just when I thought we had reached the top we pop out of some trees and a greeted with the worse part of all. I suffered up this last bit and had to get Pete to get my bike of my back as my back was about to give out.  Note to self, don’t come this way again…

We were now about an hour behind our original schedule and Dafydd’s partner Sian had been hanging around all morning waiting to meet us with food and a hot drink.  We finally had some signal so we could phone her to meet us in Llan Ffestiniog instead of Trawsfynydd. All we had to do is roll down a massive descent to meet her. Typically it had to start raining, it was so cold that I got an ice cream headache on the way down. Thankfully Sian had already arrived at the bottom with hot tea and loads of grub. Pete and Dafydd cheated and changed into dry clothes leaving myself and Chris thinking that was probably a really good idea…

Fully fed and watered we were of again on the last stint of the ride. This was the part of the route that was changed thanks to the ground conditions. Dafydd had told us about the new cycle path up and around the far side of Trawsfynydd lake. So that was the new plan and after a bit of main road slog we reached the power station. The new track had only been open a couple of weeks so it made for some nice riding. Having expected it to be flat there was a sting in the tail when it ramped up quite a lot. A surprisingly hard little climb, but left with fantastic views down across the lake and mountains. Not to mention the descent was a good giggle.

Back on the road and we were climbing for the last time. Its quite a climb too, not steep, just long. Weirdly my legs decided to wake up and was able to keep up with Chris and Dafydd for the first time that day. Probably an element of them slowing down a bit but I felt great. How annoying it happened after 6 hours of riding. Maybe I have to do a 6 hour warm up before every event I do??

We swing of the road and before we know it we are descending into Coed Y Brenin. This last part of the ride was flying by, far quicker than the Marin/Penmachno slog. Fast spin down the double track before we turned sharp right onto the Beginning of the End down to the car park at the vistors centre.  Just short of 50 miles with over 2000 metres of climbing in 7 hours. Not a bad little ride out.

A quick change into some warm cloths and we made it into the cafe before it closed for a nice cup of tea and some chips courtesy of Petes wallet. There were a couple of low points when the weather beat us down a bit but generally a great days riding with some good company.

I have to thank Sian for hanging around all day and supplying us with food and hot drinks. Along with my wife Iris for getting up way to early so she could ferry me to and from the start/finish.  A bit of a shameless plug but if you are ever in need of somewhere to stay when you come and visit Coed Y Brenin/Snowdonia, Dafydd and Sian run a fantastic Bed and Breakfast called the Old Skool and is perfectly geared up to accommodate MTB’ers and all their kit. Check out their Facebook page They are the perfect hosts.

If we were ever to do it again I think it should be done in the opposite direction and in the summer.  It would mean it would be 100% ridable and it would include the better parts of both Penmachno and the Marin. Most of all though, I wouldn’t have to push/carry up that ridiculously steep climb.

A great ride to start the year, may they continue like this…..


The Manx 100

As there is still no news on the Kielder 100 I felt I needed something to work towards for 2014 as I missed having nothing to aim for this year.

Not many 100+ events to choose from and lots of good reviews of the Manx 100 so took the benefit of saving £10 and entered.  Will need a couple of other riders to come along in the van to help pay for the ferry otherwise it will become too expensive.

My wife has offered to be support crew for the day which will help a lot.

Better start training then…….

Kielder 100 News

I happened to be talking to someone recently who runs fairly big events. I cant say who yet as I have been asked not to say much in case it doesn’t happen.

The general gist is they are in talks regards taking over the event next year and it all looks promising.

Please don’t take this as gospel. I have taken part in a lot of his events over the years, so I have no reason to think he is talking rubbish but I don’t want to get to excited at this point.

Will keep you posted if and when I hear more.


Its December and its dry….. WooHoo…

Just been out for a reminder as to what hills are after a weeks riding in Holland. Can’t believe how dry the ground is, was able to take those silly plastic flappy things off that stop your nappy getting wet.  Ground hasn’t been this dry since the summer.

Should have thought about the direction I took, had a massive head wind and nearly got overtaken by someone walking their dog and smoking a fag, much to their amusement.  Should have gone down the Telegraph and not up, would have flown….

Lets hope this weather lasts.