Get the latest on our news from Bellingham and Kielder, whether it's new products or updates on the trails.
There has been a lot of work going on at Kielder since the start of 2016, with lots of changes across all the trails. KTR volunteers, FC staff and contractors have been very busy, and here are some of the highlights:-
Osprey trail - Berms at the end of Rickies Run completely reconfigured, so not as steep and tight as before, and a lot more fun to ride!
Descent to Fam's Bridge, site lines improved and turns tidied up.
Lonesome Pine trail - The trail profile has been flattened out and whacked to make it easier to hold a line on the Purdom Plunge section.
Oliver's Oscar descent has been resurfaced completely, with bigger berms and several other hand built features.
Loose stones removed, and some turns reprofiled on Skydive (descent after Skyspace).
Ant's Path "unofficial" shortcut now opened as a Black section on a trial basis.
Deadwater trail - Sightlines improved on 3 Dog descent (the new inner loop).
Jimmy's Hill section all resurfaced and rock gardens made (a little) easier!
Superbowl loop resurfaced and drained with hard and easy descent options.
The large right then left berms on Twist and Shout reshaped and surfaced and now ride scary fast!
Shake, Rattle and Roll section cleaned up a little, but left in it's original state as it is such a blast.
Skills Loop - Undergoing a complete revamp by KTR volunteers, should reopen soon.
So, never a better time to come up and ride at Kielder, where the trails are in their best condition for years.
All our 2015 Demo bikes have found good homes now, so in with the new!! We have a 5010 2 CC with XT AM build in Blue large and a Bronson 2 C with S AM kit in Matt Black medium.
Also our long awaited Hightower C in S AM 29 format has arrived. This is a large in the beautiful Burgundy finish. All the above are fitted with Invisiframe frame protection kits and raring to go.
I have already tried these new Santa's on our Kielder trails, and I am very impressed and might even be favouring the 29er over my old favourite the 5010? So please get in touch if you have an interest in trying any of the above. In fact if you want to try a Santa Cruz that we don't have, just let me know and we can arrange for one to be shipped to Kielder for you to try.
As another incentive, we will have 0% finance available soon!!
A diversion has been constructed to take riders off the section of trail that the Lewisburn almost washed away!
Until a more permanent fix is in place this does involve a short "off piste" section which is a bit soggy, and you might prefer to walk through it. Still lots better than having the whole trail closed.
Recent flood damage on the Lewisburn section has meant the whole trail has been closed today. An assessment will follow, and hopefully the trail will be able to be re-opened very soon, with any neccessary diversions in place.
Watch this space.
The large section of windlown trees on the long Blue trail (Osprey) have now been cleared which means all our trails are fully open!!
After such a prolonged period of heavy rain and wind, there are areas of trail damage and erosion on all the trails, so please ride with that in mind. These will be fixed as soon as the volunteers get time, so please ride with care.
The Oliver's Oscar descent on the Lonesome Pine trail is undergoing a major facelift. Signage is in place, but be aware that trail build volunteers could be working on the trail as you ride through, so take extra care and be prepared to stop if neccessary.
The rains and gales before Christmas made a bit of a mess of our Kielder trails, but following lots of hardwork by the chainsaw teams, we are almost back to normal.
Deadwater, Lonesome Pine and Bloody Bush trails are all fully open. The short Blue trail (Osprey Chick) is OK to ride, but there is still a large section of windblow on the long Osprey meaning that it remains closed for a little while longer. Lakeside Way is also fully open.
The Kielder Cycle Centre is back to normal Winter opening times (just closed Wednesday and Thursday), so let's see a few more of you up here getting those wheels turning!
Lonesome Pine has seen a lot of resurfacing/reprofiling recently and the 1st section off the Lakeside Way rides really well now. Further work is starting on the Oliver's Oscar section, which will make this fast descent so much smoother (and safer). So, no excuses, get yourselves up here to see the difference all this work has made.
By the way, if you want to lend a hand (the more help we get, the faster things get done) with the work the Kielder Trail Reavers are doing, then join one of our monthly build days (1st Sunday of each month). We have local guys out building during the week also, so if that suits you better, call Ian on 01434 250457.
Some 2016 models are now in stock, including the 603 hardtail in Medium or Large - a great package with Suntour lock out fork, 24 speed and on 27.5" wheels all for only £525!
Also on show is the 2016 905, which is probably the best trail hardtail out there. Geometry tweaked again to keep this bike ahead of the pack. Sporting a Revelation fork, Shimano brakes, 2 x 10 transmission and a KS stealth dropper post it's a mean machine for £1599. Most other 2016 Whyte models now available to order.
Our initial Demo Bikes will be a T129 RS in Large and a G160 in Medium. These have been fitted with Invisiframe kits and are ready to go.
Give us a call at Kielder if you would like to try either of these brilliant new models!
DON'T FORGET we have one brand new 2015 T130 S (large) left, which is reduced from £2299 to £1799!!
Also our T130 SX (small) Ex Demo bike is available with £300 off at £1699. It has literally been ridden 3 times, and was fitted with an Invisiframe kit from new. Nice little present for the lady in your life - dropper post and a nice Matt Aqua colour!!
The Bike Place at Kielder is now a Haibike Electric Bike Demo Centre. As we have a resident test fleet of MTB's and Hybrids and traffic free trails on our doorstep, there is no need to wait for a Demo day, you can try the new wave of electrical assistance at any time - just give us a call!!
We have only three bikes left to sell from our 2015 Demo fleet - an XDuro HardNine (29er hardtail) using the Bosch drive system, and two SDuro HardSeven (27.5" wheel hardtails) with the Yamaha power unit. All have big reductions on the new price (details in the online shop).
The first of our 2016 bikes have arrived (SDuro Hardseven 40cm) with more due very soon!! As demand for Haibike across Europe is running ahead of supply, it is essential to get forward orders placed to avoid delivery delays.
These bikes are the future for a lot of folk - why not book in for a demo, you will be surprised!!
Not wanting to go off road, but still fancy a bit of assistance?
We now have a fleet of Raleigh Motus electric hybrid bikes (Gents and Ladies frames) available for general hire!! They both have a 10 speed transmission, hydraulic rim brakes and four power modes. Also equipped with mudguards, rear carrier and sidestand. Both Gents and Ladies models have a 400W Bosch motor and are capable of up to 120 miles on a charge if run on the Eco setting. So, why not try before you buy with one of our hire models (4hrs for £30 or full day is £40). Hire cost refundable if purchase within 3 months. Everyone who has tried these bikes has realised what a game changer the electrical assistance is.
If 2 grand is beyond budget, but electrical assistance still on the agenda, there is the Raleigh Forge available at £1250. This bike uses the TransX front wheel drive system and is a very smooth ride (I've tried one!!). Not as big a range as the Motus, but more than adequate for a lot of uses. We have one of these on the Demo fleet also.
We have new Raleigh Motus in Gents or Step Thru frames and Raleigh Forge in stock for sale. These and any other Raleigh or Haibike can be purchased on 0% finance through our "Click and Collect" facility - just see our website homepage.
Our next Demo Day at Kielder Cycle Centre is now booked for April 3rd 2016, so call 01434 250457 for further info.
As a major Haibike Test Centre, in 2016 we will have our own branded gazebo, flags and a test fleet, and will be able to hold smaller demo sessions in other locations, so if you know any business or organisation that would like to try these bikes (and the Raleigh Ebike hybrids), then please get in touch.
There is quite a lot of work going on resurfacing and reprofiling sections of Lonesome Pine Trail at the moment.
Purdom Plunge (from the end of the boardwalk) has been completly resurfaced, and work will carry on down Oliver's Oscar to improve the corners and clear the loose stones.
The main thrust at the moment is on the Lewisburn section (as it leaves the Lakeside Way). Having completely resurfaced the first part of this section, to where it meets the banks of the Lewis Burn, the problem doing the next section was the lack of easy access to move stone in. Helicopter? - why not!! It took less than 2 hours to have 40tons of stone lifted in by helicopter - result!
With help from the Forestry Commission, the Kielder Trail Reaver volunteers have resurfaced all of this piece of trail to the bridge, and improved the flow with some added features. So now the whole of the 1st section of singletrack on Lonesome Pine has been resurfaced - smoother, faster and more fun!!
If you've ridden this recently we hope you have noticed the improvements, and if you would like to help out and speed this work up, then please contact Kevin or Ian at the Kielder Cycle Centre on 01434 250457 for further details.
Next work will be improving the descent down Oliver's Oscar - if you ride the Kielder trails, come and give us a hand.
The Bike Place is holding their next Electric Bike Demo Day at the Kielder Cycle Centre on Oct 18th.
In conjunction with Raleigh and Haibike, we will have a full rangeof Hybrid bikes, hardtail mountain bikes and full suspension trail bikes for you to try.
Call 01434 250457 to book your place to try some of the latest innovations in Electric Transport from the UK's leading Ebike brands.
Free Demo rides from 10am till 3pm. Please bring along your passport or a valid card we can hold as security.
If you fancy a bike with electrical assistance, bear in mind we have our 2015 fleet of Ex Demo Ebikes for sale with big savings against new!
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Then back to normal Winter Opening times.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all our customers. And remember "Keep riding!"