Afan Valley Bike Shed Demo

Afan Valley Bike Shed Demo Weekend

We hosted our annual Afan Valley Bike Shed Demo event at the weekend, giving you guys the opportunity to try out the very latest mountain bikes from all of our store brands. In case you missed it, here’s a recap…

Clear blue skies and a crisp autumn chill beckoned a flood of eager riders on both Saturday and Sunday morning, with a queue of demo’ers lining up before the doors officially opened at 09:00. By depositing a form of ID and a bank card, along with £15 per person, riders were issued a wristband and a demo slip which entitled them to ride as many test bikes as possible throughout the day.

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After signing on, demo’ers were faced with a pretty tough decision: which bike to try first? With the likes of Orange, Transition, Marin, Cannondale, GT and Whyte on offer, there were many tempting choices. However, when you have a full day of sunshine, numerous trails lying in wait, everyone had the opportunity to try a few different models.

The Orange stand was quite popular throughout the weekend after bringing a few new Alpine 6 E-bikes along for trying out. We’re seeing more and more electric mountain bikes on the trails these days, and whether you love them or hate them, they’re here to stay. For many riders who came along, the chance to spin the legs with some motorised assistance satisfied many curious minds, usually accompanied by a pretty big smile.

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A similar story for Marin, who bought along their fleet of mountain bikes including the latest Rift Zone full-suspension bike, the San Quentin hardtail and, of course, the highly sought-after Wolfridge with its distinguishable swing-arm.

To complete the full mountain biker ensemble, Kali Protectives, ION and Smith Optics attended the Demo weekend with their latest range of softgoods, clothing and helmets as well.

However, the weekend wasn’t just about mountain bikers demo’ing the latest bikes; we saw so many new faces as well. Along with the hardcore regulars, a few newcomers got well and truly involved too, some who were entirely new to MTB. Is there any better way to get a feel for the sport than riding a spanking new bike on our local trails? We didn’t think so.

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If you thought that the trail fairies came to maintain and shape our trails, then you’re sorely mistaken. Much of the grafting comes from the generous volunteers at Cognation who are responsible for improving existing trails and building new ones. Because we want to keep the Afan trails running smoothly and safely, all proceeds from the demo weekend went straight to Cognation so that they can continue their invaluable work at maintaining and improving the vast South Wales MTB trail network.

Throughout the demo weekend, we had it all; fantastic weather, a wide variety of awesome new bikes and crowds of you guys to help make it a roaring success. Hopefully, we’ve helped to convert a few new faces to the sport too!

If you missed out this year, don’t worry because they’ll be more Demo events to come at the Afan Valley Bike Shed in the future. For all the latest news, be sure to follow our Facebook page and Instagram account, so you never miss a pedal stroke again.

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For more of the weekend’s action, check out the gallery below.