Emerald MTB Mountain Biking in Ireland

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01 January 2016 | Features

Hi and thank you for visiting Emerald MTB. My name is Owen Franssen and I have been an avid mountain biker for about 15 years. In 2015 I rekindled my love of this (sport, recreation, hobby call it what you like) after a few years out.  I found that in that relatively short period of time mountain biking had moved on considerably in almost all aspects - the bikes, the components, the sport and the types of events. As I was researching parts and components to use on my custom build new (to me) mountain bike it seems like a good idea to document some of the things I learned, some of the opinions and facts I came across and what real life usage was like on some of the products I tried.

In addition, with the Cube Munster Enduro Series starting this year, and with the Vitus Gravity Enduro holding a round at Ballyhoura which is relatively local to me I am planning on trying my hand at some gravity Enduro racing. And I’ll try and record my racing experiences here also.

I won’t limit it to racing though, there are plenty of great trails in the south west of Ireland that I would like to try and I’ll post photos of those on this site as well.

In short, Emerald MTB is intended to be a record of everything I see, do, ride and try involving mountain bikes in Ireland and possibly further afield.

Thank you for visiting, and please come back regularly to follow my mountain biking endeavours.

Owen Franssen
Owen Franssen

Owen is a long time mountain biker who loves to tinker with his own and other's bikes. Always ready to ride some where new and to try the latest and greatest.

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