MAVIC: Sam HILL VS Kilian BRON | DUSTED

MAVIC: Sam HILL VS Kilian BRON | DUSTED

Sharing a ride with Sam is always an amazing experience. I had the opportunity to join him at his home for few weeks, not so far from Perth – WA. In « DUSTED », we just enjoyed a day sharing some laps on a dusty flow trail around the Murray Valley.

What a feeling to follow him drifting on every corners with incredible ease, as usual... It's disconcerting to see him flying down the trail but that was also a real pleasure to try to catch him up! That's simply the best way to learn to ride!

Sam is a true passionnate. Not only for races, he just likes to ride mountain bikes, and share good times with his friends and family. A humble and discreet legend, already prep’d for thefirst rounds of the 2019 enduro world series.

On my side, I use to spend the most of my time in the mountains, discovering new trails all around the world. Even if I'm mostly focused on my original trips and media projects, racing and spending time with the all Intense Mavic Collective team is a good way to challenge myself and see all my friends reunited in the same event.

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Stages Cycling: SRAM DUB IS HERE

Stages Cycling: SRAM DUB IS HERE

Any bike. Any drivetrain. Any rider. 
Stages Gen 3 Carbon BB30 power meters are now compatible with SRAM DUB mountain cranks.

Stages Cycling BB spindles are available in six options
A) SRAM Red 22 BB30 
B) SRAM Force 22, Rival 22, Force/Rival CX1 
C) 2015MY SRAM BB30 mountain cranks – 9mm spacer* 
D) 2015MY SRAM BB30 mountain cranks – 15.5mm spacer*
E) Race Face Next SL – 168mm q factor
F) Specialized S-Works Road – 2017/2018MY 
G) SRAM DUB MTB

NORCO BICYCLES: All Roads One Bike - The Norco Section

NORCO BICYCLES: All Roads One Bike - The Norco Section

Big rides can take you to all kinds of places, on all kinds of roads, through all kinds of conditions –the riding that inspired us to create the Section. This bike is built to own the asphalt and attack unpaved surfaces. With its carefully-engineered materials providing vertical compliance and lateral stiffness, the Section’s large volume tires combine with its flat mount disc brakes and ample bottle & fender mounts to elevate every ride on every road.

Stages Cycling: HOW TO RIDE, RACE AND TRAIN YOUR WAY THROUGH A COLD.

Stages Cycling: HOW TO RIDE, RACE AND TRAIN YOUR WAY THROUGH A COLD.

Ready or not, it’s cold and cold season is here. Fortunately, a common cold doesn’t have to wipe out your hard-earned fitness or seriously disrupt your winter training plans. All you have to do is know how to spot signs of illness coming on before it his and manage workload accordingly. This will have you back in the saddle at full strength ASAP, missing significant training time.

Ben Sharp, former USA Cycling Olympic Program Coach, and current Power Education Specialist at Stages Cycling, sat down to talk tips on dealing with training through cold season and minimizing time off the bike.

Sharp’s number one piece of advice:“If the cold is in your head, you can train at a moderate level, but if the cold is in your chest, you shut it down no matter what.”

This means if you have the classic ‘head cold’ symptoms: stuffed up but runny nose, sneezing, sore throat, you actually can continue to train at a moderate level. But once that cold gets into your lungs and you start coughing up phlegm, complete rest is the only way to making your condition worse and missing even more time on the bike.

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Welcome PROBAR

Welcome PROBAR

We are pleased to announce, we now proudly represent PROBAR products!

When Jeff Coleman moved to Park City, Utah in 2002, he was an ‘eat whatever’s there’ kind of guy. Exploring hundreds of miles of Park City trails changed him as it occurred to him that Philly Cheesesteaks and martinis were not the best choices for refueling. Jeff wanted to make more informed decisions about nutrition. He sought out a well-respected local food coach to help educate him about the nutritional benefits of eating simple, real foods. He learned that good, whole food was integral not only to athletic performance, but also overall health and wellness. Jeff’s cheesesteak days were over!

Soon after, at a health food store in Park City, Jeff tried a locally made energy bar. He was surprised a bar so healthy didn’t taste like flavored cardboard. The bar was truly delicious! In one bite PROBAR® smashed all his preconceived notions of what a sports nutrition bar could taste like. Jeff was convinced “In this busy world, we are constantly at risk of making unhealthy food choices. PROBAR® is a great tasting, whole food alternative that is convenient and uncompromising in quality.” Within a month he committed to fund and grow the company, eventually going on to buy it outright.

Jules Lambries soon joined PROBAR® as director of sales. Jules, like Jeff, was passionate about PROBAR® and knew that others would be too. His first order of business was to introduce the bars to a wider audience. Jules, his wife and three kids set off on what turned into a two-year road trip, during which time they lived out of their RV as PROBAR® ambassadors. Jules’ wife even gave birth to their fourth child during their travels! Now, years later, as PROBAR’s president, Jules maintains that same level of passion and dedication.

Led by Jeff and Jules, PROBAR® has grown into a nationally recognized brand while remaining true to its roots. The vision that drove PROBAR® in its early days has never wavered and is engendered in PROBAR’s employees, partners, vendors, and customers. PROBAR® will continue to focus on its mission:

PROBAR® creates delicious, convenient, healthy, plant-based food products. We strive to become the leading provider of REAL FOOD choices, always maintaining our commitment to quality, sustainability, and fantastic taste.

Feedback Sports: TLC for Your Bike Repair Stand

Feedback Sports: TLC for Your Bike Repair Stand

Your trusty wash and work stand has tirelessly held onto your bike(s) hundreds of times so you can freely use both hands to wash, fiddle, adjust, and dial in your favorite ride to keep it in tip top shape, but when is the last time you gave your stand a little love in return? The nice thing about our line of bike repair stands is that they don’t require much, but with a little bit of TLC and inspection of potentially worn parts, you can keep your stand functioning like the first day you laid eyes on each other.  If you’re into bike maintenance and keeping everything in tip-top shape–why not include your bike repair stand?  Read on to find out how to keep things wash and work  running smoothly, which leads to your bike running smoothly, which in turn leads to adorable canines and world peace.

Now that your stand is dirty from the grime that has come off of your bike from a good season of riding, here are a few helpful tips and tricks to get your stand dialed so you can focus on keeping your bike clean and happy.

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WHAT TO BUY: EVERYTHING A BEGINNER MOUNTAIN BIKER NEEDS (AND DOESN’T!)

By Melinda Fayette - G-Form

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Perhaps you’re looking for a fun way to get in shape, breathe some fresh clean air, and explore the great outdoors. Possibly you have some mountain biking friends who won’t stop talking about the thrill of singletrack.

Maybe, you just think the bikes look rad. In any case, you’ve decided to give mountain biking a try. With a bit of preparation, you can join your fellow MTB enthusiasts for the ride of your life.

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Feedback Sports: The Importance of a Bike Fit

Feedback Sports: The Importance of a Bike Fit

The average pro bike racer is in the saddle around 30 hours for a hard training week, about half that for an “easy week.” The Tour de France covers around 3500 km (2200 mi). If we’re talking about mere mortals: logging 10 to 15 hours a week in your cycling training plan would get you the respectable head-nod within your local racing scene.  Seven to 10 hours/week would keep you fit as a fiddle. But whether your weekly rides total three hours or 30, if your bike doesn’t fit you properly, you could be in for a world of pain.

A poor fit might start with something fairly innocuous like saddle sores, mild discomfort, or a weak pedal stroke, but it can quickly progress to knee and back injuries or worst of all … slower speeds and reduced power!  In short: there’s a long, negative list of very bad things that can easily be avoided with the right fit and accessories.

If you google “How to fit yourself on a bike,” you’ll get plenty of advice. Pages and pages of advice via step-by-step tutorials, videos, etc. But we suggest consulting a professional for several very basic, yet key reasons:

 EVERY ATHLETE IS DIFFERENT

One person’s femur length, hip flexion, arm-reach, core muscles, pelvis width, etc. is quite different than another’s. When things are out of whack (which can be hard to diagnose just by just looking down at your bike/body) your body will attempt to compensate and that’s when folks get injured.

A PROPER FIT ENSURES COMFORT

Comfort leads to enjoyment, which leads to more riding, which leads to puppies and butterflies (or puppies and cyclocross) and World peace.

A WELL-FIT BIKE IS A FAST BIKE

That’s right. If you’re not riding with an optimal fit, you’re likely sacrificing speed and power. Why would anyone ever want to do that?

BIKE PERSONALIZATION

A good fit might mean swapping out certain things like handlebars, saddle, stem, pedals, shoes, etc. This is referred to as “bike personalization” in Fit-Land. If you’ve been a cyclist for a while, you might have an arsenal of spare parts and accessories in your garage. But if not, not to worry! A professional bike fitter can make suggestions, swap out accessories, and make these adjustments for you, right at the shop or their studio so you can “try before you buy.”

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Water Cycle | Chapter 2 - Ocean, Surf by Bike

Water Cycle | Chapter 2 - Ocean, Surf by Bike

Inspired by the 71% of the planet covered by water, Blackburn Design has created WATER CYCLE, an ongoing documentary film project. In the second chapter, OCEAN, we follow Ashley Llyod Thompson, a surf shaper from Santa Cruz, California. Ashley took time away from her shaping studio to travel with her husband and son to Mexico in search of quiet surf breaks. Many of the best breaks are tough to access and aren’t on any map. Fat bikes made the most sense to enjoy these secret places. Along the way, she found some beautiful quiet moments with the ocean and with her family. These are the simple joys that life on a bike can bring. Ashley has been an avid surfer since she was a child, eventually turning her passion into a career shaping surfboards and teaching new riders. As she became closer to her craft and the ocean around her, she adopted an emphasis on sustainable building practices that respected both her ability to ride huge waves, and desire to do as little harm as possible to the planet. Our fragile oceans sustain life on our planet, but increasingly, they are polluted with plastic waste. This waste can range from single use plastic products like cup lids, and take out bags, to microscopic particulates that kill fish and foul beaches. Protecting our oceans is important to Blackburn and so for this project we’ve partnered with Sustainable Surf to bring attention to the continued need to be stewards of our oceans. If this is something that resonates with you, consider becoming involved with one of Sustainable Surfs initiatives. sustainablesurf.org/ Featured at: blackburndesign.com/ocean CREATIVE Ocean was directed by Nicole Mackinlay Hahn. Mackinlay Hahn grew up in New York, where she worked at for the family business on Fire Island National Seashore. Curious, adventurous, and with a drive for honesty, she began making films in 8th grade using her brother’s pixelvision camera. Since then, she has collaborated on projects throughout the US, Africa, and the UK. Brian Vernor, a noted filmmaker and photographer, is provided art direction for the film. Brian has long been a Blackburn collaborator and will be making certain that each story in the project has a distinct point of view, while still holding close to the overall theme and vision. Ocean was produced by Robin Sansom, a long time Blackburn collaborator and a principal of Offsite Studios, a brand and content agency. Chris McNally returned for the second chapter of Water Cycle by providing the amazing illustrations. Follow and like us at: instagram.com/blackburndesign facebook.com/BlackburnDesign twitter.com/BlackburnDesign vimeo.com/blackburndesign ABOUT BLACKBURN In 1975, Jim Blackburn looked at the at the emerging cycling culture and knew he could make a difference. That meant thinking from the end-user perspective, showing respect for materials and their functionality, while offering purpose-built design and innovation. Over the years, Blackburn has adopted and honed those principles to build quality gear that allows people to go further, do more and be better prepared for everyday and extraordinary adventures alike.

From VitalMTG: Tested: Race Face Next R Carbon Wheelset

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Let's be honest, we are sick of narrow rims that ride like cooked spaghetti and hardly support a 2.3-inch tire. All of us are looking for some extra advantage to let us slap that corner harder or hit that off-camber line just a little bit left of that sketchy root – you know the one. Bikes are becoming more capable, and newer, wider wheels offer real benefits over the older, narrower wheel that might be on your ride. Race Face is trying to help you get into this decade by designing the Next R wheelset around a 31mm internal width carbon fiber rim and their fast-engagement Turbine hubs to keep you on the cutting edge.

Carbon wheels done right can be amazing. Done wrong, they can have a bone-shaking impact on the quality of your ride. We were looking forward to getting the new Next R wheelset on the dirt to find out if they hit the bullseye or need to go back to the drawing board. This is their first carbon wheelset, after all, though they do have their sister company Easton to lean on for experience.

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Giro Knit Collection

Giro Knit Collection

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You’ve seen knit technology in athletic footwear, but you haven’t seen it in cycling… until now. Introducing our new engineered Xnetic™ Knit (pronounced ex-net-ic) for unparalleled comfort and breathability. Xnetic™ Knit technology was developed for the specific needs of performance cycling. A TPU skeletal system provides support where you need it, while the knit offers suppleness for superior sock-like comfort. The porous knit material makes the entire upper breathable, giving you a shoe that has superior ventilation and drying time.

Don’t confuse this knit footwear with a fragile sweater, because these shoes stand up to the elements. The Xnetic™ Knit is DWR-treated for water repellency and easy cleaning after grimy rides. Rubber or TPU toe and heel guards provide abrasion resistance and superior durability.
Simply speaking, they are built to tackle the road, trails and any environment where your adventure takes you.

Plus, the style of knit is simply undeniable.

Yakima Unveils New Fall Line

Yakima Unveils New Fall Line

Yakima has released their 2017 fall line of vehicle accessories to accommodate a broad range of trending outdoor activities.

Covering a variety of price points, from entry to premium, the new products provide gear hauling solutions for trending activities, including kayak fishing, off-roading and stand-up paddle boarding, plus seasonal snow sports products.

At the center of the fall product launch are the OffGrid Cargo Basket, the LongArm Truck Bed Extender, the FatCat Evo, an update to the snow sports mount, and the FatCat ShowDown – the first side-loader for kayaks and SUP’s.

 

Article by SGB Media

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Bike Radar Reviews Giro Cinder MIPS Helmet

Bike Radar Reviews Giro Cinder MIPS Helmet

By: Ben Delaney | May 27, 2017 7:00am GMT

The Giro Cinder is a MIPS road helmet that costs just over half as much as the California company’s top-end Synthe MIPS.

I love the fit and feel of the Cinder, except for on hot days and/or when doing strenuous climbs. In those situations, the difference in ventilation to the Synthe becomes quite apparent.

CINDER MIPS VS. SYNTHE MIPS, IN FIT AND VENTILATION

Visually the two are quite similar, and while there are small differences in the size and shape of the vents, the main difference in air flow lies within the helmets.

The Synthe uses Giro’s Roc Loc Air retention system, which keeps the helmet slightly off the head, especially at the front. This design allows a little more airflow across the forehead.

The Cinder uses Giro’s Roc Loc 5 retention system, which is anchored at the temples of the helmet. The front pad of the Cinder lays right on top of the MIPS liner, which in turn lays flat against the foam body of the helmet.

So Roc Loc Air is better than Roc Loc 5, right? Well, here’s the thing: over months of testing I have found myself grabbing the Cinder over the Synthe most of the time for a couple of reasons.

One, the Cinder just feels more comfortable to me, perhaps because the weight of the helmet is distributed throughout the inside, inside of resting on just the 360-degree plastic Roc Loc Air band.

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Bell's Sean Coffey Comments on Latest Helmet Tech

Bell's Sean Coffey Comments on Latest Helmet Tech

Through distributor ZyroFisher, Bell Helmets has experienced a number of significant successes in recent years, with top athletes such as Danny Hart and Rachel Atherton wearing its products on their way to becoming World Champions.

The brand’s 2017 helmet collection builds on its success in the MTB category with a range of Road helmets that feature a host of performance and safety innovations.

We sat down with Bell’s Sean Coffey who gave us an insight into Bell Helmets: “We are in a constant state of brainstorming and concept development. That’s why Bell has so many technology ‘firsts’ within the cycling helmet realm. The Bell Zephyr was a ground-up development with the goal of pushing the boundaries in terms of energy management, maximum ventilation and incredible fit and comfort. Concepts like Progressive Layering made sense to consider as it allows us to create an incredibly complex structure for absorbing a broad spectrum of impacts.”

The Progressive Layering in Bell’s Zephyr is more than just the use two different densities of EPS foam, it’s also the replacement of the internal nylon roll cage support structure with a second in-molded polycarbonate shell for the inner layer, essentially two helmets in one. This approach allowed Bell to meet their energy management goals while also incorporating some exceptionally aggressive vents.

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Yakima Cargo Boxes: California Grown

Yakima Cargo Boxes: California Grown

EACH OF OUR CARGO BOXES IS A TESTIMONY TO SMART ENGINEERING, ADVANCED EQUIPMENT, AND OUR CALIFORNIA CREW’S COMMITMENT TO CRAFT. TAKE A PEAK BEHIND THE SCENES.

Raw sheets – made from up to 80% recycled material – are thermoformed into shape.

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A rough cut is made by machine then gets trimmed by hand for a precise, clean finish.

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A skilled, trained team member carefully installs hinges, locks and hardware.

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The box is thoroughly inspected, polished up and ready to ship.

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Yakima Launches "Yakima Garage" Digital Training for Retailers

Yakima Launches "Yakima Garage" Digital Training for Retailers

Lake Oswego, OR — Apr 6, 2016

Yakima Products, Inc., the innovation leader in vehicle racks and cargo solutions, has announced the launch of the Yakima Garage, a new digital training platform for all Yakima retailers and retail associates. The platform is hosted by Sparc, the top provider of web-based enterprise technologies that allow brand partners to communicate, educate, promote, and transact business with their dealers and brand ambassadors from a single integrated platform.

Yakima is optimizing this engaging, media-rich platform with high-quality retail training videos, valuable product updates and company news. By accessing its content, users can earn rewards points for pro deal pricing on products and Yakima merchandise. Yakima Garage also features monthly contests for new products and other prizes.

“Spring 2016 marks the biggest product launch in Yakima’s history. Since our retail partners are at the heart of connecting our brand with the consumer, it became more important than ever to find the best way to engage and empower them. We love how Sparc has enabled us to create an experience for our retailers that is completely authentic to our brand,” said Jason McGibbon, Vice President of Sales at Yakima. “It’s one more way that we can strongly support our dealers – who have been our backbone since we got our start in 1979. We’re excited to continue our investment in our retailers and independent biker dealers, and make it even easier for them to connect Yakima with our shared customers.”

“Yakima is a legendary brand with the fantastic mission of getting more people into the outdoors with friends and family. We’re stoked to partner with them and to empower their retailers with the stories behind Yakima and their category-defining products,” said John Telfer, Sparc Business Development Director. “Thanks to the Yakima Garage, these key brand ambassadors – Yakima’s retailers and independent bike dealers – can work even better with their customers and connect them to the outdoor experiences that Yakima products enable.”

Added McGibbon, “Yakima Garage is a fantastic compliment to our Road Warriors and Rack Dawg in-person, hands-on training programs. It’s the next best way to provide in-depth training to retail associates. This in depth training is paramount to ensuring the sales staff understands how Yakima is the absolute best at making the consumer experience easy from start to finish.”

About Yakima
Yakima Products, Inc. is a world leader in vehicle racks and cargo solutions for a variety of consumers, from outdoor enthusiasts to car aficionados. The portfolios of brands include Yakima, Whispbar and Prorack. Each of the individual brands offer a variety of cargo management products including racks for bikes, boats, ski equipment and other gear, cargo boxes and bags and high performance multi-sport trailers. The Yakima Products, Inc. global headquarters is in Lake Oswego, Oregon. For more information, visit www.yakima.com.

Bikes That Can Survive the Himalayas: Vittoria

Bikes That Can Survive the Himalayas: Vittoria

Vittoria's graphene-laced tires can take a beating while staying thin. PC Brian Klutch

Vittoria's graphene-laced tires can take a beating while staying thin. PC Brian Klutch

From Popular Science Magazine

When you’re mountain biking in extreme conditions, you want tires that are light enough for nimble handling, sticky enough to grip rocky and rooty trails, and tough enough to last. Most can’t do it all: Beefy tires have bite, but they’re sluggish; light tires are nimble, but they wear out quickly or puncture.

Vittoria’s new Mezcal and Morsa tires eliminate that trade-off once and for all. They are infinitely tough and elegantly maneuverable.

Here’s why. Graphene, in its most basic form, is a sheet of pure carbon just a single atom thick. It is half the density of aluminum, which means it’s light and extremely elastic.

Vittoria uses graphene that is two to eight atoms thick—nearly invisible. By adding it to mountain-bike tires, Vittoria achieves the dream combo of characteristics—light, sticky, and tough—that rubber can’t on its own. In fact, adding graphene to rubber creates a tire that changes depending on how you ride. When riding on a straightaway, the tire stays relatively hard. When braking or cornering, it softens.

Vittoria uses graphene that is two to eight atoms thick--nearly invisible.

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This article was originally published in the March/April 2016 issue of Popular Science, under the title “Bike Tires That Can Survive the Himalayas.”