Since their invention in the ’70’s, mountain bikes have changed a lot, going from robust multi-functional bikes to high-tech sport machines. The suspension technology in particular has opened the door to a new dimension of riding, comfort and fun. Nowadays, there are so many different bike types for so many different uses. Fabricants and special interest magazines usually divide mountain bikes into the following categories: Cross Country, Trail, All Mountain, Enduro and Freeride/DH.
WHO AM I AND WHAT DO I NEED?
If you are already an active mountain biker, you will be able to define your profile quite easily. If you are a beginner, then you should first think about what you are expecting from your bike and what brings you the most fun. Here are some features that can help you evaluate yourself.
I AM A XC RACER
You like performance and light weight. You want to ride fast and you like competition. More than 100mm of travel is secondary for you.
You need a Scale RC or a Spark RC from the Cross Country category.
Tip: HARDTAIL (SCALE) OR FULL SUSPENSION (SPARK)?
Because of its front and back suspension, a full suspension bike, or “Fully” is normally about 1 kg heavier than a comparable hardtail which only has a front suspension system. However, the comfort of a Fully will allow you to save strength, will give you more confidence and will bring you much more fun. In most cases, mountain bikers are better off with a Fully. Nevertheless, if you are planning to race Cross Country or if you have a small budget, you should go for a hardtail.
I AM A TRAIL RIDER
You like your bike light, comfortable and playful. Even if you keep an eye on racing, you are more interested about having fun than actually competing.
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 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
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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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.
It’s been a while since road helmets offered much in the way of genuine innovation, so the release of Bell’s new Zephyr might be something to get excited about.
Where most use a polycarbonate shell to house a single-density EPS liner, the Zephyr’s EPS is dual-density, essentially two shells nestled one inside the other.
‘We’ve called this Progressive Layering,’ says Bell’s Sean Coffey.
‘It creates a structure for absorbing a broad spectrum of impacts – regular EPS for severe impact protection, over lower-density EPS that reduces transmitted forces at lower speeds.’
What’s more, the two densities vary in thickness based on Bell’s crash research data on where different types of crash are most likely to impact the helmet.
Bell has backed up the Zephyr’s unique shell with additional security in the form of an integrated MIPS liner in its Float Fit Race retention system.
MIPS, available in several brands’ helmets but never before integrated, is a plastic insert that moves independently of the shell to reduce twisting forces on the skull and neck in the event of an impact.
The world looks a little different when shot from a GoPro. The small, nearly indestructible cameras give a first-person point of view to everything from base-jumping to fire eating to Brazilian capoeira. The videos offer a front row seat to an extreme sport for couch dwellers, or maybe just those who can’t afford extreme adventures, and are always fun to watch.
Now, GoPro has a compiled an impressive, adrenaline-fueled collection of what they believe are the best GoPro videos of 2016. The ones that made the cut capture incredible events like Australian stunt driver Matt Mingay performing a dizzying drive on two wheels, basketball star Devin Williams sinking shot after shot, and dazzling shots taken from airplanes, hot air balloons, skis, dragon boats, water slides, sheep runs, surfboards, among many others.
"Blackburn has been making innovative cycling accessories since 1975. With high volume, camo and orange colors and steel construction, their Chamber HV floor pump is aimed at mountain bikers through and through.
Blackburn Chamber HV features
- Oversize pump shaft for extra durability
- Pump head features rugged alloy cap and lever
- Super long 47" hose to reach valves in stands or car racks
- Convenient integrated hose keeper on handle
- PSI and Bar increments on gauge, with vibrant color matched background
- 50 PSI, 3.4 Bar maximum
Blackburn Chamber HV inflation time
Squeezing air from one chamber to another can be done in two ways: with big volumes at low pressures, or small volumes at high pressures.
Floor pumps are typically high pressure affairs, often delivering inflation numbers up to 120psi and well beyond, even up to 220 psi. While that covers the gamut from ultra-low pressure fat bike tires to high-zoot track racing tubulars, it doesn't do much in terms of precision. And when half a psi makes a noticeable difference, as with fat bikes or even plus size rubber, that precision is paramount."
- Russell Eich
EACH OF YAKIMA'S 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.
A rough cut is made by machine then gets trimmed by hand for a precise, clean finish.
A skilled, trained team member carefully installs hinges, locks and hardware.
The box is thoroughly inspected, polished up and ready to ship.
Sarasota, FL (July 22, 2016) Sport Tech Sales Group www.sporttechsales.com has launched a new Sales Agency Mobile1st website with REPatron. Over 60% of web traffic is from mobile devices and the new website is also designed to share social content across all the popular services. Sporttechsales.com is also the first REPatron powered site to include Brand Dealer Locator Services linked to Locally.com .
Sport Tech Sales is an established multi-rep and multi-sport sales agency serving the Greater Mid-Atlantic market. Led by partners Vince Criscenzo and Tom Harsh, Sport Tech Sales Group represents leading lines such as GoPro, Giro, Yakima, Blackburn, Bell, PowerBar & Avex.
"I've been able to work with Sport Tech Sales for several years now and they are a progressive agency that is always looking out for their retailers," says Peter Pawlus, Principal at REPatron. "Vince and Tom were one of my early customers and we're excited to incorporate new Mobile1st features and add the Locally.com links to help consumers find local retailers for their brands."
Sport Tech Sales Group
100 Highwood Avenue
Midland Park, NJ 07432