Turner’s New Flux Trail Ripper

by editors on August 26, 2016

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With the rollup to the 2016 Interbike Show it seems that everyone is showing off their new steeds. Few look as good as Turner’s DW-link equipped trail runner the Flux. Here’s what Turner says about it:

The Flux is a new generation trail ripper. The lightweight carbon chassis and 120 mm of suspension creates a lively and flickable ride, but its modern geometry and 67.5 degree headtube angle make it equally well suited for tackling more aggressive terrain. Much of the ride quality comes from the Flux’s DW-link which is engineered to provide amazing bump absorption without pedal feedback. It inspires confidence when it’s held wide-open, but doesn’t sag and put you in the backseat when you want to stomp on the gas. The Flux weighs in close to XC race bikes, but because of it’s design and suspension kinematics it can truly unleash on challenging descents and rip like a much bigger bike.

For the official word from Turner (including detail photos), please follow the jump.

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Pivot’s New Vault Cross Bike Is Sweeter

by editors on August 26, 2016

The Pivot Vault has always been pretty high on our N+1 list because of the way founder Chris Cocalis used all his mountain bike knowledge on a light, dropbar rig. Now all the good has gotten even better. For the official word from Pivot, please follow the jump.

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Garmin Fancies Up With fēnix Chronos

by editors on August 26, 2016

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Garmin’s top-of-the-line multi-sport watch the fēnix 3 just got a high fashion sibling that looks more a Breitling Chronliner and less like a bloated Forerunner. Sure, the new fēnix Chronos still does all the cycling things that the fenix does. It can pair with your ANT+ power meter, cadence/speed sensors, and heart rate monitor and upload it live to Strava (when paired with a smartphone). It also keeps track of routes,compassing, altimeter, and temperature changes, but this one comes in titanium, steel, and steel with a vintange leather band.

“High-end design meets top-tier performance with fēnix Chronos,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of worldwide sales. “With luxurious materials and trusted Garmin multisport technology, fēnix Chronos is a necessary timepiece for anyone who wants to remain stylish through all of life’s adventures – whether its hiking through mountains, training for a race, or heading to a formal event.”

As you might have guessed all this fancy comes at a price. The fēnix Chronos titanium with titanium band will cost $1,500 (more than twice the cost of the previous top of the line fēnix 3); fēnix Chronos steel with stainless steel band $1000; and fēnix Chronos steel with leather band will cost $900. The price does include a silicone sport band for when you want to get it sweaty.

We’ve called the fēnix 3 one of the best bike computers you can wear on your wrist, and Chronos looks even better. For the official word from Garmin, follow the jump.

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USA Wins Gold, Silver In BMX

by editors on August 19, 2016

usa_bmx_rioYeah. Today was a pretty big deal in Olympic BMX. That’s because today was the first time an American has won gold in the event that was invented in the United States.

The USA’s Connor Fields (of Las Vegas, Nevada) was one of four American riders who made it into the final medal round in men’s BMX. After getting what he called the best start of his life it made it first to the line for the gold.

“It was in the final turn that I realized these last 17+ years of riding all came down to this one moment,” Fields said about the last 70 meters to the finish. “My experience in London taught me that it doesn’t matter how you get to the finals, it doesn’t matter what gate – everyone has a chance. I had the best start of my life in that final and today was my day. My chance.”

Connor wasn’t the only American to medal. In the women’s event Minnesota’s Alise Post landed a silver medal. American’s also finished in fourth place in both the Men’s and Women’s events. Not a bad day for USA BMX. For the official word, please follow the jump.

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Taylor Phinney’s Grand Scheme

by editors on July 15, 2016

Taylor Phinney has been through the fire and come out the other side after breaking his leg at 2014 USA Road Nationals. Now, as he prepares for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, the Lululemon ambassador shares his thoughts on cycling, life, and what it all means.

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Smith’s New Route & Rover Helmets

by editors on June 21, 2016

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With the popularity of Smith’s Forefront and Overtake helmets for MTB and road (we ride them both) came the need for some helmets that are a little less serious for people who might not be racing their bikes every weekend.

“The Route and Rover helmets represent a movement within Smith to bring the award winning technologies found in our popular Forefront and Overtake helmets to the everyday rider.” said Graham Sours, Smith Helmet Category Manager. “We ride on the road, in the dirt, and commute by bike and these new models exemplify all of us as cyclists in our own unique way.”

Think of them as an affordable, yet functional helmets for those who don’t feel like spending for top of the line Smith helmets. For the official word from Smith, please follow the jump.

 

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Vans Adds to Pro Classics Collection

by editors on June 15, 2016

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In celebration of their 50th Anniversary Vans is dropping their second installment of their Classics Anniversary Collection which this time includes a couple tributes to some of Vans’ best BMX team members.

With tribute releases inspired by freestyle BMX pioneer Eddie Fiola and cherished BMX innovator Dennis McCoy, the fall assortment upholds Vans’ unwavering support of the BMX sport, and aptly coincides with the release of Vans’ first full-length BMX film, Illustrated—available now on iTunes.

Which reminds us — it’s about time we all watched Rad again, isn’t it? For the official word from Vans, please follow the jump.

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Greg Minnaar On Oakley’s Prizm Trail

by editors on June 14, 2016

Few riders have to worry about rocks and roots coming at them at the same speed they rocket into World Downhill Champ Greg Minnaar’s field of view, but Oakley’s Prizm lens will still make it better.

A three-time mountain bike downhill champion, Greg Minnaar has built a career on assessing and reacting to every detail that comes his way. When he misses a detail, the South African can’t perform at the highest level. Whether it’s a root on the trail or the suspension on his bike, the tiniest details can have the greatest outcome. Minnaar talks about all those minute details while letting loose on his bike on the trails around Santa Cruz, Calif.

And yes, that is Minnar in Santa Cruz. Click the link for more Oakley’s Prizm Lens Technology.

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Strava Update Cuts Echo & RFLKT Support

by editors on June 6, 2016

rflkt_echoIn the latest iOS update to their cycling and running tracking app (version 4.18), Strava has announced that they will no longer support several devices that have worked well with the app in the past saying:

Sadly, we are no longer supporting the following devices: Magellan Echo, Timex Run x50+, Wahoo RFLKT/RLFKT+. Please contact us with questions by going to FAQ & Support in the app.

According to Strava support, users of the RFLKT can still use their devices with Wahoo’s fitness app and then upload to Strava. User of the other devices are out of luck.

“As the Strava app evolves, we continue to assess the work needed to support all the various accessories, sensors, watches and operating systems,” said a Strava representative. “Sometimes, it is necessary to cease supporting some devices so we can redirect those development resources elsewhere. Thank you for understanding, and please reach out to our support team directly with questions and feedback.

Guess the bottom line is, if you’re using any of these devices it might be time to upgrade to something else. . . maybe a Garmin 735xt for instance? If not, then you probably shouldn’t hit the update button.

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Blackburn Rolls With It In New Film

by editors on June 6, 2016

Blackburn (the cycling accessories company) has a new film they’d like you to see about some adventure bike camping titled Roll With It. It features the set up for a joke:  a photographer, a musician, an artist, a food blogger, and an ecologist hit the road on bikes. The film is the rest of the story.

“Camping by bike is an adventure everyone can experience without over complicating it.” says, Robin Sansom, Blackburn’s brand manager. “This film, at the core, is about the unexpected rituals strangers have when they embark on a bike and camp adventure together. We look forward to bringing this to communities all over the world in hopes of inspiring more people to get outside.”

The movie premieres whti month in LA and New York. For the official word, please follow the jump.

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