August 2016

Quick n’ Dirty 2016 Filthy 50 MTB Race

by editors on August 31, 2016

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Southern California’s finest, filthiest 50 mile mountain bike race is on for Sunday October 30, 2016 in the heart of the San Diego County’s San Pasqual Valley. If you want to race the Filthy 50 (or ride it) be sure to register (and prep your Halloween costume). Last year it sold out early so click the link and get ‘er done.

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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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