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$RAM $hifts Into Red eTap AX$

by editors on February 8, 2019

Last night (February 7, 2019) we were invited to Canyon Bicycles North American headquarters in Carlsbad, California for a day after roll out of SRAM’s new Red eTap AXS group set. You know, the one that retails for $4,600. 

After a welcome from Canyon NA CEO Blair Clark SRAM’s marketing mastermind Dave Zimberoff (pictured above) gave an overview of the idea behind the ground-breakingly expensive wireless, customizable, smartphone app-powered group set. Here’s a little of what he said.

“At SRAM we believe that simplicity is always the best philosophy and if we can make something better and simpler then we win. So we’ve done that in this new connected platform,” Zimberoff said. “What we launched yesterday was a new Red eTap AXS enabled group set, a new XS and XO mountain bike enabled group set, and an electronic seat post from Rock Shox called Reverb. So a whole suite of products that are all interwoven they can all connect to one another, there’s a badass app that allows you to customize, personalize, monitor and control things.”

Nothing we heard from Mr. Zimberoff regarding the group sounded “simple.” Cables are “simple.” Wireless protocols? Smart apps that must be individually paired with each piece of the group? Not so much.

Since we didn’t get to do much more than look at it while dodging the occasional drool gob from some of Southern California’s strongest cyclists, we decided to let the guys at GCN explain the complex setup, features, and the rest of the details surrounding a group set that we likely won’t be riding for at least a decade — cha-ching. Enjoy.

Oh, one more thing: mountain bikers, the Reverb AXS dropper post costs $800. So you better start saving all those beer cans. . . 

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White Line Was The Easy Part

by editors on February 5, 2019

Nate Hills and Lars Romig go risking in Sedona, Arizona. Here’s how Hills explains it:

Overcoming and safely managing risk IS the reward. This makes me feel alive, and I wouldn’t trade these experiences for anything. Lars Romig and I have been riding this type of terrain for years and are able to mitigate the danger as much as possible. We fully accept the risk and respect the reality of our actions. We didn’t do this for the camera, we did this for ourselves. Scenic Sedona has never been ridden quite like this. The infamous “White Line” is the easy part.

Like feeling puckered while at the computer? Click play.

[Link: VitalMTB]

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Mueller-Korenek Blasts To Speed Record

by editors on September 25, 2018

It’s always cool when someone you ride with does something spectacular. What Denise Mueller-Korenek did on the Bonneville Salt Flats September 16, 2018 goes well beyond spectacular and into the mind-blowing zone. She blazed across Utah on a bike at 183.932 miles per hour. To understand how gnarly that is, watch the whole video. We know Denise had a tough year on the road, so it’s great to see her put it all together on the salt to became the fastest person on a bike ever. Congrats, Denise.

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2018 UCI Mountain Bike Worlds

by editors on August 30, 2018

The world’s best mountain bike athletes and the rising stars of the future generation will be competing for gold medals and rainbow stripes during the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships presented by Mercedes-Benz from September 5-9, 2018 in Lenzerheide, Switzerland. That’s weekend after next. Ten athletes and one national team will be crowned as World Champions in front of tens of thousands of supporters

We’re not going, but it looks pretty, pretty good, doesn’t it? Watches, chocolate, and cheese? There are still tickets available if you’re on the continent. Click the link for more.

[Link: Lenzerheide 2018]

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Home For Middle Aged Men

by editors on August 19, 2018

. . . or you could just keep racing your bike. Choice is yours, Mr. Middle Age Man.

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All For One: The Greenedge Team Docco

by editors on April 17, 2018

Cyclists and cycling fans around the world will have to chance to see the story of the first five years of Australia’s own Greenedge pro cycling team when a new film All For One shows in theaters for one night on May 2, 2018.

ALL FOR ONE follows the first five years of the GreenEDGE cycling journey. United by their renegade spirit and a determination to win against substantial odds, these riders take on the international circuit. The film offers unique insights into the first five years of their journey, bearing witness to the ethos of the team as embodied by all – from the strongest to most embattled members. Out of a culture that embraces a deeply human approach to sport, unlikely champions are born, and seemingly improbable team and personal goals are achieved.

The film gets off to a slow start and it’s a little “inside cycling,” but once it gets rolling it is well worth the ride for anyone who loves cycling. Click the link to find a theater near you.

[Link: All For One]

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Dean Ween Is The Exercise Man

by editors on February 3, 2018

Where have we been the last 13 months? Dean Ween (half of one of our favorite bands of all time) put this Exercise Man video out over a year ago and it just made it through our feeds via a snowboard event musical line-up. How, how, how can we be so out of touch? Oh, maybe it’s the whole bike thing. . .

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MAMIL: Middle Aged Men In Lycra

by editors on January 29, 2018

Okay, so this is definitely not us nor anyone we know, but apparently there is a whole middle aged cycling thing going on around the world. What? Well. A new documentary reportedly explains it all: MAMIL: Middle Aged Men In Lycra. If you know someone, or are someone, and you want to check this documentary film out on February 21, 2018 (you know, just to make yourself feel superior) then click here for a complete listing. For the official word on the film, please follow the jump.

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Eroica California Registration Now Open

by editors on November 25, 2017

On the weekend of April 14-15, 2018 cyclists, vintage bike enthusiasts, and fans of classic, steel bikes will roll in to Paso Robles, California for the 2018 Eroica California. Don’t know what it is? It’s a retro cycling festival that goes a little like this:

Eroica participants are required to ride “historical bikes” or bikes preferably built in 1987 or earlier, but to take the vintage theme even further, many riders choose to wear authentic, vintage garb including wool jerseys, retro cycling goggles and lace-up shoes. Festivities on both days, including the Tuscan dinner, are open to the public and spectators are invited to watch the ride and welcome the riders at the finish line.

There are rides, shows, presentations, talks, discussions, and more. You know, those classic bike fetishist always know how to throw a crazy party, so this year should be fun. For the official details, please follow the jump or click here for the Eroica California website.

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Best Run At Virgin Event Scored 12th

by editors on October 30, 2017

Antoine Bizet’s run at the Colored Cow’s Virgin Utah Event blew our minds. But after watching the entire event we can say this: the scoring is confused, the wait between runs is excruciatingly boring, and it is so gnarly that no one who hasn’t done it understands any of it anyway. This run put Antoine in 12th place and featured a backflip, another backflip, front flip, and a double back while charging it full speed the whole way down. Viva la France, people’s choice winner. Sorry about the judging.

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