Bikerumor Pic Of The Day: Snoqualmie valley, Washington

bikerumor pic of the day bike ride in the morning Snoqualmie valley in Washington

Photo submitted by Jean Cannella, “My Ritchie Swiss+Cross on an early morning ride through a clear-cut overlooking the Snoqualmie valley in Washington. There’s no better place for a gravel grind when you have the Cascades right outside your door. This is the right way to start your day. And yes, my water bottle went flying on the way down ;)”

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Scott Spark 700 Ultimate Di2 makes everything electronic, then wires your money away

2015 Scott Spark Ultimate Di2 full suspension mountain bike with electronic fork and shock lockout and derailleurs shifting

The Scott Spark frame has carried over virtually unchanged since its launch in 2012, save for the switch from 26″ to 27.5″ wheels (and the 29er stays, too, of course). What has changed are the parts adorning it, and there’s been no shortage of testing and tweaking under the pros to get to this top of the line, spare no expense Ultimate Di2 model for 2015.

The main goal was to integrate two electronic systems, running both the Fox iCTD suspension and the XTR Di2 off a single battery, creating a race optimized full suspension bike. It’s built off the existing Spark 120mm travel platform, but adds new electronic suspension controls and a proprietary new eNude rear shock developed with Fox.

Controlling it all are three switches up front, the two standard Shimano XTR Di2 shifters, and the electronic evolution of Scott’s TwinLoc rotary lever that simultaneously switches through three modes. It’s built by Shimano with a custom actuator attached to the fork and Fox-made switch specific to this shock and fork pairing…

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Spy Shots: All New Trek Top Fuel and IsoSpeed Hardtail Mountain Bikes, updated

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Over the weekend in Nové Město we spotted a bunch of red and baby blue bikes being ridden around by the Trek Factory Racing Team without model names on them. The two different carbon bikes, one new full suspension design and the other a hardtail with the IsoSpeed seattube decoupler, were being kept inside a unusually closed-off team tent, but were readily available on the course and in the start area for more details. Trek’s mechanics and team management weren’t ready to talk tech with us, but suggested that we will find out more in just over a months time from now.

We snapped a few spy photos from around the race venue, and will talk interesting developments and expectations after the break…

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Club Ride adding more padded base shorts, plus a look at newer women’s mountain bike kit

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This week, Zach’s been riding his way through the complete range of padded shorts from Club Ride and will have a review of those and complete future product preview coming soon. But, this little tidbit basically clears my Sea Otter coverage off the to-do list and shows some concept colors for the collection that may or may not make it to production.

Thus far, the collection has been mostly black on black with more black when it comes to their padded underwear and bike shorts. All are designed to be worn under something else, not as traditional bike shorts. But, in case you occasionally show a little waistband or just wanna feel special on the inside, they’re working on more options in red, plus these striped  and colored options. The women’s bikini brief would be a new cut, too, but everything you see above is concept only at the moment. Like it? Let ’em know in the comments.

Now, for stuff you can actually buy today…

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Pinarello unveils Dogma F8 Disc, trickles down frame tech to more affordable Gan road bikes

2016 Pinarello Dogma F8 Disc brake aero road bike

Last May, Pinarello introduced the Dogma F8 as it’s top level racing road bike. It was the result of their collaboration with Team Sky riders and fellow team sponsor Jaguar, using the automotive partner’s expertise in aerodynamics to make their asymmetric frames slip through the wind better.

Now, that bike is getting a disc brake variant, likely to debut under Team Sky late in the 2015 racing season (disc brakes will be tested in two UCI events this year, starting in August).

Other than what you can see here, details are non-existent, but we can see that it’s using the new Shimano flat-mount disc brake standard and that they’ll be spec’d with hydraulic brakes, FSA Vision wheels and their MOST house brand cockpit.

And this isn’t the only new disc brake bike Pinarello’s bringing to market in 2016. The new Gan road bike line will offer three standard versions and one disc brake model, and there are some interesting brake specs on them…

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Nove Mesto World Cup XC, Pro Bike Check: Kulhavý Wins on S-Works Epic

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We featured previous World Champion and Olympic Gold medalist Jaroslav Kulhavý S-Works Epic last year at the Méribel World Cup, but several things have changed since last season, plus this weekend he rode his new bike for the win at the first cross country round of the UCI World Cup at his home country race in Nové Město na Moravě, Czech Republic. His mechanics walked us through what they were calling a mostly stock bike build, with pretty much everything on the bike available to consumers. They also noted right off the bat that the crazy looking saddle angle was not a mistake, as Kulhavý favors this for better positioning while climbing. Kulhavý also has had a few injuries over the last year and seems to have tilted his Phenom saddle even more to this -15° angle that ends up pointing down directly towards his stem. The mechanics shrugged their shoulders a bit, saying who are they to question him when he’s winning.

Read on after the break for some more unique details and the bike’s actual race weight at the start of the season…

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Bikerumor Pic Of The Day: Central Park – New York, NY

bikerumor pic of the day Morning laps in Central Park before work, New York, NY

Photo submitted by Kristen Phillips, “Morning laps in Central Park before work, New York, NY.”

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Kask adds “Asian Fit” Mojito XL road bike helmets for larger heads

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After testing different fits for months throughout several Asian countries, Kask has developed a larger size option for its popular Mojito road bike helmet.

Called the Mojito XL, it bumps the max head size it’ll fit to 64cm, up from 62cm for the size large. It’s also the shape that gets tweaked, too, and they say it serves a need in the Asian market. Of course, anyone that has an oversized noggin can appreciate another option, particularly a top level lid.

The standard Mojito features will carry over, including hypoallergenic eco-leather chinstrap, full in-molded polycarbonate shell that wraps around the bottom of the helmet, anti-bacterial/microbial Sanitized pads, and vertically adjustable cranium cradle with gel padding.

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Rudy Project gets clearer and darker and does it faster with new ImpactX-2 lenses

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Originally designed for the Apache helicopter’s windshields, the new Rudy Project ImpactX-2 polyurethane lens material is virtually unbreakable, and it offers better, faster photo chromatic changes and prescription compatibility.

Compared to ImpactX, the new X-2 iteration’s photochromatic range is wider, letting them go clearer and darker on either end of the spectrum, and it reacts to UV light 25% faster than before. Another bonus to the new material is that it’s sensitive to light outside of the UV spectrum, letting it partially darken even behind windows, like when you’re driving. Fortunately, that doesn’t include the LED lights used for cycling in the dark, which means the clear-to-dark lenses will still work for night riding.

The new ImpactX-2 is available in clear to dark, clear to brown and clear to red, and the black and red are available in standard and mirrored “laser”, making five options total. Clear to dark originals went from 18% to 78%, the new ImpactX-2 changes from 9% to 74%.

It’s available on a wide range of their cycling and sport models, including the Rydon, Agon, Proflow, Noyz and Genetyk.

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