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New Niner ROS9 Plus 29er Fat Bike Crushes Trails, Special IMBA Edition Helps Build Them

Niner ROS9 plus 29+ steel hardtail mountain bike

The new Niner ROS 9 Plus is like the ROS 9, only bigger, making room for 29×3.0 (aka 29+) tires.

The frame is 4130 chromoly steel, just like the original ROS9, and all of the key features carry over. They wanted the same all-mountain “fun” geometry of the standard ROS, just with bigger tires.

One key difference is the non-suspension corrected steel fork. It’s the same 4130 material as the frame and gets tapered legs to provide that classic, comfortable steel feel. It uses the Maxle thru-axle at the bottom and a tapered steerer tube, the latter a rare feature on steel forks. Axle to crown is 470mm, same as their carbon and RDO forks. Niner’s product manager Barrett James said they kept the fork legs shorter (as in, non-suspension corrected) for a couple reasons. First, longer steel legs would have meant a much heavier fork to keep them strong enough to pass testing. Second, the geometry of the bike is actually built with suspension in mind, so the ROS9 Plus is ready for the Rockshox Bluto (or any other fat bike suspension fork that may be coming out). Head angle will slacken by about a degree with the taller front end. Out of the box, though, you’ll get a snappy handling, terrain crushing rigid bike.

Read on for tons of close up pics plus images of the very special IMBA edition paint job on the bike you can win!

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Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

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  • As Windham Mountain Ski Resort, NY, is hosting this weekends’ UCI Mountain Bike World Cup, they’re announcing that they will be opening a lift-served mountain bike park for 2015.
  • Registration is now open for the Nov. 1st Bookwalter Binge Charity Gran Fondo sponsored by the Asheville Bicycle Racing Club and benefitting Trips For Kids of WNC.
  • I Bike Daily is now offering cycling tours in the San Francisco Bay area. Multiple distances are available on these fully supported rides.
  • PowerBar has announced two new flavors of it’s PowerBar ProteinPlus bar: Salted Caramel and Peanut Butter Cookie; as well as an improved Chocolate Brownie flavor.
  • The Rapha Summer Sale is on with up to 50% off their cycling gear including some long sleeve items and bags.
  • Looking for a stylish tote bag to carry your bicycle helmet after your commute? Henry Liz will have some offerings available soon.
  • And there’s this: Self Protection On A Cycle - How You May Best Protect Yourself When Attacked By Modern Highwaymen.

Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

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  • Boombotix & Cyclehawk announce the limited edition Cyclehawk Boombot REX, pictured at right, featuring artwork from famous bike messenger Kevin “Squid” Bolger. Only 300 will be released now with another 300 released in two months.
  • The power2max Classic power meter will be soon discontinued and is now on sale from $729.
  • The Rapha Women’s 100 generated over 11,000 posts on Twitter and Instagram. Find them through the #womens100 hashtag.
  • Highway Two has announced that it will give 1% of qualified program sales to NICA and urges the industry to match. H2 dealers will receive program information this month.
  • Guru Cycles is offering a 10% mail-in rebate on all frames and complete bikes through their dealers, good for purchases through August 31st.
  • Aaron Gwin will debut his new Troy Lee Designs Signature Sprint Gear at Round 5 of the UCI Mountain Bike Downhill World Cup at Mont Sainte Anne in Canada this weekend. He is giving you a chance to win a kit of your own and a Gwin Replica D3 Helmet. Enter now through Monday, August 4th at 12pm. Winners will randomly be chosen, emailed directly, and announced on the giveaway page right after entries close!
  • Montague Bikes is giving away a Montague Crosstown Folding Bike. Contest ends September 2nd.
  • Article by the NYTimes explaining the state of this years’ Tour de France: As Technology Makes Bicycles Lighter and Faster, It’s the Cyclists Falling Harder.
  • The Finger Lakes Tour de Cure is only two weeks away – August 16th with five distance options.
  • Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation is promoting the 2014 Alex’s Million Mile – Run.Walk.Ride as a way to raise awareness for childhood cancer during the month of September.
  • The inaugural Tahoe Bike Classic will be held September 27 – 28th.
  • The Carolina Cycling Challenge supports pediatric cancer with donations going to the Levine Children’s Hospital of Charlotte. Held in Hickory, NC, this years’ event will be on October 5th with three ride distances: 10, 32 and 55 miles.
  • The Road Titans 300, is a three-day road bike romp through the beautiful mountains, trees and waterfalls of South Carolina’s Oconee County – the 30,000ft of climbing is no joke, so start training now. November 7-9th, 2014.
  • The Philly Bike Expo is returning for its 5th year and excitement is growing for the “two-day festival of bicycle culture.” Returning to the Pennsylvania Convention Center, November 8-9th, tickets for general admission go on sale in August.
  • …and a shout out to Elizabeth and Patricia, both aged 11, who were doing some research on the importance of wearing a bicycle helmet and came across this article that they thought had some good information and wanted to share.

Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

  • Ride The Track is a 3 day 2-3 person team mountain biking event in Champsaur Valley, South of the French Alps, September 25-28th. The video above shows some of the views of the untimed, GPS led, supported event.
  • Crankworx Les 2 Alpes has wrapped up – highlights here of the exciting event in the Northern French Alps. This means Crankworx Whistler is only a few weeks away – put it on your schedule if you can, it’s a bucket list event!
  • The 16th Annual Alpenrose Velodrome Challenge is this weekend, July 18-20th, in Portland, OR.
  • The Rapha Women’s 100 is this Sunday, July 20th. Click here to sign up and find a ride near you.
  • The USA Pro Challenge begins August 18th and if you want to travel the tour in style, three host city hotels are offering spectator package deals with 20-40% savings on room accommodations with room upgrade, meal voucher and water bottles: The Gant in Aspen, Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs and Hotel Boulderado in Boulder.
  • Greenville, SC, will be hosting the 2014 UCI Para-Cycling Road World Championships August 27th – September 1st.
  • Ass Savers is putting on an exhibition of black and white film photography by Staffan Jofjell of the 1985 Six Day Track Race in Berlin called Trackside ’85, featuring an on-track and behind the scenes look at the race. Stops include Berlin, the Red Hook Crit in Brooklyn, and London.
  • PureFix Cycles can use your help – vote for them in the Drive Your Business Forward contest by FastCompany magazine and Mercedes-Benz. They’re in the running to win $10,000 in the Readers’ Choice selection.
  • e*thirteen components is giving away a 30t Guide Ring M Dual width chainring to one lucky winner. Enter by July 22nd.
  • Andy Scullion’s Beautiful Bicycle Print was funded last summer and he’s got another project he’d like you to take a look at: The Comprehensive Guide to the Bicycle print.
  • The Cycling House has added a new Glacier National Park trip for 2014.
  • And the award for this week’s talk tv fodder goes to Airbus for their patent filing of bicycle saddle airline seats.

Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Apple Pie

  • Beautiful footage of this years’ Yak Attack above. Find out more about the “Worlds highest mountain bike race” here. High altitude training anyone?
  • Today Save $5 off the Sufferfest training video bundle: The Wretched and There Is No Try, featuring officially licensed video footage of Le Tour.
  • Culprit Bicycles are offering 10% off all carbon road bikes this week.
  • Scott Sports has a new website for your enjoyment as well as a special feature with daily updates from the 2014 Tour de France: Moments of Le Tour.
  • Join George Hincapie on July 9th as he celebrates his favorite stage of the Tour de France with a bike ride and viewing party at his Hotel Domestique in Travelers Rest, SC.
  • Cam Zink is hosting two mountain bike clinics at Mammoth Mountain Bike Park on July 26th, with a free ride with Cam day on the 27th.
  • GirlBikeLove’s Sarai Snyder is raising money for Women Race Bikes: a new media site dedicated to reporting women’s professional cycling.
  • Trek Bicycle will be matching all donations dollar-for-dollar to World Bicycle Relief for the month of July.
  • Amtrak is making it easier to transport your bicycle along it’s long distance routes.
  • The Catskills Outdoor Guide is now available electronically or in print with a short guide to riding around the Catskills by John Ferguson, John S., and Anton of the blog Riding the Catskills.
  • Snapguide has announced the winners of their Bike Hack contest.
  • Happy 4th of July to our readers in the USA!

POC Auctioning Off Custom Cervelo P5 and RCAs with Full AVIP Treatment to benefit Spinalis Foundation

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If you were drooling over the POC AVIP edition Cervelo P5 from our Interbike coverage, this is your chance to own one. In a collaboration with Cervelo, fi’zi:k, 3T, HED, Shimano, and TRP, POC has put together four stunning Cevelo bikes with a finish and build you won’t find anywhere else. POC told us at the AVIP launch that the paint job alone on these beauties was hard to come by since they were done by Cervelo’s own custom paint house, meaning you probably won’t come across custom bikes like this very often.

Adorning a 54 and 58cm RCA, and 54/58cm P5, the AVIP bikes are being auctioned off to support Spinalis which is a charity that focuses on spinal injury research. To recreate each of these bikes you would be looking at a massive $20,800 for the RCA, and $19,200 for the P5 – certainly high end. The auctions which run until July 1, do have a reserve but if you want to try your hand at bidding on one of these gorgeous bikes you’ll find more details, next…

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Friday Roundp – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

  • Looking for adventure? The Yak Attack (video above) is billed as the world’s highest mountain bike race – and now the organizers have added two more races to make up a World Challenge Series: the 2014 Rumble In The Jungle through Sri Lanka Nov. 17-23rd, the 2015 Alpac Attack through Patagonia and Argentina April 12-19th, and the 2015 Yak Attack through the Himalayas September 18-30th.
  • The Pasadena Mountain Bike Club is having a bike swap meet Sunday June 22nd from 7am – 1pm at Pasadena Cyclery. Vendors email here for a table ($10), or 10×10 ($40).
  • Après Vélo is having a Mega Stocktake Sale of 40% off storewide (some exclusions). Use code LOVEAV at checkout. Sale ends June 23rd 6am AEST.
  • In celebration of the release of its AVIP concept, promoting safety for road cyclists, POC is auctioning four one of a kind Cervélo road bikes (Cervélo P5 54cm, Cervélo P5 58cm, Cervélo RCA 54cm, Cervélo RCA 58cm) to raise money and awareness for Spinalis, an organization which promotes research and treatment in the field of spinal cord injuries. Auction runs until July 1st.
  • The Sugar Showdown Seattle will be held July 5-6 and will include a class for 6-9 year old girls in addition to a free “Pump & Jump Jam” on Sunday for the little ladies! Register now.
  • The Tour of Arae is a 6-day all-dirt vintage South African road bike stage race for riders of racing-style South African built steel frames. Open to 35 riders, who will be racing through the Karoo over river crossings, thick sand, tyre-shredding rocks, and potential snow over 6 days and 730 kilometers, August 23-28
  • Bicycle Line, an Italian cycling clothing company, has announced that it’s online store is now available in English so it’s UK customers will be able to order directly from their website.

Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

 

  • A first-of-its kind flow trail on US Forest Service land will have it’s grand opening this Saturday June 14, at the Corral Trail in South Lake Tahoe, CA. This project is the result of a partnership between the Forest Service, Tahoe Area Mountain Biking Association (TAMBA), and the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship, as well as thousands of hours of local volunteer help.
  • The producers of Ride the Divide and Reveal the Path are currently filming Inspired to Ride – a documentary about this years’ Trans Am Bike Race - which is underway now!
  • Support Matt Nahoum as he raises money for the Breaking AIDS Ride to support the Housing Works organization.
  • The top two fundraisers for the Fingerlakes Tour de Cure ride from June 15-July 15th will be awarded a special VIP trip to Watkins Glen for the Aug.9th Nationwide Series race to meet NASCAR racer Ryan Reed.
  • Registration is still open for the Discover Hudson Valley Ride, June 29th in Poughkeepsie, NY.
  • the 4th annual, 2014 Beach Babe Bicycling Classic in Long Beach/Huntington Beach, CA will be held on July 13th.
  • CycleOps has launched a virtual training contest – upload your training route before July 31st for a chance to win a grand prize Trek Travel Trip for 2 through California’s wine country or through the French alps. Other prizes and how to enter the contest can be found here.
  • The Wild Card search begins for Pinkbike’s Deep Summer Photo Challenge at Whistler’s Crankworx. Five photographers have been announced and the sixth will be chosen from the public via Pinkbike’s website. Enter your photos before June 21st!
  • Registration is open for the 2014 California Coast Classic Bicycle Tour to be held September 13-20th. This scenic tour covers 525 miles along the coast from San Francisco to LA along Highway 1.
  • Charleston Moves!, a nonprofit bicycle and pedestrian advocacy organization, is pleased to announce Kurt Cavanaugh has been hired as Executive Director. Congratulations Kurt!

Ruckus Composites Raffling Repaired Frames to Support Women’s Bicycle Racing

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Ruckus Composites is known for repairing carbon fiber frames and parts. Occasionally, some of the frames sent in are abandoned, so Ruckus has repaired them and are raffling them off to raise funds for women’s bike racing. Check out our factory tour here, and if you like what you see, check the press release below for links and details on making a bid. It’ll give a new life to a frame as well as someone’s race career…

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