Posts in the category BMX

Giro & Bell Partner With MIPS & IceDot, Plus Bell Launches New Multi Impact Rated DJ Helmets

 

Giro MIPS Diagram

If you’re unfamiliar with the technology, MIPS is the biggest buzzword in helmet safety today. The acronym stands for Multi-directional Impact Protection System, and is a technology that seeks to reduce the damage from angled impacts. It works by using a liner inside the helmet as a low friction slip plane, which allow the helmet to rotate slightly in a crash and helps absorb rotational energy.

Both Giro and Bell will be launching helmets with the technology that span their commuter, road, and mountain bike line ups.

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Long Term Review: The Full Coverage TLD A1 Helmet

TLD A1 Glamor Photos (3)

Troy Lee Designs has a reputation for having a fan base more rabid than Apple, so when they announced their first half shell bicycle helmet since a collaboration with Shoei in the early 90′s – it was met with great enthusiasm.

That excitement was due to the company’s reputation for developing products that save lives, are extremely comfortable, and ooze style. Of course, I’d only ever heard of the reputation from my gravity bros. Like that hot person in high school you wrote off as having nothing to offer but their looks, I was never sure if TLD  really offered anything special enough to merit the hefty cost.

So after spending a year riding in the A1, did it differentiate itself as the prom queen or the valedictorian of the Enduro helmet market?

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Friday Features: Lars Sternburg Gets His Braap On, Cyclocross Training Tips from Transition, and More

Watch this edit for the loam shredding and 2 smoke noises, then stay for the  Super 8 footage of Bob Fox racing motorcycles in the 1970s. READ MORE ->

Legendary BMX Designer Bob Haro is Back with New Ikonix Brand

Ikonix FS1 Limited EdititionAfter a long hiatus from designing BMX fames, Bob Haro returned in 2012 with a new brand – Ikonix. Their first order of business was collaborating with Haro to release a special 30th Anniversary edition of the  original Freestyle, but now they’re ready to release an innovative new freestyle BMX model.

Available initially in only very limited quantities, the new FS1 is a testament to Bob’s creative vision. Constructed from Kawasaki chromoly tubing, it has several unique features, including:  a split Torker style top tube, proprietary integrated handlebar and stem combo, and more.  READ MORE ->

Must Watch: Peter Sagan Shreds the new Cannondale F-Si

We all know Peter Sagan from his exploits on the road, but it all started in the dirt. Back in 2009 Sagan was team mates with Marco Fontana for the Cannondale Factory Racing team – where do you think he got those wheelie skills? To celebrate the new F-Si, Peter and Marco absolutely kill it on the new bike.

More video goodness including the latest from Cam McCaul, next!

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SOC 14: Vee Tire Co. Teases Epic Edition 29er Treads, More Options for BMX

Vee Rubber Tires New Epice conditions (2)

More options are always a good thing right? Coming off their recently announced partnership with Team Meerendal at the Cape Epic, the tire line will be developed and tested by the team with a release date in the future. None of the three new tread patterns have their own name just yet, but they each have a distinct tread pattern and what Vee is calling their 29 Endurance Compound. If you haven’t noticed, Vee Tire Co. has been ramping up production and introducing quite a few new tires and treads in all disciplines across the board – including road and cross.

More after the break…

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SOC14: Black Market Unleashes Mommy’s Little Monster And Steel Bars with Big Rise, Both Built in the USA

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After toying with both American and Overseas manufacturing, Black Market bikes has been making a major push in recent years to build and spec all their bikes with US made components.

The new prototype on display at the booth was no exception, developed using a similar geometry to their former Contraband model, this new bike will be their first 24″ bike to made here in the states. READ MORE ->

SOC14: SDG Introduces New Colors & Saddles, Plus Prototype Sensus Saddles

SDG Belair Original & 2 Saddle

At their Sea Otter booth this year SDG was showcasing a revamped version of their popular Bel Air saddle. While the original saddle will still be available, and both will share more the less the same shape, the 2.0 version has a few new features which make it much more of a performance saddle.

Probably the biggest difference between the two models is the one that is not visible to the eye, because underneath the cover SDG has made the change from Mid-density PU foam to the lightest EVA available. This foam not only cuts down on weight, but it’s also slightly stiffer for better power transfer, and should hold it’s shape better in the long run.

Some other big changes were done to make the ride a little more friendly to your “soft tissue.” The new saddle has a Peri-canal which has been widened and extends the full length of the saddle to offer perennial relief. The 2.0 has also been redesigned with more rear-rise, to help rotate the pelvis forward to help place the rider in a better position on the bike.  READ MORE ->

SO14: The Greatest Pit Bike Ever Built

Disc Brake BMX Pit Bike

The term pit bike has its roots in motocross, where people often use small childrens’ bikes to cruise between the various staging areas at races. The term is now used to describe any variety of small childrens’ bicycle or motorcycle used to cruise the pits or injure yourself while drinking and dicking around.

While the renaissance of pit bikes was in the early-2000s, when even bicycle manufacturers like Foe’s Racing jumped on the trend and created trick components for the tiny tot motorcycles, it’s rare to see anything particularly spectacular these days. So we were incredibly impressed by the little red kids’ bike lurking in the Hayes Booth.

Can you spot what makes this pit bike so special?

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