Posts in the category BMX

We The People’s New Stickin’ BMX Tire – Sticks on Top, Slides on the Sides

 

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I remember when We The People entered the BMX world back in 2003, and right away they earned a good reputation within my local shop and riding crew. Apparently it wasn’t just us who thought so, as WTP quickly established themselves as a major player in BMX and haven’t slowed down a bit since.

WTP have just announced their new Stickin’ tire, a slick-looking tread designed for modern street riding. Its outer profile shape and rubber compound combine to offer great grip on riding surfaces, but also some slip on the sides so it won’t hang you up while grinding rails or ledges.

We The People put some serious focus on this tire, and spent nine months with their team riders developing the tread design and shape of the Stickin’. According to WTP’s press release, “Rubber is something we’ve always taken seriously. Not only is it the connecting point between your bike and what you’re riding, it also makes a huge difference as to how your bike feels.”

WTP’s Stickin’ tire will be available later this summer in 2.3” and 2.4” widths.

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Step Up Your Protection without Added Weight with DOT Certified Kali Shiva Full Face Helmet

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When you’re lining up that next big double, or waiting in the start house for your race run, the last thing you want to be worried about is if your helmet will save you in a crash. As soon as downhill started pushing the limits of what you could do on a bike, riders have been faced with a choice. Opt for the DOT certified helmet which may offer better protection but includes a hefty weight penalty, or go for the non-DOT mountain bike full face that is lighter and better ventilated but may not do as much good in a crash.

Comparatively, the biggest difference between DOT certification and other helmets is an additional penetration test, a higher drop test to simulate higher speeds, and a stiffer chin bar. The added protection has always been seen as a benefit, but it is the added weight that is considered a drawback. That additional weight also comes with an increased volume which in and of itself can cause more energy to be transferred to your brain.

Factor in all of the above and you have the genesis for one of the most difficult projects that Kali Protectives have taken on. DOT Certification with mountain bike weight. Sounds simple, but in reality the combination required a tremendous amount of design work and testing along with a few proprietary technologies to make it all work…

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Friday RoundUp – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

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Advocacy

  • Yuba Launches Limited-Edition PeopleForBikes Branded Cargo Bike – PeopleForBikes and Yuba Bicycles have partnered to launch a limited edition Boda Boda cargo bike to raise money for bicycling infrastructure. Yuba and PeopleForBikes will officially launch the bike at the Sea Otter Classic in April, where people can enter to win one. The bikes are available for preorders now and on sale May 1 at Yuba dealers and at yubabikes.com.
  • CNN Honors Trips for Kids Founder – CNN has named Trips for Kids Founder, Marilyn Price, as a CNN Hero for her years of dedication to putting disadvantaged kids on mountain bikes. Please join us in congratulating Marilyn and take a moment to watch the video and share it with your friends and family. Or tune in to CNN March 27 – 29 and watch the story “on air”. tripsforkids.org

Racing News

Monarch Crest Race

  • The true “enduro” experience is finally here, October 2-4, 2015. The Monarch Crest Enduro brought to you by Chocolate Bunny Productions, threads together three days of Colorado’s finest high country trails along the Monarch Crest, a segment of the Continental Divide Trail, and IMBA Epic® no less. Registration is now live on imathlete.com.

 

Touring

  • The Greatest Ride – August 9-12 2015. This is the cycling trip you’ve wanted to take for your whole life. Start by sharing a table with retired Pro Cyclist George Hincapie and Blackberry Farm Proprietor Sam Beall for the opening dinner at Blackberry Farm in Walland, Tennessee. This event is limited to only 10 cyclists so book now at blackberry farm.com.
  • Chris King Gourmet Century registration opens April, 1st – The Gourmet Century has expanded into a global showcase hosting four events across the U.S. and now one in Japan. Each event will feature its own special guest chefs and menus designed to compliment the best riding the region has to offer. Registration for ALL events will open on April 1st at 12pm PST at gourmetcentury.com. Act fast as tickets tend to go quickly!
  • Ride. Relax. Escape. Discover the Wild Highlands of Scotland – Fuel your sense of discovery with roads that will take your breath away. This 6 day, 5 night tour runs between 8th to 13th September and is strictly limited to 12 people. Book now, 72 hours before general public.

 

NAHBS 2015

  • Didn’t get enough of NAHBS 2015? - Gates photographer Tim Lucking has produced an exquisite photo gallery of the best belted bikes from the North American Handmade Bike Show. Check out some of our favorites on The Belted Blog.

 

Video/Film

  • Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour – Currently touring the USA, (you can find the tour schedule here) immediately after the Festival ends in November a selection of the best films goes on tour across Canada, the United States, and internationally from Scotland to South Africa to China, Lebanon, Chile, New Zealand, Antarctica, and points in between. Each year, the films travel to 40 countries reaching more than 390,000 people at over 840 screenings. There’s typically a mountain bike film in the mix but every film has always been entertaining.

 

Contest

  • Here’s your last reminder that you can win a set of new rubber from Vee Tire. Follow the link to the survey and complete it to win!

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Pivot Points to new DJ Color, Travels to Queenstown with Eliot Jackson

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Pivot might not be the first company you think of when it comes to dirt jumpers, but with names like Bernard Kerr, Jeff Herbertson, and Eliot Jackson on the roster a solid DJ bike is a necessity. That bike is the Pivot Point – a fun, DMR chromoly steel hardtail that can be built into a ripping DJ, Park, or even Street bike thanks to swappable dropouts, ISCG 05 tabs, and a tapered head tube.

Originally developed with Kyle Strait in 2010 the frame changed much since then, but Pivot is freshening it up with a new coat of paint. Now available in Night Black with Neon Lime accents, the bike will be easy to spot in the air…

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VP bites into platform market with new lightweight, thin & affordable pedals

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When it comes to platform pedals, lately there seems to be more options than you can count. Everyone seems to have their own idea of what makes the best pedal so how is a company supposed to make some noise in a crowded market? Fortunately for VP, as we saw on our factory tour in Taiwan, they already manufacture a number of pedals for other companies which puts them in a unique place for new product development. Already covering the high end of the spectrum with their impressive Harrier pedal, now VP has their sights set on more affordable options.

The key to new pedals like the VP Aim is that they don’t have to sacrifice performance to get the price well under $100…

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YT Industries’ DH, Enduro mountain bikes come Stateside w/ Consumer Direct Sales

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When first announced, YT Industries’ sponsorship of Cam Zink raised a few eyebrows. Why would a company that’s not even available in the U.S. go after such a big name in the American freeride scene? For starters, it’s safe to say that Zink is well known worldwide, not just in the U.S., but YT knew what they were doing. It wasn’t long until the relatively unknown company at the time announced that they had plans for North American distribution. After scoring some serious face time with a huge portion of their intended audience as Zink broke the world record for a dirt to dirt backflip and Andreu Lacondeguy won the 2014 Red Bull Rampage, YT Industries is ramping up to ship their bikes straight to your door.

Starting with an enduro, a downhill, and a dirt jump model, they’re joining the trend of trying to cut out the middle man to deliver well-equipped bikes at prices that may be hard to beat…

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FOUND: Eclat Makes The Hub Guard Simpler, Universal & Less Expensive

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Pretty simple in concept, a chromoly steel stamping with three holes, the Eclat Universal Hub Guard has the most apropos name ever. Designed to be universal in fitment, and strong enough to guard your hub, the simple chunk of steel will fit nicely between your peg and frame. It is ambidextrous, all you need to do if you run your drive train on the wrong side is to move the bolt to the other hold, and install. The small bolt locates on the dropout slot to prevent the guard from turning. All of the current hub guards they make are 7075 alloy, so making this in chromo is said to make it stronger, and less expensive as well. They will be available later this year.

FROM ECLAT:

“In today’s world of peg trickery and heavy street riding, hub guards are simply a necessity for any rider. For 2015 we have been hard at work on a whole series of groundbreaking new products, designed with the modern street rider in mind. Here is a look at our new Overguard we’ve had in development for a while now. The Overguard is BMX’s very first fully universal drive-side hub guard.Fully CNC machined out of heat treated 4140 chromoly, this guard is not only totally indestructible but also highly functional. The idea came about when we realized how much hassle most riders have when trying to get a driver side hub guard that will be compatible with their rear hub and not be susceptible to damage. We went to the drawing board and what we came up with was a unique design that allowed the guard to fit to pretty much every hub/frame/peg on the market.”

Click past the jump to see the guards uninstalled, and it will give you a good idea how simple (and genius) they really are…

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Bike Ninjas Break into Ray’s MTB, Steal Odd Couple Video Title

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The 2015 Ray’s Odd Couple video competition has come and gone, and Team Kali snuck in for the win. Combining the mountain bike talents of  Nicholi Rogatkin, and the BMX skills of Nick Bruce, with Danny Mizicko behind the lens, the team walked away with the winning edit with their ninja-style break in at Ray’s MTB Cleveland. All taking part over the course of two and a half days, Team Kali’s winning video combined a creative intro with the duo absolutely destroying the biggest jumps inside Ray’s complete with fog machines and creative lighting.

You definitely want to check out the full edit, next…

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New For 2015, éclat BMX Jumps In On New Forks, Hubs & Cranks

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Launching a few new products for 2015, éclat BMX is pushing the envelope on their parts, making them simpler and more durable. The new Stevie Fork was built for sponsored rider Stevie Churchill, when he needed a fork that can hold up to huge drops. Built with strength in mind, it gets a full immersion heat treat to the 4130 chromoly body. Also featuring a CNC machined steerer tube, and peg-friendly investment cast dropouts.

Check out more details on the fork, and other new 2015 hubs and cranks from éclat after the jump…

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