Factory Tour: Öhlins USA Brings World Class Motorsports Experience to Mountain Biking

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Ohlins USA factory tour

Driving into Hendersonville, North Carolina, it might not be what you would expect as the U.S. headquarters of Öhlins Suspension. Apparently one of the largest retirement communities in the greater Asheville area, the city is an interesting mix of young, outdoor adventure seeking “early retirees” and the actually retired.

The reason for the location? Well, apart from the close proximity to amazing mountains with endless trails and forest roads, it would seem that NASCAR had a lot to do with the location. Specifically, the proximity to NASCAR teams that would want to use Öhlins’ state of the art 7 post shaker rig chassis dyno.

While the NASCAR connection didn’t quite work out as planned, Öhlins has found Hendersonville to be a great home and has been here since 1997. Which is probably a good thing, especially as they venture into the world of mountain bike suspension. With some of the best trails on the east coast right out their door, Öhlins won’t have to go far to find a great testing location…

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Must see: Pushing the limits of high speed traction, plus Hope factory tour and the making of Pro4 Hubs

Must see: Pushing the limits of high speed traction, plus Hope factory tour and the making of Pro4 Hubs

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Hope has made a strong name for themselves by combining function, strength, and jaw-dropping mechanical beauty into each one of their products. To add to it, they threw an equally amazing *traction challenging* edit together of Hope rider Adam Brayton pushing the limits in Every. Single. Turn.

Check out Adam’s ballsy high speed run then a couple of fantastic shorts of Hope’s Pro 4 Hubs in production at their home based factory in the UK.

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A Week in Review: Rad Kid’s bikes, Rapha’s Thermal Aerosuit, and a Roundup of some Awesome Tools and Hacks

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Tired of measuring power and want something even more involved to measure? We check out BSX’s updated Muscle Oxygenation sensing device. We also take a behind the scenes look at how Scott goggles are made, and find out what those Atherton siblings are up to.

Catch up on last week’s material and be sure to check out the comic strip of Yehuda Moon and how cynical and funny cycling can be….

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Biketoberfest 2015: QBP Celebrates Lancaster Facility with first Dealer Show, Reno’s Next

Biketoberfest 2015: QBP Celebrates Lancaster Facility with first Dealer Show, Reno’s Next

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Dealer or not, QBP’s latest moves are worth paying attention to. Obviously, for dealers of QBP (Quality Bicycle Products), the opening of new distribution centers is great news as it should help cut down on delivery time. Consumers benefit as well, as the ability to get product to shops faster means you’re more likely to find that part you’re looking for without having to order it on line.

Earlier this year, QBP relocated from a leased facility in Middletown, PA to their new home – a purpose built, Energy Star certified 122,000 square foot building in beautiful Lancaster, PA. Showing their commitment to the area, the building is owned by QBP and was even built with one wall meant for future expansion. After starting out of Minneapolis, MN, QBP’s first expansion was to Ogden, UT. Now with Lancaster up and running, QBP is already set to open another distribution center in Reno, NV in December. Needless to say, business for one of the largest distributors in the U.S. is good and it bodes well for the cycling community as a whole…

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Eurobike Coverage Review – Week #2: Chosen goes for 12 Speeds, Cippollini Gets Aero, DT Swiss & HED Get Wider and MORE!

Eurobike Coverage Review – Week #2: Chosen goes for 12 Speeds, Cippollini Gets Aero, DT Swiss & HED Get Wider and MORE!

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Welcome back to Eurobike coverage part deux! With more categories to cover than ever, this year’s show was huge and kept us on our toes more than ever. Pour yourself a well deserved scotch, kick your feet up, and travel into this week’s coverage of Eurobike 2015.

And in case you missed Week 1’s exciting coverage, check it out!

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Lauf’s Icelandic Headquarters – prototypes, testing, scenery & origin story

Lauf’s Icelandic Headquarters – prototypes, testing, scenery & origin story

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As the story goes, two good friends Benedikt Skulason and Gudberg Bjornsson were chatting over beers about how to use the pair’s industrial design and composites experience to do something more fun. The result was a complete rethink of the modern suspension fork, splitting the difference between lightweight rigid ones and short travel XC forks. In the two short years since the Lauf leaf spring fork debuted, they’ve been shipping every one they can make and growing distribution throughout the world. We’ve tested one and loved it, too.

To introduce the Boost 110mm version of the Trail Racer 29er fork, which saw slight design updates alongside the wider axle accommodation, Lauf brought us to their Reykjavik, Iceland, headquarters for a tour followed by some amazing riding throughout the country.

Two of the most striking ornaments in their office were these first generation test mules, designed to prove the concept before making the jump to composites…

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Interview: John Jones of Jones Precision Wheels

Interview: John Jones of Jones Precision Wheels

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“I’ve had my espresso. I’m ready for questions.”

In many ways, it was predestined that John Jones would build custom wheels for a living. After all, wheels have been a constant underlying theme in his long and diverse industry career. Having started in a bike shop very soon after coming to the states, John quickly fell in love with the process and art of building wheels. He later joined the pro mountain circuit in the 90’s, traveling around the world and wrenching alongside other rock star mechanics of the time. He managed operations for brands like Outland VPP and Chris King, as well as a coffee delivery service before establishing Jones Precision Wheels.

Armed with his trusty Gabe Fox to cover the business end, John is now focused on tailoring wheels to customers full time. Every wheel begins with a conversation and is built as though John was building it for himself. In this phone interview, an espresso-fueled John Jones tells the story of how he got where he is and shares his personal process and philosophy for building wheels.

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Friday RoundUP – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

Friday RoundUP – Bicycle Bits & Pieces
Jun 15, 2015 - Pacific Start | Aug 18 (est) - Atlantic Finish (PRNewsFoto/Bike Loud!)
Jun 15, 2015 – Pacific Start | Aug 18 (est) – Atlantic Finish (PRNewsFoto/Bike Loud!)

Cycling for Charity

  • Boy Scouts Bike 3,900 Miles to Battle Cancer – On June 15, seven Boy Scouts embarked on an epic bike journey from the Pacific seaside town of Florence, Oregon. Their destination, 66 days and 3,900 miles over the horizon, Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. Their mission, to honor a schoolmate they lost to cancer and to raise awareness and funds for teen cancer programs. The extreme cyclists, high school students in Chapel Hill, have now traveled almost 3,000 miles, successfully navigating the Cascades and Rockies, crossing the Continental Divide, descending into the Great Plains. Ahead, the Appalachian Mountains roll into North Carolina’s Piedmont and the coast, the entire trip without vehicle support. The Trans-America odyssey, appropriately labeled Bike Loud! is slated to end on August 18. Click here for Bike Loud! Website and news from the road.
June 15, 2015, Pacific Ocean Start, Florence, Oregon (PRNewsFoto/Bike Loud!)
Cyclist’s names in Pacific Ocean photo, Florence, Oregon (left to right): David Margolies, Brian Richardson, Alex Broz, Andrew de Figueiredo, Max Morgan, Will Owen, Sam Billings.

 

  • Bikepacking Endurance Cycling Challenge: 3,600km Solo Across Japan in 21 Days – Ollie Blackmore, endurance cyclist from Norfolk, UK, is taking on an almighty challenge, cycling across Japan solo and unsupported. Cycle Challenge Japan is set to be a grueling 3,647 km (2,266 miles) of cycling, with 175,000ft of climbs, in just 21 days starting on the 9th September 2015. Ollie aims to raise awareness and £15,000 for Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project – a cause which works to end dolphin captivity and slaughter. Find out more about Ollie’s challenge on his Facebook Page.

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Fox Factory Tour Part 2: The Assembly Line

Fox Factory Tour Part 2: The Assembly Line

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After components are produced at Fox’s California based machine shop, the parts are sent out for anodization (either locally or to Japan), then shipped to the Fox assembly facility in a small town just South of Santa Cruz, CA. 

As these components arrive from all corners of the world, random samples are pulled for inspection and walked directly from the receiving area and into the Quality Lab.

In addition to testing individual components, they also pull sub-assemblies to ensure parts are fitting together properly and double check for wear on tooling.

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