Review / Tour: American made Saris Freedom SuperClamp is a quality rack option for almost any bike

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Today, America celebrates its independence. Along with the constant fireworks and everything red, white, and blue, it also reminded me of the little American flag on the back of the Saris Freedom SuperClamp rack. There’s often quite a bit of talk around products that are made in the USA. It doesn’t always equate to a better product, but it certainly still means something. Just ask one of the roughly 200 employees at Saris’ Madison, WI factory. It’s not hard to see that domestic manufacturing is something that Chris and Sarah Fortune find as a source of pride. After purchasing Graber in 1989, the pair rebranded it as Saris – a combination of Sarah and Chris.

Since then Saris has acquired CycleOps, and PowerTap, bringing even more production in house. It was here in Madison that I got my first look at their impressive manufacturing facility as well as the beginnings of the Freedom SuperClamp. Before I knew it, there was a brand new rack bolted to my car and I was trying to figure out how to stuff a different 4 bike hitch rack inside my car for the long drive home. After seeing exactly how the rack was made, I had a chance to put some serious miles on the Freedom SuperClamp to see how it held up. Fortunately, being American made isn’t the only thing it has going for it…

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Today, America celebrates its independence. Along with the constant fireworks and everything red, white, and blue, it also reminded me of the little American flag on the back of the Saris Freedom SuperClamp rack. There’s often quite a bit of talk around products that are made in the USA. It doesn’t always equate to a better product, but […]

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XC Pro Bike Check: new men’s U23 World Champion Sam Gaze’s Specialized S-Works Epic – Updated with real Race Weight

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For the first of the big four weekend Olympic-length cross-country World Championships, New Zealander Samuel Gaze lined up on the Nové Město na Moravě start with the other U23 men. With a third place rank in UCI XC for the season, Gaze got a good front row starting place and rode near the front of the race from the start aboard a fairly standard Specialized S-Works Epic World Cup 29er. That’s not to say that the bike isn’t pretty tricked out, it’s more that Specialized actually sells some pretty race worthy cross-country bikes. Gaze’s bike build isn’t exactly stock though, and he does get a unique paint job. Take a closer look below the fold, plus an update with actual race weight

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For the first of the big four weekend Olympic-length cross-country World Championships, New Zealander Samuel Gaze lined up on the Nové Město na Moravě start with the other U23 men. With a third place rank in UCI XC for the season, Gaze got a good front row starting place and rode near the front of […]

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Stages measures out dual sided power meter for USA Cycling Project ’16, Partners with Today’s Plan

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Currently, Stages Cycling has 28 different power meter options with 160 individual SKUs to match every crank size of every model they carry. Yet, none of those are a dual sided power meter. And while Stages is still investigating the benefits of a dual sided power meter for consumer use (there are no plans for one at the moment), they did just partner with USA Cycling to create exactly that – a dual sided power meter for a left hand drive carbon track crank for their Project 2016.

This isn’t your ordinary power meter though. Due to the Vision Metron’s design, a spider based power meter isn’t possible, and the team didn’t want to use pedal or hub based meters. And even though most consumer head units are only capable of sampling data at 1x per second, Team USA has an ace up their sleeve. Thanks to a partnership with IBM, they are able to use data at a much higher rate which is important since they need higher resolution for the 4.5 minute event.

That’s where the prototype Stages dual power meter comes in. Capable of transmitting data at 64hz, the system provides the data they need – only they need a super computer to process it…

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Currently, Stages Cycling has 28 different power meter options with 160 individual SKUs to match every crank size of every model they carry. Yet, none of those are a dual sided power meter. And while Stages is still investigating the benefits of a dual sided power meter for consumer use (there are no plans for […]

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Thule shows updated ProRide roof rack, bike bags, & more

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For a company that is known for their bike racks, Thule’s catalog is rapidly expanding. When you consider all of the different categories they now offer, their tagline of ‘Bring your life’ starts to make a lot of sense. After a series of acquisitions including Case Logic in 2006 and Chariot in 2011, Thule has a lot more to show than just bike racks.

But they have those too. Racks like the newest version of the ProRide. Featuring a number of small (or big) changes since Cory reviewed it in 2015, the upright carrier offers more compatibility for a range of bikes…

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For a company that is known for their bike racks, Thule’s catalog is rapidly expanding. When you consider all of the different categories they now offer, their tagline of ‘Bring your life’ starts to make a lot of sense. After a series of acquisitions including Case Logic in 2006 and Chariot in 2011, Thule has […]

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PC16 Interview: Koroyd’s Case for Better Helmet Standards with John Lloyd and Bas Jongsma

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The exception to the rule at this year’s Press Camp was Koroyd who, unlike any other exhibitor, brought literally no products to sell. The aerospace material manufacturer doesn’t sell directly to consumers, after all, it supplies brands with their technology (such as Smith). Rather than a pitch a new product, Koroyd presented media with their new safety initiative: a call to action to industry to voluntarily raise the safety performance standards of helmets.

Their case? Unlike the automotive industry which has an evolving safety star rating year to year, the cycling industry has a pass/fail validation system, one that Koroyd believes sets an unacceptably high level of risk of injury for riders and which has not been updated in twenty years to reflect improving materials and technology.

In this interview taken on the last evening of Press Camp 2016, John Lloyd, owner of Koroyd, and Bas Jongsma, discuss the initiative, the urgency behind it, and the opportunity for safety within helmets and protective equipment in the industry. Basically, we can all be safer- and industry can and should voluntarily up their game to make that happen.

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The exception to the rule at this year’s Press Camp was Koroyd who, unlike any other exhibitor, brought literally no products to sell. The aerospace material manufacturer doesn’t sell directly to consumers, after all, it supplies brands with their technology (such as Smith). Rather than a pitch a new product, Koroyd presented media with their new […]

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Trek Fuel EX Ditches 27.5″ wheels (mostly); New Remedy gets more Enduro, drops 29″

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Just a few weeks ago, Trek announced the newest version to the Fuel EX family with the Fuel EX 27.5+. Changes to the frame included the ability to run both 27.5+ and 29″ wheels, though the bikes would be shipped with the fatter tires and wheels. Now, Trek is showing their counterparts – essentially the same bikes but with 29″ wheels and 130mm suspension forks. Both bikes use the exact same frame and will still be able to run the alternate wheel size, but Trek will be selling the Fuel EX with either 29″ or 27.5+ wheels from the shop floor.

One of the more interesting takeaways here, is that this appears to be the death of the Fuel EX 27.5. Mostly. Depending on your size (and gender) there are a few exceptions…

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Just a few weeks ago, Trek announced the newest version to the Fuel EX family with the Fuel EX 27.5+. Changes to the frame included the ability to run both 27.5+ and 29″ wheels, though the bikes would be shipped with the fatter tires and wheels. Now, Trek is showing their counterparts – essentially the […]

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M60 Forty Plus widens the ENVE M Series of carbon wheels

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Open plus mtb ENVE M60 plus carbon wheels rims

The latest carbon hoop from ENVE is rolling out of shops as we speak. Not surprisingly, this time it’s an even wider version of their M60 Forty for, what else? Plus bikes. We’ve been seeing teasers of the new wheel and then finally got a chance to see it in person on both the Open One+ above and another soon-to-be-released bike from a different brand. Much like the original M60 Forty, the M60 Plus is meant for aggressive riders who still want to use a plus tire in the neighborhood of 2.8 to 3.0″.

Combined with the Open One+ build above, the new ENVE rim helps to make plus hardtail builds under 20 lbs (!) possible…

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The latest carbon hoop from ENVE is rolling out of shops as we speak. Not surprisingly, this time it’s an even wider version of their M60 Forty for, what else? Plus bikes. We’ve been seeing teasers of the new wheel and then finally got a chance to see it in person on both the Open […]

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PC16: Cannondale introduces SuperSix EVO Hi-MOD Disc, rigid Slate Apex, full flight road

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Last year at Press Camp, representatives from Cannondale presented product practically giddy about what was coming for this season across all categories. It turns out, there is a lot to be excited about. For this year the brand has rolled out a collection of well-thought out offerings across the road and city line with engaging details that we’re glad made it past the conceptual stage for models like the new SuperSix Evo Hi-Mod disc…

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Last year at Press Camp, representatives from Cannondale presented product practically giddy about what was coming for this season across all categories. It turns out, there is a lot to be excited about. For this year the brand has rolled out a collection of well-thought out offerings across the road and city line with engaging […]

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Giant updates carbon & Maestro suspension for 2017, Liv women’s MTBs get even better

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Giant’s 2017 lineup is trickling out, first with the new gravel-ready TCX Advanced SX Disc. Next comes the completely revamped Liv women’s lineup that not only shows off Advanced level carbon frames across the entire range, but also new carbon manufacturing tech and suspension designs that carry over to the 2017 Trance and Anthem full suspension bikes, too.

The Maestro suspension’s floating pivot point already delivered smooth small bump performance, but now it’s moved to a trunnion-mounted Metric shock design that makes better use of the space and further improves the suspension. At the top of the shock is an all-new molded, forged carbon rocker arm that’s as strong as alloy, but half the weight and more durable. Check the details below along with an overview of the new women’s Hail, Embolden and Pique full sussers…

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Giant’s 2017 lineup is trickling out, first with the new gravel-ready TCX Advanced SX Disc. Next comes the completely revamped Liv women’s lineup that not only shows off Advanced level carbon frames across the entire range, but also new carbon manufacturing tech and suspension designs that carry over to the 2017 Trance and Anthem full suspension bikes, […]

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