Giant USA launches direct to consumer sales next month

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Giant USA announced that starting in March they will sell direct to consumers via a beta program with some of their Giant Retail Partner Stores, then make it available to everybody in August. The aim is to keep margins, costs, and returns as streamlined as possible for dealers and consumers alike, but is it the program all it’s cracked up to be?

Check out how they’re going about this transition and what one dealer’s thoughts are….

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Friday Roundup – Cycling Odds & Ends

Friday Roundup – Cycling Odds & Ends

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  • Which country will climb the most in Suunto’s World Vertical week – The action is about to begin, as Suunto is pitting country against country in the ultimate battle of who can earn the most vertical in just one week. The northern hemisphere might be at a slight disadvantage with wintery temps in many places, but Americans might get a boost from the competition starting on a Monday federal holiday? You don’t need to be a Suunto user, just download their Movescount app and hit the road or trail. Find out after a week how your country does. #VerticalWeek starts globally on Feb 15 and runs through the 21st. MovesCount.com

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SRAM gives a new look to 2016 Red to complement eTap

SRAM gives a new look to 2016 Red to complement eTap

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A few weeks ago at the Tour Down Under we profiled the Swift Hypervox of Drapac’s Graeme Brown. His team’s bikes were the only ones at the race not built up with the new SRAM Red eTap group. But an eagle-eyed reader name Brett was quick to notice the new graphic design of the group, with a look much like that of the new eTap. Now a couple of weeks later, SRAM has confirmed that the new look will cover all Red groups for 2016. Take a closer look after the break…

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SixSixOne and Kyle Strait are back together again!

SixSixOne and Kyle Strait are back together again!
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When freeriding was still coming into its own, Kyle Strait was one of the true stand outs and has been an ambassador for the sport ever since. SixSixOne, one of the first companies to produce protection you could actually pedal in, snagged Kyle as a sponsored athlete around the early 2000’s. In no time, the iconic “Kyle Strait” knee pads were born and set the standard for many years.

While Kyle was visiting the offices in San Clemente, California recently, SixSixOne sat down with him to talk about his return, and while they were at it, captured some action of him shredding like only Kyle can. Check it out!

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Chance to become a 2016 Blackburn Ranger ends this weekend

Chance to become a 2016 Blackburn Ranger ends this weekend

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If riding around the U.S. in a quasi-self supported manner with likeminded folks is your cup o’ tea, then you better hustle to get your application in to join the 2016 Blackburn Rangers program. You’ll get product support from some other great brands in the Bell/Giro family and act as a brand ambassador as your ride the Continental Divide or Pacific Coast. You’ll also be wined and dined (and act as a guide for others) at their annual Ranger Camp in Monterey, CA, just before the Sea Otter Classic.

Interested? Check the video and full PR below, then get cracking. Deadline for submission is this Valentines Day, February 14, 2016…

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Patent Battles: Stan’s NoTubes holds ground w/ tubeless victory, SRAM moves to protect their X-Sync patents

Patent Battles: Stan’s NoTubes holds ground w/ tubeless victory, SRAM moves to protect their X-Sync patents

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At any given time, there is a good chance that at least one or two companies in the industry are undergoing some type of patent litigation. A seemingly natural part of business in the industry, recently two noteworthy cases have come across our desk. The first involves an ongoing dispute between Stan’s NoTubes and Specialized Bicycle Components. After Specialized released rim designs that Stan’s felt infringed on their U.S. Patent 7,334,846, Stan’s brought suit against Specialized, eventually winning a judgement from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. The latest installment invovled the United States Court of Appeals in the Federal Ciruit on February 4, 2016, which affirmed the PTAB decision. Stan’s currently holds four different patents related to their ZTR product line with Bead Socket Technology. Based on the latest ruling, it seems Specialized will have to pay compensation to Stan’s NoTubes.

In an even bigger case that’s apparently underway, SRAM looks to be stepping up enforcement of their X-Sync narrow-wide IP…

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Aaron Gwin Joins the YT Mob along with Angel Suarez to take on the World Cup

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It’s been a badly kept secret, but Aaron Gwin is now on YT. After spending time racing for two industry powerhouses with Trek and Specialized, Gwin is bringing his winning ways to a much smaller name in the industry. Banking on the motto, “good times,” YT is hoping to shake things up on the pro circuit while giving their Tues CF Pro some time in the spotlight and (hopefully for them) on the podium…

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Friday Roundup – Cycling Odds & Ends

Friday Roundup – Cycling Odds & Ends

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  • REI partners with NICA and IMBA for the Teen Trail Corps Initiative – REI, the National Interscholastic Cycling Association, and IMBA set up a new program to inspire young riders to become effective trail advocates with the new #TeenTrailCorps initiative. Teaching young mountain bikers to show respect, empathy, and compassion to fellow trail users and nature, the program aims to develop the next generation of trail leaders. TeenTrailCorps.org

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Remembering BMX Legend Dave Mirra

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Making an already tragic event even harder to accept, the following video was already scheduled for this weekend’s round up before the news of Dave Mirra’s death rocked the world. Miracle Boy made an undeniable impression on the world of freestyle BMX, and on the world as a whole as he seemed able to pick up just about any sport and succeed. Lately, he turned his talents towards the grueling challenge of Ironman distance triathlons, wowing us with tri-bike-bunny-hops on rollers. It’s hard to accept the fact that he’s gone, but at 41 he left a big legacy…

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