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GoPro Gets into Drones, iON Cameras Merge With Contour

GoPro announces consumer drone coming 2016

With their high-quality video resolutions, tiny bodies and minimal weight, GoPro cameras have always been a great choice for mounting to aerial drones. This probably won’t come as a huge surprise from a company whose constant innovation has kept them at the top of their game, but at this week’s Code Conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, GoPro revealed to Recode that they’re currently working on a quad-copter drone aimed at the consumer market.

No details have been released regarding the design or pricing yet, but GoPro is planning to launch their new drone in the first half of 2016 (In case you’re now wondering, the title image on this article is our editor’s own photoshop foreshadowing of the concept).

Click below the break to read about Contour’s merger with iON cameras…

Friday RoundUp – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

Memorial Day Sales


  • FitWell Bicycle Company is Having A Sale – Through Friday the 29th, all bikes are 30% off MSRP and you won’t pay shipping. FitWell produces bicycles that offer a great fit, stability and value with a clean aesthetic for riders that just want to go out and ride. Visit to see the great deals no some cool bikes.
  • TWIN SIX // MEMORIAL DAY SALE – 16% off all orders under $66 and 26% Off all orders over $66. Sale ends on May 25th at midnight. Visit for the deals.


How Rumbleship is changing the relationship between brand & local bike shop


Personally, I’m fascinated by anyone that can create a new business model for an existing industry and change the way it operates, improving or creating opportunities for others to succeed while making a living for themselves. In business and running for two years, Rumbleship has been steadily building an alternate supply chain and ensuring that their back end system would run smoothly as they grew. Now, they’re starting the outreach to build awareness among retailers. That growth, and a chance encounter at Sea Otter, led to this story.

Rumbleship’s raison d’etre is “to serve the independent bike dealer,” said Alex Lugosch, co-founder. “We’re a marketplace for brands and dealers, and we make money on interest from the loans to retailers. The twist is that the dealers aren’t paying the interest, the brand is by offering a small discount off their invoice to Rumbleship. So, it’s not a sales commission because Rumbleship pays the brand immediately after the order is placed and then floats the money until the retailer pays the invoice. Rumbleship takes all the risk and covers all credit card fees.

So, what’s the benefit to independent bike shop? To the brands? Lots of things…


Friday RoundUp – Bicycle Bits & Pieces



  • Ride of Silence – On May 20, 2015 at 7:00 PM, the Ride of Silence will begin in North America and roll across the globe. Cyclists will take to the roads in a silent procession to honor cyclists who have been killed or injured while cycling on public roadways. Check with your local cycling groups to see if there will be a Ride of Silence in your town (there are rides in 49 states).

Bike Parks

  • Mammoth Mountain Bike Park Opens May 22nd – Mark your calendar, schedule your tune-up and grab your crew; the Mammoth Mountain Bike Park is set to open for the year on May 22. A number of improvements and events are on tap for the Mammoth Bike Park in 2015, including the USA Cycling Mountain Biking National Championships, which moves to Mammoth this July. Several trail extensions aimed at increasing the connectivity of Mammoth’s trail network are scheduled for completion this summer. Also new this year, the Bike Park Basecamp adjacent to the Gondola at Main Lodge will provide the perfect setting to gather after a ride. With outdoor seating, bike tuning stands, snacks and locally brewed beer available for purchase, it’s an ideal post-ride venue.

Benefit Rides

  • Fundraiser to Support the Wood River Bicycle Coalition – The Wood River Bike Coalition is a non-profit organization located in the Sun Valley, Idaho area. The area was hit hard by a fire two years ago that ruined more than 150 miles of trails in our area so through volunteer trails crews in the spring and early summer were able to log over 1500 volunteer hours last year rebuilding trails close to home. On Saturday August 1st, 2015 they’ll host the Sawtooth Century which has become their biggest fundrasier of the year. For more information on the WRBC visit

More news and a chance to win a trip to The Tour after the jump…


#BIKESTARTUP: Investor-less fundraising – why you MUST launch your product on Kickstarter

Bicycle Kickstarter

#BIKESTARTUP is a scrappy, in-the-trenches guide designed to turn your idea into a full-fledged bike business. We’ve covered customer research, prototyping, and manufacturing. Now let’s talk money.

We’ve been a promiscuous startup.  In our seed round, we raised money from two rockstar VCs and sixteen angel investors, which include a mix of serial entrepreneurs, friends, and even two wonderful customers. If you asked me behind closed doors what we think of our investors we’d say, “We love them: they’re champions, mentors, and turbochargers.” Because it’s true.

But you know whom we love more?

Our customers.  You see, our customers put $300K into two Kickstarter projects and they…

  • validated our products before we even started production
  • gave us ideas and showed us what product to build next
  • supercharged our marketing by becoming early evangelists

We’ve discussed the second and third bullet points before, so I’ll expand a bit on the first one, then dive into the three key elements to a kickass Kickstarter…


Friday RoundUp – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

Mothers Day Ad

Mother’s Day

  • Culprit Bicycles is Having a Mother’s Day Sale – Culprit is offering their Arrow one and bullet for $1,900 USD plus shipping and handling. This is their steepest discount that they have ever offered to date. Visit Culprit’s Facebook Page for details.


  • Looking for a new Road Bike?  – Franco Bicycles wants to see more Repsol Balcom S bikes on the road. To that end, for the next two weeks, we’re offering a free Repsol Edition upgrade on any Balcom S complete bike. The Repsol offer ends May 20th. Check out their road bikes here.


  • Bell Built Grant – Eastern Region Voting Goes Live May 11th – Is your local trail one of the candidates to receive the grant from Bell Helmets? The project with the most votes will be awarded the grant on May 25th. Visit to place your vote.

More news after the break.


Shimano XT M8000 pricing announced, available in August – UPDATED with European Pricing

2016 Shimano XT 8000 11-speed mountain bike component group details

Announced just prior to Sea Otter, the all-new Shimano XT M8000 group now has official pricing and availability date of August 2015. Wheels and pedals will share the same price whether you want the Race or Trail version, and the shifters will be sold as a set or as a rear-only for 1x setups.

Updated pricing table below, now with only a couple of small gaps left. We have now included UK and EU pricing, with standalone pricing for the cranks without rings and triple chainring complete cranksets. From the way pricing was broken down to us, it looks like those who choose a single ring will purchase the cranks and ring that they want separately. We will continue to add updates here when we get them…


Friday RoundUp – Bicycle Bits & Pieces



  • Central Region Voting is Now Live – Is your local trail one of the candidates to receive the grant from Bell Helmets? Vote now through May 10th. The project with the most votes will be awarded the grant on May 25th. Visit to place your vote.
  • Win a Cannondale SuperSix EVO Hi-MOD road bike – The athlete nutrition experts at The Feed are giving away a Cannondale SuperSix EVO Hi-MOD road bike to one lucky winner (valued at $7,500).  Visit to register for the contest and be sure to check out their other deals.

Clothing – Gear – Tools

  • Microsoft Partners Strava and MapMyRide for Band Smartwatch – Microsoft has responded quickly to early criticism of its Band product’s cycling-specific functionality by announcing a partnership with Strava and MapMyRide. Building upon the initial Bike Tile introduction in February, Band customers will now be able to compare performance or share routes with other riders using the popular apps. Here’s more details.
  • Tribike Transport Introduces New Service: Ship & Ride – TriBike Transport (TBT), triathlon’s first fully assembled bicycle transportation service, is proud to announce their newest service: Ship & Ride, for those athletes interested in taking their bike with them while traveling for work, vacation, or for any instance that takes them away from their home and vis a vis, their bike.

Plenty more cycling tidbits and how you can help Nepal after the break…


GoPro Introduces World’s Smallest Live Broadcast HEROCast HD Transmitters

GoPro Herocast transmitter, Colton Moore on sled

Even if you have a preference for another brand, you have to hand it to GoPro for their innovation in the field of POV action cameras. The company’s constant push to produce tiny, versatile cameras with high quality video output has launched them from people’s helmets and chests to the silver screen. Now they’re bringing a small but powerful tool to professional broadcasters with their new HEROCast wireless HD transmitters.

Developed in partnership with Vislink, the HEROCast was recently launched as the world’s smallest, lightest and most cost-efficient wireless HD micro transmitter available. The transmitter allows broadcasters to instantly insert live-feed footage from GoPro cameras, providing immersive perspectives that bring the audience closer than ever to the action…