The power meter price wars have begun and customers are beginning to reap the rewards. German stalwart and pioneer of the power measurement game SRM have just announced a big shift in their pricing for the American markets. Effective immediately their prices drop about 30% across the board. SRM says they have been working for months to optimize how they do things to get their prices down in reaction to customer and bike shop feedback, and finally have come away with a substantial price drop that will help them stay competitive with the numerous other options on the market now. Jump past the break for a rundown of some of their pricing, plus a look at the new limited lifetime warranty…
Up until this point, the idea of mechanical doping has been dismissed by most as hilariously preposterous. Not the idea that the concept exists, but the fact that any pro would ever dare to attempt it. Products like the Gruber, now Vivax Assist that hide an electric motor inside the seat tube which powers a gear on the crank spindle have added fuel to the fire, that while preposterous, it could be possible.
That possibility is what has led the UCI to develop new screening protocols to potentially catch any mechanical doping in action. Like previous allegations, the rumor is now that the UCI is investigating the team of a female racer in the U23 World Championship race for “technological fraud.” Outlets like Sporza are reporting at lot more detail than has been officially released by the UCI, which is where the mention of an electric motor and wires comes into play.
Currently, the UCI hasn’t announced that they have actually found a motor in any bike, or even who that bike would belong to, but promise more details to come…
It’s been 25 years since the first Ellsworth mountain bike saw dirt. After a great run as one of the premier brands, Ellsworth started an uphill battle in a struggle to remain current. The ride of their iconic Instant Center Tracking suspension design is very rarely called into question, but the forums echoed concerns about aesthetics and frame stiffness.
To address those concerns, Ellsworth decided it was time for a new owner. BST Nano Carbon was chosen due to their desire to build new carbon bikes in the United States. While BST did a lot to help Tony and his engineering and design crew redesign the bikes, Ellsworth has a new owner. Again.
But this time, if Tony Ellsworth’s body language is any indication, things are looking up for the legendary brand…
Till a couple of years ago, BOS Suspension of rally car and now mountain bike fame was the mysterious unicorn privy only to Europe with a reputation that set the bar high. Since in America BOS has gotten good reviews but parts availability and service was a concern… until now.
By March shops and current BOS owners can rest assured as Quality Bicycle Products (QBP) will be the distributor and service & warranty center for BOS in the United States.
Luke Mussleman, BOS’ global sales and marketing director had this to say:
“QBP’s operational excellence has positioned them as the industry leader when it comes to customer service. That fact when coupled with their unbridled support of the IBD channel makes QBP the obvious choice as we continue to improve access to our products.”
Canadians can purchase BOS products through QBP as well but will continue to use SuspensionWerx for all service.
Park Tool, the largest maker of bicycle tools and all things blue has always been a big advocate for those in need, especially when something needs fixed. Park Tool announced their 2016 Community Tool Grant recipients where 10 deserving groups that make a difference in people’s lives by getting them on bikes receive $1,400 in Park Tool products to use to help keep those bikes rolling.
Check out the inspirational winners after the break…
Founded in 1973 by Pierre Martin and Jean-Marie Riffard in Loriol-sur-Drôme, France, Corima originally made high performance composite parts for various industries before turning its focus to wheels in 1988. And since then, we’ve seen some incredible full carbon fiber wheels (hubs, spokes, rims and all).
Look will take over global distribution for Corima, and the companies will share research and development efforts but remain separate, independent entities. Our bet is more Look bicycles will start shipping with Corima wheels.
Thanks to rumor and hearsay from a Bikerumor fan and our own digging, we hear Shimano’s working on all-new hub designs. one that could offer quick engagement, more durable freehub bodies and nearly silent, drag-free coasting. And we found a few patents to back it all up.
The biggest update to their current designs is the switch to a ring drive ratchet system. DT Swiss has proven it with their Star Ratchet, but Shimano’s filing actually references Chris King’s RingDrive patent, but there’s a major difference in the way Shimano’s design moves the ratchet rings. And that difference is what eliminates the buzzing bee sound during coasting, creating quiet, fast hub that might just be the heart of XTR and Dura-Ace’s next generation hubs…
If you think the global Interwebs absolutely needs to see your goings on in real time, now you can at least be a peach and let them see the action rather than just your mug talking into the camera.
GoPro and Twitter have joined forces so you can step it up a notch by letting you add your GoPro camera’s angle to your smartphone’s live Periscope feed. And you can switch between the two cameras with a simple push of a button. Pop on in and up your broadcasting game…
For all those who thought that owning a bike shop is the coolest thing you could possibly do, just wait until you hear what the folks at Velo Cult have done. From the epicenter of weirdness Portland, Oregon, Velo Cult operates a bike shop that also functions as a coffee shop, bar, and event space too. Now you’re thinking bigger, right?
Well Velo Cult is still dreaming up new ideas too, and they’ve just announced a new custom program that will feature road, rando, cyclocross, gravel and mountain bike frames adorned with Velo Cult styling cues. The first two custom collaborations, a randonneur bike built by Mark Nobilette and a full line of frames by Mosaic Cycles, have just been announced.
As is typical with custom built bikes, specifications are scarce compared to the big brands’ catalogue models. If you’re drooling over these frames you’ll have to contact Velo Cult to sort out all the options and costs. Check out more photos and the basics on Nobilette and Mosaic’s creations after the break…
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