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Why Isn’t Road Tubeless More Popular? Part One – How We Got Here

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Road Tubeless is an interesting topic, because it came on the scene very fast in 2010, and many thought it would become the next big advance in road bikes through 2011 and 2012.  However, as we venture into model year 2015, it still has not taken off in a significant way, with modest or underwhelming offerings from a handful of suppliers that may or may not work together.

So, what’s the hold up?

Well, to put the whole situation into perspective, we need to look at the evolution of mountain bike tubeless tires.

Lets step back to 1999, when the first standardized mountain bike tubeless system, UST, was launched by Mavic. Established over 16 years ago yet really only becoming popular in the last half decade, mountain bike tubeless also took a while to catch on, even though there are arguably a lot more benefits to tubeless tires off road than on. But, despite nearly universal agreement that mountain bikes perform better with tubeless tires, there is still not an agreement what the interface between tire and rim should look like…

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Friday RoundUp – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

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  • Their slogan is “If you like riding bikes, you’ll dig our shirts.” Two riders from Brevard, North Carolina started The A-Line in September 2014 to make apparel that is a celebration of the cycling culture and subcultures within it, because bikes make life better. They’ve got about eight designs now and can create custom designs as well. The A-Line: Cycling apparel for life on two wheels.
  • As promised, here is another reminder that registration for the TD Five Boro Bike Tour (the world’s biggest charitable bike ride) opens on January 20th. Mark your calendars so you don’t miss out! The Tour itself is May 3rd and is an amazing way to see New York. Visit www.bike.nyc for more information.
  • Tired of the lousy coffee in your office break room? Do you want French Press quality Joe for your next camping trip but don’t want the mess? Then check out The Coffeebrewer which is a resealable packet of coffee contained in its own filter. Pour in hot water, reseal it, let it steep and then pour yourself piping hot coffee from its attached spout. Check it out at GrowersCup.com.
  • Team Giant-Alpecin is now the third team in the pro peloton to use the Pioneer power meter system as their training tool. Pioneer is sponsoring the men’s and women’s cycling teams by outfitting each team’s race bicycles with the advanced dual-leg power meter crank sets and the SGX-CA500 Cycle-Computer. Team Giant-Alpecin’s 2015 season kicks off at The Tour Down Under in Australia on January 17th.
  • Lazer sponsored racers are coming off a fabulous 2014 and are looking forward to great results in 2015. One of the first events is the 2015 Tour Down Under. Follow Lazer on Facebook for team updates and you’ll get first looks at contests for some lucky fans to win Lazer gear!
  • The first annual Idaho Enduro Series kicks off Feb. 5, 2015 with the premier of “The Rise of Enduro” movie. The showing will be at the Basque Center, 601 W. Grove Street in Boise, Idaho. Besides screening the movie, they’ll be introducing the race series sponsors and unveiling the details of the Idaho Enduro Series. Tickets are $10 and include a raffle entry and beverage from Woodland Empire. Doors open at 6pm and the movie starts 7pm. The Idaho Enduro Series is a three event mountain bike race series that is open to riders of all abilities. The actual racing thankfully starts in May, when it’s a bit warmer.

Aaron Chase Signs with Pivot Cycles for his Next Freeride Adventure

Aaron Chase Pivot BikesIf you grew up watching the early freeride videos, Aaron Chase should be a household name. As a Cannondale athlete since the very early days of his career, when he recently announced that they would be parting ways his next move was anyone’s guess. After fighting his way back from a sever spinal injury in 2007, Aaron is making moves again on a bike. Specifically, the DW-link equipped super bikes manufactured by Pivot Cycles.

Signed to a new multi-year deal, Aaron will be piloting the Phoenix Carbon DH, Mach 6, Point, and M4x models from Pivot as well as anything else he can get a hold of. We’re happy to see Aaron land with another rad company, and look forward to the next “Through My Eyes Series”  on a Pivot!

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First 2015 Fat Chance Yo Eddy Team Frames to be Offered Through Kickstarter

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The rebirth of Fat Chance Bicycles caught the attention of a lot of OG riders after it was announced just before Interbike last year. One of the big names of early mountain biking, Chris Chance and his team developed a legion of dedicated followers and a number of vintage bikes that still go for big bucks if you can find one used.

We haven’t heard much from Fat Chance in the way of product since first teasing the reincarnation of the company, but with the launch of their crowdfunding campaign we’re getting close. Starting with the Yo Eddy Team frame, the first batch of frames will only be available through Kickstarter. Details on pricing, frame specs, and more, next…

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AthletePath offers fee-free race registration, now a $20 race really is a $20 race!

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Ever signed up to do a cyclocross race advertised at $20 and somehow it ended up costing you $25? Yeah, us too, and it’s freaking annoying.

The service is disguised as a free social network for athletes, with some cool features. It allows you to connect with others signed up for the same events, share photos and training plans and even link up your own training efforts through MapMyFitness. That brings your training progress into view as the event looms, and lets others encourage, fear or mock you depending on how well you’ve prepared.

For promoters, it lets you create an event, share updates via push notifications to mobile devices and even send results to participants and their fans in near real time. And all of the event management tools are available on mobile devices, making it easy to keep things running smooth without being tethered to a laptop.

For athletes, you can see how you and others finished (with your friends’ times being highlighted), give kudos and message other participants and keep up to date on post-race happenings.

But we think the real magic is in the elimination of “processing” fees that often jack up the entry price by as much as 20 percent…

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Friday RoundUp – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

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  • The 3rd Annual Tour of Sufferlandia is on! The Greatest Grand Tour of a Mythical Nation in the Whole Wide World starts January 24th and finishes on February 1st. Taylor Phinney of BMC Pro Cycling Team is the Honorary Starter. Last year’s event had 4,000 participants and raised $65,000 for the Davis Phinney Foundation.
  • Tour De Troit is kicking off 2015 with the first of six running and cycling events with the 3rd Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Bike Ride on January 19th. The free, family-friendly ride honors the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and repeats part of the historic 1963 March to Freedom path, which ended with Dr. King’s first delivery of the “I Have A Dream” speech at Cobo Center. Riders can register online by clicking HERE or on-site on Mon., January 19.
  • 2015 Xentis wheels are now landed and shipping through Stage-Race. Use coupon code “FreeShip” at checkout for free FedEx shipping in the US and Canada all January long in our online store.
  • The 2015 Breck Epic will feature 20 miles of new singletrack. Held this year on August 9-14, the Epic features a unique cloverleaf format; riders to begin and end every stage within Breck’s town limits. With three and 6-day options available, the Epic is also designated as MTB Stage Race World Championships and sends each category winner home with a world champion’s jersey. Interested? Visit www.BreckEpic.com. And bring your big ring. The new official lodging and host property for the Breck Epic is now Beaver Run Resort. The new partnership brings enhanced lodging and dining opportunities for the race community and an incredible base of operations for riders traveling with families.
  • Check back with the Friday RoundUp for an announcement regarding the new Outlier Offroad Festival (powered by SRAM) which is slated just after Interbike next September in VAIL. Think something Sea Otter-ish/Crankworx-ey coming your way with long-format XC racing, Enduro, Colorado-style gravel gran fondo and a lift-served consumer demo featuring all of next year’s bikes from the best brands in the biz.
  • Now’s your chance to test out some of the best lights in the business. Two Light & Motion demo vans will be criss-crossing the country all year visiting dealers. They’ll be holding clinics on the product line and night-ride and night-run demo events. Visit lightandmotion.com for more information.
  • Culprit Cycles is having a special promotion ending on January 3rd, 2015 on many of their demo and complete bikes. Start the new year with a bike custom painted for you! While supplies last. For more information on the deals they’re offering visit their Facebook Page or visit culpritbicycles.com.

2016 Axle Standards, Part 2: Mountain bikes get 15×110 – Road gets 12mm thru axles

2016 front axle standards for mountain bike will be 15x110

Alongside the changes coming to rear wheels with the new Boost 148 standard, two new options will be offered up front in 2016: 15×110 for mountain bikes and 12×100 for road and cyclocross.

Starting with the new MTB standard, the goal here is much simpler. Where Boost 148 allows for a wide array of geometry and suspension benefits on top of the stiffer wheel platform, the front has just two missions: : Stiffer wheels and better tire clearance.

The current hub standard for mountain bikes is 100mm wide, so going to 110mm is a bigger overall change than the 6mm change in the rear. Presumably, that’ll benefit front wheel stiffness even more.

“15×110 can be taken almost as a parallel to the 148, it’s like Boost Front,” says Mike Gann, Niner’s COO. “If people are paranoid about wheel deflection and wheel stiffness, it’s going to make a larger format wheel (read: 29ers) feel different. And it seems like it’s really going to be pursued by a good chunk of the industry.”

The change also opens up tire clearance by about 0.4 inches. That’s the difference between shoehorning a 2.5 or almost a full 3.0 tire in the fork. That 3.0 figure, coincidentally, seems to be the poster boy for the upcoming “plus” sized wave of bikes, made much more possible thanks to these new axle standards…

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Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

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  • America’s leading gran fondo will take place on Saturday October 3rd, 2015, in Sonoma, County California and registration opens January 12th. The King Ridge Gran Fondo is adding a tougher, more adventurous ‘Panzer’ route this year. For the lucky 250 who register first, the route will take them farther north and to the coast at Stewart’s Point where freshly baked panzerotti (hence the name, they’re like a small calzone) and espresso will await.
  • RAPHA FESTIVE 500 / December 24 – December 31 – The Rapha Festive 500 traces its origin to their Lead Designer, Graeme Raeburn, who rode 1000 kilometers in the week between Christmas and New Year’s Eve, combining extensive product testing, base miles, and a trip to see his family into one taxing adventure. For the 2014 challenge they are offering prizes in three categories – Most Inclement – Best Story, Prix de la Combativité – Best Photography, and a Grand Prize for Creativity. This year’s Grand Prize is a tig-welded steel frame by Rapha Continental builder and rider, Ricky Feather.
  • The Red Bull Rampage presented by GoPro, part of the Red Bull Signature Series, will be airing this Saturday, December 27th at 4 P.M. EST on NBC as part of the two hour full length special. Taking on 1,000 feet of vertical ridges off the never-before-ridden back cliffs outside Virgin, Utah, 20 of the most daring and fearless mountain bike riders in the world headline the event.
  • Culprit Cycles is having a special promotion starting today and ending on January 3rd, 2015 on many of their foremasts and complete bikes. Start the new year with a bike custom painted for you. While supplies last. For more information on the deals they’re offering visit their Facebook Page or visit culpritbicycles.com.
  • Hammer Nutrition’s Sale is extended thru December 31st! Order online and save up to 20% on everything! Shop now and SAVE!
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Jens Voigt Joins Trek as Official Ambassador of Awesome

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What does life after retirement hold for a pro cyclist? If you’re Jens Voigt, it seems like much of the same only this time for trek as the official Ambassador of Awesome, rather than a professional racer. In addition to cracking the whip on employees within Trek’s Waterloo headquarters, Jens is planning to host Trek Travel trips, coaching juniors on the Trek Factory Racing team, and continue product testing. Shut up legs? More like Shut Up retirement…

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