Week in Review: New goods from Specialized, Diamondback, Cotic and so much more!

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This past week we had two double headers, providing a doubly in depth look at the new Specialized Sequoia adventure gravel bike and the ultralight Easton EC90 SL cranks. But there were plenty more items worth highlighting, like the sweet new Diamondback Haanjo Carbon, which brings massive tire clearance and a svelte new carbon frame to the off road drop bar scene. Lots to catch up on, and all of it opens in a new tab for easy browsing…

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This past week we had two double headers, providing a doubly in depth look at the new Specialized Sequoia adventure gravel bike and the ultralight Easton EC90 SL cranks. But there were plenty more items worth highlighting, like the sweet new Diamondback Haanjo Carbon, which brings massive tire clearance and a svelte new carbon frame […]

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Bluegrass updates their Wapiti knee and elbow pads with impact-reactive D30

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Every rider likes feeling well protected while you’re out on the trails, but when it comes to safety gear there’s one major hurdle to overcome – comfort. Sure, it’s safest to slap plastic shields all over your knees, elbows, chest and spine, but most riders try to strike a balance between protection and other factors like ventilation, freedom of motion, and overall comfort.

Bluegrass has just released their new Wapiti D30 knee and elbow pads that look like a promising option for those who’d like to shed their hard shells. The company designed this new version of the Wapiti pads with flexible and impact-reactive D30 material to ensure ease of movement yet provide the best protection possible.

The Wapiti D30 pads also feature air mesh back panels, top and bottom straps to keep them snugly in place, and the knees get side zippers for putting them on and off quickly and easily…
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Every rider likes feeling well protected while you’re out on the trails, but when it comes to safety gear there’s one major hurdle to overcome – comfort. Sure, it’s safest to slap plastic shields all over your knees, elbows, chest and spine, but most riders try to strike a balance between protection and other factors […]

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Chris Froome takes up new sport in bizarre Mont Ventoux finish

After the announcement of a shortened climb up Mont Ventoux for today’s stage 12 finish due to high winds, many fans were worried that the stage would lose some of the excitement. While we won’t spoil the results for anyone who has the race waiting for them on their DVR, we will say that there is plenty of excitement. It’s also extremely bizarre. Apparently after fans got too close to a video motorbike, the motorcycle’s pilot had to slam on the brakes which then caused a chain reaction pile up with Richie Porte, Chris Froome, and Bauke Mollema.

All of a sudden, the Tour’s cameras shift to a lanky Froome in full kit, running up Mont Ventoux. His bike was broken in the crash and without a team car nearby, he just took off running (which may or may not be illegal during the race). At one point he was given a neutral service bike from the Mavic car, but after appearing to struggle with the gears and pedals, he pulled to the side and waited for a replacement bike. Wild.

 



After the announcement of a shortened climb up Mont Ventoux for today’s stage 12 finish due to high winds, many fans were worried that the stage would lose some of the excitement. While we won’t spoil the results for anyone who has the race waiting for them on their DVR, we will say that there is […]

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Connect with new Garmin Edge & Explore 820 to race yourself and keep group rides on track

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Garmin has just announced the 820 as the next new GPS computers to join the top of their completely updated Edge lineup. Available in both the Edge Explore 820 configuration aimed at cyclists looking to head off on more of an adventure of the standard Edge 820 targeted at the competitive cyclist, both 820 are all about connectivity whether it is to live Strava segments, weather & notifications, an array of external sensors (including your electronic drivetrains), or the newest feature GroupTrack that lets you track friends on your group rides in realtime. All the while it does so with a compact touchscreen that slots it nicely in between the 520 & 1000 computers. Take a look at the full details and a video of the GroupTrack functionality after the break…

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Garmin has just announced the 820 as the next new GPS computers to join the top of their completely updated Edge lineup. Available in both the Edge Explore 820 configuration aimed at cyclists looking to head off on more of an adventure of the standard Edge 820 targeted at the competitive cyclist, both 820 are all […]

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Week’s Best Videos: Tour de France Action!

Friday’s Stage 7 of the 2016 Tour de France had a peculiar finish, with Orica-BikeExchange’s Adam Yates slamming into a perfectly timed deflation of the 1km arch. Mavic’s onboard moto camera caught (and got caught in) the action. From the video’s description on YouTube:

Watch the moment when Adam Yates, of Orica Bike-Exchange, hit an inflatable arch which collapsed as he powered his way towards the finish line in Stage 7. Yates, who suffered a chin injury, said later: “I had no idea I had hit something. Next thing I knew I was on the floor.” The race organisers, ASO, said the arch came down after a spectator’s belt became tangled in a cable supplying power to a generator.

As a result, race organizers called the race’s finish as of the 3km-to-go mark, putting Yates in second for the day and giving him the White Jersey. Yates took second Saturday (Stage 8), behind Froome, keeping the White Jersey and sitting in second place behind Froome.

Click through for the 1km finish and/or summary videos for Stages 1 through 8…

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Friday’s Stage 7 of the 2016 Tour de France had a peculiar finish, with Orica-BikeExchange’s Adam Yates slamming into a perfectly timed deflation of the 1km arch. Mavic’s onboard moto camera caught (and got caught in) the action. From the video’s description on YouTube: Watch the moment when Adam Yates, of Orica Bike-Exchange, hit an inflatable […]

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Friday Roundup – Cycling Odds & Ends

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  • WinWithTinkoff.com, a Tour de France sweepstakes project – Scicon bags is managing a contest campaign for the Tinkoff team throughout the Tour with new prizes available each day. With every Tour stage another of the team’s sponsors will show up with a new prize up for grabs. The list of brands putting in prizes is pretty big, with the total haul available valued at about 9000€. So far there’s been a heartrate strap, a pair of Oakleys, a Contador signed helemt, a carbon bar, special Contador edition Keo Blades, and a signed World Champion jersey. Today’s prize up for grabs is a fast rolling CeramicSpeed setup with a set of oversized pulleys, a UFO-treated chain, and a bottom bracket. Join in and enter to win every day at WinWithTinkoff.com

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WinWithTinkoff.com, a Tour de France sweepstakes project – Scicon bags is managing a contest campaign for the Tinkoff team throughout the Tour with new prizes available each day. With every Tour stage another of the team’s sponsors will show up with a new prize up for grabs. The list of brands putting in prizes is pretty big, with the total haul […]

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2017 Kona Honzo Carbon race, trail hardtail mountain bikes hit the dirt

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They call it Deja Vu. We call it one bike with two personalities depending on spec. The bike is called the Honzo Carbon, and regardless of whether it comes with the “Race” or “Trail”, it gets Boost spacing and a 120mm fork.

Built for North Shore riding as much as World Cup XC courses, the new Honzo Carbon sheds 600g off the alloy version’s weight and gets modern trail geometry to tackle the aggressive descending on today’s trails. Stealth dropper routing means it can be equipped for even steeper descents if you want, but short chainstays help it climb upwards as well.

The official release is July 17, along with more of Kona’s 2017 models, but they’ve put together a little video shred session and spec lists below…

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They call it Deja Vu. We call it one bike with two personalities depending on spec. The bike is called the Honzo Carbon, and regardless of whether it comes with the “Race” or “Trail”, it gets Boost spacing and a 120mm fork. Built for North Shore riding as much as World Cup XC courses, the […]

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Video: Phil Kmetz takes a $179 Huffy Carnage down the DH trail

This one’s making the rounds, but worth watching again even if you’ve already seen it if only for the mild mannered voice over commentary in the face of brake failing fear. Phil Kmetz takes a $179 Huffy Carnage purchased from Wal-Mart down a double black diamond Dh mountain bike trail and puts it through the ringer.



This one’s making the rounds, but worth watching again even if you’ve already seen it if only for the mild mannered voice over commentary in the face of brake failing fear. Phil Kmetz takes a $179 Huffy Carnage purchased from Wal-Mart down a double black diamond Dh mountain bike trail and puts it through the […]

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Week’s Best Videos: Dew Files, a Shark in the Woods, Dirty Kanza, and more

Who says product demo videos can’t be fun? OneUp put their Shark extended range mod kit to the test in Squamish and the result is a sweet edit that makes the climbing look (almost) as fun as the descending.

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Who says product demo videos can’t be fun? OneUp put their Shark extended range mod kit to the test in Squamish and the result is a sweet edit that makes the climbing look (almost) as fun as the descending.

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