Listen to (or Read Along With) Max! Commencal’s Head Honcho Looks Back, and Ahead to 2016

Even if you’re not a serious bike nerd, it’s pretty interesting to get a glimpse at the inner workings of a major bicycle manufacturer. Commencal has put their focus on producing fun, capable bikes for everyday riders and selling them consumer-direct through the worldwide web, and it seems as though the brand is picking up a lot of steam with this approach. In this 25 minute video, Max presents his personal theory and inspiration behind Commencal Bikes and their 2016 line. While it’s easy to surmise that ‘they’re trying to make good bikes for fair prices’ you get a bit more depth and insight when you hear things directly from the horse’s mouth.

In addition to covering well-known models like the Supreme DH and Meta AM, this video also nods towards the development of the in-house Ride Alpha component line, plus some of Commencal’s less famous creations like their dirt jumper, the Chromoly Meta hardtail, and urban commuter bikes. And don’t worry, if you’re not into the artsy-fartsy or technical engineering stuff, there’s plenty of ripping riding action and a hard rock soundtrack to keep the pace up! Crack a cold one and get inside Commencal’s head…

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Must See: Documentary – Eddy Merckx – La Course en Tete (1974)

Must See: Documentary – Eddy Merckx – La Course en Tete (1974)

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I usually post a series of interesting videos on Sunday for some quick gratifying entertainment, but every so often I stumble on a gem like the Sveness edit I posted recently that deserves its own spotlight during the week. This one, is one of those gems, and given the length of it, this is a perfect Sunday treat to enjoy while you continue to ignore the fact tomorrow is Monday and you actually have time to watch it since the kids haven’t grown bored with their holiday loot yet.

If you’re not familiar with who Eddy Merckx, “The Cannibal” is, remove your goggles &  dust off your baggies for a history lesson in this well done documentary that follows the all-time most winningest cyclist in history through some of his biggest races, training, and life at home with his family.

Tell them you’ll take the tree down tomorrow then click past the break for all that is Merckx…..

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A week in review: The Öhlins fork lives, Garmin’s Varia has your back, Transition Carbon Patrol, & much more

A week in review: The Öhlins fork lives, Garmin’s Varia has your back, Transition Carbon Patrol, & much more

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It’s been a busy week with the end of the year approaching fast. Some of the big news this week came from Öhlins who has been poking around for some time sticking their cartridges in other’s squishy forks, finally spills the details on their new fork. Plus MET’s glowing new lid, road tubeless wheels from Novatech, a first impression of Garmin’s rear radar system for your bike, plus much more.

Shoot past the break to see this last week’s coverage, plus a little different perspective of the holidays by guest celebrity and opossum crooner of The Revolting Cogs fame and mis-fortune……

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Video Roundup: Happy Holidays from the bike industry

 

Every year, a number of creative holiday videos from our industry family arrive just in time to share with our fans. Check out this crew having a wheelie good time handing out holiday cheer on one wheel then head past the break to see some videos from our friends at Rocky Mountain, Jamis, Lezyne, PDW, Scicon Bags, Team Sky *plus bonus vid*, and a holiday classic from Velocity…. Continue reading “Video Roundup: Happy Holidays from the bike industry”

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Friends intervene in Martyn Ashton’s road to recovery… in the best way possible

Friends intervene in Martyn Ashton’s road to recovery… in the best way possible
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There is no question that most who have seen it, have enjoyed Martyn Ashton’s Road Bike Party video series. As much as we wish they didn’t happen, injuries are often a price we pay when riding at the razor’s edge… some far more serious than others. Martyn had a life-changing injury in 2013 dislocating his T9 and T10 vertebrae leaving him paralyzed from the waist down. Though the moral support has been extraordinary, the financial burdens are building up fast as even the best insurance policies don’t cover much past the initial “treatment”.

Like any responsible person, if you need money, you consider selling anything from stocks to baked goods, even personal items like bikes. Martyn decided to sell his coveted Conalgo C59 road bike that he, Danny MacAskill and Chris Akrigg rode in the film Road Bike Party 2 in order to pay for additional therapy, (expensive) home modifications, and exercise equipment. His facebook friends called BS on this idea and talked him into putting up a GoFundMe page instead. To say Martyn has his fan’s support is an understatement by the looks of this fundraiser that is only 2 days old.

Cheers to Martyn, his family & friends….. and especially his supporters, from the Bikerumor family. Click past the break after hitting Martyn’s GoFundMe page to read a note from Martyn and watch Road Bike Party 2…. again!

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Videos of the week: The first carbon bikes, J. Maunsell shreds the Percept 200, & Speedvagen Rider Highlight


When were the first carbon bikes made? I, an industry lifer, would assume the early to mid 80’s at the soonest since carbon didn’t make it to mass production until the late 80’s to 90’s. Seeing this video made my jaw drop, though it made sense given the non-bike companies involved.

Check out the video above from Rumor pal Kevin Neidorf for a history lesson, then click past the break to see Jonathan Maunsell ripping the new Kona Percept 200 in Switzerland and Speedvagen’s rider highlight on racer and real person, Laura Winberry….

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Lindsey Voreis & the crew of “Ladies AllRide” riding clinics on NBC’s World of Adventure Sports SUNDAY!

Lindsey Voreis & the crew of “Ladies AllRide” riding clinics on NBC’s World of Adventure Sports SUNDAY!

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Lindsey Voreis and the crew from Ladies All-Ride get together for a rad, well-earned adventure after a busy season of thrashing across country inspiring women of all skill-sets on how to improve their riding and conquer their fears. They’re headed to Zion National Park and Gooseberry Mesa and you can see it for yourself tomorrow (Sunday December 20th), on NBC!

Head past the break to catch the schedule and check out a video about what these ladies are doing to take our sport to the next level…..

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A week in review: Ibis’ Tranny puts on some girth, holiday gift ideas, and things that maybe shouldn’t have been invented

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Despite the winter months upon us, we have been getting some great stuff rolling into our offices, and this week was no exception! From Tacx’s slick new trainer, face magnets and other doodads. We also had some cool video finds like the greatest cross coverage ever plus even more rad gift ideas from the Bikerumor family.

Head past the break for our week in review…..

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MUST WATCH: Play by Play Battle with Sven vs. Wout vs. Mathieu at the Koksijde World Cup

MUST WATCH: Play by Play Battle with Sven vs. Wout vs. Mathieu at the Koksijde World Cup

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Disclaimer: Bikerumor.com and its editorial staff can not be held liable for consequences due to inappropriate time spent away from work & life duties, or heckling Wout Van Aert from your cubicle….. though I can think of a couple of past employments I’d gladly lose over watching this in the loudest way possible. Don’t for one second think you can make it 10 minutes in and turn it off.

Sveness 4.2, from the folks at CXhairs.com, is not just a race between some fast guys. This is the Koksijde World Cup in Belgium on the course most believe sets the bar as far as cross courses are concerned. It’s safe to say, 99% of elite cross racers could not do one lap on this course without dismounting. (the 1% are here and do it). The drama unfolds as the battle for the podium is between iconic legend and 2005 & 2013 World Champion Sven Nys, new kid on the block, Wout Van Aert who has won almost everything he touches, and 2015 World Champion Mathieu van der Poel who is doing his first World Cup Race of the season due to a knee injury.

Jump the barrier and check out the some of the best cross coverage ever at the Koksijde World Cup…..

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