Posts in the category Women’s

Shoe Surge Pt. 2: Shimano Offers new Range of Road Shoes, Women’s Road and Moutain, Plus New TR9 Tri Shoe

Shimano RP 9 road shoe (5)

If the shoe fits, wear it. Now that will be a lot easier to accomplish if you happen to be looking at Shimano shoes for road, Tri, mountain, and just about anything in between. Part of an impressive 18 new models from Shimano, the new additions to the road, Women’s road and mountain, and Tri market bring the total number of models to 71 total footwear designs. Of those 71, now there are 16 women’s specific models of which many like the new RP2W, RP3W, RP5w, and TR9W use the exact same technology as their male counterparts.

Fitting into their new Road Performance category, the four new models seek to offer an ideal balance of performance at attainable prices and high comfort levels. All of the new RP series shoes are built ont he Shimano Dynalast shape and with the exception of the RP9 above, all RP models are available in a narrower women’s specific fit. The reason for the lack of the women’s RP9 happens to be due to the fact that there is a new WR84 which steps in as a new competitive race shoe for the ladies…


Friday RoundUp – Bicycle Bits & Pieces


About the Video: It’s the story of four, high school “student athlete” mountain bikers who wanted to give back for their senior project by building and repairing the singletrack they pedaled weekly. Our Subaru-IMBA Trail Care Crew spent a weekend helping them and their classmates learn sustainable trail work.


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First Look: Yeti Beti 2016 Women’s Bikes


For Yeti, 2016 is the year of the Beti – the Beti bike that is. Launching a new line of women’s specific mountain bikes, the two models are the feminine counterparts to the beloved SB5c trail machine and swift ASRc 29er. Let it be known that nothing about the Yeti Beti line is girlie, compromised, overlooked, shrinked or pinked (coral yes, but no pink – which matches their women’s apparel, of course). While it may seem that Yeti is late to the female shred program, the company has in fact been committed to the women’s mountain bike scene for over a decade supporting many riders over the years like Julie Furtado, Marla Streb, Tara Llanes, Jill Kintner, and Rosara Joseph. They’ve also been behind the Beti Bike Bash, the first all-women’s xc race by supporting the Yeti Beti race team.

Yeti still hosts this event and drew a 400 person turnout in June which coincided with the release of the Beti bikes. In fact, the Beti line is not much of a departure from what Yeti has already been offering: XS frame options in the complete line. What distinguishes the new Beti bikes is an approach to complete bikes designed for hard-riding, discerning bad ass ladies including a lighter shock tune, lighter wheels, narrower bars, shorter cranks, and shorter travel dropper posts….


World Cup XC, Pro Bike Check: Rainbow Orbea Oiz of World Champion Catharine Pendrel


We sat down at the opening cross country World Cup to chat with the head mechanic and team manager for Team Luna Chix. They walked us through the setup for XC World Champion Catharine Pendrel’s full-suspension Orbea Oiz, the same bike she rode to earn her second set of rainbow stripes last summer in Hafjell. The Oiz, named for the mountain behind the Basque factory where the bikes are made, is offered in two levels of carbon, a Race version with all high modulus fibers for max stiffness to weight ration, and a Performance version that mixes in some lower modulus fibers for greater vibration absorption and overall toughness. The Luna Chix team, including Pendrel, all go for the stiffer Race carbon monocoque frames combined with electronic shifting and suspension setups.

Come past the break for a closer look at the details, and the actual bike weight…


World Cup XC, Pro Bike Check: Unior Tools Team Trek Superfly of Tanja Žakelj


One of the smaller teams to make big headway over the last season at the World Cup level was that of Unior Tools with the outstanding consistency in cross country racing of Slovenian Tanja Žakelj. With two junior and one U23 world championships in her past, Žakelj’s highest finish last season was a 2nd place in Windham, but by riding in the top 10 all season she started this year ranked 3rd. She has yet to break into the top 10 at the first two rounds of this year’s World Cup series, but has a few weeks off before the next cross country races to work on her form.

We’d been talking to Unior Tools about testing some of their European-made tools that show up a lot in the pits of World Tour races, so were happy to drop in for a chat with Unior’s pro mechanics and team manager. The gave us the low-down on  Žakelj’s bike, but also on some standout tools from the Slovenian company.

Have a look at a few custom setup tricks from her mechanics after the break on an otherwise fairly stock ride…


Spy Shots: New Ghost Lector World Cup Carbon Hardtail – Nove Mesto XC, Pro Bike Check


German bike maker Ghost is bringing back the Lector name for a complete overhaul of their pro-level cross country hardtail being raced on the World Cup circuit. The name came from the 1991 film and when the brand was first started, Ghost used the Lector moniker to signify the absolute top bike in each of their separate lines. Now back to cross country roots, the reimagined Lector World Cup becomes a race hardatil, this time built from their top carbon, dubbed ULC (ultra light carbon.)

Ghost is getting ready to unveil the new bike at their home World Cup in Albstadt this weekend, but they had their team racing the new bikes in Nové Město last weekend where we caught up with them. The bikes were camouflaged (a bit more cleanly than some others) with some nice geometric checkered flag decals to mask the tube shapes a bit, but we were still able to get a close look at pro racer Helen Grobert’s bike. To be honest, I kinda dig the look and wouldn’t mind a little razzle dazzle in the final production finish.

Have a look at an unmasked shot we spied coming back from a wash after the break, plus details, actual race weight, and plenty of lightweight German bits and bobbles…


Nove Mesto World Cup XC, Pro Bike Check: Neff Wins on new Stöckli Beryll RSC


At just 22 years old Jolanda Neff, the current U23 cross country women’s world champ, took on the elite women in the first round of the World Cup. Within the first lap aboard the Beryll RSC hardtail from her new Swiss bike sponsor Stöckli, she began setting a pace that ultimately only 42 year old Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjå could match. The two went back and forth until the younger Swiss took the first World Cup win of the season by just 1 second after 90mins of racing. We had a chance to sit down with Stöckli’s head bike design engineer the day before the big race and go through tech on Neff’s bike and teammate Mathias Flückiger’s, who rode to 5th place in the elite men’s race.

Join us after the jump for a few truly unique bits of tech, including a couple of prototypes…


Spy Shots: All New Trek Top Fuel and IsoSpeed Hardtail Mountain Bikes, updated


Over the weekend in Nové Město we spotted a bunch of red and baby blue bikes being ridden around by the Trek Factory Racing Team without model names on them. The two different carbon bikes, one new full suspension design and the other a hardtail with the IsoSpeed seattube decoupler, were being kept inside a unusually closed-off team tent, but were readily available on the course and in the start area for more details. Trek’s mechanics and team management weren’t ready to talk tech with us, but suggested that we will find out more in just over a months time from now.

We snapped a few spy photos from around the race venue, and will talk interesting developments and expectations after the break…


Friday RoundUp – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

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Mother’s Day

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  • 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.