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Lifeboat Events Adds Urban PressCamp – Focus on Bicycle Commuting at Bike Summit in Washington, DC

Lifeboat Events, the company that puts on DealerCamp and PressCamp has added a third event to focus on the increasing market and importance of bicycle commuting and transportation: Urban PressCamp. It’ll be held just prior to the annual Bike Summit in Washington, DC, in March and connect media (which hopefully includes Bikerumor…hint, hint, Lance) with cycling brands that focus on transportation and commuting with their product lines.  Full press release after the break…


Bike PressCamp Begins

Bike PressCamp begins tonight with a little social and dinner, where we get to meet up with other journalists and manufacturers. Over the next few days, we’ll get a first look at new products and tech…including the much anticipated 2011 XTR!

Above, the schwag awaiting me in my hotel room: new Clif Crunch granola bars; EFX holographic balance doodads; Camelbak lightweight hydration pack, bottles and elixir drink tabs; custom Sugoi jersey; Ridley t-shirt, DeFeet socks and arm warmers, Knog light and it was all stuffed inside a totally rad Knog The Dog messenger bag!

And this comes hot on the heels of Cannondale’s press camp…good times. Stay tuned…

Shredits: Rad Vibes with Emilie and Benard of Pivot’s DH Factory Team, Lenzerheide with Caluori, In the Know with Troy Bronson, Cribs with Ratboy, More

Pivot Factory DH riders Emilie Seigenthaler and Benard Kerr tear it up on Austrian mountains and at the awesome urban Bratislava race (before fights and the police shut it down).


Roundup: Tasty new treats from Kramp Krushers, ProBar, Clean Energy & Clifbar


Kramp Krusher electrolyte chews kicked things off last year with their Salty Limón flavor that’s so close to a margarita you may find yourself using them to chase the worm. On a ride, they’re amazing, and they seem to do the trick fending off cramps thanks to 310mg of sea salt sourced sodium and 95mg potassium citrate. They’ve also added 150mg calcium lactate, which they say helps boost muscle endurance by providing a ready energy source that assists in glucose availability while potentially reducing lactic acid buildup.

They’ve kept me going on a few rides, they’re delicious, and now they’ve got two new flavors en route. Salty Strawberry and Salty Melon will make their formal debut at Sea Otter. Our mouths are already watering.

Plenty more goodies to keep you pedaling strong below…


EB14: All New Cannondale Slice Triathlon Bike Debuts, Plus CAAD10 Track Bike & Budget Road Racer

2015 Cannondale Slice Black Inc triathlon bike

The all new Cannondale Slice triathlon bike will formally debut at Ironman World Championships Kona in October, but we’ve got a first look at the top model, the Slice Black Inc.

Goals were to reduce weight as much as possible, add aero efficiency and make it more comfortable. Compared to the outgoing model, they don’t have final wind tunnel data but they’re saying it’s significantly improved. That was done by making the frontal profile narrower, reshaping the fork legs, and smoothing the fork crown to downtube transition.

Those aero changes were the obvious ones. It’s the other little tweaks that make it unique -and UCI illegal- along with the impressive frame weight…


E-Bike Tech Comparison: Bosch Frame Mounted Motors vs. Bion-X Hub Motors


Have you noticed there’s been a growing mention of electrically motorized bicycles lately? That’s because they’re coming, whether our domestic infrastructure is ready or not. While Europe’s been enjoying the boost at a broader level for a few years, brands with strong stateside distribution are starting to push them into dealers in select markets, establishing themselves for when the tide turns.

Who? Specialized will have a lower cost version of the Turbo, Felt is bringing several models in, as is Lapierre, and BMC has their premium Stromer line. And that’s just the beginning.

Across the board, there are two dominant methods of integrating a motor into a bike: Building the motor into the frame or putting the motor in the rear hub. There are multiple systems, but two of the higher tech, more established ones are from Bosch and Bion-X. Both were at PressCamp this summer, both have their pros and cons, and both gave us an in-depth look at their tech. Read on and see which one makes sense for your next commuter.

We’ll start with Bosch. Bosch builds entire e-bike drivetrain systems that hit the market in 2010, and their latest generation is just now shipping. It’s built around a crank-located motor, which integrates into the drivetrain in a way that develops more torque than a hub motor with the added advantage of keeping unsprung weight lower on full suspension bikes…


2015 Campagnolo Chorus EPS, Super Record Mechanical Tech Overview & Actual Weights


The new Super Record, Record and Chorus mechanical groups were unveiled in late May, followed shortly thereafter by a new Chorus EPS group. The basic details were provided, but pricing, weights and the finer points were missing, so we used our time at PressCamp to fill in the holes.

When Campy unveils a new technology, it’s generally spread around its products fairly quickly. Sometimes it shifts altogether. Case in point: With it’s introduction, Chorus EPS is now the only mid-level electronic group – Athena EPS is no more, but it did get a functional update for the mechanical group.

Chorus keeps the different wire plug design that Athena had, which means it’s not compatible with Record/Super Record EPS. The reason they initially had a different wiring structure was to save costs over the more intricate plug design on the higher end groups. It’s still IP67 waterproof and just as secure as what’s used on SR/R, just a different design that’s simpler and cheaper from a new supplier. There’s no word on whether they’ll adopt that design on Record/SR down the road, but it certainly makes sense that they’d incorporate it on the next iteration.


Pivot Teases All-New Mountain Bike, Debuts Mid June


Yep, a new Pivot mountain bike is coming next week. We’ll be at PressCamp for the debut and report back with all the details. What do we know so far? Nada, other than that tiny rider looks like they’re hauling butt on a mid-travel bike. We asked founder Chris Cocalis if we could tease anything. Here’s how that conversation went…


Review: Kenda Honey Badger Pro Mountain Bike Tires

kenda honey badger pro mountain bike tire review

After riding the Kenda Honey Badger on demo bikes around Park City, Utah, on some amazing singletrack, I requested a set in for a formal review. The trails used by vendors at PressCamp and DealerCamp (in Utah), several of which had bikes equipped with the tires that don’t give a you-know-what, were a combination of ripping tree-covered singletrack and open air, dusty and rocky technical sections that were popping non-tubeless tires left and right. And the tires handled it all perfectly.

So, I wondered how they’d hold up to some east coast, North Carolina dirt, clay and roots. And, given the arrival date, fall leaves. Roll past the break to see if they’re just as good in the humid southeast as they are in the arid IMBA Epic laced mountains of the Rockies…