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Freeride legend Kelly McGarry passes away during a ride in New Zeland

Freeride legend Kelly McGarry passes away during a ride in New Zeland

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Sad news from Queenstown today as it was reported Kelly McGarry, the 6’5″ larger than life free-rider from NZ who in 2013 took second place and the Viewer’s Choice Award at the Redbull Rampage passed away earlier this morning while riding in Queenstown. No details on what happened, but our thoughts are with his friends, family and loved ones.

Backflip past the gap for the local newspaper report and Kelly’s insane run from the 2013 Redbull Rampage.

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Traitor Cycles’ new Wander touring bike & Updated Ruben, now with flat or drop bars

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Traitor Cycles Wander, action shot

Sure the machines are getting smarter and better, and it’s only a matter of time before we all live in The Matrix…but for now that special appeal still exists for hand-made products, especially when it comes to bikes. Seattle’s Traitor Cycles certainly thinks so as their entire lineup of commuters, touring bikes and cyclocross racers is hand-crafted from prominent Taiwanese manufacturer Founderland’s seamless 4130 chromoly tubing.

Bikerumor first checked in on Traitor’s Ruben in 2012, and the following year we checked out the revamped Crusade Disc CX bike. As for current affairs, Traitor has a few new models in this year’s lineup. There’s the entirely new Wander aimed at long distance riders who love the feel of real steel, and their existing Ruben commuter now has a single-speed convertible dropout and comes in either drop bar or flat bar models…
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Is Shimano losing teeth to make lighter, better shifting chainrings?

Shimano chainring design with gaps between every other tooth

Shimano chainring design with gaps between every other tooth

If the recent silent freehub design we found is any indication, Shimano is looking at ways to reduce noise, friction and drag in some creative ways. And perhaps this chainring design, which we found in yet another patent application from the drivetrain giant, is even more creative despite its utter simplicity.

Want to reduce weight? Cut drag and friction? Easy, just remove every other tooth. But not just any teeth, only the narrow ones from a narrow/wide design. Which is even more odd coming from Shimano since they don’t currently offer a narrow/wide chainring, though they have patented shiftable narrow/wide ring designs. And, we’ve heard from one source (but can’t verify) that Mr. Shimano was the first to patent a narrow wide chainring design all the way back in 1978, albeit for agricultural purposes. Yes, you read that correctly: Shimano may have been the first to patent a narrow/wide chainring design, and they did it almost 40 years ago.

Here’s how this could work…

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Try out a set of Crankbrothers wheels for 90 days, and get a free wheelbag

Try out a set of Crankbrothers wheels for 90 days, and get a free wheelbag

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Crankbrothers is pretty confident in their unique mountain bike wheel designs and just let us know of a short-term 100% satisfaction guarantee deal that they hope will let more riders try them out. So buy a set of wheels direct from them through this Friday, February 5th, and you get a no questions asked 90 day money-back guarantee. And to sweeten the deal, they are throwing in a double wheel bag for free to tote around the second wheelset you will now have. Check out the wheels on offer and a bit of their tech after the jump…

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Bikerumor Pic Of The Day: Richmond, BC – Canada

Bikerumor Pic Of The Day: Richmond, BC – Canada

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Photo submitted by Allan Prazsky, “A foggy start to a fall day along Richmond’s infamous River Road. 2015, Richmond, BC, Canada.”

Monday BONUS – Ride This Pic!

Our friends at Bkool have mapped some courses for you to do on your trainer: a 9.3 mile River Road time trial course, a 19.8 mile River Road Loop, and a 67.9 mile Tour de Richmond, BC. Just download their free cycling simulator software, then use prompts to adjust your resistance based on the mapped course profile. If you have a smart trainer with ANT+ the resistance will be controlled by the course.

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Pioneer power meters pricing gets even more competitive, OTA updates & more coming soon!

Pioneer power meters pricing gets even more competitive, OTA updates & more coming soon!

Pioneer Powermeters price drop for dual and single leg versions plus new upgrade option

When it launched less than two years ago, Pioneer offered the first dual leg product to be offered globally, and the first to offer high definition pedaling metrics. They still offer the most detailed pedal stroke analysis, but several other brands have begun offering dual leg measurement.

But, for the product, Pioneer had very competitive pricing. Which, directly or not, resulted in many other major brands (Quarq, PowerTap, Power2Max, SRM, etc.) dropping their prices. So, at Interbike last fall, Pioneer introduced a single sided (single leg) version to offer their system at an even lower price, but one that could easily be upgraded to dual leg as need or budget allows. And that gave them an option to compete with Stages, and beat them on price by a bit, too.

Now, in the best possible race to the bottom, Pioneer’s pricing drops another 30% ($270 off!) for single leg, putting them at just $529 (€629) for Ultegra 6800 and $649 (€699) for Dura-Ace 9000, both including the non-drive crank arm. But that ain’t all…

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SRM drops pricing on PowerMeters, plus new limited lifetime warranty

SRM drops pricing on PowerMeters, plus new limited lifetime warranty

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The power meter price wars have begun and customers are beginning to reap the rewards. German stalwart and pioneer of the power measurement game SRM have just announced a big shift in their pricing for the American markets. Effective immediately their prices drop about 30% across the board. SRM says they have been working for months to optimize how they do things to get their prices down in reaction to customer and bike shop feedback, and finally have come away with a substantial price drop that will help them stay competitive with the numerous other options on the market now. Jump past the break for a rundown of some of their pricing, plus a look at the new limited lifetime warranty…

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TDU 2016 Tech: IAM Cycling Scott Foil Aero Team Bike

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IAM Cycling is a Swiss registered professional cycling team founded in 2012, with its first racing season completed in 2013. That year saw them gain wild card entries to races like Paris Nice. In 2014, the team grew further with signings of big name riders such as Sylvain Chavanel and Jérôme Pineau, bolstered by wild card entries to the Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana.

Scott has supplied bicycles to the team since its inception. Founded in 1958 by Ed Scott, inventor of the world’s first tapered aluminum ski pole, the company has come a long way since those early days. Scott’s bicycle division is best known for its 1989 invention, the Scott aero bar, helping Greg Lemond to overall victory at the 1989 Tour de France by a scant margin over Laurent Fignon. Scott’s latest innovation is the 2016 Foil, designed to be more aerodynamic and comfortable than previous editions, yet retain lateral stiffness that the Foil is known for. Aleksejs Saramotins pilots this particular Foil, and is the current Latvian National Road Race Champion. Incidentally, he has won that title six times, and represented Latvia at the Olympic Games and World Championships. More about Aleksejs’ bike… Continue reading “TDU 2016 Tech: IAM Cycling Scott Foil Aero Team Bike”

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Best Videos of the week: Commencal/Vallnord’s ’15, an unrideable bike & racing a rally car?

“All In 2015” is a reflection of the Commencal/Vallnord downhill team’s 2015 season. Following riders, Rémi Thirion, Myriam Nicole, Gaëtan Vigé, and Thibaut & Gaëtan Ruffin, we get to see the good, the bad and all the rad so quit looking at the snow and sit back and enjoy this epic story.

Also we have Damien Oton and Bryan Regnier doing a little Winter enduro training, an Unrideable Bike, and one from back in the day of former pro downhiller Rob Warner challenging a rally car to a downhill race!

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