PC15: Cannondale Revamps Entry Mountain with Foray and Catalyst 27.5 Hardtails

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For model year 2016, Cannondale has a variety of products that consumers have been asking for, or didn’t know they needed yet. Chief among these are the new Foray and Catalyst models. Using 27.5″ wheels the 6061 alloy hardtails are designed to address a market need for reasonably priced entry level mountain bikes, starting at $379. The hope is that these models will help to lower the barrier to entry in youth mountain bike leagues such as NICA and help get more kids on bikes… READ MORE ->

Bikerumor Pic Of The Day: Maroon Bells – Aspen, Colorado

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Photo submitted by Joshua Seymour, “Taking a few minutes to enjoy the view before a long, fast descent back to town. This was taken on Father’s Day 6/21/15.”

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Lauf redesigns uppers for new Trail Racer Boost leaf spring suspension fork

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Lauf Forks, whose unmistakably unique leaf spring suspension forks garner stares and suppositions, have just unveiled the second generation of their Trail Racer 29er fork. Called TR Boost (for Trail Racer Boost), it widens the legs to accept the new 110mm Boost front hub standard. That gave them the opportunity to further refine the overall design, leading to improvements in form and function throughout.

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Aero Wars: Scott’s New Foil is Faster, Lighter, More Integrated and Compliant

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PHOTOS: Michael Rauschendorfer

Just five days from now, the 2015 Tour de France will be getting underway with the Grand Départ from Utrecht, Netherlands. The start of the race not only means the grand tour is back, but also means we’ll be seeing a number of new bikes under various teams like the new Scott Foil. Judging by the amount of improved aero product popping up lately, it seems aerodynamics are still king, at least until the UCI lowers the minimum weight limit…

First introduced in 2010/11 with the F01 Aero concept, the newest Foil continues Scott’s aerodynamic works with improvements to the frame and a new aero cockpit from Syncros. All in, the new frame is lighter, more comfortable, more aerodynamic, and most importantly – faster…

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Foundry Cycles Re-enters the Road Market with the All-new Chilkoot

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Foundry Cycles continues its foray into titanium frame design, with the release of the Chilkoot, the brand’s reintroduction into the road market. Designed with modern performance road geometry in mind and constructed with Foundry’s proprietary 3AL/2.5V double-butted titanium tubes, this frame will possibly outlive would-be owners…

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The Ibis Ripley Gets Even More Talented with Two Frames and New Features

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Once it was released, the original Ibis Ripley has received a lot of praise for its fun, fast ride quality. As it turns out though, many of the same attributes that caused it to be adored led to riders wanting more – more tire clearance, slacker geometry, and essentially the ability to ride the Ripley beyond its original XC/Trail limits.

That’s where the new Ripley comes in. On one side you have a frame with the original geometry that has been updated with new frame features. On the other hand you have the all new Ripley LS, a longer and slacker version of the original better tuned towards more aggressive riding. Both models benefit from new cable routing, improved frame stiffness, and standards, but which Ripley takes the cake is up to you….

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Contest: Win One of Three Lezyne Mini GPS Units from Art’s Cyclery!

ArtsCyclery_LezyneGPS-ImageContest Details: Fill in your email address and answer all four survey questions to be entered to win a Lezyne Mini GPS from Art’s Cyclery. Three winners will be chosen from the respondents with the correct answers. Hint: You can find the correct answers if you read about the Mini GPS in the paragraph below.

The Lezyne Mini GPS is compact, powerful and ideal for the cycling minimalist. It’s the smallest cycling GPS computer in the world and weighs a feathery twenty nine grams. Using the Mini GPS is easy; simply turn it on, press start and go for a ride. No additional sensors or cables are required. Ride data is presented on a sharp, easy to read, semi-customizable display and saved as a .fit file for later analysis on the Lezyne GPS Root website. The GPS recording system is optimized to record up to one hundred hours of ride data, and is custom tuned to remain efficient in low-signal areas. Housed in a stylish aluminum bezel, the computer features a simple three-button operation and is micro USB rechargeable for up to ten hours of runtime.

Survey closes 11pm EST on Friday, July 3, 2015. Click past the break to enter!

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PC15: Sneak Peek at Ridley’s All-Road “X-Project” Plus Debut of Racy Fenix SL

 

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In addition to bikes like the Noah and the Helium, Ridley came to Press Camp with two new road models that fall comfortably outside the realm of race scalpels in their line-up. The Fenix SL is a complete revamp of the Fenix endurance road model to be faster, lighter, and more aero, but with an emphasis on increased compliance in the frameset and complete bike configuration. Then there is something Ridley is calling the “X-Project” – their multi-surface slayer yet to be officially named. It has all the clearance and geometry allowances needed for big tires, but a wheelbase and bottom bracket placement very much in line with skinny road models. Just don’t call it a gravel bike, says Richard Wittenburg, Ridley’s Vice President of Operations…
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486,000 Pedal Strokes?! Check Out These Amazing Stats on The Tour De France

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As the worlds largest spectator sporting event, the Tour De France is ‘kinda a big deal’ with roughly 12 million people lining the roadsides to catch the action first hand. If competing in an event of such magnitude seems daunting, just imagine organizing something of this scale. Parcelhero’s Mark Bunce provided us with a nifty informative image detailing all the staggering statistics of the Tour, from the 140 wheels each team brings along to the 252 McDonald’s cheeseburgers that equate to the calories each racer burns during the event.

This year’s Tour De France runs from July 4th to July 25th, featuring 21 stages that cover a total distance of 3360 kms (2088 miles). The route is comprised of nine flat stages, three hill stages, seven mountain stages with five altitude finishes, one individual time-trial stage, one team time-trial stage, and two rest days. Also, six new stage cities have signed on for 2015 including Utrecht, Zélande, Livarot, La Pierre-Saint-Martin, Muret, and Sèvres – Grand Paris Seine Ouest.

Click below the break to see the infographic showing the Tour De France’s amazing stats and figures…
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