Diamondback launches “intro to cycling” video series with Bill Nye, the Science Guy

Diamondback has recruited Bill Nye, The Science Guy, to be their explainer for all things bicycle in a new video series. The shorts are aimed at those just getting into, or thinking about getting into, cycling. Video one is shown above and starts out with the basics – how to pick the right type of bicycle for you. The next seven videos cover topics like rider etiquette, essential gear every cycling should carry, how to brake, the pre-ride checklist and so on. Check ’em all out at Diamondback.com.



Diamondback has recruited Bill Nye, The Science Guy, to be their explainer for all things bicycle in a new video series. The shorts are aimed at those just getting into, or thinking about getting into, cycling. Video one is shown above and starts out with the basics – how to pick the right type of […]

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EB16: Canyon’s DH DisConnect prototype lets you ride chainless at the push of a button to win like Gwin

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OK, so Canyon’s not about to admit to that Aaron Gwin was a driver in their latest development since he races for their competition, but it isn’t a big stretch to think that Gwin’s World Cup win at Leogang last summer wasn’t a bit of inspiration for this project. Suspension designers, especially at the World Cup Downhill level, are continually balancing the way bikes move through their travel between anti-squat and pedal kickback depending on where their main pivot is located. Too much of one makes for a bike that either sinks riding through turns or on the other side loses suppleness in choppy sections of trail with your weight on the pedals. Canyon’s engineers figured out that they could get the best of both worlds by building in anti-suck, and then using a on-the-fly freehub disconnect that can remove all pedal feedback from the suspension at the push of a button. Check out how DisConnect could deliver a faster DH bike from one end of the run to the other…

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OK, so Canyon’s not about to admit to that Aaron Gwin was a driver in their latest development since he races for their competition, but it isn’t a big stretch to think that Gwin’s World Cup win at Leogang last summer wasn’t a bit of inspiration for this project. Suspension designers, especially at the World Cup Downhill […]

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Formula debuts new wide Linea MTB wheel lineup, plus Cura-E e-bike brakes

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To complement their mountain bike brake and fork offerings, Formula thought the next direction to go should be hubs, which makes sense as a good link between the two. But they didn’t just dip their toes lightly into the endeavor, so they jumped in with both feet and went with well-rounded wheelsets, offering wheels for 27.5”, 27.5+ & 29ers in both Boost and standard spacings to cover everything from your lightweight XC riding, through regular trail riding, and off the enduro drops on the other side. Take a look with us at the new Linea 2, 3 & 4 wheelsets, and the hubs at their core after the jump.

Plus, check out their new Cura-E e-bike brakes too, to see what happens when you start thinking about connecting your levers into your bike’s wiring harness…
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To complement their mountain bike brake and fork offerings, Formula thought the next direction to go should be hubs, which makes sense as a good link between the two. But they didn’t just dip their toes lightly into the endeavor, so they jumped in with both feet and went with well-rounded wheelsets, offering wheels for 27.5”, […]

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Friday Roundup: Cycling Odds & Ends

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  • Ride the Votec Gravel Fondo this October – This past spring, the german bike maker Votec added a new gravel bike to their lineup. And now together with some of their partners from SRAM, Strava, and online bike retailer Brügelmann, they’ve put together a new gravel adventure event. Set for Oct 15-16 in the Black Forest of Germany, the Votec Gravel Fondo 2016 will take in a wide range of surfaces, from tarmac, to gravel, to singletrack sections as riders explore the region. The two day event will mix some classic camaraderie on the bike, with picturesque views and some full-on competition on some well-curated Strava Segments. GravelFondo.de

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Ride the Votec Gravel Fondo this October – This past spring, the german bike maker Votec added a new gravel bike to their lineup. And now together with some of their partners from SRAM, Strava, and online bike retailer Brügelmann, they’ve put together a new gravel adventure event. Set for Oct 15-16 in the Black Forest of Germany, the Votec Gravel Fondo 2016 will […]

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All-new Commencal Meta AM v4.2 evolves for enduro

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From its naming the new Meta AM v4.2  may sound like just the next minor firmware update to some piece of electronics, but the new bike takes Commencal’s long-standing all-mountain platform and extends it into a more capable enduro ride. At first, the bike looks similar to the current fourth generation of the bike, but by stretching the rear end out to 160mm of travel with a revised shock and suspension movement, the 650b/27.5″ trail bike gets more capable for hitting the rough stuff while retaining the versatility to pedal to the top of the mountain. Get a good look at the bike hitting the trails, plus all the new details and updated tech after the break…

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From its naming the new Meta AM v4.2  may sound like just the next minor firmware update to some piece of electronics, but the new bike takes Commencal’s long-standing all-mountain platform and extends it into a more capable enduro ride. At first, the bike looks similar to the current fourth generation of the bike, but by stretching the rear end out […]

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Week’s Best Videos: Girl wrench, and a Scandinavian adventure

As the only female mechanic on the pro world tour, Colavita’s Andrea Smith tells how she got where she is. Assuming you’re able to fix your own bike even half as well as her, throw the next video up on the big screen while you get ready for today’s ride…

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As the only female mechanic on the pro world tour, Colavita’s Andrea Smith tells how she got where she is. Assuming you’re able to fix your own bike even half as well as her, throw the next video up on the big screen while you get ready for today’s ride…

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Explore new terrain with Jeff Lenosky’s new Trail Boss video series, first up: Emma Long MX trail

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Jeff Lenosky is on a quest. The veteran professional mountain biker and national champion observed trials rider is on quest to find and ride all the “unrideable” trails in your neck of the woods. You know the ones – that trail that your friend who knows a guy who said he once saw someone clean it? To most mortals these trails probably are unrideable, but with the right skills and practice, you too can become the Trail Boss.

Kicking off the series with Emma Long Motocross park in Austin, TX, Jeff takes on the ledgy terrain that was originally crafted into a trail by trials motocross riders in the 70’s. Don’t let how easy Jeff makes it look fool you, these trails are no where near as easy as it looks…

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Jeff Lenosky is on a quest. The veteran professional mountain biker and national champion observed trials rider is on quest to find and ride all the “unrideable” trails in your neck of the woods. You know the ones – that trail that your friend who knows a guy who said he once saw someone clean it? […]

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Quarq Prime bringing DZero power metering to stock bikes in 2017

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One of the most significant obstacles to the general adoption of power meters by regular cyclists has just been that they just don’t come on new bikes when you buy them. Sure cost had been a big stumbling block for many years and isn’t going to disappear too soon, but with a lot more competition in the market now, prices have come down a lot. But power meters are complicated bits of tech that many cyclists either weren’t sure if they would benefit from, or weren’t sure if it was worth the hassle to ditch the cranks already on your bike to buy and install an expensive and complicated add-on.

Well, maybe SRAM has a better solution. Their Quarq brand was developing their next-gen DZero power meter platform and figured why not try to go one step farther and make it easier for cyclists to transition into tracking their power. SO they developed what they are calling the Quarq Prime Power Ready crankset in carbon & alloy, and they are getting it spec’ed as OEM on a bunch of new bikes for next season. Take a closer look at what companies will be putting the cranks on their bikes in 2017, and how they expect Power Ready to get more riders analyzing their power output to improve their performance…

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One of the most significant obstacles to the general adoption of power meters by regular cyclists has just been that they just don’t come on new bikes when you buy them. Sure cost had been a big stumbling block for many years and isn’t going to disappear too soon, but with a lot more competition in the market […]

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Week’s Best Videos: Chasing Trail, fixed gear champs, conquering the Tuscany Trail & more!

Kyle Jameson shows off his dirt shredding skills and celebrates a decade of working with Scott Sports in this edit. He goes big, goes fast and, like most all of these videos, makes you wanna get out and ride. Even if trail riding isn’t your thing, the POV at 3:05 is worth the watch before heading past the break for more of the week’s best videos…

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Kyle Jameson shows off his dirt shredding skills and celebrates a decade of working with Scott Sports in this edit. He goes big, goes fast and, like most all of these videos, makes you wanna get out and ride. Even if trail riding isn’t your thing, the POV at 3:05 is worth the watch before […]

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