Blue Cycle transitions to West Coast; Harad no longer with the company


Berlin consumer show announces 2016 dates

BERLIN (BRAIN) — Organizers of the?Berliner Fahrradschau show, one of the largest European consumer bike shows, announced that the 2016 edition will be held March 18-20. The event is being held at the Station-Berlin.

Exustar SM-324 shoes offer bang-for-buck for mountain biking and cyclocross

FORT COLLINS, Colo.?(BRAIN) — Exustar’s SM-324 MTB Shoe retails for less than $80 and offers affordable performance for mountain biking and cyclocross, the company says. It has three hook-and-loop straps, a reinforced synthetic leather upper, and a nylon-reinforced sole that provides efficient power transfer, with just enough flex for hike-a-bike or run-up sections. It has holes for additional cleats for climbing in muddy conditions, and the anti-odor inner sole is perforated and washable.

Electra co-founder back in the bike business

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Marzocchi on the block; MTB production continues — for now

BOLOGNA, Italy (BRAIN) — Andrea Pierantoni, sales and marketing director for Tenneco Marzocchi, is hopeful that a sale of the motorcycle and bike suspension business will keep the Italian brand alive. Last week, parent company Tenneco announced plans to shutter its motorcycle and mountain bike suspension business and liquidate operations by end of year

11spd: This week’s best new bike gear

Congratulations — you have made it through another week. We’re here to help you celebrate with not 10 but 11 of the best new products. This week we have six road and five mountain bike bits. Here’s to the weekend!

New road gear

These are the shoes Chris Froome used to secure his second Tour de France victory. Sidi’s Wire Carbon Air Vernice shoes cram in all the technology and expertise of the Italian firm, which has been producing cycling shoes since the 1970s.

Sidi’s Techno-3 dial ratchet system offers precise wire-closure fitting. Each dial has a grippy lever that pops up at a jab of the central button. There are also two easy-access buttons next to each dial. Press one to release one click’s worth of tension in the wire; hold both to release and pull the shoe off.


Sidi’s rigid heel cup is enhanced by adjustable arms. The upper is perforated for plenty of ventilation while the sole’s air channels add to the cooling effect. The carbon sole is designed for maximum stiffness where needed, but allows a bit of flex in the toes.

£300 / $499

  • Jersey: $199 / £139
  • Bibs: $249 / £119

New mountain biking gear

  • Juliana Enduro Jersey: $60
  • Juliana Trail Jersey: $50
  • Voodoo Maji: £899.99
  • Voodoo Soukri: £499.99

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Liv Cycling adds muscle with Intrigue SX for 2016

Having launched as a separate, women’s-specific brand to Giant Bicycles in 2014, Liv continues into 2016 with its ever-expanding range. Many of the road models carry over with minor aesthetic and component upgrades, while the mountain bike range gets burly with the new Intrigue SX.

Related: Giant stiffens Trance, adds carbon Glory for 2016

2016 Liv mountain range

While the 27.5in wheeled 140mm-travel Intrigue remains in the range, the Intrigue SX 1 fits a longer travel 160mm RockShox Pike on the front, which in turn slackens the head angle from 68 to 66.9 degrees.


The Intrigue SX is the Intrigue with more guts

The alloy frame remains unchanged from the standard Intrigue, keeping 140mm of travel at the rear wheel. However, the suspension should be ready to handle a little more aggression and descent with a piggyback rear shock in the form of a RockShox Monarch Plus RC3 DebonAir.

2016 Liv road range

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Shimano sales up 26% in first half

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Giant stiffens Trance, adds carbon Glory for 2016

With much focus on a new TCR road race bike, 2016 spells mostly minor updates and changes on the mountain bike front from the Taiwanese mega-manufacturer. The popular Trance range receive stiffer forks, many models are now 1×11, there are lots of large volume air cans on rear shocks and the Glory downhill bike gains a carbon front triangle option. Style wise, the performance range receives a fresh logo and there is a whole lot of bold paint on offer.

The range continues to be dominated by Giant’s chosen 27.5in wheel size. But 29ers haven’t been killed off completely, with big-wheeled options in both the XTC and Anthem X ranges, and the latter even receiving a few frame updates.

Across many new models, Giant has a new Contact SL Switch dropper post which offers a zero offset seating position, smoother action and a more secure clamp. And every bike features Giant’s new range of position-specific saddles, which are picked based on expected ride style of the respective user.


Giant Bicycles US has released details of its full range online, with the UK and Australia set to follow in the coming few weeks.

Related: Liv cycling adds muscle with the Intrigue SX women’s MTB for 2016  


The Trance range is broken down into three categories: the alloy Trance 27.5, the carbon Trance Advanced 27.5 and a beefed up Trance SX 27.5 (not available in Australia). All offer 140mm of rear wheel travel via Giant’s continuing Maestro suspension system.


Glory goes Advanced

Anthem for XC, or trail 

  1. Anthem 27.5: Alloy frame, 27.5in wheels 
  2. Anthem Advanced 27.5: Carbon front triangle, 27.5in wheels
  3. Anthem SX 27.5: Alloy frame, 120mm front fork, heavier-duty build, 27.5in wheels
  4. Anthem Advanced SX 27.5: Carbon front triangle, 120mm front fork, heavier-duty build, 27.5in wheels
  5. Anthem X 29: Alloy frame, 29in wheels
  6. Anthem X Advanced 29: Carbon front triangle, 29in wheels

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