Feedback Sports gets into the tool market with three kits

GOLDEN, Colo. (BRAIN) — Feedback Sports is entering a new market: tools. The company is now offering three tool kits: a $250 Team Edition kit, a $130 Ride Prep kit and a $130 set of T-handle wrenches

KHS becomes exclusive US distributor for Wren Sports products

VALLEJO, Calif.

Outerbike announces summer 2017 demo event in Crested Butte

MOAB, Utah (BRAIN) — As Outerbike’s fall event in Moab gets underway on Friday, organizers have announced that they will hold an event next summer in Crested Butte, Colorado.

Ragley BigWig 29 first ride review

The 130mm travel BigWig 29 is the most expensive bike Ragley sells. It’s made of 4130 chromoly steel, which is strong but also cheaper and heavier compared with other steel framed bikes such as the Cotic Solaris version 2 and Stanton Sherpa 853 — which use 853 Reynolds tubing. The BigWig weighs 14.6kg.

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Ragley BigWig 29 spec overview

  • Frame: Custom triple butted 4130 chromoly steel
  • Forks: Rockshox Yari RC, 130mm travel
  • Chainset: Shimano M677 SLX 2x, 175mm, 36×22T
  • Shift levers: Shimano SLX M670 2x 10 Spd
  • Front derailleur: Shimano Deore M616 Down-Swing 2Spd
  • Rear derailleur: Shimano XT M786 10Spd Shadow Plus
  • Rims: WTB STI23, TCS, 29”, 32 Hole
  • Front hub: Novatec D811SB-15 Disc 100mm x 15mm
  • Rear hub: Novatec D882SB-X12 Disc Rear 12×142mmm Thru-Axle
  • Front tyre: WTB Vigilante TCS 2.3 – 29”
  • Rear tyre: WTB Trail Boss TCS 2.25 – 29”
  • Front brake: Shimano SLX M675 180mm
  • Rear brake: Shimano SLX M675 160mm
  • Handlebars: Ragley Wiser Riser Bars — 760mm Wide, 10mm Rise
  • Stem: Ragley Stubbing Stem — 50mm Reach, 0 Deg Rise
  • Saddle: Ragley Tracker
  • Seatpost: Nukeproof OKLO AIR, 125mm Travel

Ragley BigWig 29 frame and equipment

Ragley has created a hardtail with numbers that rival many top enduro bikes. The super slack 65 degree head angle (65.5 degrees when sagged), slammed 70mm bottom bracket drop and snappy short 435mm chainstays should have the rippers frothing at the mouth.

The BigWig boasts a 35mm legged RockShox Yari fork connected though a 44mm headtube. The back end gets a 142×12mm bolt-thru-axle to keep it tracking true and the dropouts are exchangeable should you want to fit a wheel using a regular 9mm quick release. Bottle cage mounts are found on the downtube.

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There’s a Nukeproof dropper on board and while it’s not great, we’re surprised there’s one at all for the price. If you’d like something more classy, the frame has stealth routing allowing you to upgrade later.

Ragley low-rise 760mm bars and a 50mm stem feature to facilitate quick handling, but with a brace of shifters and a dropper-post remote crowding the brake levers, the cockpit is a busy place and cables look annoyingly messy.

Ragley BigWig 29 ride impression

Ragley BigWig 29 early verdict

You can read more at BikeRadar.com

Industry veteran Thomas Prehn launches new company, crowdfunds new light

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Thomas Prehn’s new company, Arsenal Cycling, is crowdfunding a new light system that includes rear lights that flash in unison. Prehn, who has worked and consulted with several brands including CatEye, said Arsenal will launch several new products soon, all related to improving rider safety.

5 essential bits of MTB kit for the Highland 550

Earlier this year Matt Orton took on the Highland 550, a long distance self-supported mountain bike time-trail route through the Scottish Highlands. During his solo expedition he learnt a a few things and discovered some essential kit for such an epic ride.

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Here are five bits of kit to consider packing on if you’re planning to ride a long distance,self-supported mountain bike any time soon.

1. The SPOT Gen3 personal GPS Tracker

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The SPOT is a mandatory item of kit for the Highland 550 and with good reason. With over 4,300 rescues worldwide (and counting) the emergency beacon facility could well save your life. In addition to hailing the closest emergency response teams it boasts a host of other features including a simple text message to a list of contacts to check in and an assistance button to alert friends and family to non life threatening problems.

Once activated it will allow your progress to be followed via SPOT’s adventure portal. It also links up through third party sites such as trackleaders.com to provide overall coverage of larger events such as The Tour Divide and the Highland 550.

  • £129.99 / US$169.95 / AU$TBC (Plus monthly subscription)
  • www.findmespot.eu

2. Sawyer MINI Water Filtration System

  • £29.95/ US$29.99/ AU$TBC
  • www.sawyer.com

3. Maxxis Chronicle Folding 120Tpi Exo Tr Tyres

  • £99.99 each/ USD$95.00 / AU$TBC
  • www.extrauk.co.uk

4. Trek ‘n Eat Peronin High Tech Food

  • €4,95
  • www.trekneat.com

5. SRAM X-SYNC Direct Mount 26 tooth Chainring

  • £74.99/ US$99 / AU$TBC
  • www.sram.com

You can read more at BikeRadar.com

Volagi co-founder Robert Choi injured after collision with vehicle

OGDEN, Utah (BRAIN) — Robert Choi, the co-founder of Volagi Cycles, was seriously injured after an accident involving a motor vehicle while riding after work Tuesday.

Enve offers carbon 27.5-plus wheelset

OGDEN, Utah (BRAIN) — Enve is now offering the M60 Plus carbon mountain bike wheel, built for 27.5-plus tires. The new wheel has an internal width of 40mm, external is 49mm. Enve said the M60 Plus will be able to tackle the same conditions its M60 and M60HV models were designed to excel in

Interbike says diminished dealer count, plus East Coast event, contributed to lower numbers in Vegas

LAS VEGAS (BRAIN) — As Interbike closed on Friday, show organizers reported that the show’s visitor count dropped by 10 to 12 percent over last year, while exhibition space was down by 8 percent, according to preliminary figures. The show generally doesn’t release final numbers until several weeks after the show closes

Phillip Lucas joins Velocomp as vice president of sales and marketing

JUPITER, Fla. (BRAIN) — Velocomp LLC has hired Phillip Lucas as its vice president of global sales and marketing.