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Podium Imports to distribute Tailwind Nutrition in Canada

PENTICTON, British Columbia (BRAIN) —  Podium Imports has been appointed the exclusive Canadian distributor for Tailwind Endurance Nutrition.  Tailwind, based in Durango, Colorado, was developed by Jeff and Jenny Vierling from a need to find an all-day source of nutrition, hydration and electrolyte replacement that would upset the stomach. “Now that we have established Tailwind in the U.S., we can turn our attention to other markets,” said Tailwind co-founder Jenny Vierling

Roy Wallack hired to pen book on Richard Long’s life

SANTA ANA, Calif. (BRAIN) — Longtime bike journalist Roy Wallack has been commissioned to write a book about Richard Long, the co-founder of GT Bicycles.  Long died in 1996 in a motorcycle accident while driving to Big Bear, California for a NORBA National.

Industry design veterans team up on new mountain bike brand

PRESCOTT, Ariz. (BRAIN) — Jay Clark and Herman Neudert are industry design veterans and longtime mountain bike riding buddies who lost touch with each other over the decades. But soon after meeting up again for the first time in years (”Thanks, LinkedIn,” said Clark), the pair decided they had some ideas for a new mountain bike brand that they needed to act upon.

It’s electrifying! E-bikes become a staple at Sea Otter

Editor’s note: This article appears in the festival guide for this year’s Sea Otter Classic, which starts Thursday and runs through Sunday. Visit bicycleretailer.com later this week for on-site coverage from Sea Otter. Electric bikes can let you rip on off-road trails — uphill.

It’s electrifying! E-bikes become a staple at Sea Otter

Editor’s note: This article appears in the festival guide for this year’s Sea Otter Classic, which starts Thursday and runs through Sunday. Visit bicycleretailer.com later this week for on-site coverage from Sea Otter. Electric bikes can let you rip on off-road trails — uphill.

Retailers: Friday is the last day to take BRAIN’s e-bike survey

LAGUNA HILLS, Calif. (BRAIN) — Attention retailers: Friday is the last day to take Bicycle Retailer’s survey on electric bikes. Please tell us what you think of their potential, and how much (if at all) they factor into your business

Gear of the year: Jon Woodhouse’s 2016 MTB picks

While 2016 has been a bit of an odd year when it comes down to various political upheavals, it’s actually been a pretty calm one for mountain bike tech, with an almost complete lack of strange new standards to keep the fires of internet comment hatred burning bright. That’s not to say there’s been nothing new and exciting, far from it. Here are the things I really enjoyed over the past year…

  • Scott Spark 700 Plus Tuned review
  • Trek Remedy 9.9 Race Shop Limited review
  • e-MTB vs XC – which is faster?

 Scott Spark

It might seem like a bit of a cop-out to choose a range of bikes rather than just a single one, but the new Scott Spark platform happens to be a mightily impressive piece of design that happens to come in a huge range of wheel size and spec options. All-out cross-country racers can go for the rollover of 29” wheels or the more agile handling of 27.5” items, while anyone that enjoys their riding a little more relaxed can opt for a Plus tyre option.

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Whichever way you want to cut it, the attention to detail is extraordinary. The top line models have carbon fibre frames that are some of the lightest in the business, while the revised, more progressive suspension design means they perform much better out on the trail too. It’s not surprising that the top-end 29er race bike took a gold medal under Nino Schurter at the Rio Olympics, while the 27.5” machine did exactly the same in the women’s race with Jenny Rissveds.

Even if racing means little to you, the Spark is still an impressive piece of work. I’ve been riding the hugely capable and entertaining Spark Plus 700 Tuned for a fair while now and it’s an amazingly flattering bike, both uphill and down. The fat plus tyres mean there’s enough grip to let you steamroller rocks and roots, while the incredibly low 11.4kg weight and on-the-fly shock adjusting system means it skips merrily up the hills too.

  • Scott Spark 700 Plus Tuned review

Trek Remedy 9.9 RSL

I’ve always had a bit of a strange relationship with Trek’s trail bike range. While they’re invariably well made and always feature innovative new technology, I’ve always felt that they’ve struggled to live up to the hype on the trail. The new Remedy has totally changed my mind however. It’s got much improved geometry for a 150mm trail bike, with much more reach and a slacker head angle, the latter being adjustable via flippable chips in the seatstay. 

Fox Transfer post

  • Fox Transfer Factory dropper seatpost review
  • Fox Transfer Performance dropper seatpost review

e-MTBs

  • Focus Jam2 e-MTB first ride review

SRAM XX1 Eagle

  • SRAM 12-speed: XX1 and X01 Eagle

Hurly Burly 2016 downhill year book

You can read more at BikeRadar.com

Retailers: Take our e-bike survey and you could win an Evo ST1 e-bike

LAGUNA HILLS, Calif.

Assos opening concept store in London on Friday

LUGANO, Switzerland (BRAIN) — Assos of Switzerland has chosen London’s posh Regent Street shopping district as the site of its first international concept store. The brand also operates a store near its headquarters in Lugano.  The brand said the new store gives “rise to a new era of specialized customer service for both professionals and cycling enthusiasts.” The store at St.

KHS becomes exclusive US distributor for Wren Sports products

VALLEJO, Calif.