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Dorel to investors: Bike biz will improve in 2018

Company says inventory levels are right and new sporting goods business should give it a boost. MONTREAL (BRAIN) — Dorel reported 0.6 percent growth in fourth-quarter revenue at its bike division, which includes Cannondale, Sugoi, GT, Schwinn, Mongoose and Caloi. However, full-year revenue declined 7.8 percent

Drew Medlock joins Moots Cycles as president

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. (BRAIN) — Industry veteran Drew Metlock is joining Moots Cycles as its president, company owner Brent Whittington announced Monday

NICA adds staff as growth in high school racing continues

Kristine Urrutia and Nic Sims join the high school racing organization. BERKELEY, Calif. (BRAIN) — The National Interscholastic Cycling Association has added new development and partnership staff as the organization’s growth continues.

Beeline Bikes offering bike assembly for Competitive Cyclist

SAN CARLOS, Calif. (BRAIN) — Beeline Bikes and Competitive Cyclist announced Wednesday that Beeline’s mobile bike shops are now available as an on-site assembly option for bikes purchased on Competitive Cyclist and Backcountry.com in select markets. Customers who purchase a bike on either site will be able to choose on-site assembly and personalized setup.

New bikes, new colours for the Specialized 2017 women’s range

We love this time of year. It’s when the big brands start to unveil their 2017 collections, and we popped along to Specialized to see what the new season has in store for female riders of the road, mountain bike and urban/commuter persuasion. 

Along with the usual seasonal colour changes, Specialized has also released a bundle of updated and brand new products, including bikes, accessories and clothing. 

  • BikeRadar Women’s Road Bike of the Year
  • 10 steps to becoming a fitter, faster, better cyclist
  • Quick exercises to build your strength for cycling

New women’s Camber mountain bike range

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Gone is the Rumor from the women’s mountain bike line-up, and instead a new women’s version of the 130mm-travel Camber has been created. It has the same frame as the unisex version with women’s specific finishing kit. Priced from £1,450 to £2,900.

  • Unveiled: the new women’s Camber mountain bike

Specialized women’s S-Works XC shoe

The new women’s S-Works XC shoe takes the stiff carbon-soled, lightweight and performance focused design of the S-Works 6 women’s road shoe, and adapts it for the competitive cross country mountain bike racer. Retailing at £280, they’re brand new for 2017 and include two Boa dials that work independently of each other to ensure the best fit. 

Specialized women’s 2FO Cliplite Lace mountain bike shoe

Specialized S-Works women’s Prevail II road helmet

New colour ways for road and mountain kit

  • Review: Specialized SL Pro jersey and bib shorts review

Dolce women’s road bikes

You can read more at BikeRadar.com

Competitive Cyclist: Strava signups were six-times expectations

PARK CITY, Utah (BRAIN) — After getting a response that was about six times expectations, Competitive Cyclist is having to “pause” its store credit program with Strava, which it launched earlier this month.? The program awarded $1 in store credit for each hour a consumer rode a bike, as tracked by Strava.com. The program was limited to $40 in store credit, which would expire at the end of the month following the ride. On Tuesday, Competitive Cyclist emailed participants that the company was temporarily not accepting new registrants and would stop issuing new credits Tuesday.

Rumbleship adds BikeSmart to its virtual distribution offerings

SAN FRANCISCO (BRAIN) — Rumbleship has added parts and distribution company BikeSmart to its growing list of suppliers.  BikeSmart is a distributor of BikeSmart-branded parts & accessories, Creme Cycles and Pure green bicycle lubricants and solvents. “At BikeSmart our goal is to deliver high quality, unique items with healthy margins to the IBD – all things a shop needs in our competitive marketplace. Rumbleship’s comprehensive B2B platform and structured terms program are both inline with our goals and have the potential to highly benefit the modern day IBD.” said Demi Basiliades, BikeSmart’s sales director.

Yuba hires Volagi co-founder Barley Forsman

PETALUMA, Calif. (BRAIN) – Yuba Bicycles has hired veteran bike designer and Volagi Cycles co-founder Barley Forsman as design director.

Yuba hires Volagi co-founder Barley Forsman

PETALUMA, Calif. (BRAIN) – Yuba Bicycles has hired veteran bike designer and Volagi Cycles co-founder Barley Forsman as design director. Forsman will help Yuba expand its product line and take the cargo bike brand in new and innovative directions, the company said.

SRAM Guide RSC brakes – First ride review

Robust, consistent, powerful and lightweight were the four criteria SRAM’s brake engineers were searching for when they began the development of the Guide brake two years ago.

The process began by taking a hard look at the competition and making note of what worked and what didn’t. The result of this competitive analysis is a new brake platform that appears to have shed the most common issues associated with past SRAM/Avid brakes, while maintaining robust braking power and improving lever feel and overall adjustability. We spent a few days test riding in Utah, and came away impressed.

  • Highs: Excellent modulation, easy to fine-tune lever feel
  • Lows: Slight weight gain over the brake system it replaces

SRAM's new centerline rotor was designed to run cooler and quieter than previous sram/avid rotor designs: sram's new centerline rotor was designed to run cooler and quieter than previous sram/avid rotor designs

Related: Complete breakdown of the three new Guide brake systems

On the trail

“Dancing around the edge of lock-up,” is how James Alberts, SRAM’s mountain bike brake product manager, described the Guide’s performance. We found it to be an apt description.

Our proving grounds in Moab, Utah, provided a range of terrain that offered drastically different levels of traction. Within a 10-meter section of trail, surface often changes from grippy sandstone, to sand over rock, to sand. In such conditions the ability to deftly adjust braking power without losing traction is paramount.

Over three days of testing we were always able to find the sweet spot between locking up the brakes and providing just enough power to slow our roll while maintaining traction and were never left wanting for power.

BikeRadar spent three days riding the new brakes in moab, utah. we came away impressed with the brake's consistency and modulation :

We found the Guide brakes modulation better than any of the company’s previous brakes we’ve ridden

Under hard braking the Guides feel quite similar to the X0 Trail brakes they will soon replace, though it’s their ability to deliver subtle amounts of braking power that make them stand out.

The modulation of the Guide brakes is markedly better than any of the company’s previous brakes we’ve ridden. The range between feathering the brake and locking up the wheels has been markedly increased. The result is predictable, controlled braking performance that allows riders to scrub the bare minimum amount of speed needed to maintain traction.

Ergonomics, too, are improved. The independent reach and contact point adjustments made it incredibly easy to dial in our preferred amount of throw and find our ideal lever position.

The icing on the cake was the sound of silence: the Centerline rotors appear to have silenced the warbling or “turkey gobble” sounds that has plagued past generations of SRAM and Avid brakes. Our test brakes were equipped with sintered metallic pads that stayed quite despite the dusty desert conditions.

Component manufacturer sram has just launched guide, a new brake platform designed with an eye towards adjustability and improved modulation. the guide lever offers independent reach and contact point adjustments, and uses a cam system, dubbed swinglink, that provides a progressive leverage curve for improved modulation: component manufacturer sram has just launched guide, a new brake platform designed with an eye towards adjustability and improved modulation. the guide lever offers independent reach and contact point adjustments, and uses a cam system, dubbed swinglink, that provides a progressive leverage curve for improved modulation

Verdict

The Guide RSC offers the user plenty of power and mountains of modulation. While the Guide RSC brakes deliver in terms of improving modulation and ergonomics, many readers are likely just as interested in how they will hold up over the long-haul. While we can’t weigh in with any conclusions yet, we’re hopeful that the new master cylinder design will prove less finicky than its predecessors.

We look forward to putting the Guide brakes through a full test to report back on long-term durability.


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