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Giant’s first quarter revenue slides reflecting continued market turmoil

TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN) — First quarter revenue at Giant Manufacturing, the world’s largest producer of bikes, continues a downward trend pointing to what could be another tough year for the industry. First quarter revenue dropped 5.9 percent to NT$13.5 billion ($447.4 million) compared to 2016 first quarter revenue of NT$14.4

Shimano bike component sales nearly flat in first quarter

Net sales in the bike division were down 0.9 percent in Q1. OSAKA, Japan (BRAIN) — Shimano’s bike-related sales were down 0.9 percent in the first quarter compared with the same period last year, while operating income in the segment was down 3.2 percent. Recording sales that were almost equal to the first quarter of last year is nothing to crow about: The first quarter of 2016 was devastating for much of the bike industry, and  Shimano’s bike-related sales in Q1 last year were down 20 percent from 2015 .  The company said the European and U.S.

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.

Mountain Bike Hall of Fame opens nomination period

FAIRFAX, Calif. (BRAIN) — Nominations for induction to the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame are being accepted through April 15. Each year, three to seven individuals or groups are inducted

Sandy Nicholls to retire after 39 years with Gita

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (BRAIN) — Sandy Nicholls will be leaving the Gita Sporting Goods offices in Charlotte for one last time Feb. 24 after 39 years working for the distributor/importer of Italian cycling goods.  “It is with bittersweet emotion that I am announcing my retirement and bidding farewell to my current position at Gita Sporting Goods, Ltd.

Skinny full-sus or plus hardtail for the UK National Endurance Champs?

Wrapped around the lower slopes of Scotland’s Ben Nevis at the end of October, the Relentless Exposure event lap is a serious block of climbing and big grin/big risk descending. I’m going to be racing around it eight times (that’s 88km / 54.5 miles with 2,760m / 9,056ft vertical) and mostly at night as part of two teams of four blokes old enough to know better. Sounds like the ideal place to let a couple of XC freaks out to play.

  • Best 29er trail bikes
  • Best mountain bike: how to choose the right one for you
  • Cannondale Scalpel-Si Black Inc review
  • The course: A superb but very demanding 11km (6.8 mile), 345m (1,132ft) lap including elements of the World Cup XC course and even the last drop of the DH course. Ridden eight times over 24 hours
  • Horse one: Cannondale Scalpel-Si Black Label with Lefty Carbon 2.0 100mm travel fork, Shimano XTR Di2 gears and brakes, Enve bar and Enve rims on Chris King hubs with Schwalbe Racing Ralph Evo Snakeskin 29×2.25in tyres
  • Horse two: Open One+ with RockShox RS-1 120mm travel fork, SRAM Eagle XX1 gears, SRAM Level Ultimate brakes, USE Vyce bar/stem and custom DT Swiss X551 rim/SRAM hub wheels with WTB Ranger 27.5×2.8in tyres
  • The equipment goals: Minimising cumulative fatigue and maximising speed on a brilliant but brutal, mostly rocky, wet and dark race lap

If using the term ‘freaks’ sounds like I’m being harsh, then the curious looks I was getting around the race paddock definitely confirmed that both arrows in my quiver were causing a stir, and marked me out as either very lucky or very rich.

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The Cannondale Scalpel-Si Black Label is an off-the-peg full-suspension XC bike — albeit a very high peg at £9,500 / $12,790. With Cannondale’s unique Lefty single-legged fork, and other eccentric aspects, it’s definitely a distinctively different option to the large number of super light, but essentially very similar carbon fibre, full suspension bikes available from mostly European brands. To add an extra comparative spark, it’s loaded with a full Shimano XTR Di2 electric shift suite.

The Open Pro+ has a 990g frame that would make an ideal basis for a conventional ultralight 29er hardtail. However, as it’s one of the few frames in that category that can also take a 27.5×3.0 plus tyre, I couldn’t resist experimenting to see how a bit of low-pressure pneumatic float would compare to ‘proper’ hydraulically-damped suspension and small volume 29er tyres. And what else could I use to help me soar through the Scottish mountains than SRAM’s XX1 golden Eagle transmission?

Full sus or full plus?

Despite less grip and less communicative brakes than the Open, I manage to squeeze another 7secs out of the descent

Tortoise and the hare

I fumble down the final descent in a mess of snot, tears, sweat and dribble, but elated to be back on par

Final furlong

Every cleaned climb feeds into a crescendo of dead horse flogging that would mean a jail term from the Jockey Club

Lessons learned

You can read more at BikeRadar.com

Skinny full-sus or plus hardtail for the UK National Endurance Champs?

Wrapped around the lower slopes of Scotland’s Ben Nevis at the end of October, the Relentless Exposure event lap is a serious block of climbing and big grin/big risk descending. I’m going to be racing around it eight times (that’s 88km / 54.5 miles with 2,760m / 9,056ft vertical) and mostly at night as part of two teams of four blokes old enough to know better. Sounds like the ideal place to let a couple of XC freaks out to play.

  • Best 29er trail bikes
  • Best mountain bike: how to choose the right one for you
  • Cannondale Scalpel-Si Black Inc review
  • The course: A superb but very demanding 11km (6.8 mile), 345m (1,132ft) lap including elements of the World Cup XC course and even the last drop of the DH course. Ridden eight times over 24 hours
  • Horse one: Cannondale Scalpel-Si Black Label with Lefty Carbon 2.0 100mm travel fork, Shimano XTR Di2 gears and brakes, Enve bar and Enve rims on Chris King hubs with Schwalbe Racing Ralph Evo Snakeskin 29×2.25in tyres
  • Horse two: Open One+ with RockShox RS-1 120mm travel fork, SRAM Eagle XX1 gears, SRAM Level Ultimate brakes, USE Vyce bar/stem and custom DT Swiss X551 rim/SRAM hub wheels with WTB Ranger 27.5×2.8in tyres
  • The equipment goals: Minimising cumulative fatigue and maximising speed on a brilliant but brutal, mostly rocky, wet and dark race lap

If using the term ‘freaks’ sounds like I’m being harsh, then the curious looks I was getting around the race paddock definitely confirmed that both arrows in my quiver were causing a stir, and marked me out as either very lucky or very rich.

ADVERTISEMENT
advertisement

The Cannondale Scalpel-Si Black Label is an off-the-peg full-suspension XC bike — albeit a very high peg at £9,500 / $12,790. With Cannondale’s unique Lefty single-legged fork, and other eccentric aspects, it’s definitely a distinctively different option to the large number of super light, but essentially very similar carbon fibre, full suspension bikes available from mostly European brands. To add an extra comparative spark, it’s loaded with a full Shimano XTR Di2 electric shift suite.

The Open Pro+ has a 990g frame that would make an ideal basis for a conventional ultralight 29er hardtail. However, as it’s one of the few frames in that category that can also take a 27.5×3.0 plus tyre, I couldn’t resist experimenting to see how a bit of low-pressure pneumatic float would compare to ‘proper’ hydraulically-damped suspension and small volume 29er tyres. And what else could I use to help me soar through the Scottish mountains than SRAM’s XX1 golden Eagle transmission?

Full sus or full plus?

Despite less grip and less communicative brakes than the Open, I manage to squeeze another 7secs out of the descent

Tortoise and the hare

I fumble down the final descent in a mess of snot, tears, sweat and dribble, but elated to be back on par

Final furlong

Every cleaned climb feeds into a crescendo of dead horse flogging that would mean a jail term from the Jockey Club

Lessons learned

You can read more at BikeRadar.com

Environmental Goods Agreement negotiations stall

PeopleForBikes says Global Tariff Reductions on bicycles and components are unlikely to be enacted soon BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — International negotiations to reduce tariffs on products that help the environment — including bikes and components — have stalled. For the past two years, the United States and 16 other World Trade Organization countries have been negotiating an Environmental Goods Agreement (EGA) to reduce tariffs on products that help improve the environment (see related BRAIN article )

Argon 18 opens European office in Italy

MONTREAL (BRAIN) — The Canadian bike brand Astana has opened its first international office, which comes as the team begins sponsoring and supplying the Astana Pro Team, the first World Tour team that Argon 18 has supplied.