Vista Outdoor’s sales down 6.5% organically in its outdoor products division

FARMINGTON, Utah (BRAIN) — Vista Outdoor’s sales in its Outdoor Products division — which includes Bell, Giro, CamelBak and Bollé sales — were down 6.5 percent organically in the first quarter. Only the addition of sales from newly acquired Camp Chef drove the division’s non-organic sales up to $290 million in the quarter, 0.9 percent up from the same quarter last year. The company said the organic sales decline was driven by sales decreases across most of its brands

Shimano bike sales down 3% in first half

OSAKA, Japan (BRAIN) — Shimano is reporting that its bike-related sales were down 2.7 percent in the company’s first half, which ended June 30. Operating income in the segment was down 11.5 percent. Shimano said retail sales of complete bikes in North America were at about the same level as the first half of 2016, which distributor inventory was “somewhat low” in North America.  Bike-related sales were 129,080 million yen ($1.15 billion); operating income was 27,063 million yen

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.

Torus Ti29 review

It doesn’t take a genius to decipher what kind of bike the Torus Ti29 is – it’s made from titanium and it rolls on 29in wheels. It’s a quirky antidote to full suspension trail bikes with traditionally fast handling – and a surprising amount of give despite the rigid forks.

Frame and equipment: custom kitted

Burls Bicycles developed the bike with Clee Cycles, whose race team use Torus products in cross-country and marathon events. The Ti29 is a pretty racy number, the sharp handling angles feeling very much the part when you’re trying to cover as much ground as possible.

Clee Cycles built our test bike to showcase some of the lightweight kit it’s able to feature on its custom built bikes. The Russian made, plain gauge tubed frame is built to accept a 100mm suspension fork, but our test model came with a Torus TiF36 titanium rigid fork equivalent to an 80mm suspension fork.

The rigid fork is made from the same plain gauge titanium tubing as the frame:

The rigid fork is made from the same plain gauge titanium tubing as the frame

Usually, rigid forks are punishing on the hands, especially those that use carbon construction, tapered steerers and bolt-thru axles, transferring every millimetre of impact to the hands. These TiF36 forks keep the same Ti-3Al-2.5V plain gauge tubing as the frame, along with old-school quick release dropouts and 1 1/8in steerer. The titanium Torus handlebars are held in place by a light KCNC aluminium stem.

The front end comes with a 44mm head tube, fitted with a semi-integrated headset for 1 1/8in steerer fork. Fitting a more conventional tapered headset would effectively lengthen the head tube, slackening the steering, and so for the Mk2 the head tube’s been shortened and stiffened, making fitting a tapered fork easier without affecting the geometry, and aiding steering precision.

The Ti29’s geometry is on the traditional cross-country side. The 72/73-degree head and seat angles are designed for fast, agile handling, while keeping your hips forward enough for efficient power transfer to the cranks. The steep head angle is countered a little by the impressively long 511mm (17in) effective top tube, which gives extra, nerves-reducing stability at higher speeds.

The geometry numbers are traditional cross-country: steep and lively:

The geometry numbers are traditional cross-country: steep and lively

Our test machine came built as a singlespeed, with the sliding rear dropouts enabling us to tension the chain without running a tensioner. The driveside dropout comes with a built-in mech hanger, should you wish to add gears, and there’s a full complement of cable stops on the frame.

Clee Cycles fitted a Goldtec elliptical 33-tooth chainring, partnered with an 18-tooth sprocket on the rear. The idea behind the elliptical ring is that during the most powerful section of your pedal stroke more chain is pulled through. During the weaker section of the stroke, less chain is pulled through, effectively lowering the gear.

Whether you like them comes down to personal preference, but on a singlespeed, they can make sense – you want to maximise your power, and lowering the gear through the weaker spots of your pedal stroke makes sense. Chain tension varies through the chainring’s rotation, but we had no issues dropping the chain.

Our test bike was finished off with Hope Race Evo X2 brakes, with skinny KCNC rotors. Headset, stem spacers, seat clamp, chainring bolts and cranks also come from KCNC, while you perch upon a Velo Senso saddle.

Ride and handling: minimalist flex

There’s a lot of hyperbole that can be spouted about the ride qualities of titanium, phrases such as ‘vertically compliant’, ‘zingy’ and ‘rides like a magic carpet’ are often wheeled out. We’ll do our best to avoid those then.

Jumping on the Ti29 the most obvious thing you notice is the weight, or rather the lack of it. This minimalist build around 8kg. With the Stan’s ZTR Crest wheels running tubeless, a Schwalbe Racing Ralph on the back and Nobby Nic on the front, it doesn’t feel sluggish.

The Mk1 Ti29 we tested isn’t a hugely stiff frame, especially when compared with an aluminium or carbon race bike. This does take some of the sting out of the trail, and when combined with the 27.2mm titanium post, you’re able to remain seated for longer on rougher terrain.

The flip side is that, especially around the bottom bracket, it’s somewhat twangy, lacking the really solid feeling you get from a bike with a chunky downtube. It’s worth noting that a Mk2 frame has just become available (?1100) with a slightly ovalised down tube at the bottom bracket, increasing the weld area and theoretically the stiffness too.


The Torus’s flexy titanium fork inevitably steers slightly less directly than ones made from stiffer materials

While we’re usually complementary of stiffer forks and bars, on the rigid Torus the flex present works to its advantage. There’s not much in the way of suspension going on here, save for the little bit that’s offered by the tyres, but the vibration damping from the bars and fore-aft flutter from the fork saves your hands from a complete pummelling. Steering directness suffers over other stiffer rigid forks, but the only issues we had were when hitting off-camber sections at speed or in mid-bend compressions, where the front end felt a little too twangy and didn’t want to hold its course.

In summary, the Ti29 isn’t a bike we’d jump on for heading to steep techy trails. But if we wanted to cover miles quickly and efficiently, with an element of hardtail comfort, it’s an entertaining and decidedly different ride.

This article was originally published in What Mountain Bike magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

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BMC makes Lamborghini anniversary bike

GRENCHEN, Switzerland (BRAIN) — BMC is producing 50 Lamborghini 50th Anniversary Edition impec bikes to celebrate the Italian car company’s anniversary this year. The Swiss bike brand will sell the special bikes for 25,000 euros ($32,525). They will feature Italian components and special touches that are reminiscent of the Lamborghini Aventador sports car, which features a monocoque carbon fiber body

Corratec 2013 road and mountain bikes – First look

UK distributor Decade took German bike brand Corratec on board last year, and have given?BikeRadar a glimpse of their 2013 road and mountain bike range ahead of the Eurobike trade show later this month.

At the top of their road range comes the CCT Pro (?5,099.99), built here with the current version of Shimano’s Dura-Ace. For the same price you’ll get the new 9000 mechanical version, with a 9700 Di2 version (?6,899.99) available too.?

One of the group’s new elements is a 52/36T chainset variation, something Corratec believe will be everywhere later on this year.

Corratec reckon the frame is a full half kilo lighter than the previous version, and that only the medium model meets the UCI’s 6.8kg weight limit. All others would need to have a little extra beef added.

External down tube cabling is common on frames of this weight - it's claimed that only the medium frame meets the uci's 6.8kg limit:

External down tube cabling is common on frames this light

The CCT Pro comes with a BB30 bottom bracket, an all-carbon 1,400g wheelset from Zzyzx and cockpit components from the same brand.?

A Team version of the CCT, made with a lesser-grade carbon, is available for ?4,199.99 with mechanical Dura-Ace, or?for ?3,199.90?with Ultegra Di2.

Corratec Opiate

A few last-minute naming issues mean you should ignore the decals below – this bike will be called the Opiate, not the Opium. Its designer races in events such as?Megavalanche, so he built a bike that would help him perform in them.?

Corratec opiate: corratec opiate

This is the top-end version of the bike – the Opiate FX (?3,899.99) with 150mm of travel. Kit wise, it comes with a RockShox Lyrik RC2 fork, DT Swiss XM 180 shock, Shimano Deore XT groupset and Zzyzx Disc rims. In terms of build, it features a twin-link suspension design and ISCG 05 chainguide mount.

Units down, dollars up in June

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—While the average retail price of bikes was up 3 percent, unit sales dipped 4 percent in June, according to RetailTRAK data from Leisure Trends Group.

Mavic Red Rock baggy shorts review

The Red Rocks come from the same family as the award-winning Stratos shorts from Mavic, and it shows. Starting on the inside, the liner is superb, combining open mesh legs with solid centre panels for a good combination of low weight and durability.

The chamois is outstanding – a dual-density pad with an exceptionally soft finish and perforations to help prevent heat build-up. While liners have improved hugely, it’s not often you find one of this quality. It makes a big difference to your overall comfort.

It’s a quality that’s matched in the outer shell, which is light and cut perfectly so that it sits absolutely right when you’re on the bike. Even without the benefit of any waist adjustment it just stays in place and doesn’t pull down.

The fabric is ultra-light but with a smooth, tight weave we’ve found durable. With stretch for easy movement this is exactly what we look for in 24-hour, race-style shorts.?

We’d prefer the sleek lines to be unmarred by external leg pockets, but there’s no question that the Red Rocks are a cut above the rest. While ?80 isn’t exactly cheap, it does get you a highly specified shell and a liner – both deliver superb XC performance.

This article was originally published in What Mountain Bike magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

E-bike sales steal the show for Derby Cycle

CLOPPENBURG, Germany (BRAIN) Friday May 25 2012 12:28 PM MT— Derby Cycle gained 17.3 percent in revenue in the first half of its financial year, led by significant growth in e-bike sales, according to an earnings report issued Friday.

Taiwan Bike Builders Show Modest Growth

TAIPEI, Taiwan (BRAIN)—Taiwan’s top two manufacturers reported modest revenue increases in July and for the first seven months of the year, according to numbers released on the Taiwan Stock Exchange. Merida was up 12 percent in July and 14 percent year-to-date. The supplier to Specialized and its own brand ended the month at NT$ 1.1 billion ($39.4 million), up from NT$ 1 billion ($35.1 million) for the same month last year