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E-bikes power up PressCamp

PARK CITY, Utah (BRAIN) — Wednesday’s slate of meetings with exhibitors at PressCamp was electrifying, literally. The number of e-bike brands showing their wares doubled compared with last year, from three to seven. In terms of total footprint, the e-bike category represented nearly a quarter of total exhibitors.

E-bikes power up PressCamp

PARK CITY, Utah (BRAIN) — Wednesday’s slate of meetings with exhibitors at PressCamp was electrifying, literally.

Scott 2016 27.5+ mountain bikes revealed

While it seems some manufacturers are approaching the new ‘plus’ wheel size with a little caution, Scott appears to be fully committed, launching 11 new plus bikes across its mountain bike range. Established models including the Scale, Genius and Genius LT all receive the 27.5+ treatment, along with Scott’s new electric full suspension offering, the E-Genius.

We headed out to Massa Vecchia, Italy to find out all about the bikes and see how they behave on the trails.

The details

“Go for Plus and find an entirely new riding experienceâ€, Scott Sports claims. But what are the contributing factors that could, potentially at least, sway people towards these fatter beasts?

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Scott worked closely with German tyre company, Schwalbe on this project and tested a variety of different widths before settling on the 2.8in tyres seen here. “In the beginning we had 3in tyres. That’s what we started with. When we started doing test rides, we decided that this wasn’t the best size because they have a negative effect on the agility of the bikeâ€, says Schwalbe’s head of product management Marcus Hachmeyer.

Settling on 2.8in tyres meant wheel weight and rolling resistance was reduced (compared with the early 3in prototypes) and the bike became more nimble on the trail. In fact, Schwalbe claims the rolling resistance of the new 2.8in tyre is only one percent higher compared with a 2.35in tyre. 

The bikes

Genius 700 Tuned Plus

  • Weight – 12.3kg (27.12lbs) in medium
  • Price – TBC

Genius LT 700 Tuned Plus

  • Weight – 12.7kg (28.04lbs)
  • Price – TBC

Scale 710 Plus

  • Weight – 11.44kg (25.24lbs)
  • Price – TBC

E-Genius 710 Plus

  • Weight – 21.86kg (48.2lbs)
  • Price – TBC

First ride impressions

You can read more at BikeRadar.com

REI and Scott bicycles part ways

SEATTLE (BRAIN) — REI will stop selling Scott bicycles as soon as its current stock is depleted, the companies announced Wednesday. In what was described as a mutual and amicable decision, the retail co-op said its 10-year relationship with Scott Sports will end with the 2015 model year.

Consumer-direct brand YT Industries setting up US service centers

Consumer-direct brand signing up IBDs to assemble, service and repair bikes. RENO, Nev. (BRAIN) — YT Industries is looking for shops to assemble, repair and provide regular maintenance for its line of mountain bikes in the U.S.

Bulls Bikes USA opens website for consumer-direct sales

SAUSALITO, Calif. (BRAIN) — The German bike brand??Bulls Bikes has officially opened up its U.S.

Haibike appoints Ken Miner director of US sales, launches global marketing campaign

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (BRAIN) — Haibike plans to show a new Yamaha motor-driven collection of e-bikes at next week’s Sea Otter Classic, which will mark the one-year anniversary of the Accell brand’s introduction to the U.S

Bosch expands to Canada with service partner Live to Play Sports

IRVINE, Calif. (BRAIN) — Bosch eBike Systems has expanded into Canada through a partnership with Live to Play Sports that will introduce the German company’s Performance Line e-bike drive system to the market. LTP Sports will serve as Bosch’s local service partner, responsible for operating a technical hot line for dealers, delivering spare parts, handling warranty claims and conducting clinics throughout Canada to train retailers on the drive system and Bosch’s plug-and-play diagnostic service tool

Focus Cayo Disc 3.0

The original Cayo earned Focus a reputation for being able to put together a great carbon race bike at a very reasonable price. From that the German firm has continued developing with the range topping Izalco Max, one of the finest lightweight pro level machines around, and with the Izalco Ergoride, an excellent endurance-biased ride

So the Cayo sits somewhere in between. It’s certainly not an endurance bike – the geometry figures spell that out straight away. Indeed, with its low 165mm head tube (on our large test bike) aggressive parallel 73.5 angles, short 995mm wheelbase and mid-to-long reach (400mm) it’s as aggressive as any full-on racer.

  • Highs: Lightweight chassis wrapped up with an aggressive ride position
  • Lows: Deserves faster tyres and quieter disc rotors
  • Buy If: You want a disc road bike built for racers that’s as state of the art as it gets

The big difference is that it has discs, and not just discs added to the frame – this machine was conceived with them. It also, still unusually, features both front and rear mountain bike style thru-axles. The claimed advantage of this design is an increase in stiffness from the solid oversized connection at the dropouts and perfect brake alignment every time – rotor rub is something that we roadies just wouldn’t stand for.

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The RAT thru-axle combines stiffness and security with the speed of a standard quick release

We all know that discs can’t yet be raced in the peloton, but reports coming out of Focus-sponsored AG2R are that the team have chosen to ride the Cayo Disc over the winter in preference to their usual Izalco Max. If pro racers are opting for it, why wouldn’t you?

You can read more at BikeRadar.com

Focus Cayo Disc 3.0

The original Cayo earned Focus a reputation for being able to put together a great carbon race bike at a very reasonable price. From that the German firm has continued developing with the range topping Izalco Max, one of the finest lightweight pro level machines around, and with the Izalco Ergoride, an excellent endurance-biased ride

So the Cayo sits somewhere in between. It’s certainly not an endurance bike – the geometry figures spell that out straight away. Indeed, with its low 165mm head tube (on our large test bike) aggressive parallel 73.5 angles, short 995mm wheelbase and mid-to-long reach (400mm) it’s as aggressive as any full-on racer.

  • Highs: Lightweight chassis wrapped up with an aggressive ride position
  • Lows: Deserves faster tyres and quieter disc rotors
  • Buy If: You want a disc road bike built for racers that’s as state of the art as it gets

The big difference is that it has discs, and not just discs added to the frame – this machine was conceived with them. It also, still unusually, features both front and rear mountain bike style thru-axles. The claimed advantage of this design is an increase in stiffness from the solid oversized connection at the dropouts and perfect brake alignment every time – rotor rub is something that we roadies just wouldn’t stand for.

ADVERTISEMENT
advertisement

The RAT thru-axle combines stiffness and security with the speed of a standard quick release

We all know that discs can’t yet be raced in the peloton, but reports coming out of Focus-sponsored AG2R are that the team have chosen to ride the Cayo Disc over the winter in preference to their usual Izalco Max. If pro racers are opting for it, why wouldn’t you?

You can read more at BikeRadar.com