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.

Dan Delehanty appointed North America general manager for Focus and Kalkhoff

CARLSBAD, Calif. (BRAIN) — Dan Delehanty will become new general manager in North America for the bike brands Focus and Kalkhoff — both brands belonging to Derby Cycle, which is part of Pon.Bike. The company said Delehanty will “implement a new strategy to expand the market share of Kalkhoff and Focus in the U.S.

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

Portland State launches online survey to study e-bike use in North America

PORTLAND, Ore. (BRAIN) — Four years after its pioneering survey of e-bike riders in North America, Portland State University has launched a second online survey to gauge how the market is maturing. “We want to see how things have changed,” said John MacArthur, sustainable transportation program manager at the university.

Long lead times, lack of data present challenges in supply chain

MONTEREY, Calif. (BRAIN) — No matter what the intended panel topics were on the first day of the Bicycle Leadership Conference, the discussion seemed to come back – inevitably – to retail and how brands are selling their products in an evolving retail environment

Inno launches new lightweight, folding hitch-mount rack


NBDA renews contract with Gluskin Townley Group to produce Market Overview

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (BRAIN) — The National Bicycle Dealers Association has renewed its contract with the Gluskin Townley Group to produce the NBDA’s annual U.S. Bicycle Market Overview

Horse for the Course: Trek Speed Concept for 12hr World TT Champs

A 12-hour time trial is not something I was ever considering until listening to an episode of The Cycling Time Trial Podcast by Mark Florence. While Michael Broadwith, the two-time British 24-hour time trial champion, recounted his experiences, it occurred to me that much of the training I’d done this year for long gravel and mountain bike races would translate fairly well to a long-format time trial.

  • 10 steps to your best-ever time trial
  • BR editor smashes world 12-hour TT record with 305.5mi

I grew up time trialing, racing mostly the 20-kilometer as a junior, but hadn’t raced a TT bike for quite some time. A quick internet search showed that RAAM’s 24-Hour World Time Trial Championships took place in early November in Borrego Springs, California. Also offered were six- and 12-hour options. I signed up after a bit more research (and reading how former BikeRadar editor Jeff Jones smashed the 12-hour record back in 2011).

  • The course: The desert landscape of Borrego Springs, California plays host to the race. A mostly flat course means that aerodynamics take priority over weight. Racers ride an 18-mile loop until 1.5 hours to go, when they switch to a 5-mile loop. Both are flat and for the most part offer smooth pavement.
  • The equipment goal: Effectively balance aerodynamics, efficiency and comfort to maximize speed and minimize the need for stops.
  • The horse: A Trek Speed Concept with Shimano Ultegra Di2, a Stages power meter, Profile Design hydration, Cobb Maxx saddle, Vittoria Corsa Speed Open tires, Wheelbuilder AeroJacket disc cover and Speedplay Zero Aero pedals.


The 12-hour bike: Trek Speed Concept

There are a lot of fast time trial bikes on the market these days, and a growing number are designed without the UCI’s rules in mind. Because the 24 Hour World Time Trial Championships are run by the Race Across America (RAAM), I didn’t need to worry about pesky measurements, much like those who race in the time trials in the United Kingdom.

Trek’s Speed Concept can be ordered with a UCI compliant fork and bar, or — as I used it — with a more aerodynamic fork, base bar, Speed Fin rear brake cowling and Speed Box. There are more radical bikes now on the market that offer integrated storage, but I’m very familiar with the Speed Concept and wanted to ride a known quantity.

Using the Wisconsin company’s Project One program, Trek applied the custom bright blue paint and a beautiful pearl overcoat. Shimano’s Ultegra Di2 electronic shifting was key over such a long day of riding and I set up both aerobar shifters to change the rear derailleur. This meant that even while eating or drinking from a bottle, I could easily change gear with whatever hand was still on the bar. The course was exceptionally flat and I never used the small chainring except when leaving the race’s pit area, so I never missed having that option with the left aerobar shifter.

Other 12-hour gear

Bontrager Aeolus 5 wheels with Wheelbuilder AeroJacket Disc Cover

Vittoria Corsa Speed Open TLR tires

Stages Power Meter

Garmin Edge 820

Speedplay Zero Aero pedals

Cobb Max Saddle

Profile Aero HC and RML bottle carriers

Other bike prep notes

12-hour clothing, helmets and nutrition

Specialized Evade Skinsuit

IceFill Arm Coolers

Nopinz ATS Trip Sockz

Giro Aerohead MIPS and Bontrager Ballista MIPS helmets


The 12-hour experience overall

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Transit strike no worry for Philly Bike Expo

PHILADELPHIA (BRAIN) — Organizers of this weekend’s Philly Bike Show say a transit workers strike, which began Nov. 1, should have little effect on this weekend’s show.  “The good news is that Regional Rail services are not affected by the transit strike,” organizers said.

Epic International bringing Australian bike storage system to US market

CINCINNATI (BRAIN) — Steadyrack of Perth Australia has named Epic International as its U.S. retail sales and marketing agent for its Steadyrack bike storage products