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League of American Bicyclists recognizes Bicycle Friendly Businesses in all 50 states

WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRAIN) — In celebration of National Bike to Work Week, the League of American Bicyclists welcomes 34 new and renewingBicycle Friendly Businesses.

League of American Bicyclists recognizes Bicycle Friendly Businesses in all 50 states

WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRAIN) — In celebration of National Bike to Work Week, the League of American Bicyclists welcomes 34 new and renewingBicycle Friendly Businesses. They join 1,343 businesses in all 50 states and the District of Columbia that have earned BFB status.

21 brands confirmed for Bike PressCamp

Still room for more exhibitors, organizer ECRM says; Canyon Bicycles signs on. SOLON, Ohio (BRAIN) — Bike PressCamp organizer ECRM said Thursday that it saw a surge in exhibitor signups last month coming out of the Sea Otter Classic, and now has 21 brands set to attend the June 19-23 event. The new signups include Canyon Bicycles, the German consumer-direct brand set to enter the U.S.

Las Vegas bike retailer Jared Fisher running for governor

LAS VEGAS, Nev. (BRAIN) —  Jared Fisher, who owns  Las Vegas Cyclery and the Escape Adventures bike tour company, is running for the GOP nomination for the governor’s race in Nevada.

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.

24 hours racing Germany’s Rad am Ring

Jamie Wilkins gets to know the Rad am Ring by bicycle in a four-man team taking on the 24-hour race around the infamous Nürburgring racing circuit in Germany.

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While not well known in the UK, Rad am Ring is a weekend-long festival of cycling with 5,500 competitors and hundreds more supporting, spectating, enjoying the atmosphere and running the expo and bike demos. Loads of races run simultaneously; the main event is the 24-hour road race for solo riders or teams of two, four or eight, for men, women or mixed. Then there are shorter races of 25, 75 and 150km, a one-lap time trial on the Friday evening to kick things off and a pro race on the Sunday afternoon to wrap it all up. The mountain bike version of the 24-hour race shares some of the road course and then dives off into the Black Forest.

The star of the show is the Nordschleife circuit. Nicknamed the Green Hell by Formula One legend Jackie Stewart after he won there in 1968, it stands like a Colossus over the event. The course combines the modern F1 circuit with the old Nordschleife (the N24 layout, motorsport geeks) to make a 15-mile lap with 1,500ft of climbing, the majority of it coming in the middle of the lap and crowned with the nefarious 20 percent ramp of Hohe Acht.

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We were invited to join distribution company Madison to make a four-man team. Profile Design, one of Madison’s longterm partner brands, is the main sponsor of the event and has entered several times before. Their two riders would be Jim McConnel and Peter Slijkhuis, both RAR veterans and elite level athletes; last year their team finished 13th out of 500-plus. In the absence of volunteers from the office, I messaged my good friend, training buddy and sometime time trial rival Dave Janes. He sent back an emphatic ‘YES!’ within seconds.

  • The course: Rad am Ring, 466 miles around Germany’s Nürburgring circuit
  • The horse: Ridley Noah SL with Profile Design Twenty-Four 58 wheels, Light & Motion Urban 800 lights
  • The equipment goal: To ride the 24-hour team race

We arrive in Germany after an 11-hour journey and with no time for a warm-up before the time trial our legs feel wooden, so we’re grateful that, bar a few small lumps, the first five miles are downhill. Much of it is really fast, consistently over 40mph and well over 50 on the plunge down into the ‘Foxhole’ section.

Race day

Dave comes in after riding his second lap nearly as hard as his first and deadpans, “This is going to get hard, isn’t it?”

Feeling the burn

The first stint after dawn feels like we’re almost there. A bonus for tired legs is that the race is what’s known as a ‘short 24’

A new dawn, a new day

The chequered flags come out during Dave’s lap so we all crowd onto the trackside barriers to wait for him

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Choi’s condition improved as Volagi Cycles’ operations resume

OGDEN, Utah (BRAIN) — Volagi Cycles co-founder Robert Choi remains hospitalized here following a collision with a car a week ago. Choi faces a long recovery as supporters rally to help him, his family and the company that has been his passion for at least the last six years.  Choi, who is about 55, suffered a head injury after being rear-ended in a roundabout near the Volagi headquarters in Ogden the evening of Sept. 27

Commencal launches Meta AM V4.2

With the new Commencal Meta AM V4.2, “many little changes equal a big change”, engineer Nico Menard tells us inside Commencal’s office, just below the Vallnord Bike Park in the Pyrenean principality of Andorra.

Having had a cursory tour round the office cum showroom cum bar, flanked by a range of fancy branded company vehicles, we’re expecting big things. The Meta AM V4 has long been a popular bike, having scooped What Mountain Bike’s 2015 Trail Bike of the Year award, and come a close second in 2016. At 160mm it was on the longer-travel-end of the trail bike scale, but impressed with its descending prowess and climbing ability.

What we’re here to see though is the new Meta AM V4.2, and, as the engineer hinted at, Commencal’s engineers have been busy with a raft of tweaks.

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The company is driven by the enigmatic founder, Max Commencal, who seems to have a hands-on attitude when it comes to running the business. Max wants a bike that is build to perform on the trails he rides, and with the steep, rocky trails in the area, it’s no surprise that the AM version now comes with 170mm forks across the range, as well as Boost hub spacing for a stiffer wheel.

Main changes

There are two main changes to the 4.2 though that the engineers say make the difference. First off is the use of the new metric shock standard, which gives a longer shock length, but the same stroke length. This gives the shock more room for adjustment, increases oil volume and room for valving for improved hydraulic performance, a bigger air volume that is easier to tune, and ultimately a more sensitive feel. Commencal has made the suspension curve more progressive, offering better small-bump sensitivity at the top of the stroke, and more support in the mid stroke.

Fine details

Model range

Origin

  • Frame: 2017 META AM V4.2 650b, Travel 160mm
  • Shock: RockShox Deluxe RT, 230×60, 2 position
  • Fork: RockShox Yari RC 170, solo air, boost
  • Headset: Ride Alpha
  • Stem: Ride Alpha, Alloy 2014 Forged
  • Handlebar: Ride Alpha, Alloy 6061, 760mm
  • Grips: Commencal Lock-On
  • Brakes: SRAM Level 200mm/180mm
  • Shifters: SRAM NX 1×11spd
  • Rear Mech: SRAM NX 11spd
  • Bottom Bracket: SRAM GXP Press Fit BB92
  • Cranks: SRAM NX X-Sync, 30t
  • Chain: SRAM PC 1110
  • Cassette: SRAM PG 1130, 11-42, 11spd
  • Rims: WTB STP i25, 32 holes, double wall, tubeless ready
  • Hubs: Formula, 32 holes, sealed bearings
  • Spokes-Nipples: Pillar Spokes, stainless steel, 2mm black, Nylock
  • Tyres: Maxxis HRII 650×2.4 EXO TR (F); Maxxis DHRII 650×2.3 EXO TR (R)
  • Seatpost: Ride Alpha
  • Saddle: Ride Alpha, super light foam
  • Sizes: S/M/L/XL
  • Colour: Yellow
  • Price: €2,199 / $2,199

Ride

  • Frame: 2017 META AM V4.2 650b, Travel 160mm
  • Shock: RockShox Deluxe RT, 230×60, 2 position
  • Fork: RockShox Lyrik RC 170mm, solo air, boost
  • Headset: Ride Alpha
  • Stem: Ride Alpha, Alloy 2014 Forged
  • Handlebar: Ride Alpha, Alloy 7075, 780mm
  • Grips: Commencal Lock-On
  • Brakes: SRAM Guide R 200mm/180mm
  • Shifters: SRAM GX 1×11spd
  • Rear Mech: SRAM NX 11spd
  • Bottom Bracket: SRAM GXP Press Fit BB92
  • Cranks: SRAM NX X-Sync, 30t
  • Chain: SRAM PC 1110
  • Cassette: SRAM PG 1130, 11-42, 11spd
  • Rims: WTB STP i25, 32 holes, double wall, tubeless ready
  • Hubs: Formula, 32 holes, sealed bearings
  • Spokes-Nipples: Pillar Spokes, stainless steel, 2mm black, Nylock
  • Tyres: Maxxis HRII 650×2.4 EXO TR (F); Maxxis DHRII 650×2.3 EXO TR (R)
  • Seatpost: Ride Alpha
  • Saddle: Ride Alpha, super light foam
  • Sizes: S/M/L/XL
  • Colour: Orange
  • Price: €2,499 / $2,499

Essential

  • Frame: 2017 META AM V4.2 650b, Travel 160mm
  • Shock: RockShox Deluxe RT, 230×60, 2 position
  • Fork: RockShox Lyrik RC 170mm, solo air, boost
  • Headset: Ride Alpha ZS44/ZS56
  • Stem: Ride Alpha, Alloy 2014 Forged
  • Handlebar: Ride Alpha, Alloy 7075, 780mm
  • Grips: Commencal Lock-On
  • Brakes: SRAM Guide R 200mm/180mm
  • Shifters: SRAM GX 1×11spd
  • Rear Mech: SRAM GX 11spd
  • Bottom Bracket: SRAM GXP Press Fit BB92
  • Cranks: SRAM GX X-Sync, 30t
  • Chain: SRAM PC 1130
  • Cassette: SRAM PG 1150, 11-42, 11spd
  • Rims: Mavic 427, 32 holes, hookless, tubeless ready
  • Hubs: Formula, 32 holes, sealed bearings
  • Spokes-Nipples: Pillar Spokes, stainless steel, 2mm black, Nylock
  • Tyres: Maxxis HRII 650×2.4 EXO TR (F); Maxxis DHRII 650×2.3 EXO TR (R)
  • Seatpost: RockShox Reverb Stealth
  • Saddle: Ride Alpha, super light foam
  • Sizes: S/M/L/XL
  • Colour: Matt Black
  • Price: €2,999 / $2,999

Race

  • Frame: 2017 META AM V4.2 650b, Travel 160mm
  • Shock: RockShox Super Deluxe RC3, 230×60, 3 positions
  • Fork: RockShox Lyrik RCT3 170mm, solo air, boost
  • Headset: Cane Creek 40 Series
  • Stem: Ride Alpha, Alloy 2014 Forged
  • Handlebar: Ride Alpha, Alloy 7075, 780mm
  • Grips: Commencal Lock-On
  • Brakes: SRAM Guide RS 200mm/180mm
  • Shifters: SRAM GX 1×11spd
  • Rear Mech: SRAM X01 1×11spd
  • Bottom Bracket: SRAM GXP Press Fit BB92
  • Cranks: SRAM GX X-Sync, 30t
  • Chain: SRAM PC 1130
  • Cassette: SRAM XG 1150, 11-42, 11spd
  • Rims: Mavic 427, 32 holes, hookless, tubeless ready
  • Hubs: Formula, 32 holes, sealed bearings
  • Spokes-Nipples: Pillar Spokes, stainless steel, 2mm black, Nylock
  • Tyres: Maxxis HRII 650×2.4 EXO TR 3C (F); Maxxis DHRII 650×2.3 EXO TR 3C (R)
  • Seatpost: RockShox Reverb Stealth
  • Saddle: Ride Alpha, super light foam
  • Sizes: S/M/L/XL
  • Colour: Matt Black
  • Price: €3,499 / $3,499

Race Eagle

  • Frame: 2017 META AM V4.2 650b, Travel 160mm
  • Shock: RockShox Super Deluxe RC3, 230×60, 3 position
  • Fork: RockShox Lyrik RCT3 170mm, solo air, boost
  • Headset: Cane Creek 40 Series
  • Stem: Ride Alpha, Alloy 2014 Forged
  • Handlebar: Ride Alpha, Alloy 7075, 780mm
  • Grips: Commencal Lock-On
  • Brakes: SRAM Guide RS 200mm/180mm
  • Shifters: SRAM X01 Eagle 1×12spd
  • Rear Mech: SRAM X01 Eagle 1×12spd
  • Bottom Bracket: SRAM GXP Press Fit BB92
  • Cranks: SRAM X1 1400 Eagle, 34t
  • Chain: SRAM X01 Eagle
  • Cassette: SRAM XG 1295, 10-50t,12spd
  • Rims: Mavic 427, 32 holes, hookles, tubeless ready
  • Hubs: Formula, 32 holes, sealed bearings
  • Spokes-Nipples: Pillar Spokes, stainless steel, 2mm black, Nylock
  • Tyres: Maxxis HRII 650×2.4 EXO TR 3C (F); Maxxis DHRII 650×2.3 EXO TR C3 (R)
  • Seatpost: RockShox Reverb Stealth
  • Saddle: Ride Alpha, super light foam
  • Sizes: S/M/L/XL
  • Colour: Matt Black & Brushed & Yellow
  • Price: Black/Yellow €3,999 / $3,999 : Brushed €4,099 / $4,099

World Cup

  • Frame: 2017 META AM V4.2 650b, Travel 160mm
  • Shock: RockShox Super Deluxe RC3 170mm, solo air, boost
  • Fork: RockShox Lyrik RCT3 170mm, solo air, boost
  • Headset: Cane Creek 40 Series
  • Stem: Ride Alpha, Alloy 2014 Forged
  • Handlebar: Ride Alpha, Alloy 7075, 780mm
  • Grips: Commencal Lock-On
  • Brakes: SRAM Guide RS 200mm/180mm
  • Shifters: SRAM X01 Eagle 1×12spd
  • Rear Mech: SRAM X01 Eagle 1×12spd
  • Bottom Bracket: SRAM GXP Press Fit BB92
  • Cranks: SRAM X01 Eagle, 34t
  • Chain: SRAM X01 Eagle
  • Cassette: SRAM XG 1295, 10-50t,12spd
  • Wheelset: Spank Oozy Trail 345 Wheelset, 32 holes, tubeless ready
  • Tyres: Maxxis HRII 650×2.4 EXO TR 3C (F); Maxxis DHRII 650×2.3 EXO TR dual compound (R)
  • Seatpost: RockShox Reverb Stealth
  • Saddle: Ride Alpha, super light foam
  • Sizes: S/M/L/XL
  • Colour: Matt Black & Brushed
  • Price: Matt Black €4,499 / $4,499 : Brushed €4,599 / $4,599

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Guest Opinion: How Sen. Lee’s bill will close trails

By Ashley Korenblat  Editor’s note: In its August 15 issue, Bicycle Retailer & Industry News published a column by Ashley Korenblat on the topic of mountain biking in federal wilderness areas. In the September 1 issue, BRAIN will publish an opposing viewpoint, written by Ted Stroll, the board president of the Sustainable Trails Coalition

Club Ride Apparel picks Momentum Media PR

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) —?Club Ride Apparel has named Momentum Media PR as its public relations agency of record