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NICA adds staff as growth in high school racing continues

Kristine Urrutia and Nic Sims join the high school racing organization. BERKELEY, Calif. (BRAIN) — The National Interscholastic Cycling Association has added new development and partnership staff as the organization’s growth continues.

Wolf Tooth re-launches its elliptical chainrings as PowerTrac Elliptical

MINNEAPOLIS (BRAIN) — Wolf Tooth Components has re-branded and re-launched its line of elliptical chainrings for 1x drivetrains for mountain bike, cyclocross and gravel bike use. The rings are now branded as PowerTrac, which is lazer etched on the products

Rad Power Bikes added to Velofix Direct program

SEATTLE, Wash. (BRAIN) — Rad Power Bikes, a Seattle-based direct-to-consumer electric bike company, has joined Velofix’s bike delivery program, Velofix Direct.

Bosch’s new ‘eMTB Mode’ automatically switches between assistance modes

IRVINE, Calif. (BRAIN) – Bosch has launched a new trail riding feature for its Performance Line CX. This new feature, called eMTB mode, will automatically change between assistance modes depending on pedal pressure to optimize support on different types of terrain

Velocomp releases PowerHouse mobile training app, developed with coach Hunter Allen

JUPITER, Fla.

Velocomp releases PowerHouse mobile training app, developed with coach Hunter Allen

JUPITER, Fla. (BRAIN) — Velocomp LLC, the maker of the PowerPod BLE power meter, has released a mobile training app developed with well-known coach and author Hunter Allen. The free app is available from the Apple App store and works exclusively with PowerPod BLE power meters; it is compatible with any iPhone 5 or newer model.

Walton Family renews support for PeopleForBikes

BOULDER, Colo.

Velocomp improves PowerPod calibration, adds framework for ‘wind tunnel’ upgrade

JUPITER, Fla. (BRAIN) — Velocomp has released a free firmware update for its PowerPod power meter. The new firmware improves the device’s calibration accuracy and adds framework for a major forthcoming feature that Velocomp calls Real World Wind Tunnel.

Cannondale Bad Habit 1 first ride review

Cannondale has always pedalled its own trail of innovation and while that path hasn’t always been fruitful, the distinctively different Cannondale Bad Habit 1 might well be one of the most fun and deceptively fast trail bikes we’ve ridden. While the conventionally tyred, carbon framed Habit was a blisteringly quick and agile entry into our 2016 Bike of the Year line up, when things got lairy we felt it was a bit too quick and whippy for its own good.

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Cannondale Bad Habit 1 spec overview

  • Fork: Lefty 2.0 Alloy OPI, 120mm
  • Rear shock: RockShox Monarch RL, 120mm travel
  • Drivetrain: SRAM GX
  • Brakes: Shimano Deore
  • Crank: Cannondale Hollowgram
  • Wheels: 27+ WTB
  • Tyres: WTB Bridger, 27.5×3.0, tubeless ready
  • Rims: WTB Scraper i45 27.5″, 45mm, tubeless ready
  • Bottom bracket: Cannondale Alloy BB30
  • Shifters: SRAM GX, 11-speed
  • Saddle: Cannondale Stage 3

Cannondale Bad Habit 1 frame and equipment

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Putting big 3.0in sized (actually 73mm wide) tyres on ‘proper’ width (40mm internal) Scraper i45 rims adds just the extra connection to the trail it needs to be a proper hooligan though. Cunning geometry and simple short travel suspension mean it’s lost none of its infectiously giddy, playful character in the process either.

Despite being shorter in travel and lacking a dropper, the Bad Habit 1 is only 500g lighter than other plus bikes like the Diamondback Heist 3.0+ and Specialized Fuse Comp. The extra heft of the big tyres make the wheels a grunt to get going compared to conventional hoops and tyres, but the way their bigger volume and lower pressures shrink the effective size and deflection energy of rocks, roots, ripples and ruts gives them outrageous speed sustain on technical terrain.

It also smoothes off the reluctance of the cheaper Lefty fork to start moving so it feels impressively plush but not vague. Despite the simple flex seat stay suspension set up, the 120mm of rear travel isn’t enough for the back end to bounce out of control. Instead it’s just right to let you keep the power cranking the sexy looking Cannondale SpideRing chainset over rubble and root spreads or take overambitious hits and drops without ejecting you over the bars.

Cannondale Bad Habit 1 ride impression

Cannondale Bad Habit 1 early verdict

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Bike products on display at CES 2017 in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (BRAIN) — Amidst the smart hairbrushes , Augmented Reality Play Doh , Bluetooth-enabled toasters , virtual reality shoes , developer kits for “smart” sex toys (find your own link) and underwater drones for anglers (actually kind of cool), there are a number of bike-related products on display this week at the Consumer Electronics Show here. The trade show opened Thursday following several days of media previews, and runs through Sunday. It spans 2.5 million square feet and attracts 7,500 media personnel and more than 30,000 buyers.