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Current pro Laurens ten Dam to edit Rodale’s new Bicycling magazine in the Netherlands

NEW YORK (BRAIN) — Rodale Inc. has launched  Bicycling in the Netherlands in a partnership with WPG Media

Ironman buys Competitor Group Holdings

TAMPA, Fla. (BRAIN) — Ironman, the owner of the Ironman triathlon brand and related holdings, has acquired Competitor Group Holdings, Inc., which owns the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon series and media titles including VeloNews , Women’s Running , Triathlete , and Competitor.

Expo registration opens for 2017 KMC Cross Fest

The Connecticut cyclocross festival will include a dealer-media expo. THOMPSON, Conn. (BRAIN) — Registration has opened for expo exhibitors at the KMC Cross Fest, an event to be held Sept

Pirelli to launch line of road bike tires this fall

MILAN (BRAIN) — Pirelli is returning to the bicycle market with a line of road tires that will be available this fall. The 110-year old Italian brand has focused on performance auto and motorcycle tires in recent decades, and will adopt its P Zero brand from motorized use: the bike tire line is called P Zero Velo.

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.

Innovation, inspiration and more at this year’s Sea Otter Classic

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. Whether you’ve been coming to the Subaru Sea Otter Classic powered by SRAM since its inception in 1991 or this is your first year, you will certainly be able to feel the festive atmosphere and welcoming vibe that is this “Celebration of Cycling.” It is this camaraderie and feeling of community that consistently brings athletes and fans back to Sea Otter every spring.

Feb. 1, 2017

Issue Highlights:? LAGUNA HILLS, Calif. (BRAIN) — The newest issue of Bicycle Retailer & Industry News includes our annual Electric Bike Report, which includes results from BRAIN’s recent survey of U.S. retailers on their experiences selling — or their reasons for not selling — e-bikes in their stores

New BRAIN issue includes e-bike report, annual bike sales figures, and a visit to a Cuban mountain bike race

LAGUNA HILLS, Calif.

Skinny full-sus or plus hardtail for the UK National Endurance Champs?

Wrapped around the lower slopes of Scotland’s Ben Nevis at the end of October, the Relentless Exposure event lap is a serious block of climbing and big grin/big risk descending. I’m going to be racing around it eight times (that’s 88km / 54.5 miles with 2,760m / 9,056ft vertical) and mostly at night as part of two teams of four blokes old enough to know better. Sounds like the ideal place to let a couple of XC freaks out to play.

  • Best 29er trail bikes
  • Best mountain bike: how to choose the right one for you
  • Cannondale Scalpel-Si Black Inc review
  • The course: A superb but very demanding 11km (6.8 mile), 345m (1,132ft) lap including elements of the World Cup XC course and even the last drop of the DH course. Ridden eight times over 24 hours
  • Horse one: Cannondale Scalpel-Si Black Label with Lefty Carbon 2.0 100mm travel fork, Shimano XTR Di2 gears and brakes, Enve bar and Enve rims on Chris King hubs with Schwalbe Racing Ralph Evo Snakeskin 29×2.25in tyres
  • Horse two: Open One+ with RockShox RS-1 120mm travel fork, SRAM Eagle XX1 gears, SRAM Level Ultimate brakes, USE Vyce bar/stem and custom DT Swiss X551 rim/SRAM hub wheels with WTB Ranger 27.5×2.8in tyres
  • The equipment goals: Minimising cumulative fatigue and maximising speed on a brilliant but brutal, mostly rocky, wet and dark race lap

If using the term ‘freaks’ sounds like I’m being harsh, then the curious looks I was getting around the race paddock definitely confirmed that both arrows in my quiver were causing a stir, and marked me out as either very lucky or very rich.

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The Cannondale Scalpel-Si Black Label is an off-the-peg full-suspension XC bike — albeit a very high peg at £9,500 / $12,790. With Cannondale’s unique Lefty single-legged fork, and other eccentric aspects, it’s definitely a distinctively different option to the large number of super light, but essentially very similar carbon fibre, full suspension bikes available from mostly European brands. To add an extra comparative spark, it’s loaded with a full Shimano XTR Di2 electric shift suite.

The Open Pro+ has a 990g frame that would make an ideal basis for a conventional ultralight 29er hardtail. However, as it’s one of the few frames in that category that can also take a 27.5×3.0 plus tyre, I couldn’t resist experimenting to see how a bit of low-pressure pneumatic float would compare to ‘proper’ hydraulically-damped suspension and small volume 29er tyres. And what else could I use to help me soar through the Scottish mountains than SRAM’s XX1 golden Eagle transmission?

Full sus or full plus?

Despite less grip and less communicative brakes than the Open, I manage to squeeze another 7secs out of the descent

Tortoise and the hare

I fumble down the final descent in a mess of snot, tears, sweat and dribble, but elated to be back on par

Final furlong

Every cleaned climb feeds into a crescendo of dead horse flogging that would mean a jail term from the Jockey Club

Lessons learned

You can read more at BikeRadar.com

Skinny full-sus or plus hardtail for the UK National Endurance Champs?

Wrapped around the lower slopes of Scotland’s Ben Nevis at the end of October, the Relentless Exposure event lap is a serious block of climbing and big grin/big risk descending. I’m going to be racing around it eight times (that’s 88km / 54.5 miles with 2,760m / 9,056ft vertical) and mostly at night as part of two teams of four blokes old enough to know better. Sounds like the ideal place to let a couple of XC freaks out to play.

  • Best 29er trail bikes
  • Best mountain bike: how to choose the right one for you
  • Cannondale Scalpel-Si Black Inc review
  • The course: A superb but very demanding 11km (6.8 mile), 345m (1,132ft) lap including elements of the World Cup XC course and even the last drop of the DH course. Ridden eight times over 24 hours
  • Horse one: Cannondale Scalpel-Si Black Label with Lefty Carbon 2.0 100mm travel fork, Shimano XTR Di2 gears and brakes, Enve bar and Enve rims on Chris King hubs with Schwalbe Racing Ralph Evo Snakeskin 29×2.25in tyres
  • Horse two: Open One+ with RockShox RS-1 120mm travel fork, SRAM Eagle XX1 gears, SRAM Level Ultimate brakes, USE Vyce bar/stem and custom DT Swiss X551 rim/SRAM hub wheels with WTB Ranger 27.5×2.8in tyres
  • The equipment goals: Minimising cumulative fatigue and maximising speed on a brilliant but brutal, mostly rocky, wet and dark race lap

If using the term ‘freaks’ sounds like I’m being harsh, then the curious looks I was getting around the race paddock definitely confirmed that both arrows in my quiver were causing a stir, and marked me out as either very lucky or very rich.

ADVERTISEMENT
advertisement

The Cannondale Scalpel-Si Black Label is an off-the-peg full-suspension XC bike — albeit a very high peg at £9,500 / $12,790. With Cannondale’s unique Lefty single-legged fork, and other eccentric aspects, it’s definitely a distinctively different option to the large number of super light, but essentially very similar carbon fibre, full suspension bikes available from mostly European brands. To add an extra comparative spark, it’s loaded with a full Shimano XTR Di2 electric shift suite.

The Open Pro+ has a 990g frame that would make an ideal basis for a conventional ultralight 29er hardtail. However, as it’s one of the few frames in that category that can also take a 27.5×3.0 plus tyre, I couldn’t resist experimenting to see how a bit of low-pressure pneumatic float would compare to ‘proper’ hydraulically-damped suspension and small volume 29er tyres. And what else could I use to help me soar through the Scottish mountains than SRAM’s XX1 golden Eagle transmission?

Full sus or full plus?

Despite less grip and less communicative brakes than the Open, I manage to squeeze another 7secs out of the descent

Tortoise and the hare

I fumble down the final descent in a mess of snot, tears, sweat and dribble, but elated to be back on par

Final furlong

Every cleaned climb feeds into a crescendo of dead horse flogging that would mean a jail term from the Jockey Club

Lessons learned

You can read more at BikeRadar.com