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There is no doubt Orbea’s new Occam looks like a ball of fun, but if you’re after something a bit more budget friendly, or your local trails are better suited to a hardtail, the ‘slack and simple’ Laufey might just be the ticket. BMC’s motor powered Trailfox AMP SX A rowdier Specialized Fuse hardtail for 2020 Like the new Specialized Fuse, the Laufey is an all-alloy affair, and the frame is heavily hydroformed to increase strength and prevent flex in the wrong plane. The head angle is slacker, now 65.5 degrees, the seat angle is two degrees steeper at 75 degrees and reach grows by 25mm from its predecessor, measuring 435mm in a size medium. With this contemporary geometry, the Laufey should be well behaved on both the ups and downs, especially with the extra 10mm of travel at the front, up from 130mm. The Orbea Laufey is made with a hydroformed alloy frame Orbea Like the reach, the chainstays measure 435mm, so the bike won’t be overly ‘whippy’, but this extends the wheelbase to 1,174mm in a size medium, meaning it should be plenty stable at speed. The extra length and the forged rear chainstay yoke also help to fit a 29 x 2.6in tyre comfortably in the rear without the need for dropped or raised chainstays, as we’ve seen on other bikes in this category. At the back, the frame is based around 12 x 148mm thru-axle spacing and sees provision for post-mount brakes. With fully internal cable routing, the Laufey gets stealth dropper post routing and a straight seat tube, so there should be no issues with seatpost insertion depth. The Laufy also has a threaded bottom bracket (hooray!) and ISCG 05 tabs should you need a touch of added chain security. While there are three off the rack models, the Laufey is part of Orbea’s MyO customisation program Orbea Orbea is offering three off-the-rack models, but being part of the MyO program they can be completely customised. The base build is the H30 with a 1×11 Shimano SLX drivetrain and RockShox Recon RL fork for €1,299 / $1,499. The H10 comes with a 12-speed SLX drivetrain and Marzocchi Bomber Z2 fork for €1,599/$1,899. The top-end H-LTD has the latest XT/SLX kit and a Fox 34 at the front for €1,999/$2,499.
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Despite a crash in one of the last corners on the course. Becci Skelton took the win for the women.( Photos: 6, Comments: 1 )
Zero Motorcycles, the brand that defined the category of electric motorcycles, introduced their most innovative and powerful motorcycle yet with the launch of SR/F earlier this year. Now, Zero’s internal engineering team, in collaboration with multiple partners, has transformed its new streetfighter into a full-blown racer, which AMA-professional racer Cory West will put to the test at the 2019 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on June 30. “The racing effort for Pikes Pike at Zero is entirely run with internal engineering staff, who mostly commit their lunches, nights, and weekends to the cause,” said Brian Wismann, VP of Product Development at Zero Motorcycles. “No dedicated team members or factory-level budgets here. The bike was built with the support of key suppliers to the Zero production line, plus some clever designs from an engineering team let loose to experiment.” With 110 horsepower and 140 lb-ft of torque, Zero’s production SR/F already boasts impressive performance stats that challenge competitors representing the biggest names in the industry. Through the company’s “Blue Sky” program, which encourages Zero engineers to explore their creativity and reach for new heights, the SR/F has become an even more formidable contender, thanks in large part to the help of existing brand partners including Gates Carbon Drive, Showa, Pirelli Tires, SME Group, Dymag and Hotbodies Racing. In lieu of the chain kit typically used for race bikes, Zero engineers opted to stick with the same Gates Carbon Drive belt found on the production model. Their hope is that the smooth delivery of torque from the concentric pivot and constant tension belt will give the SR/F an advantage when pitted against gas bikes, which need to shift and respond to power pulses and surges from internal combustion engines. In order to upgrade the suspension on the SR/F, Zero tapped Showa for their rare Balance Free Front Fork (BFF) and Balance Free Rear Cushion lite (BFRC-lite) rear shock. The Showa components also serve the dual purpose of adding a contrasting visual accent against the matte black of the bike. Adding utlity and further visual character to the racer, Dymag forged aluminum wheels provide crucial weight savings, plus aesthetic appeal befitting the Pirelli Superbike Slicks fitted to them. Additional adaptations to the SR/F from Zero’s engineering team include two handlebar-mounted brake levers, which allow for better rear brake modulation while banking deeply into right hand turns – only possible through the clutch-less design of Zero’s direct drive electric motor. Custom rearsets were also designed to accommodate the bike’s unique swingarm pivot, which is concentric with the motor output shaft. Bringing together the overall concept is designer Tom Zipprian’s custom bodywork, which was 3D printed in-house specifically for Pikes Peak and reinforced with carbon fiber. Large number plates are required per race regulations, and this serves to stylishly accommodate those as well as provide useful data on testing the potential aerodynamic benefits of similar elements that generate downforce. The post Zero Motorcycles SR/F Set To Tackle Pike’s Peak appeared first on Electric Bike Action.
Smith sent us home from Sea Otter with a fairly new set of glasses, dubbed the “Ruckus”, for testing. Based around a fairly large coverage lens, they take advantage of Smith’s genius PivLock system and each pair come with an additional Rose lens, which is fairly light in tint and good at dealing with shadows. As things go from cool, foggy and loamy to hot dry and dusty here in the Santa Cruz area, we’ve had enough time to summarize our thoughts on them. Read on for the full review… Details ChromaPop lenses Hydroleophobic lens coating Extra ChromaPop Contrast Rose lens Hydrophilic megol nose pads for a secure fit Medium fit/large coverage Two-position adjustable nose pads Hydrophilic megol temple & nose pads for a secure fit Auto-lock hinges 7×4 toric lens curvature TR90 frame material PivLock removable arms Padded soft case and bag included Lifetime warranty $189 USD Perhaps the coolest feature on a set of performance glasses to date, FidLock means fast, tool free lens swaps in a matter of seconds. You simply hold your thumb down behind the hinge, then pull the arms off. Putting them back onto the lens is even easier…Slide them on until they click into place. Clockwise from left: The Ruckus come in a nice padded case with a cleaning bag and laser cut foam padding. The arms are straight and low in profile with soft, grippy material on the inside and the underside. The nose piece is adjustable between two different positions vertically, to fit a variety of faces, which is key as the lens is rather large. Lastly, despite being removable with no tools, you can still tighten their actual hinge with a standard eyewear screwdriver. This is the whole kit with the arms removed. The nose fitting pops off with a simple tug and snaps into place rather easily with an audible click. The rose colored option is included with each set of Ruckus glasses. It’s great for riding in the woods, provided there isn’t too much canopy and a lack of light. The “platinum” dark lens is ideal for bright, mid day riding out in the open. It cuts a great deal of glare. It’s worth noting that Smith also offers a photochromic (read: transition) lens option that changes depending on light, although it retails for an extra $20. On the trail Since most of the testing occurred in the Santa Cruz area, we mainly used the rose colored lenses as the woods here are in fact quite dark. In terms of tint, they were just right for the majority of our riding, outside of very early mornings and late evenings where a clear lens would be ideal. With that in mind, we’ll be reaching out to Smith to test out the photochromic transition lens out of curiosity. Optically, the lenses are both razor sharp, offering incredibly good clarity with zero distortion. Since the trails here are either quite loamy, dusty or some combination of both, the expansive coverage of the Ruckus proved to be an excellent alternative to goggles. They offered better protection than the average glasses, but weren’t as cumbersome or annoying as a set of goggles. On our testers rather average sized head there were no quirks in terms of fit – the lenses didn’t butt up against cheek bones, and the top didn’t butt up against his forehead or helmet. It’s always interesting to see how well a set of glasses (particularly their arms) play(s) with a helmet, and while there’s no doubt that the Ruckus would work quite nicely with a Smith helmet, they also worked admirably with the Bell Sixer and Troy Lee Designs A2 that they were mainly paired with. The actually arms seemed best tucked under the retention system, not below it. Their soft material and low profile nature made them an afterthought on the trail. The Ruckus managed fog fairly well – at least on par with anything else, which is impressive given how much more they cover your face, leaving less room for air flow (and less room for dirt to squeak through and spackle your eyes). Although in stock form the glasses worked well, a bit of Cat Crap is the best thing you can do to prevent fogging. As you’ll see at the link, it’s not actual cat crap, but rather a genius anti-fog that skiers have using for ages. Overall At the end of the day, the Ruckus are truly excellent glasses – it’s hard to find a single flaw in them. Like anything, you may want to try them on first to ensure they work with your facial profile. That said, if you’re looking for set of glasses that give you near goggle level protection without the hassle and complication that comes along with combining goggles and half lids, you’d be foolish to not give these a look. They are a touch on the pricey side, but the fact that they come with a second lens to help cover a broader range of light conditions helps. That it’s stunningly easy to switch out lenses is the cherry on top. www.smithoptics.com
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Ergon SM Comp Saddle The SM (saddle mountain) saddle from Ergon is designed to increase comfort, so you can ride longer. This saddle features orthopedic foam and a microfiber cover. It’s offered in two sizes: S/M (270 grams) and M/L (280 grams). Find this saddle at www.ergon-bike.com for $90. THERE ARE SO MANY WAYS TO GET ELECTRIC BIKE ACTION In print, from the Apple newsstand, or on your Android device, from Google. Available from the Apple Newsstand for reading on your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch. Subscribe Here For more subscription information contact (800) 767-0345 Got something on your mind? Let us know at hi-torque.com The post New Product: Ergon SM Comp Saddle appeared first on Electric Bike Action.