How To Reduce Disc Brake Noise Giant Factory Off-Road Team member Jacob Dickson has a handy tip for eliminating rattling noises from your Shimano disc brakes. Cut a 1.25-inch strip of self-adhesive velcro Place velcro between the top of the disc brake caliper and the Shimano Ice Technologies radiator fins Enjoy a quieter ride with no vibration or rattling sounds Get to know Jacob Dickson in the video below: 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 Best Bike Hacks: Reduce Disc Brake Noise appeared first on Electric Bike Action.
THE MASTER HAS SPOKEN While there is no shortage of road bikes pounding the pavement today, each with a rich history of design and performance, none match the legacy of those found with the venerable asso di fiore, or ace of clubs, logo found on the head tube. This is the celebrated marque of none other than Ernesto Colnago, who has been a fixture in the sport for over 70 years. Yes, over 70 years. And throughout those years he has built race bikes for some of the greatest champions the sport has ever known. Luckily, for all devoted roadies, Mr. Colnago still carries on today from his headquarters in the town of Cambiago located in the outskirts of Milan. One valuable attribute of the Ebikemotion system for tradition-minded roadies is that it retains the profile of a non-assist bike. The E64 is nearly identical in appearance to the C64 race bike used by pro riders. BORN FROM RACING From his earliest days as a team mechanic to a bike designer, Ernesto Colnago has always been a partisan for racing, and the celebrated family tree of his Italian-made C-model bikes continues to be used by top pro riders today. Maintaining the lineage of elite race bikes, last year Colnago unveiled the latest model of a pro-level bike with the C64. The carbon frame was an updated version of his C60 that retained the carbon-lugged construction that Colnago has always relied on but was both lighter and stiffer. This year you can find a fleet of C64s found underneath Italian superstar Vincenzo Nibali and his UAE Team Emirates squad. Undoubtedly, it’s one of the most famous signatures in cycling. The E64’s monocoque frame is not made in Italy, but owing to its slightly deceptive paint job, it does closely resemble the lugged frame construction of the C64. In addition to some larger frame shapes, the big difference between the two 64s is, of course, the motor. The on/off button doubles as the power-mode selector and is easily operated. This is where Colnago veered from their proud Italian roots, and spec’d the increasingly popular 250-watt Ebikemotion from Spain that uses a rear hub motor with a battery residing in the downtube. The system was first popularized by Bianchi and Orbea last year and provides an easy-to-use, three-phase power-mode system accessed via a push button located on the top tube. The rear hub houses the 250-watt motor and can always be replaced with a standard wheel. One notable attribute of the Ebikemotion package is that by swapping out the rear wheel to a standard wheel, you can easily shed close to 10 pounds of weight to produce an impressive non-assist bike. The rear hub houses the 250-watt motor and can always be replaced with a standard wheel. Though still short on some final details, there will be two versions: one spec’d fittingly with a Shimano Ultegra Di2 electronic drivetrain, and the other with a mechanical Ultegra drivetrain. Both will roll on Mavic Aksium Elite wheels mounted with 28mm Continental tires. The E64 will be available in two colorways and in six sizes, with a rider-friendly sloping top tube design. The retail price for the E64 is slated to be $6700. www.colnago.com 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 THE MASTER HAS SPOKEN appeared first on Electric Bike Action.
PROPEL BIKES A couple of years ago we dropped into Propel Bikes in Brooklyn, New York. It was an amazing shop in an up-and-coming neighborhood in New York City. Interestingly (and ironically), while it was legal to buy an e-bike from the shop, it was technically illegal to ride an e-bike in the city. Ridiculous for sure, but that’s the way the law is currently written in the state. Luckily, that’s finally changing. NYC has over 500 miles of bike lanes and greenways, and there’s now a mandate to expand the 85 miles of protected bike lanes in the city by 100 miles every year. After visiting the Big Apple last year, we can attest to how much faster it is to get around the congested streets with an e-bike. In a week that we were there, we covered more ground in half a day on an e-bike than we did in the rest of the week we were there using trains, cabs, ride-share and walking. In a very efficient, small space, Propel shows off a huge variety of bikes. HOW IT STARTED Chris Nolte grew up in Long Island, New York, and like any right-minded kid, he was always into riding bikes. When he was just 13 years old he got his first taste of the working world when he began tagging along with his dad, who was a manufacturer’s rep in the sporting goods industry. Being his dad’s sidekick would only last so long, and by the time he turned 18, Chris decided to join the military. He would go on to serve in Iraq and Kuwait where he drove big fuel trucks. His back was injured in an accident, seriously diminishing his mobility. “It looks very modern, with hanging LEDs highlighting the bikes and a very clean space.” Following his time in uniform, Chris returned home in 2003 where he found a job selling luggage in a local store. Lucky for Chris, the store also had a burgeoning e-commerce site, and that was where he first began to see a future in e-commerce. It was that experience that led him back to school to study computer science. While still in school, he started a web design business, which took off in more ways than he could’ve ever imagined. Like any well-stocked store that caters to the needs of commuters, there is an abundance of accessories, including Abus locks, Hexlock, Yepp seating and a multitude of helmets to choose from. It was during his many hours spent online that Chris discovered electric bikes and became an instant fan of them. Before long, he ended up building his own e-bike, which not only satisfied his enthusiasm for the new category of bikes, but more important, got him back on a bike for the first time in years. It didn’t take long before those early e-bike rides set him on a new course in life; he opened an e-bike store. Located on the second floor of an industrial building in Brooklyn, the “showroom,” as he called it, was open on an appointment-only basis. It was using his background with e-commerce where the store’s success really began to build. MILLION-DOLLAR IDEA In his first year doing business, the shop enjoyed $50,000 in sales. A year later Chris moved to a larger space and the sales tripled to $150,000. By 2013 he was doing $350,000 a year in sales and moved to a small warehouse. But that wasn’t his dream. The dream was to have a real bike shop in the city. That dream began to take root while riding down the bike path on Flushing Avenue in Brooklyn. This was where he passed by the old Brooklyn Navy Yard, which was being transformed into office buildings and, lo and behold, out in front was a “for lease” sign on a building that looked just right. Chris’ dream of having a bike shop in the city was thus fulfilled. Their way of displaying bikes maximizes floor space and shows off the bikes extremely well. Since then, it’s been a booming business, thriving because of his customer-focused business model. He carries mostly Bosch-powered bikes, finding that system very easy to work on and being very reliable. He limits the brands he carries, but often has the full line to offer customers the greatest variety possible. He does worry about longevity and parts, and how that affects his customers. Some will replace their $15,000 car with a $7000 e-bike, and they’ll want it to last 10 years. During that time, will they be able to buy a new battery? With rapidly changing technology, some companies stop supporting their products after a few years. In California, there’s a law that says they must support it for seven years after it has been discontinued. THE BIG MOVE Last year Nolte decided to expand his business westward by moving his family to Long Beach, California. They moved into the new space in August of 2018, and he and his family have done all of the construction. It looks very modern, with hanging LEDs highlighting the bikes and a very clean space. The store just recently opened the store, and to maximize the floor space for the ever-expanding line of bikes sold, he made stair-stepped plinths to better show them off instead of just leaving them all on the floor. The store is the first-ever Riese & Müller experience store, carrying their full line, including their big cargo bikes. They also carry cargo bikes by Tern and Butchers & Bicycles (Propel is the exclusive seller of the latter). They have only one e-MTB in the store, because Chris prefers to stick to the more city-oriented bikes. Other bikes they carry are Mustache, Gazelle and Haibike. As of now the shop has yet to set up any demo rides from this store, and the idea of offering rental bikes is still up in the air. There’s a storage area in the back for parts, and a larger space for a workshop, complete with a hydraulic lift for the heavy bikes. This hydraulic lift lets any mechanic lift and work on any weight of e-bike. CUSTOMER SERVICE While plenty of customers travel to the store and pick up the bike directly, just as they do with the East Coast shop, the West Coast store often delivers bikes to customers. Chris still laughs when he tells of an early customer who arrived by boat to pick up their bike after sailing down from Santa Barbara. When the bikes have to be shipped out, the shop uses custom boxes that require only that the pedals be removed and handlebars turned sideways to fit. Not only does this make the packing job quicker, but it’s also easier for the customer to assemble the bike and get out riding. The West Coast shop is located at 100 West Broadway, Long Beach, CA 90802. Their number is (718) 643-4542, and their website is www.propelbikes.com 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. 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The Orbea team tackle the two North American enduro rounds.( Photos: 6 )
High-speed berms, huge gaps and even an alpine backflip as Alex Volokhov checks Retallack off his bucket list.( Photos: 8 )
New E-Ticket Bike by Foes Racing Photo: Pat Carrigan From the day Disneyland first opened their doors in 1955, millions of attendees gained entry first with an admission fee before purchasing a separate book of tickets that actually got them on the rides. These tickets were distinguished in alphabetical order—the A-tickets were for the slowest, dullest rides; B-tickets brought some added excitement; and both the C- and D-tickets upped the level of wonder and fun. It was only four years after they first opened when enough new rides had been completed that the E ticket was added to the booklet. Ah, yes, for those old enough to remember, the E-ticket was the gold standard for all that was the most thrilling and memorable. Over time, the word “E-ticket” became synonymous with an experience unlike any other. Enter the Foes E-Ticket. REMEMBER THE MATTERHORN? There’s a reason that Brent Foes is in the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame, and it has nothing to do with his talent on a bike. It does, however, have a lot to do with his talent to make a bike. For over three decades Brent Foes has proven himself a master craftsman with a remarkable sense of foresight for mechanical necessity, which helped usher mountain biking into a new realm of long-travel suspension. That was when back in 1991 he designed and built his first bicycle with 6 inches of travel—an unheard-of amount of suspension at the time. Foes has continued to cultivate an unparalleled artisanship in his chosen medium—6061 T6 aircraft-grade aluminum—ever since. Foes Racing bicycles are known for their resiliency and ability to be ridden aggressively. A hallmark of the brand is to produce each model—from trail and enduro bikes to fat bikes and World Cup-winning downhill racers—in low quantities with high quality. With this one-of-a-kind Foes, the company is considering a short run of limited-edition power-assist bikes. We got our hands on Brent’s first attempt at making an e-bike to see what could be possible from Foes in the pedal-assist category. THE BIKE The same visually perfect welds that he became famous for stitch together this unique machine. “This bike is a mix between our Mixer Enduro bike and the Mixer Hydro downhill bike. It really is its own creature,” says Foes sales manager Bobby Acuna. The term “mix” has been part of Foes’ design parlance since 2014 when they began adapting the mixed wheel-size combo that matches a 29-inch front wheel with a 27.5-inch rear wheel. Two test mules were created before arriving at this final geometry iteration that will come in two sizes: medium and large. Unique from Foes’ other frames, the bike has a hydro-formed top tube and down tube that adds to its robustly awesome, industrial look as it wraps into the externally mounted battery. Another show of bulletproof engineering is this motor guard. THE MOTOR With its American headquarters located just a lunch drive away, choosing Shimano as the engine and drive component supplier for their first electric chassis was an easy decision. Foes selected the 250-watt STEPS E8000 motor, owing to its reliable reputation to its celebrated response for out-of-the-saddle pedaling. THE PARTS Paying a retail price of $10,000 will get you a complete bike with your choice of fork, shock and custom color. You could also go the made-to-order route and get a frame only for $6700 that would come with all the drive parts, including a motor, battery, shock and rear axle. Our test bike came complete with a suite of Fox hydraulics—36 fork with Fit GRIP2 damper, Float X2 rear shock and Transfer dropper post—rolling on Stan’s Arch MK3 enduro wheels with Schwalbe tires (29×2.5 inches up front and 27.5×2.4 inches in the rear). The cockpit on this bike is wide and clean. The STEPS display looks even tinier here. Controls in the cockpit were mounted to a 50mm Answer ATAC AME stem and 800mm-wide by 20mm rise Thomson Downhill handlebar with 9 degrees of backsweep and 5 degrees of upsweep, which would be able to leverage the bike in the desired direction once motoring on the trail. WHO IT’S MADE FOR If you’re the type of consumer who likes to pick a familiar, ordinary product from the eye-level shelf, keep shopping. The Foes e-bike is for the aficionado who can truly appreciate its rarity and brand legacy. This top-shelf item may be out of reach for most, but if exclusivity is an attraction, consider the e-bike your perfect north. THE RIDE The demeanor of the Foes is true to its bloodline—born and bred to rip and shred. The 2.4:1 suspension ratio provides a supple feel at the beginning of its travel and allows small trail chatter to be easily absorbed. The bike stays planted well through the middle of the shock stroke, while its slight rising rate in the suspension curve encourages aggression from the rider of this 160mm-travel bike. If you back down from a gap, drop or line, it certainly won’t be at the bike’s dissuasion. We found ourselves riding harder and charging deeper into turns and jumps, producing only smiles from each confidence-inspired test rider. One thing you can always expect from Foes is incredible welds and build quality. The Shimano motor’s power delivery encouraged riding the Foes with a similar mindset as you would ride a traditional bicycle; it complemented heavy torque inputs better than some other engines on the market that are able to assist power, but only seem to be most effective at a specific pedaling cadence. And the larger range of gears on the 11-46T rear cluster could easily be utilized thanks to the Shimano XT shifter’s capability to change two gears at a time when moving down the cassette, which encouraged quick and accurate acceleration, thanks to the electric assistance from the Shimano unit. The front end is forgiving, both in the slack head angle and the long-travel Fox 36 Performance fork. The bike’s handling left us feeling extremely well-centered over the wheels. Foes absolutely nailed the weight distribution and balance of the motor and battery placement on the chassis. Railing turns without worry of the front wheel washing out made us fall in love with the control of this bike—all carve with no push in the turns. It jumped well, and while its hefty weight of 50.635 pounds was certainly noticed when loading and unloading the bike, it seemed to become an unnoticed characteristic in the dirt. THE VERDICT Want to break out of the plastic mold of owning a run-of-the-mill carbon bike, literally? The Foes delivers one heck of a good time in an unparalleled package of metal artisanship that will most likely outlive the 1000 recharge cycles of an ordinary lithium-ion battery and produce long-term fun that’s worth the investment. SPECS Foes Racing E-Bike Price: $10,000 Motor: Shimano STEPS E8000 250W Battery: Shimano 504 Wh Charge time: 5 hours Top speed: 20 mph (with assist) Range: 31–62 miles Drive: Shimano XT, 11-speed, 11-46T Brakes: Shimano XT Controls: Shimano XT Fork: Fox 36 FiT GRIP, 160mm Frame: 6061 T6 aluminum Shock: Fox Float x2 Tires: Schwalbe 29×2.4” Eddy Current (f)/27.5×2.5” Nobby Nick (r) Weight: 50.625 lb. Color choice: 11 options Sizes: M, L www.foesracing.com THERE ARE SO MANY WAYS TO GET ELECTRIC BIKE ACTION In print, from the Apple newsstand, or on your Android device, from Google. 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Some of the most stylish riders on the planet ride a Whistler classic.( Photos: 8 )
Shimano GR9 vs. GR5 Flat Pedal Shoes GR9 When it comes to riding flat pedals, the shoes you wear are just as important as the pedals underneath them. Shimano offers three different levels of flat-pedal shoes: the GR5, GR7 and GR9. The GR9 is their top-of-the-line model with all the bells and whistles, while the GR5 is the entry-level shoe with a more competitive price. Our wrecking crew decided to shoot out Shimano’s shoes this month to see if it’s worth spending the extra dough on the high-end shoe or if it’s possible to save your hard-earned cash for post-ride burritos. TECH FEATURES Before we get carried away with tech jargon, let’s talk price, because, after all, that’s likely the biggest factor in your buying decision. Shimano’s GR9 shoes sell for $150, while the GR5 shoes retail for $100. So, what does that extra 50 bucks get you? Well, the GR9s’ most notable features are their Michelin rubber soles, “speed-lacing” system and armored lace shield. Meanwhile, the GR5 shoes offer sticky-rubber soles and traditional-style laces. The GR9s offer additional protection, thanks to a molded toe cap and raised ankle guard on the inner side of the shoe. Even with the added protection, Shimano managed to keep weight at a minimum. In fact, the GR9s weigh less than the GR5s. The GR5s, on the other hand, offer a more classic skate-shoe look that might make them a more attractive option for some riders. Weighing in at 410 grams for a size 44, the GR5s are about 30 grams heavier than the GR9s. Both shoes are claimed to have the same stiffness rating and are constructed from synthetic leathers. Looking at the tech side of things, the GR9 shoes have a clear advantage. GR5 Field test results We headed for the hills with our new kicks to determine the winner of this shootout. We stomped on quite a few different pedals to ensure a fair test, and after a solid day of riding, hiking, driving and heading to the taco shop, the results were in. First things first; let’s talk traction. For the GR9s, Shimano teamed up with Michelin—yes, the same company that makes tires for your car—in order to provide the best traction possible with your pedals. The GR5s, on the other hand, use a secret blend of sticky rubber. On the trails, the Michelin soles reigned supreme over the rubber compound used on the GR5 shoes. The weight difference between the two shoes was marginal but noticeable, further giving the lead to the GR9s. Both shoes felt stiff, but protection was far superior on the GR9s. Some of our testers preferred the GR5’s traditional laces, as they made it easier to fine-tune the fit of the shoe, but the “speed-lacing” system is a bit, well, “speedier.” The GR5s had a more fashionable look at our local watering hole, but at the end of the day, these are biking shoes, so we decided that the GR9s are well worth the additional $50, even if that means giving up a few post-ride burritos. GR5 HITS • Classic look • Easy-to-dial-in fit GR5 MISSES • Offers less grip with pedals Star Rating Four out of five stars GR9 HITS • Great traction • Speed-lacing system GR9 MISSES • $50 more than the GR5s Star Rating Four and a half out of five stars bike.shimano.com 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 Product Comparison: Shimano GR9 vs. GR5 Flat Pedal Shoes appeared first on Electric Bike Action.