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Electric bikes and racing stole the show at the 2019 Sea Otter Classic. From Class 1 (pedal-assist) to Class 2 (throttle) and Class 3 (28 m.p.h. approx. top speed) — take a look at all the e-bike products on display, on and off the Laguna Seca racetrack. Innovator: The newest Specialized Turbo Levo was on display, looking sleek and ready for the dirt. Ultra-modern: The CAKE street-legal electric motorcycle from Sweden. Townie bikes: The BMC Alpenchallenge AMP Cross bike is just one of the Swiss brand’s electric offerings. Off-road: Another beautiful electric offering, the 150mm rear travel BMC Trailfox AMP SX. German brand BULLS had their complete line on display. Ghost Bikes were offering test rides on their e-bikes. The Gazelle Arroyo C8 HMB Elite is one of the many e-Bikes powered by the tried-and-true Bosch power plant. From city to off-road, Haro Bikes had all their electric bikes on showcase. Mini e-Bike: Specialized’s Robert Egger created this Hodaka-inspired electric mini bike called the Road Toad. The Decoy by YT Industries received the lion’s, errr, duck’s share of attention in the enduro electric bike category. The Trek Domane+ is just one of a complete range of electric bikes from the Wisconsin-based company. The Devinci AC XT is the Canadian brand’s flagship off-road electric model with 170mm of rear suspension travel. Road: Donnelly Cycling offers one of the most discretely-packaged e-Bikes on the market. Wildsyde were displaying their line of beach cruiser e-Bikes. Saturday’s e-Bike race get ready to go with the pros staged in front of the amateurs, all racing at the same time on the same course around the tarmac and trails Laguna Seca venue. France’s Caroline Mani was the sole pro woman entered in the electric category. But Caroline wasn’t immune to a first straightaway crash that collected several riders… Caroline was able to quickly re-mount and begin picking through the men’s e-Bike field on her way to victory. Hang loose: E-Bikers have more fun, thanks to electric pedal-assist. Some riders had their hands full with “Turbo” mode: Men’s 15-18 competitor Shan Agan hangs on for the ride. Lovers and hecklers: The sidelines of the electric bike category were filled with both. Overall, the e-Bike category was all about fun. Pro electric bike racer Edwin Bull’s Hawaiian shirt and gravel e-Bike helped keep things electrically eclectic. The Pigman, Jeff McGrath in denim and leather, helped make the e-Bike race the most enjoyable to watch at Sea Otter 2019. Charlie Mullins grabbed the lead early in the electric bike race and took the pro men’s win. The utility power of electric bikes was most noticeable at Sea Otter. The Benno Boost E is outfitted to be one of the most utility-driven electric bikes in its category. The Tern GSD line is a small, yet resourceful, electric bike option. Need to cart kids around town? Yuba Bikes have several pedal-assist electric models. Xtracycle has a long reputation in the utility bicycle game and are now offering electric models. Yamaha is officially back in the bicycle game with a full line of power-assist bicycles that includes the YDX Torc mountain bike. The post All Things Electric at Sea Otter 2019 appeared first on Electric Bike Action.
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Nothing will derail your ride more than rear-derailleur problems. Shifting troubles can be extremely frustrating, mostly because the main source of the problem is often overlooked. When new cables and housing don’t fix your shifting woes, it’s time to check and see if your derailleur hanger is properly aligned. In order for your drivetrain to shift buttery smooth, your hanger must be aligned straight and true. But, how do you do that? Well, let’s dive into this month’s “Garage Files.” Before you begin tweaking your derailleur hanger back into position, first make sure that the hanger is actually the source of your shifting problems. Start by checking that your rear derailleur is set up properly, paying close attention to your B-tension screw and ensuring that your cables have proper tension. With modern 1x drivetrains, the upper pulleys on derailleurs don’t have as much axial play, allowing for quicker shifting but requiring more fine-tuning. If those adjustments don’t fix your problem, it’s more than likely you have a bent derailleur hanger. For this repair you will need a Derailleur Hanger Alignment Gauge such as the DAG-2.2 from Park Tool. Any good local bike shop should have a tool similar to this, but if you like to do your own repairs, this tool will cost you $75. That said, it might make sense to share this tool among your riding buddies. Whether the damage happened during a crash or a shuttle ride, this is the tool that can fix the problem. The first step when straightening a hanger is to remove the derailleur from the hanger. It can be helpful to take photos with your cellphone to ensure the rear-derailleur is reattached in the correct position. The hanger is designed to be pliable enough to bend during a crash, preventing damage to more expensive parts. It is imperative that the thru-axle is as tight as it is when riding. Never assume that a brand-new bike or brand-new derailleur hanger is perfectly aligned by default. Sometimes the alignment will have been overlooked during the bike’s assembly or damaged during shipment. Screw the tool’s threaded tip into the rear derailleur hanger’s mounting hole. If you have some grease handy, put a little on the threads. Be sure to not over-tighten the tool, as this will damage the threads. Any plane requires at least three points of reference to be verified. The alignment tool can be adjusted to check three points from its position. This is why the bracket support slides vertically, as well as in and out, to accommodate different wheel sizes and hub spacings. Position the tool (as shown in the photo) and slide the indicator until it is about 1mm from the outside edge of the rim. Rotate the tool 180 degrees and make sure that the indicator is the same distance from the rim as it was before. If your wheel is not perfectly true, you should check the same point of the rim in order to avoid any misreading. To make it easier, you can refer to the valve stem. If the difference between these two readings is less than 3–4mm, you may want to leave your hanger untouched and move on to the next step. Realigning your derailleur hanger is a delicate operation. Be careful when pulling or pushing on the tool and make sure to use as little force as possible. The goal is to just to get it back to its original form without stressing the material. This will minimize any weakening of the hanger. If you are worried that the hanger’s integrity has been compromised, it’s best to purchase a new one. Check that the tip of the indicator is approximately the same distance from the rim as you work your way around the wheel. Check at least three positions. Push or pull on the tool until the alignment is as close as possible for all three points of reference. The more practice you have with this task, the easier it will become. Reinstall your rear derailleur, paying attention to its bracket stop and how it mounts on the hanger. Refer to your cellphone photos from Step 3 if needed. Next, make sure to not over-torque the rear derailleur, as this could misalign the hanger again. Keep in mind that the your derailleur’s high- and low-limit screws will likely need to be readjusted as well as the cable tension. 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 How To Align Your Derailleur Hanger appeared first on Electric Bike Action.
Despite a major crash, Robin Wallner manages to ride to 11th place, while Bex Baraona keeps up the momentum from round 1.( Photos: 7 )
POC has shown off its spring range A new addition is the OMNE road lid The Resistance women range received design and Innovation awards for its clever use of fabrics and integrated pockets POC says the VPD Torso system uses body heat to mould to your shape The brand has also added the Clarity lens to its range of performance sunnies Since Swedish brand POC entered the cycling space it’s created a range of some of the techiest road and mountain bike gear on the market. And continuing with this trend, the brand has bagged two more designed and innovation awards. POC Ventral Spin aero helmet review POC launches new Ventral Air helmet OMNE Air Spin helmet A new addition is the OMNE road lid Courtesy It wasn’t all that long ago that POC launched its top of the range Ventral Air helmet, and now the brand has debuted a new mid-range road lid the, OMNE Air Spin. Looking eerily similar to the Oakley ARO3 road lid, POC says the OMNE features an ‘optimal liner density’ where certain zones on the helmet have been beefed up to keep your brain happy and healthy in case of an impact. Unreleased POC helmet at Tour Down Under In a similar vein, the OMNE Air will come with POC’s Spin pads. Short for ‘Shearing Pad INside,’ the SPIN pads are the company’s version of a rotational force dissipation technology, using a silicone gel membrane inside the padding rather than an insert. While POC says the helmet gets an “aero influenced” design, it doesn’t make any drag based claims. The new lid gets POC’s 360-degree size adjustment retention system and strap splitters for no-fuss comfort. At the moment, we don’t know how much it weighs, but it’s available online now and is retailing for £140 / $175 / AU$TBC. VPD Torso system POC says the VPD Torso system uses body heat to mould to your shape Courtesy When it comes to body armor, its usually accompanied by a hot sweaty (read: stinky) mess. POC is no stranger to this arena, and with the new VPD Torso system is aiming to make an airy, lightweight solution that limits the sacrifice of comfort for protection. According to POC, this chest and back protector is not only vented, but moulds to the rider using their own body heat to soften the material, so it conforms to their shape, but in the event of an impact the material hardens similar to a non-newtonian fluid. Again we don’t have a claimed weight for the VPD Torso system, but it’s retailing for £85.00 / $100.00 / AU TBC for just the chest plate and £210.00 / $240.00 / AU TBC for the chest and back protection. Resistance Collection The Resistance Women’s range recieved Design and Innovation awards for its clever use of fabrics and integrated pockets Courtesy The new Resistance Collection is the latest addition to POC mountain bike clothing range and has bagged a design and innovation award for its clever use of fabrics and integrated pockets. The back and underarms of the top are made using mesh in an effort to dump as much heat as possible, while the sleeves are made with Cordura to fend off abrasion for increased crash protection and durability. At the back, there are pockets with an internal gaiter and elastic lining so you can carry food and tools without the need for a backpack or hip pack. There’s also a zippered side pocket for small items such as credit cards. The jersey is cut to be most comfortable in the bent over riding position, and there is room to accommodate a back protector and elbow pads. Available in both ¾ and long sleeve variations, the Resistance jerseys come in both men’s and women’s cuts and start at £140 / $160 / AU$TBC. Also new are the Resistance shorts, and in the same vein as the jersey are designed around pads and feature reinforced areas that commonly see abrasions, namely the side of the hip, thigh and knee. However, instead of Cordura, the shorts are reinforced with tear-resistant Vectran. The knees are pre-bent, and the fabric gets a DWR finish. There are two side pockets and a zippered pocket on the rear, plus Velcro waist adjustment. Available now, the shorts go for £140 / $160 for both the men’s and women’s version. Clarity sunglasses The brand has also added the Clarity lens to its range of performance sunnies Courtesy POC has given its popular Crave, Aspire, DO Blade and DO Half Blade sunnies the Clarity treatment. Clarity is the Swedish brand’s tuned lens, designed to increase contrast and limit eye fatigue to help you spot road or trail hazards faster — think Oakley’s Prizm or Smith’s ChromaPop. Depending on your frame, POC’s performance sunnies complete with a Clarity lens start at £215 / $230 / AU$TBC.
4th place for the first round of the @ildhmtbclub DH Series, Made a few too many mistakes in my race run and was a bit cautious after yesterday’s crash (thanks @photo.jbp for pulling me out of the bushes!)🤦🏻♂️ Keen to build on the result and move forward 👍🏼 📷 - @photo.jbp #downhill #mtb #dh #racing #season #bikeyvc #adventurebeginshere #mountainbiking #adventure #sagreat
instagram:@anttonmiettinen If you want to unlock the full potential of your riding skills, you must first unlock yourself from your saddle. Yup, you read that right. Getting out of the saddle is the key to riding faster, safer and more confidently. It may sound simple to just hop up out of the saddle and shred, but a lot more is involved. In this month’s “The Trail Starts Here,” we teach you fundamental body positions that will improve your out-of-the-saddle riding. But, don’t feel the need to stand up just yet. Instead, kick back, relax and enjoy our latest installment of “The Trail Starts Here.” STANDING VS. SITTING Sitting on your bike puts you in a great position for creating power and relieves pressure on your legs; however, a seated position can limit your control over your bike. When you want to “attack” the trails, you need to be standing in an aggressive yet neutral position. Your belly button should be aligned directly above your bottom bracket and your chin should be over the stem. Keep your core tight, your back level to the ground and your legs and elbows bent at an equal angle. It’s also crucial that you keep your elbows high and pointed upwards, but not in an exaggerated position. Replicating the look of a motocross racer won’t offer you the best control over your bicycle. Keep your shoulders down and make sure to hinge at your hips in order to enhance bike control. The stance we’re describing here is referred to as the “attack position.” The attack position can be used any time a rider is out of the saddle. In fact, it should become a natural stance that you return to every time you are out of the saddle. When you are seated on your bike, your hips are locked to the saddle, making it a lot harder to let the bike move underneath you. A fast rider will often hold a balanced, front-to-back and side-to-side position over his bike while allowing the bike to move freely under him. We’ll talk more about this soon. RAILING TURNS Many riders imagine a street bike racer dragging his knee through the corners and think they need to lean as hard as they can off the side of the bike to make those fast and tight turns. Well, leaning off the side of your bike will likely cause you to lose traction and control, resulting in a crash. Riders who really know how to rail turns will hold a neutral body position and let the bike lean underneath them. It’s okay to allow your knees to bow out just a bit if it allows you to more comfortably lean the bike through turns. Remember to always stand during turns in order to unlock your body from the bike, maintaining a natural stance while your bike does the work for you. Another go-fast tip to work on is keeping your center of gravity low. Remember the attack position. This lowered stance over the bike will allow you to carry more speed through turns than a rider with a taller stance. Think about football players for a second. Just before two athletes collide, they both try to get as low as possible to improve their center of gravity. You can do the same on your bike. Another important thing to remember is to drive your weight through the bike. Focus on your belly button as your center of balance and drive weight through to your bottom bracket. It may also be helpful to remind yourself to drive weight through your pedals. Your hands, however, should have the light touch of an Italian sports car driver. FLYING DOWN THE TRAILS Every time the trails point down, you have to stand up. Descending in a seated position is not only dangerous, it greatly limits your ability to toss around the bike. Our test riders never let the saddle touch them during a descent. This allows them to rock their hips back and forth, placing weight over the front or rear end as needed. Standing for your entire descent will require more fitness but will pay off with the ability to stay fluid, resulting in more comfort and speed. Get out and ride Now that you’ve learned the benefits of standing, it’s time to get out on the trails and shred. And, to make it even easier, we even took notes. Here are a few things you can work on during your next trail ride. • Force yourself to stand as much as possible. • Find a neutral body position over your bike and return to it every time you stand up. • Remind yourself of the fundamentals of the attack position: Head and eyes up, back flat, hips hinged, knees and elbows bent, and body weight forced through the bike to the ground. • Stay fluid on your bike and allow it to maneuver underneath you. •Don’t put too much pressure on yourself. It’s just riding bikes, and it should always be fun! 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