The results are in from the third round of the British National downhill series.( Photos: 1, Comments: 1 )
Skoda has just shown off a version of its latest Karoq Velo concept car that’s supposed to make us bike folk jump up and spend our hard earned cash on a mid-size SUV. Given that Skoda has been a long time partner of the Tour de France, we guess the timing of this release is quite deliberate. Best car racks Team Sunweb’s MINI Cooper SD Clubman team car As part of its research, Skoda conducted a survey of 1,500 British cyclists and used the results to outfit the bike-centric automobile. According to the survey about a quarter of respondents were annoyed about sweaty kit when returning to the car, so Skoda has built in a miniature spin cycle washing machine — though a drying rack or one of those spin dryers you find at a public pool or an air compressor probably would have been a better use of space. While the washing machine is a bit silly, a feature we can get behind is the built-in powerwasher. Skoda tells us that it draws from the same water supply as the washing machine and would be ideal for giving dusty or muddy bikes a rinse before you load up. Skoda also says the car has a ‘tool kit,’ which appears to be a couple of multi-tools and mini pumps. On the bright side, there’s built-in LEDs so you don’t have to get your buddy to hold their bike light for you while you try and straighten your handlebars. The car has room for three bikes — two on the roof and one inside the car — and even fully loaded there is still room to seat three adults. In the front, the centre console has been converted into a mini-fridge, perfect for keeping your bottles and snacks cool. The fully loaded Karoq and all its features Skoda There’s also a magnetic landing pad for a ‘Follow Me drone’ so you can get some epic footage of your ride, and Skoda has even built in a WiFi hotspot so your Instagram story will never expire. Skoda says the Karoq Velo is a one-off, but it will be appearing at events around Europe this summer. While the Karoq Velo has some features that would be useful to riders, and some questionable ones too, what would you put in a ‘Velo’ concept car? Let us know in the comments below.
Feedback Sports Team Edition Tool Kit Wrenches on the go Tech Features: While the repair stand has been a main part of the Feedback catalog since 2008, the tool catalog is fairly new. The Feedback Sports tools are all purpose-built and come in convenient cases to make them optimized for easy mobility and to work with their stands. The kit consists of 19 tools, with many of them having multiple purposes. For example, the small #0 Phillips-head screwdriver has a crankarm cap tool on the other end. Out of the 19 tools, there are 31 total tool functions. In the shop: The whole tool kit is well-built, and the thermoplastic polyurethane-coated nylon case is durable. There is almost every tool you would need to maintain a bicycle. Of course, there are plenty of specialty tools not included, but overall, we haven’t had a single case where we needed more unless we were doing a from-bare-frame build. A few key tools that have been getting the most use would be the combination bottom bracket wrench (fits lock rings on disc brakes)/cassette lock-ring wrench and chain pliers. We also use the three fixed three-way tools, and the steel-core tire levers with brake-pad spreader are useful. The chain breaker is not ideal, but with some determination it can get the job done. The case mates perfectly with any of their repair stands with the included support and straps that allow it to hang from the top of the stand. Field test results: The Team Edition tool kit sells for $250 and has more tools than the average cyclist would need for basic maintenance (the $110 Ride Prep kit would fit that bill), but it is one of the most convenient and slim tool kits on the market. It condenses a large selection of tools into a purpose-built package that doesn’t take up excess room while leaving room to add onto the kit. Each tool has a dedicated position keeping things organized. It fills the void for those who want to be able to perform basic repairs as well as a few more advanced ones too. Hits All the basic tools with a few that you didn’t know you would need Room to grow without adding bulk A few tools that aren’t perfect but get the job done Misses Mechanical skills not included Star Rating www.feedbacksports.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 Review: Feedback Sports Team Edition Tool Kit appeared first on Electric Bike Action.
Specialized S-Works Recon Shoes Elite XC shoes built for a race course near you Shoes are often overlooked by riders, as many would rather put their hard-earned cash into upgrading their bikes rather than purchasing a new pair of kicks. While we happily condone new bits and components for your bike, we believe upgrading your shoes is just as valuable to your overall riding experience. Specialized knows this to be true, and that’s why it went the extra mile when developing the new S-Works Recon shoe. Our test crew decided to put these premium cross-country shoes through the wringer to see if it is really possible to step into performance. Tech features: Specialized takes great pride in its Body Geometry products that use the power of science to validate design. The Recon shoes show attention to detail throughout, starting with custom, CNC-machined, alloy Boa dials that offer a quality tactile feel as soon as you tension these shoes to your feet. Specialized then added FACT carbon plates to minimize weight and maximize stiffness. A Padlock heel construction, along with non-stretch materials, was used to help keep riders’feet secure and comfortable. The shoes were then topped off with a SlipNot rubber heel and toe tread along with removable toe studs to ensure off-the-bike traction in the nastiest conditions. These high-end shoes drive a premium price of $425, but at 601 grams for the pair and a dialed finish, you get what you pay for. Field test results: We were lucky enough to test our shoes in a wide variety of conditions, from our familiar dusty trails to some muddier trails further from home base. Our test shoes were predominately used with Shimano XT pedals and offered a predictable connection throughout our testing. The independent Boa dials, along with Velcro toe straps, allowed for micro-adjustments and provided comfort right out of the box. In fact, this came as a bit of a surprise, considering many XC-oriented shoes require a proper break-in period before they begin to get comfortable. This was far from the case with the S-Work Recons. The combination of a roomy toe box and a secure hold on our heels provided long-lasting comfort throughout our rides. Trail riders might want to lean towards a burlier shoe with more protection, but those looking for a true cross-country shoe will likely find the Recons offer everything they’re looking for. At the end of the day, our testers could only poke holes in the premium price tag. That said, these shoes provide stiffness and power to each pedal and would be a worthy upgrade to your gear bag. Hits Stiff soles transfer power well Lightweight feel Custom Boa dials are rad Misses Come with a premium price Only suited to passionate XC racers Star Rating www.specialized.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 Review: Specialized S-Works Recon Shoes appeared first on Electric Bike Action.
The results are in for the first Fantasy Crankworx event. See who won and then swap out your team ahead of the Crankworx Innsbruck Slopestyle.( Photos: 5 )
Deity Tmac Pedals Deity components can be seen on the bikes of top pros across the globe, from the UK’s Brendan Fairclough to Reno, Nevada’s Cam Zink. Whether you’re watching a World Cup race or witnessing the craziness of Rampage, you’re likely to see some of Deity’s components. The company offers a range of handlebars, stems, grips, pedals and saddles, all designed to add color and performance to your ride. This month we decided to review Tyler McCaul’s signature pedals from Deity. Although these aren’t the newest pedals on the market, we’ve been abusing them for a few months and decided they were worth a writeup. Here’s everything you need to know about Deity’s TMac pedals. Tech features: Over two years of development went into these pedals long before they ever hit the market. What sets them apart from other designs is their symmetrical profile, along with a deep concave shape for added support and control. The pedals are machined from 6061 T6 aluminum and feature a footprint of 110mm × 105mm. Deity added 14 pins per side that come pre-applied with Loctite. Extra pins are included should one fall out. The pedals are constructed with CrMo spindles and have sealed bearings, as well as DU bushings. The TMac pedals are available in seven anodized colors and weigh 409 grams. A pair will cost you $169. Field test results: Our wrecking crew tested these pedals on a collection of bikes over the last few months, all with great results. The symmetrical shape offered a balanced feel, and the abundance of pins provided excellent traction. These aren’t the thinnest or lightest pedals on the market, nor are they the most affordable. They are, however, machined with an attractive finish, offer traction that’s second to none, and come in a wide variety of colors to match any ride. The pedals proved to be durable throughout our testing and continued to spin freely after a few abusive wash cycles. Additionally, the concave shape provided confidence that our feet wouldn’t slip off when pushing hard. All in all, Deity’s TMac pedals are a solid option for flat-pedal riders. www.deitycomponents.com Hits Great shape Many pins provide excellent traction Multiple color options Misses Not the lightest or thinnest on the market Pricier than other options Star Rating 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 Review: Deity Tmac Pedals appeared first on Electric Bike Action.
Way back in February, Jack and Joe were set a six-week training plan by XC-shredder, superstar coach and all-around nice guy Tom Bell, with a goal of improving their VO2 max and overall fitness. For Jack, what followed was a crash course in structured training, riding with power and true on-bike suffering, and for Joe… well, this is pretty much exactly what he gets up to throughout the year anyway. Jack & Joe’s testing hell — how fast can we REALLY get? How to train with power — Jack and Joe start their training plan Can Jack finally drop Joe? — BikeRadar Diaries episode 11 As full-time excuse makers, neither of the boys managed to stick fully to the training plan, but how much of an improvement did they make in their short time? Or have they gone backwards and ended up slower than before? If you want to find out, or, if you just want to watch two pale skinny men gurn on an exercise bike for 15 minutes, episode 13 of BikeRadar Diaries is the one for you. If you have any questions for the pair or have suggestions for future challenges, be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments here or on the BikeRadar YouTube channel.
The results are in for the first Fantasy Crankworx event. See who won and then swap out your team ahead of the Rockshox Innsbruck Pump Track Challenge.( Photos: 5, Comments: 1 )