E-BIKES ARE WONDERFUL Friends at Electric Bike Action magazine, I purchased an electric bike one year ago, and with more than 800 miles on the odometer, it’s become my new passion. OHM Electric Bikes Sport 500 The new premium electric bikes are fantastic. It reminds me of my first ride on a Honda minibike as a youngster. The experience resonated with me so strongly, I was immediately hooked. About 10 years ago, I recall riding a homebuilt electric bike. The heavy battery and motor were mounted behind the seat. It certainly worked but it was an unbalanced ride. Today, the new e-bikes are an entirely wonderful experience. So, I sold my Kawasaki KDX 220 dirt bike and went searching for a new e-bike. This can be an overwhelming endeavor, but I eventually narrowed my search down to two quality products. The OHM electric bike and SURU electric scooter/bike. The SURU is going to change the world of transportation, but I selected the more traditional e-bike from OHM. SURU S19 I’m cycling to work two or three times per week, and the e-bike makes those uphills fun. The reality is this: I could always ride my normal Specialized bike to work; however, I rarely did. The hills made the ride a chore. However, the e-bike is a game-changer! Pure cyclists may struggle with the concept of electric assist. That’s fine, but they are really missing out. So, I’ll call myself a commuter rather than a cyclist. I always wear gloves and pants with light elbow and knee protection. I also purchased a trials motorcycle helmet that provides additional side and brain-stem protection compared to a traditional bicycle helmet. My total daily commute time is shorter on the e-bike because I’m immune to traffic. The city of Halifax has terrific bike lanes across the MacDonald bridge, allowing me to pass afternoon gridlock traffic. I arrive home from work with a refreshed attitude on life. That’s the benefit of a 28-minute bike ride. I also notice I interact with more people as well, either waving to fellow commuters or greeting walkers and runners on the multi-use paths. Electric bikes may be the best-kept secret, but I think that will change soon. They are simply too good. Regarding maintenance, I do suggest you support your local cycle shop. As the miles add up, depending on your background, a little professional guidance goes a long way. I’ve extended my subscription, and thanks for promoting electric bikes. Ride safe. Philip Webber Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada Philip, thanks for being a subscriber and for sharing your great story! 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 Letters: E-BIKES ARE WONDERFUL appeared first on Electric Bike Action.
Stage 6 of the Mongolia Bike Challenge today at the ancient capital of the Mongol Empire, Kharkorin. The post Watch: Highlights of The Mongolia Bike Challenge appeared first on Mountain Bike Action Magazine.
woom OFF Mountian Bikes are Here! woom OFF: woom’s Ultralight Mountain Bike for Kids Has Arrived woom Expands Leading Kid-Specific Bike Line Onto the Trails With the OFF Austin, TX August 19, 2019 – woom, the leading high-quality, lightweight kids bike brand in Europe and North America today announces their latest innovation, the woom OFF. For two years, woom’s acclaimed team in Vienna, Austria has worked to develop the ideal bike for trail adventures with the family, whether young riders are taking on rocky terrain in the mountains and forests, or jumping curbs on the city streets. In sleek, elegant matte black and silver the OFF line honors woom’s trademark kid-specific design with features like child-friendly brakes and shifters, an ultra-lightweight frame, and bigger high-quality tires with low rolling resistance making riding easier and enjoyable. Compared to other kids mountain bikes on the market, the woom OFF is exceptionally lightweight and durable. Designed for children between 6 and 14 years old, the woom OFF helps kids explore their passion for cycling on any terrain. “What starts as a natural urge to move develops over the course of childhood into a love of sport,” shared Christian Bezdeka, woom Europe CEO and Co-Founder. “For this important development phase we have designed, and are excited to offer, adventurous riders the woom OFF.” photo-woom bikes A distinguished feature of the woom OFF is the specially developed carbon fork weighing only 330 grams (11.6 oz.). Strong, carbon-fiber construction ensures maximum load capacity when steering and braking, as well as smooth riding even on the roughest descents. The lightweight aluminum frame is manufactured through a process known as hydroforming, shaping the material resulting in high precision and mechanical strength, as well as seamless construction. The woom OFF also features easily adjusted hydraulic disc brakes and a specialized chainring that reliably prevents the chain from falling off. The custom-designed stem offers a clever reversible system: it can also be mounted upside-down, allowing for easy adjustment of the handlebars. photo- woom bikes The high-quality tires on the woom OFF have been carefully selected from the leading tire manufacturer Schwalbe. Thanks to the unique ADDIX SPEED rubber compound, they offer an optimal combination of low rolling resistance and maximum grip with good cushioning and longer durability. Shifting is easy with the kid-friendly trigger lever, operated with the thumb and forefinger. Together with the SRAM X5 rear derailleur, the lever ensures precise and reliable shifting, even in mud and on rocky terrain. “The development of the OFF line embodies the woom brand’s kid-specific design and quality philosophy, while giving our community a mountain bike that will match their evolving skills,” added Mathias Ihlenfeld, woom USA CEO and Owner. “We are seeing momentum in youth mountain biking in the U.S., and the woom OFF is perfect for riding your local bike park to racing the trails at events across the country.” To allow kids to personalize their bikes, each woom OFF comes with a set of stickers in four different colors. The rims and top tube can be custom designed or simply left in the matte look. The woom OFF comes in three sizes, 20”, 24”, and 26”, priced at $669, $679, and $699 respectively. The full line will be available for pre-orders on woom bikes USA starting August 19th with bikes shipping late October. In the spring of 2020, a version of the woom OFF will be offered with an air suspension fork. photo- woom bikes woom OFF Mountain Bike Specifications - Lightweight frame made of high-quality aluminum with butted and hydroformed tubes - Superlight carbon fork with multidirectional carbon fibers for maximum torsional strength - Hydraulic disc brakes with excellent modulation and child-friendly brake levers - Stem with clever flip-flop system: flip it over to change the height of the handlebars - Special chainring stops the chain from slipping even on rough terrain - High-quality mountain bike tires from Schwalbe with special rubber compound for low rolling resistance, maximum grip, optimal shock absorption and solid durability - SRAM X5 groupset with easy-to-use SRAM trigger shifter for precise and smooth shifting even in mud and on rough terrain - Comes complete with a set of stickers in four colors to personalize the bike Available in the following sizes: woom OFF 4: wheel size 20″, weight (without pedals) 17.2 lbs., $669.00 woom OFF 5: wheel size 24″, weight (without pedals) 18.9 lbs., $679.00 woom OFF 6: wheel size 26″, weight (without pedals) 20.5 lbs., $699.00 About woom woom designs high-quality, lightweight bikes for children of all ages. Built with meticulous attention to detail, our bikes are tailor-made for a child’s anatomy and needs. Models range in size from balance bikes designed for the smallest of riders to pedal bikes for young teens. woom bikes, often half the weight of kids’ bikes found at traditional retail stores, make riding easy to learn and easy to enjoy. Our aim is to inspire as many children as possible to love riding their bike. Family owned and operated, woom was founded in Vienna, Austria, with the mission to create the ideal kids’ bike. woom USA began operating at our headquarters in Austin, Texas, in 2014 to bring the same unparalleled European design and love of riding to families across North America. In 2019 woom USA was named to the Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing companies in America ranked #256. woom ships directly to customers, and assembly is quick and simple. For more information, visit us at us.woombikes.com or call 855-966-6872. 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WHISTLER, B.C. August 17, 2019 – In what might have been one of the most emotional moments in Slopestyle mountain bike history, Emil Johansson (SWE) stepped up to the top of the podium today at the biggest contest is the discipline, Red Bull Joyride at Crankworx Whistler. “Honestly, I can’t,” he said of trying to put his feelings to words, his voice shaking as he fought back tears. “It’s been rough. If you had told me two years ago, when stuff was really rough, that this day was going to happen, I probably wouldn’t have believed you.” Two years ago, the 20-year-old got his first taste of Red Bull Joyride success, finishing off his breakout season with a second place finish. But soon after, the unexpected struck. He was diagnosed with an auto-immune disease, was unable to ride, and had no assurance he would be able to compete again. With some successful treatment and care, he was able to officially return to competition at Crankworx Innsbruck in June. He finished his day in second, proving to himself and the world he was back. If any doubt lingered, it was extinguished today. “It’s a dream come true,” said the Swede, “and it just shows that all the hard work I put in paid off.” Johansson’s winning run was his first of two for the day on a course that he described as “gnarly but fun.” Dropping in eighth amidst the pack of 14 riders, he was flawless, throwing down huge tricks like a three-whip tuck turn. Credit: Fraser Britton / Crankworx 2019 “Getting all the tricks together was really hard,” he said of his 95.75 scoring run. “I was standing on top before my second run and I was so nervous. If anyone would have beat my run I would have needed to improve my run I already did, and I don’t even know if I could get all these combos in a row again, since it was so hard to get them all together.” His score would remain unbeaten, and he was able to take his second run as a victory lap. After Johansson and his family, who tearfully greeted him before the podium, probably the next most excited person for him was the man who came in second. “To see Emil be up in first place – one of my biggest competitors, and my friend – to see him up at the top of the podium so early in his career, that’s so awesome for him,” said Brett Rheeder (CAN). “It’s good for the sport and it’s good for him and it’s good for our mutual sponsors. So I’m pretty happy.” On top of his happiness for his friend, the Canadian said he was happy with how his day rolled out. “I’m normally not stoked on coming in second but, man, I was going to do a run that was far less than what I did,” said Rheeder of his second run. He stumbled on his first and was sitting in 10th heading into the second runs. “It was five minutes before my run I changed my mind. At least 50% of the tricks I did on course I didn’t practice at all. So I was scared. I didn’t practice them and I didn’t know if they were going to work.” Wind had hampered practice, limiting the time riders had on the course before finals. “Five minutes before the run, I decided. Everyone was sending it and landing their runs and it stoked me. I was just like ‘I’m here, right now, and I’ve come all this way. The Triple Crown is there. It takes a year to get, and I’ve already been in this position. If there’s any time to just buck up and try to get a good run, it’s right now.’ And I just went for it.” Rheeder threw down a flawless second run, bringing in the loudest cheers of the day from the 30,000+ crowd that descended on Whistler to watch it all go down. He would score a 94.5, just shy of first. The Canadian, a 10-year veteran of the sport, came into the contest with the weight of the mountain bike world on his shoulders. The 26-year-old was undefeated coming in to Whistler, and was on track to take the Triple Crown of Slopestyle, a prize awarded to a rider who can win all three Slopestyle events at Crankworx in a season. And while the Triple Crown evaded him this year, Rheeder does walk away with the overall Crankworx FMBA Slopestyle World Championship title from the points he amassed over the course of the season. This is the fourth time he’s won the Crankworx overall. In third place, a rider who blasted onto the scene in Innsbruck. Dawid Godziek (POL) crossed over from the BMX worls to Slopestyle mountain biking without missing a beat. He came third at Crankworx’s Austrian stop, and pulled off the same today with a 91.75. “It feels incredible. I would never have thought I could come here and make it on the podium. It’s a crazy feeling.” FULL RESULTS: Red Bull Joyride