Brakes have to be one of the most important parts of a bike. A pair of well set up and suitable brakes for the sort of riding you’re doing can, believe it or not, help you ride faster. How to bed in new disc brake pads in 8 easy steps 5 quick ways to get your mountain bike ready for mud If you’ve got confidence in your stoppers you’ll be able to brake later safe in the knowledge they’ll slow you down. This means you maintain more speed for longer. There are plenty of things you can do to get your brakes working optimally and there are other things you should consider when you’re buying brakes in the first place. Which model of SRAM brake do I need? You need to decide which brakes are best suited to the sort of riding you’re doing, whether that’s cross-country, enduro, downhill or otherwise. SRAM Level brakes The Level brakes are light and have only two pistons. Alex Evans SRAM’s Level brakes are its XC offering and hope to strike that perfect ratio of power and weight. SRAM G2 brakes SRAM’s new G2 brake is an evolution on its well-established and much liked Guide brake but boasts a claimed 7 per cent increase in power over its predecessor. Steve Behr/Immediate Media If you’re a trail or light enduro rider, the G2 brakes should be on your radar. With four pistons they claim to offer up much more power than the Level, but SRAM has been very careful with the materials it uses to help keep weight down without sacrificing performance. SRAM Code brakes SRAM’s Code brakes have exceptional power. Alex Evans For the most gravity focused riders out there, Codes are the most powerful brakes SRAM offers. Using tech specially focused on increasing stopping power, if you’re a full-on enduro racer or a DH demon, the Codes should be up to the job. Codes are also the most appropriate for e-bikes given their extra weight. Which disc brake rotor size is right for me? This is a 160mm disc rotor. Immediate Media Once you’ve decided which model of brake you want, you’ll need to decide on disc rotor size. Generally speaking, the bigger the rotor the more powerful your brakes are going to feel. The rotor size you can use depends on a few factors, some dictated by your frame or fork’s specifications. Generally, disc rotors start at 160mm and increase in size in 20mm increments up to 200mm – but SRAM now has a 220mm rotor for DH and electric mountain bikes. Weight-conscious XC riders run smaller rotors, generally 160mm, whereas downhill gravity junkies should go for the largest rotors possible. Trail and enduro riders will sit in the middle of the spectrum running rotors from 160mm up to 200mm depending on how demanding the descents are or how light they want their bikes to be. The 220mm disc rotor is massive. Immediate Media Heavier or harder riders will benefit from bigger disc rotors because they put tougher demands on the brakes. Upping rotor size can increase the range of power a set of brakes offer, essentially making less powerful brakes feel like they’ve got more oomph – this is a great budget-friendly way of increasing the scope of your current stoppers. Brake setup Lever reach adjustment means you can get the brakes set up for your fingers and preferences. Immediate Media The top tier of SRAM brakes have two levels of adjustability: lever reach and pad contact. Lever reach adjustment Lever reach adjust controls how far away the lever blade is from the handlebars without changing where the bite point is, which is when the brakes engage, clamping the disc rotor. People with longer fingers will generally move the lever blades further away from the handlebar grips, while people with shorter digits will normally move the lever blades closer to the bars. Getting the lever blades set in the correct position for your hands can be a good way of reducing arm pump – the fatiguing feeling you get in your forearms when you’re riding long descents and braking lots. If your fingers are stretching and struggling to reach the levers then arm pump can increase, so setting them at the optimal position is essential. Pad contact adjustment SRAM’s contact point adjustment can help with bite point and reach adjustment. Immediate Media Lever reach adjustment can’t change where the bite point is, so if you run your brake levers particularly close to the bars then the bite point might be uncomfortably close to the grips because there’s a large amount of lever throw. While it is possible to change the bite point by adjusting how close the pads are to the disc manually, there is a better way. SRAM’s contact point adjustment does this for you by moving the pads closer or further away from the disc when you turn the corresponding dial on the lever body. Brake bedding in process We’ve been impressed with the G2’s performance. Immediate Media Once you’ve got your brakes installed and feeling how you want them, it’s important to bed them in correctly. Bedded in correctly your brakes will perform better for longer and should be more powerful and consistent when in use. Bedding them in heats up the discs and pads and transfers a layer of pad material to the disc’s surface. To bed them in, you’ll need to brake heavily without locking up either wheel, instead dragging the pads over the disc rotors to evenly transfer the pad material. At a moderate speed, firmly and evenly apply the brakes until you’re at walking speed, then, without stopping to a halt, release the brakes and accelerate back to a moderate speed and repeat the process around 20 times. As the process continues, you’ll notice the brakes biting better and feeling more powerful. The next procedure requires you to do the same thing from a higher speed, repeating it 10 times. Once you’ve done that, let the brakes cool so that the material transfer can set before you go riding. This process will need repeating every time you replace the discs or pads. Maintaining brake performance To keep your brakes performing as they should, it’s important to make sure you bleed them whenever the levers feel spongy and the brakes don’t bite the pads as aggressively. The bleed process isn’t as hard as people make out, as long as you’ve got all of the correct tools. SRAM’s YouTube account has plenty of videos on how to properly bleed your brakes. Oil contamination You want to avoid contaminating your brakes at all costs. When you’re oiling your chain, spraying lubricant on your bike or doing general maintenance, oil can get onto your discs or pads, seriously reducing their performance. If you do contaminate your brakes with oil you might need to replace your pads and disc rotors to get them performing as good as they should. Brake power and modulation Some people like the bite point to be close to the bars. Immediate Media Modulation is how controllable the brake’s power is. When you pull the lever, instead of the brakes locking up instantly, it’s possible to control the amount of force the pads exert on the disc. SRAM’s G2 brakes have a four-piston caliper where two pistons out of the four are smaller. This makes them contact the pads first, pushing the pads onto the disc at an angle which should help to reduce the noise the brakes make while increasing brake modulation. This makes it easier to get the maximum amount of braking force without locking up the wheels, which means you’ll be able to slow down quicker and with more control. A more powerful brake will need more modulation to help you control its power. Which disc brake pads should I use? These are sintered metal-backed pads. Immediate Media It’s very important to understand the type of brake pads that are best-suited to the conditions you ride in. Sintered brake pads If you ride in the wet and mud or are a particularly hard rider tackling tough descents, a sintered brake pad is the best option. Sintered pads have a metal-based compound that works well in extreme conditions, and mud, dirt and water don’t wear the pad material down any more than if it was dry. However, sintered pads can be a little noisier when they’re wet. Organic brake pads Organic pads have a softer compound without any metal-based material. This means they’re not quite as powerful as sintered pads but make less noise in wet conditions and produce less heat under hard use. Power brake pads SRAM’s newest Power pads mix the properties of sintered and organic pads. The new compound is claimed to produce a more aggressive bite and increase power under sustained braking. If you’ve been using sintered pads on your disc rotors and you want to swap to organic ones you will find that the material left behind by the pads on the disc rotor will eat away at the organic pads very quickly. To solve this problem, you will need to carefully rub down your disc rotors with emery paper to remove the layer of sintered pad material. Once you’ve done that, you should be able to use organic pads, again bedding them in, following the procedure from before. It’s fine to swap between sintered and power pads on the same disc rotors, though.
Following on from the inaugural World Championships in Mont Sainte Anne, the UCI launches a full World Cup series for e-mtbs.( Photos: 2, Comments: 21 )
Not everyone wants or needs a $10,000 mountain bike (or a $26,500 e-MTB with gold leaf graphics…), though lately it seems that that’s the only kind of bike companies have been releasing. In a thoroughly refreshing turn of events though, we’ve just received a new trail bike from Merida that is both free of a motor and entirely devoid of any carbon fibre. Indeed with its sensible parts package and alloy frameset, we reckon this is quite possibly one of the best value mountain bikes we’ve come across in some time. Merida delivers us a trail bike that doesn’t have a motor or a $10,000+ price tag. Less Marketing Fluff, More Value For Money If you’re not familiar with the name, we won’t blame you! Merida’s full suspension bikes do have a habit of flying under the radar, which might have something to do with the company’s distinct lack of marketing compared to ‘sexier’ brands like Santa Cruz and Yeti. That’s a shame, because Merida has been putting out some seriously good kit over the past few years. In terms of its designation, the One-Twenty slots into Merida’s mountain bike lineup as the versatile trail speedster. Aiming to bring together the efficient climbing performance of the 96 (the 100mm travel XC race bike) with the descending fervour of the One-Forty (the burly 140mm travel All Mountain rig), the One-Twenty is a straight-up trail bike. It rolls on 29in wheels and is equipped with 120mm of rear suspension travel with a 130mm travel fork up front. Named after its rear travel, the One-Twenty is a purist’s trail bike. 120mm of rear wheel travel courtesy of the proven Float Link suspension platform. Of course the One-Twenty isn’t strictly a brand new platform. The current generation frame was released for the 2019 model year, and you might recall that we did in fact test and review a One-Twenty 8000 only about six months ago. That was one of the top-end spec levels built around a high-zoot carbon frame, and it left us thoroughly impressed with its refined suspension performance and zippy character on sinewy singletrack. Having collected a string of awards throughout the year (including a spot in Wil’s Top 10 bikes & gear list for 2019), the One-Twenty marches on into 2020, albeit with a few key updates and spec changes that are aiming to take both performance and value to the next level. Last year we tested the carbon One-Twenty 8000 model. Now we’ve got the alloy version in for review. What’s On Offer For 2020? There are seven One-Twenty models available in Australia for 2020, starting at $2,299 for the One-Twenty 400, and going up to $7,499 for the One-Twenty 8000. The cheaper models utilise an alloy frameset, while the top two models get a full carbon fibre frame. New for 2020, all One-Twenty models that come with a RockShox fork have moved to a shorter 42mm offset, compared to the 51mm offset forks that came on last year’s bikes. At the same time, Merida has shortened the stem length to 50mm on all frame sizes, and we’re very keen to see how that plays out on the trail. Merida has changed to a shorter 42mm fork offset on most One-Twenty models. Is that a good thing? The Merida One-Twenty 700 – All Of The Mod-Cons The bike we’ve got on test here is the One-Twenty 700, which is the top-spec option with the alloy frame. For less than $4K, it’s a helluva package for the money, with impressive attention to detail on the areas that count. Just like the top-end carbon models, you’re getting 120mm of rear travel via a floating link suspension design. There’s a big volume RockShox Deluxe shock with a trunnion bearing mount to aid small-bump sensitivity, while a RockShox Revelation fork up front uses the same chassis as the pricier Pike, albeit with a simpler Charger RC damper inside. The drivetrain is mostly SLX, except for the XT rear mech and I-SPEC EV shifter. Merida has spec’d our Medium test bike with a 150mm travel dropper post and the impressively powerful 4-piston Shimano SLX brakes. While you’re getting a mostly SLX-based drivetrain, the shifter is upgraded to an XT unit, which gives you a punchier feel at the triggers along with a double-upshift function – something we have missed on the SLX 1×12 groupset we recently reviewed. Nice touch! As for the frame itself, it’s built from shapely hydroformed alloy tubing with a curved top tube to increase standover clearance. There isn’t a tonne of room around the rear tyre though, with the 2.35in Maxxis Forekaster being about the biggest size that Merida recommends for the back end. Otherwise it’s all well finished, with tidy bolt-up cable ports and thick rubber armouring under the downtube and over the drive-side chainstay. It could really do with more black on it though. 2020 Merida One-Twenty 700 Specs Frame | LITE Hydroformed Alloy, Float Link Suspension Design, 120mm Travel Fork | RockShox Revelation RC, 42mm Offset, 130mm Travel Shock | RockShox Deluxe Select+, 185x55mm Wheels | Shimano SLX 32h Hubs & Merida Expert TR Alloy rims, 29mm Inner Width, Tubeless Compatible Tyres | Maxxis Minion DHR II EXO 3C Maxx Terra 2.40WT Front & Forekaster EXO 2.35in Rear Drivetrain | Shimano SLX/XT 1×12 w/SLX 32T Crankset & 10-51T Cassette Brakes | Shimano SLX M7120 4-Piston w/180mm CenterLock Rotors Bar | Merida Expert TR Alloy, 20mm Rise, 760mm Wide Stem | Merida Expert TR Alloy, 35mm Diameter, 50mm Long Grips | Merida Lock-On Seatpost | Merida Expert TR, 30.9mm Diameter, Travel: 125mm (S), 150mm (MD), 170mm (LG, XL) Saddle | Merida Expert CC Available Sizes | MD, LG, XL Confirmed Weight | 14.23kg (Medium size w/tubes fitted) RRP | $3,799 Does less money equal less performance? Looking at the One-Twenty 700’s spec sheet, we’re not so sure… We’ll be testing the 2020 Merida One-Twenty over the coming weeks, so be sure to stay tuned to the Flow website for the upcoming review. Otherwise we’d love to hear what you think of this value-packed trail bike, and be sure to drop us any questions you might have in the meantime. Mo’ Flow Please! Enjoyed that article? Then there’s plenty more to check out on Flow Mountain Bike, including all our latest news stories and product reviews. And if you haven’t already, make sure you subscribe to our YouTube channel, and sign up to our Facebook page and Instagram feed so you can keep up to date with all things Flow! The post On Test | The 2020 Merida One-Twenty 700 Is A Mega Package For The Money appeared first on Flow Mountain Bike.
First off, happy Valentine’s Day from everyone at BikeRadar. The team sends digital love and kisses your way on this most romantic day, and we hope you spend the weekend ahead with your one true love (your bicycle). If you’re lucky enough to have a sentient non-bicycle lover, be sure to remind them of the results of this steamy survey at every opportunity this weekend. Lastly, if you happen to be looking for a last-minute gift for the cyclist in your life, be sure to check out our guide to the best Valentine’s Day gifts for cyclists. From our perspective, think of this edition of First Look Friday – our weekly roundup of the hottest cycling swag to land at BikeRadar HQ – as a gift to you from us (a gift that you only get to enjoy with your eyes and don’t actually get to keep). Velo Orange Neutrino mini-velo We’ve already fallen for the Neutrino. Simon Bromley We first reported on Velo Orange’s Neutrino mini-velo back in October 2018 when it was an unnamed prototype and, even at that stage, it won the hearts of BikeRadar. Inspired by a 1960’s Jack Taylor Small Wheeler, this 20in do-it-all frameset is, in Velo Orange’s words, perfect for the “frequent traveller, apartment dweller, multi-modal commuter or just someone that enjoys a fun N+1 bike”. While it’s never going to be quite as compact as a folding bike, in the oh-so-hard life of a bike tester, space is always at a premium at home, and the Neutrino could fill a space that probably doesn’t need to be filled. Best bike storage ideas: a buyer’s guide to storing your bike indoors The concept of a mini-velo is nothing new but this particular take on the concept has already gained something of a cult following, with every batch of the bike selling out in record time, according to Velo Orange. Features such as these sliding dropouts add versatility to this cute little bike. With the exception of a disc 20in wheelset (how many of us have one of those kicking around?), the bike lends itself well to a parts bin build, with a standard threaded bottom bracket shell, sliding 135mm rear dropouts and an easily-sourced 31.6mm seatpost. It even has a brazed-on kickstand plate for goodness sake. View this post on Instagram Another RAD @Velo_Orange #Neutrino in #Bikecamping Style with Custom Roll-Up Full Frame Bag from @conquer_bikepacking and #Ostrich Canvas Panniers Photo courtesy of @uncle_noo #Conquer #VeloORANGE ???????? #VeloORANGEThailand ???????? #Bikepacking #BikepackingLife #จักรยานทัวร์ริ่ง #Touringbike #CycleTouring #Steelisreal #ชุมทางโครโมลี #BokBokBike ???????? A post shared by BokBokBikeThailand (@bokbokbike.thailand) on Jan 7, 2020 at 10:58pm PST This versatility and the absolute novelty of owning such a quirky and fun little bike is an undeniable draw. The bike may look like it’s finished in a drab shade of ‘cream of mushroom’ from afar, but up close it actually reveals a handsome, sparkly glitter finish beneath the clear coat. The majority of the build comes from Velo Orange itself. Simon Bromley The Neutrino is available as a complete build or frameset, priced at $2,500 and $750 respectively. Velo Orange is a fairly small brand so it’s unlikely to ever be able to be competitive on complete build prices, so we imagine the majority of would-be buyers will opt for the frameset. We’ve only had a chance to ride the bike on a handful of occasions but are already in love with the concept. It’s an absolute hoot to ride and appreciably smaller than a regular bike when tucked away in a nook at home. Expect a full review and video to follow further down the line. Frameset: $750 / £700 Buy the Neutrino frameset direct from Velo Orange Complete build: $2,500, international shipping available Buy a complete Neutrino build direct from Verlo Orange As an aside, Velo Orange also threw in one of its cute Day Tripper saddle bags with the bike. These bags are produced in collaboration with Road Runner bags. The saddle bag may not have the Instagram-friendly points of a trendy handlebar bag but there’s no denying its exceptionally practical and, dare we say it, quite handsome in a shade of rust. $95 / £89.99 Buy the Day Tripper saddle bag direct from Velo Orange WTB Raddler 40c gravel tyre The Raddler is a more aggressive version of WTB’s popular Riddler. Simon Bromley WTB’s all-new Raddler is a more aggressive version of its Riddler gravel tyre. Best gravel bike tyres in 2020 The DNA of the two tyres is very similar but the Raddler gets more pronounced centre and side knobs. This results in a more squared-off overall profile that should still roll relatively well on paved surfaces and offer some additional bite off-road. The 700c-only tyre is available in 40 and 44mm widths, and our 40mm sample weighs 494g. We’re suckers for a handsome tan wall tyre. Simon Bromley The tyre is available in both a black and tan-wall finish and, as with all of WTB’s gravel tyres, the Raddler will set you back £45 / €53 / $60. The tyre sits at the upper end of the ‘radness’ spectrum in WTB’s gravel tyre range. For those looking for a less aggressively treaded tyre, Venture, Byway, Exposure or Horizon would be your best bet. Stock is expected in shops in the next two to three weeks. £45 / €53 / $60 DMT KR1 Crystal special-edition Swarovski-encrusted shoes These might just be the jazziest cycling shoes we’ve ever seen. Simon Bromley Yes, you are looking at a pair of £420 Swarovski-encrusted DMT cycling shoes. Best cycling shoes 2020: 17 top-rated road cycling shoes DMT KR1 Italian Champ edition ???????? @dmtcycling pic.twitter.com/aGLX4cMVDN — Elia Viviani (@eliaviviani) September 8, 2018 The limited-edition shoe is based on the KR1, the brand’s top-end road race shoe that was developed and worn by Elia Viviani. The KR1 features a fully knitted upper that extends quite high up the ankle. The super-elastic upper is totally malleable and feels incredibly comfortable when worn. However, you’ll have to be on the right side of confident to feel comfortable actually wearing these jazzy numbers in public. It’s a shame the Boa dials are not also encrusted in crystals. Simon Bromley For the right person, DMT claims that the shoe will be perfect to “make a fashion statement on the next group ride” or, if you’re the racing type, you will “impress your breakaway partners with your sophisticated style”. The shoe is secured with a single Boa IP1 dial (we’re terribly disappointed this isn’t also encrusted with diamantes). Every single cycling shoe should have replaceable lugs. Simon Bromley The full carbon outsole of the shoe passes the cursory bend-it-over-your-knee test with flying covers. The outsole also features, much to our delight, a replaceable heel lug. Every single cycling shoe should have replaceable lugs, no exceptions. It’s not clear how many of these shoes have been produced but stock is low at most online retailers, so act quickly if you want to bag a pair of these dazzling disco slippers. £420 / €385, international pricing TBC Latest deals Robert Axle Project turbo trainer thru-axle Who knew a thru-axle could be so lovely? Simon Bromley The majority of wheel-on turbo trainers are designed to be used in conjunction with quick-release skewers with conical end caps that a cammed lever clamps onto. This means that the majority of bikes with thru-axles are not compatible with a wheel-on turbo trainer. Best smart trainer 2020: top-rated turbo trainers However, fret not, because The Robert Axle Project – a brand that is dedicated to solely making high-end aftermarket thru-axles – has the answer. This thru-axle is so well made. Simon Bromley The brand’s imaginatively named ‘thru-axle for bike trainers’ imitates the function of a turbo trainer quick release with two nicely machined conical end caps sitting at each end of the axle. One of these end caps is removable for fitting. Helpful functionality aside, it might sound daft but the thru-axle is actually a delightfully well-made object. It feels high-quality in the hand and neat touches, such as the machined internal lip that holds an o-ring in place to keep the M5-threaded bolt captive, elevate it to a level of luxury that we thought unthinkable for a humble thru-axle. This particular product is available to fit on no fewer than 15 different thru-axle standards. $54, international pricing TBC Buy direct from The Robert Axle Project
The Race of Champions would be a season-ending event where XC, DH, enduro, and freeriders would compete against each other on identical bikes.( Photos: 7 )
On February 7, 2020, the first edition of the HERO Dubai marathon XC race took place in Hatta-Dubai.
Setting up a mountain bike can seem like a real minefield with hundreds of potential ways in which to get it right or wrong. In fact, according to Motion Instruments founder Rob Przykucki, there are billions of variations in suspension settings alone (think air pressure, compression and rebound adjustments, air tokens, etc.). That’s why Przykucki and a small team of senior product engineers started Motion Instruments (MI), to create a practical data acquisition system that is available to the masses. Quarq TyreWiz tyre pressure monitor review Quarq ShockWiz first ride review What is data acquisition and why does it matter? Data acquisition – the practice of gathering feedback and readings – is used in mountain bike development and regularly in downhill racing in order to record the way a bike reacts in various terrain and under changing conditions. This helps designers and teams in creating or setting up a bike that works optimally in differing circumstances. However, systems used for data acquisition are typically bulky and derived from motorsports. Specialized’s downhill world champion Loic Bruni famously and fastidiously prepares his bike for every race with the help of an identical spare bike with a customised, complex system attached, but it doesn’t take an expert to realise this would never be practical for the everyday rider. Greg Minnaar has been a key player in the development of Motion Instruments’ system. Kathy Sessler What is different about Motion Instruments’ system? Motion Instruments’ system uses wireless connections and simplified components to record suspension action directly to an app on the user’s mobile phone (currently only for iOS, but an Android version is in the making). That isn’t to say there is no racing prestige behind it. The system has been developed over three years with the likes of downhill’s most successful ever racer, Greg Minnaar, and a number of other top-tier racers in various disciplines. According to the brand, the mission in developing Motion Instruments was “data acquisition with a smart app that makes things much easier than ever before”, and to capture data “without the burden of a laptop or wireless network” (MI works on a Bluetooth connection). It gives “bike-, rider- and terrain-specific data” that utilises the bike’s geometry and leverage curve (the app has a growing catalogue of bikes pre-programmed) to show how the “wheels are interacting with the terrain in conjunction with the damper shaft motion”. Motion Instruments claims that its system is the only one that can quantify the balance of a bike, “comparing front and rear bike-to-ground interaction for compression and rebound movement”. It adds that it “provides in-depth analysis with a complete break down of fork and shock data with the information laid out clearly, highlighting virtual o-ring watermarks for specific trail events, position and velocity histograms, and terrain-specific analysis”. If none of that made any sense to you, all it means is “it makes it easy to share and save files using your phone” – Okay, great! Reasonably unobtrusive components comprise the Motion Instruments system and record suspension and location data. Motion Instruments Interpreting data, even when laid out in a clear and quite easy to read manner in the MI app (called MotionIQ), might seem even more daunting than setting the bike up from feel alone. However, systems such as MI’s will allow even complete technophobes to employ the help of a local bike shop to dial-in a bike much more easily and assuredly. Think of it as bike fitting for mountain bikers. The system, and others like it, also has the potential take amateur racing to new levels. Previously available systems were prohibitively expensive, not available for public purchase or would take a lot of use and expertise to grasp. Although it should be noted that Quarq’s Shockwiz is another user-friendly way of garnering data direct to a mobile app that has been around for some time, although it operates differently to MI’s system. Motion Instruments has spent three years refining its mountain bike data acquisition system. Motion Instruments Motion Instruments system pricing and availability Several Motion Instruments systems are available for downhill, enduro and cross-country bikes, with two levels of kit offered. The less costly Expert setups have a simplified Fork Tracer component, whereas the Pro level comes with a (slightly) more precise fork and shock sensor (the XC version is for front suspension only). Additional or replacement components are available via MI’s website. The Fork Tracer component is provided with the Expert-level packages. Motion Instruments Through the MotionIQ app, users are able to review a wide range of data and information on rebound and compression, axle position, vibration, bike balance and GPS. Ride records can be integrated into Strava, allowing you to see what was happening and where. There is also a handlebar-mounted button that allows you to drop a pin onto your ride map so you can make a note of a certain event (e.g. hit a big hole, emergency braked, etc.) and review where that happened on-course. The MotionIQ app requires any of three tiers of subscription – Free, Expert and Pro – with the paid subs ranging from $9 to $29 per month (annual discounts available). Each level provides differing levels of insight and analysis as well as how many bike setups can be stored in the app. The system links to MotionIQ, Motion Instruments’ app, and displays extensive data readings. Motion Instruments Motion Instruments’ pricing is as precise as you’d expect from a data company. MI is also offering 25 per cent off the RRPs (listed below) for a limited time in its pre-order sale, in a bid to quickly ramp-up its manufacturing. The company intends to ship orders within six to 10 weeks. Cross Country Pro: $682.46 Cross Country Expert: $472.49 Enduro Pro: $1,312.49 Enduro Expert: $1,049.99 Downhill Pro: $1,312.49 Downhill Expert: $1,102.49
Being a pro cyclist of any discipline is really, really hard work, but Alban Lakata – the former 3x men’s XC World Champion (2010, 2015, 2017) – shows just how much dedication it takes to be at the top of the game, clocking a frankly insane 1,158km, 43.5 hours and 25,309m of riding in just one week. The 40-year-old Austrian clocked up these impressive stats across six rides during a training week (20th > 25th January) on Gran Canaria. It’s worth pointing out that all bar one of these rides was over 200km long. View this post on Instagram Was a bloody amazing time on Gran Canaria????☀️????I’m quite happy with the outcome of 51hours and 1362km with 29655hm in 1 training week???????????? #strava #grancanaria #trainingcamp #roadbike #carpediembaby #vonnixkommtnix #ontheedge #willtosucceed A post shared by albanator (@alban_lakata) on Jan 27, 2020 at 6:12am PST The longest day of the six involved a 269km circumnavigation of the island that took 9.5 hours and included over 6,000m of climbing. He completed the ride at an average pace of 28.3km/h with an average power of 245 watts and an average weighted power of 272 watts. While plenty of riders out there – including, no doubt, many of our readers – will have clocked up similar stats, it’s his pace that is most impressive. He is not hanging about! More alarmingly, the Albanator rated his perceived exertion for this day as moderate. I think even attempting a ‘moderate’ effort like this would probably kill most of the staff on BikeRadar. We can only assume that the effort is in preparation for Cape Epic, which Lakata is due to race with fellow Team Bulls rider Karl Platt next month. A win at this iconic mountain bike stage race is the only notable exception from Lakata’s impressive palmarès and this effort should put him in good form for the event. What is your biggest week on the bike? Are you training for any big events this year? Or are you still picking your jaw off the floor after looking at these stats? Let us know if in the comments.
We at Race Face know that life can be stressful and sometimes that means losing perspective on what’s important – getting out and riding your bike. We’ve taken a small step to help you out with the launch of our brand new Getta grip. Built with a proprietary RF rubber compound and finished with a directional hex pattern to match the natural shape and curl of your fingers when you grab the bars,this lightweight grip has a tapered inner core to prevent twisting and an increased end diameter to keep your hands on the bars. Getta comes in a rainbow of hues for those who live life in full colour – from screaming neon green to classic black with a Kashima collar. Every time you look down at the Getta grip – offered in both 30 and 33mm diameters – take a moment to remember to breathe and enjoying the finer things in life, like shredding your favorite trail. Heck, you might even have such a great time that you forget where you are for a minute.Visit your favorite RF dealer or head to shoprfe.com to getta pair of your own. Race Face Launches New Getta Grip. Details inside from Race Face. Getta Grip Everything’s Alright We think that the best path to a happy life is to ride as often as possible. These grips have the perfect combination of tackiness, durability and cushioning to keep you in the saddle and on the sunny side of life. Features Tapered inner core to prevent twisting Durable proprietary RF rubber compound Lightweight design with single lock-on collar Directional hex pattern underside to match natural shape of fingers when curled?Increased diameter at end of grip – keep hands from blowing of the grip when you’re getting rowdy Available in 2 diameters: 30 and 33mm SpecsBuilt For: XC/TRAIL/AM/DH Diameter: 30, 33mm Colour: Black, Blue, Red, Green, Yellow, Magenta, Black/Orange, Black/Turquoise, Black/Purple, Black/Kashmoney Gold Weight: 93g (30mm) MSRP: $19.99 USD