2 - 25/11/2019 19:51:16

Professional skier Michelle Parker is no stranger to going all in with new sports, and mountain biking is no exception for her. When the opportunity presents itself to connect with the sport’s top female riders in Virgin Utah; the birthplace of Red Bull’s Rampage, she packs her bags. Through the episode, Michelle’s curiosity and inspiration Read More The post Video: Originate – Connecting With Mountain Biking’s Best at Formation appeared first on BIKE Magazine.

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4 - 23/11/2019 04:17:16

A good desert zone… is there anything better? Maybe.. but I doubt it. Henry Lanman ( @hendotb14 ) pioneered this zone called “The Goblin.” He built a line top to bottom and was rad enough to have a group of us out to ride it together. Sometimes that perfect pedological anomaly we affectionately refer to as “popcorn dirt” can inspire a case of SOD (symptomatic overzealous disorder.) Soo… in this video, look out for two things: Euphoric enjoyment of the popcorn dirt that lines these perfect chutes, but also prepare to cringe when said dirt inspires a little bit too much confidence. When all was said and done everyone was still smiling and everyone was able to get out of the zone before dark and in one piece. Also, get a little BTS look at what goes on during a MTB photo shoot with professional photographer Tyler Roemer (@tylerroemer). -Cam

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2 - 22/11/2019 00:01:00

10 REASONS TO TAKE PART IN #ABR2020 We know that there’s still a few months left but we cannot wait any longer. As we prepare the tenth edition of the Andalucía Bike Race presented by Caja Rural Jaén we bring you ten reasons why you should participate in it. 1- GREAT INTERNATIONAL CARTEL It’s very likely that there’s not another event with our cartel in our territory or even nearby. An amazing lineup that has been repeating year after year and in this edition it will be top notch, ensuring the worldwide status in races by stages year after year. Moreover, the category growth to Hors Catégorie (SHC) makes the number of professional riders that come to our race be even higher. Are you really going to miss the opportunity of being in the same starting line as the best riders in the world? 2- A LEGACY FOR HISTORY Without each and every single one of you, this crazy event would have not been possible. And it’s thanks to the 6.000 participants until now that have been a part of this race at some point, the Andalucía Bike Race presented by Caja Rural Jaén has been a reality for 9 editions and it will be for a tenth time. The international repercussion this race has in amazing, up to 56 nationalities have visited us during the 9 years it’s been going on. In this edition, like in the previous ones, we welcome you all with open arms to enjoy what we all love the most. 3- TRAILS OF PURE MTB To have a great lineup and to have all of you in the starting line there has to be something different to offer. What is it? It’s definitely our routes. This year we mix the mythical routes of the past editions with new zones that will leave you speechless. For example, we’ll enjoy again the Neveral landscape, the Jabalcuz peak, the rise of the Yeti, the slope of the Peña Del Águila in the Mancha Real zone or Los Caracolillos in the province of Jaén and the mythical stretch of El Reventón or the Fangorn forest with climbs and descents in Córdoba . 4- AN AMAZING LANDSCAPE Speaking about Andalucía is, and without a doubt, speaking about a lifestyle. But, Andalucía is a lot more. The more than 6.000 participants that have ridden 3.735 kilometers and the 96.400 ascension meters during the nine previous editions enjoyed unique landscapes. The Andalusian orography, allows us to combine sections of spectacular ascends and descends that will leave you frozen. 5- FIRST CLASS SERVICES This is, without a doubt, one of the reasons that we, as cycling lovers, are more proud to give you. Everyone that has participated in a stages race knows that after finishing the last thing we want to worry about is cleaning our bike or getting it ready for the next day. That’s why we are going to take care of it. With our cleaning service, thanks to KH-7, and our repair service, thanks to MASQUEBICI, all you need to worry about is eating well between stages and get relaxed during the massage. Yes, we also have a massage service so you can recover as fast as possible. 6- BEING A PART OF THE 10TH EDITION What better reason to participate in the tenth edition than being a part of it? Being able to participate in one of the most special editions in history, going back to those routes that have wrought this races legacy, cycling along the first routes from the first edition or enjoying Andalucía’s Day in the main center of it. All of that, with the signature landscapes from Córdoba and Jaén, cities that will hold the starting point of this race again. 7- INTERNATIONAL PARTICIPATION ON THE RISE Gathering participants from 56 different nationalities is not an easy job, especially when it’s been growing over the last editions. In the last edition there were almost 40 European nationalities represented, such as Germany, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, the UK, Italy, Norway, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Switzerland or Sweden, also also not European nationalities such as Australia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Honduras, Iceland, Peru, Russia or Venezuela, among others. This data shows that the Andalucía Bike Race presented by Caja Rural Jaén crosses a lot of borders. This international participation is almost 30% of the enrolled participants, a number that brings together people from the five continents. 8- RYDING ALONG WITH THE BEST RIDERS This is, probably, the only sport in the world in which you can share competition and compete against a first class professional athlete. Moreover, we are in a Hors Catégoria (SHC) event, so being able to share six days of pure MTB with the best national and international cyclists is something unparalleled to any other date in the agenda. 9- MORE THAN MOUNTAIN BIKE As the ones that have come to the previous editions will know, this Andalucía Bike Race presented by Caja Rural Jaén goes beyond being a cyclist. If there’s something that makes this race special are the endless possibilities there are for the riders and for their companions. From enjoying free time to enjoy the amazing gastronomy, or to nourish from the Andalusian culture. In addition, the endless Andalusian leisure offer will make the post-stage evenings different each day. 10- LIVING THE BIKE RACE EXPERIENCE Taking part in a Bike Race does not mean taking part in another stage race. It’s living a unique experience. Obviously, every Bike Race is different, but the base for all of them is the same mindset, the same objective, the same look and the exclusive feelings. Enjoying any Bike Race by Octagon Esedos from the inside is something different; it doesn’t matter if it’s in the Andalucía Bike Race presented by Caja Rural Jaén, in La Rioja Bike Race, in the YoPRO Catalunya Bike Race or in the MMR Asturias Bike Race. www.andaluciabikerace.com

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8 - 21/11/2019 17:51:16

[Press Release] – Wilton, Conn. – November 21, 2019 – GT Bicycles, a premium brand of Dorel Industries, Inc. (TSX: DII.B, DII.A) today released a modern version of the iconic 1979 26” BMX Cruiser frameset to celebrate the brand’s new partnership with original GT Bicycles founder Gary Turner and his son Craig. After reconnecting with GT in 2017, plans around a reunion project began brewing. “GT has been a part of our family since I was five years-old,” said Craig Turner. “Partnering with the company again is really exciting.” Only 100 limited edition frame, fork, seat post and handlebar sets of the original 1979 26” BMX Cruiser design will be produced. The new framesets will be the first GT Bicycles made in the United States in almost 20 years. They will be built in the Turner’s workshop in Orange, California, not far from where it all began. The framesets will be designed with the same 1 1/4” toptube and downtube outer diameter as well as an American bottom bracket, and 5/8” thick chainstays. The dropouts will be beefed up from the original 1/8” to 3/16” for added strength. The headtube will be updated from 1” to 1 1/8” to accommodate modern headsets and forks. In the early 1970s, while BMX was still in its infancy, kids would race their bikes on the big dirt tracks of Southern California between motocross races. The bikes produced by leading companies of the day were heavy, slow, and fragile. Gary Turner took notice and decided to change this. A professional drag racer, Gary had experience welding and building cro-mo chassis for dragsters. In 1972, using the same high-grade aircraft cro-moly used for dragsters, Turner designed his first purpose-built BMX bike for his son Craig to race at the motocross track. People began to take notice, including shop owner Richard Long, and together, the two teamed up to start GT Bicycles producing some of the best BMX and mountain bikes on the market, including the 26” BMX Cruiser of which less the 100 were made due to the on-set of 24” wheels in 1980 setting the trend for the future. “BMX and GT became passions (and remain passions) once I started taking my son to the track more than 45 years ago,” added Gary Turner. “It’s exciting to see my son Craig developing and building frames and forks like I did back in the day, and we’re looking forward to doing this with GT.” “This is a special partnership celebrating the accomplishments of my father and Richard Long and the lasting impression they’ve left on GT Bicycles,” noted Craig. When asked what made, and continues to make, the BMX cruiser so popular among riders Craig believes “It’s the camaraderie of BMX. It’s for the people that used to race back in the day, you don’t have to gear up and go to the BMX racetrack and race, you just get out and pedal. Now, everyone meets up, goes out and has fun. This bike is perfect for that.” The framesets will retail for $899. Those who purchase the frameset will also receive a custom GT Flite pad set, GT t-shirt, decal, hat and keychain. The frames will be available in four colors: yellow, black, candy blue and candy red. For more information on the limited edition 26” BMX Cruiser visit www.GT1972.com and www.gtbicycles.com/reunion. Check out GT Bicycles on Instagram, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter.

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4 - 21/11/2019 11:17:14

Sportful has announced the latest update to its Fiandre Pro collection – its range of kit inspired by the Flandrien spring classics and designed to perform in all weather conditions – with the bold claim that the Polartec fabric that’s used is “the world’s most breathable waterproof fabric”. Called NeoShell, Polartec says that the fabric “provides the stretch and durability of a weather protective fabric” while its “sub-micron membrane structure releases heat and perspiration without the need for high pressure build-up.” PolarTec claims its NeoShell fabric is ‘the world’s most breathable waterproof fabric’. Sportful Most waterproof fabrics rely on the differences in pressure between the inside and outside of a fabric, meaning that hot air and perspiration will only diffuse through the fabric when there is a difference in pressure between the two environments. For example, as you cycle, hot, humid air builds up inside your jacket and creates a pressure difference. This leads to diffusion across the membrane to the lower area pressure outside, thus keeping you, theoretically, dry. This is why waterproof jackets feel less breathable in humid conditions. Polartec appears to be claiming that, thanks to “optimal pore size and placement in the membrane” to improve breathability, the NeoShell fabric requires less pressure to build up before the humid air will diffuse across the membrane. The Fiandre Pro collection was designed in collaboration with Sportful’s sponsored professional riders, including Daniel Oss. Obviously, these sorts of claims are very hard to test objectively, but we’ve previously tested Sportful’s Fiandre Extreme jacket, which also uses this fabric, and found it to be a good performer, especially when riding hard. The update encompasses three jackets for men, two for women and a unisex glove. Designed in collaboration with Sportful’s sponsored professional riders, including Peter Sagan, we expect the cuts to be fairly close-fitting. For 2020, Sportful has updated the colourways and added a host of new details to the garments in the collection, but it remains to be seen if the performance of the fabric has improved. The Sportful Fiandre Glove uses PolarTec’s NeoShell fabric on the outside to keep the rain out. Sportful Fiandre Pro collection Fiandre Pro Jacket (men and women’s versions available): £210 / $300 / €230 Fiandre Pro Jacket Short-Sleeved (men): £190 / $260 / €210 Fiandre Pro Medium Jacket (men and women’s versions available): £170 / $250 / €190 Fiandre Glove: £85 / $90 / €95 Fiandre Pro Jacket Sportful says the Fiandre Pro Jacket is the one its pro riders choose when they’re competing in cold and wet races. Sportful says this is the jacket its pro riders choose when they’re competing in cold and wet races. It uses the NeoShell fabric throughout, which, according to Sportful, means it will provide the most protection from the elements of all the jackets in the range. It also has fully taped seams, a waterproof zipper, three external rear pockets and reflective transfers on the back for added visibility. It’s available now in four different colours for men and three for women. Fiandre Pro Jacket Short-Sleeved The Fiandre Pro Jacket Short-Sleeved is Sportful’s answer to the Jerket craze. Sportful’s answer to the ‘jerket’ craze, which the Castelli Gabba started back in 2013, the Fiandre Pro Jacket Short-Sleeved offers the same level of protection as the Fiandre Pro Jacket but in a short-sleeve version (as you may have guessed). Like the long-sleeved jacket, it uses the Polartec NeoShell fabric throughout, with taped seams and a waterproof zipper. There are also three external pockets and a reflective transfer on the rear of the jacket. It is available now in four colours for men only. Fiandre Pro Medium Jacket The Fiandre Pro Medium Jacket has a large panel of Sportful’s NoRain fabric on the back to increase breathability. By using Sportful’s lighter NoRain fabric on the back – as used in its arm and knee warmers – Sportful claims the Fiandre Pro Medium Jacket offers even more breathability than the standard Fiandre Pro Jacket. That aside, the construction is similar to the heavier Pro jackets, with fully taped seams, a waterproof zipper and three external rear pockets with reflective detailing. The Fiandre Pro Medium Jacket is available now in four different colours for men and three for women. Fiandre Glove Sportful says the Fiandre Glove is its best glove for bad weather. Said to be Sportful’s best glove for bad weather, the Fiandre Glove is claimed to keep the rain out and the warmth in by using NeoShell fabric on the outside and a fleece lining inside. Like the jackets, the seams are said to be fully taped, while Sportful says a neoprene cuff provides a tight seal against the wrists to keep water and the cold out. Silicone strips have also been strategically placed on the palm to aid grip and the glove is pre-shaped to improve fit while gripping handlebars. The Sportful Fiandre Glove is available now.

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4 - 19/11/2019 19:34:15

Damoff arrives at the market, a new manufacturer of cycling products made in Spain that are characterized by their innovation and value for money. In its catalog you can find a novel sealant without ammonia or natural latex for tubeless wheels, tubeless valves stem and lubricants for different weather conditions. Damoff Sealant is presented as the manufacturer’s flagship product, and has been developed and tested for months in collaboration with a large group of amateur and professional mountain bikers, who have marked the way for technical and industrial equipment. The Damoff brand was born directly from the experience and real needs, in terms of performance and quality, that cyclists have in the XCO World Cup. But Damoff is not considered an elitist brand and goes on the market by adjusting its prices to the maximum to reach the largest possible audience. One of the main concerns to which Damoff has wanted to respond with his new sealant is not to damage the tires or wheel covers. For this, in its formula there is no ammonia. A component that in other brands has caused irreparable damage to wheels, adds an unpleasant smell and causes environmental damage if it is discarded directly on the ground, for example in the middle of a route by mountain. Damoff Sealant tubeless tire sealant has been tested at temperatures up to 60 ° C and is capable of sealing punctures 8 mm in diameter. The Damoff development team detected that the unpleasant smell of some tubeless sealant was one of the main reasons for rejection by consumers, so they added a pleasant peach scent to the Damoff Sealant. This peach smell has directly become Damoff’s signature. The Damoff catalog includes the Damoff Sealant tubeless tire sealant in 500 ml containers with a price of € 15 and 5 L at € 89, tubeless valves stem, Damoff Wax Lube lubricant for normal conditions and Damoff Wet Lube lubricant for extreme humidity conditions. On the occasion of its release to the market, Damoff has an active sponsorship program in which it seeks to support cyclists, teams and triathletes with a passion for national and international sports. More information about Damoff, its catalog and the sponsorship program at Damoff.com

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4 - 18/11/2019 17:17:16

Training indoors used to have a fearsome reputation for being excruciatingly boring. The idea of spending your time on an indoor trainer, self-flagellating yourself to heavy music while you stared numbingly at a wall, all in pursuit of some intangible fitness gains over the winter, seemed like a kind of madness. Frankly, it probably was madness. However, thanks to the advent of smart trainers and third-party interactive apps, training indoors has never been easier or, crucially, more fun. If you’re looking at the long winter ahead and recoiling at the idea of riding in the cold, wind and rain, now is the time to invest in your indoor training setup. Best smart trainer 2020: top-rated turbo trainers • Elite Suito: £649.99 • Saris H3: £849.99 / $999.99 • Tacx Neo 2T: £1,199.99 / $1,399.99 / AU$1,899.99 • Wahoo Kickr: £999.99 / $1,199.99 / €1,199.99 / AU$1,699.99 • Wahoo Kickr Core: £699.99 / $899.99 / €799.99 / AU$1,199.99 • BKool Smart Air Lite: £749.99 • Elite Drivo II: £999.99 / $1,199 / AU$1,599.99 • Kurt Kinetic R1: £999.99 / $1,049.99 / €1,049.99 / AU$1,699.99 • Saris M2: £425 / $500 • Tacx Flux S: £549 / $749 / €599 / AU$1,000 What is a smart trainer? Smart trainers are interactive turbo trainers that connect with apps such as Zwift, TrainerRoad and The Sufferfest to control the trainer’s resistance and replicate the hills, headwinds and drafting effects inside virtual worlds. These apps can also guide your through power-based interval workouts with the resistance automatically adjusting to keep you at the required power (known as ERG mode). Smart trainers work by communicating with third-party apps on smartphones, tablets and computers using wireless ANT+ frequencies or Bluetooth. It sounds complicated, but most of these trainers and apps will automatically search for and connect to each other, so in practice it’s usually very simple. Wheel-on or direct drive? There are two main types of smart trainer: wheel-on and direct drive. Wheel-on smart trainers function like classic, ‘dumb’ trainers – you clamp the rear axle into a support while your rear wheel rests on a roller drum. This drum is connected to a resistance unit that communicates with your chosen hardware and app to control the resistance you feel through the wheel. These are typically the cheapest and lightest types of smart trainers, but they can cause wear on your tyres (though specific trainer tyres are available to mitigate this issue), their power measurement is generally less accurate, and the ride feel often isn’t as good as direct-drive trainers. Direct drive trainers require you to remove the rear wheel and connect your bike to the trainer via a standard cassette. These are heavier and more expensive than wheel-on trainers, but prices are getting more competitive and they have a number of advantages. Outside of the obvious one, a lack of wear on your lovely rear tyre, they also tend to be quieter and offer a more realistic, road-like ride feel. They are also usually much more feature-rich and accurate, in terms of power measurement, than wheel-on trainers. Of course, price is always going to be a major consideration. We’ve tested a range of options to suit as many budgets as possible, but there’s no denying these trainers aren’t cheap. However, compared to a groupset upgrade or even a new winter bike, they can offer good value if you want to be able to consistently and enjoyably train indoors. Why should I train indoors rather than just ride outside? This is a fair question, and one that really has a very personal answer. However, most of us will probably admit that we don’t enjoy getting wet, cold and dirty. Furthermore, if you live in a particularly busy part of the world, training indoors can be much safer – if you’re doing hard intervals to exhaustion or training in a time-trial position out on the open roads, you really need to be careful of traffic. Training indoors can save you from all of that, and in a more positive light, training indoors can be extremely time efficient. Virtual worlds such as Zwift are also so popular now that there are organised online group rides and races – there are even national championships and the UCI is organising an esports world championships for 2020 – so you can indulge your competitive urges to make it more fun. Elite Suito 4.5 out of 5 star rating Buy now from {merchant} ({price}), {merchant} ({price}) and {merchant} ({price})."> (function () { var s = document.createElement('script'); s.type = 'text/javascript'; s.async = true; s.src = "//knl.mntzr11.net/widget/intext/app.bundle.js"; s.onload = function () { new inText({ domain: "knl.mntzr11.net", shopId: 608, geolocation: true, }); }; var x = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; x.parentNode.insertBefore(s, x); //trim whitespace from li to flag empty items (twig seems to strip out closing if you remove the space..... [].forEach.call(document.querySelectorAll('.monetizer-in-text-link'), function(textLink) { textLink.innerHTML = textLink.innerHTML.trim(); }); })(); Elite Suito smart turbo trainer. Simon Bromley/Immediate Media Type: Direct drive Maximum power: 1,900 watts Maximum simulated gradient: 15% Weight: 14.5kg Flywheel: 3.5kg Cassette included: Yes Noise: 73dB RRP: £649.99 The Suito is Elite’s new, more competitively priced direct-drive smart trainer. It comes ready to use straight out of the box, so there’s minimal fuss involved in setting it up and getting riding. It’s a great plug-and-play solution. It comes with an 11-speed Shimano 105 cassette installed, and there are adaptors for 142mm thru-axles and a front wheel riser block included in the box, all of which is especially noteworthy at this price point. Ride quality is very good, especially considering it doesn’t have the largest flywheel out there, and we were impressed by its stability when really cranking things up. It can simulate gradients of up to 15 per cent and has a maximum power of 1,900 watts, so really strong riders might find this unit a little under-specced, but for most people this will be more than they’ll ever need. Click here to read our full review of the Elite Suito Latest deals Saris H3 4.5 out of 5 star rating Buy now from {merchant} ({price}), {merchant} ({price}) and {merchant} ({price})."> (function () { var s = document.createElement('script'); s.type = 'text/javascript'; s.async = true; s.src = "//knl.mntzr11.net/widget/intext/app.bundle.js"; s.onload = function () { new inText({ domain: "knl.mntzr11.net", shopId: 608, geolocation: true, }); }; var x = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; x.parentNode.insertBefore(s, x); //trim whitespace from li to flag empty items (twig seems to strip out closing if you remove the space..... [].forEach.call(document.querySelectorAll('.monetizer-in-text-link'), function(textLink) { textLink.innerHTML = textLink.innerHTML.trim(); }); })(); Saris H3. Simon Bromley Type: Direct drive Maximum power: 2,000 watts Maximum simulated gradient: 20% Weight: 21.3kg Flywheel: 9kg Cassette included: No Noise: 61dB RRP: £849.99 / $999.99 The H3 sits at the top of Saris’s smart trainer range and builds on the popular H2. Reducing the noise levels was one of Saris’s top priorities and it’s certainly achieved good things with the H3 – at just 61dB at 20mph (measured on an iPhone app), it’s very quiet indeed. Ride feel is good, with the stout 9kg flywheel contributing to a very realistic experience. At 21.3kg, it’s also a very solid platform, and while this does make it quite hard to move around, Saris has at least included a handle in the design, which makes things considerably easier. The H3 is capable of 2,000 watts of power and 20 per cent gradients. Power figures were within the claimed +/- 2 per cent accuracy, which should be more than enough for most riders. At £849.99 it’s also competitively priced, so there’s a lot to like. Click here to read our full review of the Saris H3 Latest deals Tacx Neo 2T 4.5 out of 5 star rating Buy now from {merchant} ({price}), {merchant} ({price}) and {merchant} ({price})."> (function () { var s = document.createElement('script'); s.type = 'text/javascript'; s.async = true; s.src = "//knl.mntzr11.net/widget/intext/app.bundle.js"; s.onload = function () { new inText({ domain: "knl.mntzr11.net", shopId: 608, geolocation: true, }); }; var x = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; x.parentNode.insertBefore(s, x); //trim whitespace from li to flag empty items (twig seems to strip out closing if you remove the space..... [].forEach.call(document.querySelectorAll('.monetizer-in-text-link'), function(textLink) { textLink.innerHTML = textLink.innerHTML.trim(); }); })(); Tacx Neo 2T smart turbo trainer. Simon Bromley/Immediate Media Type: Direct drive Maximum power: 2,200 watts Maximum simulated gradient: 25% Weight: 21.5kg Flywheel weight: Virtual Cassette included: No Noise: 61dB RRP: £1,199.99 / $1,399.99 / AU$1,899.99 The Neo 2T is Tacx’s top of the range smart trainer, and it’s priced accordingly. It looks like a spaceship and its spec and performance are pretty futuristic. The Neo 2T uses an arrangement of magnets to create a virtual flywheel, and this offers fantastic ride feel, along with the ability to change the level of inertia depending on the virtual terrain. Tacx also claims the Neo 2T power measurement is accurate to +/- 1 per cent, which is up there with the best. At this price, it’s a little disappointing that a cassette isn’t included, but that’s only a minor nitpick. Overall, the Neo 2T is about as good as it gets in terms of performance. When you consider that it can be used without a power source (making it useful for pre-race warm ups), and that it’s also one of the quietest trainers available, you have a very compelling package. The only real problem is whether you can afford it or not. Click here to read our full review of the Tacx Neo 2T Latest deals Wahoo Kickr Smart 4.5 out of 5 star rating Buy now from {merchant} ({price}), {merchant} ({price}) and {merchant} ({price})."> (function () { var s = document.createElement('script'); s.type = 'text/javascript'; s.async = true; s.src = "//knl.mntzr11.net/widget/intext/app.bundle.js"; s.onload = function () { new inText({ domain: "knl.mntzr11.net", shopId: 608, geolocation: true, }); }; var x = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; x.parentNode.insertBefore(s, x); //trim whitespace from li to flag empty items (twig seems to strip out closing if you remove the space..... [].forEach.call(document.querySelectorAll('.monetizer-in-text-link'), function(textLink) { textLink.innerHTML = textLink.innerHTML.trim(); }); })(); Wahoo Kickr smart trainer. Simon Bromley/Immediate Media Type: Direct drive Maximum power: 2,200 Maximum simulated gradient: 20% Weight: 21.5kg Flywheel: 7.25kg Cassette included: Yes Noise: 61dB RRP: £999.99 / $1,199.99 / €1,199.99 / AU$1,699.99 The Kickr is Wahoo’s top of the range model. It offers fantastic ride feel, thanks to its relatively large 7.25kg flywheel, and it’s also wonderfully quiet. Setting the unit up is very easy, with Wahoo including a cassette and a generously sized power cable, so you shouldn’t need extension leads. Once the bike’s installed, it offers a very solid platform for sprints up to 2,200 watts and gradients up to 20 per cent – these aren’t the highest maximums, but they should be plenty for almost everyone. Power accuracy, at a claimed +/- 2 per cent, was also very good, tracking closely with our Garmin Vectors. The Kickr doesn’t have any crazy headline features or specs, and it doesn’t come cheap, but it does everything brilliantly and without fuss. Our tester called it “the gold standard of smart trainers”. Click here to read our full review of the Wahoo Kickr Smart Latest deals Wahoo Kickr Core 4.5 out of 5 star rating Buy now from {merchant} ({price}), {merchant} ({price}) and {merchant} ({price})."> (function () { var s = document.createElement('script'); s.type = 'text/javascript'; s.async = true; s.src = "//knl.mntzr11.net/widget/intext/app.bundle.js"; s.onload = function () { new inText({ domain: "knl.mntzr11.net", shopId: 608, geolocation: true, }); }; var x = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; x.parentNode.insertBefore(s, x); //trim whitespace from li to flag empty items (twig seems to strip out closing if you remove the space..... [].forEach.call(document.querySelectorAll('.monetizer-in-text-link'), function(textLink) { textLink.innerHTML = textLink.innerHTML.trim(); }); })(); Wahoo Kickr Core smart trainer. Simon Bromley/Immediate Media Type: Direct drive Maximum power: 1,800 watts Maximum simulated gradient: 16% Weight: 18kg Flywheel: 5.4kg Cassette included: No Noise: 70dB RRP: £699.99 / $899.99 / €799.99 / AU$1,199.99 Though it sits in the middle of Wahoo’s Kickr range, the Kickr Core is its cheapest direct-drive trainer. Claimed power accuracy is +/- 2 per cent, which is as good as Wahoo’s higher-end Kickr model, and our tester was very impressed by its ride feel, despite its smaller flywheel. Setup is also easy, with the unit’s legs simply needing to be bolted on. There’s no cassette included though, so you’ll have to remember to factor that in. If you’re happy with the maximum power and gradient figures of 1,800 watts and 16 per cent, then the Kickr Core is a great option at a competitive price. Click here to read our full review of the Wahoo Kickr Core Latest deals BKool Smart Air Lite 4.0 out of 5 star rating Buy now from {merchant} ({price}), {merchant} ({price}) and {merchant} ({price})."> (function () { var s = document.createElement('script'); s.type = 'text/javascript'; s.async = true; s.src = "//knl.mntzr11.net/widget/intext/app.bundle.js"; s.onload = function () { new inText({ domain: "knl.mntzr11.net", shopId: 608, geolocation: true, }); }; var x = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; x.parentNode.insertBefore(s, x); //trim whitespace from li to flag empty items (twig seems to strip out closing if you remove the space..... [].forEach.call(document.querySelectorAll('.monetizer-in-text-link'), function(textLink) { textLink.innerHTML = textLink.innerHTML.trim(); }); })(); BKool Smart Air Lite turbo trainer. Simon Bromley/Immediate Media Type: Direct drive Maximum power: 2,000 watts Maximum simulated gradient: 20% Weight: 23kg Flywheel: 4.5kg Cassette included: No Noise: 75dB RRP: £749.99 With maximum power and gradient figures of 2,000 watts and 20 per cent, the BKool Smart Air Lite offers a top-end spec, despite being the more affordable trainer in BKool’s Smart Air range. The design is unusual – it’s meant to look like half a wheel once your bike is installed – and at 23kg and 56cm tall, with no handle, it’s quite awkward to move around. It does fold up narrowly though, so storing it away is easier. Set up is pain-free. You’ll have to source your own cassette, but once that’s installed it’s essentially a plug-and-play unit. The design also lends a degree of natural movement from the trainer, especially when riding out of the saddle – this divided opinion among our testers, with some finding it a bit disconcerting and others praising it for lending a more realistic feel. Click here to read our full review of the Bkool Smart Air Lite Latest deals Elite Drivo II 4.0 out of 5 star rating Buy now from {merchant} ({price}), {merchant} ({price}) and {merchant} ({price})."> (function () { var s = document.createElement('script'); s.type = 'text/javascript'; s.async = true; s.src = "//knl.mntzr11.net/widget/intext/app.bundle.js"; s.onload = function () { new inText({ domain: "knl.mntzr11.net", shopId: 608, geolocation: true, }); }; var x = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; x.parentNode.insertBefore(s, x); //trim whitespace from li to flag empty items (twig seems to strip out closing if you remove the space..... [].forEach.call(document.querySelectorAll('.monetizer-in-text-link'), function(textLink) { textLink.innerHTML = textLink.innerHTML.trim(); }); })(); Elite Drivo II. Immediate Media Type: Direct drive Maximum power: 3,600 watts Maximum simulated gradient: 24% Weight: 19kg Flywheel: 6kg Cassette included: No Noise: 65dB RRP: £999.99 / $1,199 / AU$1,599.99 The headline specs of the Elite Drivo II, Elite’s top of the range smart trainer, make for some interesting reading. Not only is it capable of simulating gradients up to 24 per cent, but it can handle a staggering 3,600 watts maximum power at 60kph at a claimed accuracy of +/- 0.5 percent! Fortunately, it’s a bukly, stable platform, so if you’re the type of rider that can get anywhere near those numbers, you won’t have any issues, but we do have to question if any such riders actually exist in the real world. In use, the Drivo II is great. The ride feel is impressive and it reacts very quickly to changes in incline, thanks to an electromagnet on the 6kg flywheel. Though its bulk comes in useful when laying down the power, it’s a bit of a hindrance when it comes to storing the unit. Furthermore, it faces stiff competition in this price bracket and though it’s able to offer accuracy and maximum power figures wildly beyond anything else, it’s not clear exactly who would benefit from that extra headroom. Click here to read our full review of the Elite Drivo II Latest deals Kurt Kinetic R1 4.0 out of 5 star rating Buy now from {merchant} ({price}), {merchant} ({price}) and {merchant} ({price})."> (function () { var s = document.createElement('script'); s.type = 'text/javascript'; s.async = true; s.src = "//knl.mntzr11.net/widget/intext/app.bundle.js"; s.onload = function () { new inText({ domain: "knl.mntzr11.net", shopId: 608, geolocation: true, }); }; var x = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; x.parentNode.insertBefore(s, x); //trim whitespace from li to flag empty items (twig seems to strip out closing if you remove the space..... [].forEach.call(document.querySelectorAll('.monetizer-in-text-link'), function(textLink) { textLink.innerHTML = textLink.innerHTML.trim(); }); })(); Kinetic R1. Simon Bromley Type: Direct drive Maximum power: 2,000 Maximum simulated gradient: 20% Weight: 21.5kg Flywheel: 6.3kg Cassette included: No Noise: 75dB RRP: £999.99 / $1,049.99 / €1,049.99 / AU$1,699.99 The Kurt Kinetic R1’s unique selling point is the ‘rock and roll’ design, which allows a significant range of side-to-side motion. At first, the range of movement can be disconcerting, especially if you’re used to a rock solid trainer such as the Wahoo Kickr, but once you get used to it it feels more natural. Beyond that headline feature, the Kinetic R1 has great ride feel thanks to its 6.3kg flywheel and wide-legged stance. The resistance changes smoothly to match changes in the virtual terrain, and with a 2,000 watts and 20 per cent gradient ceiling it ought to satisfy most people’s requirements. It’s not the quietest trainer at 75dB, but it’s not noticeably loud either. Ultimately, whether this is the right trainer for you will depend on how you feel about the rock and roll design – if you want that unique ride feel, the Kinetic R1 is a great unit. Click here to read our full review of the Kurt Kinetic R1 Latest deals Saris M2 4.0 out of 5 star rating Buy now from {merchant} ({price}), {merchant} ({price}) and {merchant} ({price})."> (function () { var s = document.createElement('script'); s.type = 'text/javascript'; s.async = true; s.src = "//knl.mntzr11.net/widget/intext/app.bundle.js"; s.onload = function () { new inText({ domain: "knl.mntzr11.net", shopId: 608, geolocation: true, }); }; var x = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; x.parentNode.insertBefore(s, x); //trim whitespace from li to flag empty items (twig seems to strip out closing if you remove the space..... [].forEach.call(document.querySelectorAll('.monetizer-in-text-link'), function(textLink) { textLink.innerHTML = textLink.innerHTML.trim(); }); })(); Saris M2 smart turbo trainer. Simon Bromley Type: Wheel-on Maximum power: 1,500 watts Maximum simulated gradient: 15% Weight: 9kg Flywheel: 1.2kg Cassette included: Not needed Noise: 75dB RRP: £425 / $500 The Saris M2 is a relatively affordable, wheel-on smart trainer. Using a classic A-frame design, it only weighs 9kg, making it easy to move around, and it folds up neatly for easy storage. For a wheel-on trainer, the Saris M2 is noticeably quiet. It can’t quite compete with the better direct-drive trainers, but it’s not far off (tyre choice will affect this however). Ride feel is good, if not spectacular – largely due to the fact that it only has a 1.2kg flywheel, meaning it struggles to compete against more expensive units – and we also found the power accuracy to be better than the claimed +/- 5 per cent, once properly calibrated. Click here to read our full review of the Saris M2 Latest deals Tacx Flux S 4.0 out of 5 star rating Buy now from {merchant} ({price}), {merchant} ({price}) and {merchant} ({price})."> (function () { var s = document.createElement('script'); s.type = 'text/javascript'; s.async = true; s.src = "//knl.mntzr11.net/widget/intext/app.bundle.js"; s.onload = function () { new inText({ domain: "knl.mntzr11.net", shopId: 608, geolocation: true, }); }; var x = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; x.parentNode.insertBefore(s, x); //trim whitespace from li to flag empty items (twig seems to strip out closing if you remove the space..... [].forEach.call(document.querySelectorAll('.monetizer-in-text-link'), function(textLink) { textLink.innerHTML = textLink.innerHTML.trim(); }); })(); Tacx Flux S. Simon Bromley Type: Direct drive Maximum power: 1,500 watts Maximum simulated gradient: 10% Weight: 23.6kg Flywheel: 7kg Cassette included: No Noise: 60dB RRP: £549 / $749 / €599 / AU$1,000 If you’re looking for a direct-drive smart trainer, but can’t quite stomach the prices of some of the high-end models, the Tacx Flux S might be the one you’ve been looking for. It’s easy enough to set up, simply requiring you to attach the legs to the resistance unit with the supplied Allen key. There’s no cassette in the box though, so you’ll have to get one of those before you can start riding. With its 6.7kg flywheel it has good ride feel, but there is a ceiling of 1,500 watts power and just 10 per cent simulated gradients, which might occasionally be limiting for stronger riders in comparison to other trainers. The only other niggle is that the trainer doesn’t fold up for easy storage – the legs are simply fixed in place with bolts. This won’t be a problem if you have a dedicated pain cave, but if you need to be able to easily stow it away, this might be a dealbreaker. Click here to read our full review of the Tacx Flux S Latest deals What to look for when buying a smart trainer How did we test? When testing these units, we first considered the price of each trainer and what is included in the box — adding on things such as cassettes, spacers or adaptors can add a premium and are worth factoring in. We then considered how easy it was to set-up the trainer, and how easily it paired with Zwift. Next, we tested the ride quality on Zwift to see what the trainer felt like at a constant power, as well as when accelerating, climbing and sprinting out of the saddle. This looked at both the physical stability and how the trainer reacted to Zwift, including changes in terrain and changes in power. These power results were compared with Garmin Vectors. Flywheel A flywheel helps to create a road-like feel due to the kinetic energy they’re able to store, and the resultant inertia they give – essentially, when you stop pedalling it should feel like you are coasting on a real road. It’s generally considered that the heavier the flywheel, the better the ride feel ought to be, but this isn’t always the case. Construction, materials and design all play a role, and some brands are in fact now using virtual flywheels with magnets. Though more expensive, virtual flywheels have the advantage of being able to change the level of inertia depending on the virtual terrain – so climbing should feel different to riding on the flat, just like in the real world. Weight and packability Trainers come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and weights. Wheel-on trainers are, more often than not, the lightest and most packable kind of trainer. Direct drive trainers tend to be much, much bulkier. Though size and shape can vary wildly – with some models folding up to a very slim form – they tend to all be pretty heavy regardless. If you’ve got a dedicated pain cave, it may not matter at all how big and heavy your trainer is. But if you have to set it up and then pack it down before and after every session, then you’ll need to take this into consideration, especially if you have cyclists’ arms. Power and gradient Trainers have different maximum power figures that correspond to the amount of resistance they’re able to generate. They range from 1,500 watts to over 3,500 watts, but 1,500 watts should be plenty for most people, and 2,000 watt models ought to be enough for practically everyone except professional sprinters. The gradient figures relate to the maximum incline a trainer can simulate – given in per cent, like on the road. Again, a lower figure isn’t going to hinder your training, it simply means those trainers won’t be able to simulate the virtual world perfectly whenever the gradients go beyond what the trainer is capable of. Noise Trainers used to be notoriously noisy, but there have been vast improvements made over the past few years. On-wheel trainers are still typically louder than direct-drive trainers, but the gap has narrowed considerably. The quietest trainers are direct-drive though, with some models being so quiet that the sound from your drivetrain becomes the main source of noise. If you want to be able to train inside your house or flat early in the morning, perhaps before your partner/family/housemates wake up, or after work when they’re trying to watch their favourite series in the next room, a quiet trainer is a must. Useful accessories First of all, most smart trainers need to be plugged in to the mains electricity supply in order to function properly. A good quality extension lead might therefore be necessary, depending on where you’re going to set up the trainer because the supplied plugs don’t always have super-long wires. We recommend using Bluetooth to connect all of your hardware together, but if you have ANT+ accessories (such as an older power meter or a heart rate monitor) that you also want to connect, then you’ll need an ANT+ dongle for your laptop or tablet. You might need a riser block for your front wheel. Whether you do or not depends on each model of trainer, but it’s worth checking because those that need one to level you out don’t always come with one included. They’re not essential, and you could theoretically use a yellow pages (if those still exist) or a bit of 2×4 to level things out, but a dedicated riser block will work better and they’re not that expensive (unless you want it to be, in which case Wahoo will sell you its Kickr Climb gradient simulator). A trainer mat of some sort – preferably one that’s rubberised – will help catch your sweat and will also help dampen vibrations and keep noise levels down, especially if you’re using your trainer on a wooden floor (which tends to amplify the sounds). Sweat nets that cover your top tube, steerer tube and stem might also be a good investment to protect them from sweat and corrosion, but what you really want is a big, powerful fan. Something around 20 inches will do, or if you’re really flash you can get a ‘smart’ fan such as the Wahoo Kickr Headwind. If you’re using a laptop or a tablet then a specific stand to hold it in front of you is very useful as well, or if you want to use a TV, then the Apple TV box is able to use the Zwift app.

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PRESTACYCLE THREE-WAY TOOL A three-way, sometimes referred to as a Y-tool, is often the most valuable thing in a mechanic’s toolbox. The ability to have three different-size bits in your hand makes it easier to get the job done without making extra trips back and forth to the workbench. Prestacycle, a company passionate about cycling tools, decided to reinvent the Y-tool by offering mechanics the ability to customize it with three separate locations for bits. Tool nerds rejoice. Prestacycle’s all-new, customizable three-way is a game-changer; however, we always take marketing jargon with a grain of salt, so this month the wrecking crew earned a new title—the wrenching crew. Here’s how Prestacycle’s all-new three-way tool fared in this month’s tool test. Tech features: Prestacycle offers the three-way in two different versions—the Standard model and the Professional model—priced at $25 and $35 respectively. Both tools come with a lifetime warranty and the unique ability to swap out standard-size 1/4-inch bits. They are also both constructed from an alloy body with stainless shafts. The Professional model, however, receives Prestacycle’s MagGlide system that holds the bits in place until you release them. The standard three-way still uses magnets to hold the bits in place, but without the release buttons, it requires a slight tug. The bits are sold separately for $8 for a pack of 12. Additional bit attachments, such as a bottle opener or a tire lever, can be purchased as well. Furthermore, longer bits can be attached to handle harder-to-reach bolts. While this tool might look simple on the surface, much attention went into the detailed design of this product. Professional model and standard model. Field test results: As stated earlier, a three-way is one of the best tools for the job, but with the ability to customize it to the task at hand, it quickly became the favorite tool on our workbench. It’s best to think a few steps ahead and attach the bit sizes you think you’ll need before you begin wrenching. For instance, if you are playing around with your cockpit, you might need to attach a 4mm, a 5mm and a T25 set of bits. If you happen to swap pedals often, a larger 8mm bit can be swapped in. Basically, if you think ahead, this tool can be set up to prevent trips to the toolbox. The ability to use longer bit drivers was also a welcome feature, since other three-way tools can be too close to the handlebars, preventing full rotation and increasing job time. The only minor complaint we had about this tool was that the bits would often get stuck in our bolts due to the tight fit, but this tighter tolerance is actually a good thing, as it prevents mechanics from rounding off bolt heads. Overall, Prestacycle did an excellent job updating a classic tool with the ability to be customized for the job. If you work on your own bike and haven’t checked out Prestacycle’s tool line, we recommend giving them a look. Hits • Versatile tool that’s perfect for most jobs Misses • Bits can get stuck in the bolt heads Star Rating 4.5 stars out of 5 www.prestacycle.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: Prestacycle Three-Way Tool appeared first on Electric Bike Action.

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10/11/2019