Shimano unveils new 11-speed flagship mountain bike group

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It was time for a new XTR, and with the introduction of single chainring groups from SRAM knocking at the door of the premier mountain bike component group, Shimano was facing a serious challenger. When the press gathered a few weeks ago at Shimano’s U.S. headquarters in Irvine, Calif., we were aware of the basics, now it was time to hear the how and why of the new XTR.

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Feedback Sports announces new line for kids

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Feedback Sports announced today an innovative push into the lucrative 3 to 6-year-old market with the first of several new products.

The Pee-WeeElite is a 3-foot tall work stand optimized for repairs on 12-inch wheel balance bikes. According to Feedback Sports, it represents the first of several new products the company is working on for this important demographic of cyclists.

“Youth is the foundation of cycling and keeping a bicycle in good working condition is key to the experience,” said Feedback Sports Founder and President Doug Hudson.  “We have seen a trend in children attempting to work on their own bikes but until now there has not been a easy solution. We want to empower kids to be in charge of their bike repairs and get back on the sidewalk quickly.”

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Feedback Sports is putting extensive resources behind the project including hiring several new employees and consultants. Feedback’s engineers worked diligently to optimize the design after spending months studying growth charts and focus group data from around the world.

“We think this product is just the thing to spark interest in bicycle maintenance at a young age,” said Jeff Nitta, director of sales and marketing. ”There are over 10 million kids bikes sold in the USA each year, so we feel confident when going up against products like the iPad and xBox.”

The Pee-WeeElite will be officially introduced to the public at the Sea Otter Classic in Monterey April 10-13 at Feedback’s booth #113.

 

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Shimano unveils new 105 group and mechanical/hydraulic combo

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This year the 105 group gets hit with the trickle-down stick, getting updated with the technology and refinements first release on Shimano’s Dura-Ace and Ultegra groups. With wide range cassettes with 11 gears, asymmetric crank arm spiders, and new brakes, not a single part is untouched. It will be available in black or a polished silver finish.

Also new is the pairing of mechanical shifting with hydraulic braking – a first for Shimano’s road groups. The ST-RS685 levers and BR-RS785 calipers bring Shimano’s hydraulic braking system to the mechanical-shifting masses. Just like the Di2 shifters with hydraulic braking, they do not fall into any of the traditional product lines, but are considered to be Ultegra-level in quality and spec.

See the new gear here.

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Rungo’s Juggernaut fat trike crushes all

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Is this not the most outrageous thing you’ve seen lately? Rungo offers its Juggernaut trike with three 5-inch wheels and twin headtubes. Clearly traction is the leading design target here because I don’t think speed was on the list. What’s more insane is that it has attachments for an e-bike booster or even overhead racks.

Yes you read that right: Over. Head. Racks.

The “low gearing” seems suspect since it’s pictured with only a single chainring, but if you do get moving quick the dual front brakes can likely hopefully haul you back in.

The aluminum frame has an offset 135mm rear end and a 100mm bottom bracket shell. As pictured? 55.8 pounds and $2,900.

Should we order one for a long-term review?

 

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Clif Bar goes gluten free

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Clif Bar has joined the gluten free craze and released 5 new flavors of MOJO snack bars. These bars are made with organic fruits, whole nuts and dark chocolate. Each bar is 70 percent organic, under 200 calories, 4grams

These MOJO bars come in 5 flavors: Cranberry Almond, Wild Blueberry Almond, Coconut Almond Peanut, Dark Chocolate Almond Sea Salt and Dark Chocolate Cherry. The standard price is $1.49

Being gluten free myself I’m stoked to see another bar on the market that has good flavor and fits in my jersey pocket. The Cranberry Almond and the Dark Chocolate Almond Sea Salt are my personal favorites out of the five. Have you tried them yet?

 

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New e-book answers ladies’ sensitive questions about cycling

saddle-soreAuthor and journalist Molly Hurford rides a lot—and knows countless women who ride a lot—and inevitably all that riding can lead to a little… discomfort. It’s a subject that she found nearly all of the women she knows, from beginners to pros, were reluctant to discuss at the their local bike shop or with their male peers.

So she sought out to answer those questions for female cyclists, by talking to experts in the industry, doctors, product designers and riders. The result is “Saddle, Sore”, an e-book guide for women and their bike. No matter how much you ride, it shouldn’t be uncomfortable, and Hurford’s book can help you avoid some uncomfortable conversations.

Hurford will also be following up with online articles with new topics as they arise, as well as answering readers questions and some video interviews.

You can purchase and download a copy of “Saddle, Sore” in PDF or EPUB format (compatible with most tablets) now.

 

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Cielo debuts new Racer model and stem collection

Cielo is the framebuilding offshoot of Chris King Components, so you can imagine its US-made steel road and mountain bikes are held to the highest standards. Making its debut at NAHBS was this Racer model, a thoroughly modern take on a race bike. The tubes are custom drawn and ovalized, then matched to a PF30 bottom bracket and stout chainstays. You can order it in one of six sizes and six new colors, including the insanely awesome tartan and silver livery.

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Also new is a collection of Racer and Classic stems to compliment your ride, made in-house in Portland from 4130 steel. They are available in all of Cielo‘s colors and include a matching or contrasting anodized faceplate that exactly matches Chris King components. The Racer stem is 42mm tall while the Classic has a built-in riser to 75mm tall. The come in nine lengths too, so you sure sure to get a perfect fit.

 

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