Archive for October, 2007

Fisher 29"er Jersey Available

October 31, 2007

All of the 2007 race season, Fisher has sponsored a grassroots 29″er team and they could be spotted wearing these flashy, retro inspired jerseys. It wasn’t long after their appearance that 29″er fans started clamouring for them, but Fisher stuck to its guns and kept them exclusive to the team……….until now, that is!

Now you can sport your love for 29″ers in long or short sleeves. These jerseys are available now from Fisher dealers or online.

Get ’em while they are hot!

Retrotec

October 30, 2007

one more

Retrotec

October 30, 2007

My Retrotec 29er

Igleheart 29'er

October 30, 2007

my favorite bike, Igleheart 29 SS. Push harder!

The wired 29er. We're still considered cool.

October 30, 2007

Wired Magazine is a monthly print publication that covers all kinds of trends in technology. Slanted to the left and with a very elitist attitude, they focus in on how technology is changing our lives. Covering everything from Google space launches to new media to “green” technology, Wired is pretty top of the game when it comes to keeping track of the cutting edge. It’s one of the few magazines I subscribe to.

One of the sections that exists in every issue is the “Expired-Tired-Wired” where they give their take on what’s in, out and soooo last week. Here’s this month’s:

table.start-table td {
font-weight:normal;
}
table.start-table td, table.start-table th {
margin:0px;
padding:7px;
text-align:center;
width:33%;
}
table.start-table td.expired {
background-color:#F68216;
}
table.start-table td.tired {
background-color:#FDAB0F;
}
table.start-table td.wired {
background-color:#FFCC00;
}
table.start-table th.expired {
background-color:#F68216;
font-weight:bold;
}
table.start-table th.tired {
background-color:#FDAB0F;
font-weight:bold;
}
table.start-table th.wired {
background-color:#FFCC00;
font-weight:bold;
}

Wired iPhone apps Venturi eclectic Meteorite sickness 29ers
Tired Facebook apps Toyota Prius Avian flu Fixies
Expired Desktop apps Chevy Volt Sars Recumbents

I had mixed feelings about the mention. First, I thought it was pretty cool that bikes, especially big wheeled ones, were in the “cool” section of such a mainstream publication. But from there it made me wonder if 29ers really are so “wired”. As they take a stronger hold on the market, are they still just for the cool cats that are into the cutting edge stuff? Should they be moved on to the “tired” section for something more new and exciting?

I know one thing’s for sure… Wired’s “expired” take on bikes was dead-on.

Zion 29er

October 30, 2007

Origin 8 and Continental Tire Updates

October 28, 2007

Origin 8 Scout frame

The Origin 8 Scout, which was released in small numbers this past summer, was recently updated. Sources tell us that the first run of frames had a complaint or two regarding the tire clearance in the rear. To help address this, Origin 8 has gone from the original Scout’s 68mm bottom bracket shell to a 73mm shell width. Also, they have implemented a CNC machined chainstay yoke in steel to accomodate larger tires. Look for the updated frames to made available sometime this winter.

Continental tire placards

As reported from our Interbike coverage, Continental is going to introduce new 29″er models in a couple of different sizes in two of their new “families” of tires. They are not, however, going to be making them UST tires, as the pictured placards from Interbike seem to indicate. The 26 inch versions will have UST counterparts, but the 29″er versions will be of a “tubeless ready” variety, as I suspected. The word is that 29″er riders are not going to accept a “true UST tires weight”, which would be estimated to be in the neighborhood of 800-900 grams for a 2.1″ tire. I was told this would be due to the extra butyl rubber necessary to make the casing air tight. Those holding out for a true UST standard 29″er tire are going to have a long wait, it would seem.

More as we get the information……….

Singular Geared

October 27, 2007

asdf

October 27, 2007

Singular Swift Geared

October 27, 2007