Archive for the ‘Tech Rumor’ Category

Sea Otter : Fox Racing Shox Upgrades

April 19, 2009

It looks like Fox Shox are revamping their line a little bit.  Originally brought to you by Cyclingnews.com

The FIT (Fox Isolated Technology) cartridge-style dampers previously introduced on the 36 and 40 platforms are now littered throughout the 32 range for 2010 from the racer-oriented F-Series all the way through the coil-sprung Vanilla.

By separating the damping oil from air, the new floating piston designs reduce the chance of oil cavitation – and the loss of damping performance that results – relative to the existing open-bath models while the reduced oil volume also helps shed 71g, too. Additional massages to F-Series chassis shave even more weight, now making the top-end cross-country forks truly competitive weight-wise at 1.43kg (3.15lb) for the lightest models.

Smaller diameter damper shafts afford lower-friction seals, too, while an expanding rubber bladder at the top of the cartridge accommodates internal volume changes without any extra o-rings, thus maintaining comparably low levels of friction as on the open bath models.

Another feature Fox brought us their “ProTune”  to compete with the several suspensiong tuning companies out there.  Some companies, like Push, even revalve the suspension to make it ride as you need.

Advertisements

Bontrager’s April Fools

April 1, 2009

Press Release – Bontrager inForm® Technology Aids Armstrong’s Recovery

04/01/2009

bontrager_inform_carbonclavicle

Lance Armstrong and Bontrager today released more details regarding Armstrong’s recent collarbone surgery. While it was previously reported that Armstrong’s right clavicle was screwed and plated back together after his March 23rd crash at the Castilla y Leon stage race in Spain, Armstrong and equipment sponsor Bontrager, jointly announced that he was the world’s first recipient of an inForm® CarbonClavicle™ Upgrade.

Originally slated to be released at the AAOS (American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeon) Convention May 18-24th in Las Vegas, Bontrager moved up the launch date of the inForm CarbonClavicle to aid the return of Armstrong to the peloton.

“The original intent of the Bontrager inForm line was to use medical research to aid us in creating better cycling contact points, such as saddles, shoes, and grips. But when we did the research into the most common cycling-related injuries, the broken collarbone proved to be an area where we could  actually help cyclists get back on the road sooner,” relates John Balmer, head of Bontrager Development.

The CarbonClavicle, available for both left and right shoulders in four male sizes and four WSD (Women’s Specific Design) sizes, is an actual carbon fiber replacement of the clavicle. Developed with the aid of Sports Medicine Specialist Dr. Mark Timmerman, a Bontrager consultant, the inForm CarbonClavicle has greater shock absorption, greater impact strength, and a greater tensile strength—all while being grams lighter than the OEM bone.

informimplant_1

“The installation on Armstrong was completely coincidental. But I must admit, the Bontrager marketing team was doing high-fives when we heard about Lance’s crash. It really was a marketing god-send. I mean, could there have been a better way to launch the new Bontrager medical Upgrade line?” explains Chris Clinton, Bontrager Marketing Manager.

The installation procedure is substantially quicker than the conventional collarbone repair procedures of stabilizing, drilling and pinning, as this is a full replacement. Essentially, the broken bone is completely removed and the CarbonClavicle is anchored in place. Armstrong’s procedure took approximately 30 minutes and will reduce his recovery time from 3 weeks, to 5-7 days for the sutures to fully heal.

The delay in releasing details was due to an extended approval process with the UCI, which has now ruled that since this piece is structural yet provides only minor aerodynamic advantage over the traditional ‘bump’ of a healed broken clavicle, it falls with the current parameters of the UCI rules.

Future sponsorship plans include full support and pre-emptive upgrades for the full Trek-Livestrong U23 team. “These guys are early in their careers, and if averages apply to the team, we think we can prevent about ten or more future breaks across the 12 members of the team,” adds Clinton.

Backed by Bontrager’s best-in-industry 5-year warranty, inForm CarbonClavicles will be available through referrals from Trek and Fisher dealers exclusively. Retail prices will be set by the retailer.

For more information, visit Bontrager online at www.bontrager.com.

Velo Orange Zeppelin Fenders : On Review

March 29, 2009

There’s an assortment of Velo Orange products on review and the first one are very cool Zeppelin 52mm fenders.  These aluminum fenders are full coverage with a beautiful matte finish.  I actually prefer this matte finish over the high polish of other metal fenders.  My worry of scuffs and dings are very low due to the finish.

3216981322_ba5de73aa7

The setup of these guys was a bit more in depth than a standard SKS or Planet Bike fender.  Due to the shape and length of the metal fenders some fenders/bending was needed.   Using a standard set of side cutters worked well and some patience with setting up the aluminum struts.

Width : The fenders fit up to a 44mm tire, due to my frame type I can only run 32mm tires with fenders, and the brakes (Tektro R536) required some fine skilled “bending” of the fender to fit through the brake.  Every time I would brake the fender would flex, finally I fine tuned it to work with out flexing.

Length : Front fender is 80cm and the rear is 110cm long.  They give a good full coverage but could use an extra mud flap to catch things from flying on to the rider behind me.  The front fender also doesn’t allow the bike to sit on my roof rack.  Quite a bummer as I use the roof rack daily to get from home to work in the mornings.

So far in the week I’ve had these fenders installed I’ve been super excited and thrilled by them.  The looks alone catch me and others eyes, also I’m coming to like the tinging of gravel and sand on the metal as I’m riding down rough roads.

Two thumbs up for a set of $48.00 fenders with all the needed hardware, and pre drilled!!

Thanks for visiting

March 28, 2006

We are excited of the upcoming venture and what the next years will bring to the cycling industry!