Thursday, July 31, 2008

Biggest Dummy Yet

I have a Big Dummy which I love and I have a Tall Bike which I also love. I wonder what would happen if they hooked up?

T.G.I.F.

And now we cut loose proper!

Rising Temperatures

The Indignity of Commuting by Bicycle: Sounds, Sasquatch, Stupidity, and Specters
Clearly, we're living in tumultuous times. Cops are tackling cyclists. Riccardo Ricco is not only confessing that he took EPO, but he's also outraged that he didn't fail more tests. And methanogens with cytochromes have considerably higher growth yields and threshold concentrations for H2 than methanogens without cytochromes. Whatever the hell that means.

I don't have an explanation for all of these things, but I can explain what's happening in New York City. Simply put, it's hot. Riot scene in "Do The Right Thing" hot. The kind of hot that creates the moist, tropical conditions in your underpants that are ideal for fostering new life forms. So as you'd expect, people are getting angry out there. And when people get angry, things get ugly.


I was pondering this very thing as I propelled myself to work today, only to be torn from my reverie by an urgent horn-honking. It was the kind of honking you hear from team cars as they try to make their way through the peloton to their riders in the break, and it was coming from a large van of the sort upon which you don't go knocking if you see it rocking. It was easy to imagine that inside it might contain an array of bean bags, or a rotating bed, or B.A. Baracus, or possibly all three, and its pistons snarled angrily like Mr. T himself used to while he pitied fools. I couldn't figure out why the driver was honking at me though, and I confess that this combined with the heat made me irritable. So as he passed I kindly told the driver to "Shut up," only I also included a bad word for emphasis. I didn't say it particularly angrily, mind you. Instead, I said it in the same way you'd say it to your friend towards the end of the ride after he's made fun of your Pentabike socks for the millionth time. But yes, I said it, and there was no taking it back.
"I'm just trying not to hit you, dumbass!,"
he replied.

Don't They Mean...

This Aint Yo Hood Beotch!

Saw this on Nolaninjagirls page and couldnt stop laughing;

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

NOLA Roller Races


New Orleans is having an indoor roller race this weekend; Maybe we can get a car load together for the trip?

What is brown and rhymes with snoop?

Dr. Dre.

But this post is about Kanye. Though old news, for some reason i still get a kick out of this so:



Olympic Bribes linked to Keirin

A BBC investigation has raised concerns that a cycling event may have bought its way into the Olympic Games.

Documents given to the BBC suggest that $3m (£1.5m) was paid by organisers of a Japanese cycling event to the UCI - the world cycling body. The payments were allegedly made in the 1990s. The event, called the keirin, was supported for inclusion into the Games by the UCI, and admitted in 1996. The UCI and its president at the time, Hein Verbruggen, deny any wrongdoing.

The keirin is a rapid and exciting track cycling event where riders are initially paced around a track by a motorcycle before sprinting for the line. One of Great Britain's best Beijing medal hopes, Chris Hoy, is the current world champion in the discipline. The keirin is big business in its country of origin, Japan, commanding tens of millions of dollars in gambling revenue every year. But despite its financial clout, the one thing the event has always lacked is an international profile.
'We should really stop it' Back in the 1980s the Japanese successfully lobbied to put their race into the world track championships organised by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI).



The keirin event was admitted into the Olympics in 1996

It was a move that, according to Mr Koramasu of the Keirin Association, was initially greeted with some scepticism by the incoming UCI President Hein Verbruggen. "In 1992, the world championship was considering dropping the keirin and it was a shocking thing for us. "It started when Mr Verbruggen of UCI proposed dropping keirin from the world championships and we thought we should really stop it." But four years later the tables had turned completely. Not only was the keirin a fixture in the world championship, it was - by 1996 - preparing to receive the ultimate prize for any sport, a place in its own right on the roster of the Olympic Games. 'Remarkable turnaround' The keirin was formally accepted by the International Olympic Committee in December of that year and entered competition in Sydney in 2000.

Everybody knew the Japanese were supporting the world cup series and were supporting everything and I think everybody realised that they weren't doing it for nothing. So how did such a remarkable turnaround occur? For years there have been rumours in cycling that the Japanese gave money to the UCI in return for its promotion of keirin as an Olympic event.
According to one member of the UCI at the time, the Japanese donated a "big envelope" in return for access. Denmark's Henrik Elmgreen was also a member cycling's governing body at the time. "We must admit that when they came it was because the Japanese were very influential in the UCI and they offered a lot of money in order to promote this discipline. "You can to a certain extent say they bought their way in but on the other hand it is a spectacular discipline. "Everybody knew the Japanese were supporting the world cup series and were supporting everything and I think everybody realised that they weren't doing it for nothing. "They wanted something in return and everybody knew what they got in return."
'No transfer of money' Mr Elmgreen says that everyone knew, but we have found no formal declaration of such a deal's existence.

Critics say that the system by which events go in and go out of the Olympics is seriously flawed, with little or no oversight
In fact, when we asked Mr Karamasu of Japan's Keirin Association, he categorically denied the deal had ever taken place.
"No transfer of money took place. "What we did is that we supported establishing the cycling training centres in Japan and also we paid the set amount that all the National Federations pay for membership… sort of a membership fee - I have to say I do not know about it at all. "I have been in this position up until 1998 however I've never heard of any direct payment of money or cash" But documents given to the BBC suggest a different story. They reveal a series of substantial payments to the UCI, which began just two months after the keirin was accepted into the Olympics in December 1996. Written on UCI letterhead one of the contracts states that the Japanese agree to support UCI projects in "material terms", in consideration of "the excellent relationship the UCI has with representatives of the Olympic movement".
'Payback'
The payments total some $3m - that is about a fifth of the UCI's annual budget - paid as reimbursements for things like the routine travel expenses of top UCI officials including Mr Verbruggen, the man who is now in charge of the organising committee for the Beijing Olympic Games. Hein Verbruggen denies any wrongdoing. In one six-month period in 1999, for instance, the Keirin Association paid for no fewer than five separate return flights on UCI business taken by Mr Verbruggen to the Netherlands, his home country.

A source who was within the UCI at the time has told the BBC that the payments were explicitly a payback for getting the keirin into the Games. We took these revelations to Mr Verbruggen himself who denied that anything improper had taken place. "It's been done in total transparency", he said. "This was done for the development of track cycling around the world."
However he did not directly explain how come routine air fares and other UCI expenses were being covered by the Japanese.
We contacted the UCI to try and get some clarity on these allegations. They ignored our request.
'Matter of trust'
Britain's Sir Craig Reedie is a member of the IOC's ethics commission which oversees such allegations. However he said it was not directly a matter for his organisation.
"The International Federations have their own set of rules. We would trust our International Federations to get this correct. It is a matter of trust." The organisation's critics say that the system by which events go in and go out of the Olympics is seriously flawed, with little or no oversight. Their argument is that if you are careful enough and clever enough and you really want the golden Olympic ticket for your sport, there is every reason to believe that you can get your event onto the podium.

Flo-rider

I dont know who this is but i saw this video from florence, al which qualifies it to be on here. the video is kinda horrible but the guy riding is definitely okay. Not great by the ridiculous international scene standards, but i'm definitely not hating on him. Does flo-town have a few riders? I have been meeting more and more guys from out of the blue lately. the more the merrier. i smell a state wide alleycat coming up.

A cycling shoe you can wear in the skreets!

Though not originally designed for fixed gears, Nike has designed a new SPD compatible shoe that is more street friendly than traditional cycling shoes. Finally, you can ride your bike and not look like you just got back from an alien clogging festival. Nike developed the Nike Dunk Gyrizo in order to welcome BMX to the Olympics. The Gyrizo is specially designed for cycling. The kicks feature Kevlar lace and metal grommets to maximize durability. Meanwhile, its rubber and thinner midsole allows a rider to walk easily before and after races. The look is a little gangster for me but they are a good alternative to a lot of the other shoes out there.



Fuck This

I don't know about anyone else but I am tired of summer and it's not even August yet

P.O.T.D.

Top Fuel Gets More Top And More Fuel






Trek has dropped a substantial amount of weight from its 100mm-travel Top Fuel cross-country platform but also significantly improved its rear suspension performance at the same time. Add in the new model's radically extended seat tube and unique 'Cross Bow' frame design and the result is one of the most dramatic set of curves we've seen in a race-ready mountain bike in some time.

According to Trek product manager John Riley, the new carbon fiber frame is now just 2027g (4.47lb) for an unpainted 19.5in production sample with shock and seatpost, a full 431g (0.95lb) lighter than last year's equivalently configured version. Add in some careful component choices and the complete top-end 9.9 SSL model is just 9.5kg (21lb) without pedals.

Trek borrowed several technologies and concepts from its road-going Madone to save the weight, such as the 'no-cut' seatmast concept that has been adapted for off-road use. The Top Fuel version is really more of an extended conventional seat tube though, complete with a short seatpost. Trek says the reduced amount of overlap saves 100g but the oversized dimensions (the short seatpost measures 34mm in diameter) yield an 11 percent stiffness improvement in that area. Trek will offer both 185mm- and 245mm-long posts, too, both with 100mm of vertical adjustment.

The Madone also lends its integrated bottom bracket shell design with drop-in bearings but Trek even carries over its narrower road-standard bearing spacing. The 5mm-narrower dimension allows for a Trek-exclusive FSA 2x9 crankset on the 9.9 SSL that closely emulates the width of road cranks so that racers don't have to adapt when swapping back and forth. Even so, adapters thankfully enable the use of standard three-ring mountain bike cranksets.

In addition, the net moulding and Precision Fit Socket drop-in bearing concept is carried over to the suspension pivot hard points as found on the new Fuel EX and the integrated headset while a burlier one-piece magnesium Evo Link replaces last year's two-piece aluminium design to drop 75g.

New lightweight Bontrager XR Team Edition tyres also account for some of the weight loss, as does the use of a DT Swiss carbon-bodied rear shock, and new Bontrager Race XXX Lite wheels with carbon rims.

Not just lighter but better, too

The new Top Fuel is clearly lighter but suspension performance on the new bike should be greatly improved as well. The Full Floater rear shock configuration should provide the same well-tuned feel as on the now-proven Fuel EX and the ABP (Active Braking Pivot) floating brake design should yield better braking performance, particularly on washboard and braking bumps. Travel has also increased to 100mm.

Moreover, Trek claims that the new Top Fuel is a full 33 percent more rigid than the previous iteration, thus making it lighter, more capable and faster overall. Sadly though, we weren't able to verify the latter claims as Trek didn't have production samples available for test ride but we should be able to get our hands on one soon enough.

Of course all this technology won't be cheap: the Top Fuel 9.9 SSL will retail around US$7,500.

Fortunately for privateer racers and non-trustafarians there will be aluminium versions, Top Fuel 8 and 9, and a lesser-specced carbon framed Top Fuel 9.8 at less painful prices.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Huntsville Kickin Butt And Taking Names

Huntsville resident Michael Olheiser took first place in the Bull Gap Time Trial (mens cat 123) with a record time of 0:48:27, beating the old record by five minutes! I would like to say way to go Mike and Orbea.

When The Cops Are Part Of The Problem

NEW YORK — A police officer shown on video body-checking a bicyclist who was riding as part of a demonstration was stripped of his badge and gun Monday. (fuck yeh!)

The incident occurred Friday evening in Times Square at the Critical Mass ride, a monthly protest of urban reliance on motor vehicles.

The video clip, posted anonymously on the Internet on Sunday, shows the officer standing in the street as bikes whiz past. The officer moves toward the cyclist, identified in a criminal complaint as Christopher Long, and violently knocks him to the ground in front of crowds of people. Another officer comes over, and the two officers wrestle with Long before handcuffing him.

Craig Radhuber said he was riding about 3 feet behind Long when he was hit.

"It was unprovoked," Radhuber said. "It was like the cop was waiting for him and then just checked him as he got closer. I couldn't believe it."

The officer in the video was placed on desk duty pending the outcome of a police department investigation, chief police spokesman Paul Browne said.

The video, shot by a bystander, was posted on YouTube.


Long, of Hoboken, N.J., was arrested because he was obstructing traffic in the heart of Times Square, the complaint said. He was charged with attempted assault, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

The complaint said Long, 29, deliberately steered his bicycle into the officer, causing both of them to fall to the ground.

During his arrest, Long squirmed and kicked, saying to the officers, "You are pawns in the game. I'm gonna have your job," the complaint said.

There were no other arrests in the ride.

Long's lawyer said he hopes the Manhattan district attorney's office will drop the charges. The district attorney's office said it was investigating.

Meanwhile, Long's next court date was set for Sept. 5.

The Critical Mass bike rides started in San Francisco in 1992 and began in New York two years later. The New York rides, on the last Friday of every month, became large enough that police decided to crack down on them, leading to the arrests of more than 260 cyclists during a ride days before the GOP convention in August 2004 on charges of disorderly conduct and traffic offenses.

Dozens more cyclists have been arrested at subsequent rallies. In 2007, a federal judge ruled that the city could continue to regulate the rides despite a claim from riders arguing the rules infringe on their constitutional rights to free speech and to travel.



This reminds me of the incident where Tyler was attacked and HPD accused him/us of buying drugs instead of the officers doing their duty and finding the culprits. To serve and protect? i think they failed on both counts. i realize that a few bad apples can ruin the bunch and that police officers are people too but they are cicil servants and are to be held to a higher standard. In Huntsville, it seems they are dim wit redneck bullies who didnt make it out of Mayberry, who lack honor, and enjoy having power over the public rather than being upstanding men who selflessly protect their fellow neighbors. Look at how many officers have had charges filed against them recently and how many have suddenly resigned. I know there are good officers and I feel bad for them because they are a dieing breed and its assholes like the guy in the video that the people associate with. Cyclists have the right to ride on public roads and be protected by the police.

Frame Number One

Not a fixed gear but there's definitely one in the works. This is frame number one by yours truly. Custom geometry fillet brazed true temper triple triangle with extended seat tube. I will hopefully have it ready for paint by this weekend. 73.5 degree headtube with 40mm of rake = fast.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Those Cervelo Commercials

BikeSnob is awesome and hit the nail on the head;



Cervelo is to bicycles what Sub Zero is to refrigerators, or what Viking is to stoves, or what Weber is to gas barbecue grills. That is to say, they're expensive, well-engineered, professional-quality items which are bought by people who have little or no clue how to operate them and will never know their true potential. You can ruin a meal just as badly on a GE as you can on a Viking, and you can get dropped just as quickly on a Scattante as you can on a Cervelo. And despite what you may think, you don't look any better or "pro" on a Cervelo than you do on a Scattante either. In fact, it only serves to throw the chainring tattoo on your hairy leg into sharper relief.

So as the Breitling of bikes you'd expect Cervelo to have very serious--almost intimidating--TV ads. Maybe a baritone narrator intoning statistics as molecular structures and formulas flash across the screen. Instead, Cervelo's ads are mostly just those two Canadian guys who make them talking about their bikes in an endearing lilt. It's almost hard to imagine that people with accents like that could even be precise, let alone produce a full line of performance bicycles. It's like if Cooter from the "Dukes of Hazzard" was the BMW spokesperson. Those Cervelo commercials were the closest thing I've seen in awhile to the "Great White North" (only with less belching), and I for one am hoping Vroomen and White become the new Bob and Doug McKenzie.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

What Would Cru Jones Do?

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Rare Tiffany Bicycle

Just sold for a modest $57,000.



Saturday, July 26, 2008

Huntsville Bike Polo

We're playing again Sunday the 27th 5:00PM at Optimist Park (NE corner of Oakwood and Andrew Jackson). Bring bike and fluids. Picture has nothing to do with polo but looked crazy.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Where The Buffalo Roam

Don't Be Skurred; Polo Gets Some Pub'



Found this story about bike POLO
by Gina Kim

Two lines of four people square off across the parking lot, each balancing on their fixed-gear bikes with only the heads of their polo mallets resting on the ground.

"Marco," yells one side.

"Polo," responds the other.

Then the two teams, in unofficial uniforms of cut-off jeans and T-shirts, race toward a red rubber ball in the center of the empty lot. There's the sound of plastic against asphalt as mallets shove the ball toward one of the orange-cone goals, while the din of traffic echoes from the Capital City Freeway above.

This is urban bike polo, a game that's hijacking empty lots, basketball courts and sometimes parking garages across the country and world. Here in Sacramento, it's played twice a week in the parking lots beneath the freeway on X Street.

"There's a feeling that you're doing something everyone else hasn't caught on to yet," says John Kennedy of the U.S. Bicycle Polo Association, which is based in Sacramento. "Plus, it's taking a twist on what is seen as an established, upper-crust sport and bringing it down to the people's level."

There are two strands of bike polo, Kennedy says. The first is played on grass with mountain bikes and wooden mallets. The other is a street version that has been adopted by bike messengers and serious road cyclists, played on asphalt or concrete, generally on fixed-gear track bikes and with mallets fashioned from ski poles or metal crutches and PVC pipe.

"Bike polo players probably have more tattoos and piercings and drink more beer than the equestrian riders who drink white wine and champagne," Kennedy says. "And the urban bike polo players have more tattoos and piercings and probably drink more beer than the grass bike polo players."

Balancing on fixed gears

Cigarette smoke hangs in the air on a recent Sunday as more than 30 people rendezvous in a parking lot at 19th and X streets. Energy drinks are gulped as teams of four face off.

Tires skid, metal mallets clank against each other, and the players seemingly defy gravity while swatting at the ball with forehands, backhands and belly shots – a maneuver in which the ball is hit through the gap between two bike wheels.

"You have to know how to control your bike really, really well," says Amy Kozak, 19, one of the handful of women who play regularly. "It makes me a better rider because I know exactly how to turn my bike in traffic."

Kozak, who lives in Sacramento and works at Capitol Aquarium, started riding a fixed-gear bike three months ago.

Fixed-gears differ from traditional bikes because they don't coast and don't generally have hand brakes. Riders must pedal constantly for the bike to move and apply back pressure to the pedals to stop.

Although traditional cyclists are welcome to play urban bike polo, fixed-gear bikes are preferred since one of the few rules of the game is that players cannot put their feet on the ground during play but must balance on their bikes the entire time. If a player does inadvertently touch the ground, that person must bicycle off the court and touch a parking median before returning to play.

The game's other rules are that there is no out of bounds, a team must ride around its own goal after it scores to give the other team time to regroup, and whichever team scores three goals first is the winner.

"It conditions you to be a lot better of a rider," says Cy Kamsoulin, 23, of Sacramento, an elder-care provider.



Not about winning

Bike polo has been played in various forms since the late 1800s, when inflated rubber tires were invented and England sent a bunch of the new bikes to India, says Kennedy. Stableboys who didn't have horses thought they would try their hand at the elite game on their new bikes, and British troops brought the version back to England.

The game spread to Ireland, and Irish immigrants brought the game to the United States, Kennedy says.

Alex Cain, 23, who works dispatch at a Sacramento bike messenger service, started organizing games after moving from Denver three years ago. The learning curve was steep – he first made mallets entirely of PVC pipe, but the plastic couldn't hold up to the fierce beatings during games. He also had to figure out where to play.

"We don't get bothered here," says Cain of the lot at 19th and X. On Wednesdays, games are played at 21st and X streets because there are too many cars parked in the 19th Street lot.

The players are mostly part of a tight-knit fixed-gear community in which inner tubes are shared like french fries and bikes are sources of pride.

Ask what injuries have been suffered, and riders usually talk about the dings to their bikes first.

Daniel Borman, 23, spent thousands of dollars and more than a year to build his lime-green track bike piece by piece. He once suffered about $100 worth of damage in a collision with another player.

But it's all in good fun since it means time with friends twice a week.

"You want to win, but you don't really care," says Borman, who works as a bike messenger. "You're just going to have fun and drink beer afterward."

Did you know we play bike polo here in the 256? Its true. Go to our links column on the right and check us out. Its more fun than a monkey knife fight!

Cus' I'm Proud To Be An American



Where at least I know I'm free...to ride a pimp a$$, true temper (america's tubing by God!)American flag, triple triangled track bike!Get some!

Messenger

This is a little jewel from the mid 90s

2009 Fisher's FTW!

I know this is supposed to be more fixed gear oriented bike like i've said, cool bikes are cool bikes. The new 2009 Gary Fisher line up is sweet!

By John Stevenson, BikeRadar.com

Confidence-inspiring. It's already close to being an over-used description for medium-travel mountain bikes but it's the best way to describe Gary Fisher's new Roscoe range of 140mm travel mountain bikes.

Roscoe slots into the mountain bike bestiary somewhere between all-mountain bikes and trail/cross-country suspension bikes. It's light enough that it'd work for 'here for the beer' endurance racing, controlled enough for anything you'd encounter at a British trail centre and stiff and capable enough to handle Alpine shenanigans and still get you back to the top of the mountain.

I've just finished a four-hour, 45km ride in the forests above Durango Colorado on Roscoe and my first ride impressions of the new platform are overwhelmingly positive. This is a tightly-coupled, blisteringly accurate machine that never feels marshmallowy despite its long travel.

Its reaction to even the gentlest descent is 'wha-hey!' as it bounds off down the hill at breakneck speed, leaving you to make important decisions like whether to take the sensible line or the silly line. If you're up for it, so is Roscoe.

It behaves itself on climbs too, pedaling like a much shorter bike as its unfit, jet-lagged Anglo-Australian test pilot wheezes up climbs in the thin mountain air. I walked a bit today, but none of it was Roscoe's fault. Being able to drop the fork from 140mm to 100mm travel with the Fox TALAS feature was a big help there, calming the bike's slight tendency to wander on climbs.

On the final descent, as Roscoe and I got used to each other, I started deliberately taking ugly lines, bowling over sets of babyhead rocks to see if the bike would misbehave. "I'm a well-dialed six-inch travel suspension bike," it scoffed as it ploughed over these trivial obstacles. "Ask me to do something hard."
Deep inside Roscoe
Fox Dual Rate Control Valve shock

Gary Fisher has worked closely with shock maker Fox on the Roscoe. The Fox shock and fork package at its heart helps give Roscoe its pace, while Fisher's frame design brings precision.

Up front, there's a new version of Fox's 100-140mm Float TALAS fork, with adjustable damping from its RP24 ProPedal damper and 15mm through axle. The steerer is the E2 design from sister company Trek and tapers from 1 1/8in at the top to 1 1/2in at the crown race. This increases fork rigidity and steering accuracy, as the steerer is where most of the flex in a fork actually happens.

Rear suspension comes courtesy of Trek's lovely Advanced Braking Pivot (ABP) design, which puts a pivot round the dropout to keep things fluid under braking. It's pushing on a Fox/Gary Fisher exclusive, the Dual Rate Control Valve shock, which uses a twin air chamber to provide a highly tunable shock curve that Fox says has coil shock performance with air shock weight.

The frame is laid out to Gary Fisher's Genesis 2.0 geometry, but let's be blunt: only bike designers and sad gits who think they can predict a bike's handling from a set of numbers care about geometry. What matters is the handling, not the measurements and Roscoe handles with accuracy and panache, declining to be thrown off line by either trail surface problems or rider kludginess.

Joining the suspension technology together is a frame with carefully shaped hydroformed aluminium tubes to enhance rigidity. The wider bottom end of the E2 head tube is the secret ingredient in the Roscoe sauce, allowing a big down tube to beef the bike along its main axis of flex. A magnesium swing link connects frame, shock and seat stays and the whole rear end feels tightly coupled laterally.
Meet the new breed

Roscoe's not the first light, almost-six-inch-travel, do-everything-but racing mountain bike. This is a bike style that's been evolving for the last couple of years and with its accuracy and aplomb Roscoe advances the breed.

The three bikes in the Roscoe range will cost between US$3000 and $US5000.
Updates for the HiFi line

Gary Fisher has also tweaked the versatile HiFi range of 120mm-travel dual suspension trail bikes with all-new aluminium models and updates to the top-end HiFi Carbon and HiFi Carbon Pro.

The new aluminium frame is impressively light at a claimed 2350g including shock and the 'flattened bell'-shaped tubing (which is notably similar to Trek's Fuel EX) is expected to substantially increase frame rigidity over last year's mostly roundish pipes. There's also a new asymmetrical aluminium swingarm and co-molded carbon-and-aluminium seat stays to beef up the rear end and a larger-volume XV air can on the Fox RP23 rear shock for a more linear feel.

Carbon models get all-new co-molded carbon rear ends that reportedly drop 230g from last year's already-light chassis. Claimed weight is now just 2250g and torsional stiffness has supposedly gone up by 12 percent. Even so, upgrades to the aluminium models means there's now only 100g separating the two so weight is really going to have to matter to justify the cost: the HiFi Carbon will cost about US$4000, while the aluminium HiFi Pro, with only a slightly poorer spec will be about US$3300. Still, it's carbon innit?

Gary Fisher continues to characterize the HiFi as a trail bike with its 120mm of travel and slightly more stable handling but the top-end HiFi Carbon Pro's snappy frame and low weight will probably appeal to many racers, too. Those who want even sharper reflexes and a more direct-feeling rear end can still tap into the 100mm-travel HiFi XC which will continue on for '09.

Aluminium HiFis will cost between US$1800 and US$3300, while the carbon ones will be between US$4000 and US$6000.

Exact pricing for both new HiFi and Roscoe will be announced in August.







Violent Velodrome Crash



















Saw this on Trackasaurus

Monday, July 21, 2008

Ten Speeds Are So 2008

Edited by James Huang

Campagnolo will apparently make the jump to an 11-speed cassette for its top three groups which will now include a modern revival of the Super Record nameplate. According to unconfirmed rumors, that extra cog will be squeezed into the same space as the current 10-speed setups.

While this means likely backwards compatibility with existing hubs and wheelsets, it does signal narrower cog spacing and chain widths and a likely subtle adjustment in chainring spacing as well as yet another shifter and derailleur ‘standard' that will surely create some headaches on the retail level. The new chain is also supposedly just 5.5mm wide which raises the obvious concerns regarding drivetrain wear although we all said the same thing when 10-speed was debuted, too. We'll reserve judgment here until we're able to try it ourselves and, for now, will just hope that Campagnolo engineers have done their homework.

There is also speculation on the new lever shape and we can only imagine that it might resemble the curvaceous prototypes we spotted at the Ronde van Vlaanderen back in April. The current shape admittedly works well for most but is getting long in the tooth nonetheless so we won't be surprised to see something new here.

Much as Campagnolo did back in the day with the original Super Record group, the new version is said to feature some performance-enhancing material upgrades. The current Record group is already rife with titanium hardware but Super Record will likely be fitted with ceramic bearings across the board, including the bottom bracket bearings (which still use the current Ultra-Torque system as far as we know), hubs and derailleur pulleys. With Record pricing already at stratospheric levels, one can only imagine how far into the ionosphere Super Record will go.

Those ceramic bearings are also rumored to find their way into updated Bora and Hyperon wheelsets and it sounds as if Campagnolo will (thankfully) jump on the road tubeless bandwagon with two options for 2009. Other groups from Centaur down are also said to be wholly redesigned. Pic 1; prototype super record brifter. Pic 2; prototype electronic rear derailleur


Hand Made Bad A$$'ness

Pics from the NAHMB'show in Portland this previous winter/spring. For some reason I've been on a hand made bike kick.Go figure. Thought i'd post a couple pics for you to lust after though there are so many many more I will eventually get to.