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SEA OTTER 2014: LOADED PRECISION CARBON PRODUCTS

Posted by Art Aguilar On May - 6 - 2014ADD COMMENTS

LOADED PRECISION
Loaded was hopping all week at Sea Otter event and if you remember, last year we visited there booth and Loaded was kind enough to give us a pair of their No Slip Grips to do a test and review on, which I’m happy to report they are still going strong with no wear.
Well this year we stopped by to see what was happening with them, Diego Cristobal gave us the low down and walked us through their new Napalm and X-Lite Carbon line. This covered their Handel bars, Stems, Seatpost, and wheelsets.
The bars, seat post, stem, and wheelsets use Loaded Precision’s Uni-Directional (UD) Nano Infused Carbon technology and would have to be the lightest sets of carbon components I have ever felt on the market.

HANDLE BARS
We started out with the new Napalm series Carbon bars. When Diego handed them to me I was blown away at how incredibly light they were. All I could think was that these were way to light to use with any kind of mountain biking. Diego informed me that they are the lightest on the market and challenged me to find a lighter set. I took his word for it and we pressed on. The bars are run through a stress test machine that will put them through tougher paces than you or I would put them through to insure they are strong and durable.
The Napalm bars (flat or riser) weigh in at 118g-114g. The X-lite UD at 133g.
All the handle bars are extremely light and look to offer any XC rider a weight savings for their XC racer they are looking for.

NAPALM STEM
The new Napalm stem was sick light. They offer stems from 90mm to 120mm lengths and weight in at 91 grams starting with the 90mm, have a +/- 6 degree rise. The material is high grade UD Nano Infused Carbon, a stack height of 35mm, come with titanium hardware, and a full carbon face plate.
Its clear to see that Loaded went all out to give their customer’s the absolute best here. As they state on their website, they have “maximized the strength, while eliminating all non-essential weight, but best of all through Loaded’s exhaustive testing and precise manufacturing process they have allow themselves to offer the Napalm Carbon Stem with a lifetime warranty. “WOW!!” Now that is pretty awesome.

X-LITE ULTRA SEATPOST
The Loaded X-lite Ultra Seatpost is the definition of minimalistic, as quoted by Loaded and it is. Again Nano infused carbon is used here for the seatpost making it ultra light.
Loaded uses zero air vacuum curing with their uni-directional (UD) layup which creates a combination of light weight and strength. The X-Lite offers a low-profile head for optimal saddle clearance; wide saddle clamp section reduces rail stress and flex and Titanium Hardware.
The post comes in all the main sizes (27.2, 30.9, and 31.6), with the weight starting at 148g (27.2/300mm).

CARBON WHEEL SETS
Loaded offers three carbon wheelsets. The AMX Carbon 27.5, X-lite Carbon 29, and the X-lite Ultra carbon 27.5/29.
The carbon wheels that caught our eyes was the X-lite Ultra Carbon Wheelset.
This wheelset was really super cool and also light in weight. Explained to us by Diego, the rims are made with the same Uni-Directional (UD) Carbon Material, Loaded uses what they call CKT or Carbon Kitting Technique to secure the carbon layers together in the bonding process, making the rims a lot more durable, light in weight, and strong.
Loaded offers them in 27.5 and 29. Loaded use their very own Tubeless system called TBT (True Bead Technology) that offers an (as they say)”efficient interface between tire and rim for easy installation and inflation.”
Wheelset features include their X-lite V.2 Hub, DT Swiss 180 Ceramic Hub, or DT Swiss 240 Hub. All hand laced in San Deigo.
Specs are with 27.5;
Weight 1298g- 1555g
Width 19mm (internal), 25.3mm (external)
Disc Mount 6 bolt, Centerlock (DT 180)
Hole 28h or 32h

ALL AND ALL
When you look at these carbon components and factor in the cost with the time to come up with them, they would make any XC race rig a worthy light weight winner.
To see more of Loaded Percision products you can go to loadedusa.com

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Posted by RL Policar On May - 5 - 2014ADD COMMENTS

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As much as I love mountain biking, I realized there are some pitfalls to the sport. But I found these out AFTER the fact that I started riding. Perhaps if someone told me about them, I may have gotten into bowling or mopeds….ya I can picture…mopedriders.com….

With that in mind, don’t get into mountain biking because…

1.Expensive to get into.

2.Parts break all the time.

3.Parts wear out.

4.Flat tires.

5.Throwing up after a climb on your single speed.

6. Sweat.

7.Dirt.

8.Falling.

9.Getting hurt.

10. Ticks.

11. Poison Oak.

12. Bug bites.

13. Moldy water bladder.

14.Walking after your bike breaks down.

15. Driving 50 miles to ride 10 miles.

16.Loss of money.

17. Poor resale value of products.

18.Addicted to mountain biking websites.

19.Always looking out for a good deal.

20. Getting into online fights about what is better, 26,650, 29er.

21. Convincing the wife to let you go riding.

22.Trying to get the girlfriend into riding.

23.Hoping that your kids will become the next world champion.

24. Sweaty balls.

25. Chamois…how come it’s not spelled SHAMMY?

26.Bicycle that cost more than my car.

27.Garage becomes your own personal shop.

28. Can’t decide on which jersey to wear.

29. Cycling socks…you don’t need them. There’s no Sock-Police to tell you that you HAVE to wear them. Just use regular socks.

30. You don’t like people.

31. You don’t like douche bags.

32. You are a douche bag.

33. Racing.

34. Jumps.

35. Rocks.

36. Air shocks.

37. Tubeless tires that leak.

38. Too many types of lube to choose from.

39. XT, XTR,XO,X7,STX,KKK,ABC, BBW,DEORE,RED…too many product lines to remember.

40. Not being able to breathe after a climb.

41. Can’t bunny hop.

42. Can’t wheelie.

43. Can’t change a flat.

44. Can’t fix your bike.

45. No power tools involved when fixing a bike….pssh. mOaR POWaH!!!

46. Garage full of bikes.

47. 1Bed Room Apt full of bikes, no room for furniture.

48. Bike hoarding.

49. Excess parts…you’ll never need that 7speed freewheel again, but you hold on to it just in case!

50. Fun. Yes…it’s too fun.

But don’t you worry, I’m not a Negative Nancy, I did find one reason why you should get into it and it’s probably the main reason why I tell people to try it…and that’s #50…yep, It’s fun! I can’t even count how many times I’ve had a fun time riding with Lady P and my friends. From all the memories of racing, biking trips and the great conversations I’ve had over the years, I simply love mountain biking.

What makes a great cycle insurance policy?

Posted by Chop Chop On April - 30 - 2014ADD COMMENTS

Bicycle races, rides up the hills, long rides that last for several hours, and just a lifestyle choice to remain fit and fine – a cycle can be an engine of absolutely amazing and great experiences. However, losing a cycle or having one damaged in an accident is a tragic blow for a bicycle lover. With cycle insurance, however, you can absorb your troubles. Here’s all that a cool cycle insurance policy must offer you.

Hassle free claims processing upon personal injuries

Cycling is not always about slow and steady rides above serene hills through winding tracks guarded by blissful views on either side. Weekend cycling trails can be tough, and competition can be intense. The risks get multiplied many times if the track is the same road that’s going to be used by the routine commuters of the city! In such cases, you are always at a risk of being inured because of an accident, or can crash into a careless pedestrian while trying to get past a fellow racer. Whereas accidental coverage is always present in any cycle insurance policy, you need to be aware about the finer terms of claims processing and honoring. Does the policy cover accidents caused by another person riding your bicycle? How long does it take to process the claim? These are some of the questions that you need to ask sternly, and seek clear answers for. Thankfully, you’ll have positive confirmations to your expectations with cycle insurance products all set to be launched, from the house of Yellow Jersey Insurance.

Coverage for damages because of vandalism

We’re sure that this has surprised you. However, you might be in a better position to appreciate the need for this coverage if can somehow start up a conversation about sulky and stupid people damaging others’ cycles when you go to your cyclists’ club meet the next time. You will be dumbstruck to hear several tales of unknown and unidentified ruffians kicking parked cycles, or inflicting worse damages by stoning the bike or tearing the seat away! You might never be able to figure out as to why a person would damage another’s harmlessly parked bicycle, but you certainly can help yourself by choosing a cycle insurance policy that provides for damages because of vandalism.

Single roof cover for all your beloved bicycle

Why complicate your life with multiple cycle insurance covers, one each for all your bicycles. Considering the passion with which hobbyists pursue their cycling, cycle insurance companies are already out with cool insurance plans that cover all bicycles of the insured person. This ensures lesser paperwork, more mind-space for the policy holder, and of course, a greater reputation for the insurance company offering such a practical insurance product for ardent cyclists. You’ll find such wholesome coverage from the YellowJersey.co.uk cycle insurance policies that are all set for a lunch.

Race cover

A cycle race is a high intensity and high risk scenario that demands specific insurance attributes. If your bicycling adventures also involve some high drama races on the weekends, you might want to consider cycle insurance policies that have separate race coverage benefits such as coverage against damage to wheels because of rough tracks, accident with a fellow racer, etc.

Genuine Innovations Tubeless Ready Kit: Review

Posted by RL Policar On April - 28 - 2014ADD COMMENTS

Not too long ago I posted a photo of the new Genuine Innovations Tubeless Ready Kit that we received for testing. Since I’m a huge fan of Ghetto Tubeless, this kit caught my attention because it basically takes the same ideas as the Ghetto Tubeless, but it packaged up all in one bundle. It comes with all the things you need to go tubeless. From the Slime Sealant, Gorilla Tape, Valve Stems, CO2 cartridges levers and even a measuring cup.

 

Genuine Innovations Tubeless Ready Kit

Taping up the rim with the Gorilla Tape included in the kit.

 

I used a tire lever to tuck in the tape and make sure I had a good seal. One thing you have to do is start from the valve hole and finish about 5-8″ after it. Then just use a razor to cut out the valve hole and install the stem.

Here’s the rim all taped and ready to go with the valve stem installed (not shown)

Valve stem installed.

I followed the directions on the amount of Slime to use per tire and proceeded to fill in the casing with the green goo. What’s interesting about the Slime is that it’s very slick but not too sticky. Unlike Stan’s, there’s no small particles floating inside the mixture.

Though the packaging stated “Tubeless Ready” I went with what I thought most people would be doing with this kit, converting their regular non-ust tires to go tubeless. Some may call it Ghetto Tubeless, I call it budget tubeless. Anyhow on the left you sea a GEAX AKA 29 (in which I know works for ghetto tubeless-previous article) and the other is a Kenda Karma. Notice the green Slime leaking out of the Kenda? Well that never sealed.

In fact the Slime sealant it self just wasn’t that great in sealing either tire. I tried to let it set up and seal in a span of a few days. Basically I’d air it up, shake the wheel around to get the Slime sloshed around towards the leaks, but it just wouldn’t hold. I’ve done tubeless before with Stan’s and usually it’s a pretty easy thing to do. But with the Slime sealant just didn’t work.

Here’s how bad it got. After about 4 days of trying to get my tires to seal, I gave up and dumped out the Slime and replaced it with Stan’s. Guess what, that held. It worked so well that I’m currently running Stan’s sealant with the Genuine Innovations Tubeless Ready Kit.

Now I can’t certainly say that this kit is a flop. Actually it’s pretty clever to package up all the things you need to convert to tubeless, but it’s that Slime Sealant that makes this kit pointless. The retail for this kit averages to $50. But what if we do the math and create our own kit, could it be cheaper? Keep in mind that the kit comes with C02 cartridges, and tire levers.  However, if you were to get the basic things you need to go tubeless, then it’s going to be way cheaper.

Stan’s Sealant: $15

DT Swiss Tubeless Valves:$15 ( for a set)

1″ Gorilla Tape: $4

Total of $34.00

Ghetto Tubeless is even cheaper

2, 20″ presta valve tubes: $12

Stan’s Sealant: $15

Total of: $27.00

So take it for what it’s worth, the Slime Sealant didn’t work for our test, but the kit is a great idea. If you decided to go with the Genuine Innovations Tubeless Ready kit, go ahead and get a bottle of Stan’s Sealant with it.

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STAY TUNED FOR MORE SEA OTTER 2014

Posted by Art Aguilar On April - 13 - 2014ADD COMMENTS

Products, Bikes, The Funny, Some Racing.

SEA OTTER KIDS 2014

Posted by Art Aguilar On April - 13 - 2014ADD COMMENTS

KIDS IN ACTION

Last year I did a little segment on kids at Sea Otter. This is one of the coolest things to see here. They are lit up with excitement in every way and when they come down they are “DOWN”, which every parent I’m sure loves.
You will see kids racing, dad showing them the tricks on the downhill, the race face, Photos of “The Little Bella’s”, where Pro racers take time out of their schedules to show young girls proper riding and confidence, kids with mom and dad just enjoying the sun and fun.
So here are a few pics of the kids at Sea Otter 2014










Its great to see that this is truly a family sport that we can all embrace together. And we love to see our kids happy, So go out and get a bike and have some fun with the family.

AIRBORNE 650B PROTOTYPE

Posted by Art Aguilar On April - 13 - 2014ADD COMMENTS

AIRBORNE 650B

While at Sea Otter you will always see something new that will be coming out soon or will be for the next year.
We ran into Trevor Gay from Airborne Bicycles and he was rocking a new prototype 650b (27.5) that Airborne has been testing.
With the advent of so many bicycle companies going to either 650b or 29er I could say that 26″ wheel may disappear soon except on low end bikes.

Airborne sees this and has been working on there first 650b. It will be around 5″ travel in the rear although they spec the prototype with a 150mm fork, one would guess it will be close. When ask if this would be the bike’s group spec, the answer was no. This was all set up to race this weekend.
The bike (as you see the photos)looks very impressive. If you notice the head angle you, will see the it looks very slack. It is a 66 degree head angle. I would say slack for a bike like this, but I see this as a good thing, as this will give better stability at high speed or steep drop-in’s, also a tapered head tube for a stiff front end.

The rear wheel will be thru axle which will give great stiffness when on the pedals and when hammering during that Enduro race or shredding your favorite trail. You will see that it will be able to allow a front derailleur for 2x 10 drivetrain or as you see it here set up in a 1x.

PROTOTYPE


Its always cool to see the word Prototype on anything and seeing what Airborne has accomplished in a short time I for one am very pleased to see them heading in a great path. Having been a part of Airborne with our DH Web Team was great. They are coming up fast and doing it right for the consumer with great pricing and a decent product.
No word on release date yet, but stay tuned if your an Airborne fan on there website and Facebook fan page.

Airbornebicycle.com

DAINESE PROTECTION: SEA OTTER

Posted by Art Aguilar On April - 11 - 2014ADD COMMENTS

DAINESE 2014
Dainese is back at Sea Otter this year and they have some new gear. If you don’t know this Dainese has always been at the forefront of protection, and they have brought innovation to the mountain biking market for decades.
Dainese hhas been a part of mountain biking since the early 90′s. They have sponsored some of the greatest and biggest downhill racers around. Currently you could see the Lapeirre DH Team taking the World Cups, as well as seeing yours truly [The MtnBikeRiders.com Team] taking on local events in our area. Yeah I had to plug us in this article, after all we are sponsored by the D-Store OC.

TRAIL SKINS
This year they have came out with a light weight trail pad that we showed you at Interbike last year. They are a memory based foam pad that absorbs impact energy at the pad in a way that it hardens up. Yes we know this isn’t new on the market, but what is nice about these pads are the thickness, they are only a 1/4 ” thick (not many out there do pads this thick). Dainese uses a technology know as “PRO SHAPE”. This is a product that was developed by Dainese for the growing need of light weight pads for Enduro racers. They have breath holes on the face of the pads for cooling, use a light weight breathable materiel all around, and durable where you need them.

RIDING GEAR TRAIL OR ENDURO

Not to be out done in the market Dainese has also come out with light weight riding shorts and jersey for the trail or enduro racer in mind. They are called the DRIFTER Short ($109.95) and DRIFTER jersey S/S ($59.95). Wicking away materials as well breathable, ease access pockets on the shorts as well as pull out liner.

Dainese also has nice gloves called the Rock Solid-C ($29.99). Made thinner to give you better feel from the handle bars to the bike motion while you ride. A great fitting glove that fits snug to the hand.

DH GEAR

This year Dainese has changed up their DH gear a little with new color ways that let everyone know your coming down the mountain. They are called the Hucker Short ($99.95) and Basanite Jersey in long or short sleeve ($69.95 or $59.95 S/S). Nice big logos don each side of the jersey and shorts, but its not all looks, The jersey is also made to breath as efficiently as possible to keep your cool under pressure in a race or ride.
Shorts are made of a nice light materiel, but durable nylon to protect that tush of yours. Nice big panels are placed on the shorts to assure quality air flow for comfort while racing. Pants are also available for $129.95.
Glove that we haven’t seen as of yet look like the Rock solid -C, but with one exception, they incorporate Dainese’s Pro Shape technology on the knuckle area, still giving you great breath-ability, with protection to the top of the hand ($39.95).

WHERE DO THEY THINK UP ALL THESE WONDERFUL THINGS


Where does Dainese come up with all their ideas? Well a picture is worth as they say ‘A thousand words.”
For Dainese products go to Dainese.com, your local bike store near you, or you can contact one of three Dainese D-Stores D-Store Orange County, D-Store San Francisco, and D-Store Chicago.

REDLINE’S NEW D880 & D860 and Hardtail D680 29er’s

Posted by Art Aguilar On April - 11 - 2014ADD COMMENTS

NEW AND COOL
Redline is well known for their exploits in Cyclecross and they are know stranger to cross country bikes by no means.
Their latest is the new 29″ D880, the flagship in the line with the D860 below the D880. These two are their full suspension models, fallowed with the D680 carbon Hardtail.

As you can see the D880 is Fox equipped with Kashima coat fork and shock, Sram 1x drivetrain, Crankbrother conponents.

Here you have the Redline’s 29 hardtail equipped with Fox, Sram, and Crankbrothers. The D860 in the background. The D860 come with Rock Shox suspension and Shimano equipped 2x drivetrain, and Crankbrothers components.

The pricing is not bad for what you get speced on the bikes. Prices are $3749 for the D880, $2749 for the D860 and $3999 for the D680
Look for these hot numbers at a dealer near you or contact Redline at Redline.com

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