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Valentine’s Day is Coming Up

Posted by RL Policar On February - 6 - 20074 COMMENTS

With this made up holiday on its way, Gent’s you better be ready to spring some sort of cool surprise for ya lady.

So I was thinking, if your hunny rides, why not get stuff from our Partners.

Did you know that Loeka sells chocolate? Yup, its true, they do. They have stuff called the Hot Chocolate Hoodie, Chocolate Bar Jerseys and more!

Here’s some a pair of their shorts and tops that Priscilla is nicely modeling.

Then there’s the Dynamic Mountain Biking Clothing company, Evomo. Not only are their stuff cool, but its also wreaking of feminine beauty!

Now you can get yourself a present for your wife/GF and spice up the relationship with a genuine VeloTees.com shirt. Just look at me, I just brought sexy back….Now I am officially irresistible to Priscilla!

Nothing says, “I LOVE YOU” as much as a Bumble Bar. I mean c’mon, its all organic and healthy for ya. Just look at this guy, he simply loves it!

You know spending time with your woman is the best gift ever. Why not get a Torker Bermuda from RPM Cyclery for only $399! (that’s cheaper than jewelry!)

Instead of spending money on expensive wine or champagne, get some beers and open them up with the Ahren’s Bicycles Wise Cracker.

Ok ok, here’s the topper. Show her that you love her by giving her a gift that keeps on giving….chain degreaser!
The perfect degreaser that comes to mind is the Golden Degreaser by Bike Medicine!

Here’s one last gift idea. Get her some headlights. No not those you dirty minded perv. I’m talking about some Nite Riders.

Well, I hope my gift ideas gave you some inspiration for Valentine’s. If you decide to get her any of those things I mentioned, order it now!!!!!! Valentines is next week!!!!! Yikes, I better place my order for some Bumble Bars, degreaser and Chocolate from Loeka!

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Review: Fezzari Alta Peak

Posted by Jeremy Yang On February - 6 - 20072 COMMENTS

Alta Peak at Dawn

As a caveat to this review, I’d like to mention that this bike is about a size too small for me. I normally ride a size Large, but this Alta Peak Large is better suited for a rider between 5’6″ – 5’9″ rather than my 6ft height. I would highly recommend giving Fezzari your measurements so that they can fit the bike exactly to your specs (and why wouldn’t you, it’s currently FREE).

The Alta Peak is Fezzari’s top of the line Full Suspension (FS) bike. It is outfitted with a Deore levers, Juicy 3 brakes, Rock Shox Tora 302 fork & Ario 2.2 shock. The cranksets is a Truvativ Blaze while the wheels are Mavic 117 shod with Maxxis Larsen TT 2.0. The front derailleur is a Deore while the rear is spec’d XT.

Deore Front Derailleur

My first thought is “I really like riding full suspension.” As a FS newbie, I have very little experience on the FS so my reference point is a hardtail. That being said, I really enjoyed riding the Alta Peak because it allayed many of the worries I have about FS bikes.

As a hardtail rider, I was most worried about the extra weight of the FS. I believed the extra weight would weigh me down and I would not be able to finish the climbs I normally would. I was so worried about this that I actually packed extra fluids in case I ended up staying on the trail longer than originally anticipated.

Alta Peak Suspension

But I found the extra weight of the Alta Peak although noticeable to be negligible. Yes there is extra weight, but no it was not enough to make me get off and hike-a-bike. In fact I was more than able to clean the climbs albeit at a slower than normal pace. But the downhills more than made up for the longer climbs.

Descents are the Alta Peak’s forte. The suspension gave me boldness I normally did not have while on a hardtail. As I rolled down the hills I began subconsciously choosing more and more difficult lines and looked to take jumps rather than avoid them. The full suspension ate up everything on the trail so that obstacles that would normally jar my rear ended up being almost gentle. As my friend (who swapped rides with me for an uphill climb and downhill descent) put it the Alta Peak makes you feel “very confident on the downhills”.

Jeremy on Alta Peak

Another plus with the Alta Peak is the ability to lockout the fork & shock. With the lockouts off, there was pedal bob (another worry). Don’t get me wrong, but coming from a hardtail there was just enough bob for me to notice.

But with the lockouts on, the pedal bob was non-existent. The bike felt very efficient and I was able to climb and clean what I would normally climb & clean with my hardtail. In my first impressions of the Alta Peak I mentioned that the lockout on the shock, although small, was very easy to find and engage/disengage even when I wasn’t looking. This stayed true the whole ride and I gave that shock a workout, locking it and unlocking it numerous times.

Ario Shock

Some other notable features included the juicy 3 hydraulic brakes. These brakes were not set up for me, but they performed extremely well. I always felt that there was enough power to stop me and at over 200 lbs., that’s saying a lot.

Juicy 3 Levers

Juicy 3 Caliper & Rotor

The XT rear derailleur shifted confidently each time and the Purple Extreme lube, applied by RL, made the bike’s drivetrain feel very smooth and efficient.

XT Rear Derailleur

For my conditions (mostly dry/hardpacked), the Larsen wheels performed very well. There are only a couple of difficult spots on the trail and the tires gripped with confidence. When I rode through a sizable puddle then immediately climbed over a worn wooden beam the wheel did slip. But give the Larsens credit, the rear wheel engaged right away and I didn’t need to put my foot down.

Lastly, the beautiful white paint makes me smile every time I see it. I don’t know why I like white bikes so much, but the Alta Peak is a beauty!

Pros:
Weight (surprisingly not noticeable)
Love the lockout feature
Fork & Shock are confidence inspiring
Juicy 3′s have lots of power
White paint!

Cons:
Pedal bob (minor, but you can tell if you normally ride a hardtail)
Need to go a size up for most people
Larsens not for all conditions

Alta Peak Head Tube

Check out the Alta Peak here.

Update: I’m going to spend some time dialing the Alta Peak to my measurements. Hopefully this will solve some of the pedal bob I was experiencing as well as make me feel more comfortable on the bike. Check back to hear about the changes and the results.

Manitou Minute 29er Fork

Posted by Jeremy Yang On February - 6 - 2007ADD COMMENTS

Just posted on the forums:

the back cover of the latest Dirt Rag features the Manitou Minute 29er. 80, 100, 120mm travel options. Standard QR or their Hex Lock 20mm dropouts. 2.5″ tire clearance.

More options are always good!

New Partner: Evomo Clothing

Posted by RL Policar On February - 5 - 2007ADD COMMENTS

Our newest Partner, Evomo Clothing sent us some cool threads and lids to enjoy and to tell the world about the benefits of dynamic mountain bike clothing.

Here’s what they sent, check it out!

Men’s Leader Tee
, which by the way is on sale for $9.99!

DH Descent

Epic Grind

Ranger (this one is perfect for Mr. Randy “Paratrooper” Policar)

Women’s Leader (on sale for $11.99)

Leader Pink, also on sale for $11.99.

and my favorite…the Give Blood Polo Cap.

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New Partner: Crank Brothers-Smarty Pedals

Posted by RL Policar On February - 5 - 20073 COMMENTS

Our newest Partner, Crank Brothers just sent us their new Smarty Pedals with interchangeable colored rails.

The Smarty came with Blue, Black and Yellow rails that can be easily swapped out.

Stick around for the review. To learn more about the Crank Brothers Smarty Pedals, Click HERE.

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Specialized 29er w/Fox Fork?

Posted by Jeremy Yang On February - 5 - 2007ADD COMMENTS

A commentor on a popular 29er site says that Specialized will be coming out with a “full line” of 29er bikes in early summer as 2008 models. If this rumor turns out to be true, this is a great step for 29er bikes.

Who is going to reap the benefits of this? All mountain bikers in general, but potential 29er riders & 29er enthusiasts in particular.

Fox forks are considered by many to be the premiere mass produced fork manufacturer. Some potential 29er riders, though, have lamented the lack of fork choices in the 29er marketplace. If Fox is in the fold, 26er riders have one less barrier to hurdle and their own premiere fork to use on the 29er.

29er enthusiasts are excited because without competition the Reba fork was/is dominating the 29er market. And although the Rock Shox Reba is a great fork, there is always room for competition to give the consumer more choices.

29er consumers win again because another major manufacturer has also decided that 29ers are not a fad, but an actual trend in the mountain biking marketplace. This commentor mentioned that Specialized was not coming out with just one 29er (a la Cannondale), but a full line of them.

Does that mean singlespeeds, geared hardtails, full suspensions, steel? We don’t know. But whatever “full line” turns out to be, it shows that Specialized has a lot of money invested in the 29er market! This can also turn out to be a wake up call for Trek, Giant & others to start producing 29ers which will in turn encourage more components makers to support this growing market.

As a 29er enthusiast I am very hopeful that this rumor comes true.

Woodstock 707 is Finally HERE!

Posted by RL Policar On February - 5 - 2007ADD COMMENTS

After just a few days that Woodstock Bikes announced that they were shipping out bikes, we ended up getting our test subject in today.

So you’re probably wondering how the 707 handled the trails, well its like this.

Right when I got on the 707, I definitely felt like this bike can handle anything I can throw at it. The 707 is quick, responsive and it soaks up the trails. With out going into further details of the ride, I mean that’s what reviews are for…But the 707 is definitely a contender.

Here’s the 707 on my roof rack heading home on the infamous 405 freeway.

I hit the Fullerton Loop since its practically in my backyard.

The 707 is nicely equipped with Sram components, Manitou Radium Rear Shock, Manitou Axel Fork and WTB Weirwolf tires.

What’s cool is you can lock out the front fork. Man that’s going to save your butt on the climbs!

4 Bar link suspension…mmm plush…

Fat tires from WTB grabs onto the trail with out any problems.

Here’s the full specs of the 707:

Bottom Bracket: Truvativ Powerspline
Brake Levers: Avid FR-5
Cassette: SRAM PG950, 11–34T, 9 speed
Crankset: Truvativ Blaze 3.0, 9 speed
Chain: SRAM PC-951
Chainwheel 44/32/22
Front Fork: Manitou Axel Elite FFD (Fluid Flow Damping) w/100mm Travel, Upgraded with Firm Spring & Lockout
Frame: Double-Butted Four-Bar 7005 Alloy (A614-0)
Front Brake: Avid BB5 Mechanical Disc
Front Derailleur: Shimano Deore Top Swing
Front Hub: WTB LaserDisc Lite
Grips Velo VLG-486AD2 ViceGrips
Handlebar: Answer ProTaper
Headset: WTB Momentum C
Pedals: Wellgo LU-964 Alloy
Rear Brake: Avid BB5 Mechanical Disc
Rear Derailleur: SRAM X-7
Rear Hub: WTB LaserDisc Lite
Rear Shock Manitou Radium R PPD (Platform Plus Damping) Air Shock
Rims: Dual Duty XC
Saddle: WTB Lazer V Team
Seatpost: Truvativ XR Single Bolt
Shifters: SRAM X-7 Trigger
Stem: Truvativ XR
Spokes: 14G Stainless Steel Black
Tires: WTB Weirwolf 26″ x 2.1″

Stick around for a review of the Woodstock Bikes 707.

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Samples Of Bumble Bar

Posted by Randy Policar On February - 5 - 2007ADD COMMENTS

I brought some Bumble Bars to work today and shared them with some of the guys. Here’s what they had to say about it.

CW3 Kevin Wood

Randy,
I enjoyed your Bumble Bar Original Flavor energy bar. It had great flavor and didn’t stick to your teeth like most others do. It kept me going until I had my lunch break. Thanks for the sample and tell your brother we appreciate the treat.
Respectfully,
Chief

SFC Felix Serra

Thanks for the sample of Bumble Bar it was real good. Can I get some more?

SSG Jamie Long

Randy,
Thanks for letting me try out one of those Bumble Bar’s, I am normally skeptical on all the energy bars and drinks, sure most of them raise your energy level, most by the caffeine content, but you have to suffer through the pain staking taste of a bitter drink, or a overly chewy, tasteless bar, that makes your jaw tired from chewing. Anyway, the Bumble Bar is surprisingly tasteful, as soon as I opened it, I could smell a pleasant cinnamon odor, which lead me to devouring it fast. Over all the taste was great, the hardest thing to overcome was all the sesame seeds, it sort of explodes in your mouth and little seeds are everywhere, and stuck in teeth. Other than that I would rate this as an “8″ over all, out of “10″.

Everyone said that they enjoyed the Bumble Bars. I personally love them. But don’t take our word for it. Try them out yourselves. I know you’ll love them too.

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DiamondBack Transporter Update

Posted by Moe Ramirez On February - 5 - 2007ADD COMMENTS

DB Transporter
A commuter bike that can handle dirt trails?? Read my DiamondBack Transporter update by clicking here.

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Last call

Posted by Lady P On February - 4 - 2007ADD COMMENTS

So this is the final call for our “No Junk In Your Trunk Contest.” For anyone interested please submit a picture with weight, height, and body fat percentage.

Remember we are limited to the amount of entries available.

By the way, IwantWellness.com will provide each contestant Sure2Endure and BioLean II to aid the participant in their weight loss pursuit.

Email all your info HERE.
Thanks!

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