Friday, January 16, 2015

Review - Magura MT5 Brakes

Magura revamped their MT brakes in 2014, and they increased power throughout the lineup, and added two new four-piston systems, the MT5, and MT7. The four-piston MT5 brake is moderately light (380 g w/ 180mm rotor) and extremely quiet, with excellent modulation and power and resistance to heat, drag and squeal, and retails for $200 (w/o rotors), making for an outstanding performance oriented package.

MT NEXT Brakes

The new MT NEXT series of brakes consist of the two piston MT2, MT4, MT6 and MT8, and the four-piston MT5 and MT7. The gravity oriented four-piston brakes utilizes technology and design that came from their development of their motorcycle brakes. With this new series, they increased the mechanical leverage ratio progressively for enhanced deceleration power from the base MT2 model to the top of the line four-piston MT7.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Wahoo Fitness Announces Rep Counting and Opens up the API on the TICKR X

The Wahoo Fitness TICKR X is a dual band (Bluetooth and ANT+) heart rate monitor with memory capabilities and can retain up to 16 hours of data. In addition, it has advanced motion analytic capabilities utilizing an accelerometer, allowing a multitude of data capturing functionality.

I have been using the TICKR X as a heart rate monitor with my Garmin 1000 for several months, and I've found it to be comfortable and accurate. 

Wahoo Fitness recently added rep counting to the TICKR X Workout Tracker with Memory motion analytic capabilities. Unlike any other fitness tracker, the chest-based wearable combines motion analytics and heart rate to track your reps in the gym including push-ups, squats, lunges, sit-ups, and more.

Monday, January 12, 2015

LifeProof Announces Waterproof Battery Case And Quickmount System

Water and electricity can mix with new fre Power and LifeActiv accessories

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 6, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- There was a time when water and smartphones did not mix. LifeProof®, the No. 1 selling waterproof case in the U.S., broke the mold with fre® and nuud® waterproof cases, revolutionizing the smartphone and tablet experience. Today, LifeProof changes the game once again by proving that electricity and water can and should be mixed with fre Power™, the waterproof battery case for iPhone 6, and the all-new LifeActiv® universal accessory line. These exciting new products are being debuted at International CES 2015.

Grams Thoughts => It's nice to see that LifeProof keeps innovating their cases and mount systems. They have the best waterproof case on the market IMHO, and it's the one that I most often use with my iPhone. The new LifeActiv mounting system looks pretty sweet, and I'll be interested to see how it works as a mountain biking mount, where it will get bounced around roughly on trails. The new fre Power will be an excellent addition to their cases, and it will be useful to help extend the battery life of the iPhone 6. It will especially functional when using your phone with GPS and fitness apps while out biking on the trail or road, both which are activities that suck the battery life from a phone.  

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Daily Musing - The start to a fickle winter

Winter has been a fickle entity this year along the front range for biking. It has remained moderately dry and somewhat cold throughout most of late December and early January. After finally getting some snow, the temperatures warmed up to the 50's, and it turned all the snow into slush. Yesterday the temperatures plummeted to the low teens and depending on the singletrack trail I was riding, they were 50-80% ice covered with a dusting of snow. It required a very delicate touch of steering and riding techniques to stay upright, and I was glad I didn't take any diggers, since it was precarious conditions out there. It was better where hardened footprints allowed you something to bite into, and it was a joy to see dirt in spots. Today it rolled back up to the 50's again, so I'll let it soften and venture out.

In the anticipation of the SIA show coming up, here was some skiing entertainment from last year at Monarch. It was my first day out for the year, and it was insanely sweet thigh deep snow.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Breck Epic Names Beaver Run Resort Official Lodging Partner

December 30, 2014 - (Breckenridge, Colo.) - Organizers of the Breck Epic MTB Stage Race are pleased to name Breckenridge’s Beaver Run Resort as the event's official lodging partner and host property. The new partnership signals a change in venue for the 7th annual 6-day mountain bike event, slated this year for August 9-14. The Epic leaves its longstanding headquarters at the Steven C. West Ice Arena behind to transition to a consolidated venue at Beaver Run which borders vast tracts of open space while still enjoying a central location with downtown Breckenridge just a 3 minute walk from the property.

Grams Thoughts =>  I am really stoked that my buddy Mike McCormack (Breck Epic race director) got this partnership going with Breckenridge’s Beaver Run Resort. It will improve an already excellent race and take things to the next level. The racers, their friends and families, the race volunteers and organizers, and the viewing public will all have a superb venue for the race platform.  I am looking forward to covering the race when it rolls around this coming August.