Saturday, July 18, 2015

GU Energy Labs Announces Three New Flavors

GU Announces Three New Flavors 

Caramel Apple Chew, Maple Bacon Gel and Vanilla Spice GU Roctane Gel 

Salted Caramel Apple GU Energy Chew

The Salted Caramel Apple chews sound extremely tasty and I can't wait to try them out on a ride. Not sure about the Maple Bacon, though it does sound interesting. Bacon is always a required part of any diet?

Salted Caramel Apple GU Energy Chew

Berkeley, California, July 17, 2015 – GU today announced the release of three new flavor additions to its Energy Chews, Energy Gel, and Roctane Energy Gel product lines.  Salted Caramel Apple debuts as a new flavor for GU Energy Chews, joining Blueberry Pomegranate, Strawberry, Watermelon, Orange and Raspberry. Salted Caramel Apple Energy Chews provide 90 calories per packet and feature 450mg amino acids to reduce mental fatigue and decrease muscle damage, 100mg of sodium to aid in hydration by maintaining water balance and 20mg of caffeine to increase focus.

GU Energy Chews => Created for daily training and competition, GU Energy Chews pack energy-dense calories in a portable packet to help sustain energy demands of long duration activities. The 90-calorie packet contains carbohydrates to keep you fueled while delaying bonking by sparing your glycogen stores. Sodium, the primary electrolyte lost in sweat, aids in hydration by maintaining water balance. The branched-chain amino acids (leucine, valine, isoleucine) may reduce mental fatigue and decrease muscle damage.

Friday, July 17, 2015

MTB Project - Mountain Bike Trail Maps

MTB Project Icon

(Boulder, CO) – May 5, 2015 – Adventure Projects, creators of authentic communities for planning, doing, and sharing outdoor activities, celebrates two years of growth of MTB Project, the next generation of mountain bike trail maps. Over 1,000,000 users have enjoyed 40,000 miles of guidebook-quality trail information on MTB Project's mobile apps and website.

Inspired by the success of the company’s original community, Mountain Project, the definitive resource for the rock climbing community, MTB Project seeks to provide the best interactive mountain bike trail maps and guides on the market. MTB Project offers mountain bike trail information with the thoroughness of a printed map, and adds modern features such as navigation to trailheads, offline mapping, detailed descriptions, elevation profiles, photos, a race directory, and even the ability to take a “virtual ride.” Trail data and photos are user-generated and carefully vetted by regional experts.
Grams Thoughts => You can use the MTB Projects from your computer or mobile device. I added the iOS MTB Project App to my iPhone 6 and found it very useful for in the field checks (with cell service) and ride planning. For example the newly updated trail listing for Colorado has around 1900 trails. It includes all 50 state and Puerto Rico along with several International locations. I did find some of the local information for trails wasn't totally complete and it had the wrong trail names and some occasional improper directions. Fortunately they do have a way to pass along edits through the computer interface, but the admins seem a bit slow when I tried to get a incorrect name resolved. All and all its a pretty nice product.

MTB Project Whole enchilada

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Just In - Panaracer FatBNimble tire, WTB Scraper rim and Industry Nine Boost hub

Ibis Ripley 27.5+ Set Up

The FatBNimble shine in loose and sloppy conditions and they provide superb braking and good traction and control. 

27.5+ Testing 

For my initial testing in the Plus world, I decided to start with 27.5+ tires and mount them on a 45mm rim and a Boost front hub and install everything on a 27.5+ fork. I ended up choosing a Manitou Magnum 27.5+ fork with 140mm of travel and the Panaracer FatbNimble 27.5x3.5 tire on a WTB Scraper i45 rim mounted to an Industry Nine Boost hub, which were built up by Chris Murray Wheel Works.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Just In - Manitou McLeod Rear Shock

Manitou McLeod Shock

Manitou McLeod Shock

The McLeod is Manitou's newer air spring rear shock and its simplicity, features, functionality and build quality are all outstanding. The shock is meant for bikes with medium travel, and comes in the usual sizes for that realm, and will compete with the Monarch RT3 and FOX Float. They went with an all-black body color and red decals to match up Mattoc fork, and for durability and an upscale look, they used waterslide decals. They come in 1.25x6.5, 1.5x6.5,2x7.5, 2x7.875, 2.25x7.875 and 2.5x9.5 sizes and retail for $320.

Overview: I found it had great small bump compliance and plushness through most of its travel, along with good platform and bottom out capabilities.


Weight Lb / grams.60 / 272
Canister Diameter43mm OD/ 40mm ID
AdjustmentsIncremental Platform Adjust, Rebound, Air Pressure
Air Valve TypePositioned at angle to fit all frames
Damper Shaft Material10mm 7050 Aluminum Hard Anodized
Damper Body ColorBlack Hard Anodized
Eyelet HardwareIndustry standard 12.7mm ID Bushings 6,8,10 mm ID Hardware 2-piece or 3-piece hardware depending on size
AvailabilityIn Stock
RemoteMILO ready at OEM, Dealer, and Consumer Level

RockShox Announces The 2016 LYRIK And YARI Forks

RockShox Lyric Fork

RockShox is releasing some much-needed updates to the All Mountain Lyric and adding the brand new Enduro oriented Yari fork. One of the biggest changes is they'll only come in 27.5" and 29" sizes, which shows the slow death of 26" bikes? The forks get some of the new technologies that the Pike has been using, including Tapered legs and taller stiffer brace and better tuning capabilities.

I like the Lyric's 27.5 size with the 160-180mm of travel and the option for Boost 110, which is now available on the Pike, Lyric and Yari. My fave is the Lyric 27.5+ in 150mm and 160mm travel lengths, which be ideal for my Ibis HD3 and new 27.5+ wheel and tire set up. The new Yari fork has an excellent price point and comes in a huge range of travel options from 120-180mm for 27.5 and 120-160mm for 29 and 27.5+.

Press Release


Everything you love in Pike in a stiffer, more capable, longer travel option. We built the new Lyrik for the riders who know there will always be more to explore, more to challenge and more to conquer. If it’s out there, they’re going to ride it, and the new Lyrik will always be up to the task. It’s built on a stiffer yet lightweight 35mm chassis, equipped with the world-acclaimed Charger Damper featuring new Torque Cap and Boost compatibility, and is available in 160mm-180mm travel options for 27.5” and 150mm-160mm for 29”. Lyrik combines single crown weight and agility with dual crown strength and aggression, blurring the lines of capability that limit all other forks in its class. The new Lyrik is built to inspire confidence and give you that much more. So keep going – Lyrik is ready.

  • Lyrik RCT3 Solo Air, all, travels and configurations: 1,030.00 US$, 1075 €, 824 £
  • Lyrik RCT3 Dual Position Air, all AM wheel sizes, travels and configurations: 1,110 US $, 1158 €, 888 £
  • Lyrik RC: OEM only