Monday, March 2, 2015

Jeremiah Bishop Joins Team Topeak-Ergon Racing

Team Topeak-Ergon Signs Jeremiah Bishop

Ultra-endurance mountain bike champion Jeremiah Bishop has joined the Team Topeak-Ergon Racing for this coming season. The 38-year-old Jeremiah has been mountain bike cross-country racing for a long time and first hit the podium with a gold medal at the 2003 Pan American Games. The two-time USA Cycling mountain bike national champion has represented the United States of American more than 15 times, and he garnered repeated podium success's in various national championships in cross-country, marathon and ultra-endurance disciplines.

Jeremiah will add some great strengths to the Topeak-Ergon team, and I am looking forward to a fruitful season for them.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Ibis Mojo HD3 Build

I recently got a brand new Mojo HD3 and have been slowly building it up during my downtime due to the snowy and wintery weather here in Colorado. I spec'ed the HD3 with their upscale X01 Werx kit, which comes with the X01 11-speed drivetrain and a Race Face Turbine Cinch crankset. Along with their normal parts selection, the Werx kit includes the Cane Creek DBinline shock, a Fox Float 36 fork and their uber wide 741 carbon wheelset.

Ibis Mojo HD Generation 3

The new Mojo HD3 is a 27.5-inch bike that has 150mm of rear travel and is compatible with 150mm and 160mm forks. The bike uses designs, expertise and technologies from the older Mojo models and the newer Ripley, and combines those together to produce a long travel 27.5" bike that has the best of both worlds. It's able to climb like a goat and descend gnarly terrain with plushness and composure.

The dw-link HD3 has 150mm of rear travel and can use 150 or 160mm front forks. It has a tapered headtube, inside triangle water bottle mounts, a threaded bottom bracket, internal cable routing, a 12x142mm rear axle, is ISCG 05 compatible and has an integrated direct-mount front derailleur. The head angle is 67° with a 150mm fork and 66.6° with a 160mm, and chainstay length at 16.93". The bottom bracket height (w/ 2.3" tires) is 13.4" with 150mm fork and 13.5" with 160mm, and the frame weight is 5.9 lbs. It comes in four sizes (S, M, L, XL), and Matte Black, The Green Machine and 917 colors, and the frameset retails for $2900-2960 and kits range from $6000 to $9200.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Just In - Giro Alpineduro Shoe

The Alpineduro is a lace-up mountain bike shoe that seems to have more in common with a typical hiking boot. It utilizes a sticky Vibram rubber outsole, an insulated construction and includes clip-in pedal compatibility. The nylon shank good provides pedaling performance and stiffness with enough flex for walking, hiking and comfort. It has great all-weather protection by using a waterproof microfiber upper to repel wetness and cold, making it an ideal candidate for the winter, late fall and early spring.

  • Upper - Breathable microfiber and waterproof liner, PrimaLoft Insulation, Lace closure with lace holder, Rubber toe and heel reinforcement, Reflective details
  • Outsole - Molded SPD-compatible shank with optimized stout cleat zone, Vibram® wet weather high traction lugged outsole, Optional cleat cover for flat pedal use, Flexible forefoot zone for walking
  • Footbed - Brushed EVA Footbed with X-Static anti-microbial treatment
  • Weight - 440 grams (size 42.5)
  • MSRP - $200

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Stooge Cycles Review

The company picks up its name from the illustrious band The Stooges (Iggy Pop and the Stooges), whose incendiary music certainly fits in with this unique bike. Stooge Cycles owner Andrew Stevenson designed the bike in Oswestry England, and it's handbuilt in Taiwan using double butted 4130 Chromoly tubing for construction.

The Stooge is an interesting rigid bike since it's a hybrid 29+. It uses a 29+ sized wheel up front and a normal 29-inch in the rear, though you can go pure 29-inch sizing if desired. In addition, the bike is only made in one size, so you alter the fit by varying the stem length and seatpost offset. Due to the frame geometry, the bike wasn't designed to work with front suspension, so you'll have to deal with the plushness provided by the fat 29+ tire.

Monday, February 2, 2015

SIA 2015 - Marker, Under Armor, Kulkea and Gordini

Kingpin 10


The new Marker Kingpin is one of the few PinTech bindings to gain the  DIN ISO certification from Germany’s TÜV testing organization. It comes in two models, the Kingpin 10 ($599) and Kingpin 13 ($649), the only difference being the DIN range. Push the front of the boot into the binding for engagement and step down in the rear with a reassuring snap and the system is ready to ski. For touring mode, just release the rear, open the lever in the front for walk mode and flick the lever under the boot backward to move the rear binding out of the way. You can tour in three different angles, 0, 7, or 13 degrees. The binding weighs 730 grams with brakes (650g w/o) and provides great protection, performance, and touring capabilities. It uses a somewhat conventional toe piece, though instead of the usual four front springs it uses six (aka the six-pack). The six-pack should help with holding power while in the ski mode, and better energy absorption and reduce early release. The rear is more conventional click-in heelpiece, and it uses rollers instead of pins, and the heel cup spans a wider area for increased stability and power transmission.