Sony Launches a6300 with G Master Lenses

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Sony just took their best-selling mirrorless, the a6000 to the next level, created a new lens type for it and the A7 series, and the media is like, “Yes!”

The lens story from the launch is good for current sensors and those to come because the lens resolves to the power of sensor. Until now, most lenses are from the film era, so you got a higher resolution but no more detail. Using advanced glass molding techniques, the G Master lenses, are designed for the resolution of high megapixel sensors, like the ones in the Alpha Series camera; including the new e6300. In our first sample images, we saw remarkable detail, and luxurious bokeh. Like….

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The camera merges high-end video with stills and breaks the the notion that sensitivity and image quality are mutually exclusive. The a6300 has the world’s fastest autofocus with a long bullet list of groundbreaking features like a 6k signal to a 4K file in super 35mm format. Wut? Yes, almost unreal.

Watch for analyses on Digital Photo Pro, sample photos taken with the lenses and an a6300 review when they ship on Sony Mirrorless Pro. Wrapping up our live event coverage and stepping out of the studio back onto the mean streets of New York, spotted this reminder of how to lock a bike in NYC. Before that, en route to the event, Luciad Lite.

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The event was fun, with spirits high, and the mood loose. As the media warmly accepted the new product, Sony staffers got in on the action in the studio scenes too.

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In this photo Mike Fasulo, President and COO, Sony Electronics Inc. dramatically reenacts the bear-mauling scene from Revenant.

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Sony cameras fit my ongoing quest to travel lighter and shoot smarter. With new lenses and camera, the photos taken on the road while riding are gonna get even better.

Face the BB Instead of the BS

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Bill Davidson was noncommittal when I asked if I could next time “face the BB?” Probably need to watch a few YouTube videos first and practice on demo frames, but yeah I really want to do it. Watch this video for the why…

Right? I’m joking of course. The masters at DKCB have a lifetime of experience and were humoring me as I escaped the BS of the sport to hang out with people that make bikes and love what they’re doing. It’s good to step out of the media bubble and also get out for a ride.

A bottom bracket is faced to accept the bearings of a crank and this jig was made by Bill for the job. Just a few minutes from Hugga HQ in Fremont. You should visit too. I can’t promise they’ll let you in the shop, but you can watch from the showroom floor.

Motor Doping on PRI

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An emotional Van den Driessche Responds to cases or mechanical fraud on Sporza

BBC’s The World on PRI interviews Bike Hugger about mechanical doping, tonight on an NPR station in your listening area. Also see my Motor Omertà story from yesterday, and these news updates

As I said on Twitter this weekend too

Wasn’t My Bike I Was Racing should rank right up there with Unborn Twin AND Jack Daniels as worst doping excuses ever.

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UPDATE

Just after posting this article, PRI’s The World story dropped on their site with quotes from David Schloss

“I’m not surprised someone put a motor in a bicycle,” says David Schloss, an editor at Bikehugger. “But I’m pretty saddened. I think that any doping really defeats the point of the competition. This just takes it to a whole new level.”

“My suspicions were tweaked the first moment when spectators and magazines and the TV shows all said that it wasn’t possible at all,” he says. “Because they all said the same thing about every type of biological doping.”

Motor Omerta: Motor Doping at CX Worlds

An eAssit motor from Vivax

Got back from a ride this morning, to news of motor doping at CX Worlds. Femke van den Driessche was participating in the U23 Women’s Championship, and a favorite to win, but was forced to abandon with one lap left to go. Her bike was inspected by mechanics post-race, when the motor was found. The UCI’s sporting director told Sport Wereld

“The UCI has defined technological fraud and we can confirm that this is the bike of Femke van den Driessche,” said Smets.

When we first learned about motor doping (motors embedded in bikes) the collective response from the racers, marketers, and managers strongly indicated to me that it was true. See, they protested way too much, just like the Doping Omertà before this. Now it’s a Motor Omertà.

Because the racers have no union to protect themselves (like other Pro sports) and shut news like this down, it’s even worse for the fans, and the biggest thing the sport has to reckon with is the total loss of trust.

I was not surprised in the least with this discovery, and to anyone that denied motors in bikes existed, you shouldn’t have been either. The motor was confirmed by the UCI AND considering they use fiber optic video to examine bikes, I don’t doubt the probable cause. The UCI has been getting ready for this for two years. They even developed prototype illegal bikes to prove the concept. At Koppenberg cross, Femke was 5% faster than all the other women, that may have been on the factors that got the UCI’s attention.

This is a developing story and we’ll follow up as we learn more. Like everyone else, I’m fascinated to see what the UCI caught. Was it a DIY or from a manufacture? For an example of how concealed motors work in bikes, see the Vivax eAssist product page.

Issue 32 Off Season

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Eric Wohlberg in his classic Buick Lesabre after a training ride with Rally Cycling. He told us how he’s restoring the wagon while we listened to his brother’s band, the Blazing Elwoods. The free cover story for Issue 32, dropping today, has more photos from the Rally team camp and articles about the off season. That’s when us amateurs ride less, if at all. We plan, we analyze—position, fitness, goals. It’s the time to put the ego in check, and plot for successes to come.

After hanging around the skinniest racers in America for the week, one of my off-season goals is to keep the weight off, and somehow spend more time riding with Eric. He seemed to just get started with all the things he could share; including music and good rides, like the ones seen in this edit.

His road season was just getting started and mine still being determined.

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