Well, while we were out riding, Bexit happened. And, what that means to the bike industry remains to be seen. The tinkering the brits do impacts the industry, like the work of Fabric who was at PressCamp.
For now, my first impressions of Ellsworth’s new enduro-spec’d bike (160mm of travel) are this is for a cross-country rider who’d likes a flow trail too. Makers like Ellsworth and Vroomen are responding to the over nichification in bike categories with models that can do everything. That’s on the mountain, road, and places in between. As Tony asked me
Is there another vehicle that a human has developed with suspension that we lock out?
No, there isn’t.The Rogue kinematics are why the bike works so well. On the mountain, we had no idea, or care, about what else was going on in the world….we just kept pedaling with an enduro bike that climbs.
Everything is epic these days, so I’ll let the you decide what level of epicness this experience was. Shot too long in the golden hour on unmapped, single, single track. Carried 12 pounds of camera gear, climbed 3,000 feet, and then descended without lights, riding by feel, welcoming the light pollution from Park City below as a sign civilization was near.
Sure seems like my initiation into sports photography with the Canon 1DXII is complete…. Even Marco Polo’d Nic Sims when I couldn’t see him anymore, and was worried I took a wrong turn.
My backup plan was to flag down a motorist on the highway, if I could make it to their taillights. Hoped the moose we saw wasn’t with newborns.
That’s the kind of opportunities that happen in Utah during PressCamp. You can gain new levels of epic.
If this ever happens to you, the proven technique is to follow the dull, grayish white line reflecting a few rays of light off the dirt in front of you. Then listen for the tires rubbing vegetation to stay on course.
It was like Tommy playing pinball—using senses I didn’t know I had.
Does that sound epic? Here’s the bike I rode.
It’s the GT Helion, their expert-class niner with a 100-mm travel front and rear. It didn’t let me down, in an extreme situation, and for a reasonable spec costs under $4K.
As PressCamps go, this one is as busy as ever with morning meetings, and afternoon rides. I rode a 3T Exploro, in 650b mode, all over the Deer Valley Mountain Bike Park. However the marketers define a bike like this isn’t up to me. I’m gonna say it’s a fire road bike, and one the market has been waiting at least 2 seasons for.
First ride impressions: a next-level bike from the mind of Vroomen. It’s the drop-bar MTB that I’ve been wanting. No, it’s not spec’d for a camping adventure, but it’s so much fun, I don’t care if it doesn’t have rack mounts. Because it’s like a jeep with its top off. If you want the luxury edition, buy something else. The 3t Explorer is about going fast and hard on gravel.
I may not even want to own it, but I LOVED riding it. Then realized, if I wanted to go fast and do the Tuesday night crit? Put on 700c with 25s. Want a more plushride for that gravel century? Put on 650s and a 45.
That’s why it doesn’t have rack mounts You’re not supposed to hang bags all over it.
I’ll ride the Open tomorrow too with photos and analysis of the buzz-bike of the event.
After 3 years of sharing mirrorless cameras with you, and publishing a suite of sites for the Mirrorless Pro, Canon sent their flagship EOD 1DX Mark II to demo; with a note that said, “Here, try this.” And, it’s like a scene from Freaky Friday with a body switch (me and mirrorless in the role of Lindsay Lohan switching to Jamie Lee Curtis as the Canon). Everything is opposite, nothing is compact, and the image quality?
And, there’s more to come next week when I’m at PressCamp.
Remember when “motor doping” was laughed off as impossible? No one is laughing now—part 2 of the French TV program report on motor doping includes claims that a UCI official colluded with an e-bike maker.
“Hi,” the message reads. “Do you have a phone number I can all [sic] you on straight away, I’m sitting with French police who believe an engineer ‘Hungarian’ is visiting TDF today to sell a bike and visit teams, could this be your guy???”
Indicating the seriousness of the allegations, the UCI has responded with a press statement
The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) has consulted experts from a wide variety of backgrounds – including university academics, mechanical, electronic and software engineers, and bike suppliers – in the process of developing an effective method of detecting technological fraud.
The person interviewed in the Stade 2 report was among those consulted by the UCI in order to fully understand the technologies available and hence how to detect cases of technological fraud.
The UCI has full confidence in its staff employed in this area. It will investigate whether emails sent in 2015 to an external consultant were passed on to a third party and used in a way that no-one intended.
For cyclists, the Ardennes is a place more commonly associated with bergs than beers, drawing fans and pros alike to its famous roads each year for three of the sport’s classic races. But for four Rapha riders, it was the idea of connecting three monastic breweries using these historic race routes that drew them to Belgium.
From our friends at Wired, The Roots of Dirt | How The Mountain Bike Evolved
In the 1970’s a group of California hippies built a new technology that changed the world. Computers? Nope. They were building the earliest commercial mountain bikes. Off-road bike pioneers Joe Breeze and Charlie Kelly explain how their “goofy hobby” turned into a global phenomenon and Olympic sport.
Also see, *pure fun in denim and plaid,”
That deserves a GIF and the saying then applies even more now, “riding away from the cops, the cars, and the concrete.”