SRAM Guide Brakes for the Trail


Confused by what a “trail brake” is compared to another brake, I asked SRAM’s Duncan Riffle and he said

When we use the term “trail” brake or any other specified discipline it has to do with intended use for that product. IE. A Trail brake would be suitable for a wide range of short to mid travel bikes that require a light-weight, robust and powerful package to get the job done in many scenarios. Where as a “Downhill” specific brake would be less concerned about weight and more about power, modulation and durability in extreme conditions…

Ok! Still unclear if you ride trails on bikes in spandex or baggies or spandex INSIDE baggies? Will figure that out later this year when we get on the dirt. As I understand and it was explained to me by Sean Estes, technically trail braking is a technique where you use your rear brake to set the attitude of the bike going into a corner. However trail brakes are brakes designed specifically for Trail riding as opposed to say XC or DH-specific brakes. The “Trail” experience sits between XC and All-Mtn, meaning roughly 110-140 mm travel, relative light weight, all-around geometry and equally good at going up or down.

Yep and I rode a sweet bike for the trail last year up to Searle Pass on the Colorado Trail. It was a Camber S-Works with a 1 X.

Camber

A Camber for the trail

Searle Pass

Up to Searle Pass

sweet singletrack

On Singletrack



Chris Cross

Another bike edit and this one is with Chris Akrigg on a Mongoose riding over pretty much everything a MTB would. What CX racers run over, he rode.

A lot to be learned technically from riding a cross bike, have to be on point 110% of the time, I had a lot of fun putting this together.



How The Race Was Won - Milan-Sanremo 2014


“New climb, old climb, no climb–it’s a long-ass race and the weather was bad.” Cosmo does his thing telling us how the race was won and the look of the peloton reminded of Sean Kelly’s aero helmet.



Inspired In Barcelona


We’ve ridden in Barcelona too and were inspired then and now. Ali Clarkson, Sean Watson, Danny MacAskill and guest rider Duncan Shaw ride some of the unique spots in Barcelona in this edit. Our time there wan’t free styling, but observing the Magnificent Streets, Folding Bikes, and Roundabouts in Girona.

Spain 06

A Spanish Intersection in 06



Fix It Sticks In Your Pocket and Workbench

Fixit Sticks

On the Workbench

After getting the latest PR about a return to Kickstarter and another launch, I asked Brian Davis the Founder of Fix It Sticks what was going on. He told me

Fix It Sticks returns to Kickstarter to launch their all new replaceable line of tools. Last year the company came to life making 2 sticks with permanently installed bits that interlock to form a T-wrench. Now they return to bring a more flexible line of tools that have replaceable bits.

So that’s a Fixit Stick for your pocket – we put ours in tool rolls – and the work bench. the Fix It Sticks Replaceable Edition is on Kickstarter for $30 per set (expected MSRP: $36) which includes 8 bits total and a recycled inner tube pouch. Also releasing the all new Fix It Sticks T-Way Wrench which is a permanent T-wrench for shop use and comes with 7 bits for $25 (expected MSRP $30). Both tools have powder coating options in case you want to color match with your bikes.

Brian added

With manufacturers using all sorts of different hexes and Torx fittings today this platform makes sense. Rather than buy all new tools riders can just grab a bit from any hardware store. They are past the funding goal, so these tools will be a reality soon, but the discount through the pre-order process is a good incentive to back to the project.

The Kickstarter campaign is here and you can pre-order on the their website too. The original version is also on Amazon.

In the Tool roll

In the tool roll



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