Thursday, July 25, 2013

TREK RELEASE: 2014 Feul Ex 26, Session 88, Superfly, Elite, and Stache

2014 Trek World Bike Release Sees 2014 Models of Session, Superfly (Full Suspension), Fuel EX 26, Elite and Stache

Trek has announced at their Annual Trek World event that they will no longer be "rushing to finish product in time for a deadline, and no more will your bike become obsolete when the calendar ticks by. Instead ... bikes will be released as and when they are ready" (www.imbikemag.com)

Now you can buy a new Trek bike feeling confident that it won't depreciate as greatly over the course of the year. Sure, the bikes will be updated, and there may still be some excitement surrounding a bike launch, but Trek wants to make sure their technologies are at their full potential before releasing them, ensuring that you get the best products at the right time.

What does this mean? For us, it means that the Session, Superfly Full Suspension, Fuel EX 26, Elite and Stache FRAMES will remain unchanged for 2014, but we will be seeing some new color schemes and trickle down componentry.

Trek has embraced all three wheel sizes in their new range to show how well each wheel size works in each category.

Here's a breakdown from IMbikemag.com:


At an entry level hardtail price point the X-Caliber now owns the show, 29-inch wheels and bikes to suit almost any pocket in terms of pricing.

Once you tip over the X-Caliber range, the Superfly range begins. Again a 29-inch hardtail bike that

Moving away from the XC crowd towards the trail end of the market the Fuel EX has made a big upgrade this year in terms of wheel size.

SEE OUR POST ON THE FUEL EX 29er 

The Fuel EX 29 utilizes a 120mm suspension platform and revamped geometry and frame design to incorporate the bigger wheel size.

has been tweaked for this year aimed firmly at the XC market with 100mm of front end travel. Alongside the Superfly hardtail is the Superfly Full Suspension (that remains unchanged) The way Trek sees it the extra speed and easy power from a bigger wheelsize makes the 29er the perfect platform for the entry-level market, as well as the XC crowd too.

Jumping up a gear again, the Remedy range also sees a major update. (See a review of the 2013 Here) Not just a 29er version but also, you've waited for it, yes a 27.5 version too. This sparks a new deabte, 650b, 27.5, what are we gonna call it?  With this choice in wheelsize, you get to decide which you would prefer according to how and where you ride. The 29er version is a long travel big-wheeled machine if ever there was one sporting 140mm of tuned front and rear suspension. The 27.5 version shares the same suspension platform, but obviously sports the smaller wheel size.

The Slash is back again and is a real all-mountain killer/ This year it too gets the bigger wheeled treatment, yet retains the 150mm travel platform from last year. 27.5-inch wheels adorn the new bike which looks great in black and orange paint schemes.

Monday, July 22, 2013

2014 Trek Domane 2.0 Relased at Sea Otter Classic (Published on RoadCyclingUK.com)

The 2014 Trek Domane 2-Series Gets a Makeover


(photo courtesy of rutlandcycling.com)

The Domane is Trek's comfort bike and uses the proprietary IsoSpeed decoupler; essentially a pivot between the seattube and toptube which allows the two to flex independently. The Domane was developed in conjunction with Fabian Cancellara for the cobbled Classics, and is well suited to the demands of regular riders seeking a combination of comfort and performance.


While 4, 5, and 6-Series Domanes are based around a carbon fibre frame, 2-Series machines use an aluminum frame. The seattube on the first run of 2-Series frames was formed by welding two tubes together to ensure the correct balance of strength and compliance but Trek have managed to overcome this by using double-tubing, thereby forgoing the weld and significantly improving the aesthetics of the frame.

Check Out Our Video About the 

2013 Domane 4.0!


Speaking of which, while there are color updates across the Trek range, the Domane 2.1 and 2.3 have undergone a significant makeover, with subtle color-matched components across the bike.


Friday, July 19, 2013

Got A New Bike? 7 Great Post-Purchase Products

Here are 7 Products You Should Buy RIGHT AWAY If You Have A Brand New Bike. (Except #7)


Everyone knows the essentials: a helmet, pump, patch kit, spare tube, tire levers, proper footwear, and comfortable clothing, but there are some further accessories you can buy to make your riding even more enjoyable!

1. Front and Tail Lights: Riding is an excellent pastime, but you have to make sure that you stay safe and following the law at all times. A helmet will protect your head, but in order to avoid obstacles, cars, other cyclists and pedestrians at night, you should equip your bike with strong, bright lights to help make sure you get where you're going.



2. Cyclo-computer: One of the most rewarding things about cycling is finding out how far you have traveled when riding. Some even have extra functions such as heart rate. cadence (how fast you're pedaling), altitude, and temperature. There are wireless models for a super clean installation too.



3. Hydration System: Water bottles and cages are great for carrying your drinks. But, if you need to quench your thirst, hydration systems may be a better option. Insulation will keep your beverage of choice cooler (or warmer) longer and the drinking tube makes sipping more convenient. The capacity can be almost twice as much as you can carry in two large bottles. And, the hydration pack provides a place to stash food, ID, small tools and more.




4. Car Rack: The trails or roads you want to ride aren't always
riding distance away. There are plenty of options to easily and safely transport your bike on your car, van, truck, or SUV. Which one depends on how many bikes you will be carrying and on the vehicle you drive. We can recommend the right rack for you.




5. Eyewear: Don't forget to protect your eyes with sunglasses designed for cycling. It's not just glare you should be concerned about; aiborne debris from passing vehicles is hazardous too. Quality shades provide increased safety, including slightly higher brow coverage for when you're bent over. And the UV protection means less fatigue at of a long days in the saddle.




6. Lock: Security for your bike is important. Get a good lock and always use it correctly to prevent the heartbreak of bike theft.



7. Socks: Even something as simple as socks can enhance your riding if they're specifically made for cycling. We have great socks that breathe, wick and reduce friction for maximum comfort on every ride.



Our staff can suggest other great accessories and help prioritize your purchases! Come Down to T3 Cycling and Triathlon today!




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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

CYCLING NEWS: Trek Releases Brand New 2014 Speed Concept Bike

Trek Shows Off Their All New Speed Concept Time Trial Bike


Trek has taken 437 grams off the frame weight of the previous incarnation of the time trial bike, improved aerodynamics and reduced the frontal area, making it faster in real world riding conditions. Trek also claims that they have improved fit, adjustability, and assembly time.

Trek has modified the Kammatail Virtual Foil tube profiles, updated the shape to improve aerodynamics in a wider range of yaw angles compared to the previous bike. There are also "fillet's"between the main frame tubes to increase side surface area - reducing drag at higher yaw angles and stiffening the frame.



 For the fork, Trek has followed Cervelo's lead and gone with a choice of two different options. First, a standard fork that is UCI compliant with a 3:1 aspect ratio. For the triathletes out there, there is a UCI-illegal, high aspect ratio (6:1) fork specifically designed to achieve every last bit of aerodynamic gain possible.


What do all of these improvements mean in terms of time savings? Trek claims that the new Speed Concept will yield a rider averaging a 20 mph of savings of over a minute and a half on an Ironman course compared to the old Speed Concept. ProTour rider Fabian Cancellara was brought in to test the new design in a velodrome, the results of which would indicate that a rider of his caliber might save between 30 and 40 seconds on the new bike in a one-hour time trial.




 The new design sports a redesigned stem and seatpost, each with fewer bolts and moving parts than the current model's design, as well as simplification in other areas that reportedly decrease build time of a new machine by over an hour!

The new model boasts the same frame measurements of the current lineup, but Trek did redesign the handlebar system, allowing for a wider range of fit options and the ability to effectively fine tune the fit of the Speed Concept to an indvidual athlete's needs.


The Speed Concept is sure to be a triathlon bicycle against other bicycles are measured for many years to come.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Take Your Skills to the Next Level (Bicycling.com)

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4 Simple Tips To Help Your MTB Riding from Bicycling.com

Do you want to go faster, ride smoother, and have more confidence in any situation? These four skills will help take your riding to the next level!

Photo: To ride steep, snot-slick rocks, Hoots suggests mapping out your line. (Margus Riga)

(Posted by Brian Fiske) You may not know Jay Hoots, but you’re likely familiar with his work. The 44-year-old fromVancouver, British Columbia, has designed cycling gear, earned a reputation as a first-ratecoach and instructor, and has built more that 40 bike parks and pump tracks. That mix of experience has given Hoots a unique perspective on what it takes to take your riding to the next level. Whether you’re a beginner or veteran mountain biking, these four steps will make faster, smoother and more confident in any situation. 

Pressure control
Hoots advises his students to learn to move both the bike and your body around for more traction and control. A pump track is a great place to work on this skill, but you can also use something closer to home: a curb. “Riding up, you want to go from the point of getting the front wheel on and then riding your rear wheel up to getting up and over using pressure control,” Hoots says. “The object is to get up on the curb touching each tire, but not hitting the curb as a square edge.” To practice this, think about more than just hopping up with your feet—it’s weighting and unweighting first the front and then the rear of the bike to get it up and on the curb. “Once you’re up, practice pumping down the same way,” Hoots says. “You want to make it a smooth edge, not a square edge.” 

Pushing into corners
To turn, most beginners—and even some intermediate riders—just turn their handlebar to corner. Advanced cornering is more active—it’s about pressing the bike into a corner. “You want to look ahead and commit,” Hoots says, “and then, with your pedals level, press through the apex of the corner with your arms and legs. This happens when you start to trust your tires and trust the bike.” The other key component: Speed, since leaning the bike over is a must. You can practice this on any corner.

Amplified braking
“A lot of people will tell you that you need to get your ass back when you’re braking, but you never know how far,” Hoots says. “There are a lot of things at play, but if you keep your cranks level but drop your heels, that will usually put you in the right position. It amplifies how much pressure you’re getting from the rear wheel to the ground.” Hoots recommends adding this braking practice to your curb sessions. “Every time you bump off a curb, you’re figuring out where your body is and how to move front and back,” he explains. “I’ve lost track of how much time I’ve spent bumping into curbs.” 

Planning
 Part of planning is looking ahead, which also gets your shoulders and upper body in the right place. But the bigger part is mentally walking through what you’re doing before you do it. “When consistency counts, you need to plan,” Hoots says. “Think about Ryan Leech hopping up and riding on a chain between two posts. He doesn’t jump up there and go, ‘Oh my god I’m riding this! It’s wicked!’ He’s thought through that move as well as what he’s doing after it, and after that, too,” Hoots says. To plan ahead, you need to break down the moves. Think through the steps of getting up and down a curb. Or map out the points you want to hit in a corner. Then plan through all the corners of your local big switchback climb. “Once you have the sequence down, then you can replicate it,” Hoots says. “Because doing something once is great, but being able to do it the same way twice is really a trick.”


A resident of Vancouver, Hoots honed his skills in British Columbia’s Coast Mountains. (Dustan Sept)

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

The 2013 Trek Stache 7 is Light Handling, Responsive and Confident

You'll be surprised what the 2013 Stache 7 can ram through— and at what speed – compared to a smaller-wheeled suspension bike.

Trek proudly proclaims, "Welcome to the future. Trail, meet your new master"


The Stache 7 begins with Trek's Alpha Platinum Aluminum Frame with their signature tapered E2 head tube and steeply sloped top tube for extra clearance for your groin despite the 29" wheels. All the gear cabling is internal, and using amazing techniques in hydroforming, Trek made the frame asymmetrical (flared and offset) with a concave backed seat tube for wheel and direct mount front merch clearance. The G2 geometry also gives a distinctively light feel to the steering, so even with a 90mm stem you will have little trouble turning the front wheel sharply.


There's more than enough stiffness in the frame to allow the rider to put every ounce of their power into forward movement. You'll get a lot of torque and traction on climbs and marshy ground too.

The RockShox Recon Silver front fork is a bit heavier than most front suspension forks, but it's definitely worth the weight. With 20mm more travel than most 29er hardtails, it will boost your confidence on those big drops and help you maintain control over rocks and logs. While most trail 29ers stick with a 100mm travel fork to avoid jacking the front end too high, Trek increased control with 120mm stroke fork. Gary Fisher custom G2 geometry is shown in a 15mm axle and the tapered steerer.

"While it can feel nervous and fluttery at first, the long wheelbase means it's still an impressively stable bike once you learn to trust it, and the low bottom bracket means you can really rip through corners with wheels scrabbling as you search for the exit point" (BikeRadar.com)

Check out the 2013 Trek Stache 7 at Schellers Fitness and Cycling!


Monday, July 8, 2013

NEWS: Shimano Hydraulic Disc Brakes Offered for Cyclocross and Road Bikes


After an already great year of releasing upgrades to their road models, Shimano Finally announced their long-awaited hydraulic cyclocross and road disc brake!










 "It will debut as an Ultegra-level component in the form of the new Ultegra grade R785 Di2/hydraulic disc brake" reports Molly of CXmagazine.com







Shimano says, "Two of Shimano's marquee component technologies have combined to set the new standard in high performance road and cyclocross hydraulic disc brake and shifting systems." Their new R785 series Di2/hydraulic disc brake system will, "provide powerful, dependable performance that is tuneable for a variety of cycling uses and conditions.



The new system will utilize Shimano Di2 electronic shifting, and ICE Technologies hydraulic disc heat management system radiate out heat by up to 200 degrees via an integration of aluminum materials in disc brake rotors and pads. This ensures consistent, dependable braking performance regardless of conditions.







See Another Shimano Upgrade (11-speed drivetrain, Ultegra) HERE



Shimano says that mud will be no problem because the, "braking power is consistent no matter what the conditions or the descent. For cyclocross, racers can brake later in the corners, with more power and better modulation in all conditions.



Molly from Cxmagazine.com also provided a nice list of the weights for this R785 Hydraulic Brake system:



1. ST-R785 STI Shifters / Brake Levers: 515 grams

2. BR-R785 Hydraulic Disc BRakes: 263 grams

3. Brake Hose (BH59) 61.5 grams

4. Mineral Oil: 21.5 grams

5. RT99 Ice Rotor (140mm): 205 grams



Total system: 1066 grams

Monday, July 1, 2013

[Video] 2014 Trek Madone 7 Series Makes Debut at 2013 Tour de France

2013 Pictured- Pelotonmagazine.com photo credit

Just In Time For The 2013 Tour De France, Trek introduced their new 2014 Madone 7-Series.


The new frameset has dropped in weight by 25 grams compared to the 2012 Madone 7-Series. Trek says they accomplished this by reworking the composites and layup used for construction, and that the new rear chainstay design has improved both ride quality and stopping performance from the direct-mount integrated brake units.





The bike reviewing site bikeradar.com has used Trek's Project One website to create designs similar to that of Fabian Cancellara... the "Spartacus" Frame: custom paint, carbon Bontrager wheels, Dura-Ace and a full smattering of Bontrager lightweight carbon parts.

Roadbikeaction.com had this to say about bulding bikes using Trek's Project One, "[The] experience can be as quick as five minutes. But with options ranging from the thousands of paint job configurations, component choices from Campagnolo, Shimano, and Sram, SRM and Quarq power meter add-ons, Bontrager wheel depth and material choices, in addition to your taste in cable housing, handlebar tape, and shifter hoods, Project One can be a lengthy, but fun, endeavor.

Probikeswap.com on the other hand, has released pictures of what the Radioshack Leapord Trek riders will be riding.





So what's new on the 2014 Madone 7 series?

We've already mentioned a weight drop of 25g. The chain stays also have been stiffened near the brake for much better braking performance, and the geometry has been tweaked a bit to improve the ride feel. They did this by adding a bit of vertical flex near the end of the stays to improve comfort but still keeping great braking performance.








You can design yourself a 2014 Madone 7 on Trek's Project 1 custom program - and keep checking our blog for more on the full 2014 Lineup coming soon!