GREAT 13min movie with Matt Hunter in the back of beyond
TIME for change. I’ve always ridden mountain bikes clipped-in ever since the early 90’s with those horrible toe-straps. Since my second mountain biking life I’ve been using Shimano’s SPD system to attach myself to my bike. With various different pedals. Settling on the Shimano’s M530 Trail pedals for the last couple of seasons.
But I’ve noticed that the majority of riders over here use the Crank Brothers system and what’s that they say about change?
So it’s a case of – out with old, tried and tested and in with the new, shiny and different.
A 10 minute test ride and I think I can safely say that I prefer them to the old pedals and the old system. It seems easier to engage the cleat and if it doesn’t engage you have a decent platform with 6 grippy little pins on each side to put down a couple of pedal strokes until you can clip in.
It also seems easier to unclip too – which can be good or bad depending on if you mean to unclip or not!
Think I might put a set of these on the downhill bike (currently ride flats on the DH bike) when the lifts open and see how I get on. The other thing I like is that it looks as though you could jump on the bike with normal trainers on without too much fuss something that the SPD system really doesn’t let you get away with.
Will report back when I’ve really tested them out…but for now, happy 🙂
Published on 17 Apr 2013
Just a small warning: a short scene in this video may disturb some of our more sensitive viewers, so viewer discretion advised, folks!
World Speed Record On A Mountain Bike
Eric Barone is a French sportsman who made a name for himself by setting world speed records on a bike, both on snow and gravel. On April 15th of 2013, he attempted to beat his own record on snow, which was established in 2002 and stood at 222 km/h.
Did he, did he not? Find out here. No talking, just biking.
Cotic Bikes and Steel City Media bring you the next chapter, with an edit designed to put your mind at rest about size issues.
The Cotic Solaris was designed to take the best of our legendary Soul trail hardtail and bring all that to the 29″ wheel format.
– Reynolds 853 steel front triangle with signature Ovalform top tube and new gussetless DZB down tube.
– 44mm standard head tube designed with external bottom cup for taper steerer compatiblity and zero stack top cup for minimal stack height.
– 31.6mm seatpost size is dropper seatpost compatible and the frame has hose clips for the remote under the top tube.
– Clearance for big tyres – 2.4″ Maxxis Ardents fit fine.
– Geometry with commitment! Minimum 80mm travel forks or 470mm rigids. Handles great with 100mm sus forks, strong enough for up to 120mm travel.
– Sizes – 16″ (new for 2013), 17.5″, 19″ and 20.5″.
– The frames are designed to be compact and chuckable.
– Weight – 4.9lbs for the 19″
For info and more, head over to: cotic.co.uk/product/solaris
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Instant torque feels delicious on the highway, but it could be an even bigger asset in an offroader. Land Rover has been experimenting with electric versions of its Defender 110 for a while now, and claims its latest prototypes benefit from a reduction in wheel spin due to the single-speed motor, making them more adept at climbing and less likely to churn up the environment. The prototypes don’t necessarily stand out in terms of raw specs: they’re 25 percent heavier than turbodiesel models, with lower horsepower and torque ratings, and with a range of just 50 miles. They try to make up for it in other ways, however, with the ability to deliver up to eight hours of slow, grueling off-road time, where range is secondary to staying upright, and by exploiting Land Rover’s Hill Descent Control feature for faster recharging through regenerative breaking. There’s no plan to bring an EV Defender to market any time soon, or to run the Dakar gauntlet like some rivals have, but the prototypes are due to make appearance at the Geneva Motor Show before being tested for painful-sounding “specialist applications” later in the year.
LAND ROVER UNVEILS NEW ELECTRIC DEFENDER RESEARCH VEHICLE AT GENEVA MOTOR SHOW
– Land Rover continues to champion innovation in sustainable engineering with electric Defender research vehicle
– Engineered to deliver zero emissions whilst retaining legendary all-terrain capability
– Innovative powertrain combines a 70kw electric motor with lithium-ion battery pack
Whitley, UK, February 28, 2013 – Land Rover is continuing to champion British innovation and cutting-edge automotive engineering by unveiling seven new electric Defender models at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. The research vehicle delivers zero emissions whilst retaining its tough, go-anywhere capability.
“Investing in innovation has always been the lifeblood of our business and our engineering teams are working hard to develop innovative new technology to provide sustainable motoring solutions,” said John Edwards, Land Rover Global Brand Director.
The standard diesel engine and gearbox in the 110 Defenders have been replaced by a 70kW (94bhp), 330Nm electric motor twinned with a 300-volt, lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 27kWh, giving a range of more than 50 miles. In typical, low speed off-road use it can last for up to eight hours before recharging. The battery can be fully charged by a 7kW fast charger in four hours, or a portable 3kW charger in 10 hours.
The electric vehicles (EVs) retain the Defender’s legendary four-wheel drive system and differential lock. Because the electric motor delivers maximum torque from the moment it starts, there’s no need for gear shifting and the transmission comprises a single speed, 2.7:1 reduction gearbox combined with the existing Defender four-wheel drive system. A modified version of Land Rover’s Terrain Response®System has also been incorporated.
The vehicles were developed by Land Rover’s Advanced Engineering Team following successful trials of the Defender-based electric vehicle, Leopard 1. The vehicles’ capability has been tested in extreme and environmentally sensitive conditions, demonstrating capabilities not shared by conventional road-going EVs. Trials included pulling a 12-tonne ‘road train’ up a 13 percent gradient and wading to a depth of 800mm.
In keeping with Land Rover’s ‘Tread Lightly’ philosophy the smooth, low-speed capability of the electric drivetrain makes the electric Defenders especially well suited to climbing obstacles without damaging the ground unnecessarily.
The battery weighs 410kg and is mounted in the front of the Defender in place of the diesel engine. Kerb weight is 100kg more than a basic Defender 110 and ranges from 2055kg to 2162kg depending whether the body style is a pick-up, hard top or station wagon.
All the major components in the electric powertrain – including the battery, inverter and motor – are air-cooled rather than liquid cooled, saving a considerable amount of weight and complexity and adding robustness. Regenerative braking has been optimised to such an extent that using Hill Descent Control, the motor can generate 30kW of electricity. Because the battery technology can be charged very quickly at a rate of up to twice its capacity of 54kW without reducing battery life, almost all of the regenerated energy can be recovered and stored. Up to 80 percent of the kinetic energy in the vehicle can be recovered in this way, depending on conditions.
“This project is acting as a rolling laboratory for Land Rover to assess electric vehicles, even in the most arduous all-terrain conditions. It gives us a chance to evolve and test some of the technologies that may one day be introduced into future Land Rover models,” said Antony Harper, Jaguar Land Rover Head of Research.
Although there are no plans for the all-terrain electric Defender to enter series production, the seven EVs will go into service in specialist real world trials later this year.
Uploaded on 20 Feb 2013
A compelling, dramatic and stylish cinematic journey into snowboarding’s unique history and the wider cultural forces that shaped it.
Featuring interviews and archival footage with Todd Richards, Gigi Rüf, Terje Haakonsen, Jake Burton, Tom Sims, Stale Sandbech and Craig Kelly.
We Ride is A burn Production, filmed and edited by Grain Media.
Directed by Orlando von Einsiedel and Jon Drever.
Great edit and who doesn’t like a bit of Röyksopp on a sunny winter’s day?
Published on 6 Apr 2012
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Published on 26 Feb 2013
A new GoPro edit is uploaded to the internet every 3.57 seconds, but trust us when we tell you, this is not just another GoPro edit. Featuring the skiing of: Mark Abma, Kaj Zackrisson, Cody Townsend, Chris Rubens, Alexi Godbout, Mike Douglas, Tommy Ellingson, AJ Kemppainen, Vincent Gagnier, and more.
Written by Marlon Roudette & Preetesh Hirji
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THERE is another way….
If you haven’t already got a Google account…first of all, why not?…second , get one, now! – I’m sure you know what website to go to to get one 😉
Google Play Music & Google Music Manager lets you upload up to 20,000 tracks – that’s twenty thousand tracks – to Google’s servers and then lets you listen to all your music from any device that’s logged into your Google Account….for FREE, from anywhere!
Once you install the app on your computer, it will scan your iTunes folder or whatever folder you keep your music in and upload it all to the big G’s servers…if you’ve got a big music collection, that can obviously take a while but it all goes on it the background with a little icon telling you how many tracks it’s uploaded so far.
The clever bit is, that if it finds tracks in your music collection that are already available on Google Play (Google’s music service), it wont bother uploading them – Google will just give you rights/access to play them from it’s servers as well as download them onto other devices you own (computers & Android phones & tablets)
So you now have a free multi-room, multi-city, multi-country audio system! Not only that – you’ve basically turned any internet connected computer on the planet into your personal stereo, with all your music on it…what’s not to like? 🙂
In my opinion, the Google Play ‘My Music’ user interface is far nicer to look at and easier to navigate than iTunes is, was or ever will be – plus for something that’s a cloud-based web-app it’s surprisingly quick, in fact except for a slight delay from when you hit Play to when the music starts, it seems to be faster to get around than the sluggish, bloated Apple software.
Give it a try, you wont be disappointed…