SRAM, in partnership with Troy Lee Designs, announced today the formation of its own mountain-bike team for the 2014 season. SRAM has had a longstanding tradition of supporting racing, from grass-roots contests through the World Cup level, and now, the company will also fly its own colors in local, national and World Cup competition.
The all-American squad currently consists of downhillers Walker and Luca Shaw, and cross-country racer Russell Finsterwald.Tweet Print
Last weekend while doing trail work Cannondale-WTB OverMountain rider Mark Weir was crushed by a 300-pound tree limb, breaking his pelvis in three places. We talked to him by phone from his home in Novato, California, where he’s recuperating for the next six to eight weeks. Mark was especially disappointed about the accident because he just signed a new, three-year contract with the Cannondale OverMountain team. All things considered Weir seemed in good spirits and was happy to talk about his ordeal.Tweet Print
I recently got back from my first ride in Marin County, California, and I was blown away by how nice the trails were – especially in February! Access4Bikes is working hard to turn the tide in Marin and open up even more riding opportunities for our vibrant mountain bike community. They are selling raffle tickets to support the trails there, and the lucky winner will take home a Marin Rocky Ridge like this one.Tweet Print
Last year we got a preview of the first full-suspension bike from Redline. Now the D880 29er with its new Binary Link suspension design is closer than ever to the trail.Tweet Print
British brand Empire Cycles has partnered with a Belgian firm to create what they are calling the world’s first 3D printed mountain bike frame. Renishaw, a first that specializes in advanced 3D printing techniques, builds the frame layer by tiny layer from titanium. The finished product is said to be one third lighter than a traditional titanium frame because of the accuracy available in construction.
Right now the frame is said to be undergoing tests before being made available to the public, but so far so good. Get more on how the process works over at dezeen.com.
Last week Dirt Rag’s Publisher Maurice Tierney and Karen Brooks, the former editor of Dirt Rag and the founding editor of our sister magazine Bicycle Times, mutually decided to part ways.
“I’m proud of the work I’ve done with both Bicycle Times and Dirt Rag, and am excited to go off in new directions,” Brooks said.
“We wish Karen all the best,” Tierney said. “We’re also really excited about the future of Bicycle Times.”
Rotating Mass Media, parent company of Bicycle Times and Dirt Rag magazines, is now looking to fill the position of Editor of Bicycle Times or Online Editor.Tweet Print
It’s hard to imagine a more unassuming guy than Joe Breeze. Unlike his contemporaries Gary Fisher or Tom Ritchey, who are easy to spot in a crowd, Breeze could be the guy standing in line in front of you at the grocery store, or your friendly neighbor who always greets you with a wave and a smile. Of course, if you live in Fairfax, California, there’s a good chance he is both of these things.Tweet Print
Photos by Maurice Tierney and Shimano
In response to its rapid growth, Shimano American Corporation has expanded its Irvine, Calif., office building by some 48,000 square feet turning it into a massive 51,000 square foot distribution center. An entirely new, modern business center also opened directly across the street for Shimano’s marketing, R&D and inside sales staff.
A recent move by Shimano to go dealer direct with its products, which also includes Pearl Izumi and a host of fishing brands, not only means lower prices for the customer but a need to expand warehouse capability for shipping, receiving and storage. Even after a year the project is still being completed with a new fire sprinkler system being installed, new hi-tech conveyers being finalized and large storage spaces being prepared. Other changes to the former offices include a fishing rod and reel repair and warranty center for quick turnaround.
Shimano’s Marketing Manager Joe Lawwill, who raced professionally for over 10 years and won a Masters Downhill World Championship in 2002, showed us around the entrance to the new, highly modern Business Center. Visitors are treated to an action video loop on the main screen while a smaller interactive monitor showcases Shimano’s history in cycling.Tweet Print
Marin County, the birthplace of mountain biking, has suffered for decades with lack of good, legal singletrack. Access4Bikes is working hard to turn the tide in Marin and open up more riding opportunities for our vibrant mountain bike community.
Funds raised from this campaign will go to building more trail miles at Camp Tamarancho, one of the best riding spots in the county, and to advocating for more singletrack on public lands. Marin Bikes and Access4Bikes are giving away a 2014 Marin Rocky Ridge 7.6. Tickets are for sale now at Access4Bikes.com for $10 each. The more tickets you buy the better chance you have to win. Ticket Sales will be open until March 4 at 5pm and the winner will be announced on March 5 on the Access for Bikes Facebook page. The winner will also get a 2 year Tamarancho trail pass.
The Rocky Ridge 7.6 is a hardball designed for aggressive trail riding, with low, slack geometry and 27.5 wheels. Read our first impressions of the bike here, and watch an upcoming issue of Dirt Rag for a long-term review.
Access4Bikes has a long history of strong advocacy to change policy and elect bike friendly officials across the county.
There is a big opportunity to influence the Marin County Open Space road and trail management plan. For more information visit access4bikes.com/win-a-marin.
Bike factories I love?
Ad Intense to this list. Every effort is made to have raw local materials come in one end and bikes out the other. This was evident on a recent tour of their facility in Temecula, Calif. We heard there was a new bike on its way so we stopped by to see what was going on.
Intense Cycles also announced this week that founder Jeff Steber and partner Marv Strand have hired Andrew Herrick as the company’s CEO.Tweet Print