Tech News March 2, 2005
Edited by John Stevenson
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Livestrong bike shipping
Trek's LiveStrong Madone SL
Photo ©: Trek
Here's as blatant a piece of bike porn as we've seen in many a week.
This is the production version of the gold-finished 'LiveStrong' bike
that Lance Armstrong rode into Paris last year when he won his sixth Tour
de France. To commemorate that achievement, Trek is making a run of 600
of these bikes, each individually numbered, and signed by the Boss himself.
Poster and certificate
Photo ©: Trek
The frame is a production Madone SL with Shimano Dura-Ace equipment,
but that's where the resemblance to anything else in Trek's range ends.
For starters, the frame is decorated with handmade, 23 karat gold frame
panels, along with a sticker that designates the frame in its sequence
of build. Each bike is outfitted with a collection of special edition
yellow Bontrager components including the carbon crank, stem, handlebar
and seatpost, plus wheels that uses custom painted yellow spokes to tie
a Bontrager Race Lite Aeros to carbon hubs.
The Boss's John Hancock
Photo ©: Trek
Trek designer Chad Bailey is responsible of the graphic design of the
LiveStrong. "We've been making special Paris bikes for Lance for the last
three years, each year it's been a totally different look," said
Bailey. "As Lance's popularity as grown, so too has the interest in these
historical bikes continued to grow. Of the three Paris bikes we've created,
the LiveStrong bike is not only the most unique, but also the most impressive!"
As for what it costs, well, if you have to ask, you probably can't afford
it. The LiveStrong will cost the best part of ten grand: $9,499.99, to
be precise, though that includes a $500 donation to the Lance Armstrong
Foundation. For that wallet-worrying figure you also get an autographed
and numbered photo of Lance riding into Paris, and a certificate of authenticity.
And you get to own a piece of history, always a tricky thing to put a
More info: www.trekbikes.com
More LiveStrong pics
Images by Trek
Hincapie wins with Bontrager
Bontrager harmonic dampers
Photo ©: Bontrager
As well as being Discovery's first victory, George Hincapie's win at
Kuurne Brussels Kuurne was also the year's first success for Bontrager
components, which has increased its involvement with the team for 2005.
At KBK Hincapie was equipped with Bontrager fork and wheels plus Bontrager
oversized carbon stem, handlebar, tape, cages, and Buzz-Kill harmonic
"Harmonic what?" Quite. Derived from an archery technology pioneered
by bow company Mathews, these are plastic and brass or aluminium widgets
that fit inside the ends of the bar and are claimed to cancel high frequency
vibration and so improve comfort. The idea makes a certain amount of sense.
If you add a weight to the end of a tube that's supported at one end (which
is the situation with a bike handlebar) then it's going to have a different,
and probably lower, harmonic frequency.
Bontrager supplied Hincapie with some specially overbuilt 'Classics'
wheels for the cobbles of KBK, but the rest his gear is available to the
rest of us, with details at the newly-redesigned Bontrager website.
More info: www.bontrager.com
Gully gets Hutched
Mountain bike and cyclo-cross racer Marc Gullickson, who retired from
competition last year, has a new career with tyre make Hutchinson. As
of the end of last month, Gullickson is the new manager of marketing and
communication activities for Hutchinson Tires North America in Trenton,
Gullickson who will be responsible for launching a new product development
team, the Hutchinson INFLOW Team which will involve selected sponsored
riders, trend-setting dealers and hand picked ex-professional racers in
increasing the flow of information to Hutchinson's product developers
Pearl Izumi thins out
Read a few on-line forums where road cyclists hang out and you might
pick up an undercurrent of grumbling about recent shorts designs. While
the cut, fit and fabrics going into today's best shorts are pretty much
hard to complain about, very experienced riders are often unimpressed
with the thick liners sitting between them and the saddle. If you grew
up with shorts liners that comprised a single layer of real or synthetic
chamois leather, some of today's thick foam pads can sure feel bulky,
and some riders just don't get on with them
Someone at Pearl Izumi has been listening as the company has just announced
a line of shorts that use its new 3D Pro Chamois, which the company describes
as a "low-profile, minimalist chamois designed for the elite rider".
With dual density padding and four-way stretch materials, the 3D Pro
Chamois is used on four 2005 Pearl Izumi models: the $139.99 Microsensor
3D Pro Short; Microsensor 3D Pro Bib Short ($159.99); HeliArc Short ($199.99)
and HeliArc Bib Short ($219.99).
More info: www.pearlizumi.com
Larsen tests for Scott USA
In the latest move in its campaign to reconquer the US market, bike manufacturer
Scott USA has signed Steve Larsen as an R&D product tester. Larsen has
an extensive history in cycling, having won the NORBA national championships
twice, ridden on the road with Motorola and most recently placed ninth
in the Ironman triathlon.
Larsen will be giving input on future designs from Scott USA, as well
as promoting the brand in all segments of riding in which he participates.
Scott Montgomery, general manager of the U.S. bike group, added, "I've
known Steve for a long time both as an athlete and as a retailer. He has
a genuine understanding of cycling's many disciplines and can help us
promote our current range and develop new products for us in the future."
Morningstar gets online
Paul Morningstar, maker of cult and nifty bicycle tools, has finally
got himself a website. Morningstar is best known for the Freehub Buddy,
a tool that allows you to properly lubricate freehubs without taking them
apart, but he also makes someother rather handy widgets, including levers
for straightening mountain bike brake discs and a dial gauge device for
truing discs and wheels in the field. Morningstar describes his site as
"as humble as my packaging" but the essential info is all there.
More info: www.morningstartools.com