Tech News April 11, 2007
Edited by James Huang
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Full Speed Ahead promotes cycling with its own 'Ride with the Champions'
Ivan Basso and Andrea Peron sign
Photo ©: Full Speed Ahead
FSA held its first ever 'Ride with the Champions' event on March 31,
2007 at its European headquarters in Milan, Italy. Over 400 young cyclists
departed on a mild 8km course joined by cycling heroes past and present
(and not just ones sponsored by FSA). These included Andrea Peron, Felice
Gimondi, Roman Kreuziger, Ivan Basso, Mario Scirea, and Italian National
Team coach Franco Ballerini.
The ride concluded at the popular Il Globo shopping center where Scirea,
Peron, and Basso made themselves available for interviews and autographs.
"The event's purpose was to encourage cycling among families and kids,
so it was arranged together with FCI (the Italian Cycling Federation)
to help them promote the sport," said Ric Hjertberg of FSA. "The event
was also coordinated with a local cycling association with very active
programs for young riders."
The event was intentionally geared towards the general audience, and
support was also provided by car manufacturer Skoda, who also sponsors
both FSA and FCI. News and radio representatives were also on hand to
broadcast the event, and according to Hjertberg, "It's a good strategy
and was a big success, and FSA hopes to host the event again."
Look for this jersey at an event
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Photo ©: Gary Fisher Bicycles
Gary Fisher Bicycles debuts '29er Crew'
After leading the mass-market 29er charge six years ago, Gary Fisher
Bicycles recently announced that it will now be sponsoring a group of
racers that will compete exclusively on Gary Fisher 29er bicycles in a
variety of disciplines, including cross country, singlespeed, and endurance.
Named to the inaugural '29er Crew' are brothers Jesse and Mark LaLonde,
Tim Faia, Dan Cain, Travis Saeler, and TJ Platt. In addition to riding
Gary Fisher bicycles, the group will also enjoy full support from the
Trek family's Bontrager component division, which will supply its tubeless
Race X Lite wheels and matching tires among other bits and pieces.
Sportful launches new MTB baggy shorts and women's-specific clothing
Sportful's new Convertible Short
Sportful claims its new Convertible Short utilizes a uniquely lightweight
and durable material in response to requests from the mountain biking
community. Ventilation and mobility were key goals and are addressed through
a set of vents near the removable chamois and stretch panels on the sides
and leg openings which allow for increased freedom of movement. The Convertible
Short also boasts reflective detailing, 'quick-pull' straps to reduce
bellowing, and front and rear pockets for stowage. Naturally, Italian
styling is built right in.
A second version of the Convertible Short will also be included in Sportful's
new Winki Pop women's-specific line, which the company says is designed
for women who want to be "feminine on the bike as well as off." In addition
to the requisite wide range of colors, Sportful promises the new line
to be highly technical as well with supple-feeling Meryl microfiber materials
that will be unique within the company's range, mesh inserts to enhance
breathability, reflective piping, and special anatomic cuts.
Fuji Bicycles receives accolades from Taipei International Cycle Show
Fuji's SL-1 received an award
Photo ©: Fuji Bicycles
Fuji's SL-1 carbon fiber road bike was named in the Complete Bike Category
of the Innobike Design Competition held by the Taiwan Bicycle Export Association
(TBEA) on March 3, 2007. Entrants were judged based on a number of criteria,
including aesthetics, innovation, precision engineering, and overall performance,
and the awards were presented during the Taipei International Cycle Show
held late last month.
Several specific features on the SL-1 were noted by the panel, including
the unique honeycomb internal structure used in the top tube, the method
by which it flows into the seat stays, the 'Energy Transfer Chainstay'
design, and even the bike's minimal use of decals and paint which not
only decreases weight but also lessens the environmental impact associated
with their manufacturing processes.
Ergon Components lands on U.S. soil
Ergon's unique line of grips
Photo ©: Paul McKenzie
After watching U.S. sales of its innovative ergonomic grips double in
2006, Germany-based Ergon Components has now established a dedicated new
facility in Los Angeles, CA to handle American operations. Staff will
include Jeffrey Neal as Vice President of Ergon USA, Graphic Designer
Peter Swap, Racing Specialist Jeff Kerkove, and the PR and Marketing resources
of Steve Boehmke.
According to Franc Arnold, President of Ergon Components, "The racing
segment is really embracing our products, and we are poised for serious
growth in this market. Jeffrey Neal has unrivaled experience working with
high-quality product, the best retailers, reps and distributors, and knows
what it will take to maximize this growth."
Ergon also plans to branch out its ergonomic product line beyond just
grips and into other 'touch points'. New products will include a complete
saddle line, a backpack utilizing a novel ball-joint articulation system,
gloves, and a carbon fiber suspension seatpost.
Everti Titanium Bicycles launches Odyssey
Everti Titanium Bicycles' new Odyssey
Photo ©: Everti Titanium Bicycles
According to Kurt Knock of Canada-based Everti Titanium Bicycles, "Here
in British Columbia we get a fair bit of winter." As a result, the company
has introduced a new road model, dubbed Odyssey, to help address the region's
unique demands on cycling equipment. The Odyssey is somewhat of a 'jack
of all trades' rig, with disc brake tabs to provide more stopping power,
fairly relaxed angles, and enough clearance to mount both 700x40c tires
Everti builds the Odyssey with cold-worked, stress-relieved, double-butted,
and seamless 3/2.5 shaped titanium tubing arranged in a fairly standard
double-diamond configuration. A moderately sloping top tube provides extra
clearance without overly affecting portaging capabilities when racing
'cross, and the curved seat stays are claimed to add extra vertical compliance
to the rear end. Retail pricing on bare frames start at US$1474; complete
bikes are available starting at US$3000.
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Full Speed Ahead
Gary Fisher Bicycles
Paul McKenzie/Clif Bar & Company
Ergon's unique line of grips
is rapidly gaining popularity in the U.S., and the company recently announced the creation of a CA-based facility dedicated to serving the American market.
Everti Titanium Bicycles