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    - Any comments we make about the ’08 Tour de France in this ‘What’s New’ entry should be prefaced by the following email exchange that occurred in early June. Based on this, feel free to dismiss everything we say: -----Original Message----- From: Gerard Vroomen Sent: Friday, June 06, 2008 9:37 AM To: Brendan Quirk Subject: RE: 2008 Cervélo SLC-SL Limited Edition SRAM Red Complete Bike – Competitive Cyclist I’ll save this e-mail. Gerard Vroomen | Co-founder Website: | -----Original Message----- From: Brendan Quirk Sent: Friday, June 06, 2008 9:35 AM To: Gerard Vroomen Subject: RE: 2008 Cervélo SLC-SL [...]

    The last 30 days for Team Garmin-Chipotle has been a media extravaganza. It’s indisputably newsworthy that the very core of the Slipstream business model has been validated: Clean cycling is indeed good business. It’s been proven by the big bucks put up by Garmin to sponsor their team. It’s probably no coincidence that the two other vocal self-policing teams of the professional peloton -- CSC and High Road -- also both recently picked up new big-dollar sponsors in Saxo Bank and Columbia. And the individual performances of Will Frischkorn and Christian Vandevelde so far during le Tour are no less [...]

    The Giordana Silverline jersey and bib offer premium performance at a not-so-premium price. Search the world over and you’ll never find a better value in a jersey and bib.

    Garage bands create timeless classics. They come at you with everything they’ve got with a true sound not often found with mega-label artists. The results are often perfect, catchy, and the bands develop a cult following. Ventana Mountain Bikes is the bike industry’s garage band. The lineup has changed a number of times over the years, but it now thrives as a tightly polished quintet, pumping out cult hits. Ventana started in a small Folsom, California garage in 1988, not a mile or two from the spot Johnny Cash recorded Folsom Prison Blues some 20 years prior. The garage was [...]

    WTB 2009: The rest of the story We were fortunate enough to join WTB in Downieville for their 2009 product launch a few weeks back, but we had to keep a lid on the details until today. As promised, we’ve got the scoop for you below: UST Tires – WTB has always had top-notch tread designs, and durable tires, but apart from the Weirwolf UST, their tubeless offerings have been practically non-existent. That’s all about to change for 2009. The WTB Wolverine tire, popular with the XC race ranks, will be offered in two UST widths: 1.95 (698g) and 2.2 [...]

    Over the span of a season, we accumulate no shortage of interesting one-off bikes. Maybe we built them up for a photo shoot. They might be floor models so our in-person customers can kick some tires. Maybe we bought them at a trade show because -- at the time -- it was the only one available in the universe. In any event, these bikes don’t fit cleanly into our inventory system since they’re already built, so we’re eager to sell them at a substantial discount. In every case these bikes are brand new, with the only wrinkle being that they’re [...]

    The Deuter Race X Air Packs use their exclusive Advanced Aircomfort System that lifts the pack away from the back to keep you cool while under load!

    This postcard could be short and sweet -- something to the effect of, ‘We’re staying. Please send our stuff.’ Nestled into the empowering landscape of the Sierra Buttes near the junction of the Downie and North fork of the Yuba Rivers, Downieville lives on the way it was. It’s quickly becoming a haven for those that enjoy nature’s playground. And we can think of few better places, especially for those that like to ride. But to leave such an incredible place without sharing the highlights would be just plain wrong. In short, after our visit, we’re ready to sell the [...]

    If you don’t race (or wrench) for Rabobank or Gerolsteiner, your experience of next year’s new Dura Ace so far has been lo-res spy photos and company-vetted PR . For us, enough was enough. We couldn’t stand waiting anymore: We drugged the mechanics and bribed a soigneur -- all to score our own Dura Ace 7900 group. See the video below for our first impressions. Visit our Dura Ace 7900 Gruppo Calculator to get kit pricing for a complete groupset order. You can learn more about Dura Ace 7900 and buy components on an à la carte basis by visiting [...]

    Nigel Dick is a good friend of ours, and he’s a neat guy to know. He’s best known for his music-video-direction palmares, which include such cultural monuments as Guns & Roses’ ‘Welcome to the Jungle’ and ‘Paradise City’, plus videos for countless other mega-hits by folks like Oasis, R.E.M., Britney Spears, Paul McCartney etc etc. He’s never said it, but I think he detests the music for the videos he’s made as much as we do. But that’s not the point: He’s a man damn good with a camera and lights, and he uses those skills to suck viewers in [...]

    Patience is a virtue, and the long spring of waiting has culminated with the following new info: The new-for-2009 Shimano Dura Ace 7900 should start having some availability in late October. You might see it on an OE-basis (i.e. equipped on pre-built bikes) a bit earlier. But for aftermarket availability, we’re looking at October-at-best. The electronic version — which is really just three components (shifters and derailleurs) is more like best-case-January 2009. Here’s what we DO know (including weights!) on a component-by-component basis: STI Levers Say farewell to exposed shifter housing. Shimano is making the change to under-the-bar-tape cable routing [...]

    Reynolds makes the most versatile carbon wheels on the planet: light, stiff, and durable enough for everyday use. The DV, MV, SDV, Attacks, and Assaults will exceed your expectations of what a carbon wheel should be.

    We love what we do. That’s why we do it. That goes for most everyone in the bike industry. After a few days in Sedona for the 2009 Magura Product Launch, it’s evident the folks at Magura do as well -- but that’s not surprising either, as they are, after all, ‘The Passion People.’ If you’re a mountain biker and you haven’t yet been to Sedona, Arizona, you really should. Seriously. Put it on the list, and move it right up there toward the top. There are hundreds of miles of trails -- twisty, fast, smooth, technical, exposure, slick rock, [...]

    OUR FAVORITE BIKE SHOP IN AMERICA Your favorite hotel in New York. Your go-to choice for a bottle of Pinot. The climb you love most. Calling them the best -- isn’t that akin to confrontation? ‘Dude, how can you think anything’s better than the Galibier?!?’ Best -- the fact that it’s the most overused word in modern media hasn’t made it lose its sting for those who choose to disagree. But waxing affectionate -- admitting you had the chills as you approached the first switchback on Alpe d’Huez -- that’s a different deal. You can’t argue over sentimentality. So that’s [...]

    We’ve been building project bikes for quite some time now -- we look at them as educational tools. They keep us inspired, focused, curious and knowledgeable. Finally it hit us -- we need to share these experiences with you in our public forum, rather than just on the phone or through emails. So here you find installment one of our Project MTB series, Ventana El Bastardo. We’re especially excited about this project bike as it introduces a new platform to us -- the 650b wheel. 650b falls directly between the 26′ diameter and 29′ diameter wheel sizes. Sure, we’ve messed [...]

    Liege-Bastogne-Liege is over and done, and with that we’re finished with the ’08 Spring Classics season. Isn’t that kind of depressing? The tan, fragile, Little Lord Fauntleroys of the stage racing scene now officially take over, and we begin our countdown to the one day Fall Classics. 100 days ’til the Classica San Sebastian! With the passing of the season, might we take a brief moment to reflect? Three things come to mind as we look back over the last 60 days: 1. Cleaning out the warehouse sale. You’re not a bike shop unless you have some one-off inventory hanging [...]

    Demo Bike Sale

    The Competitive Cyclist demo program is the best of all worlds: We’ll ship a pro-quality mountain bike to your doorstep via UPS, and you get a full week to ride the daylights out of it on the trails you know best. The bicycle will arrive at your door fully-tuned and minimally dis-assembled. You’ll need to do a few minutes of unpacking, thread on your pedals, and you’ll be trail-ready. Our demo bikes come decked out with components from SRAM, Chris King, WTB and other fantastic component manufacturers. Best of all, if you purchase a new frameset or bike from us [...]

    Oh my god, it’s not raining! It’s Sunday here in Monterey -- the sun is out and temperatures rising up into the 60’s. We’ve been checking the forecast religiously for the last week leading up until the event. The clear sunny promises raised anticipation, but we dared not speak a word for fear of jinxing ourselves. Hell, we even knocked on wood after each update. Save for a dust storm of a day Saturday, we’ve been counting our blessings. No doubt, the arrival of the Pope in the states this week is somehow connected to the anomaly. With centuries [...]

    My skinny pants, they’ve started fitting again. Wear them in December? Never. But my training this spring has been strong. And the few times I’ve pinned on a number, it’s been a pleasant surprise. The problem, though, is this: Nothing is more anathema to a bike racer than small signs of progress. Looking good in the mirror thanks to a smaller-than-typical ass? Looking good on the bike as shown by a top-10 placing in last week’s race? There’s only so much glory to be had there. For those of us who love life best from the perch of a 200g [...]

    Rock Shox SID Preview 2008 marks the 10th anniversary of an industry legend: Rock Shox SID. SID redefined the standard for a lightweight front fork with cutting edge features like positive air (pressure and volume) and negative spring (preload and rate), interchangeable rebound cartridges, hollow crown and magnesium lowers. For those of us that had previously lusted for Judy Yellow, SID Blue washed that from our minds the second we saw it. Now, SID blue is back, gracing the top shelf of SID forks -- World Cup. Rock Shox has thrown out all the stops in an effort not to [...]

    Disabuse. It’s a fancy word. As I recall, I learned it about 15 years ago when I was cramming for the GRE. Disabuse. It’s a sufficiently fancy word, in fact, that I’ve never even used it once since I learned it. Disabuse: To be liberated from misguided notions. It’s the best word to describe my experience of doing the ‘cyclotourist’ ride the day before the Tour of Flanders, and my experience watching the Ronde the next day. Before my visit to Flanders I thought I knew the score. Pavé? I’ve walked the backstreets of Boston. I ride Arkansas farm roads [...]

    My oh my, how far mountain biking has come since the days of Klunkerz … SRAM’s TruVativ HammerSchmidt The SRAM buzz machine has us talking and wondering once again about their upcoming introduction of TruVativ HammerSchmidt, dubbed ‘a revolution in transmission technology.’ With the keyword being ‘transmission’, it didn’t take long for the gear box term to surface. Gear boxes have been discussed and tested for many years now, most notably by the folks at Honda. However, Honda dissolved their dominant team a few months back, and simultaneously announced they had abandoned pursuing the mountain bike market. Enter SRAM. While [...]

    Most of the press we’ve seen in the last few months about the new-for-2009 Shimano Dura Ace has focused on the electronic version of DA. Stefan Schumacher medaled on eDA at last year’s World Championship Road Race, and he and his Gerolsteiner team mates have served as guinea pigs for eDA ever since. While the pure novelty of electronic shifting tantalizes, we got our own medals (for bravery) for fighting at the Battle of Zap and Battle of Mektronic. While we’re intrigued by the alleged telepathic shift quality of eDA, it’s hard to shed our concerns for its weight, its [...]

    For those of us that enjoy challenging gravity, the big news for Shimano in 2009 will be the release of a completely redesigned Saint gruppo dubbed Shimano Saint 810. The current and original iteration (save for a few tweaks), Saint 800, accomplished much of what it set out to do -- withstand abuse and provide great performance. But as the young gravity industry continues to grow, innovate and refine, it’s only natural that Saint did as well. After all, expectations have elevated. And, the early impression is that Shimano rose to the occasion, shedding approximately 300g (maybe more) from the [...]