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Tuesday
Sep232014

Transition GiddyUp Bikes Press Release

Before we get into the nuts and bolts of our new bikes we have to define what these
bikes are for. Everyone loves to attach a label to their bikes and put them into categories. Trail, all mountain, enduro, freeride, cross country, down country...  So why fight it? In our new lineup, every model is unique but they are all in the same category. These are mountain bikes designed for going...


The 2015 Transition lineup features four new models with different wheel sizes and distinctly different characteristics to suit a variety of riders, regions and trails.

  • PATROL (27.5" Wheelsize, 155mm Rear Travel/160mm Front Travel)
  • SUPPRESSOR (26" Wheelsize, 155mm Rear Travel/160mm Front Travel)
  • SCOUT (27.5" Wheelsize, 125mm Rear Travel/140mm Front Travel)
  • SMUGGLER (29" Wheelsize, 115mm Rear Travel/130mm Front Travel)

ABOUT GIDDYUP SUSPENSION

When we set out to design the new family of bikes, we wanted to improve our suspension pedaling and braking performance, but we didn't want to lose the neutral and comfortable feel that Transition Bikes are known for. No one at Transition wanted a suspension system that felt like it was locking out, or provided any "kick back" in the pedals. We also wanted to maintain the lively feel that makes a Transition fun and easy to ride. Our Giddy Up link is carefully tuned with just the right amount of chainstay growth at all points in the travel. The chainstay growth is highest near sag to keep you moving forward when you get on the gas. but it decreases deeper in the travel so you never feel the drivetrain fighting the suspension. Hop on a Giddy Up bike and you will feel at home immediately. Lively when you pedal, smooth in the rough stuff, and ready to boost off any kicker in the trail.
 
Our new models are designed to be active while climbing; increased compression damping or lockout settings are strictly optional with the Giddy Up link. With the shock open, the suspension remains free to smooth out the trail, improve traction and control without sacrificing efficiency. There is no need to think about flipping switches; you can start your ride with the shock open and leave it there. With Giddy Up you can focus on the trail, not your remotes, levers or knobs. Just grab your bike, Giddy Up and go. 

DESIGN AND FEATURES


Our design philosophy has always had a focus on clean and simple designs built to hold up to the most aggressive riders. With our new Giddy Up bikes we blended smooth frame lines with highly refined tube, dropout, and linkage shapes. The new models blend a long list of features into a refined package that meets our high standards for strength, performance, reliability and good looks.

FEATURES:

  • Progressive Geometry - Long, Low and Slack
  • Giddy Up Link Suspension
  • Integrated Rubber Chainstay Protection
  • Collet Style Main Pivot Hardware
  • ISCG05 Chainguide Mounting On All Models
  • Low Direct Mount Front Derailleur Support (Excluding Smuggler)
  • Syntace X12 Rear 142mm Axle
  • Post Mount Rear Brake Mount
  • 31.6mm Seatpost Supports 150mm Reverb
  • New Universal Transition Derailleur Hanger and Pivot Kit
  • Full Size Water Bottle Fits Inside Front Triangle
  • User Friendly 73mm Threaded Bottom Bracket
  • Internal Cable Routing, Including Stealth Seatpost

The GiddyUp link is the newest suspension platform from Transition Bikes, and is now featured on 4 entirely new models in 3 wheel sizes. Each frame has a very distinctive riding characteristic to suit your style and give you the ultimate freedom whether going up or down mountains. The GiddyUp platform is extremely easy to dial in, once set there is no need to mess with platform adjustments, you can just focus on the ride and wherever it leads you. GiddyUp!

Tuesday
Sep232014

Smiles all around at the 2014 Biketember-Festival

Saalfelden Leogang, Salzburger Land, Austria, September 23rd, 2014 – The debut of the Biketember Festival was a complete success with over 600 bikers attending this epic 2014 seasons end-off. Three great events were combined to create an exciting season finale for visitors and passionate mountain bikers in Saalfelden Leogang. Cheering spectators lined the tape down the “speedster” track for the final of the iXS European Downhill Cup and younger enthusiasts rocked the Scott Junior Trophy. The hometown crowd had many reasons to be proud as Austrians David Trummer (AUT – RRP Ghost) took the overall win in the SRAM Specialized Enduro Series with Manuel Gruber (AUT – Radon) in second.

 The Biketember-Festival kicked off on Friday evening with the all time favorite whip off contest. Soon after, on Saturday morning the downhill bikers took to the track for their seeding runs in the hope of scoring a place in the last European race of the year. 300 riders from 25 nations had made ​​their way to the finals of the iXS European Downhill Cup in Saalfelden Leogang. The finals were no walk in the park. Racers had to conquer the demanding „Speedster“ world cup course, which is 2,3km / 1.4 miles long with an altitude difference of 480m / 1575ft.

In the finals on Sunday, Zarja Cernilogar (CZE – GT Blackthorn) sealed the deal with a solid win in the elite women class. Her win in Bikepark Leogang resulted in her consecutive iXS European Downhill Cup overall victory. Alba Wunderlin (CH – Stüzrädli) and Alia Marcellini (IT – LeeCougan Dirty Factory) stood next to her on the podium in second and third.

In the elite men class one Austrian in particular showed great skill. At just 18 years of age, Andreas Kolb (Sports Nut DH Team) took 8th place. This was his first top 10 result in the elite category. Despite the close competition, Johannes Fischbach (GER – RPR Ghost) remained unbeatable. Following swiftly behind in second and third place was Robin Wallner (SWE – Team W-Racing) and Philip Atwill (GBR – RPR Ghost).

The first time, the iXS European Downhill Cup race in Saalfelden Leogang was covered live and if you missed the action, you can still watch the webcast replay on www.ixsdownhillcup.com/en. The high success of coverage is good news. In 2015 the entire iXS European Downhill Cup will be broadcasted live.

Over 220 riders turned out for the second SRAM Enduro Series edition in Saalfelden Leogang. This final race of the series was the ultimate stomping ground. The 55km track featured everything from roots, rocks and technical steps to flowy freeride sections. Pro class winner Tobias Reiser (GER – Focus Trail Team) finished the course in 33:48.15 minutes. Daniel Schemmel (AUT – Do-Biker Bruck) ended up second followed by Markus Reiser (GER – Focus Trail Team) ranked third. Despite an 8th place finish, the overall victory went to Fabian Scholz (GER – Focus Trail Team) here in Leogang.

The female pro class was dominated by Anneke Beerten from the Netherlands (NL – Specialized Racing), with 40:38.54 minutes, who took the overall win as well. In second and third were Birgit Baumann (AUT – Trek Gravity Girls) and Antje Kramer (GER – Giant Germany).

All information about the Specialized-SRAM Enduro Series can be found on www.enduroseries.net/en .

The third highlight, the Scott Junior Trophy was an event for children. Kids between 3 and 16 years of age could compete in different classes and were able to experience the thrills of racing first hand. They had to master distances between 250m / 820 ft. and 6km /3,7 miles around the Ritzensee. Aimed at promoting a friendly and fun competitive atmosphere, everyone was rewarded for their efforts and no one left empty handed.

Further information about the Scott Junior Trophy can be found on bike.saalfelden-leogang.com/en/events/2014/scott-junior-trophy.

At the end of an exciting weekend with amazing races and great side events, the Biketember festival put smiles on everyone’s faces. The event will return in 2015 on 18 – 20th September. However, the season is not yet over. Bikepark Leogang will hold a special Fan Weekend on 3rd-5th October to bring the season to an end. More information can be found on: bike.saalfelden-leogang.com/de/events/2014/fan-weekend.

For more information please visit: www.biketember.com

Further information about the Bikepark Leogang is available on:

bike.saalfelden-leogang.com/de/bikeparkleogang/ or on facebook:

www.facebook.com/Leogang.Bikepark?fref=ts

Further information about the region Saalfelden Leogang is available on: www.saalfelden-leogang.com/en/

Tuesday
Sep232014

Saalfelden Leogang, Salzburger Land, Austria, September 23rd, 2014 – The debut of the Biketember Festival was a complete success with over 600 bikers attending this epic 2014 seasons end-off. Three great events were combined to create an exciting season finale for visitors and passionate mountain bikers in Saalfelden Leogang. Cheering spectators lined the tape down the “speedster” track for the final of the iXS European Downhill Cup and younger enthusiasts rocked the Scott Junior Trophy. The hometown crowd had many reasons to be proud as Austrians David Trummer (AUT – RRP Ghost) took the overall win in the SRAM Specialized Enduro Series with Manuel Gruber (AUT – Radon) in second.

 

 

The Biketember-Festival kicked off on Friday evening with the all time favorite whip off contest. Soon after, on Saturday morning the downhill bikers took to the track for their seeding runs in the hope of scoring a place in the last European race of the year. 300 riders from 25 nations had made ​​their way to the finals of the iXS European Downhill Cup in Saalfelden Leogang. The finals were no walk in the park. Racers had to conquer the demanding „Speedster“ world cup course, which is 2,3km / 1.4 miles long with an altitude difference of 480m / 1575ft.

 

In the finals on Sunday, Zarja Cernilogar (CZE – GT Blackthorn) sealed the deal with a solid win in the elite women class. Her win in Bikepark Leogang resulted in her consecutive iXS European Downhill Cup overall victory. Alba Wunderlin (CH – Stüzrädli) and Alia Marcellini (IT – LeeCougan Dirty Factory) stood next to her on the podium in second and third.

 

In the elite men class one Austrian in particular showed great skill. At just 18 years of age, Andreas Kolb (Sports Nut DH Team) took 8th place. This was his first top 10 result in the elite category. Despite the close competition, Johannes Fischbach (GER – RPR Ghost) remained unbeatable. Following swiftly behind in second and third place was Robin Wallner (SWE – Team W-Racing) and Philip Atwill (GBR – RPR Ghost).

 

The first time, the iXS European Downhill Cup race in Saalfelden Leogang was covered live and if you missed the action, you can still watch the webcast replay on www.ixsdownhillcup.com/en. The high success of coverage is good news. In 2015 the entire iXS European Downhill Cup will be broadcasted live.

 

Over 220 riders turned out for the second SRAM Enduro Series edition in Saalfelden Leogang. This final race of the series was the ultimate stomping ground. The 55km track featured everything from roots, rocks and technical steps to flowy freeride sections. Pro class winner Tobias Reiser (GER – Focus Trail Team) finished the course in 33:48.15 minutes. Daniel Schemmel (AUT – Do-Biker Bruck) ended up second followed by Markus Reiser (GER – Focus Trail Team) ranked third. Despite an 8th place finish, the overall victory went to Fabian Scholz (GER – Focus Trail Team) here in Leogang.

 

The female pro class was dominated by Anneke Beerten from the Netherlands (NL – Specialized Racing), with 40:38.54 minutes, who took the overall win as well. In second and third were Birgit Baumann (AUT – Trek Gravity Girls) and Antje Kramer (GER – Giant Germany).

All information about the Specialized-SRAM Enduro Series can be found on www.enduroseries.net/en .

 

The third highlight, the Scott Junior Trophy was an event for children. Kids between 3 and 16 years of age could compete in different classes and were able to experience the thrills of racing first hand. They had to master distances between 250m / 820 ft. and 6km /3,7 miles around the Ritzensee. Aimed at promoting a friendly and fun competitive atmosphere, everyone was rewarded for their efforts and no one left empty handed.

Further information about the Scott Junior Trophy can be found on bike.saalfelden-leogang.com/en/events/2014/scott-junior-trophy.

 

At the end of an exciting weekend with amazing races and great side events, the Biketember festival put smiles on everyone’s faces. The event will return in 2015 on 18 – 20th September. However, the season is not yet over. Bikepark Leogang will hold a special Fan Weekend on 3rd-5th October to bring the season to an end. More information can be found on: bike.saalfelden-leogang.com/de/events/2014/fan-weekend.

For more information please visit: www.biketember.com

 

Further information about the Bikepark Leogang is available on:

bike.saalfelden-leogang.com/de/bikeparkleogang/ or on facebook:

www.facebook.com/Leogang.Bikepark?fref=ts

 

Further information about the region Saalfelden Leogang is available on: www.saalfelden-leogang.com/en/

Thursday
Sep112014

Introducing The NEW RICOH WG-M1

The inspired Adventure-in-motion Ricoh WG-M1 with built-in WiFi

Denver, Colorado September 10, 2014 RICOH IMAGING AMERICAS CORPORATION announces the launch of the RICOH WG-M1 digital action camera. From the creators of the original adventure camera the newest addition to the waterproof, cold proof, and shock resistant WG series is equipped to capture life’s moving adventures. The WG-M1 is the must have adventure camera for capturing your life in motion.

The RICOH WG-M1 is WiFi enabled, waterproof to an impressive depth of 32 feet without requiring a  protective housing, shock-resistant against a fall from 6 feet, and cold-resistant to temperatures as low as -10°C. With its ultra-wide-angle lens, this extraordinary camera captures dynamic Full HD movies with a realistic sense of depth. The WG-M1 provides a host of advantageous features including multitasking that allows the user to check real-time images during both still and movie recording, and a 1.5-inch color LCD monitor. 

Approximately 14.0 effective megapixels captures vibrant, high-resolution still images, while its high-speed, continuous shooting capability records subjects at a speed of roughly 10 images per second. In keeping with the rugged theme of the WG series, its lightweight body features an unparalleled outdoor-oriented design and large control buttons that make operating the camera a breeze in any condition.  Combining the WG-M1 with an array of newly introduced camera-mount accessories opens many options and creative solutions in capturing adventure-packed images and movies.

"With the WG-M1 we’re building on the foundation of the adventure-proof, WG World." said Jim Malcolm, Executive Vice President, Ricoh Imaging Americas Corporation. "By combining WiFi connectivity and dynamic image quality the WG-M1 captures life’s adventures in motion, from the top of a mountain to your own backyard." 

The WG-M1 comes complete with a carabiner-equipped strap for easy carrying, and a WG adhesive mount to attach the camera to different surfaces using a powerful adhesive tape. In addition, there are numerous optional accessories available including a wrist strap mount, a helmet mount, and a magnet mount. Create and capture your own adventures with the Ricoh WG-M1.

Pricing and Availability

The WG-M1 will be available at retailers nationwide and at www.us.ricoh-imaging.com in October 2014 for a suggested retail price of $299.95. 

Main Features

1. Effortless underwater shooting without a housing

By simply mounting the included underwater lens protector on the airtight body, the WG-M1 assures outstanding waterproof performance to a depth of 10 meters, and for up to one hour of continuous operation (equivalent to IPX8 or JIS Class 8). It is also designed to be shock-resistant against a fall from a height of two meters,* dustproof (equivalent to JIS Class 6), and cold-resistant against temperatures as low as -10°C. All these features make the WG-M1 a truly dependable, heavy-duty action camera in harsh, demanding outdoor conditions. Since it doesn’t require a cumbersome housing to protect the body, the user can not only enjoy underwater movies and images more freely, but also record sounds more clearly without muffling.**

* Measured under RICOH IMAGING-original testing standards (from a height of two meters, onto a surface of 5cm-thick plywood), conforming to Method 516.5-Shock of the MIL-Standard 810F.
** When the image size of 848 x 480 pixels (at 120fps) is selected, sound cannot be recorded.

2. Full HD movie recording with a selection of creative tools

The WG-M1 provides Full HD movie recording in the H.264 recording format, capturing high-quality, extended movie clips (1920 x 1080 pixels, 16:9 proportions) at a frame rate of 30 frames per second.* Thanks to its digital shake reduction mode, the user is assured of flawless, blur-free movies, with a choice of four angle-of-view settings — Wide (approximately 137 degrees),** Medium,*** Narrow*** and Underwater. It also provides a host of creative tools to simplify complex movie-recording techniques, including “Motion detection,” which automatically starts recording a movie when the camera detects a moving object within the image field; “Loop recording,” which keeps recording movies while creating new files at five- or ten-minute intervals; “High-speed Movie,”**** which records movies specifically for slow-motion playbacks; and “Time Lapse Movie,” which produces time-compressed movies using a time-lapse recording technique. In addition, a micro-HDMI terminal (type D) is provided on the camera body for the simultaneous output of movie clips and sound to external audio-visual devices.

* The maximum length of a single movie clip is 25 minutes.
** The angle of view may vary depending on the selected image size. The maximum angle of view in underwater movie recording is approximately 90 degrees.
*** The medium and narrow settings are selectable only when the image size of 1920 x 1080 pixels (at 30fps) is selected.
**** The image size is fixed at 848 x 480 pixels (at 120fps), while the recording duration is fixed at 60 seconds.

3. High-resolution still images captured by an ultra-wide-angle, 160-degree lens and approximately 14.0 effective megapixels

The WG-M1 delivers true-to-life, high-resolution still images, thanks to the combination of approximately 14.0 effective megapixels and a CMOS image sensor with outstanding high-sensitivity and low-noise characteristics and high-speed data readout.  During still-image shooting, it offers a choice of four angle-of-view settings: Wide (160 degrees),* Medium,** Narrow** and Underwater. It also provides a high-speed continuous shooting mode to record a series of still images at a speed of approximately 10 images per second.

* The angle of view may vary depending on the selected image size. The maximum angle of view in underwater still-image recording is approximately 97 degrees.
** The medium and narrow settings are selectable only when image size of 10M or 14M is selected.

4. Functional, outdoor-oriented design

Inheriting the design theme of the waterproof WG series, the WG-M1 offers a functional, heavy-duty design perfect for active outdoor shooting. It comes equipped with a 1.5-inch color LCD monitor for easy confirmation of the image composition during shooting and quick review of recorded images and movies during playback. Its large control buttons facilitate camera operations — including instant switching between still-image and movie modes — even when the user is wearing gloves. It also features a tripod socket on the bottom for the direct attachment of various accessories. The WG-M1 offers a choice of two body colors: black and orange.

5. Wireless LAN connection to support remote operation using smartphones

By installing a WG-M1-dedicated application in a smartphone or tablet computer, the user can perform various camera functions from a distance: confirm the status of a subject or scene, release the WG-M1’s shutter, and even check movie recordings in real time. The user can also browse and download images and movies recorded by the WG-M1 onto a smartphone or tablet computer for effortless editing using the tools provided by the application, then upload them to social networking and other websites to share them with friends.

6. Other features

  • Face Detection AF & AE function, to automatically optimize focus and set exposure on the subject’s face
  • WG adhesive mount, to attach the camera body to different surfaces using a powerful adhesive tape
  • Carabiner-equipped strap, to suspend the camera on a backpack or other object for easy carrying
  • Compatible with micro SD and micro SDHC memory cards

Optional Accessories

O-MA1531 WG Grip Adapter
This accessory provides a solid grip of the WG-M1 to facilitate one-handed shooting.

O-MA1532 WG Angle Adapter
With a combination of three parts, this accessory lets the user set the camera at the desired angle.

O-CM1532 WG Adhesive Mount 2
Designed to attach the camera to different surfaces using a powerful adhesive tape, this accessory provides a broader adhesive area than the standard WG adhesive mount included in the camera package. It also comes with a hook to attach a leash cord to prevent the accidental loss of the camera during the shooting of active sports, such as surfing and snowboarding.

O-CM1533 WG Wrist Strap Mount
Designed to attach the camera to the arm or tubular objects such as pipes, this accessory is convenient for the shooting of active sports such as surfing, snorkeling, skiing and snowboarding.

O-CM1534 WG Peg Mount
Designed to fix the camera on the ground, this accessory simplifies still-image/movie recording of golf swings and interval shooting on photo-shooting treks.

O-CM1535 WG Magnet Mount
Designed to attach the camera to metal objects with a powerful magnet, this accessory makes it easy to install and remove the camera.

O-CM1536 WG Helmet Strap Mount
Designed to attach the camera to a helmet using a strap, this accessory assists active movie shooting of road racing and mountain biking.


Tuesday
Aug192014

2014 BLUEGRASS ENDURO TOUR DUBLIN-Djouce Mountain

The 4th round of the Bluegrass Enduro Tour in Dublin-Djouce mountain this week end was run over two races: the men's race was on Sunday, and the other reserved for women, on the same track was held the day before. A world first, and a dream opportunity for novices to take part in their first Enduro; in a relaxed atmosphere against an idyllic background.

In Dublin, Bluegrass and the local organiser Biking.ie had put on a great sporting spread offering participants a course made up of magnificent trails around the Irish capital city, starting and finishing at the spectacular Powerscourt waterfall. The number of participants had intentionally been limited to 50 lucky riders due to logistical constraints involved when organising a race over three different locations around Dublin all on the same day.

Two 'fun' days of full on competition with all the ingredients which make the Bluegrass Enduro Tour such a great success. Impeccable organisation, a brilliant atmosphere, and, in keeping with tradition, no one is allowed to ride the course in advance of the race.

 
The day started with breakfast at the base of the waterfall, before setting off by bus towards Ticknock.

Once all the bikes had been unloaded from the trailers, the riders set off on a 2km liaison climb to the first start line of the day. The fabulous view over Dublin Bay was enough to have made the trip worthwhile.

Special 1
There was a highly technical section through the forest which required frequent short spurts, then further along a very fast section, and finally, just before the finish, a hard climb - with such a lot of energetic pedalling, the competitors were immediately in full swing.
 
Women's race
Michelle Muldoon clocked the best time in front of the German rider Hannah Roether who was less than 3 seconds behind.  It had been a really close fight.

Men's race
Daniel Wolfe straight away took the lead. The real surprise was New Zealander Reon Boe who clocked up the second fastest time on his DH bike!

This appetizer boosted the riders' moral. They took on the following 2km liaison climb with a smile!

Special 2
The rapid pace allowed the best to absorb the bumps on the ground almost without losing speed. For the rest, the day was going to be longer and tougher!

Women's race
Michelle Muldoon was once again the fastest just ahead of Hannah Roether.
Juliet Elliott, the English ambassador of fixed gear, came in 5th which is promising as it was her very first Enduro.
 
Men's race
Daniel Wolfe was the fastest, but hot on his heels came Pearse Griffin who was up for contesting his supremacy.

Another shuttle took the competitors up to Ballinastoe for a lunch break. Pasta salad and sandwiches were on hand to recharge the riders' batteries before taking the shuttle bus then pedalling 1km to the next start line.

Special 3
A new landscape, the backdrop of flower carpeted hills and lakes almost made you forget the difficulties of the track which was very technical right from the start, followed by a good minute or two of pedalling before taking on a long section where you could pick up speed right up to the finish line.

Women's race
With the fastest time in the first three specials of the day, Michelle Muldoon was well set for final victory.

Men's race
Daniel Wolfe was once again first and seemed to be untouchable. The fight for a place on the podium was going to be tough.

3km of climb later...

Special 4
The longest of the day. A mixture of highly technical sections and other faster sections scattered with jumps, then long sections of pedalling and a fast final section. Enough to make even the most resistant riders tap into their energy reserves.  

Women's race
After a disastrous start (18th in Special 1), Orla Mclean gave the other race favourites something to think about by coming in first in the 4th Special.

Men's race
All the Specials were closely fought races - amongst the junior riders, Conor Lavalle seemed to finally get the better of his rivals.

Refuelling with bananas and cold drinks was very welcome before the 5km liaison which took the riders from Ballinastoe to Djouce.

Special 5
The shortest of the day. The course started off fast, then there a short sharp climb once again but the riders' bodies to the test, the end of the race which was faster was nothing short of pure pleasure.

Women's race
The best time was once again made by Michelle Muldoon followed by German Hannah Roether less than 3 seconds later.

Men's race
Just as in the Special before, Jonathan Maunsell had the second best time behind Daniel Wolfe.

One last effort, a 2km liaison which consisted of a fast climb took the competitors to the start of the final race.

Special 6
Without a doubt, this was the most technical – lots of roots, tight bends where it was difficult to keep up speed, then a really fast downhill section through the forest before the final sprint for the finish.   

Women's race
A victory (of honour) for Orla McClean in the last special as the overall victory was Michelle Muldoon's in 33'11".  German rider, Hannah Roether a regular on the Bluegrass Enduro Tour, took 2nd place with a time of 35'34".  Consistent throughout the day, Kate Fluker, New Zealand's XC national champion, took the third place on the podium with a time of 36'31".   

Men's race
A flawless race for Daniel Wolfe who led throughout with a time of 25'43" ahead of New Zealander Reon Boe, who recently came 3rd in the Megavalanche, with 27'02".  Pearse Griffin, with a time of 27'15" completed the podium.

FULL RESULTS

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