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2010 Specialized Gravity Bike Preview: Photos and Video
|Words, photos and video by Ryan Cleek|
|6To kick off their 2010 gravity bike line, Specialized hosted media from around the world to a few days of riding at the famous Whistler Mountain Bike Park. There’s no place on Earth with the dynamic and challenging terrain of Whistler’s bike park and its surrounding trails, so it was the ideal spot for throwing a leg over the fifth generation of the Enduro all-mountain trail bike, as well as the Big Hit freeride bike and Demo downhill bikes. |
Specialized has high hopes for their gravity bike line, as they now field a top-tier World Cup downhill team of Sam Hill and Brendan Fairclough. Specialized listened to their elite riders, and has incorporated some of Sam and Brendan’s geometry preferences into the new bike designs. Below, you’ll find more detailed information on Specialized’s long-travel and gravity-oriented mountain bikes.
SPECIALIZED SX TRAIL
One of the most versatile and popular long travel bikes, the SX Trail sees some major revisions for the 2010 model year. Most noticeable is the straightened up top tube. The frame has been trimmed down by a quarter of a pound, thanks to new tubing and shock mount configuration. The bike park-oriented SX Trail now has a 29.5-inch-wide handlebar, Specialized’s Clutch tires with the SX casing, FSA Gravity cranks and a Gamut shiftable chainguide.
The SX Trail is equipped with the new Fox Shox RC4 shock featuring a custom yoke that goes around the seat tube. This design puts the shock link in line with the seatstays for increased rear-end rigidity. Specialized says the 2010 SX Trail weighs about 36.5 pounds.
SPECIALIZED DEMO 8 II
Specialized altered the popular Demo 8’s geometry to meet the demands of World Cup downhillers Sam Hill and Brendan Fairclough. The new Demo 8 has a 1.5-inch head tube to accept an integrated headset, and features the refined “team” geometry with a lower bottom bracket, slacker seat tube angle and integrated-bearing head tube for a lower handlebar height. In order to achieve the geometry tweaks, Specialized had to basically redesign the entire Demo 8 frame.
The Demo 8 is built with a Fox Shox DHX RC4 coil shock, a 29-inch-wide handlebar, the air-sprung RockShox Boxxer World Cup, and custom Avid Code brakes. The 2010 Specialized Demo 8 is equipped with a Specialized Clutch front tire and a Specialized Chunder rear tire. The Demo 8’s refined, race-oriented, fixed geometry features a 64-degree head angle and a 13.5-inch bottom bracket. The FSR suspension separates suspension actuation from the wheel path. How progressive the suspension feels is governed by the sub-seatstay driving the shock. Specialized says the complete Demo 8 II package weighs in at 38.5 pounds.
editor Ryan Cleek rides the 2010 Specialized Demo 8 on the bottom section of the famous A-Line t...
2010 New Model Preview: The Latest From Titus
As the Arizona based mountain bike company nears its 20th anniversary, Titus Bicycles appears poised to be as big a player in the full-suspension market as ever before. When we bumped into Titus' BMOC Pat Hus in the EuroBike aisles and he asked us to come by their booth to look at some new models, we had no idea that within the hour (we had to escape to the Press room for a free coffee and pastry first) we would come away as impressed as we did with what we saw. The 2010 Titus lineup is exceptional looking at first glance with an array of fashion and performance driven details (how about the hyrdoformed titanium frames!) that show someone at Titus is minding the details.
Below you'll find four of the bikes (along with Titus supplied specs) which stood-out the most, but you can count additional aluminum, Ti and 29'er models among the complete Titus lineup.
For more info - head to Titus Bikes .
THE 2010 TITUS ROLL-OUT
Completely re-engineered for 2010!
∗ Complete frame weight is targeted at 4.75 lbs. - ¼ lbs. lighter than the 2009 X Carbon
∗ Bottom bracket stiffness has been increased by 18%.
∗ Refined R.U.B. plate protects the down tube and BB area from trail impact.
∗ New Full Carbon Construction swingarm. Sheds weight from the Light Rail System for even better small bump performance.
∗ The all-new seat stay features a full carbon dropout, carbon yoke, and new s-bend shaping for enhanced heel clearance.
∗ All frames feature the 2010 RP23 rear shock from Fox that is custom-valve for Titus Cycles.
∗ The available colors are Raw Carbon w/Yellow graphics and yellow chainstay, Pearl White w/Raw Carbon and Red graphics.
∗ Same weight as Light Rail seatstay but 20% stiffer.
∗ Integrated, stainless steel anti-chain suck stay shield.
∗ Internal cable routing eliminates awkward routing, creating seamless flow of cables to key components enhancing overall frame elegance and performance.
∗ New X top tube adds front end stiffness giving riders rock-solid handling and precise steering.
∗ 15% stiffer than last year’s X Carbon.
∗ Oversized, bladder-molded down tube gives superior torsional rigidity for incredibly efficient power transfer.
∗ The carbon chain stay is 10% lighter than the 2009 aluminum stay and 23% stiffer.
∗ S-bend shaping increases both mud and heel clearance.
∗ Injection molded rubber chain stay protector comes standard to preserve the life of the carbon stays.
∗ Designed to accommodate a 2.35” tire.
∗ Carbon X-Link.
∗ Compression-molded, one-piece carbon rocker yields an ultra lightweight, super strong, and incredibly stiff part that ensures smooth suspension...
Review: SIDI Dominator 5 Shoes
When it comes to cycling shoes, few can rival the history and experience of Sidi, an Italian company that has been making shoes for 50 years. The Dominator 5 is their most popular mountain bike shoe.Tech features: The $270 Dominator 5 uses a vented Lorica microfiber upper with mesh inserts near the toes and ankle. Each shoe is held in place with one Ultra SL Buckle strap and two High Security Velcro straps. The inside of the shoe has a soft instep closure system and padded tongue. The Dominator 5 is available in 24 sizes but only in black. Each shoe, without cleat, weighed a feathery 7.7 ounces.
That Italian fit: Sidi takes shoe fit very seriously. They offer the Dominator 5 in 24 sizes, so just about every rider can enjoy the classic Italian shoe fit.
After the thrashing: We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, nothing fits as well as a Sidi cycling shoe. Once you determine which of the 24 available sizes is the right one for your foot, slipping into the Dominator 5 feels like it was custom-made for you. The padded tongue and wide, Ultra SL Buckle strap do a great job of eliminating hot spots, and the shape of the sole’s foot bed feels like something that took 50 years to evolve. The Ultra SL Buckle can be tightened while riding. The sole offers plenty of rigidity, and if you feel flex, better check your pedal axle. It is not the shoe.Hurting the shoe’s star rating was the lack of a toe guard. One day of rocky riding (with some hike-a-biking) was all it took to scuff the Lorica upper. If you don’t get off your bike or don’t ride in rocky terrain, this will not be an issue for you. We occasionally caught the inboard tongue of the adjustable Ultra SL Buckle strap on the cranks. This wouldn’t stop us from pedaling, but it was annoying.
Extended tab: The Ultra SL Buckle strap is adjustable. We found that even running the strap in the longest position resulted in occasional rubbing on the crankarms.
Even with the exposed Lorica up front and a clicking buckle strap, this is a shoe we will continue to wear often because of its fit and power transfer.
ED note: Sidi says that the adjustable inner strap is meant to be set based on the rider's arch height and then can be trimmed. Our shoe did not include instructions on the proper way to accomplish this. Sidi does offer a toe guard on t...
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Activities: Hiking, Snowshoeing
Description: The Isle Royale National Park has 165 miles of trails crisscrossing the island and no roads, so Hiking is the only means of transportation on the island. The ferry stops at the north and south ends of the island making it possible to hike the island one-way from end to end and catch the ferry. Isle Royale, accessible only by water is well worth the tripThere are vast numbers of moose, and wildlife is plentiful on every aspect of the park. You will also find a plethora of wildflowers, remarkable sunsets that are alive with the eerie call of the loons on the surrounding waters. You will be in lowland areas with wetlands, lakes with good moose viewing, a ridge with magnificent vistas, a bay on Lake Superior and, via the Island Mine Trail, up to the Greenstone Ridge. It is a good first time trip for people with backpacking experience. These trails are among the best the midwest has to offer and should certainly be on your list of things to do when you visit Michigan. The trail leaves Windigo along the shore of Washington Harbor. When immediately leaving from the dock heading west, the trail reaches a fork. You want to stay on the trail near the harbor. The other fork leads to the ranger station and the Windigo Nature trail. The trail follows Washington Harbor until it cuts south away from the harbor just after Beaver Island. It then begins an ascent of around 100 feet up a hill. It continues a moderate ascent with flat areas between the hills until it reachs a ridge it follows for awhile. From this ridge, looking south, you can see some wetland areas, Grace Creek and Lake Superior in the distance. It tends to be windy up here but, if the weather is nice, it’s a great place to plan lunch or at least a stop. This completes the hardest part of this section. From here the trail heads down to lowland areas towards Grace Creek. Grace Creek is a footbridge and the flow through the creek depends on the time of season you go but, is a dependable source of water if needed. Once past Grace Creek the trail passes through some small hills until it almost levels out and becomes quite straight heading almost due west. At this point, you are approaching Grace Harbor. In the springtime, it and Lake Superior are easily seen as you approach it. In the fall, I could not see either. Once past Grace Harbor the trail turns inland and you pass through some wetland areas. In the spring, this is a definite source of water. In the fall, it is questionable. Once through the wetlands, the trail turns due east and follows along an old beach line. In the springtime, from here, you can see Lake Superior.
Dates: 5/21/2013 - 5/21/2013
Location: St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center
Educational Center Auditorium
“In the Doctor's Office: Recovery Friend or Foe?” will be presented on Tuesday May 21, 2013; 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm; by Dr. Mark A. Weiner, MD; Internal Medicine and Addiction Medicine; and Matthew Statman, LLMSW, CADC; Dawn Farm therapist and Education Series Coordinator. It's been said that the doctor’s office is a dangerous place for people in recovery from addiction. It's also been said that recovering people are terrible patients. This program will discuss whether these statements are fair and why doctors and other healthcare providers are essential allies for long term recovery. We will describe in detail how recovering people can take responsibility for their physical health and how to recruit health care providers as allies. This program is part of the FREE, annual Dawn Farm Education Series. Our presentations offer helpful, hopeful, practical information that supports people with alcohol and other drugs addiction in achieving, maintaining, and strengthening their recoveries. The series educates family members on issues relating to addiction and its effect on the family, and offers information that will be useful for family members and friends in relating to people with alcohol and other drug addiction whether they are actively using or in recovery. Professionals and students will also benefit from this pertinent information. All programs are free and open to anyone interested. Registration is not required. 1.5 hours of free C.E. approved by MCBAP (Michigan Certification Board for Addiction Professionals) is offered for each program. A certificate to document attendance is provided on request. The Education Series is organized by Dawn Farm, a non-profit community of programs providing a continuum of chemical dependency services. For information, please contact Matt Statman, LLMSW, CADC, Education Series Coordinator, at 734-485-8725 or email@example.com, or see http://www.dawnfarm.org/programs/education-series. LOCATION: St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Ed
From Fear to Faith
Dates: 5/28/2013 - 5/28/2013
Location: St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center
Educational Center Auditorium
“From Fear to Faith” will be presented on Tuesday May 28, 2013; 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm; by James Balmer, Dawn Farm President; and Jason Schwartz, LMSW, CAADC; Clinical Director, Dawn Farm. In a difficult marketplace where many addiction treatment programs closed due to lack of resources, Dawn Farm expanded from a single residential site in 1973 to a continuum of services provided at multiple sites today. This program will describe the evolution of the treatment field over the past forty years, discuss what can be learned from Dawn Farm's successes and failures, illustrate how mission-driven choices have allowed Dawn Farm to survive and thrive, and explain the power of rejecting fear-based program management. This program is part of the FREE, annual Dawn Farm Education Series. Our presentations offer helpful, hopeful, practical information that supports people with alcohol and other drugs addiction in achieving, maintaining, and strengthening their recoveries. The series educates family members on issues relating to addiction and its effect on the family, and offers information that will be useful for family members and friends in relating to people with alcohol and other drug addiction whether they are actively using or in recovery. Professionals and students will also benefit from this pertinent information. All programs are free and open to anyone interested. Registration is not required. 1.5 hours of free C.E. approved by MCBAP (Michigan Certification Board for Addiction Professionals) is offered for each program. A certificate to document attendance is provided on request. The Education Series is organized by Dawn Farm, a non-profit community of programs providing a continuum of chemical dependency services. For information, please contact Matt Statman, LLMSW, CADC, Education Series Coordinator, at 734-485-8725 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or see http://www.dawnfarm.org/programs/education-series. LOCATION: St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center Auditorium (ground
Dates: 7/20/2013 - 7/20/2013