• RITCHEY x STINNER x ORNOT

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    OrnotCX-3027 We teamed up with Ornot Clothing and Stinner frameworks on this beautiful collaboration that features our coming soon late tapered disc fork and over-sized external lower headset.
    StinnerRitcheyOrnot 12mm thru axle and post calipers for large rotors
    StinnerRitcheyOrnot Also coming soon will be our new over-sized external headset lower for 44mm head tubes. This pair perfectly with our 1-1/4" tapered fork.

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    StinnerRitcheyOrnot- Stinner went all out to match our WCS C260 stem to the rest of the paint scheme.
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  • Carmichael Training Systems on Why They Love Ritchey Bars and Stems

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    There is absolutely nothing more frightening than breaking a handlebar or stem while riding a bicycle. In the 40 years I’ve been riding, some of the worst non-collision crashes I’ve ever seen (meaning not getting hit by a car or colliding into a mailbox) have resulted from breakage or slippage of a cockpit component. So, while handlebars and stems are sometimes seen as mundane parts of a bike, I take them very seriously. Two years ago the CTS Coaches and I started riding aluminum WCS C260 stems and a variety of WCS carbon handlebars from Ritchey, and here’s what we’ve experienced.

    Safety

    It is very difficult to prevent a crash when something goes catastrophically wrong with your handlebar or stem while you’re moving. Either the weight of your upper body (which is now not supported the way it was a second ago) is going to throw you off the bike, or you’ll lose steering control of the front wheel. Other times it is a crash that leads to damage or slippage, which in turn costs valuable time to adjust or can knock you out of an event altogether.

    Problems with breakage and slippage are a significant risk with carbon bars, stems, and steerer tubes. Carbon is great material, but it does not react well to being crimped or crushed. When you overtighten stem bolts you damage your handlebars or steerer tube, or damage the stem itself if it’s carbon, too. On the other hand, when you’re too cautious and under-tighten the bolts, your bars or stem can slip under load.Ritchey_3

    It is crucial to use to torque wrench when working with carbon parts, especially when you travel with bikes as much as CTS Coaches do. Instead of “set-it-and-forget-it” like cyclists who never take their bikes apart and pack them, I travel about 200 days a year and most trips require packing and unpacking a bike. My coaches travel less, but many pack and unpack their bikes at least once a month. In two years, with 45 coaches riding and traveling with carbon Ritchey handlebars, we had only one instance where a coach damaged a handlebar from installation.

    Thus far, 45 CTS Coaches have ridden an average of 12 hours a week for 93 weeks (January 2015 to mid-October 2016), which comes out to 50,220 hours on Ritchey carbon handlebars paired with C260 stems attached to carbon steerers. When tightened to the recommended torques this combination made for a solid and confidence-inspiring setup.

    Handlebars

    CTS Coaches come in all shapes and sizes, so they individually chose the width, reach, and drop that fit them best. The two most popular Ritchey models were the WCS Carbon Evocurve and the WCS Carbon Curve. The Evocurve features a 4-degree sweep and ovalized tops, and both models are short reach, short drop bars. Keep in mind, the coaches spend a lot of time riding, but mostly for training and working at camps. The shorter reach and drop bars often result in a less aggressive position, which is good for long days at camps even if a deeper drop or longer reach might be more aerodynamic.

    One thing several coaches noticed was the distinct improvement in comfort between their previous aluminum bars and the carbon bars. While very stiff for climbing out of the saddle, the carbon still had more damping on rough roads. Of course, the thick tape from Zevlin might have played a role there, too.

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    Stems

    The WCS C260 stem from Ritchey has a few unique features. First, it has three bolts fastening it to the steerer tube, and the cutout in the steerer tube clamp is curved. This is meant to spread the pressure from clamping to protect the steerer tube. Since the stems were great at resisting twisting – even under impact – and we damaged no steerer tubes, it would seem the clamp did its job well.

    The other end of the stem worked great, but was a bit inconvenient. The name C260 comes from the fact the stem wraps 260 degrees around the handlebar before clamping to the faceplate. In contrast, most stems wrap nearly 180 degrees around the bar and the faceplate is similar. I get the logic (no pun intended) behind the 260-degree clamp – it distributes the clamping stress more evenly throughout the stem, screws, and faceplate – but there’s one serious drawback. If you want to swap stems at any point, you will have to unwrap your handlebars and feed the bar through the clamp until you reach a portion of the bar that is narrow enough to fit through the front opening. For most people this won’t be a big problem, since you probably know what stem or handlebar you want to use and will only set it up once. But if you tinker with your bike and swap out components, just be aware of the 260-degree wrap.

    The other thing to be aware of regarding the C260 stem is the fact it uses T20 Torx bolts, four on the faceplate and three on the steerer clamp. Most modern multitools come with a T25 Torx wrench because that’s what disc brake components use. Some might come with a T30. Very few come with a T20. Fortunately, Ritchey has an awesome and lightweight multitool that does have a T20! Of course, since you’re clamping to a carbon bar and/or steerer, you should really use a torque wrench.

    Bonus: Seatposts

    This is a long-term cockpit review, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Ritchey WCS Carbon Link Flexlogic and WCS Carbon 1-Bolt seatposts. They performed flawlessly, with no slippage in the frame despite a carbon-carbon interface. Most coaches used the Link Flexlogic, which has independent bolts to clamp each saddle rail. The benefit of that system is that it is very secure, and also very versatile. By just swapping out the clamp assembly you can use MonoLink saddles or regular railed saddles on the same post. Another really nice feature of all Ritchey seatposts is that they have height markings on the back. Again, because CTS Coaches travel so much, these markings make it easier to get the bike back together quickly without resorting to the old hack of wrapping electrical tape around your seatpost to mark the correct insertion.

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    Summary

    Let’s be honest. People don’t typically spend a lot of time deliberating about what stem or seatpost to get, and are only slightly more picky when it comes to handlebars. As long as the dimensions are right for their bike fit, they’ll take it. I encourage you to put more thought into these crucial yet often overlooked components. Tom Ritchey does everything for a reason, and a damned good reason at that. The result is componentry you can trust your life with, which is essentially what you’re doing when you trust your handlebars and stem to steer you in the right direction. I trust Ritchey, and after 50,000 hours with their hands on Ritchey bars, so do my coaches.

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    CEO/Head Coach of CTS

    All Photos by John Segesta

  • The Rider Side: A Quick Q&A with Olympic and World Champion Jenny Rissveds

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    In elegant fashion, the Scott-Odlo team finished off their dynamite season by following up dual World Champion titles with what can be described as a cherry on top: dual Olympic titles in both mens and women's Mountain Bike XC. Their youngest member of the team, but by no means less prolific, Jenny Rissveds powered away from her next closest competitor in the final lap to win her race by over 30 seconds. Her win at the Rio Olympics made her the youngest woman to have ever won the XC race in its 20 year history. Rissveds is also the only woman to hold a World Championship title (U23 MTB XC) while simultaneously earning an Olympic title.  We were able to catch Jenny as she transitioned to her off season and hear about her season.

    First, thank you for taking the time after your huge win at the Olympic games just this last weekend. I believe this to be the biggest win of your career so far. Congratulations on everything you have accomplished this year, it has been great to watch your advancement.

    Has it sunk in yet, your accomplishments from the season?
    Thank you so much! No it hasn’t… For me it’s hard to believe that my first year in the elite category turned out so good. I could not even dream of a season successful like this.

    Watching you it the race, you appeared so comfortable without giving away how hard you were working. At what point did you know you had the race in hand and it was yours?
    I felt comfortable sitting in the 2nd position after Maja. As I said I couldn't even dream of success like this, so my thoughts at that point was ”if I just keep this together I will finish 2nd”. But then I started to think that I actually could win the race so I started to ride for the gold medal. In the end of the last climb, just before I droppen into the last decent I thought ”stay on your wheels and you are going to win”.

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    It’s no shock to say you are on a team of living legends in Nino Schurter and Thomas Frischknecht, what’s it like being on the same team as them? How would you say they’ve helped you in your time with the team?
    Without the team I’m pretty sure I wouldn't be where I am today. First of all we ride the best bikes with the best components on the market. But what is as important as the material is the team spirit. For sure their experience and knowledge helps me a lot to improve but I also appreciate their personalities and that we always stick together as a small family.

    Does being the only woman on the team effect how you train with the team? Or would you say this affects your dynamic with the team?
    So far I have enjoyed the time being the only women in the team. They treat me like they treat each other and I don't think anyone of us think too much about that I’m the only woman in the team. Most of the time I train with Frischi. He is a perfect training partner for me. It is a win-win situation. He is still strong and good technically so I can take advantage of that, and as long as he follow my training schedule he stays fit ;)

    Given your age, it’s notable that you are the only woman to have won Olympic gold while holding a World Champion title, while also being the youngest woman to have won the Olympic XC race. Where do you go from here?
    Some people asked me ”what’s left now?”. For sure I want to win the Elite World Championships one day. I also want to work towards next Olympic Games. Actually I feel even more motivated now, I think I just proved myself that I am one of the fastest in the world, and I want to stay up there.

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    What do you do for the off-season? Do you cross train with CX or track? Or something non-bike altogether?
    I do a lot of different things for training during winter. I swim, I ride my CX bike, I do cross-country skiing, I run and I ride on track. In my home city Falun you can find the only velodrome in Sweden.

    What’s your favorite part of your bike? Do you have anything superstitious you do with your set up?
    To be honest I’m not too much into the mechanic parts of my bike, but I’m getting there. Each race I learn something new about the bike. At the moment I like my Spark the most.

    Do you ever name your bikes?
    I did before. But since I got into the team I have too many bikes to name them.

    While Nino is known for the drop he runs on his bike, how is your set up unique? How did you develop your riding style?
    This season is my first season on a full suspension bike and I have to admit I struggled a little bit in the beginning to get use to it. I had to change my riding style to a little bit more aggressive style. But as soon I realized that and started to feel comfortable on the bike it felt like the best choice of bike.

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    How did you get into mountain bike racing? Who or what was your influence for entering the sport?
    My dad started riding mountain bike and he did some racing in Sweden. Shortly after my two years older brother started to ride and then I also tried it out. I really enjoyed it and as a 7 years old I participated in my first mountain bike race.

    What are some of your earliest memories of racing, and where did you find inspiration to pursue this as a career?
    My inspiration and motivation came from joy. To ride my bike made me happy but at the same time it was challenging and it made me push my limits. I think it is super important to keep it fun and keep the balance between having fun and staying serious and focused.

    What was an embarrassing early racing mistake you made that you learned the most from?
    When I was 10, racing against the boys on a loop about 2 kilometers. I was sprinting full out from the start, shifted in the steepest climb about 500 meters in to the race. I snapped my chain and I couldn't believe it. I thought I was going for the win and that stupid chain could not even stay in one piece. What I learned from that is sometimes it is better to stay calm and be smart.

    Last one: If Boonen is the Tornado, Vos is the Cannibal, what would your nickname be?
    My nickname was given by Frischi in the beginning of last year, he calls me ”the Fox”. I will let the meaning behind that nick name unsaid ;)

    Thanks, Jenny! We look forward to what lays ahead for you and the team.

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    Jenny ride WCS Carbon Flat Bar with SuperLogic Grips, WCS C220 stem, WCS Carbon Link post, WCS Contrail saddle and WCS XC pedals .

    All photos courtesy Scott-Odlo MTB Racing.

  • The Rider Side: A quick Q&A with Nino Schurter- World Champion

    At 30 years old, Nino Schurter has racked up more career titles than most other professionals have dreamed of. Beginning with a Junior European Champion title in 2004, Schurter has taken numerous National and World Cup victories. Having just won his 5th World Championship, Schurter now ties Julien Absalon with the most WC titles of any rider in the history of the sport. Now on his way to the Rio Summer Olympics on his hunt for gold, we were able to catch up with Nino for a quick 10 questions in between training sessions.

    Nino Schurter Congratulations on taking another World Champion title! Watching you during the event, you looked so at ease, how does this victory compare to previous titles you’ve won?
    Well, winning a world champion title is a huge achievement even it is the 5th now as an pro rider.
    Sure, the very first one in 2009 was more emotional because it came as a surprise. Yet, battling it out with Jaro and Julien makes this one a very special one.

    So far, what has been your favorite course to race on?
    Yes, this track really suits my riding style and the huge crowd we always see in Nove Mesto makes this race most likely the biggest one of the season. As a world cup and as worlds anyway.

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    How does training for a World Championship in an Olympic year effect your build up process?
    It is indeed a difficult task to combine both highlights. My focus is set on the Olympics. Therefore I’m stoked to have this world champion title in the books. For Olympics I have to gear up even more.

    From following your Hunt for Glory videos it’s obvious your level of dedication, do you have any guilty pleasures you’ll allow yourself while training?
    I’m pretty focused when it comes down to my training. But it’s not like I have to go for every training session full out as it might appear to someone. Having a coffee on a long ride or just having fun on the bike riding with friends have always it’s space. I don’t fell guilty about those things. I never do stuff I feel guilty about.

    In looking at your bike set up, you are known for having a very low position on your bike, how do you go about choosing your gear? How much is science versus preference? Do you pick everything that goes on your bike?
    Position has to do with my riding style. I can manage a low handlebar position on the descents and it helps me on the steep climbs. A lot of the thing I’m doing on my bike are intuitive. The components are picked carefully and with some components I even have the possibility to tell my sponsors the way I want them. Some of the Ritchey products are made for my needs and after are available to the end consumer as well.

    Nino goes as low as possible with a -17 C260 and our flat bar flipped down.

    Is there anything superstitious you do with your bike or any lucky piece of anything you have with you when you ride?
    No, not I’m into that.

    How has your time with Frischi shaped you as a rider and an athlete? Is there one piece of advice he’s shared with you that’s been helpful?
    It’s been a good relationship with him for over 13 years now. There is no advice in particular I have to point out but it is great having someone with his know-how giving a second opinion or an expertise on certain things. We are a successful team.

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    Who were the racers and riders you looked up to most in your career?
    Even when I was at the beginning of my career I never really had any idols. Sure, I got a poster signed from Frischi and Julien Absalons impressed me not just now but also in my early day. But I was never a fan of someone.

    Where do you find inspiration during your rides? What’s driving you to compete as hard as you do?
    It’s the racing gene in myself and the will power to work with myself getting better in different aspects. The greatest inspiration and motivation comes by nature itself. What’s better than riding a bike out in the forest is called your job?

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    If Hinault was a badger, and Bettini a cricket, what would your power animal be?
    Someone else needs to answer this question. Maybe a Capricorn as this is the animal of my home area.

    Thank you for your time and good luck in Rio!

    Nino rides our +/- 5 Carbon Flat bar on WCS C260 -25-degree stem with True Grip cockpit, WCS 1-bolt post with WCS Carbon Streem saddle and WCS XC pedals.

  • Into The Heart of Rwanda

    Here is the wonderful video by a Spokane filmmaker, Rajah Bose, documenting the efforts of Healing Hearts NW in Rwanda. Please visit healingheartsnorthwest.com for more info.

     

  • Tandem Sidecar for Ritchey's Newest Team Member

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  • Jay on traveling and riding in Ecuador

     

    Earlier this year, Jay Ritchey took a trip with his wife to Ecuador for some light bike packing and adventure riding. To test out our new Ascent, we decided to send it along with him for a little adventure of its own. Here's his story:Break Away Pics02

    My wife works in health care and looks for opportunities to improve her medical Spanish. Last year she went to Costa Rica and this year she found an opportunity to shadow in a hospital in Cuenca, Ecuador. The more we read about the area the more it appealed to us; an old bustling colonial town, resting at 8,000ft just East of the Occidental Andes.

    I began flying over the area on Google Earth. I was looking for dirt roads leaving the city and escaping to higher elevations. The topography lead me towards a dirt road pass that crosses the Occidental Divide of the Andes at over 13,000ft. The road turns to dirt just outside Cuenca and leads up through rural valleys. Break Away Pics12Break Away Pics06

    I decided to run Schwalbe Big Ben’s on the Velocity Cliff Hanger 650B rims for a wide, cushy and smooth tread for long days on bumpy roads. I also had a Revelate half frame bag to carry food, tubes and a stick I found to intimidate dogs that wanted to chase me in nearly every community.

    Break Away Pics05The town to the left is Soldados, which is the last town before the road climbs out of the valley and works it’s way to the Occidental Divide.

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    This is the Souther portion of the Cajas National Park, which is a Andean highland of rocky peaks and little lakes that are in the shape of boxes, whereby the name “cajas” get’s it’s origin.

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    Looking West, at the highest point of the road (13,100ft). The road continues and drops down the the coastal region of Ecuador

  • TR Does Eroica California

    Tom Ritchey Does Eroica CaliforniaIt is possible Tom’s Eroica ride started with the challenge that came about from contemplating the over exaggeration the market demands of the bicycle. Calls for stiffer bottom brackets, stiffer head tubes, stiffer front ends. The jargon of, aero wind tunnels, and carbon anything washes over the fundamental of whether or not the bike even rides well or if the rider fairs well after the ride. It’s easy to get caught up in the technological whirlwind of advancement for advancements sake when there are fundamentals deeply rooted in cycling history. At the end of the day, these desires produce a bike what rides like brick with cork tape wrapped around the ends. And that’s just it, right? What is it we ride for if not to enjoy the very element we’re immersing ourselves in when riding.

    For Tom, the value is if the bike can forgive the ground and terrain for fighting again the ride; it’s in the bikes compliance. If a bike can comply with the very elements it seeks to tackle. Thus, a challenge to test a new bike of his design that is firmly rooted in the history and ethos of his late friend Jobst Brandt.

    The torch was reignited.

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    It was around this time where the invitation to Eroica came about. Eroica harkens back to a time when technology wasn’t so much about money and time spent on CAD and simulators but the brazing skill of the builder and their steady hand. A bike was a bike for the sake of adventure to be had over the miles we traverse and the enjoyment that would follow. This would be the proving for a new design with historical roots. Tom knew a mixed terrain ride of this nature was exactly where the inception for his new bike occurred and where it would test its mettle.

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    It had been since 1980, when Tom last built a bike of this nature, possibly for Eric Heiden. It seemed only fitting he bring Eric’s helmet with him for the ride.

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    Finally, Tom’s Helmet would be en vogue.

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    Most of the others on the ride came adored in classic wool above Italian frames, a few british, and almost no American frames.

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    Tom opted for the Coastal route, a 85mile journey with over 8500 feet of climbing, 12 miles of unpaved “roads” and some of the most scenic land in California. This route would feature some new roads to Tom- which is rare these days.

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    What would be a somewhat of a ride ending sidewall cut about an hour and a half into second dirt section. Tom reaching into his bag of tricks, “ I had to get clever to make something work so I cut my number in half...... Interesting way that it somehow took a photograph of the inside casing........then ended up with an additional two more mystery flats around the same area.”

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    One of the few American builders represented at Eroica.

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    Some of the rest stops offered more emotional support than nutritional.

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    Tom wasn’t the only builder to have fabricated their own bike specifically for Eroica. This fellow in particular opted for a few more bells and whistles than Tom’s classic. Nevertheless, Tom was impressed.

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    Catching up with old friends, like Mark Pringle, shown here.

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  • On Tires and Terrain: Rebecca Gross reviews the Ritchey MTB Tire line

    Ritchey Trail and Bite Mountain Bike Tire Review

    Trail Bite/Trail Drive – I took this setup out on the rockiest rootiest trail we have and proceeded to climb a steep 40 minute route to the top that begins with wide double track covered in rolling loose rocks to sandy flowing rollers and ends with slick hard-pack single-track intermittent with large step ups. My thoughts were to use the aggressive side knobs to help with picking the way UP through the very skittish rock gardens. The snowy and muddy patches that broke up the trail on the other hand allowed this tire to shine. The bite into the loose surface was secure and the line choice held with minimal slipping.

    Running this tire under the recommended pressure did make me more prone to pinching a sidewall and I could tell that there was a momentary collapsing of the sidewall in aggressive cornering. Despite this I had zero issues with durability, the sidewalls are thick and able to take this kind of abuse. For the rider who has a steady stream of flats to accompany a body weight that holds a line at speed this tire would be the solution.

    Preconceptions – Aggressive tread with lots of bite
    Setting up – one tire went on (tubeless) with no air compressor
    Pressure – 10-15 PSI (125 lb. rider)
    Ride – Durable, very stiff sidewalls make for less overall grip on rocks
    Best Uses – heavy rider aggressive on downhills and is prone to punctures
    Conclusions – this tire likes mud and fast descending

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    Z-Max Evolution –The ample spacing between tread makes this tire handle well in all conditions while the large side knobs are great for cornering and lateral control. My first ride on this tire was loose and powdery off camber single track coupled with sandstone rock outcrops. I immediately noticed how well the tires held me onto the trail with zero slippage. Where I placed my wheel was exactly where it stayed. The Z-Max had ample grip on the rocks but felt truly at home on the dirt.

    I moved on to fast rolling pebble/kitty litter granite covered trails and really loved what I was noticing, the tire held the perfect amount of drift in the corners without overshooting of getting bogged down. They handled nimbly at speed and held up on sharp aggressive rocky terrain while taking numerous hard hits. Climbing felt secure and yet again the line I picked was exactly where the tire stayed even at slow speeds. I was able to power out of every climb standing with only minimal rear wheel slipping on the steepest and loosest of the hills.

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    This tire is light and supple for racing and the aggressive tread would be ideal for adding a level of security in loose or changing conditions. The spacious tread allows for mud clearance so for rides in a variety of conditions or for one all around go-to tire the Z-Max is well versed to take on the challenge.

    Preconceptions – slower rolling
    Setting up – air compressor and latex
    Pressure – 18-21 PSI (125 lb. rider)
    Ride – grippy, light, supple, great traction
    Best Uses – loose conditions, aggressive handling, quick transitions,
    Conclusions – great for fast riding on loose terrain, good grip in mud, great all-around tire

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    Shield – This fast rolling tire is perfect for fast clean single track but was still able to hold its own when it came to loose or sharp rocks and sand. This tire gripped incredibly well on hard-pack off-camber or solid rock with its minimal rolling resistance and a supple casing. Washed out trail a whole new level of fun as the tire stuck to my choice of line with no sideways movement or slipping. The low profile makes for a great cross country race tire and even feels fast on pavement. A bit more weight was required to keep the rear tire on the ground when climbing short steep pitches powdered from frequent use but the well placed tread allowed for quick and secure cornering at high speeds and ample grip on steep, loose, rocky climbs.

    This tire will be my go to for summer racing, it held up to a number of sidewall hits with no issues of puncturing and no burping off the rim even at low pressure and aggressive riding. Overall light weight and grippy, the Shield holds up to a variety of terrain while providing a fun fast ride.

    Preconceptions – fast rolling tire for smooth single track and minimal resistance
    Setting up – air compressor and latex
    Pressure – 18-19 PSI (125 lb rider)
    Ride – fast, low profile, great sidewall grip, supple casing for control.
    Best Uses – cross-country racing, hard pack trails, riding on solid rock, holding speed
    Conclusions – great race tire

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  • Jenny Rissveds: Bike Freak Interview

    Jenny Rissveds of the Scott Odlo MTB Racing Team is by far the largest mountain bike talent from Sweden. She topped off her second year as a professional with a victory in the U23 World Cup, winning all heats and picking up the bronze medal at the World Championships XCO in Andorra. Next season Jenny is turning her attention to focus on the Olympic Games in Rio as well as the European Championships in her home country.

    Click here to read Jenny's interview with Netherlands Bike Freak Magazine.

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