Bikerumor Podcast
058 - How Decathlon makes ”pro” budget Rockrider mountain bikes

058 - How Decathlon makes ”pro” budget Rockrider mountain bikes

May 6, 2022

Decathlon is a massive sporting goods retailer, equivalent (or larger) than Dick's Sporting Goods here in the States. Packed with very affordable house brand equipment, it raised a few eyebrows when their Rockrider mountain bikes debuted on the UCI World Cup XC race scene.

So we wondered, how are they putting top riders into the fastest races in the world on a bike sold in a "big box" store?

We spoke with the team at Decathlon about the bikes, the engineering and design, and what we can expect from the line in stores and in the near future.

You can check out the prototype hardtail and full suspension race bikes in this post:
https://bikerumor.com/decathlon-rockrider-mountain-bike/

 

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057 - Lauf explains the wild new Seigla gravel bike

057 - Lauf explains the wild new Seigla gravel bike

April 11, 2022

We head to Iceland to ride the all-new Lauf Seigla, an aggressive reinterpretation of what a race gravel bike can be.

With massive 700x57 (29x2.25") tire clearance, more rear compliance, and stiffer leaf spring suspension fork, it's a monster that's also quite fast.

In this interview, we talk with founder and president Benedikt Skulason about the new design, how to hack it to use a dropper seatpost, and the tricks they used to give it so much room for big tires without changing the geometry from the original True Grit frame!

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056 - Twisted Spoke explains everything about CBD

056 - Twisted Spoke explains everything about CBD

March 31, 2022

Curious about CBD and its benefits for athletes? What about cyclists in particular? And what about CBG, and CBN? And WADA drug testing?

In this episode, we talk to two avid cyclists who also happen to be the founders of Twisted Spoke CBD. More than just a relabeled me-too brand, Wen and Gabe prove that they are beyond passionate about the health and wellbeing attributes that CBD and its derivatives can offer.

We cover it all, from the differences between CBD, CBG, and CBN; which ones contain THC and why, whether and how that might affect drug testing before or after a race, and so much more. It's a very thorough look at why cyclists may want to try CBD, when and how much to use, and what they can expect from using it.

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055 - Colin Strickland talks Red Bull gravel racing

055 - Colin Strickland talks Red Bull gravel racing

March 8, 2022

Colin Strickland didn't grow up cycling, but that sure didn't stop him from bursting onto the scene and quickly making a name for himself.

Now a legend in the burgeoning gravel racing world, he's working with Red Bull to host the inaugural Red Bull Rio Grande Gravel race in May 2022.

We caught up with Colin to see how the event came to be, get a little course intel, and hear how about his bike setup, race day nutrition, and more!

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054 - How Pocket Pedals turns race bikes into commuters

054 - How Pocket Pedals turns race bikes into commuters

February 18, 2022

Pocket Pedals are a slip-on, hard composite flat pedal surface that turns any road or mountain bike with SPDs into something that's easy to ride around town with regular shoes.

While it looks simple, there's a lot more going on with it to be able to work with SPD-SL road and SPD MTB pedals simultaneously. And don't even get us started on Look's pedals, but those are coming, too.

In this episode, I interview founder Karl Bjornson about how he came up with the idea, the complexities of manufacturing something that's both flexible yet necessarily rigid, and how their distribution is coming along.

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053 - How Bridge Bike Works built a carbon bike factory

053 - How Bridge Bike Works built a carbon bike factory

February 7, 2022

In this episode, I'm chatting with the founders of Bridge Bike Works, an ambitious carbon fiber bike brand starting up in Toronto, Canada.

And when I say ambitious, I mean, they're literally starting EVERYTHING from scratch, there's not a single off the shelf aspect of their entire process, and they're making it all right there at their new factory.

So, what does it take to launch a new bicycle manufacturing plant to also launch your own brand of bike? You're about to find out, along with an explanation of their racy yet capable all road geometry concept, which takes full advantage of bigger tires without sacrificing a whip fast ride.

 

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052 - Why Bentonville is better than your city (for bikes)

052 - Why Bentonville is better than your city (for bikes)

January 6, 2022

As it happened, I made a last minute trip to Bentonville for the launch of Fezzari's new Signal Peak XC mountain bike. Which happened to coincide with Outerbike and the Big Sugar gravel race. And since I don't like having any downtime whatsoever, I squeezed in an interview with Gary Vernon, who I'll sum up as the orchestrator of all things bike advocacy and infrastructure in Bentonville, Arkansas.

 

If you haven't been to Bentonville to ride, all I can say is this: When you finally do go, and I do mean WHEN, not IF, your mind will absolutely be blown.

Talking about bike lanes and access and trails is one thing. But seeing how they've made it an integral part of their entire community and city planning is honestly beyond words.

But that doesn't mean we can't try, so if you're at all involved in your city's planning, or your local bike advocacy group, or you just want to hear what's possible and get inspired to make cycling better in your own community, this episode will absolutely open your eyes to what's possible.

For links and more details, check out the full story on Bikerumor.com.

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051 - How Reddiyo perfects cycling training with A.I.

051 - How Reddiyo perfects cycling training with A.I.

November 1, 2021

What's up Bikerumor fans!

Today, I'm speaking with the founders of Reddiyo, a smart training app that uses your workout data and performance to algorithmically determine your next workout.

It's an interesting concept not just because it uses data from the workouts you do on the app, but also your past recorded workouts to get you up and running with an effective program from day one.

In this episode, we talk about how they started, some of the technical challenges and opportunities in creating the app, plus a bit about the actual business of creating a subscription based app. We wrap up with a look at features to come and some pie in the sky thinking on future features.

I love hearing the startup stories of bike brands because almost every one of them is a pure passion play. They're started by riders who wanted to do something on their own and saw a gap in the market, then took the leap to create something cool.

Reddiyo's founders not only took a leap of faith, but they went into a category that has some steep competition. But, after using it, I'd say they've managed to create something both interesting and useful, particularly if your focus is more on getting stronger and faster than on just entertaining yourself on the trainer.

If you'd like to try it yourself, you can use promo code BIKERUMOR30 to more than double your free trial period from 14 days to a full 30 days!

Here's to a training smarter not harder.

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050 - Lauf Cycles‘ switch to consumer direct & future products

050 - Lauf Cycles‘ switch to consumer direct & future products

October 26, 2021

In the 2 years since we've last partied with the Lauf Cycles team, they've switched from IBD to consumer direct, changed up most of their team, and are trying to find a good U.S. headquarters.

They've also been working hard on that full suspension gravel bike that's set to change the landscape, but they don't seem to be in a hurry to launch it.

We asked why, and talked a lot about the rest of the cycling industry, their growth, and future plans.

This one's a very casual conversation, but it's littered with interesting little facts about the bike industry as a whole that are definitely worth waiting for.

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049 - Giro tells how they mix style with safety

049 - Giro tells how they mix style with safety

October 5, 2021

It's one thing to make a helmet look good. Or to make it aerodynamic. And quite another to make it do both.

But when it needs to do all of those things and meet the required safety standards, that's where things get tricky. Fortunately, Giro has a lot of experience, and the man in charge of tying all those pieces together is Rob Wesson. In this episode, we learn how they go from concept sketch to a finished product that not only looks good, but keeps our heads safe...

This is Part 3 of our 3-part series on bicycle helmet designs and features. Check out Part 1, where Kali's founder explains why helmet testing standards are all wrong, and why your helmet really should be a lot softer. And in Part 2, Lazer explains why different head shapes, hairstyles, and even types of riders benefit from different fits and retention mechanisms.

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048 - Lazer Helmets has a fit over retention mechs

048 - Lazer Helmets has a fit over retention mechs

October 1, 2021

We know, helmet retention systems...yawn. Except, there are so many ways to make them, and so many ways to make them work. 

And then there's fit...even helmets from the same brand can have drastically different fits across models. But why?

In this episode, Lazer's longtime US "helmeteer" Chris Smith explains why they use various systems, the pros and cons, and opines on how to get a helmet that fits correctly across head shapes, hairstyles, and more.

This is Part 2 of a 3-part series on bicycle helmet designs and features. Stay tuned for our interview with Giro on design to aerodynamics, and check out Part 1, where Kali's founder explains why helmet testing standards are all wrong, and why your helmet really should be a lot softer.

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047 Kali Helmets explains why helmets are too hard

047 Kali Helmets explains why helmets are too hard

September 28, 2021

If you think bicycle helmets are designed to be as safe as possible, think again.

The problem isn't the brands...none of the good ones are cutting corners or making false claims.

The problem is the testing...it's unrealistic.

So helmets have to be harder than necessary to pass those tests and get certified to sell. Which is bad news for your brain.

In this episode, Kali Protectives founder Brad Waldron explains how things can be better, and shares how they design around these limitations as best they can to produce softer, safer helmets that can still past CPSC and EN testing.

This is Part 1 of 3 on bicycle helmet designs and features, stay tuned for interviews with Lazer and Giro on everything from fit to retention mechanisms to design to aerodynamics and more.

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046 - Belgian Waffle Ride shares their recipe

046 - Belgian Waffle Ride shares their recipe

July 23, 2021

If you've ever done the Belgian Waffle Ride, you know it's hard. And if you're planning on doing one, you know that pre-race intel can be hard to come by.

That's all by design.

In this episode, we hear the origin story and thought process behind their course design and more from founder Michael Marckx.

And since we're going to be racing in the BWR AVL this year, we got a little secret knowledge about what to expect and which tires to run!

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045 - Bryton explains how GPS cycling computers really work

045 - Bryton explains how GPS cycling computers really work

July 20, 2021

If you've ever wondered why some GPS cycling computers simply work better than others, Bryton explains how the different tech inside means better tracking for your rides.

In this episode, Bryton's Thomas Rando shares how all the parts and pieces come together to create the different levels of bike computers we all use to track our rides. From GPS to battery to future features and our own pie in the sky hopes, it's all here in this in-depth look at how cycling computers really work.

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044 - Nex Gen Sports explains the bike industry

044 - Nex Gen Sports explains the bike industry

May 21, 2021

Ever wonder how backroom decisions and the struggle between designers and accountants affects what bikes actually make it to market? Or, more importantly, which features, designs and technologies get to be used to make our bikes better?

In this episode, Nex Gen Sports co-founder Paul Farrell shares his experience launching and running both his own bike brands and consultancies and manufacturer rep firms. Between the three, he's seen exactly how the cycling industry works, and knows how it could be better.

Their goal is to go straight from the factory and designer to the rider, allowing for better technologies and materials to be used without driving prices up. But will it work? Maybe...here's why he thinks it will.

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043 - Panaracer talks gravel, and an MTB comeback!

043 - Panaracer talks gravel, and an MTB comeback!

May 7, 2021

If you're in the industry, chances are pretty good you know Jeff Zell, Panaracer's go-to guy for, well, just about everything, really. So he's the perfect guest to talk about how Panaracer went from one of the earliest brands making legit mountain bike tires, to leaping into the gravel bike category and owning it for quite some time before the rest of the industry caught up. We also talk about how Panaracer is trying to get back on the trails with some fresh designs... and how they develop those new mountain bike tread patterns.

If you've ever wondered what goes into making a bike tire design and how frame and suspension design plays into that, along with a little bit of Panaracer's history, this is a great one! Oh, and if you haven't seen them, Panaracer continually offers limited edition colors in their gravel tires, and they're always updating the sizing options to meet modern riders' needs on those glorious dirt roads we're all loving so much right now.

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042 - Industry Nine geeks out on hub design

042 - Industry Nine geeks out on hub design

April 12, 2021

Get ready to geek out on how the bearing size, ratchets, pawls, and overall hub designs and spoke interfaces all impact your hub's durability and overall wheel's performance.

Our guest is Jacob McGahey, VP of Industry Nine, and with four generations of hubs to talk about, this is an in depth look at what they've learned about torque, longevity, materials, and so much more.

We also chat about the business side of things, their insane growth even before the pandemic, the current COVID supply chain situation, and how they're still growing more than 50% annually!

Check out the full show notes here for more pics and links to the tech stories we discussed:

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041 - How Swytch Bikes hacked their e-bike conversion kit

041 - How Swytch Bikes hacked their e-bike conversion kit

March 18, 2021

Swytch Bike founder Oliver Montague has a few stories to tell, both interesting and quite entertaining…especially when we get to his factory visits.

The Swytch e-bike conversion kit allows you to turn almost any bike into an electric assist e-bike, using a front wheel hub motor and lightweight battery pack that clicks onto a proprietary mount that couldn't be easier to use.

This interview isn't so much about the tech and the product, although we do cover that. It's more about how Oliver started the company by using Chinese e-bike kits and random parts to help others convert their bikes and, after hacking together hundreds of different combinations, figuring out a better solution and then launching a company to make it real.

Whether you like e-bikes or not, this one's a really fun conversation about how things work behind the scenes.

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040 - Why is Harley Davidson launching e-bikes?

040 - Why is Harley Davidson launching e-bikes?

March 14, 2021

When none other than Harley Davidson launches an e-bike brand, we have to wonder how they're going to complete? What's makes Serial 1 unique, and how will they translate the Hog culture into pedal-assist bicycles?

Yes, they raised a few eyebrows when they announced they were launching a electric bike brand, but one look at the designs shows they've done their homework.

In this episode we'll talk about how Serial 1 president Jason Huntsman's aerospace experience working on the space shuttle, and his e-mobility efforts at Ford, led him to Harley Davidson, and now, leading their e-bike efforts at Serial 1.

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039 - How COVID-19 affects a cyclist’s heart health

039 - How COVID-19 affects a cyclist’s heart health

January 5, 2021

Wondering how the Coronavirus will affect your heart?

Whether you should ride while you're infected with COVID-19?

What the long term health effects are as a cyclist?

How long it takes to recover from the virus?

We answer all those questions and more in this episode, with special guests Dr. Rand McClain and Trey Richardson. Dr. McClain is chief medical officer and heart health expert at LCR Health. Trey is a Bikerumor contributor and cycling industry veteran who has extensive experience and training in physical therapy and high level competition.

Together, they share their real world experience (Trey was infected and had thorough testing done) and medical knowledge about how COVID-19 affects a cyclist's heart, lungs, and body...and why you need to be especially careful when resuming exercise to ensure you don't do long term damage to your organs!

For the full show notes, including a list of tests and followup checks that Dr. McClain recommends every athlete gets following a Coronavirus infection, check out the full post at http://bikerumor.com/podcast and click on this episode.

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