Thursday, December 3, 2009

Nys takes series lead with 50th Superprestige win

Landbouwkrediet – Colnago rider Sven Nys took his 50th victory in the Superprestige cyclo-cross series in Gieten, Netherlands on Sunday aboard his Colnago Cross Prestige.

Nys beat his great rival Niels Albert into third place and iced the cake by moving into the overall lead in the series.

With a 27-second margin over Kevin Pauwels, Nys even had time to collect a trophy featuring the number 50 from fans near the finish and hold it aloft as he crossed the line.

Nys escaped early in the race when Gerben De Knegt crashed on the second lap. Albert struggled to close the gap and rejoin Nys, and before the race was halfway through,

Nys accelerated again, dropping Albert and riding solo to the victory.

“This is a ‘cross for powerful riders,” said Nys. “Normally I don’t love it, because of the lack of technical sections, but today I immediately felt good. I quickly took the lead and did not ever lose it.”

This win puts Nys two points ahead in the overall Superprestige series, a narrow margin that he hopes to defend over the next few months. Three races remain, the next in Diegem, Belgium on December 27.

“The Superprestige was always one of my main goals, but I have lost a few points everywhere,” said Nys. “This time I was able to take points on a course that suited Albert.

I’ll have to be fully focused in Diegem in order not to lose valuable points there. Anyway, it’s better to lead by a few points than to be left chasing.”

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

He's not just the purchaser at Wrench Science!!!!!

He's also a pilot!!!! In this photo Mitch Truxe the purchaser for Wrench Science serenely soars through the air on his recently acquired Ibis Hakkalugi When asked how do you like your Ibis? Mitch's response was " the air is thin up here"! How can you refute that?

Friday, November 13, 2009

Colnago and Bbox... Special Edition EPS

November 12, 2009 – CAMBIAGO, ITALY – Colnago bicycles today unveiled the new team edition Bbox Bouygues Telecom Colnago EPS frame, with special Bbox Blue paint scheme to match the French squad’s 2010 team kit and brand.

To celebrate the newest EPS color, Colnago also announced that this special team edition “Bbox” paint scheme will be available by January 1, 2010 to consumers at the standard EPS pricing with no color up charges.

“We are proud to be supporting a Grand Tour professional team in 2010, and offering to consumers this special team edition color on the EPS is a wonderful way to celebrate Colnago’s return to Grand Tours,” said Ernesto Colnago, the company’s founder.

Colnago’s sponsorship deal with Bbox Bouygues Telecom will cover both road and time trial framesets beginning with the 2010 season. Colnago is confident that the team will be included in both the Tour de France and the Giro d’Italia. Riders will use a mix of the EPS and CX-1 models for the road, and the Colnago Flight frameset for time trials.

Colnago will also put forth a stronger presence in the U.S. domestic racing in 2010 with the signing of U.S. based Team Type 1, plus a all new Italian based and factory backed Colnago – CSF Inox squad, both of whom hope to be included in next year’s tougher Tour of California.

About the EPS

Introduced in 2009 and made from hand-rolled carbon tubes with design input from Colnago’s engineers, the EPS is Colnago’s flagship road machine. Produced solely in Italy, the EPS is offered in 22 different frame sizes – 14 with traditional geometry and eight sloping. Colnago’s use of 3PRS technology – internal ribs of carbon in the EPS’ top and down tubes – ensures that the frame is one of the most laterally stiff and lightest lugged carbon frames in the world.

About Colnago

Colnago, Cambiago, Italy, is the world renowned manufacturer of the legendary Colnago bicycle. In business 55 years, Colnago produces a broad range of road, track, Mtb, cyclocross and specialty use frame and bicycle designed for discerning consumers.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Attention All Niner Jet 9 Customers!

Header Safety

We would like to apologize to Niner owners who have been patiently waiting for us to address the problems you have been experiencing with the Jet 9. Please understand it has nothing to do with Niner ignoring or not caring about our customers.

The fact is we have been very hard at work analyzing the issues with the Jet 9 so that we could fully understand the warranty cases we received and provide a definitive solution. This analysis included destructive testing, metallurgical study and FEA computer modeling. Using these methods we examined the quality of the base metal, filler material, heat affected zone of the weld, structural design and finish quality of the frames. We built over 20 new prototypes and tested them in every way imaginable.

In light of test results and after many hours of discussion on how best to serve our loyal customers, we decided to voluntarily recall Jet 9 frames with serial numbers from P8071682 to P8400454. These frames risk welding defects in the front and rear triangles that may lead to a premature failure of the frame. Unfortunately, there is no way to visually check for these weld defects. We must require that you stop riding the frame immediately because a failure could occur at any time.

We cannot overstate our concern in regards to these issues, and are investing significant portion of company resources into correcting the issue in the most expedited manner. Niner puts a lot of care into producing bikes that we are proud to put our name on. Our goal is to provide excellent customer service and we realize that ths recall is a huge inconvenience. The amount of time we have put into this testing process has caused production delays, leaving orders unfilled. We know that customers spent hard earned money on a Niner and now we are asking that you to send the frame back for replacement. For some people this is a second time. We cannot begin to explain how sorry we feel about this, but we promise we will make things right and thank you for your purchase, understanding and support.


Instead of continuing work on an interim solution using the current Jet 9 frame, we decided to move ahead with a complete redesign. We developed many new features for the R.I.P. 9 and W.F.O. 9 frames that will greatly enhance the new Jet 9:

· Tapered head tube to accept new 80-100mm tapered forks
· Hydro-formed tubes for added stiffness without increasing weight
· Forged frame pieces for added stiffness
· Same great geometry and travel as the previous Jet 9

Image of the redesigned Jet 9 at the bottom of this letter, scroll down to view.

The bottom line: Every current owner of a Jet 9 under the voluntary recall will have the option of receiving a replacement frame (front and rear triangle). Your new frame will be reassembled with your current linkages and shock before we ship it to you.

We are already in the prototyping process for the new Jet 9, but delivering the redesigned model will take some time to accomplish. We hope to start shipping new frames to customers in late Winter or early Spring 2010. This could be at long as 6 months from now. We understand this is simply not a viable option for many of you. In effort to accommodate varying customer needs, we offer several options detailed below.


OPTION 1 (Available until October 31st)

I want to keep riding and use this opportunity to grow the quiver.
Purchase a different NINER frame at an extreme discount. Ride your new bike while you wait to receive your free replacement Jet 9 frame. In the long run, you end up with two bikes at a really good price.

Special Discount Pricing:
R.I.P. 9 $800 (discount of $999)
ONE 9/S.I.R. 9 $300 (discount of $549)
AIR 9/ M.C.R. 9 $300 (discount of $499)
E.M.D. 9 $150 (discount of $349)

I would rather own a R.I.P. 9.
Make the permanent switch to a RIP 9 at no charge. No replacement Jet 9 frame will be shipped.

I have the patience of a saint. I can wait.
Receive a $150 gift certificate towards Niner gear while you wait to receive your free replacement Jet 9 frame.


For the fastest response, we advise customers to create their ticket through our online system. Orders will be fulfilled in a first come first served basis.

You can download a PDF file of all of the following instructions here.

1. In the upper right corner of the Niner website (, click on Niner Store

2. In the upper right corner click Register or Log In. If you have not registered with us before, please create an account.

3. Click on My Account

4. Click on Contact Support

5. Under Subject type in Jet 9 Recall

6. Enter your phone number

7. Under Product type in Jet 9 and then press the tab key. This will bring up a list of Jet 9 frames below, please select your frame from the list.

8. Under Case Type, select Jet Recall.

9. Enter the serial number located on the bottom bracket shell of your frame.

10. Please Include ALL of the following information in the message box:
1. Primary Contact / Company
2. Shipping Address
3. Choice of Jet 9 Recall Frame, if applicable (size and color)
4. Choice of Discount Frame, if applicable (size and color)
5. Choice of R.I.P. 9 Exchange Frame, if applicable (size and color)
6. Choice of Gift Certificate towards Niner gear
7. Credit Card Number and Expiration Date, Billing Address including Zip code

11. To finish, hit the Submit Button.

A confirmation email will be sent to you and our recall team verifying that your case has been submitted. It will also contain instructions about how to return your recalled frame. Please follow the instructions carefully to ensure prompt handling of your case.

Niner Bikes

Jet 9 2010
Niner Bikes

Thursday, September 3, 2009


It's harder and harder for the video producers to make something different than what's already been made. The guys who did Collective, Roam and Seasons have angled towards beautiful vistas and remote locations. NWD tends to go for maniac lines. All out Productions has a very urban feel. Is this segment going to be the next best trick? No, but the views are going to be spectacular and the idea is brilliant and of course it's SF representing.

Thanks pinkbike

Monday, August 31, 2009

Chris King Bikes?

Everybody in the cycling industry has heard about Chris King. We have all owned at least a headset, maybe a couple of hubs and now bottom brackets. The question for the real fanatic is do you own a Chris King bike? You might say to yourself "Chris King doesn't make bikes." , but you might have to ask "or does he?" While I was reading about some new Chris King goodies coming out this fall like inset headsets and BB's for Truvativ/SRAM cranks I came across a little side note about a Chris King side project. Cielo Bikes I thought it was a bike builder pairing up with Chris, turns out there's more to it. Chris is designing and building bikes himself. The chainstay reads "Built by Me, Chris King" Those words could put you in another league when you walked into your local shop and the guy behind the counter thinks he knows everything about Chris King. What I really liked was the bike he builds is traditional steal with a lugged 1" headtube mated to a 1 1/8" fork. No that is not a mis-spell. You'll have to see for yourself how he makes that work. Cielo Bikes built by Chris King

Thursday, August 20, 2009

a whole new level

Thanks NYbikesnob for digging up another goodie.


Borrowed from the BikeSnob.


If you were even remotely considering purchasing a Dogma 60.1HM. This video will seal the deal!!!! Check it out! DOGMA IS BACK!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

He gets it! He just gets it!

Brian Lopes for the 3rd year in a row wins the Air DH race in whistler during Crankworx! The last 2 of those years have been on an Ibis Mojo!!!!!!!! For those of you who don't know what that is! Its a 5" travel Full Carbon frame!!!! WTF you might say! Absolutely smoking the competition beating world class Downhill racer Kris Kovarik by a margin of 3 seconds. As well as winning the Canadian Open Enduro which was a new event for Kokanee Crankworx and was designed to be the ultimate all-mountain challenge where gravity alternatively helped and hindered the racer. The top racers proved there has to be a complete package of skills and fitness to rule the Enduro. Once again on an Ibis Mojo Carbon! WHAT! THE! insert expletive here! The questions of durability has to start to fade away with these sorts of competitive achievements. By the way keep your eyes peeled for the new Mojo HD

Git Sum~

This dude is as good as any one of the top BMX rulers out right now. I was so blown away by this clip just had to put it up.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

M.C. SpandX bumps the cleats of this jam!

It's really important that everyone finds the humor in this. We love all cyclists big wheels, small wheels, road bars, track bars, brakes no brakes fixie non fixie, mountain bikes town bikes recumbent's......? ok well maybe not recumbent's (just kidding) (sort of). Take it with a grain of salt and enjoy.

Friday, August 7, 2009

SRAM 10speed Power Lock links recalled

SRAM Issues Voluntary Recall for 10-Speed Chain Power Locks

Dear Valued Customer:

SRAM, in conjunction with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, announced a voluntary recall of the SRAM 10-Speed Chain Powerlock connector links. They discovered the Powerlock connector plate could crack during installation or early use, causing loss of bicycle control and possible injury. For this reason, SRAM is recalling and replacing all affected SRAM 10-Speed Chain Powerlock connector links.

To learn more about the recall and obtain a return authorization number and replacement Power Lock connector links, please visit the link below. If you have further questions regarding this recall, please call the SRAM Dealer Service line at 1-800-2928.

SRAM Voluntary Recall Notice (PDF)

Thursday, July 23, 2009

El Salty lands in Switzerland, Ciclon in the Dolomites

Look what just arrived in Switzerland!
This new bike goes great with his El Ciclon, Fresh from the Dolomites.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Shaun Palmer back on Intense!

Legendary rider, Shaun Palmer makes his return to mountain biking the same way he made his debut: on an Intense Cycles downhill bike. Palmer and Intense first made history together in 1995 when the rookie rider rode the flagship Intense M1 to a series of surprise victories, launching both Palmer and Intense into the forefront of the sport.

Nearly fifteen years later, both Palmer and Intense remain household names in mountain biking. And with Palmer's return to downhilling, Intense Cycles President, designer and founder, Jeff Steber looks forward to collaborating with the rider who helped refine the M1 and redefine the sport.

"Something that not many people know about Shaun is that he is really technically savvy," says Steber. "He understands what works and can give specific feedback on how to improve the bike's performance. He is a great R&D guy and I'm really excited about working w/ him again."

A great R&D guy and not a bad racer, either. After a decades absence from the sport, Palm finished 2nd last weekend at the California Golden State Championships in Fontana. He is planning to use mountain bike racing as training for his attempt later this year at a spot on the US Olympic bordercross team.

"I have always done better in my sports when I stayed involved in two or three at a time. The worst thing for me is for my bad brains to sit around idle. I have to stay busy and the panic of racing downhill will keep me sharp and help me to achieve my olympic dreams", says Palmer. " Of course, I miss being at the races and I miss the fans but mostly I miss hanging out with my friends, especially Peaty."

Palmer could have had any bike but he says he chose Intense because of his relationship with the brand and Steber's ability to build anything Palmer wants in a bike, anytime. "Plus, I'm 40 now and I want to be involved with a brand that will allow me to use my design abilities now and in the long run." Palmer says.

If you think that sounds like a hint that there will be future collaborations between Palmer and Intense in the years to come, you might be right. But for now, as Palmer simply puts it "let's just haul ass this season w/o me smashing my nuts. See ya'll at the races!"

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Rock Racing visits Wrench Science

Today we have a visit from Fast Freddie Rodriquez and he was sporting the Rock Racing Cadillac Escalade Hybrid. He came in to pick up his bike and look for a new 12 inch wheeled bike for his son Aiden. Well we didn’t have anything in stock that small but be certain we will find something very cool for him to ride around with this dad on, 3 time US National Road Racing Champion.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Cinelli MASH Has Landed

Somehow we missed getting this photo up. It's a photo of the first 25 Cinelli MASH frame's we received. They were very late but we welcomed their arrival with open arms. The only problem was we ordered 40. Cinelli USA received 100 to divide amongst it's dealers so getting 25% of the first allotment is pretty good.

All 25 frames were pre-sold. Our next shipment is scheduled to land 8/10 with size 50 sold out and a few remaining slots open in 53, 55 and 58. If you want one these amazing frames give us a call and get in line. They are moving like hot cakes!

866.497.3624 USA
510.841.4748 International

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Wrench Science represented at the Downieville Classic!

Every year they run a race out in the Mountains of Downieville, riders from far and wide come to give there best. Our very own Blake Von Knopka blazed the trails sporting a very handsome kit. You too could look that good. Order your Wrench Science Kit, starting with a jersey here

WS @ the Triple Bypass, CO

Thank you Wrench Science Thank you Leif Thank you Jose!

Saturday, July 11, 2009, the 21st Annual Triple Bypass in Colorado one day, 120 miles, three passes.

Rode my Time VXR Proteam, Chorus 11, Shamal 2-Ways that Leif hooked me up with. Successful ride, and I was proud to sport the Science kit. Thirty-five hundred riders, and I heard comments like, Yo, Wrench Science! Right on, Berkeley! Tell Tim that Ken from Denver says Hey.’”

It was worth the trip from sea level up to the beautiful roads of Colorado, where the air is thin theTime Machine exceeded all expectations.

Thanks again,

David Epstein, Oakland, CA

Stolen bike alert =(

To All:
It is something that I hate to announce, but at some point has probably happened to us all. One of the dealers I work with had a bike stolen.
It belonged to an employee who left it out at a coffee shop for that one second. It is a black Ulteam with campagnolo chorus 11 speed. Mavic carbon ultimate front wheel with a mavic sl in the rear. Yellow bar tape and the size is medium. Thanks guys for keeping the eyes peeled. Please pass this on to any other shops or friends that live on the planet earth.

JD Clement
Cell 650.465.2532

5219 West 73RD Street
Edina, MN 55439
P. 877.727.7661
F. 952.830.7328

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

MASH in Japan

I got this email today from one of our first 25 MASH customers:


I got the frame this afternoon. I build it up and rode all day today.
It's so nice! Stiff, quick, and so fast. I love the color of it too.
Size and geometry fit perfect for me.

Probably one of the first one in Japan, I guess.

Anyway, Thank you very much for being so kind to me.
I hope someday I will visit Wrench Science to see you.

Thank you.


Next batch will be in in August and there are still a few 53, 55, and 58 sizes available. Size 50 is now sold out until September.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Another Happy CX-1 Customer

Earlier this year you helped me with my new bike: a freakin’ awesome Colnago CX-1. Just wanted to let you know that five months after receiving it I still wake up every morning totally excited to ride. The thing climbs, corners, descends, and rolls like nothing I’ve ever heard of. It’s comfortable, smooth, and sooo good looking. But the best thing about it is that no one else has one! In five months of ownership I’ve only seen one other guy on a CX-1. It’s so neat to ride a bike that is different and unique.

My new bike has also helped me get my racing career off to a great start, with 3 top five finishes in my first 4 races! I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the race where I didn’t finish top five was on my crummy old Trek 1000!

Thanks again for building such an awesome bike for me! I’ve included a picture for you so you can see your work of art in action (the bike that is… not me).

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Original Dope: Vegetables!

July 01, 2009

Veggies Increase Athletes Endurance

By The News Team
Jul 01, 2009

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A study from researchers at the University of South Carolina's Arnold School of Public Health found that an increase in Quercetin, an antioxidant/anti-inflammatory compound found in fruits and veggies, boosts athletes VO2max and endurance capacity. The results showed increased levels of Quercetin over one week led to a 13.2 percent increase in subject's endurance and a 3.9 percent increase in their VO2max. Subjects were not varying exercise levels. Get the full story at

--Kyle Dickman

Friday, June 26, 2009

Stahurskaia killed in Belorussia

Stahurskaia killed in Belorussia

Published: Jun. 26, 2009
Stahurskaia, after winning the Grande Boucle féminine cycliste in 2002.
Stahurskaia, after winning the Grande Boucle féminine cycliste in 2002.

Former world road champion Zinaida Stahurskaia was killed Thursday in a training accident after being hit by a car. She was 38.

Officials from the Interior ministry in Belorussia confirmed her death Friday. Stahurskaia won the 2000 world title and the 2002 women’s Tour de France, but saw her legacy tainted when she served a two-year racing ban in 2006.

According to reports, a car coming from the opposite direction crossed into Stahurskaia’s lane and slammed into her head-on. Her trainer was following behind her in a car and had to swerve to avoid hitting on the oncoming car, officials said.

Stahurskaia, who has lived in Italy for several years, returned to her native Belorussia to train for this weekend’s national championships.

She had several run-ins with doping officials, with a pair of months-long bans in 2002 and 2004, before finally serving a two-year ban in 2006 after anti-doping controls found high levels of testosterone and an anabolic steroid in her system.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Astana names Tour team: Contador & Armstrong to lead

Astana names Tour team: Contador & Armstrong to lead

Susan Westemeyer
June 25, 17:15,
June 25, 16:55
Tour de France
Alberto Contador (Astana)

Alberto Contador (Astana)

"The New French Revolution"

Alberto Contador and Lance Armstrong will lead Team Astana at the Tour de France, starting July 4 in Monaco. The team announced its Tour line-up Thursday with a video release on its website, introducing “The New French Revolution”, as “9 Riders join forces to take over France.”

Contador, who won the Tour in 2007, and Armstrong, who won in 1999-2005, will be primarily supported by Andreas Klöden, who finished second in the Tour in 2004 and 2006, and Levi Leipheimer, who was third in the Tour in 2007.

Team manager Johan Bruyneel said that Contador “has worked very hard, earning the right to represent our team as the leader this July.” He added that Armstrong “is extremely motivated for the Tour de France.”

The squad also includes Yaroslav Popovych, Haimar Zubeldia, Sergio Paulinho, and Gregory Rast. Kazakh rider Dimitriy Muravyey completes the line up and will be making his Tour debut.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Tom Edison Fixed Tricks

For all the new skool fixie dudes doing tricks, learn some from the old skool.


Friday, June 12, 2009

Two cyclists killed near Tulsa

Tausah Borland, was detained Tuesday evening on suspicion of drunk driving.
Tausah Borland, was detained Tuesday evening on suspicion of drunk driving.

Two amateur racers died Tuesday while on a training ride after being struck by an SUV near Tulsa, Oklahoma. Another rider was seriously injured in the crash.

The driver of the SUV, 38-year-old Tausah Borland, was detained Tuesday evening on suspicion of drunk driving. She was released after posting bail of $100,000. An Oklahoma Highway Patrol spokesman told VeloNews that it could be four to five weeks before Borland's blood test results are available and county prosecutors decide whether to charge her.

Killed in the accident were Angela Voss, 33, and Matthew Edmonds, 34. Both were members of the Bicycles of Tulsa Race Team. Another team member, John Moore, 40, was injured and was treated and released from a nearby hospital.

According to a Highway Patrol report, Borland was driving the same direction as the cyclists on State Highway 51 in Sand Springs when she "swerved onto the south shoulder for unknown reason, striking the three bicyclists." The report said Borland continued on for another quarter mile before stopping.

A report on the Web site said that passing motorists stopped Borland.

"Our team is devastated," a Bicycles of Tulsa member told VeloNews. "Matt and Christa were bright stars and the world is a lesser place without them."

The team has set up a fund for the Voss and Edmonds families. Donations can be mailed to:

Bank of Oklahoma
Edmonds and Voss Memorial Fund
PO Box 2300
Tulsa, OK 74192

Donations to the fund can be made via PayPal by sending the donation to

Thursday, May 21, 2009

All New Ellsworth Epiphany!!!

2009 Livestrong Challange: Join or Support!

Dear Oceanside Glasstile Friends and Family,

There is no doubt; it has been a tough year. While there are signs of economic recovery it is not an easy time to be asking for money and it is with the greatest respect that we ask you to consider participating in our ongoing philanthropy efforts this year. The ugly truth is that cancer does not wane with the current economic situation; its impact continues to touch the lives of many.

Please consider joining or sponsoring the Oceanside Glasstile Cancer Kickers for the 2009 LIVESTRONG Challenge. We are again recruiting teams of walkers, runners and cyclists to participate in the 4 LIVESTRONG Challenges being held across the country. At each of the events we will walk/run a 5K (3 miles) or bike a 10, 40, 70 or 100-mile course.

The LIVESTRONG Challenge is the Lance Armstrong Foundation's (LAF) signature fundraising event inspired by the hope, courage and determination that exist in all of us. With the LAF we take to the streets on foot and bike, uniting individuals to stand together in the fight against cancer. Through the awareness and dollars the LAF raises, they inspire and empower individuals and improve the quality of life for the more than 12 million Americans living with cancer.

Take the LIVESTRONG Challenge with us and register for an event or make a donation by clicking one of the blue, underlined links below:

Seattle, WA - June 21

• San Jose, CA - July 12

Whether you walk, run, ride or donate, your involvement in these events is a powerful weapon in the fight against cancer. Recruit your friends and family to join you on the Oceanside Glasstile Cancer Kicker team. Each registered participant will receive an Oceanside Glasstile Cancer Kicker LIVESTRONG Challenge t-shirt. Cancer Kicker bike jerseys will be available. For information about placing your logo or name on our 2009 t-shirt and jersey please see the attached sponsorship form.

We look forward to walking, running or riding with you at the 2009 LIVESTRONG Challenge!

Thank you for your continued support,

The Oceanside Glasstile Cancer Kickers

For additional information about joining the Cancer Kickers please contact:

David Fatula - (760) 994-5488

Scott Fleming - (760) 822-2422

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

2009 Trek Hybrid Fork Recall

Product Recall Notice - May 19, 2009

As previously announced to dealers, a small number of the 2009 Trek model 7300, 7300 WSD, and 7500 bicycles were made with a SPA suspension fork involved in a recall. The fork could come out of alignment with the handlebar, which could allow the front wheel to turn unexpectedly. This recall notice has now been released to consumers by the CPSC. For more information, please read below and view the full details and latest updates on Dexter.


SPA Fork Safety Recall Released to Consumers

Over the last couple of weeks, Trek has been providing you information about the SPA Fork Safety Recall. Today, Tuesday, May 19th, 2009, the CPSC (Consumer Products Safety Commission) formally announced the recall information to the public. Your customers may now be coming into your store to ask about the recall. Make sure you are properly informed so you can assist your customers with any affected bikes.

The new consumer announcement and a new consumer poster to display in your store are available to download as PDF's below. In addition, the previously released dealer announcement, service information, and clarification on the red/blue plugs can also be downloaded below as PDF’s.

  • NEW - SPA Fork Safety Recall Consumer Announcement (pdf)
  • NEW - SPA Fork Safety Recall Consumer Poster (pdf)
  • SPA Fork Safety Recall Dealer Announcement (pdf)
  • SPA Fork Safety Recall Service Information (pdf)
  • SPA Fork Safety Recall Red/Blue Plug Info (pdf)
  • Also available is a 10 minute instructional video on how to repair the affected forks. Click below to play this video, although be patient as this large video may take some time to load. It is definitely worth your time for you and the shop mechanics to watch.

    Log into for the full details about this safety recall notice.

    Sunday, May 3, 2009


    Our good friends over at MASH just launched MASH TV.

    Check it out for some good cycling entertainment. Enjoy!

    Thursday, April 30, 2009

    po po

    My buddy Nixy sent me this email and I couldn't help but post it.

    Yestereday I got pulled over on my MTB by a Helicopter cop. The chopper
    acually put it's sirens on and landed the heli to write me a ticket.

    Just wanted to pass on my story and warn all the MTB heads that the
    heli po po are cracking down on MTB riding via the air.

    We need more single track, and if you ever hear about any
    organizations for MTB riding please pass on the info.

    Glad he had time to get his phone out for a picture before the swat jumped out of the copter and gunned him down.

    Monday, April 27, 2009

    Ventana bolster range with new 69er

    Ventana add a new 69er hardtail to the lineup called 'El Chivo'.
    Photo ©: James Huang
    (Click for larger image)

    Ventana will add a stout-looking new 69er hardtail frame dubbed 'El Chivo' to their range for 2010.

    The new frame features a number of Ventana trademarks such as a wraparound gusset at the head tube, looped chain- and seat stay yoke construction, a buttressed extended seat tube, and characteristically clean and even weld beads.

    CNC-machined dropouts adorn the rear end and the rear brake caliper is neatly tucked in between the stays for a clean look.

    alittle help from my friends????? for this years alley cat?

    Rad-Massaker Alleycat
    German for bike massacre !
    is this years east bay alley cat race
    all $$$$ collected after costs go directly to cycles of change
    If you know a Company that would like to Sponsor this event please feel free to forward this head letter.
    All bikes are welcome too.
    Thanks Blake von Knopka

    The 2009 Rad-Massaker Alleycat is a bicycle race being held on June
    14th to raise money for Cycles of Change (, a
    non-profit dedicated to brining cycling to low income areas of the Bay

    Following on the success of the 2006 & 08 Oakland Scrape Alleycat Races
    (, which raised over $3000 for
    the San Francisco Bike Messenger Association's Broken Bones Fund, we
    have decided to put together another race, because a. Cycles of Change
    a worthy charity doing great things for the community, and b. last
    year's race of off the hook!

    The Rad-Massaker is an “Alleycat” style race in which participants are
    given a list of checkpoints spread across the city at the start and
    must determine the best route on their own as opposed to following a
    set course. Originated by bike messengers in the 1980's, alleycats are
    meant to simulate the types of daily challenges they faced on the job.

    This year we are seeking sponsors from the cycling community and
    beyond for donations of either cash, to cover our costs, or product to
    be given out as awards at the end of the race. All sponsors will have
    thier names prominatley featured on a poster which will be placed at
    bike shops all around the Bay Area. If you provide one, we are also
    happy to hang a sponsor's banner at the finish area after-party as we
    did last year.
    There's a good chance we will produce a limited t-shirt with sponsors on back!
    Location of this years race is under wraps as is the finish.

    If you are interested in being a sponsor, please give me a call at
    510-812-5696 or send an email to

    We will be happy to pick up product directly from you, or you can send
    by mail to:

    Wrench Science, Inc.
    Attn. Blake Von Knopka
    1022 Murray Street
    Berkeley, CA 94710


    Blake VonKnopka and Co.

    Video of last years race by All Out Productions: years poster:

    Saturday, April 25, 2009

    Race On! Go LiveStrong!!!

    Armstrong: 'Shower-gate' case closed

    Lance Armstrong
    Photo ©: AFP
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    The French anti-doping agency AFLD has confirmed that it will not seek disciplinary action against seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong for a March anti-doping control incident.

    The AFLD said Friday that it has "decided to take into consideration the athlete's written explanations and, in consequence, not to open a disciplinary procedure against him." It also confirmed that no abnormalities were detected in the urine and blood samples taken during the control.

    Armstrong's Astana team spokesman Philippe Maertens confirmed to Cyclingnews that the AFLD met Thursday, and said "the disciplinary commission checked the evidence and explanation from both Lance and the tester and decided not to take the matter further."

    The AFLD complained earlier this month that Armstrong left the presence of its doping control officer in order to take a shower. Armstrong, responding to the allegations, claimed he was given permission to leave.

    Posting on his Twitter account on Friday, Armstrong wrote, "the word from the French agency AFLD on the shower gate incident. Case closed, no penalty, all samples clean. Onward."

    The agency could have pursued a suspension of Armstrong for violating the World Anti-doping Agency's International Standard of Testing Article 5.4.1, which states that the person being subjected to an anti-doping control must remain within the sight of the doping control officer from the time of notification until the sample is collected.

    Armstrong said he expected the AFLD's "antics" to prevent him from racing in this year's Tour de France. With the case closed, he will be free to attempt an eighth career victory in the Tour.

    Armstrong is currently training in Aspen, Colorado, in preparation for his first attempt at the Giro d'Italia next month. He is recovering from a fractured collarbone that he sustained in the first stage of the Vuelta a Castilla y Léon.

    Join the discussion about 'shower-gate' on the Cyclingnews forum here.

    Friday, April 24, 2009

    Peter Togasaki Remembrance Tomorrow 4.25.09

    To Peter's Family and Friends,

    We are looking forward to spending the day with you tomorrow for Peter's Remembrance Party. The response so far has been amazing and we want to thank everyone for their warmth and love. A quick note for those of you joining us tomorrow who have never been to the Togasaki home:

    We are planning to tie 2 balloons to the light in the driveway on Saturday to make the house easier to find. If the driveway is full, make a right onto Moore Drive before you pass the house and park on either side of the street. Feel free to call the landline below if you need directions or have trouble parking (although you may have to drive back towards Mountain Blvd. for cell phone reception). If you have any questions before then, feel free to e-mail us.

    We hope to see you tomorrow.

    With love,
    Steve, Sally, Jessica, and Alekist

    Thursday, April 23, 2009

    Look Trade Up Program

    Introducing the Look 585 Trade up program!!!

    Trade in your old frame for a $500 credit on the purchase of any new Look 2009
    585 Frame. For more information please contact Avi Byer at 1-866-497-3624 ext 210. Or via email at

    Superman was wounded once...ONCE!

    Armstrong honoured with memorial in Spain

    Armstrong honoured in Spain
    Photo ©: AFP
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    Lance Armstrong was honoured with a memorial erected by inhabitants of Antigüedad, Spain, at the roadside spot where he fractured his collarbone during first stage of the Vuelta Ciclista a Castilla y León. The small village - population 385 - found an old, blue racing bike and cast its rear wheel into concrete with a plaque that reads "La clavicula de Armstrong" - Armstrong's collarbone.

    "It was clear that we weren't going to put a new bike there and had to get one that wasn't used anymore," said David Cancho, one of the youngsters that put the memorial into place.

    Cancho is part of a non-profit association commemorating a historical event, the transfer of Philip I of Castile's body from Burgos to Granada in 1507. During the trip leading through Antigüedad, a soldier fractured his wrist in the hamlet. A memorial cross was erected to honour the soldier, and this sparked the idea to create yet another monument.

    "It was during one of our association meetings," Cancho told AS. "We talked about doing something to on Armstrong's accident, and someone remembered this other story. That's how the idea took shape, always with humour and no bad intentions." (HK)

    Saturday, April 18, 2009

    Hamilton Not Done Yet

    Hamilton: Cycling's not done with me yet

    By Kirsten Robbins

    Tyler Hamilton (Rock Racing) enjoys
    Photo ©: Jon Devich
    (Click for larger image)

    Tyler Hamilton announced his retirement from professional cycling on Friday, April 17, following an admission to a second positive doping test, which will likely see him effectively banned for life. The reigning US National Champion ends a career which spanned nearly 20 years, during which he climbed atop sport's loftiest podiums before experiencing its lowest lows.

    When asked what the future holds, Hamilton said, "I'll take some down time and make sure I'm OK, and then move forward from there. It's a beautiful sport. Cycling's not done with me yet."

    After six years of domestique duty with the US Postal Service team, Hamilton left to forge a successful career with Bjarne Riis' CSC team in 2001. During his time with Riis, Hamilton scored high profile victories in the Giro d'Italia, with a stage win and second place overall in 2002. In 2003, he took victory in Liège-Bastogne-Liège, the overall win at Tour de Romandie and a stage in the Tour de France.

    In 2004, after making a move to the new Phonak squad, he took gold in the Olympic Games time trial in Athens. However, the following month he tested positive for a homologous blood transfusion. After a lengthy battle, he served a two-year suspension before returning to race in 2007.

    Hamilton returned from his suspension in September, 2006. He quickly signed with the Tinkoff Credit Systems team, but was let go from the squad after his name came up in association with the Operación Puerto case. Hamilton was nearly resigned to retirement until Rock Racing's Michael Ball gave him the chance to compete for the American team.

    "Michael pulled me out of retirement back them," Hamilton said. "But, I think now is a good time to step away and focus on my issues with depression and my family issues. I need to move forward to the next part of my life the next chapter and I will have many great memories."

    His latest doping positive comes after a February 9 out-of-competition control performed by USADA while Hamilton was at his Rock Racing team camp in California. He tested positive for a banned steroid (DHEA). Hamilton decided to make the announcement on Friday.

    "I woke up knowing that I'd be talking to a few people to make it official and it really hit home and I am really sad," Hamilton told Cyclingnews. "All careers have to come to an end. I didn't want it to end like this but life throws curve balls and I'm trying to see the reason why this has happened."

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    "It's been an incredible ride," Hamilton said of his career. "Cycling gave me an amazing opportunity to be a part of it all. I met so many great people and saw beautiful places. I've had my share of ups and down. It was a bit of a roller coaster but I've always tried to be humble respectful of others. This sport has given me a lot and I'm greatly appreciative of that. I will give back to it because I feel like I owe this sport something."

    According to Hamilton, he came close to retirement on several occasions in the last few years, most recently after his victory at the US Pro Championships held in Greenville, South Carolina last September. "After winning that race, such as tight race, I thought maybe that was a good time to step away. I tried to retire a couple of times but, I didn't," he said. "Bike racing was just starting to go good for me in the second part of the year. I started being part of the race and I enjoyed that. It is so hard to hang up the wheels in this sport."

    Wednesday, April 15, 2009

    Remember your bike builder, Peter Togasaki

    To Peter's Family and Friends,

    We would like to extend an invitation to join us on Saturday, April 25th, between 12 Noon and 8 pm, for an Open House in our home at 6917 (Plsease contact Wrench Science for details.) It will be an informal (both in structure and dress) chance for us all to see each other and remember our beloved Peter. We're certain it has been a long year for all of us since we lost Peter last April 29th, 2008. We've all had to negotiate a new world without his presence while trying to incorporate his spirit and joie de vivre into our lives. It has been a year of "triggers" that brought back memories of Peter and moments we shared with him; memories that brought both smiles and tears.

    Peter loved his family and friends with a passion, spending every free moment he could with them. It seems fitting that we have a chance to see one another to celebrate his life. An "Open House" means we won't have any formal structure or's a drop by when you can for as long as you wish, an hour or all day. If your schedule is such that you can only make it in the morning, or later in the evening, then please come by when you can. We'd like to see you all. Also, please forward this invitation to anyone we might have missed. We'll have some of Peter's favorite foods prepared just as he liked them. You're welcome to bring treats if you feel so moved. Feel free to BYOB. Children are welcome...Peter loved kids. If the day is warm and dry, the new backyard patio (built by the incredible combined efforts of many of you) will be open. There will be cigar and pipe smoking for those so inclined, weather permitting.

    So we hope to see all of you Saturday, April 25th. Bring your good spirits, memories of Pete, and join us.

    What: Peter's Remembrance Party
    Where: (Please contact Wrench Science)
    When: Saturday, April 25th, 12 - 8 pm
    Home phone (land line): 510-841-4748
    No Cell Phone Service
    Lots of Parking (in the driveway or on the corner of Moore and Shepherd Canyon Rd)

    With love,

    Steve, Sally, Jessica, and Alekist

    Where did all the Niners go?!

    Niners have been flying off the shelves for a while now. It has not been uncommon for the RIP 9, Jet 9 and Air 9 to be sold out. But this spring, they are moving faster and more frequently then ever before! The only model currently available might be the Jet 9. I say might because even those are thinning out, certain colors in certain sizes, such as the Vanna White Large or Medium.
    Right now, and perhaps throughout these more temperate months of 2009, the best way to get a Niner is to place one on backorder. This will ensure your earliest possible delivery, as all orders are filled in the order that they're received. I am expecting the RIP 9 and possibly other models to be possibly sold out perpetually, as each production run is sold out. Right now we are looking to June or July for the next run to come available to ship. That being said, Niner did surprise us with early arrivals of all the backordered framesets for Wrench Science customers, beating their worst ETA's by 4-6 weeks! Pedal Damn it!

    Friday, April 10, 2009

    Showering Banned in France!

    Lance Armstrong has been caught taking a shower. Not just any shower, but a whole 20 minute long shower! Such behavior, having never been successfully introduced in France, has created a wave of shock and jealosy throughout the French nation. The French anti doping agency, AFLD, is now in the process of banning the rider from racing on French soil, for obviously being too clean.

    Next thing you know, hair cuts and shaving will be on the list of banned substances, along with napkins and cutlery. Please list more jokes, in the comments box, below.

    Armstrong on the AFLD: We’ll see even more antics

    Lance Armstrong said Friday that French anti-doping authorities have been working to prevent him from racing in this year’s Tour de France.

    Armstrong, who says he has submitted to 24 drug tests since his return to professional racing in September, said the French anti-doping body (AFLD) appears poised to keep him from riding the race he won seven times between 1999 and 2005.

    The AFLD announced on Thursday that it was pursuing disciplinary action against the 37-year-old Armstrong for violating the rules governing out-of-competition testing. Armstrong, in a video message released Friday, said that the charges are baseless and reflective of the agency’s broader agenda.

    “I suspect this will escalate, and we’ll see even more antics out of the AFLD in the near future,” Armstrong said. “And there’s a very high likelihood that they’d prohibit me from riding in the Tour. And that’s too bad, the Tour is something that I love dearly, something I wanted to ride in, something I wanted to be competitive in, either go for a victory or help Alberto (Contador) get a victory, or help Levi (Leipheimer) get a victory.”

    The AFLD's dispute with Armstrong relates to an out-of-competition test on March 17, when the Astana rider refused to allow an AFLD testing officer into his home until his identity was verified. Applicable doping protocols require that an athlete remain in the presence of a tester until samples are provided. Armstrong, however, left to take a shower while team manager Johan Bruyneel verified the tester’s identity with the UCI.

    Armstrong said he had reason to be skeptical when he found the testing official waiting at his home.

    “A few weeks back, before the crash, I came back from training to a home I was staying at in southern France,” he recalled. “There was a man standing there who said ‘I came to drug test you, and I need your blood, your urine and your hair.’ And I thought it was odd in that he was alone, he’d been waiting outside the house.


    “In 20 years of doing this I’d never seen a drug tester come alone,” he noted. “Normally they are always accompanied by somebody as a witness, or another source. He was alone, and it seemed suspicious, and of course we were in France, so you never know what kind of situation you might get into there.”

    The AFLD raised objections to Armstrong’s decision to leave the official before confirming his identity, although Armstrong says no objections were raised at the time.

    “When it came time to finish the control and he filled out the report and said there’s a space in the papers where he can sign whether or not anything was abnormal, if he had any comments or anything he wanted to remark, his remarks were no, nothing was abnormal,” Armstrong asserted.
    The AFLD case could result in Armstrong being barred from the Tour, an event he sees as a key element of his return to the sport.

    “The comeback has been important to me for two main reasons,” Armstrong said. “Obviously I have a passion for cycling, still, but more importantly I have a passion for the global fight against cancer. It started in Australia, it went to California, it went to Mexico, I’m taking it to Italy, and certainly we wanted to tell that story in France. But if we can’t do that, we can’t do that, and that’s really their call. It’s their event, their country and their rules, so we have to play by those.”

    Armstrong said that he is recovering from a broken collarbone suffered last month in the opening stage of Spain’s Vuelta a Castilla y León. He underwent surgery two days after the accident and said that he expects to recover in time for the Giro d’Italia, which begins on May 9.

    “Everything seems to be good,” he said. “Stitches are gone and the scar has healed nicely. The actual collarbone and plate feel solid. I go out on the bike and ride, just like I did before. I don’t want to fall on it again right now, but I think it’s pretty solid, and I think it’s going to be fine for the Tour of Italy.”

    Wednesday, April 1, 2009

    Have you seen these bikes?

    Nashville bike shop robbed

    Nashville bike shop Gran Fondo was targeted by thieves who stole up to US$50,000 of premium inventory.

    The shop, owned by Vida and Lynn Greer, parents of TIBCO rider Katharine Carroll, is now missing nine bikes, although thieves left the cash drawer untouched and didn't vandalise the premises.

    The couple is now working with Metro Nashville detectives and State Farm to recover the inventory, and have released a list of the stolen stock to warn potential online auction buyers who may see it posted for sale.

    Items stolen include:

    *Pinarello FP6 – Campagnolo Chorus 11 speed, size 55, White, black, red, White Talon bar/stem, White Most Saddle and seatpost, Campy Eurus 2 way fit wheels
    *Specialized Tarmac Expert Riva – Size 56, Black/Red, Ultegra SL, Ultegra wheels
    *SW Roubaix SL – Ultegra SL, size 54, Blue/White, Ultegra SL, Mavic Ksyrium Equipe wheels, FSA stem, bar, Fizik Pave saddle, Spec seatpost
    *Specialized Roubaix SL – SRAM Red, size 56 Black, Red/Force Mix, Roval Roubaix 350 wheels
    *Specialized Tarmac SL – SRAM Force/Red Mix, size 54, White, Mavic Ksyrium SL wheels
    *Orbea Ordu Rival – Size 51, Black/Red, SRAM Rival, Zipp 404's, Vittoria tires, Profile T2 Aero Bars, RC Stem
    *Orbea Opal – Campagnolo Chorus 11 speed, Size 57, Black/Red/White, Mavic Ksyrium SL wheels, Selle Italia Flight Saddle, Zeus carbon post
    *Orbea ORCA – Sammy Sánchez White & Gold, size 51, Campagnolo Super record, Zipp 202 wheels, Zeus carbon bar, stem, post, Vredistein tubulars
    *Lynskey Helix – Campagnolo Centaur, Fulcrum 3 wheels, Fulcrum R3's, FSA stem, Wing Pro Compact Bar, Lynskey Ti post