Author Archives: "Vernon Felton"
Over the past decade, Bell’s been positioned as the “affordable” brand of helmets while its twin sister, Giro, received the sexy features. That’s all changing. Bell’s new Full 9 and Super helmet models suggest that Bell is on track to regain some of its former glory as a high-end, no-holds-barred helmet maker. We went inside Bell’s think tank to get the inside story on how a helmet is born: from rough sketch to high-tech brain bucket.
Bell Helmets is providing $100,000 in grants to fund three, great trail-building projects. You get to help choose the winner–so vote today–you might also snag some shwag for doing so.
Easton Cycling recently introduced a hub upgrade kit for the M1 rear hubs used in EC90 XC, EA90 XC, EC70 Trail, Haven, Haven Carbon, Havoc and EA90 XD wheels. The Bearing Spacer Kit will be available late February 2013, free of charge for existing M1 rear hubs and is included as a running change in all M1 hub-equipped rear wheels shipped after mid-February.
Cannondale’s Trigger Carbon 1 is fast, flickable and tons of fun, though it left some testers wondering whether bigger wheels would make green grass greener.
Shimano is famous for trickling down the high-end features from its premier groups on, essentially, an annual basis. Now, it’s time for Deore to get the redesign love.
This is one of the few out there that really shows the basics of frame building with composites. There’s obviously still a lot that’s missing and I’m not suggesting that all carbon frames are made the same way (far from it), but it’s a good starting point on wrapping your mind around this labor-intensive and utterly unique process.
We went into the heart of Specialized Bicycles to find out both how and most importantly, why, the company decided to squeeze those big wheels onto their Enduro model. Welcome to the first installment of our new Blueprint video series: the story of an impressive new product, from the perspective of the people who designed it. Hard questions asked. Interesting answers given.