Today I was at the Fast Company Innovation Uncensored conference, where we had a special time trial booth using our Turbo E-Bike. The winner of the competition got a brand new Turbo, unfortunately only non event partners were eligible to win. I did go head to head with my bud Sean.
I tested my new Wahoo Fitness RFLKT bike computer today at Skeggs. RFLKT is unique in that it displays whatever app you’re running on your mobile device. Wahoo has a great app to pair with the computer, but I chose to sync it with the Strava app, which recently updated with RFLKT support. It’s great in that it gives you exactly what you need while riding, time of day, ride duration, speed, heart rate and distance, amongst other display pages. It runs on a watch battery and is supposed to last for a year using Bluetooth to communicate with your device. I always carry my iPhone so it made sense to give this a go. The price is nice, too, at $130 I won’t worry as much if it gets lost in a crash. Read on for more. (more…)
So I’ve managed to put in some good miles on my new Epic Expert World Cup, having raced it twice before the end of my season, and a handful of rides ranging from fire road grinds, long epics, short, punchy, technical and rocky. This bike does it all. While it’s not my first time on an Epic, having owned one in 2012, it does have some considerable difference you can feel right off the bat. In short, this bike is rad. Read on if you’re thinking about upgrading or making the switch. (more…)
I just finished transferring parts off of my Tarmac SL4 onto a new S-Works SL4. Talk about silky smooth! With the help from a co-worker I was able to complete the build during our lunch hour. There were a couple of new things I learned how to do, internal routing and a Specialized crankset installation. My first ride was just around the block at home after a few more adjustments, and I could instantly feel the difference in ride quality without sacrificing stiffness. Can’t wait to put it through some more serious rides to get a real sense of what I’m dealing with. At the moment I’m still waiting in some new carbon CLX 49 wheels to come in. Pics and a review to follow shortly.
My new 2014 Epic Expert came in, and I spent part of my day putting it together. It actually came in last Friday, but I was offsite for a photo shoot. Tomorrow I’m hoping to put it to the test. Super excited to throw my leg over the new rig. I’ve got it all dialed in, swapped out the front tire with a Ground Control and set up the wheels tubeless. Other than that I plan on keeping it full stock. Stay tuned for photos of my new ninja-like XC machine.
My trustworthy steed over the past year is about to get another owner. I sold my Open today. Why? you may ask. Well, since starting at Specialized in May I knew it was just a matter of time before I make the full commitment to the brand. I grew up riding a Specialized. My first mountain bike was one. Also, having been invited to the Specialized Muscle Milk team, I figured it was in good form to ride one. I easily could have kept my Open, but I knew it would see less and less saddle time over time. It’s an incredible bike. One of the best I’ve ever ridden, but it’s time to pass the torch on. I’m striving towards keeping a small quiver of bikes, one road bike and one mountain bike. That’s it.
I’ve got a new Specialized bike coming my way very soon. I’ve patiently been waiting for the new Epics to arrive, which are currently in production, but I’ve managed, through good graces of working for the company, to hold one for myself. It should be arriving in the next week or so, and I’m pretty excited to throw my leg over it. My Open will soon begin to see less and less miles as I transition over to the new bike, especially since I’ll be racing with the Specialized Muscle Milk team next season. I went with an Epic Expert World Cup instead of the S-Works model. The graphics are more subdued and more my taste, and the weight difference isn’t too bad for a bike that roughly half the cost. Great value if you ask me.
Excited to throw my leg over this bad boy this weekend. Probably too much bike for me, but most likely too much fun.
Nibali watches over my steed. This week I’ve been on every lunch ride at work, a first considering the two days my dog, Marlow, is with me. Tomorrow I plan on riding into work, skipping the Friday Worlds race. It feels good to get in some solid and consistent miles in this week. I hope to keep it up during the fall and especially the winter.