PLUMELEC, France (BRAIN)—Oakley sports marketing manager Steve Blick had a job to do: hand deliver the prototype ‘09 Racing Jacket to George Hincapie and Thor Hushovd before the Tour de France began.
PARK CITY, UT (BRAIN)—During Cannondale's Authorized Dealer meetings earlier this week in Park City, Utah, a Super Bix Hi-Mod with Campy Record 11-Speed Liquigas Team Replica Bike (pictured) was stolen from a locked storage room.
MORGAN HILL, CA (BRAIN)—The big news coming from Specialized's recent road launch was its new Turbo tubeless tire.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRAIN)—The Hayes Bicycle Group is recalling 800 SunRinglé hollow quick releases due to reports that the devices can fail or break while in the locked position.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the voluntary recall on Wednesday.
LIVIGNO, Italy (BRAIN)—GT reinvented its road, downhill and 6-inch travel all-mountain bike frames for 2009, introducing carbon fiber to the latter two platforms and increasing stiffness in its GTR road frame.
SUN VALLEY, ID (BRAIN)—After five years in the U.S. market, Scott will deliver retailers an option in the midrange travel segment. The revamped Genius rounds out the company’s trail offerings, giving it a complete line of full-suspension mountain bikes in a broader price range for 2009.
FELTRE, Italy (BRAIN)—After many whisperings about Campagnolo’s 2009 line, it became official in Italy as Campy will be fitting its 2009 Chorus, Record and the revived Super Record gruppos with 11-speed rear ends.
MALLORCA, Spain (BRAIN)—Retailers will see a brand new line of road bikes for 2009 from Giant at various trade shows this fall, including Interbike.
MISSION VIEJO, CA (BRAIN)—Rico Sports Group has added Alex Rims/A-Class Wheels to the list of brands it represents.
Rico Sports Group launched in September 2007. Hutchinson tires hired Rico to act as the company’s sales agent for the North American OEM market.
LAKE FOREST, CA (BRAIN)—GT Bicycles is launching a new BMX team program dubbed the Project, made up of 10 riders from around the world who were selected through an online contest held on the Vital BMX Web site.
IRVINE, CA (BRAIN)—Shimano gives its top of the line road group an entirely new look with design elements integrating the crank, derailleurs and brakes together, just like on XTR and XT.
OLNEY, IL (BRAIN)—Magura hit a homerun with its lightweight Marta, but its forks have been a bit on the heavy side. Rather then reinvent the wheel when it came to a complete fork redesign, Magura focused on what makes Marta great, performance as good as its heavier competitors at a weight none can touch.
SMETHWICK, England (BRAIN)—Brooks England is collaborating with the New York City Bicycle Film Festival for the release of a limited edition Swallow.
TEMPE, AZ (BRAIN)—Titus Cycles has launched a brand new line of TRX cyclocross frames.
SAN DIEGO, CA (BRAIN)—NiteRider Technical Lighting Systems has turned its focus to developing five new cycling computers for the first time.
PETALUMA, CA (BRAIN)—CamelBak has converted its entire line of polycarbonate re-usable water bottles to a new material that is 100-percent free of bisphenol-A (BPA) and phthalates.
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (BRAIN)—Nalgene announced this week that it would end production of its popular line of water bottles made with the chemical bisphenol-A amid growing consumer concern over the safety of the chemical.
MONTEREY, CA (BRAIN)—FSA wined and dined journalists at Sea Otter, bringing them up to speed on oversize bottom bracket technology, which will hit many 2009 models.
MONTEREY, CA (BRAIN)—Niner Bikes unveiled its limited edition M.C.R. frame on Friday afternoon at Sea Otter along with IMBA, which will receive the proceeds from the sale of the bikes.
MONTEREY, CA (BRAIN)—Shimano had a busy Sea Otter with the launch of two new mountain bike groups, a 29er wheelset and E-Thru 15-millimeter hubs.
Saint, Shimano’s freeride and downhill racing group, has also been redesigned since its introduction.