Company says QRs are safe when used correctly.

IRVINE, Calif. (BRAIN) — In a newsletter Shimano emailed Thursday to product managers, the component giant acknowledged that it makes quick release levers that open more than 180 degrees from the closed position and that these levers were included on disc-brake bikes recalled by Trek on April 21.

SYDNEY (BRAIN) — You no longer need an invitation to download and use the online cycling platform, Zwift.

The company announced the change in Sydney on Friday, local time. In tech industry terms, the product has moved from an invitation-only "Closed Beta" to "Open Beta."

SAN FRANCISCO (BRAIN) — WaterField Designs has expanded its cycling line with the introduction of the Rapide Saddlebag. The vintage-style leather Rapide includes an easily-accessible Mini Tool Roll to keep bike tools organized, and it attaches with a leather toe-clip strap.

SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. (BRAIN) — Blackburn's new Local Cooler Saddlebag Pannier is made for trips to the store, park, beach or anywhere else where an insulated construction will help transport drinks and food.

WATERLOO, Wis. (BRAIN) — Trek Bicycle is expanding its Émonda road bike line — which is highlighted by its super-light Émonda carbon frames introduced last year — to include a new aluminum frame model, the Émonda ALR.

SAN FRANCISCO (BRAIN) — Commemorating Bianchi's 130th anniversary, Timbuk2 is adding a touch of celeste green to its bag line with a limited-edition Bianchi Prospect Pack and a Facebook sweepstakes with prizes including a Bianchi road bike and various accessories.

MORGAN HILL, Calif. (BRAIN) — Kali Protectives is introducing a new helmet for BMX and dirt jumping that uses the company's top technology to keep it nearly as light and low-profile as uncertified skate helmets.

The Giant Cog, the GoatLink and the 16-tooth cog.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (BRAIN) — Lindarets is now offering a Special Edition 10S GoatKit, which combines all the parts needed to convert standard Shimano drivetrains to wide-range one-by or two-by-10 systems.

The CLUG won an award for its packaging.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (BRAIN) — The CLUG wall-mounted bike storage clip won a Dieline packaging design award, recently presented in Chicago.

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ATLANTA (BRAIN) — Wilier Triestina is now offering its Cento1SR frames and complete bikes with a standard aerodynamic seatpost as an alternative to its integrated seatpost design.

LONGWOOD, Fla. (BRAIN) — Specifically designed for BMX use, the Subrosa Street Rail is 8 feet long and 18 inches high. It can be broken down into 4-foot sections for transport, and a connector is available to tie two rails together for a 16-foot rail.

BURNABY, British Columbia (BRAIN) — Easton Cycling is offering its aluminum-rimmed Heist mountain bike wheels with three internal rim width options — 24, 27 and 30 mm.

The Heist wheels are all tubeless compatible out of the box, with rim strip and valve installed.

The Momentum iNeed Street Mid-Step model.

NEWBURY PARK, Calif. (BRAIN) — Giant Bicycle is adding a new bike brand, Momentum, aimed at new bike recreational riders. The company said the new brand is inline with recent research on bicycle use in America.

HELSINKI (BRAIN) — Amer Sports has agreed to Sports Tracker, a company that offers mobile apps that track sporting activities. Like Amer, Sports Tracker is based in Finland.

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BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Stages Cycling has released a firmware update for its power meter and an update to its mobile app. 

IRVINE, Calif. (BRAIN) — Felt Bicycles is recalling about 200 of Felt Deep Six and El Guapo cruiser bikes because the coaster brakes can fail. The company is replacing the driver in the bike's rear hub to remedy the situation.

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (BRAIN) — Rever, a new component brand from the owners of Jagwire, is now shipping its first product, a cable-actuated disc brake designed with the needs of U.S. cyclocross and gravel racers in mind.

ALISO VIEJO, Calif. (BRAIN) — Fizik has released its 2015 pro team edition Aliante saddle, part of a program the brand has been running for 15 years.

For 2015, the Aliante model saddle's shape has been refined and improved with new technology and materials to create the lightest ever Aliante.

HAYWARD, Calif. (BRAIN) — Bianchi USA has just received its first shipment of its Impulso 105 Disc Compact, a disc-brake equipped road bike that retails for $1,599.99.

WHITTIER, Calif. (BRAIN) — 3G Bikes is offering three new models in the urban/city category, to complement its beach cruiser bike models.

The new G'Linda and Melrose women's bikes and the Chicago men's bike are designed to offer dealers high margins with attractive retail price points.


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