While LeMond Fitness didn’t have a good year in 2012, and the company basically folded shop just before Interbike, we heard that LeMond is back with Lemond Inc. This week Greg LeMond also posted a survey on his site inquiring whether or not there would be interest in the LeMond road bike brand.
The company had been founded by its namesake, and was distributed by Trek… but then all sorts of ugliness occurred and the brand fell by the wayside. So could LeMond bikes be ready to roll again?
While the snows aren’t quite as prevalent as they once were on Mount Kilimanjaro, we think Ernest Hemingway might be excited to hear that Trek Bicycles’s Trek Travel team is looking to bring 20 cyclists on an epic fundraiser next February and March that will include the first-ever bike ride permitted on the African continent’s tallest peak.
The ride will be open to only 20 cyclists and is being organized as a fundraiser for drilling projects to bring clean water to more than 150,000 Tanzanians. WorldServe will also host one of the largest-ever environmental clean up projects on Mount Kilimanjaro. Read the rest of this entry »
There is an old saying that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Seattle-based Alchemy Goods essentially operates on that principal, and it creates new products from what many of us would likely just toss in the garbage.
This includes inner tubes, and to date the company has reclaimed more than 182,000 tubes from across the country and used these to make durable products including messenger bags and belts. Alchemy Goods has also partnered with REI bike shops and Trek retailers to obtain the tubes – ensuring that bike shops that do accept tubes actually have somewhere to send them.
On each product that Alchemy Goods produces it stitches a tiny number in the upper right hand corner, and while small it has a big significance – as it represents the percent by weight of upcycled material that goes into each product. The company strives to make this numbers as high as possible by incorporating as much upcycled material as they can. Read the rest of this entry »
This week Trek Bicycle launched its new generation of its eight-time Tour de France-winning road bikes, and these include the sure-to-be head turning 7 Series Madone that promises to save riders an enormous 25 watts over the previous generation at 40kph. At 750 grams, the 7 Series Madone frame is the lightest available to consumers, while it also marks the debut of Trek’s U5 Vapor Coat paint scheme, a sub five-gram aesthetic option that uses no decals and minimal paint. Trek’s engineers were also able to remove nearly 200 grams from the frame and fork, without sacrificing any of the balanced ride for which the Madone is famous. With the Madone’s ride-tuned seat mast and reshaped, KVF seat stays, vertical compliance on the new 7 Series is 25% greater than the nearest competitor, with zero loss of lateral stiffness. Additional images after the jump
This week Waterloo, Wisconsin-based announced that its pilot program Materials Innovation Technologies has cycled more than 70,000 lbs. of carbon fiber in the year since the program was first initiated. Since April of last year, all manufacturing scraps, non-compliant frame components, and select reclaimed warranty frames undergo processing at Material Innovation Technologies’s South Carolina facility for repurposing in reinforced thermoplastic applications, including aerospace, automotive, medical and recreational applications.
“We’re really proud of the results that we have had in just one year,” said Trek’s Senior Composites Manufacturing Engineer Jim Colegrove. “Now that carbon has become such a commonly used material in cycling, it’s important for all brands to consider the entire life cycle of a product.” Read the rest of this entry »
There is a new Trek ready for the roads. The company has introduced its high-anticipated 2013 Domane – which is Latin for King’s Crown. This new road racing bicycling will surely handle virtually any bump in the road. Designed for the rough road conditions found in the spring classics courses, it was developed with input from Fabian Cancellara, who won the Strade Bianche aboard the Domane in its race debut, and members of the RADIOSHACK NISSAN TREK team. Read the rest of this entry »
Not everyone is born to mountain bike. In fact no one is really born knowing how to ride, but the Trek Dirt Series – which enters it 12th season this year – is here to help grow the sport of mountain biking by developing skills and confidence through instruction weekend camps located in the sport’s most popular destinations.
This program offers a coaching staff that includes professionals from the sports, health and wellness industries, and in the past 12 years has helped more than 7,500 riders experience the fun of hitting the trails. Camps are open to beginner, intermediate, and advanced riders. Participants are divided into small groups based on abilities and interests so that every rider will have the opportunity to improve their riding skills while having a fantastic time in the process. The small groups also allow riders to focus on cross-country, downhill, or freeride skills, based on their interest.
“Not only will you become a better rider, but you’ll leave your Trek Dirt Series camp with new friends to ride with and the confidence to continue improving your skills on your own,” said former Trek Dirt Series camper Lacy Kemp. “The coaches teach you how to read trails and select lines while providing you with the tools to ensure that your riding will be more fun.” Video and 2012 Camp Dates After the Jump
Even if you can’t ride like the pros, and probably won’t ever ride with the pros, you can still ride on what the pros ride. Trek Bicycle has announced that this season’s Trek Madone 6.9 SSL and Speed Concept 9.9 are available to order with RadioShack Nissan Trek paint scheme from the company’s Project One custom bike program, and at all authorized Trek Project One retailers. Press Release after the jump
Trek won’t be a stick in the mud, or rather stuck in the mud, but the 2012 Trek World Racing gravity squad will instead pin its hopes to get through the mud – and much more – with the Bontrager G-Mud and G4 tires it was announced last week. The world’s top-ranked downhill team will race on the newly developed models. Press Release after the jump
Just in time for this past weekend’s Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii, Bontrager unveiled a collection of new aftermarket upgrades to its wheel, handlebar, and brake lever triathlon lines. The new products are the result of lengthy testing with the highly successful Trek/K•Swiss triathlon team and allow triathletes of any ability level to improve their bike split with unparalleled componentry, regardless of what bike they’re riding.
Brian O’Connor is in the zone with Litespeed’s new 29er
All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, but is it actually work or play when you get to check out the latest upcoming bicycles? From the smile on Brian’s face above, it certainly seems like work he really enjoys. Check out some more of the sights from this week’s Outdoor Demo Days at Interbike 2011: Read the rest of this entry »
Trek and bike-related art organization ARTCRANK collaborated to create a bike about art. The result is the Trek District ARTCRANK Edition. The Trek District is Trek’s top commuter bike. The limited edition features graphics created by ARTCRANK Lead Designer Rob Angermuller.
The Trek District ARTCRANK Edition is a single-speed belt drive bike that’s predominantly white with black and red graphics on the frame and rims. We at KineticShift find white bikes to be striking, and this bike with its bold white black and red graphics is no exception. Read the rest of this entry »
There are bikes that are ideal for off-road adventures, and bikes that will get you going fast on the road. For everyone else Trek Bicycles has revamped its line of bestselling fitness riding-targeted FX bikes. These are aimed at commuters as well as modern fitness riders, and are built around the concept of the “the fastest way to fit.”
The team behind the FX line looked at the needs of urban commuters and causal suburban riders alike and assessed what was needed for those who don’t always tone Lycra yet mostly stick to the road. The result is a bike that borrows from Trek’s road heritage and technology, combined with an emphasis on comfort and all around practicality. The FX line features road bike compact double cranks, and a tapered E2 headtube on key models to provide lively ride quality while the refined rack and rim lock mounts make the bike even more practical for city and suburban riding. Read the rest of this entry »