Water Cycle | Chapter 2 - Ocean, Surf by Bike

Inspired by the 71% of the planet covered by water, Blackburn Design has created WATER CYCLE, an ongoing documentary film project. In the second chapter, OCEAN, we follow Ashley Llyod Thompson, a surf shaper from Santa Cruz, California. Ashley took time away from her shaping studio to travel with her husband and son to Mexico in search of quiet surf breaks. Many of the best breaks are tough to access and aren’t on any map. Fat bikes made the most sense to enjoy these secret places. Along the way, she found some beautiful quiet moments with the ocean and with her family. These are the simple joys that life on a bike can bring. Ashley has been an avid surfer since she was a child, eventually turning her passion into a career shaping surfboards and teaching new riders. As she became closer to her craft and the ocean around her, she adopted an emphasis on sustainable building practices that respected both her ability to ride huge waves, and desire to do as little harm as possible to the planet. Our fragile oceans sustain life on our planet, but increasingly, they are polluted with plastic waste. This waste can range from single use plastic products like cup lids, and take out bags, to microscopic particulates that kill fish and foul beaches. Protecting our oceans is important to Blackburn and so for this project we’ve partnered with Sustainable Surf to bring attention to the continued need to be stewards of our oceans. If this is something that resonates with you, consider becoming involved with one of Sustainable Surfs initiatives. sustainablesurf.org/ Featured at: blackburndesign.com/ocean CREATIVE Ocean was directed by Nicole Mackinlay Hahn. Mackinlay Hahn grew up in New York, where she worked at for the family business on Fire Island National Seashore. Curious, adventurous, and with a drive for honesty, she began making films in 8th grade using her brother’s pixelvision camera. Since then, she has collaborated on projects throughout the US, Africa, and the UK. Brian Vernor, a noted filmmaker and photographer, is provided art direction for the film. Brian has long been a Blackburn collaborator and will be making certain that each story in the project has a distinct point of view, while still holding close to the overall theme and vision. Ocean was produced by Robin Sansom, a long time Blackburn collaborator and a principal of Offsite Studios, a brand and content agency. Chris McNally returned for the second chapter of Water Cycle by providing the amazing illustrations. Follow and like us at: instagram.com/blackburndesign facebook.com/BlackburnDesign twitter.com/BlackburnDesign vimeo.com/blackburndesign ABOUT BLACKBURN In 1975, Jim Blackburn looked at the at the emerging cycling culture and knew he could make a difference. That meant thinking from the end-user perspective, showing respect for materials and their functionality, while offering purpose-built design and innovation. Over the years, Blackburn has adopted and honed those principles to build quality gear that allows people to go further, do more and be better prepared for everyday and extraordinary adventures alike.



In a market flooded with carbon wheels, it takes a lot to stand out from the masses.

Most carbon wheels are purpose-built for various forms of riding. The Mavic XA Pro wheelset caters to those weight conscious riders looking for something that can hold up to the rigors of general trail riding. Mavic claims the XA Pro wheelset is “the lightest trail wheel system in its class.”

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Mavic Road UST



  • Road tubeless wheel-tire system redesigned from the ground up to improve the user experience and guarantee safety – all while maintaining the benefits of the technology.
  • The ONLY reliable road tubeless systems that is easy to use and 100% safe.
  • The only standard that can inspire confidence for the consumer that they will have ZERO issues with their tubeless system.


Any cyclist who is looking for the most advanced and high-performance wheel and tire technology for speed, puncture resistance and comfort.


Why should the game-changing benefits of road tubeless be reserved for those who have a penchant for tinkering? Having faster rolling wheels that are more comfortable and resistant to punctures should be something easy, safe and hassle-free.
Through our years of expertise and invention of the wheel-tire system, we are proud to present a system that ticks all of the boxes while defining the standard for road tubeless.
By combining our knowledge of wheels and tires we were able to perfect the symbiotic relationship between the tire bead and the rim hook to offer a system that is not only fast on the road and easy to maintain … but also 100 % reliable so you can focus on one thing – your ride.


• Perfect union between tire and wheel, ensuring easy installation and removal, is guaranteed thanks to our patented UST technology and wheel-tire system foundation.
• Obsessive control in manufacturing provides the optimal rim diameter along with a precise tire bead diameter and stiffness / stretch. This ensures a lifetime of hassle-free installation / maintenance when using UST approved products.

• All-new and exclusive 11Storm rubber compound achieves the best balance of grip and low rolling resistance.
• No tube means no friction with the tire resulting in a faster rolling system.
• UST system (including sealant) is 40g lighter than a traditional tire + tube system.

• Ride with lower pressure for increased comfort and reduced risk of pinch flats associated with traditional tire + tube systems.
• Just 30g of sealant prevents most punctures.


The only tubeless system that is universally accepted and recognized by every tyre and rim manufacturers.
The only tubeless system that is included in the standards that rule the bicycle wheel and tyre world! ISO 4210 / 5775 (in progress) and ETRTO 2018.
Rider’s benefit : the only tubeless system that has been tested and approved for safety and ease of use.

Not just a rim, a wheel or a tyre considered alone.
But the perfect match between well-defined tyre beads (stiffness and diameter) and a well define rim contour (bead seat diameter, rim wall height, hook shape and depth, depth and side slope of the central grove).
Rider’s benefit : the guarantee for a safe and easy to use tubeless system.

Tubeless :
An open clincher tyre system that works without the need for a tube.
Requires an airtight rim and an airtight tyre. When the use of sealant is needed to seal the tyre, it is referred to as Tubeless Ready.
Rider’s benefit : potentially less flats, higher rolling efficiency, extra comfort, extra grip, less weight… if well executed.

Giro Knit Collection


You’ve seen knit technology in athletic footwear, but you haven’t seen it in cycling… until now. Introducing our new engineered Xnetic™ Knit (pronounced ex-net-ic) for unparalleled comfort and breathability. Xnetic™ Knit technology was developed for the specific needs of performance cycling. A TPU skeletal system provides support where you need it, while the knit offers suppleness for superior sock-like comfort. The porous knit material makes the entire upper breathable, giving you a shoe that has superior ventilation and drying time.

Don’t confuse this knit footwear with a fragile sweater, because these shoes stand up to the elements. The Xnetic™ Knit is DWR-treated for water repellency and easy cleaning after grimy rides. Rubber or TPU toe and heel guards provide abrasion resistance and superior durability.
Simply speaking, they are built to tackle the road, trails and any environment where your adventure takes you.

Plus, the style of knit is simply undeniable.

Yakima Unveils new Fall Line

Yakima has released their 2017 fall line of vehicle accessories to accommodate a broad range of trending outdoor activities.

Covering a variety of price points, from entry to premium, the new products provide gear hauling solutions for trending activities, including kayak fishing, off-roading and stand-up paddle boarding, plus seasonal snow sports products.

At the center of the fall product launch are the OffGrid Cargo Basket, the LongArm Truck Bed Extender, the FatCat Evo, an update to the snow sports mount, and the FatCat ShowDown – the first side-loader for kayaks and SUP’s.


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Bike Radar Reviews Giro Cinder MIPS Helmet

By: Ben Delaney | May 27, 2017 7:00am GMT

The Giro Cinder is a MIPS road helmet that costs just over half as much as the California company’s top-end Synthe MIPS.

I love the fit and feel of the Cinder, except for on hot days and/or when doing strenuous climbs. In those situations, the difference in ventilation to the Synthe becomes quite apparent.


Visually the two are quite similar, and while there are small differences in the size and shape of the vents, the main difference in air flow lies within the helmets.

The Synthe uses Giro’s Roc Loc Air retention system, which keeps the helmet slightly off the head, especially at the front. This design allows a little more airflow across the forehead.

The Cinder uses Giro’s Roc Loc 5 retention system, which is anchored at the temples of the helmet. The front pad of the Cinder lays right on top of the MIPS liner, which in turn lays flat against the foam body of the helmet.

So Roc Loc Air is better than Roc Loc 5, right? Well, here’s the thing: over months of testing I have found myself grabbing the Cinder over the Synthe most of the time for a couple of reasons.

One, the Cinder just feels more comfortable to me, perhaps because the weight of the helmet is distributed throughout the inside, inside of resting on just the 360-degree plastic Roc Loc Air band.

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Bell's Sean Coffey Comments on Latest Helmet Tech

Through distributor ZyroFisher, Bell Helmets has experienced a number of significant successes in recent years, with top athletes such as Danny Hart and Rachel Atherton wearing its products on their way to becoming World Champions.

The brand’s 2017 helmet collection builds on its success in the MTB category with a range of Road helmets that feature a host of performance and safety innovations.

We sat down with Bell’s Sean Coffey who gave us an insight into Bell Helmets: “We are in a constant state of brainstorming and concept development. That’s why Bell has so many technology ‘firsts’ within the cycling helmet realm. The Bell Zephyr was a ground-up development with the goal of pushing the boundaries in terms of energy management, maximum ventilation and incredible fit and comfort. Concepts like Progressive Layering made sense to consider as it allows us to create an incredibly complex structure for absorbing a broad spectrum of impacts.”

The Progressive Layering in Bell’s Zephyr is more than just the use two different densities of EPS foam, it’s also the replacement of the internal nylon roll cage support structure with a second in-molded polycarbonate shell for the inner layer, essentially two helmets in one. This approach allowed Bell to meet their energy management goals while also incorporating some exceptionally aggressive vents.


Momentum Mag Reviews Opus Connect E-Bike

Powered by the Shimano STEPS system, the Opus Connect makes commuting and running errands easy and fun. The mid-drive motor provides a power-assisted ride with a range of up to 77 miles (125km). The electric bike has three support modes: Eco, Normal, and High, which will assist until you’ve reached 20 mph (32 kmh). This 418 watt hour battery is fully recharged have in 4 hours or 80% in 2 hours. The rear rack and integrated light lets you carry more and worry less and make it city-bike approved. The Step-through frame makes it easy for any rider to enjoy this bike and also comes in three sizes to accommodate riders from 4’9” to 6’1”. The tool-free seat and handlebar adjustments make sharing a cinch. Made with triple butted alloy the Opus Connect weighs 46lbs.

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Photo: https://momentummag.com/opus-connect-e-bike-review/

I’ve got the whole family contributing to this review because as Opus intended, the Connect is perfect for sharing. When your dad and sisters battle for time on the electric bike you know you’ve got a winner. What makes this bike so perfect for multiple users of varying heights?


ENVE SES 3.4 Reviewed by BikeRadar

Highs: Light, stiff, wide, aero but stable; great braking in the dry and the wet; tubeless compatible and designed specifically for 25mm tires

Lows: Wildly expensive; titanium skewers are flimsy; internal nipples can be a hassle

Buy if: You want an excellent carbon wheelset and aren't scared off by the price

ENVE overhauled its mid-depth SES 3.4 wheelset with new front- and rear-specific rim shapes, an in-molded brake track that works very well in the dry and the wet, and a variety of options for hubs, brake types and tire types.

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After testing the SES 3.4 rim clincher set up tubeless in Colorado, Arizona and England, we can say we love everything about the wheels except the price and the quick-release skewers.

On the road, they feel light and lively. Braking is outstanding and they seem almost immune to harassment from crosswinds. 


Giordana Custom Kits Emphasis in 2017

There were lots of apparel offerings this year at PressCamp Road. But custom options seem to be the emphasis for 2017.

Giordana launched its expanded custom line here. A couple of years ago, the Italian company opened a new factory in Montecchio, Italy, and with the transition from its previous factory, it began revamping its apparel lineups extensively. The latest revamp was to custom, which is all entirely made in Montecchio, with fabrics sourced from the Veneto region, renowned for its textile industry, said Giordana Andretta, national sales manager.

Giordana now offers a Custom collection with multiple levels of kits to accommodate different fits and riding levels, from a Sunday coffee shop ride to a gran fondo or a racing club. The custom line now offers all the premium fabrics and details of Giordana’s in-line apparel but with the option of custom colors and branding.


Yakima Features Skybox 18 Carbonite Rack

The SkyBox 18 serves up a a roomy, secure option for taking anything and everything you need for your next adventure. The sleek design holds gear for up to 4 campers and fits long snowboards and skis.


  • Sleek aerodynamic Carbonite textured lid
  • No assembly required
  • Tool-free installation/removal from vehicle
  • Fits Yakima round, square, factory, and aerodynamic bars
  • Designed with internal lid stiffeners for durability and easy open and close
  • SuperLatch™ security ensures your lid is secure to its base, and your gear is safe
  • Dual-sided opening for easy access on either side of your vehicle
  • Tapered design reduces hatch interference
  • Available in five sizes: Lo, 12, 16, 18, and 21 cubic feet
  • Hauls gear for up to 4 campers; fits snowboards and skis up to 215cm
  • Made in the USA with up to 80% recycled material
  • SKS Locks included
  • Minimum and maximum crossbar spreads: 24” – 42”

Kit Out in Custom Apparel With Giordana

Whether you and your friends plan on making an amateur team to race on your local or provincial circuit, want to show up in style to that gran fondo on your bucket list or just want to stand out with your buddies on your Sunday morning coffee rides, Giordana custom has you covered. The new custom collection allows you to easily navigate the process and make your vision of the dream kit a reality. With no design fee, a minimum 10 piece per garment order (men and women’s pieces can be combined) and free ground shipping within Canada it’s never been easier to kit out in custom.

Each garment offered in the collection is available for full custom artwork. With the help of Giordana’s design team, your vision of the perfect kit can come to life. Using Giordana’s KIT Builder online ordering and payment system, a large group can easily navigate the process and manage their order.

Giordana offers six of their kits along with winter garments and accessories for customization meaning you can choose the kit that suits your riding style and the conditions you most frequently ride in.


Stromer Takes Technology Top-Down with ST1 X

E-bike manufacturer Stromer is taking its high-end OMNI technology to all model ranges for model year 2017. It is already standard in the top ST2 class and the flagship ST2 S, but will now also be available on the now the ST1 class.

[Stromer Takes Technology Top-Down with ST1 X]
The ‘X’ in Stromer’s new ST1 X stands for ‘cross over’. – Photo Stromer

“We want to bring together our core competences in our full product range and secure our role as the industry’s trendsetter while keeping up our concept that, ‘we start where others stop’,” the Swiss e-bikes manufacturer states in a press release.

ST1 X ‘cross over’

The ‘X’ in Stromer’s new ST1 X stands for ‘cross over’. The technology and design of the ST2 top model range is now crossing over into the e-bike manufacturer’s entry-level class. This major features include the well-known connectivity and the exclusive OMNI app providing navigation, fine-tuning of the drive system, and fully integrated theft protection.

Upgrading ST1 X

The ST1 X has also been upgraded in terms of power, range, and frame design. It includes Stromer’s in-house developed Cyro motor which, “propels the rider with a top performance of a whopping 35 Nm. The strong 618Wh battery allows ranges of up to 120 km, making the bike a true alternative when it comes to modern commuting,” as Stromer calls it.


Yakima Cargo Boxes: California Grown


Raw sheets – made from up to 80% recycled material – are thermoformed into shape.

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A rough cut is made by machine then gets trimmed by hand for a precise, clean finish.

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A skilled, trained team member carefully installs hinges, locks and hardware.

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The box is thoroughly inspected, polished up and ready to ship.

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Yakima Launches "Yakima Garage" Digital Training for Retailers

Lake Oswego, OR — Apr 6, 2016

Yakima Products, Inc., the innovation leader in vehicle racks and cargo solutions, has announced the launch of the Yakima Garage, a new digital training platform for all Yakima retailers and retail associates. The platform is hosted by Sparc, the top provider of web-based enterprise technologies that allow brand partners to communicate, educate, promote, and transact business with their dealers and brand ambassadors from a single integrated platform.

Yakima is optimizing this engaging, media-rich platform with high-quality retail training videos, valuable product updates and company news. By accessing its content, users can earn rewards points for pro deal pricing on products and Yakima merchandise. Yakima Garage also features monthly contests for new products and other prizes.

“Spring 2016 marks the biggest product launch in Yakima’s history. Since our retail partners are at the heart of connecting our brand with the consumer, it became more important than ever to find the best way to engage and empower them. We love how Sparc has enabled us to create an experience for our retailers that is completely authentic to our brand,” said Jason McGibbon, Vice President of Sales at Yakima. “It’s one more way that we can strongly support our dealers – who have been our backbone since we got our start in 1979. We’re excited to continue our investment in our retailers and independent biker dealers, and make it even easier for them to connect Yakima with our shared customers.”

“Yakima is a legendary brand with the fantastic mission of getting more people into the outdoors with friends and family. We’re stoked to partner with them and to empower their retailers with the stories behind Yakima and their category-defining products,” said John Telfer, Sparc Business Development Director. “Thanks to the Yakima Garage, these key brand ambassadors – Yakima’s retailers and independent bike dealers – can work even better with their customers and connect them to the outdoor experiences that Yakima products enable.”

Added McGibbon, “Yakima Garage is a fantastic compliment to our Road Warriors and Rack Dawg in-person, hands-on training programs. It’s the next best way to provide in-depth training to retail associates. This in depth training is paramount to ensuring the sales staff understands how Yakima is the absolute best at making the consumer experience easy from start to finish.”

About Yakima
Yakima Products, Inc. is a world leader in vehicle racks and cargo solutions for a variety of consumers, from outdoor enthusiasts to car aficionados. The portfolios of brands include Yakima, Whispbar and Prorack. Each of the individual brands offer a variety of cargo management products including racks for bikes, boats, ski equipment and other gear, cargo boxes and bags and high performance multi-sport trailers. The Yakima Products, Inc. global headquarters is in Lake Oswego, Oregon. For more information, visit www.yakima.com.

Bike Tires That Can Survive the Himalayas : Vittoria

 Vittoria's graphene-laced tires can take a beating while staying thin. PC Brian Klutch

Vittoria's graphene-laced tires can take a beating while staying thin. PC Brian Klutch

From Popular Science Magazine

When you’re mountain biking in extreme conditions, you want tires that are light enough for nimble handling, sticky enough to grip rocky and rooty trails, and tough enough to last. Most can’t do it all: Beefy tires have bite, but they’re sluggish; light tires are nimble, but they wear out quickly or puncture.

Vittoria’s new Mezcal and Morsa tires eliminate that trade-off once and for all. They are infinitely tough and elegantly maneuverable.

Here’s why. Graphene, in its most basic form, is a sheet of pure carbon just a single atom thick. It is half the density of aluminum, which means it’s light and extremely elastic.

Vittoria uses graphene that is two to eight atoms thick—nearly invisible. By adding it to mountain-bike tires, Vittoria achieves the dream combo of characteristics—light, sticky, and tough—that rubber can’t on its own. In fact, adding graphene to rubber creates a tire that changes depending on how you ride. When riding on a straightaway, the tire stays relatively hard. When braking or cornering, it softens.

Vittoria uses graphene that is two to eight atoms thick--nearly invisible.

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This article was originally published in the March/April 2016 issue of Popular Science, under the title “Bike Tires That Can Survive the Himalayas.”