Five Ten Celebrates Women's Mountain Biking

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 By CJ Selig  

As an employee of Five Ten I could reach out to several women’s camps because we (Five Ten) provide their clinics with demo shoes. I wanted to examine their motivation and impact.

Mountain Biking is the best sport in the world; everyone can find their own way to enjoy it. From the adrenaline of competition to the tranquility of the great outdoors our sport benefits anyone who wishes to see the world and be active.

It takes a concentrated effort to turn a day of mountain biking into a lifetime spent in the dirt with your favorite set of wheels. Traditionally this transformation happened less often for women, but today many begin this journey with a skills clinic.

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A skills clinic can improve your ability on a bike. This sounds obvious but constant improvement is key to spending years revisiting your local trails or dreaming up holidays that include your bike. Candace Shadley of the Trek Dirt Series knows the importance of pressing women to improve their riding.

 My favourite part of my job is seeing how happy people get when they accomplish something they didn’t previously think they could do, and knowing that those feelings of success and possibility will translate from the trail into their everyday lives.

Candace Shadley

Any coach or teacher will confirm the challenge inherent in guiding others. Tina Bek and Tina Lang have teamed up to run the Tinas’ Backyard Trail Jam to tackle this challenge. Tina Lang summed this up into the classic ‘aha-effect.’

 Many participants already got some tips before the course, be it from their men, or other courses. Then you tell them that there is another ‘easier/right’ technique, for example ‘your bike can’t move when you pinch the saddle between your legs.’ Then they try it - AHA – and are so happy with this information...

Tina Lang

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Selle Royal Presents eZone

Those who love it know to listen, pay attention to the details, see what makes the other happy and strive to make it happen, putting in the passion and all of the tools necessary. This also means finding external help, if it serves to achieve the result. Selle Royal loves what it does, and as such it is constantly attentive to the needs of those who choose its seats and tries to anticipate their needs before they can be seen as something "missing".
Electric mobility has finally become a well-established and appreciated scenario around the globe, not only for its eco-sustainability but also for the increasingly high performance that electric vehicles offer. Selle Royal soon understood how the needs of those who choose e-bikes were different from those who use a traditional bike, and wanted to turn intuition into a reality. To do this, it he turned to someone who studied electrical mobility in many respects, a partner who shares its passion for design as a fusion of functionality and aesthetics: Designworks. The BMW Group company has become the partner of an ambitious project aimed at achieving a unique product, the first saddle specially designed for ebikes.


After an initial phase of creative and research analysis, designers got to work by identifying a user-type group, inviting them to a workshop to study the features and desires as regards comfort when cycling. Their approach was transversal; they did not simply ask the guests to describe their ideal saddle, but first created a series of playful exercises to observe the emotional and instinctive reactions of cyclists. They then started a second phase to identify the features that users look for in an e-bike compared to more traditional bikes, in order to understand how they are used in everyday life, for what situations they are used and for how long.

The combination of the results of the two phases made it possible to understand the relationship that people have with their own bicycle, how they imagine their future on the saddle, what their desires are and what aches and pains they have when they ride, as well as to define the features that they expect from a saddle. The development of the eZone concept thus broke ground.

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How to Choose the Right Scott Bike

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Since their invention in the ’70’s, mountain bikes have changed a lot, going from robust multi-functional bikes to high-tech sport machines. The suspension technology in particular has opened the door to a new dimension of riding, comfort and fun. Nowadays, there are so many different bike types for so many different uses. Fabricants and special interest magazines usually divide mountain bikes into the following categories: Cross Country, Trail, All Mountain, Enduro and Freeride/DH.


If you are already an active mountain biker, you will be able to define your profile quite easily. If you are a beginner, then you should first think about what you are expecting from your bike and what brings you the most fun. Here are some features that can help you evaluate yourself.


You like performance and light weight. You want to ride fast and you like competition. More than 100mm of travel is secondary for you.

You need a Scale RC or a Spark RC from the Cross Country category.


 Because of its front and back suspension, a full suspension bike, or “Fully” is normally about 1 kg heavier than a comparable hardtail which only has a front suspension system. However, the comfort of a Fully will allow you to save strength, will give you more confidence and will bring you much more fun. In most cases, mountain bikers are better off with a Fully. Nevertheless, if you are planning to race Cross Country or if you have a small budget, you should go for a hardtail.


You like your bike light, comfortable and playful. Even if you keep an eye on racing, you are more interested about having fun than actually competing.

You need a Spark 900 or Spark 700 from the Trail category.


You want to ride fast but with comfort. Above all, you want to be able to ride anywhere. You like riding downhill, especially on technical trails.

You need a Genius from the All Mountain category.

With many options available on the market, wheel sizes can be confusing. Here is how we see it, and why we spec our bikes the way we do.

We find that both 27.5” and 29” wheels have their benefits. 27.5”, compared to 29”, will accelerate more quickly, and tend to open the door to more agile bike handling. Smaller riders often prefer the 27.5” wheel size as the bike will feel more maneuverable for them.

29” wheels tend to be rollover kings, able to get over anything in their path. With modern bike geometries, these bigger wheels are faster, and more capable than ever before. Stable, efficient and consistent is what you’ll get with a 29er.

New Crank Brothers Pumps


Crank Brothers is known for their cutting-edge designs. Their unique pedals and wheels demonstrate what their approach can do for our components, and they’ve gotten just as innovative with their new line of floor pumps.

The Sterling and Gem offerings come in at $50 and $70 respectively. They’re relatively traditional, but each features a high-volume / high-pressure setting we’re used to seeing on Crank Brothers’ hand pumps. It allows them to use a quicker-inflating, larger volume air chamber than the pumps we’re used to, but also offer an easy high-pressure setting in case you’ve got any skinny tires in your garage. They’re on par with other refined floor pumps we’re used to seeing. Both have aluminum air chambers and large, easy to read gauges. The Gem uses a plastic base and a dual-valve head while the Sterling has an aluminum base and a smart head.

But the Klic pumps are what got us excited. More so than a floor pump probably should. The standalone Klic pump stashes its hose and gauge in the handle when not in use for clean and easy storage and transport. It clicks (or, rather, Klics) into a port midway up the pump with magnets strong enough to handle its 160 PSI capacity. But what blew us away was a couple other magnets hidden inside the pump’s base. They gently lock down the handle so you can pick it up without leaning down to the base or clumsily wrapping the hose over the top to keep it from extending. Like all good design, it’ll have you asking why you didn’t think of it yourself.


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POC Awarded Brand of the Year 2017

POC, a leading manufacturer of helmets, eyewear, body armor, apparel and accessories has been chosen as the ‘Brand of the year 2017’ by the Bicycle Brand Contest (BBC).

The Bicycle Brand Contest, established by the German Design Council, focuses on companies in the bicycle industry and their partners. The winners, which are selected as an acknowledgement of excellent product and communication design in the industry, are chosen by an independent jury of experts.

POC CEO, Jonas Sjögren, said – “All of us at POC are overjoyed by the bicycle ‘Brand of the Year’ award and the recognition that it places on our products and mission. The bike industry is incredibly innovative and to be independently selected by a jury of sector experts is both humbling and inspiring. From day one our vision and mission has been crystal clear and we have always wanted to support cyclist safety and performance with products of unquestionable quality and relevance.”

POC, a leading manufacturer of helmets, eyewear, body armor and apparel was founded in 2005 in Sweden, with a clear mission; ‘to do the best we can to possibly save lives and to reduce the consequences of accidents for gravity sports athletes and cyclists’. The jury also awarded POCs latest mountain bike/trail helmet, Tectal Race, a helmet ‘category winner’ award.

POC CEO, Jonas Sjögren, added – “POC’s success has been built around its highly talented team. Our approach has always been to use our mission as the starting point in our product development coupled to an unwavering belief in research and development, innovation and constantly testing and refining our products. We try to never leave any stone unturned in pursuit of our mission and the Brand of the Year award is a wonderful recognition for everyone working in POC”


Testing the POC Octal-X Helmet

By: Philippe Tremblay | June 11th, 2017

You could say I had the misfortune of extensively testing the POC Octal-X on my first ride wearing it. While normally after a ride in a new helmet I would be thinking of its comfort, ventilation and fit, after this ride I was just thankful I was uninjured.

Riding along a local bike path chatting with a friend, an off-the-leash dog (in an on leash area) ran unexpectedly across the path beelining towards a flock of geese. Fortunately, we were not moving fast and the dog was uninjured just very surprised when my front wheel made contact with it.

I, however, was slightly less lucky and the tumble left me bruised and scratched. That surprised my two riding companions who were worried I had knocked my head on the pavement going down. I had grazed my head on the pavement but the helmet stood up to the test.

The Octal-X borrows its shape and design from the POC Octal but has been beefed up to make it more suitable for riding off road. 

When POC first released the Octal, it’s beefy shape made many question the aesthetics of the helmet but it has become commonplace on the heads of world class cyclists and trendy riders.

When POC first released the Octal, it’s beefy shape made many question the aesthetics of the helmet but it has become commonplace on the heads of world class cyclists and trendy riders. You could say it’s now a cool helmet and POC are leaving the aesthetics unchanged as they gear it for riders tackling rougher roads, gravel and cross-country singletrack.

The Octal-X has the features that make the Octal such a great helmet with generous ventilation, low weight (claimed 250 g for the small I was testing) and a unibody shell construction. With an EPS foam core and the added protection offered by aramid bridge technology, the helmet is more robust and better prepared to spread the forces of an impact.