Getting More Kids on Bikes
Neko Mulally raffles World Champs bike, raises $26,565 for charity
While everyone would love to take the W at World Champs, most of us know that there can only be one winner at the end of the day. In light of that, the secondary, lesser-known competition over the weekend is who shows up with the best looking bike, and with its tri-color finish and subdued graphics, my money is on Neko Mulally's Tues. So were a lot of other people, it seems, with Neko selling raffle tickets for his custom World Champs sled to the tune of $26,565 USD
, all of which went to the Can'd Aid Foundation that has built and donated nearly 2,500 bikes to underprivileged children across the country. More than 500 charitable souls from all over the globe bought raffle tickets, and the winner was drawn by Neko himself at Oskar Blues Brewery in Brevard.
Diana Ralston, Can'd Aid's Executive Director, said "This was a hugely successful fundraiser for us and we're so grateful to have Neko as our Treads + Trails Ambassador. We're excited to host more bike clinics for kids with him here in Brevard this spring."
Jordie Lunn takes us back to when amplitude trumped spins and twists
Rogatkin and co. are doing some of the most insane, physics-defying twists and spins on two wheels, but there'll always be something to be said for just send'n it, won't there? Lunn answered that question, for me at least, in Rough AF 3
, his newest homage to big bikes doing big moves in the forest. The roll-in at the start, aka the wooden sidewalk of death that goes nowhere, looks especially absurd - check the Margu Riga photo to the right. He cleans it, but he also ends up bleeding from his nether regions due to the kind of G-out that rearranges internal organs.
What follows is sender after sender, senders into other senders, and then a few more senders. All of them are huge. He even throws out a few giant twists and spins at the end for good measure.
Tenneco Inc buys Swedish suspension brand
Tenneco Inc, an international automotive conglomerate that also owns Monroe and Rancho, two suspension makers from the automotive world, has now added Öhlins to its list of subsidiary companies. Back in 2008, Tenneco bought Marzocchi before spinning the Italian brand off of its acquisition list seven years later, but it just never looked like the conglomerate was all that interested in upping Marzocchi's game all that much while they had the brand. Scrolling through the comments below the original Öhlins PR
reveals that not a lot of us have a good impression of Tenneco, surely due to the general perception of how they handled the storied Marzocchi brand.
We'll never know all the details of that short-lived Tenneco and Marzocchi partnership, but here's hoping that things work out better for Öhlins.
Tenneco's strategy has been to acquire brands, primarily in the high-performance motorsports world, and then expand their product ranges and up sales numbers. An injection of capital from Tenneco should be a boon to Öhlins as they've been working to expand their mountain bike product range and increase reliability. Could this move see Öhlins in a position to compete in the OE arena with Fox and RockShox? We'll know in a few years.
The Perception of Fairness
Failed EWS drug tests raise questions
The news of Richie Rude and Jared Graves having both failed an in-competition drug test back in May
managed to get a lot of people's hackles up, both in support of and in disappointment towards the riders.
Let's keep things in context here; they weren't sticking testosterone patches on their balls or re-injecting their own oxygenated blood. Based on what we know so far, they (knowingly or otherwise) ingested two banned stimulants: Higenamine and Oxilofrine
Neither racer is arguing against the fact that the prohibited substances were in their bodies, and that would mean the best-case scenario is that it was an accident that people can learn from. If that's the case, both may still be punished, but they certainly don't need to be burned at the stake by salty readers riding white horses into the comment section.
Regardless of whether they did or didn't ingest that stuff with intent, the general perception of top-flight enduro racing will be forever changed for many people. Prior to November 26th, the day our story broke, many fans had a ''But-enduro-is-different'' mindset where racers were assumed to be clean. But as we've seen in other sports when a big name ends up in the headlines for having a banned substance in their system, that assumption might be forever gone now for many of us.
Fuji's Parent Company
Advanced Sport Enterprises files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy
The Advanced Sports Enterprises Inc. name might not sound familiar, but maybe Fuji, Kestrel, SE, Breezer Bikes and Tuesday Cycles, as well as retail brands Performance Bicycle and Bike Nashbar, ring a bell? ASE, the parent company for those brands, announced that they've filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the middle of November which, according to Bicycle Retailer
, could lead to the closing of 40 of the current 104 stores.
In a press release, Patrick J. Cunnane, ASE’s President and CEO, stated, “While ASE is undergoing the Chapter 11 process, we will continue with business as usual; orders will be fulfilled and Performance Bicycle stores will continue operating.
“We’ve taken a lot of steps to right the business over the past 27 months. We have conducted an extensive review of alternatives and believe pursuing a restructuring through Chapter 11 is the best path forward to ensure ASE’s long-term success. We are thankful for the continued support of our dedicated employees, valued customers, vendors and business partners as we navigate this process, and look forward to becoming a stronger company in the coming months as a buyer / investor for the business is found.”
Cunnane also noted that sales of ASE's bike brands were steady, but that difficulties in increasing sales and profits on the retail side was one of the factors that led to the filing.