Industry Digest: Rapha CEO Steps Down, Trek Cargo Lost at Sea & More

Nov 28, 2022 at 7:58
by Ed Spratt  
What's going on in the cycling industry this month? Industry Digest is a peek behind the curtain and showcases articles from our sister site, Bicycle Retailer and Industry News. In each installment, you might find patents, mergers, financial reports and industry gossip.



Drivetrain maker Classified Cycling raises $23 million
By: Bicycle Retailer and Industry News

Classified Cycling has raised 22 million euros ($22.9 million) from an investment led by London-based Active Partners. Active Partners is a past investor in Rapha and retailer Evans Cycles.

Classified makes performance two-speed internal hubs designed to be used with standard single-chainring drivetrains with multi-speed cassettes. The hubs are shifted wirelessly. Other investors in the company include retired racers Tom Boonen, Anna Van der Breggen, Andre Greipel and Marcel Kittel.

Existing investor Bridford Investments Limited also participated in the new round.

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Nukeproof comes (back) to the US with dealer/online program
By: Bicycle Retailer and Industry News

Nukeproof mountain bikes, components and accessories are available directly in the U.S. market again via a dedicated U.S. website and warehouse and a growing list of brick-and-mortar dealers.

The brand was launched in Michigan in the 1990s and was later purchased by Wiggle, the U.K. e-commerce retailer. After Wiggle and ChainReactionCycles were purchased by Signa Sports United, the company announced plans to return to the U.S. market with a hybrid distribution plan.

The brand now has a warehouse in Utah and its online dealer locator shows about a dozen U.S. stores.

“We’re super stoked to be able to serve U.S. customers locally,” Inga Kaufmann, Nukeproof’s director of marketing operations and U.S. brand manager, said in a press release.

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Sea Otter exhibitor space 90% sold out
By: Bicycle Retailer and Industry News

Sea Otter Classic exhibitor space is 90% sold out with nearly 1,000 brands set to display at the 33rd annual event.

The four-day expo, presented by Life Time, is on track to exceed all sales records, according to event organizers. Several European, Australian, Chinese, and South African companies will exhibit. Nearly 40 e-bike companies also will be there. More than 1,000 demo bikes are expected to be available, according to organizers.

"Key venue changes, coupled with market shifts and pent-up demand have fueled substantial expo growth this year," said Sarah Timleck, expo sales director. "Facility improvements by Monterey County allowed us to significantly increase our expo footprint."

Timleck said brands are well aware Sea Otter draws consumers not only for cycling but outdoor recreation, too.

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Operation Vicious Cycle defendant accepts plea agreement
By: Bicycle Retailer and Industry News

A defendant in the investigation into a series of shop burglaries accepted a plea agreement, according to the Colorado Attorney General's Office.

The Boulder County deputy district attorney handled Tuesday's hearing in which Jason Quijada, 23, agreed to a three-year deferred sentence on the felony motor vehicle theft count and three years' probation for misdemeanor criminal mischief count. The Colorado Attorney General's Office partnered with the Boulder District Attorney on the case.

Considering Quijad's absence of adult criminal history, prosecutors said the sentence was in line with other lower level organization members, the attorney general's office said.

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Rapha CEO steps down after less than one year at post
By: Andrew Hood // VeloNews

Rapha's CEO William Kim will step down, with Francois Convercey and Daniel Blumire taking over as joint managing directors, the company announced.

Kim said personal reasons were behind his decision, and he would relocate to Korea to be with his family.

“As you can imagine, this has been a very difficult decision for me to make,” Kim said in a note to Rapha staff. “Over the last year, I’ve grown to love the Rapha brand. Rapha is an amazing business, made of great people and a unique culture, a tight-knit community. You are each contributing to building a very special brand here at Rapha. It has been a privilege to experience how magical cycling is and I know you will continue to thrive and lead the industry.”

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Kitsbow joins with Wefunder to begin community round of financing
By: Dean Yobbi // Bicycle Retailer and Industry News

Kitsbow Cycling Apparel has emphasized community since relocating three years ago from California to the tiny textile town east of here in Old Fort. From helping with a mural project celebrating efforts to desegregate schools in the South to creating living wage jobs, Kitsbow quickly became a neighborhood business leader.

Now it’s further weaving itself into the community by announcing in September it’s gauging interest in a regulation crowdfunding round of financing through Wefunder, an online platform that connects start-ups and early-stage companies to investors.

“One of the benefits for a company like Kitsbow, as well as enabling them to raise from their own customers and community, we can put them in front of Wefunder’s investor base, and they’ve got some investments from our investment base as well,” said Jonny Price, vice president of fundraising for Wefunder. “Typically, a company might pull in two-thirds of the capital from people they bring to the round and one-third from the existing Wefunder investor base.”

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FDNY agrees with NYC Council's lithium-ion bills
By: Bicycle Retailer and Industry News

New York fire officials say they agree with five bills that the City Council is considering to address lithium-ion battery fires. The Council did not vote on the bills at a meeting Monday. A new citizens group calling for solutions to the charging fires held a news conference before the meeting.

One of the bills proposed by Councilwoman Gale A. Brewer would require the FDNY to develop an informational campaign to educate the public on fire risks posed by mobility devices powered by lithium-ion batteries. Thomas Currao, FDNY's acting chief of fire prevention, said his department is already doing that and would continue.

Another bill proposed by Brewer would prohibit the sale and assembly of second-hand lithium-ion batteries that have been assembled or reconditioned using cells removed from used batteries. Violators would be subject to a civil penalty, ranging from $200 for a first violation to $1,000 for each subsequent violation within two years. It would also prohibit the assembly of such batteries.

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Cannondale announces new organizational structure
By: Bicycle Retailer and Industry News

Cannondale announced a new global unified organizational structure that will eliminate regional general managers and, the company said, leverage Pon.Bike to enhance operations and growth.

Marco Kind, Cannondale managing director, made the announcement Friday in a news release.

Eugene Fierkens, Cannondale Europe GM, will leave the brand but stay on to help with the transition. Cannondale sales teams will be led by Nick Hage and Frank van Dulmen.

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Trek Bicycle and Bell Sports sue over cargo lost or damaged at sea
By: Steve Frothingham // Bicycle Retailer and Industry News

COVID-19, massive consumer demand, and the war in Ukraine have upset the industry's supply chain in recent years. Rough seas also played a part.

Bell Sports and Trek Bicycle are among the firms suing shipping companies over containers lost or damaged due to storms in the North Pacific in early 2021.

The Maersk Essen 051, a 366-meter ship, lost more than 700 containers when it encountered heavy seas off Mexico on Jan. 16, 2021. The vessel was en route from Xiamen, China, to Los Angeles. Trek is among more than 30 companies suing Maersk, the ship's operator, and other related parties for lost or damaged cargo on the Essen.
Trek Fuel EX-e 9.9 XX1 AXS Photo Dave Smith

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Bell Sports settles product liability lawsuit involving 'universal' pedal
By: Steve Frothingham // Bicycle Retailer and Industry News

Bell Sports has settled a product liability suit filed by an Indiana woman who said her Bell Universal pedal broke off while she was riding, causing a crash and injuries. The suit said the woman suffered damages totaling nearly $5 million.

Bell's Universal pedal fits both ½-inch and 9/16-inch cranks thanks to included adapters that thread into crank arms; the pedals' non-standard axles then thread onto the adapters.

A jury trial had been scheduled to begin Dec. 5 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana in Indianapolis. But on Tuesday both sides told the court they had agreed to a settlement. The court gave them 30 days to file a joint motion to dismiss the case.

A spokesman for Bell, which is owned by Vista Outdoor, said the company would have no comment on the settlement. Terms were not released.

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Vittoria moving North American headquarters to Bentonville, Arkansas
By: Bicycle Retailer and Industry News

Vittoria Industries announced Tuesday it will move its North American headquarters to Bentonville, Arkansas, in December. The new office space will be inside the Ledger, a new six-story downtown building with bike-friendly amenities. Specialized is opening an experience center in the same building.

Karim Pine, Vittoria North America managing director, said the sales and marketing team will make the transition while the brand's warehouse will remain in Oklahoma City. Vittoria also will add six employees.

"Bentonville is becoming the epicenter of cycling in the United States, and we look forward to being part of it," Pine said. "This marks an exciting new chapter for Vittoria and showcases the investment in the U.S. market by the Vittoria Group."
Vittoria Tire Factory

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214 Comments

  • 106 0
 I would love to see Taj Mihelich's interpretation of what happened to the containers and how the sea dwellers enjoy some trek bikes and discuss the frame wiring and ABP's impact on the braking.
  • 9 0
 I would buy that Taj Mihelich shirt.
  • 23 0
 Did anyone check that floating pile of garbage? There's prob some nice stuff out there these days
  • 8 0
 Have you read Bernie the Bike Builder? The shark bike should give you a pretty good idea.
  • 7 0
 Internal cargo cable routing failure
  • 3 0
 @adriemel83: Yeah mate if the ship had cables routed internally through its containers, they couldn't have fallen off.
  • 4 1
 Would be better to see the word 'suing' replaced with 'claiming on their insurance' as a less click-baitey title
  • 82 9
 Bentonville, US cycling epicenter? That's hilarious.
  • 20 24
flag BMXJJ327 (Dec 2, 2022 at 6:30) (Below Threshold)
 Is it though? I don't know of anywhere else that integrates cycling into the city as much as Bentonville has. This is coming from someone who lives in Colorado and is leaving because of the lack of bike specific trails. I know there are other places in the US that have spots to ride, but Bentonville has a ton of riding, and other options very close by. I would be moving to Bentonville if there was better trail management with more difficult riding.
  • 17 1
 Didn't you know? Its the Mountain Bike Capitol of the World! Big Grin
  • 9 2
 @BMXJJ327: Im with you here. It initially seemed a bit forced to anoint themselves the Mountain Bike Capitol of the World (and that title is still a bit much), but there is no doubt that town is committed to mountain biking.
  • 30 0
 @BMXJJ327: definitely no bike specific trails in Colorado, definitely should move to Bentonville
  • 16 1
 @BMXJJ327: I bet it’s much better than Bellingham!!! Ha!
  • 15 5
 @wobblegoblin: Lol right? I'd much rather have trails built and maintained by local trail organizations and local bike companies than f*cking Walmart. As far as I can tell, Bentonville is just a bunch of 12 ft wide, smooth flow trails with lame wooden features.
  • 3 7
flag BMXJJ327 (Dec 2, 2022 at 7:35) (Below Threshold)
 @romanaught: Didn't say there weren't any, I frequent Maryland Mountain, but even somewhere like Floyd Hill only has one MTB specific trail, everywhere else is a multi-use (Apex, LoB, Betasso, Dakota Ridge). You have to go all the way out to Crested Butte or Monarch Crest to get some good singletrack. Whereas Bentonville has loads of MTB Specific trails within riding distance of the city epicenter.
  • 27 2
 It feels pretty disrespectful to just throw money at a midwest city and then claim its the US cycling epicenter when places like Moab and Bellingham have been developing over the last 40 years.
  • 20 1
 It'll be interesting to see how Bentonville is in 5 or 10 years. Trails will probably get more difficult as the riding scene there grows and develops. Trails are like sex or pizza, even when they're not that good they're still pretty good. We should be thankful for any trails, even tame ones. Compared to a lot of places that are shutting down trail access and such Bentonville seems refreshingly pro bike.
  • 9 1
 @HB208: that aint midwest...it's dirty south :-)
  • 3 0
 At this point it seems like one of those things where if they just just keep saying it enough it will eventually be accepted as true.
  • 9 0
 @BMXJJ327: If your into cc or trail riding Bentonville is good. If you are into trails that are tech with vert and jumps and natural features then I would not be pushing Bentonville as the place to go. I think they should rename it to the ebike capitol of the world, even if there is no vert.
  • 2 0
 @Whataboutism: Definitely agree with you there. Unfortunately that is the fault of the trail management / trail funding. Trail builders there get paid off of length of the trail. So they make more money building a trail with a ton of switchbacks vs pointed straight down. The terrain is there for some rad DH (albeit short), but that won't happen unless funding / management shifts happen.
  • 2 0
 @preach: Its the midsouth if anything. If Bentonville was 20 miles north, it would be considered the midwest.
  • 10 0
 @BMXJJ327: plus, no amount of Walmart money is enough to build real mountains.
  • 13 0
 let em have the title. tourists destroy trail systems. send them to Bentonville. Keep the traffic down on the real gems out there.
  • 18 1
 The trails around town are geared towards kids/tourists/newer riders. They're purposely built not to break people off. I get the PB crowd may not like it. But it is what it is. There are 1000' descents outside of town, they just need to be developed.

Can't look at just the trails though. The entire city is built around cycling. Lots of bike lanes and commuter paths, shops, restaurants and lodging all catering to riders. The local and state governments are friendly towards cycling (and outdoor recreation in general).

Those governments are also business friendly. There are lots of professionals here due to Wally World. Office and warehouse space is cheap compared to most places. The cost of living is decent for employees. There is basically ZERO crime. It's a solid place to start a business, not just a bike business.

I moved my boys here recently and when they're a little older, I'll have no problem letting them be feral kids, it's that safe and people look out for one another.

They need to rebrand that stupid mtb capital stuff into "Best FAMILY mtb vacation spot" or something.
  • 3 1
 @greenblur: Or even call it the MTB Capitol of the East. Vermont and NC might take offense to that but its way less controversial than trying to claim the title over places like Moab, Whistler/Squamish, and Bellingham.
  • 1 0
 Well they've got cheap rent, so there's that.
  • 4 0
 @kcy4130: "Trails are like sex or pizza, even when they're not that good they're still pretty good."
Truer words have never been spoken. You should run for president, get this place back on track.
  • 2 3
 PBer: my city is the mecca of mountain biking, not Bentonville!

...everyone proceeds to flood PBer's city...

PBer: nooo, not like that!
  • 3 0
 @BMXJJ327: Bentonville lacks too many kinds of riding ever to be any kind of real mountain bike epicenter. The town doesn't have proper DH tracks or scenic backcountry riding. It has only intermediate freeride features, otherwise, it's entirely relatively smooth XC/Trail singletrack. Don't get me wrong, I've had a lot of fun riding there but its geography simply limits it from being the "capital". How could it be when it lacks 1/2 of what mountain biking is named for: mountains.
  • 4 1
 @ryanandrewrogers: 100%. If you're into the type of riding Bentonville offers then it is the best place in the US for that. But for the riding that you mentioned (true DH or backcountry) it will always lack that. Knoxville seems to be trying to do what it can do be that more well rounded (Windrock, Bakers Creek, Sharps Ridge, Vee Hollow just south, and a new lift access DH park going in next year, etc.) but I don't think it will ever get to the place Bentonville is with integrating mtb into the city infrastructure as much as it has.
  • 2 0
 @wutamclan: I live in Boise... wasn't claiming it as a capitol.

You can objectively look at the riding scene in America and conclude that places like Moab and Bellingham deserve the title more than a southern state with limited elevation that has had money poured into by oligarchs.
  • 2 0
 @HB208: Bentonville is self anointed capitol btw...just marketing

My point was places like Moab and Sedona are already at max capacity. They don't need any more marketing.

If we're going by visits, Whistler has to be the capitol of mountain biking?
  • 2 0
 Bentonville is location of Walmart headquarters. Perhaps Walmart self-proclaimed Bentonville as the cycling epicenter. Lol. However, they have been dumping money into cycling and mountain biking in Bentonville. So, that is not a bad thing.
  • 1 0
 @WestwardHo: as far as I can tell you’ve never actually been to Bentonville. There are extremely active local trail organizations and local bike companies in NWA. And an extremely active community of riders, builders, and organizers.
  • 2 0
 @ryanandrewrogers: the downtown BV area doesn't but there are 1000' hills within a 2hr radius. Mt Nebo and BOC Ponca have 1000', there are other hills with enough vert. They just need to be developed.

Hell, Snowshoe runs a world cup on barely 1000'.
  • 1 0
 @BMXJJ327: try bellingham or Squamish. They have real trials
  • 1 0
 Actually it's not hilarious it's good business sense. Office/warehouse rent probably half boulder or Bellingham. For every "freeride" bike probably 10,000 kids and beginner bikes sold. I think we can argue what is real mountain biking but to argue that Bentonville has or has not converted into a beginner kids family biking epicenter is pointless. It has
  • 3 0
 I don't get why people have this hate boner for Bentonville. I agree naming yourself "mountain biking capital of the world" is lame, no one cares that Disneyland calls themselves the happiest place on earth lol. Or walmarts connection, yeah their brand kinda sucks but I'm not going to lie and say I've never shopped there. I think it's awesome what that town is doing, I hope the idea spreads too. Everyone is so quick to hate on stuff these days, then again this is PinkBike.. I'm from CA and all we have is natural trails, they're great but sometimes I just want flow trails.
  • 1 0
 @DylanH93: I promise you flow trails get boring a lot faster than natural trails. And there are plenty of flow trails in CA…it’s a pretty darn large state.
  • 3 0
 @HB208: tbf, of all the things an oligarch could do with their dragon hoard......turning a city into an outdoors destination isn't too bad.
  • 1 0
 @wutamclan: Sedona is just desert Bentonville though! lol. there are like 2-3 actual tech downhill trails and then like 4 million miles of CC
  • 3 0
 Trails behind schools where kids ride during PE, urban trail connectivity from downtowns, greenways, trails in people's backyards, strong cycling culture, 400+ miles of purpose built mtb trails in NW Arkansas. More elevation further out from the city centers. Yes, nothing to see here in NW Arkansas. Keep mocking. Move along.
  • 3 1
 Pinkbike becoming more like roadies snob culture with every passing minute. You just gotta make some snarky remark right? Can you just realize a net positive for fuch’s sake?
  • 1 0
 @BMXJJ327: no, you are moving because you can’t afford it here.
  • 2 0
 @Mtbdialed: that is very accurate (good calll out) with one exception. The locals/townies in Sedona absolutely hate all the tourists. Not the case in BV.
  • 1 0
 @garrettstories: Exactly, having trails so well connected to the town is such an awesome idea. Love it.
  • 1 0
 @wutamclan: I don't think anyone would argue much if you claimed Whistler was the capitol of mountain biking
  • 1 1
 @HB208: I think Squamish is a more appropriate "capital" of mountain biking. It is certainly important to mountain biking, with so many companies and pros operating out of the town. It has ludicrous riding. It is the mid-point between two incredibly important mountain biking destinations: the sport's best DH park in Whistler, and the birthplace of freeride in Vancouver. Less than an hour from each of those places.
  • 2 0
 @ryanandrewrogers: Yeah, not arguing with that one. Honestly, I think "BC" is probably the top spot. Between the PNW and BC, pretty much all of the US' best riding is there.
  • 1 0
 @ryanandrewrogers: but other than one up who’s in Squamish? There’s way more bike companies in bellingham
  • 1 1
 @freeridejerk888: Spawn & 7Mesh in Squamish. Banshee, Chromag, Cove, Knolly, Norco, Rocky Mountain, & countless others are based within an hour's drive. I truly feel that if mountain biking were somehow a nation, Squamish would be its capital.
  • 2 0
 @ryanandrewrogers: so none of them are in Squamish lol
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 @freeridejerk888: So what? Bellingham is home to a handful of companies that have been significantly less foundational to the sport. It has an exceptional riding scene, but isn't comparable to Squamish. Evil, Transition, Lost Co, and Fanatik is a pretty short list. By your own logic, Kona is in Ferndale (founded in Van I'd like to mention) and Canfield left town. No bike parks nearby, almost no backcountry access nearby, and a single underwhelming DJ spot. You're the one with "freeride" in the username, but the gnarliest line in Bellingham wouldn't crack Squamish's top ten.
  • 1 0
 @ryanandrewrogers: lmao that’s 3 more things than Squamish has. Galby is one of the biggest free pedal up pros around and there’s 2 other spots in bellingham to ride. Also since clearly you don’t ride DJs your so so sadly mistaken for the spots to ride in town. Plus blue steel is a way bigger legal
Jump line than anything in Canada So yeah your info is about as bad as they come
  • 2 0
 @freeridejerk888: Last time I was in Washington your town treated me to the crustiest dirt jumps I've ever ridden circa 2017. At least those were the only "public" ones in Bellingham at the time. Blue Steel wasn't around then, but Crabapple has been around for ages at least as large, and there are plenty of comparable hits on the North Shore. I meant lift-access bike parks by the way, not peddle up LMAO. Enjoy Stevens Pass and crusty 'ol Washington man, and don't let anyone convince you 30 minutes North is better lol
  • 1 1
 @ryanandrewrogers: if you wanna talk lift access parks the east coast shits on anything there is out here. Whistler is highly overrated for jump lines as well. But hey be a crust old hag. We don’t need more people
Here
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 @BMXJJ327: hey I love my horsetooth trail system even if it is multi use
  • 1 0
 @wobblegoblin: honestly I'd prefer Bellingham
  • 2 0
 @freeridejerk888: @ryanandrewrogers: This reads like a good ol' fashion BRO OFF!!! A blindfolded whipoff at each persons DJ track. Winner gets the title of BRO
  • 3 0
 Who cares what area is considered the capital of mountain biking? Haha. Just go ride.
  • 1 0
 @Whataboutism: well seeing as he doesn’t ride dj I’ll take the win and the name change
  • 1 0
 @Whataboutism: @freeridejerk888 It was a bro-off, but at least I'm not advocating for the town I live in. BC > Washington and that's just the plain facts, hell even Oregon > Washington but that's a more contentious opinion. @ljXnyxfD Fort Collins plain sucks, but at least the Front Range has a ton of great public and private DJ spots. Hell, even Colorado > Washington, got hundreds if not thousands more miles of bike-allowed singletrack, and many times as many lift-accessed bike parks and DJ spots.

Bellingham beats Bentonville, for your little consolation prize
  • 1 0
 @greenblur: yeah, it clogs up the roads to the crystal shops and really bums out their shakras! Big Grin
  • 2 0
 @ryanandrewrogers: aww looks like you can't handle our rocks?
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 @ryanandrewrogers: is it too bumpy for you?
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 @ljXnyxfD: If the bumps bothered me I would've moved to Bellingham already lol. No, what sucks about Fort Collins is our lame bike culture. No one wants to build jumps, drops, or rock rolls, and all the new "mountain bike specific" trails OMBA builds here are boring as f*ck. So little progressive riding in this town besides a handful of quality, albeit illegal, DJ spots. I won't even delve into the trail network's connectivity issues or the f*ckery of trailhead parking.

At least Lefthand ain't far.
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 @ryanandrewrogers: wait.....is Lefthand decent for MTB?

just moved to the general area.....it shows as OHV so I would never think to go ride my MTB there.
  • 1 0
 @Mtbdialed: Used to be an OHV but haven't seen a dirt bike there in ages. It was then a low-key pirate trail spot until COVID when it got very much discovered by everyone. So far that hasn't ruined it, still very rowdy, with some of the only "proper" DH tracks on the front range.
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 @ryanandrewrogers: you. are. my. hero.

thank you.

maybe will see you out there soon....
  • 2 0
 @Whataboutism: Your profile name is perfect for how this thread is going. Much debate about nothing. Lol.
  • 1 0
 @ryanandrewrogers: if you want rock rolls take a trip up to curt gowdy
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 @ljXnyxfD: I've been, they've done a lot there considering the terrain. Now, imagine if we could have that quality of trail on Horsetooth, where there's way more vert, and even more potentially badass terrain. The Gowdy is good, but I want proper tracks, not the mellower undulating trails of Laramie. My fatass enduro build is too much for Gowdy.
  • 2 0
 @ryanandrewrogers: go try out elevator shaft next time you go up there, also do slabz but make sure you do slabz clockwise
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 @ryanandrewrogers: you just gotta find all the super steep stuff
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 @ljXnyxfD: Thanks I'll check it
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 700 containers! Are we sure that vessel didn’t park up in Mexico for an evening offload?
  • 29 0
 Fishy
  • 31 0
 The accident report is a weirdly interesting read. 689 containers lost at sea. 258 damaged. Out of 6,643 containers. Incredible how much cargo fits on a single cargo ship. dmaib.com/media/10337/maersk-essen-loss-of-cargo-on-16-january-2021.pdf
  • 13 2
 No, because this would cause Trek price drops which obviously did not happen Smile
Maybe those bikes will appear on the second hand market like German cars in Poland after a flood Smile
  • 61 1
 Imagine that we discover a tribe of people, not contacted by the outside world for centuries, only to find them swanning about on carbon slashes from containers washed up
  • 6 0
 I don't know what models were in those containers, but after being immersed in salt water for a while they are now of the EX variety.
  • 25 2
 They took the ocean fill statement too seriously. I feel bad for the environment about this one. A ship also lost a bunch of containers on the North Sea. For months all this junk that was supposed to end up in stores littered the beaches. By the time these bikes land on the Mexico shores, the geometry is already dated and no one can ride them anymore. Sure an accident is an accident but I also feel it is a calculated risk to put this many containers on these boats. Trek will get the money they want, Bell too. But who will clean up the mess? And will actually do a complete and proper job? They should do their risk calculations differently.
  • 2 0
 I guess this happens with some regularity. I remember years backs people were wheeling washed up BMW motorcycles off the beach in the UK.

news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/devon/7063295.stm
  • 2 4
 arent those containers insured , iI wonder if someone at trek has asked why they werent tied down? ,
  • 5 0
 @Superburner: isnt this one of the biggest causes of yachts going down at sea, bumping into containers?
  • 17 0
 @NickMT: Came here for bike industry news, stayed to learn about parametric roll resonance.
  • 3 1
 @Compositepro: I think that all containers eventually sink but the time to do so varies considerably. If a fiberglass yacht stuck one the damage to the yacht could be considerable.
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 @NickMT: Love the detail in this report, nice find. The crew were lucky though. "because the development of the conditions required to trigger this phenomenon occurred without being evident to the crew. Consequently, normal work continued, and on the day of the accident the crew was minutes away from entering the cargo deck to check lashings, as the rolling occurred. If the crew had been on deck, the collapsing container stacks could have resulted in fatalities"
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 @Compositepro: boat industry insurance is complicated. They are probably using P&I which is a special liability insurance for ships, but requires a lawsuit to be activated.
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 @Compositepro: they are insured, but it is usually a small amount rated at per pound, which never gets close to actual value in container. They can purchase additional insurance if wanted to make up the gap. That will depend on of course how “valuable” to the company the cargo is and also location of containers on vessel. Should be no surprise that the lower a container is to the hull, the more expensive those spots are as they are more protected. Containers are lost all the time.
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 @bongpill: interesting so it sounds worse than it really is??
  • 1 0
 @SCCC120: brings out all the intersting facts when the unusual stories hit the news
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 @Superburner: That's why all my yachts are steel.
  • 3 0
 @NickMT: very interesting read, well written but highly technical also
  • 1 0
 @vinay: Well said. Oh well, at least we’re making efforts to lower Co2
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 It’s not global warming that is causing the oceans to rise
  • 2 0
 (searches for like-new Treks for in San Diego PB Classifieds...)
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 @vinay: 700 containers is about 30-50% of an average years container losses. which is substantial. but....once you factor in all the garbage and straight up toxic waste India and China simply push into the ocean with bulldozers, these 700 containers don't mean a damn thing to the environment.

it's the equivalent of fretting over a hang nail when you have 5 open gunshot wounds and an alligator clamped onto your leg. lol
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 @NickMT: I’m pretty sure there’s actually a industry to recover lost containers .
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 I mean, it's not unprecedented. I'm pretty sure a container ship full of scooters capsized in the Willamette River in Portland. www.kgw.com/article/news/nine-scooters-pulled-from-willamette-river/283-512de92c-fa91-45a9-8cb9-6eda4da96762
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 @VtVolk: I’m on the east coast if you want to take me for a sail. Have experience.
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 @vinay: All of us offshore sailors get pretty worked up about this stuff too. Hitting a container in the middle of the night half way to hawaii is majorly no beuno
  • 1 0
 @Benjamin97: exactly!

I follow ocean racing and it's always tragic hearing of some racer hit a container and sink, or nowadays clipping a foil and that screwing up their race (think Alex Thompson in the Vendee Globe).
  • 1 0
 @igxqrrl: naw brah....that was just the mostly peacful campers/houseless personx, that finally decided to revolt against capitalism, by throwing the preferred mode of transportation of the bourgeoisie into the river!
  • 1 0
 Those frames are a big Na+ for me.
  • 36 0
 So you steal cars, rob the shops and walk away with up to 1.5M and get a deferred sentence. This will put the fear in bike thieves for sure.
  • 20 0
 Do you remember how proud they were when this went down? They even gave it a cool code name and then start handing out probation; they guy probably won't even end up with a record. Worst Law and Order episode ever.
  • 16 4
 Unbelievable. Chop his hands off and put him in a cargo container at the bottom of the sea.
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 Absolute waste of taxpayer money. These guys committed so many crimes all strung together, and are walking, and that is unbelieveable. Such a hardship for every bike shop this happened to, interruption of work, stolen customer bikes, severely damaged buildings, unnecessary insurance claims, etc etc. Absolute nonsense. Embarrassing from the joke Boulder DA.
  • 16 0
 They arrest a bunch of people and different people did different things and got appropriate sentences the two “leaders” of the group got 16 and 10 years in prison.
  • 3 0
 Better DAs and judges would help.
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 @dthomp325: we don’t read the whole story before commenting here.
  • 5 0
 This is similar to the sentence I got as an 18 year old for swimming in a creek that fed into a watershed area.
  • 3 1
 @Justfucnsmash: "Chop off his hands, put it in a cargo container full of salt waterlogged Trek bikes and ship it to Bentonville, the epicenter of cycling in the US." There, fixed it for you, you were close.
  • 2 0
 @kmg0: That DA unfortunately has to answer to their lunatic bosses in Boulder. Always remember....Boulder is 50sq. mi., surrounded on all sides by reality.
  • 3 0
 @TwoNGlenn: gonna need better voters for that! and honestly, Boulder has a single industry and it's higher ed. nothing will change until college kids and leftist/activist professors pull their head out of their ass......so don't hold your breath
  • 2 0
 @Hayek: your personal hygene being an aggrevating factor? Smile
  • 1 0
 Probably more time than what the FTX people will do, definitely less time than people with simple drug possession charges in certain areas. Idk what justice is anymore.
  • 1 0
 @stationaryisdead: Justice is dead. lenient systems breed complaciency and injustice.

giving judges(humans) carte blanche to dictact punishment is a horrendously shortsighted system
  • 1 0
 @Mtbdialed: two industries, higher ed, and the weapons industry
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 Cannondale's decision to "eliminate regional general managers" is maybe going a bit far. I mean you could just make them redundant, or maybe make them do some real work instead.
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 Assistant to the regional general manager
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 Hopefully means one less person needing to sign off on my warranty replacement frame that I have been waiting on since July....I guess it could be worse, I could be waiting on one of the Trek's at the bottom of the ocean.
  • 2 0
 My guess is the regional managers were the ones who thought of the lefty. And they all deserve to be out in the cold.
  • 21 0
 I guess SpongeBob will be riding a TREK soon...
  • 8 0
 With his new square Bell helmet
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 He live's in a pinaple, under the sea
He rides a bicycle, a Session is thee?
  • 4 0
 @bman33: With WaveCel technology.
  • 2 0
 Looks like a Session. Underwater
  • 1 0
 @V12Chupa: If nautical nonsense be something you wish...
Then hop on your rig and throw a big whip!
  • 13 0
 Pedant alert: I'm pretty sure the Nukeproof brand was purchased by Chain Reaction, who launched the original Mega about 10 years ago. CRC and it's associated brands were later acquired by Wiggle.
  • 8 0
 "Bentonville is becoming the epicenter of cycling in the United States"
I've never been to Arkansas do maybe I'm just ignorant, but it doesn't really scream cycling to me when I think about it?!
  • 4 3
 I've never been either, but the trail network is incredible
  • 6 3
 The Waltons are pouring money into the mountain biking scene there. It may not immediately come to mind in terms of natural environment (though NW Arkansas is pretty beautiful. And hilly.), but they're carving a really good scene out there. And cycling-specific brands are starting to come.

It's worth a visit, definitely.
  • 8 1
 I think the first thing someone needs to do before chatting about Bentonville (this isn't directed at you), is to just visit it. It's kind of like DIsneyland as there's so much to do you really can't do it in a day (well, Payson and a few others have).

I love it because I take new people down there and they aren't gassed on a 2,000 foot climb to get a great descent, or I can take my kids with me. We can all ride blues, but then I can quickly go do something a little harder and be right back. The town and support of MTB is incredible.

You won't find colorado or Moab, but it doesn't intend to be those places. It does offer great access to really, ridiculously fun trails though. We live 4 hours away, so it's relatively easy for us to get there. But, I would say if I had a group of guys that are new to the sport, Bentonville is the #1 place I'd take them...then go to Colorado and Moab once they're stoked.
  • 3 1
 They’ve got a ton of trails systems, tons of gravel riding, and an increasing number of cycling companies are being headquartered there. Costs are much lower than current cycling industry hotspots like Boulder/Golden, CA coast, Bellingham.
  • 4 2
 @grnmachine02: quality > quantity

Unless you’re a big fan of machine-built flow trails and 200 vertical.
  • 2 1
 @stevemokan: They don't all have to be super steep chunk. Sometimes flow and fast is fun. Living on the east coast I'm not one to shy away from the steep and chunk, but sometimes different is nice.

edit:// There's so many different tastes in trail that I don't think that a great way to quantify a cycling town. Yes, obviously one needs fun trails, but infrastructure plays a huge role as well.
  • 10 2
 I’ll happily laugh at what is clearly a marketing slogan. But having visited Bentonville for work and spent the weekend riding, I’ll tell you that Bentonville does more with the hundreds of feet of elevation they have to work with than most cities in the Rockies do with the thousands of feet of elevation that they have to work with. I won’t ever fault anyone for making the most of what they have. It was a different type of riding than what I have near me, but if I had to relocate there, I’m sure I could be happy for years with a short travel bike. My experience riding Surrey Hills in the south of England was similar. Most of the world isn’t steep alpine singletrack and bike parks and people have to find the fun in what they have. If you’re lucky enough to live around steep mountains and purpose built trails, consider yourself part of the fortunate few and don’t be a snob about it.
  • 3 0
 Fayetteville down the road was the site of last year’s CX World Championships. Things are happening in Arkansas.
  • 2 1
 @Hayek: I think you’ve got it backwards… the fine folks in Bentonville are trying to be snobs about what they have, by calling it the MTB capital. We all know better, but it’s just the premise of the self-anointed title that’s pretty laughable. (But I do admire what they’re doing for the town with all the trails and parks, FWIW)
  • 2 0
 @stevemokan: acta non verba. I’m not going to let some marketing jabroni’s inane tagline dictate how I view the collective work of the trail builders, land managers, shop owners, and local riders of an entire area. They work like they’re the MTB center of the universe, even if they aren’t — good for them, I say. Too many spots with world-class terrain do virtually nothing to support MTB. That’s by far the worse of those two evils in my opinion.
  • 1 0
 Thanks for all the replies! I definitely wasn't throwing shade at Bentonville or AR, and I'm down to hit the area up for some riding if I'm ever anywhere near. Looks like some rad stuff happening! Cheers everyone!
  • 7 0
 Sea Otter needs a better demo where you can really ride the bikes rather than just in a corral like Sedona MTB Festival. Perhaps at Toro Park down the road since the entire Fort Ord Park is taken over with races.
  • 3 1
 Maybe it depends on who you demo from. At the Gates Carbon Drive booth they sent us out on three Zerodes and told us how to get out to the real trails. Told us to be less than 3 hours. It was awesome. And to anyone reading, try a gearbox, don't hate what you haven't tried.
  • 11 1
 Respect to Kim for prioritizing family above career.
  • 5 0
 I'm glad people are being informed about the hazards of lithium ion batteries, but hasn't this been happening for like....ever? I remember being told that if I didn't charge my RC car batteries inside a fireproof bag I would burn down my house and possibly be the cause of 9/11.

Granted that was what most would consider the early days of that stuff before things like "safety" and "not being prone to explosion" were cared about.
  • 2 0
 Yeah, it's always been an issue. But now it's a growing issue due to increasing numbers of battery powered stuff out there
  • 5 1
 I wonder how carbon frames would fare over time on the ocean floor. Kinda fun to think of people in a few hundred years finding well preserved mtb frames. I guess the silver lining for Trek is that they may have contributed to a cool little time capsule.
  • 8 1
 Salt water will fuck everything up in no time.
  • 1 1
 The carbon would probably be fine. The resin holding it together on the other hand...
  • 2 0
 I chatted with a shop owner years ago about the aftermath of Katrina. He stated that the only bike that survived being submerged for weeks were steel and titanium. The carbon swelled up and were no longer safe, but the steel frames could be cleaned and the Ti frames weren't bothered by being soaked in fresh water. I'm sure the salt water would change this.
  • 6 0
 The Classified hub looks interesting. Perhaps it could allow to drop to smaller cassette with less gears and/or lighter weight cassette. Shifting under load sounds good too.
  • 5 0
 Classified is a great option for gravel bikes. Allied has a Classified model.
  • 5 0
 I excited to try it out as a singlespeed (doublespleed?)
  • 3 0
 @hardtailparty: please do that.
  • 2 1
 Give me a six speed, close ratio, 12 speed spacing cassette, then I can use a shorter cage derraileur, wider spoke angle, two speed rear end. Shift all of it electronically and make the software handle the jump between the ratios. That could be super cool.
  • 1 1
 Trying to figure out how it works though, that was my first thought, but then I thought it might just be essentially a 2x10 system but all located on the hub and you lose linear shifting?
  • 4 0
 Agree there needs to be some thought on lithium-ion and other types of battery fires, theres been a few house fires as a result of this, a number of recycling centres have also burned up through improper disposel
  • 5 0
 Rapha CEO- Hey this year let's charge $9k for some socks
People- Hard pass
CEO- peasants
  • 3 0
 He came from Gucci, Burberry and All Saints. He's made luxury brands profitable. The difference is that with those brands the customer is tickled when someone notices said luxury apparel. In the case of Rapha, nobody cares what you wear and are put off by how much it costs and who owns it. It'd be nice if someone at Rapha realized bike apparel isn't a luxury item.
  • 3 1
 Bentonville: when your family makes billions flooding the world with craptacular mountain bikes sporting "Not designed for off-road use" stickers so you can afford to machine-build a buff playground for your boutique rides. Yes, I'm jealous.
  • 1 0
 The lost container incident reminds me of a great book I read called "the Wave" by Susan Casey. It goes back and forth talking about big wave surfing and rogue waves that take out these huge ships. Its apparently more common then we think and frequently doesn't make the news. It is interesting read.
  • 4 0
 Drivetrain maker Classified Cycling raises $23 million... they are gonna have to sell a shit ton of hubs lol
  • 1 0
 I question this big statement: "Classified's Powershift technology is the first major technological improvement since Shimano and SRAM took control of the market,"

IMO LAL Bikes Supre drivetrain is the first major technological improvement. At least in MTB territory.
  • 3 0
 the huge european fashion brand Zara now sells its own line of mountainbike clothing. We're now fully part of the mainstream
  • 4 1
 Its excellent. I use the male MTB shirt with rear pockets. Very surprised. It is a bit full with my 36C/D but works well.
  • 1 0
 @cougarmeow: Unexpected piece of intel. Anyway, the Zara line looks interesting, and not quite as expensive as some others.
  • 3 0
 Just looked at their stuff. Either riding in sweatpants is about to be the next big thing, or Zara has no idea what they're doing.
  • 1 0
 @VtVolk: I do everything else in sweatpants why not ride in them too?
  • 2 0
 So Bell engineers just admitted in court that they dont know how threaded connections work, or actually argued that “it hasn’t been proven”
  • 2 0
 That whole system seems absolutely ridiculous and anyone with reasonable bike knowledge would not put that on their bicycle. Of course those with knowledge are not their target market. Not to say this woman is not smart, she simply doesn't know about bicycles and expects a product from a large brand to uphold some minimal safety standards. Not only are the threads going to unwind themselves, the diameter of that connection screw is ridiculous. Bell should get slapped for this, I wish it had actually gone to a decision in court.
  • 1 0
 Do you actually know the details or just guessing. If the adapter and pedal are threaded appropriately for each crank arm it should be fine. Its possible she didnt even use the adapter, hence the problem
  • 3 0
 @won-sean-animal-chin: the full article on BRAIN has more details and states that the adapter does not have reverse threads
  • 1 0
 @pisgahgnar: whoa! So much for bikes built by bikers. Engineering dept fail
  • 2 0
 @won-sean-animal-chin: The expert (Alan Coté, who writes a regular column for BRAIN on bicycle patents and who also frequently serves as an expert witness) testified that the threads connecting the adapter to the pedal spindle were not the “self-tightening” threads used on bike pedals for over a century (left-hand thread on left pedals, right-hand thread on right pedals). That traditional threading orientation is designed to take advantage of the “precession effect” to prevent pedals from unthreading in normal use. Bell’s Universal adapter uses a threaded shaft, where the adapter threads into a hole in the pedal spindle. This thread orientation created a self-loosening joint on both right and left pedals, Coté concluded in a report filed to the court.
  • 2 0
 @pisgahgnar: not sure how they could miss that "detail". Doesnt give me a lot of confidence in Bell as a company. Any co that sells at walmart for that matter
  • 2 0
 >Bentonville is becoming the epicenter of cycling in the United States

Lmao. I wonder whats behind the screens for this move
  • 3 0
 Money, always.
  • 2 0
 Walmart headquarters is in Bentonville and they are dumping money into mountain biking in Bentonville.
  • 3 0
 When the ships crew heard they were transporting 700 containers worth of headset cable routed bikes....... splash x700!!
  • 3 0
 Cannondale's new organisation will be more integrated.
  • 2 0
 You will be assimilated. We are the Pon.
  • 2 1
 I guess it would've been easier to just cut-and-paste the link to Bicycle Retailer and Industry News to the middle of the page...
  • 1 0
 All nukeproof models sold out. So much for them to be available in the US on a US specific website. not a single bike or frame available
  • 1 0
 Maybe that's why the Bell Full 10 has yet to be released despite being on the pro circuit for a year?
  • 3 0
 Bentonville....
  • 1 0
 Man if sharks evolve and can go on land now with a bike, we will be royally screwed.
  • 1 0
 2 speed hub with front derailleur and no rear derailleur? Hmmmm…
  • 1 0
 You'd need a chain tensioner. I like a single ring with 7 speed cassette/chain in a 10-38 and a short care derailleur
  • 2 0
 @won-sean-animal-chin: right you are! Hammerschmidt? Might as well install gearbox in the BB then I guess!
  • 1 0
 @derekr: hammershmidt would be interesting with it. Youd still need a tensioner, depending on where your suspension pivot is. The lal system with this 2 speed freehub body would solve a lot
www.instagram.com/p/ChKncA_rTBS/?igshid=ZmVmZTY5ZGE
  • 1 0
 …We’re going to need a bigger boat.
  • 1 0
 So how well do carbon frames hold up in salt water.
  • 1 0
 Any Kiwi's reading this thinking of a trip over to the Sea Otter fest?
  • 1 0
 Such a massive ship must have a BMX background!
  • 1 0
 posts a bit about a pedal, shows a picture of a helmet
  • 2 4
 Oh great. Bentonville was mentioned so now a bunch of people who have never been can comment about how much they hate the trails and town of a place they've never been...
  • 2 0
 They put a target on themselves with the laughable claim of being the "Mountain Biking Capital of the World".
  • 2 1
 Looks like a Seassion
  • 3 5
 Bust a pedal...get 5 mil. Wtf. Ppl are so fucked.
  • 2 0
 Crazy. $2M for the lawyers, $3M for the user
Reminds me of an incident in CT, USA where a rider stayed after closing in the West Hartford Reservoir, didn't see a gate spanning the road, clotheslined herself and sued and won $2.9M. www.singletracks.com/mtb-trails/mountain-biker-wins-29-million-lawsuit-against-landowner
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