WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — CamelBak is recalling about 60,000 of its Podium and Peak Fitness water bottles because the cap's silicone valve can loosen and detach, posing a choking hazard.
The recall involves about 46,000 bottles sold in the U.S., and about 13,000 sold in Canada. The affected bottles have date codes of H19039, H19063, and H19175 on the underside of the cap. The bottles were sold at sporting goods stores nationwide and online from February 2019 through January 2021 for between $10 and $25, depending on the bottle.
They also were sold in a variety of colors in 17-, 21-, and 24-ounce sizes. CamelBak and Podium or Peak Fitness are written on the bottles. Consumers should stop using and contact CamelBak for a free replacement cap.
CamelBak has received 14 reports of valves loosening and detaching. No injuries have been reported.
More information: CPSC recall notice.
ATLANTA (BRAIN) — The new Elemnt Bolt from Wahoo Fitness features a color display and expanded navigation features while maintaining its previous interface and connectivity.
The Bolt has been upgraded with a 64-color high-contrast screen. The 2.2-inch screen is made of scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass. Now featuring Smart Navigation — previously available only on the Elemnt Roam — the Bolt automatically reroutes riders who stray from their planned route, lets riders change destinations, route back to the start, and retrace their rides from the computer, without having to use their phone.
An updated user interface offers customizable, color-highlighted fields. An ambient light sensor automatically adjusts the screen backlight. Quick view LEDs on the top of the screen provide turn-by-turn directions, signal approaching Strava Live segments, and provide notifications.
The Bolt has a 15-hour run time with onboard memory increased to 16GB. When paired with the Wahoo Elemnt app, riders can customize data screens, sync routes, and analyze data.
The new Bolt has an MSRP of $279.99 and is available for purchase at Wahoo dealers and at Wahoofitness.com.
Trek recalls 300,000-plus Bontrager pedals that can be difficult to install correctly
WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — Trek Bicycle is working with government officials to recall about 316,500 pedals in the U.S., and another 28,650 in Canada, because the pedals can fall off if installed incorrectly.
The Bontrager Satellite City Bicycle Pedals were original equipment on Trek Allant+, Dual Sport+, FX 2, FX 3, Verve 2, Verve 3, and Verve+ model bicycles.
Trek has received 132 reports of the recalled pedals loosening, locking up or falling off, including seven reports of riders falling and experiencing injuries, including scrapes, bruises and road rash. Consumers are being told to stop using bikes with the pedals and contact a Trek dealer for a pedal replacement.
A Trek dealer told BRAIN that the pedals have a shallow 6 mm hex socket on the inside of the spindle, and no 15mm wrench flats.
Because of the shallow socket, a wrench can pop off easily, the dealer said.
"Plus, you can't use just any 6mm Allen; most are much too short to get tight enough. And finally, because it's difficult to maneuver around to install them when the bike's on the floor, you try to tighten it while it's in the bike stand, and it's hard to get it tight enough that way. When you have the bike on the floor, you've got a sense of the torque being applied because you're essentially pushing against the ground," the dealer explained.
Consumers can contact Trek at 800-373-4594 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or online at www.trekbikes.com and click on "Recalls" under "Legal" at the bottom of the page for more information. According to Trek's consumer notice, those who bring back the pedals to be replaced will receive an in-store credit of $20 to use toward any Trek or Bontrager merchandise.
The recalled pedals have "ZTR02" stamped on them as shown in the image below. The Chinese-made pedals were sold from January 2018 through April 2021 on bikes selling for between $600 and $6,000. The pedals were also sold separately for about $30.
Fire destroys Pro Bike + Run Monroeville inventory, closes location
MONROEVILLE, Pa. (BRAIN) — A four-alarm fire destroyed Pro Bike + Run's entire inventory of bikes and accessories at its Monroeville location Tuesday and closed the store indefinitely.
No employees or customers were injured in the afternoon fire.
"Seeing the interior pictures of the shop, I think it's pretty much a total write-off," Chuck Kininmonth, Pro Bike + Run sales manager, told BRAIN on Wednesday. "We had around 300 bikes in there and all accessories and running shoes, the whole nine yards."
Kininmonth, who was not at the shop when the fire started, said it's believed it originated in the second-floor utility room of the two-story prefab glass and steel building. He said it quickly spread outside to the shoe closet, up a wall where tire stock is stored, down to the plywood flooring, and then throughout the store.
"When I pulled up there yesterday, I counted 14 fire trucks," Kininmonth said. "The fire was out in an hour and a half. It went up really quick."
Eight employees and about a half-dozen customers were in the store at the time when smoke was noticed right before the fire alarm went off. Building inspectors will determine if the structure is safe to rebuild, Kininmonth said. Pro Bike + Run, which has four locations in the Pittsburgh area, shares the first floor with a GNC and AT&T store.
With the nearest location about 12 miles away, Kininmonth said plans are to open a temporary location nearby.
"The No. 1 good thing about it was we got everybody out of there, the employees and customers, and everybody's safe and sound," he said.
Peloton plans factory for Ohio
NEW YORK (BRAIN) — Peloton Interactive, Inc. has selected Troy Township in Wood County, Ohio, for its first U.S. factory. The factory will begin producing Peloton's Peloton Bike, Bike+ and Peloton Tread starting in 2023, the company said. It said Peloton will commit approximately $400 million to the facility over the coming years.
"We are thrilled to bring a good portion of our manufacturing to United States soil and proud that it will be in the great state of Ohio," said Peloton's CEO and co-founder John Foley. "While we will continue to invest in our Asian manufacturing footprint as well as our existing facilities in the U.S. via our Precor sites, the new Peloton Output Park gives us a massive strategic lever to make sure we have capacity, quality, and economies of scale in our bike and tread product lines, to support our continued growth for years and years to come. We are incredibly excited to meet and welcome the Troy Township community into the Peloton family fold."
Peloton Output Park is expected to sit on over 200 acres and have more than one million square feet of manufacturing, office, and amenities space. The facility will be built from the ground up in the center of Troy Township. On campus, Peloton plans to incorporate renewable energy sources to power its operations.
"The pandemic has demonstrated the need to on-shore manufacturing and rebuild supply chains, and Peloton's decision to build its first North American manufacturing facility in Ohio is a great example of an American company stepping up and leading that effort," said Ohio's Gov. Mike DeWine. "Ohio is excited to partner with Peloton's forward-looking leadership team in developing a new, state-of-the-art facility using connective technology, and creating 2,174 new manufacturing jobs in Wood County."
Peloton expects to add more than 2,000 jobs to the Troy Township area across executive, managerial, and entry-level opportunities. Positions will span corporate, manufacturing, assembly and quality assurance functions, it said.
CLEVELAND (BRAIN) — The Smart Tire Company announced in March plans to manufacture an airless bike tire in partnership with NASA, and while the space-age tie-in grabbed the headlines initially, it’s Smart Tire’s partnership with micromobility company Spin and Felt Bicycles that might have a most lasting impact.
Owned by the Ford Motor Company, Spin operates dockless e-scooter mobility fleets in U.S. cities and university campuses. It also has fleets in Canada, Germany, United Kingdom, and Spain.
That’s a lot of rubber in need of inflating, maintenance, and eventually replacing. And Smart Tire thinks it has the answer with the METL tire while at the same time manufacturing a recyclable product and reducing rubber waste.
“If you work with a company like that, they understand total cost, and they’re looking at it from a different view than a consumer,” said Smart Tire co-founder Brian Yennie about the Spin partnership.
A Spin spokesperson said the METL is an ideal fit for its fleets, combining the durability of solid tires with the supple ride of pneumatic. “The implications of this new technology are potentially transformative, with flat and worn-out tires becoming a thing of the past,” the spokesperson told BRAIN.
It’s all about Shape Memory Alloy
The METL, expected on the consumer market in the spring of summer of 2022 with the MSRP to be determined, came to be from the collaboration with NASA, which needed an airless tire for its Lunar and Mars Rover missions. Shape Memory Alloy — think inner tube — makes up the tire skeleton with rubber encasing it. It has the added benefit of allowing retreading.
The METL is manufactured in Cleveland, which is also home to the NASA Glenn Research Center, Goodyear and Cooper Tires.
“The other advantage we have there is because it’s not pneumatic and the rubber is not structural, we can just focus on the tread element,” Yennie said. “We can potentially make that thicker. We can potentially get into chemical engineering a little differently there.”
That would appeal to bike-share fleets and e-bike commuters who don’t want to worry about flats and inflation, Yennie added.
“Because the structural element is meant to last the lifetime of your bike, we’re trying to pair that with the longest lasting tread we possibly can,” Yennie said. “One of our NASA team members is out of Goodyear, so we have that automotive experience.”
That wire structural element is good at resisting deformations, Yennie said, but if it is damaged beyond repair, it can be melted and recycled.
Yennie said Smart Tire’s goal is for the consumer to buy one set of tires for the life of the bike.
“The pessimist will say there’s always ways to damage it,” he said. “We didn’t re-invent rubber; however, given all of our advantages, the goal here is to have the closest thing to a no-maintenance tire as we possibly can.”
While micromobility applications seem limitless, Smart Tire isn’t ignoring retail applications in the road, gravel, and mountain bike markets, and that’s where Felt Bicycles enters the picture. Felt is providing research and development (weight and rolling resistance) for the METL and providing bikes to test prototypes.
Felt Bicycles’ involvement
Yennie added there’s potential to form an OEM partnership with Felt down the line, “but the actual relationship there now is on the R&D side.”
Eric Sakalowsky of Felt said the benefit of the METL technology for bike-share companies and the e-bike industry on the whole is immense. “We suspect that weight will come down as the development progresses,” Sakalowsky said. “And, there could be other advantages that outweigh — pun — the negatives. It’ll be exciting to see this proceed.”
Sakalowsky said the METL’s potential benefit to the industry piqued Felt’s interest in the project, despite naysayers who might argue an airless tire will have trouble gaining market traction.
“There's always push back with disruption, as people get set in their ways,” Sakalowsky said. “But we should never stop innovating to find new ways in making cycling better and safer. This is an exciting application of an innovative technology used in space and that alone inspires us.”
Competitive road cyclists will no doubt look warily at the METL, but Yennie said he expects the gravel and mountain bike tires to be comparable in weight to traditional rubber. “Over time, I see us continuing to optimize and dropping that weight depending on how much demand there is.”
To achieve different ride characteristics with a regular tire, air pressure is manipulated. With the METL, different tire compounds will be available. “We’re actively researching mechanisms to be able to adjust that on the fly,” Yennie said. “I can’t speak to the specifics on that right now. If you look at the structure of the tires, if you look at that skeleton, you can imagine ways to tighten and loosen what you’re running on there.”
The METL initially will be available direct-to-consumer, but Yennie wants to eventually reach retailers.
“I think there’s a challenge there in terms of customer education and things like the retread program,” he said. “Rolling that out to say 4,000 specialty retailers, operationally, that would be pretty complex for us. We obviously want to be everywhere, but B2C allows us to control the narrative and talk to the customer. We’ll definitely be exploring the retail aspect.”
BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Skratch Labs' Sport Vegan Recovery Drink Mix is a plant-based version of their popular milk-based Sport Recovery Drink Mix.
Sport Vegan Recovery Drink Mix is designed for vegan athletes.
"When you shake up this frothy, smooth drink, its chocolatey aroma may just conjure up memories of opening your favorite candy bar as a kid," said Skratch Labs founder, Dr. Allen Lim. "You'll taste the robust cocoa flavor that comes from real chocolate and the delicious sweetness of cane sugar — the taste is incredible." Sport Vegan Recovery Drink Mix does not contain any artificial sweeteners or flavoring agents.
Sport Vegan Recovery Drink Mix has a 4:1 carbohydrate to protein ratio. The 10 grams of pea and rice protein provide the complete essential amino acid profile, plus 1 billion probiotic cultures to support digestive health. It comes in one flavor: Chocolate. It can be purchased in a 12-serving, 708g bag.
More information: skratchlabs.com.
BENTONVILLE, Ark. (BRAIN) — Allied Cycle Works, the manufacturer of carbon fiber gravel and road frames, is launching GRAX, a new chain lubricant and drive train cleaner system. GRAX is formulated to shed moisture, mud, slop, and goo in extreme conditions of endurance gravel races.
Allied said the company was looking for a chain lube that caters to Bentonville's highly variable dirt conditions and the long miles being put in by gravel racers including Allied-sponsored pro Colin Strickland, who won the 2019 Unbound Gravel 200 race.
Allied said a chance meeting with Dr. Samuel Beckford set things in motion. An expert in surface technology and product development in other categories like ski wax, Dr. Beckford already had a concept of testing experimental hydrophobic lubricant formulas for bicycle chain use. Dr. Beckford and Allied product development and engineering lead, Sam Pickman, piloted the concept. The team weeded down test samples to a few formulas in the lab that really stood out over competitor products before the Allied crew and Strickland tested them on their bikes for over a year. The end result is GRAX.
GRAX is short for "gravel wax." Allied said it differs from anything on the market due to its ability to repel water and wattage expenditure both in dry and muddy conditions.
For GRAX to work it needs to be applied to a drive train free of dirt, debris and other lubricants, the company said. "Many degreasers on the market are very harsh and not designed for practical home use so the team developed GRAX OFF, a non-toxic, biodegradable and easy/safe cleaner. The GRAX OFF formula is specifically tuned to remove GRAX chain lubricant."
The GRAX High-Performance Chain Lube in a 4-ounce bottle retails for $20; a 16-ounce bottle of GRAX OFF drive train cleaner also retails for $20. A "GRAX Pack" with factory-treated Chain retails for $75.
The factory-treated chains will be available in several models of SRAM and Shimano 11- and 12-speed chains.
Allied will sell the products at wholesale to shops and consumer-direct.
More information at AlliedCycleWorks.com
(BRAIN) — Tubolito is launching some new mountain bike tubes that have an NFC chip inside, allowing riders to check their tire pressure with a smartphone app.
The chip, which has no battery, can communicate with phones using NFC. It requires the phone to be placed in contact with the tire, near the chip, which is near the valve stem. The TPU tubes will be available in 27.5" and 29" sizes. Information on how the tubes work is on YouTube. Their model name is the Tubo MTB PSENS, MSRP is $44.90.
Tubolito also is launching what it calls the lightest and most packable spare tube for gravel and cyclocross. The S-Tubo CX/Gravel All weighs 35 grams and is cross-compatible with 650b and 700c tires. They are available with 42mm or 60mm valve stems and retail for $37.90.
Tubo's standard weight gravel/cyclocross tube, now called the Tubo-CX/Gravel All is now intended to be used with either 650b and 700c diameters from 30mm-47mm widths.
Finally, Tubo is launching its first BMX tubes, available in 20" and 22/24" models and retailing for $34.90.
More information: tubolito.us/products/tubo-mtb-psens.
WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — Brompton, which in March announced a recall independently, is now working with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to conduct a recall of 600 bikes sold in the U.S.
The company is recalling some of its e-bikes because a firmware problem can cause the motor to keep powering the bike when the rider is not pedaling. According to the CPSC, the company has received one report of this happening and there were no injuries reported.
The recall affects bikes that were manufactured, or had firmware updates, between May 2020 and February 2021.
The bikes were sold at the Brompton Junction Store in New York and by authorized Brompton Electric dealers nationwide from June 2020 through March 2021 for between $3,500 and $3,800.
Consumers are told to visit us.brompton.com/recall to check if their bike is affected, and for full information on how to update their firmware.
More information: CPSC recall notice.
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (BRAIN) — Utah and North Dakota became the latest states to adopt the controversial Idaho Stop law, allowing cyclists to treat a stop sign as a yield sign.
Rep. Carol Spackman Moss (D-Utah) submitted that state's legislation five times in the past 10 years, with cycling advocacy group Bike Utah supporting it each time. North Dakota also had been trying for several years to get the legislation passed. The law takes effect May 5.
Utah and North Dakota join Idaho, Washington, Delaware, Arkansas, and Oregon. In addition, a California coalition is backing another legislative attempt this year to adopt the Idaho Stop, also known as the safety stop law. In addition, the Oklahoma House of Representatives recently passed the legislation.
"Intersections are one of the most dangerous places for a cyclist to be," said Crys Lee, Bike Utah executive director. "This law should increase bicycle safety at stop-signed intersections as it has in places with similar laws like Delaware, where they saw a 23% decrease after enacting their stop as yield law in 2017."
Lee said Bike Utah will work with partners to collect data to prove why safety stop laws are effective in making intersections safer for cyclists. Critics of the safety stop say it's better to have an unambiguous set of laws that apply to all road users and having cyclists following separate rules makes their actions less predictable to motorists.
"As other states follow suit, they need to gather data and gather as many people and supporters as possible, and get yourself a champion like Rep. Spackman Moss," said Lee, who said Utah's passing of the law was a collaborative effort among many.
North Dakota Active Transportation Alliance Executive Director Justin Kristan thanked the state’s department of transportation in a blog post for its “forward-thinking efforts to make roadway design and roadway laws more equitable for bicyclists.”
Like Lee, Kristan highlighted the efforts of officials like Rep. Corey Mock (D-N.D.) for his bicycle advocacy efforts. Kristan also noted James Wilson, Bike Delaware executive director, “for providing insight into the Delaware yield law. … The future of transportation in North Dakota is bright.”
CHICAGO (BRAIN) — SRAM Inc. is suing Princeton Carbon Works, Inc. for patent infringement. SRAM says that the wavy rim shape on Princeton's carbon road wheels infringes on its patent for a rim shape inspired in part by a humpback whale flipper. SRAM uses that design on its Zipp 454 Carbon NSW wheels, which retail for up to $4,000 per pair.
SRAM's wheels rely on two patents from inventor Dimitrios Katsanis. The first patent was issued in 2017 and a related patent was issued in 2020. Katsanis assigned both to Metron IP Limited, a Nottingham, UK, company, who in turn assigned them to SRAM. It's not clear when the patent was assigned to SRAM.
The patents describe a rim or spokes with an "undulating configuration" that is said to reduce aerodynamic drag, especially in crosswinds. Among the publications cited in the patents is "Hydrodynamic Design of the Humpback Whale Flipper," published in the Journal of Morphology in 1995.
Princeton, which entered the market in about 2018, offers wheels with a rim shape that it has said resembles the Zipp design only superficially. Princeton says its design is sinusoidal. The Princeton undulations appear symmetric, while the Zipp shape is more like a sawtooth.
Many consumer reviews of the Princeton wheels have remarked on the resemblance.
"Princeton CarbonWorks has had a bit of an uphill battle to ensure riders understand there’s a major difference between its sinusoidal rim shape and the biomimicry shape that Zipp touts on its 454 NSW wheels. Aesthetically, the two designs look similar, but according to Princeton, they work vastly differently," a Sept. 2020 review on VeloNews.com began.
In a 2018 CyclingTips review, Princeton co-founder Paul Daniels is quoted hinting that he might be open to licensing the design. “It’s in Princeton CarbonWorks’ interest to spend our resources developing next-level product that surpasses our competitors. If we have to pay a royalty along the way because economics dictate that’s a better decision than litigating patent law, then so be it," Daniels said in the article.
SRAM's complaint charges that Princeton was aware of SRAM's patent and continued to market its wheels. It's asking for tripled damages for willful infringement and for Princeton to be ordered to deliver up for destruction any remaining inventory. The civil complaint was filed Friday; SRAM's lawyers asked the court to issue a summons for Princeton, which hadn't been granted by the end of the day.
By Ben Delaney
(VELONEWS) — German bike brand Canyon has asked owners of its new Aeroad CF SLX and CFR aero road bikes to stop riding them following Tuesday's incident at the Le Samyn race, when a portion of Mathieu van der Poel's handlebar broke and fell off during the race.
Canyon-sponsored teams have discontinued riding and racing the Aeroad as well.
Van der Poel had not crashed during the race, so there was no obvious immediate cause to the failure.
The bar break was particularly notable because of the handlebar design of the bike: The new Aeroad CF SLX features a multi-part carbon bar that can adjust for width. There are two bolts on either side of the bar that, when removed, allow for the bar to be widened or narrowed.
Further, the ends of the bars can be pulled fully out for travel, allowing the hood and drop portion to hang down loosely.
When many race fans saw the portion of the broken bar dangling, they assumed that it was this width-adjustable portion that had failed.
In fact, the bar was broken near where the shifter clamps onto the bar.
Canyon did not comment in a detailed manner on the failure, beyond issuing a statement that said the brand "immediately began analysis and testing to understand the cause of this incident."
"Mathieu fortunately did not fall. We want to ensure with absolute certainty that no one comes to harm before we have fully understood the root cause," Canyon founder Roman Arnold said in a statement.
To that end, Canyon is therefore asking all Aeroad customers to stop riding their bikes for the time being.
More on our sister site, VeloNews.
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