Looking for the perfect gift for the cyclist in your family?

With Christmas quickly approaching, you might be wondering what to get your cycling-obsessed significant other.  While this certainly can be a daunting task for anyone, we’ve got some ideas that can make the holidays a little less stressful.

 

Giro Empire SLX

Laces.  They’re all the rave.  Or at least they should be.  Even Colorado-native Taylor Phinney endorses them.  Don’t believe me?  This Youtube video should convince any nonbeliever.  So what’s so special about these shoes?  The Giro Empire SLX weigh practically nothing.  Well, almost nothing.  175g (size 42.5) per shoe.  What difference does that make?  A great deal, actually.  Less rotational mass means accelerating will happen quicker and easier, while maintaining a high cadence will be easier.  Fortify that low weight with Easton EC90 carbon soles for maximum power transfer, and you’ve got yourself rocket ships…for your feet.  Very stylish rocket ships.  Bottom line: want to look euro-pro?  This will help.

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Roll Recovery R8

When I first got my hands on and used an R8, I winced, I howled, and I just might have cried a little…but more importantly, I realized that I had finally found the perfect muscle roller.  After going through five different rollers (The Stick and the Trigger Point, among others…) in roughly 18 months, I had abandoned all hope for getting the “perma-knots” in my quads to leave me be, outside of going to my friends at Symmetry Massage (which I would highly, highly recommend!).  That is until I stumbled upon a R8 from Roll Recovery, based out of Boulder, Colorado nonetheless.  The R8 has an uncanny ability to dig deeply into your muscles with an unrivaled tenacity.  The real glory of the R8 lies in its ability to auto-adjust your legs, giving it the ability to target your IT band, quads, hamstrings, glutes, and calfs.  As an added bonus, you can use the R8 with easy really anywhere, like your couch while you’re watching Netflix, so no more floundering around on the floor like a beached whale.  Bottom line: This is the perfect gift for the endurance athlete in your family who’s plagued by tight IT bands or knotted quads.

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Giro Synthe

I like helmets.  I like them a lot, because they protect your head.  This is a good thing.  Unfortunately, some helmets are heavy, some helmets are hot, and some helmets have both of these less-than-desirable traits.  This can be a bad thing, not only for me, but for those around me…because I start to complain when I get hot.  Which brings me to the all new Giro Synthe.  Remember those undesirable traits I was talking about, hot and heavy?  The Giro Synthe doesn’t seem to have those adjectives in its vocabulary.  Weighing in at 250g (roughly half a pound), it’s light as a feather.  In addition is incredibly well ventilated, keeping you nice a cool, even on hot days.  Not only is it light and well ventilated, but it’s also inherently fast.  The sleek aerodynamic design allows it to cut through the air with near aero-helmet efficiency.  My final point: it’s a good looking helmet.  Bottom line: does your significant other get whiny when the thermometer is in the red?  Turn their frown upside down with a new Giro Synthe.

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Garmin Bike Computers

What is there to be said about the superiority of Garmin cycling computers to all others that hasn’t already been said?  Nothing really.  They’re fantastic tools that are capable of providing almost any metric you can think of.  Heart rate?  Done.  Power?  Absolutey.  Speed?  Naturally.  Instantaneous location for your spouse to pick you up when it starts to downpour and you forgot your rain shell?  You bet your bibshorts.  We currently have the 510, 810, and 1000 in stock.  You won’t be disappointed.  Bottom line:  Have a data junkie in your life who insists on knowing their heart rate, power output, cadence, and speed all at the same time?  The Garmin Edge series will certainly appease their needs.

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Blackburn Central Rechargeable Bike Lights

Is your commute home getting sketchier as the days get shorter?  Consider getting a lighting system that drivers can actually see.  Your family will appreciate your improved visibility.  The Blackburn Central Rechargeable Lighting system is exceptionally bright, has solid battery life that is rechargeable and comes with Blackburn’s lifetime warranty.  Bottom line: stay safe out there with the Blackburn Central Lighting system.

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Giro Alpineduro

Did you or your significant other just get a brand new Fat Bike?  Are you/they worried about getting cold feet while out enjoying the Colorado wilderness? Fret no longer. We do, in fact, have a solution that doesn’t start with an “S,” end in “orel,” or have fur around the top: the brand new Giro Alpineduro.  This boot offers a lot for a very reasonable price.  Vibram rubber outsole, Primaloft insulation, waterproof outer, as well as clipless pedal compatibility.  Bottom line: an excellent choice for fat bike adventures in the wilds of Colorado.

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Garmin Vector Pedals/Vector-S Pedals

Is getting faster something that interests you?  How about dropping your friends whenever the road pitches up?   A power meter is commonly thought to be the most efficient and effective way to increase performance.  While power meters are nothing new, they have certainly become more financially accessible in the last few years.  Gone are the days of a single option that goes for $4000.  And while there are many options out there right now, Garmin Vector pedals are certainly one my favorites.  There are two options: the standard Vector pedal, and its little brother the Vector-S.  The Vector is a dual-sided, pedal-based power meter that transmits standard power data to ANT+ devices, in addition to Left-to-Right power balance…in other words, how much power each leg is putting into the bike.  Useful information, right there.  The Vector-S is a single-sided, pedal-based power meter.  While you do lose the power balance data with this option, you save one thing that most people find quite useful: extra money to put towards those Zipp 303’s you’ve been eyeing…Bottom Line: if you or your spouse want to get faster and put your friends to shame on climbs, Garmin Vectors are a good place to start.

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Whats New: Rocky Mountain Blizzard

As the days grow shorter and the temperatures continue to drop, we cyclists are faced with a common dilemma: how do we maintain our fitness, while maintaining our sanity, during these calorie-laden months?  There’s a myriad of options out there, some more realistic than others…

1) Leave the Frigid Front Range for somewhere warm, maybe Arizona or Florida? Fantastic idea, so long as you have no obligations, like a family, or a job, or a cat.  This is seemingly infeasible for, oh, pretty much everyone who actually has a life.

2) Purchase a Netflix or Hulu subscription so you can binge-watch every episode of Lost ever produced during a two week period on your indoor trainer.  While this won’t exactly push you over the edge of sanity, it certainly will bring you to its doorstep.

And now the third, as well as our favorite, option…

3) Do yourself a favor: maintain your fitness (as well as your sanity, for that matter) in the winter months with a Rocky Mountain Blizzard.

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To describe this bike just as “fun” is really doing the Canadian company a disservice.  The Blizzard seemed to have this extraordinary quality about it that made me feel like a child.  It was as if I was riding a bike for the very first time…and it was awesome.  Complete euphoria.  The Blizzard offered everything that the indoor trainer seemed to be profoundly lacking in: the wonderful feeling of wind in your face (that isn’t from fan), pristine Colorado landscapes, freedom, adventure, and fun…lots and lots of fun.

The Rocky Mountain Blizzard provides these feelings of euphoria for a mere $2699, which we think is pretty reasonable for a bike spec’d with a Shimano SLX/XT component combo, as well as the new Rock Shox Bluto fork.  The glory of the Blizzard is that it rides more like an actual mountain bike than many other fat bikes in production.  It’s geometry gives it a very nimble and playful feel, something that Rocky Mountain has become known for.  The single 24t chainring and the 11x36t cassette, coupled with the monstrous 4.7″ Vee Rubber Bulldozer tires, allow you to conquer any terrain you come across, whether it be snow, sand, or dirt. Coming in at roughly 33lbs, it’s certainly not the lightest fat bike we’ve ever seen, however you won’t seem to notice this with the outrageous amounts of fun you’ll be having.

Bottom line: buy this bike if you value staying sane while getting base miles in your legs, enjoy spending your weekend outside in this great state of Colorado, or just want to have fun on a bike…year-round.

Name YOUR Price.

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Mark your calendars.  For a single day, Saturday, October 25th, Big Ring will be selling everything in the store at the best price of the season.  Be ready to wheel and deal on old parts, new parts, helmets, shoes, clothing, bikes!   Make an offer on anything in our fabulous inventory and see what happens!

What’s New: SRAM Force CX1

When the box carrying the SRAM Force CX1 groupo for Scott’s cross bike arrived a few weeks ago, all of us here at Big Ring Cycles were more than a little excited to finally see the groupset in person.  And, just as we had expected, they looked and felt great.  Fast forward a few weeks to the point where we’ve got the groupo installed on Scott’s yet unfinished bike, and the aesthetics (we’ll get to the functionality soon enough…) of it all is amazing.

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Clean.  It’s clearly the only adjective that can adequately describe the aesthetics of a bike sepc’d with SRAM CX1.  However, given that this is a cyclocross bike, ultimately it will be covered in dirt, grime, mud, and beer (hopefully), so the way it looks is ultimately unimportant.

SRAM has adopted the catchphrase “One Less Barrier” for CX1.  While yes, it is somewhat melodramatic, it certainly is true.  The beauty of SRAM CX1 is in it’s simplicity.  A single chainring effectively neutralizes the possibility of your chain falling off in the middle of a your race.  In addition, the rear deraileur also has a one-way clutch that keeps tension on the chain, reducing chain slap on the chain-stay, making for a much quieter ride.  Another benefit, although not particularly important, is that having a single chainring obviously eliminates the need for a front deraileur, cutting the weight of the groupset significantly (try just under half of a pound…).

If there is anything that one could say is a downside of CX1 (and in reality, there isn’t…), it would be the gear range, as every cross course is different.  This is the nature of the beast when it comes to having a single chainring upfront,  however this problem can be alleviated by purchasing multiple chainrings (they run 38, 40, 42, 44, and 46t) or cassettes (11-25, 11-26, and 11-32).

So what kind of rider is SRAM CX1 meant for?  Anyone who values simplicity.  And going fast.  And who is seemingly unimpressed when their chain falls off.

End of the Season Demo/Rental Sale!

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Looking for a new bike, but don’t want to pay full price?  Here’s your opportunity to get a lightly used high-end bike at prices so low,  we can’t even advertise it!  Effective immediately, all demo and rental bikes here at Big Ring Cycles are on clearance!  This includes 2014 Cannondale Scalpel 29’er 4’s, 2012 Trigger 1’s, 2012 Trigger Trigger 2’s, as well as 2014 CAAD10 Ultegras!  Or, you can get  a 2014 Jamis Dakar AMT, XCT 650b, or XCR 29!

Please call us at 303.216.2000 for more information or availability!

Whats New: Cannonadle CAADX 105

With the road season winding down, we’re already looking forward to our second favorite time of year…

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…cyclocross season.  Because we love fun.  And what could be more fun than riding bikes through dirt, mud, rain, snow, while looking ridiculous and taking handups?  That’s right, nothing.

Oh wait, correction, doing all of the above on a brand new 2015 Cannondale CAADX Disc 5 with Shimano 105 components.  At this point in time, you might be thinking, “Hmm, why this bike?  What makes it so special?”  This is what makes it so special: $1,450.00.  Yep, that’s right.  The CAADX Disc 105 is a  WHOLE LOT OF BIKE for the price.  First off, the frame is fantastic.  Cannondale’s expertise in producing aluminum frames is very much evident in the CAADX.  It’s light, stiff, and very comfortable…all of which is to be expected from Cannondale.  Where does all of this goodness come from?  The shape of the chain and seat stay tubing was inspired by the CAAD10 (another excellent bike from Cannondale)  and the CAADX’ s big brother, the SUPERX: its flattened shape gives it excellent absorption of the terrain, all while maintaining lateral stiffness for excellent power transfer.  Add to that Shimano 105 11-Speed groupo. What what what?!?!  That’s right, trickle down technology!  The new Shimano 105 11-Speed  is absolutely fantastic.  Shifts just as smooth as Ultegra, but significantly cheaper.  Finally, Cannondale tops off the CAADX with mechanical disc brakes, giving it superior control and stopping power.

 

What does all of that jargon mean?  This bike is outstanding for the cost.  It’s an excellent choice for anyone just getting into cyclocross, as well as the seasoned racer.  And its low price means that upgrading the stock wheels to something awesome (say, ZIPP 303 carbon tubies??) isn’t out of the realm of possibilities.

 

All in all, we give the Cannondale CAADX 105 Disc a 4 out of 5 stars.

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What’s New: Mavic Ksyrium 125 ans

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2014 marks the 125th anniversary of French wheel manufacturer Mavic, so to commemorate their long-standing presence in the peloton and their impressive list of riders who raced and won on their wheels, Mavic has produced 6,000 special edition Ksyrium wheelsets, dubbed the Ksyrium 125 ans (125 anniversary).  Weighing in at an impressive 1370g for the pair, the Ksyrium 125 ans is one of the lightest alloy clinchers that can be found out on the road, making it an excellent choice for those who fancy riding skywards.  Not only is the Ksyrium 125 ans low in weight, but it’s also marginally more aerodynamic due to the milling process the wheels go through, dubbed ISM4D.  As with all Mavic wheelsets, the Ksyrium 125 ans come as a system which includes tires; in this case, the newly updated Yskion 125 ans.  The Ksyrium 125 ans also features Mavic’s very own Exalith 2 braking technology, which performs as it should in all weather conditions.  Finally, the black on black color scheme cut with the yellow looks clean and classic.  The whole wheelset system (wheels and tires) runs for $1850, and with a grand total of 6,000 being produced, our pair won’t be here at the shop for long.

What’s New: Pinarello Dogma F8

The new Pinarello Dogma F8, spec'd with Campagnolo Super Record EPS and Bora wheels. Photo by Vince Deveney

The new Dogma F8 spec’d with Campagnolo Super Record EPS and Campagnolo Bora Wheels.  Photo by Vince Deveney

 

Pinarello has, one again, outdone themselves, this time with the help from automobile manufacturer Jaguar, two-time Tour de France victors TeamSKY, as well as the PinarelloLAB.  The result of this combination is the new Dogma F8: lighter, stiffer, and more aerodynamic than its predecessor, the Dogma 65.1 Think 2.

The frame, made from Torayca T1100 1K carbon, which until now has been exclusively used in the aircraft industry, takes Pinarello’s philosophy of asymmetrical frame design to the next level.  The new design of the F8 is not only 16% more balanced than the Dogma 65.1 Think 2, but 43% more balanced than traditional non-asymmetric frames.  Why is this important?  Simply put, better power transfer making you go faster.  Not only is the F8 more balanced than its predecessor, but its also 12% stiffer while being 120 grams lighter.  What does this mean?  The new F8 is more lively and responsive than its predecessor as well.  It does all of this while still maintaining that indescribable ride quality that only comes with a Pinarello.  There are 13 different sizes ranging from 42cm to 62cm with multiple color options.

Look for it this year at the Tour de France as SKY Pro Cycling attempts to take the maillot juane for the third year in a row!