Every week, we’ll be compiling a round-up of news that's caught our eye over the preceding seven days but hasn't been covered on BikeRadar. From the latest product news to details of routes and events, we’ll be bringing you short snippets of information in one handy article.
Lezyne launch new helmet mount
Lezyne have developed a new helmet mount for their lights, which has just gone into production and will be available from February. It combines an aluminium base with a composite pivoting cradle. A Velcro strap holds the mount to the helmet and a rubber pad on the underside provides grip and protection. It's compatible with all their LED lights and will retail for £16.99 from UK distributors Upgrade Bikes. [Full details: Lezyne]
BBB unveil DiscStop pad
BBB say their new DiscStop brake pads are ready to go out of the box, with no bedding-in needed. There's a choice of organic (£9.95) or sintered compounds (£12.95), and they're compatible with almost every braking system on the planet. UK distribution is via Windwave.
DT Swiss switch distribution
DT Swiss have made some changes to their UK distribution network. Hotlines are now the people to go to for wheelsets, forks, shocks and accessories, while Madison will handle spokes, nipples, hubs and rims. Pace Cycles will deal with all warranty issues.
Decade-Europe unite with Unit Clothing
Decade-Europe will distribute Unit clothing from February. Founded by Australian Paul Everest in his parents' garage in 2002, the brand are now known worldwide as producers of casual threads for mountain bike, BMX and motocross riders.
Moseley bows to Deity
World Cup downhill champion Tracy Moseley, who recently struck out on her own with the launch of T-Mo Racing, will use Deity components in 2012, including their Blacklabel (pictured below) and Dirty30 handlebars. Moseley, who's planning to return to her multi-discipline roots, will collaborate with the American company on a signature enduro bar for 2013. They're also working on new standard and direct-mount stems, which will be launched this spring.
GreenEDGE unveil team bikes from Scott
New Aussie pro road team GreenEDGE began the 2012 season on home soil at the Tour Down Under, where they unveiled the Scott bikes and kit they'll be rocking this year. The team's green colour isn't as prevalent on the Foil as it is on the Plasma, but we like the look of both. The Vanish helmet completes the Scott-made equipment list.
Dreambike auction cranks up
The CrankBrothers' Dreambike auction is in full swing, to date raising $19,227 for the Wheels 4 Life charity – enough to buy 192 bikes for people in third world countries. The latest bike under the hammer, a Scott Genius LT, went out the door for $3,200 – almost $2k under the estimated value. The bike's new owner lives just round the corner from CrankBrothers HQ, so he was able to collect it in person from Wheels 4 Life founder and trials legend Hans Rey. [Full details: CrankBrothers]
Routes, races & rides
New gravity enduro series for the UK
Enduro 1 are organising a new three-round gravity enduro race series in southern England. The X-Fusion Suspension All Mountain Enduro Race Series will kick off at the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire on 22 April, before heading to Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire on 17 June and Longmoor, Hampshire on 7 October. Organisers say the series is "aimed at encouraging the average trail rider who's new to racing to enter a competition relevant to their style of riding and bike, yet has classes to cater for the more experienced rider/racer". More details can be found at www.enduro1.co.uk.
Wiggle boards Mountain Mayhem
Mountain Mayhem, the UK's original 24-hour mountain bike enduro, has a new title sponsor for 2012 in the shape of online retailers Wiggle. More than 2,000 riders of all abilities will take on the terrain of Eastnor Castle Deer Park in Herefordshire from the 22-24 June, with entries being accepted from midnight on 29 February. More information can be found on the event website, although you'll have to wait until it goes live at the end of this month.
New Joker sportive has tricks up its sleeve
Ever looked at the cobbled hill in the classic Hovis TV advert and thought, 'I fancy riding that'? Well, now's your chance. The Joker is a new season-opening UK sportive held on April Fool's Day that throws up a number of options, such as Joker Challenges (extra miles, hills and hurdles as a test of your mettle) and Fools' Choices (detours that'll cut your distance but send you up and down stretches of cobbles and other non-tarmacked roads) – one of which is the iconic Gold Hill in Shaftesbury. If that hasn't left you intrigued, the organisers' promise of a few more tricks up the Joker's sleeve surely will. Head over to the event website for more info.
If you take the worst of what the Joker throws at you, expect to ride around 150km
Wight Riviera Sportive
Closed-road cycling events are in vogue these days and they've now made their way to the Isle of Wight in the English Channel. The Wight Riviera Sportive on 20 May is the headline event of a wider festival of cycling on the island and is unique in that it offers a 25km traffic-free lead-out loop, which passes back across the start line before starting afresh as an open road ride. This is the Isle of Wight, though, so even open roads are hardly chock full of traffic. Three routes are available – 154km (£38), 116km (£36) and 62km (£36) – with entry open now at the event website.
Legs of Mann
You’ll need to bring some strong pins with you for the Legs of Mann, an event on the Isle of Mann aimed at experienced mountain bikers that mixes enduro, cross-country and marathon racing with a dose of wilderness riding. Competitive timed sections will be interspersed with non-competitive liaison sections. Some 47 competitors took to the start line for the first event in 2011 and with just 15 completing the course, you know you’ll be in for a tough few days. It'll be held on the weekend of 28/29 April and will include a whopping 133km of riding, with 3,500m of climbing (and descent). It's run by the Manx Mountain Bike Club and you can find more details here.
From the same club comes the Legs of Mann 100, a 100-mile (15,000ft ascent) off-road event on 29 July that blends an Isle of Man end-to-end with a trailquest. All competitors start with a foot in the sea at the far north of the island, make a short run for their bikes and proceed to the far south in a gruelling, strength-sapping ride. It's another wilderness event on natural trails, with none of the signage or food stops of other events. While there will be marshals and signs at certain points, your chief source of direction will be GPS data provided by the organisers. Click here for more details.
Van Rd trails
Local riders have signed a 10-year agreement with Forestry Commission Wales to manage the dirt jumps and trails in Van Road, Caerphilly. The Van Rd Trails Group say the deal is the culmination of two years of talks. Work will begin shortly on the construction of new jumps and trails that’ll open in early summer. "I grew up riding the trails and they were one of the first places I really started to develop as a rider," said local rider and junior downhill world champion Manon Carpenter. "I don't think I'd be as good a rider today without them or competing internationally at World Cups, so I'm really looking forward to having the trails back in Caerphilly."