October 2007 Archives
Endure It! Vegas 2008 Baby (part 3 of 3)
Zipp has a few new interesting offerings. The new 1080 boasts a 108mm rim and according to Zipp is the fastest non-disc wheel available.
The new Sub-9 is simply amazing. The first wheel to offer negative drag. Yes, it actually pushes forward at certain angles!
For lower price point's Zipp is expanding it's Flashpoint brand. In 2008 the wheels will be available with a deeper bladed spoke and two different rim widths, 60mm and 80mm.
Apparel and Accessories
Castelli also had some great new baselayers and some cool new designs.
Sidi had new colors for their already beautiful Genius 6.6 and Ergo 2 lineup.
Cervelo had an amazing booth and on no doubt do everything they can to provide the best bikes in the world. Check out this Dave Zabriskie model on a P3 mock up made out of moldable plastic! Wind tunnel here they come!
October 25, 2007 | Permalink
Endure It! at Kona
As many of you know by now, Adam Brown is the newest coach at Endure It! and he recently competed at Kona for the first time. This is what he had to say about it:
The week leading up to the Ironman World Championships is amazing. The hoopla surrounding the race is like nothing else. Checking in with reps from every triathlon company in the world seeing what race gear you are sporting, witnessing the famous underwear run, and being in the same company with the top professional triathletes in the world is truely amazing.
Everyone is so anxious on race morning, and the emotions are overwhelming. The day started off with a bunch of kicking and hitting during the swim that I am not used to. Usually I can get clear and have a relaxing swim, but in Kona everyone is fast. While I stayed with the lead group for the swim, I didn't like it. Everyone fought for position the whole 2.4 miles. I got out of the water in 56 minutes, washed the salt water off, grabbed my bike and headed out into town.
Getting relaxed on the bike wasn't too easy either. Thousands of people lining the streets and everyone going top speeds early on put me on edge, but knowing that Drew (new mechanic at Endure It!) tuned my bike before I left, I knew my bike was in the best shape possible and with the 606's I got from Endure It! I knew that I could handle any wind the Queen K threw at me. We did have a headwind the entire ride which was frustrating, but I stayed steady and rode a 5:20 bike split. I wasn't thrilled with that, but I was still in good shape to have a good run and have a great time.
When I threw my running shoes on I felt the heat really getting to me. The first 10 miles through town felt awful. I got a lot of encouragement wearing my Endure It! kit, and people were shouting "Go Naperville". At mile 10 I had enough. I started walking and didn't feel like I would finish the race. Luckily my family was there to give me some encouragement, my wife and brothers got me going, and I kicked it in. I was around 500 th place at that point, and managed to run a 7:00 split over the next 15 miles. I passed over 200 people once I got out onto the Queen K highway, and ran as hard as I could to the end. I passed the line with no energy left in my body, and I beat my goal.
I crossed the finish line in 9:55 and it gives me hope that I can come back here and do much better. There is a lot of room for improvement and I owe a lot of credit to Endure It! Sports to helping me get to Kona. David and Tom have been very helpful this year, and I appreciate their efforts.
This was the toughest day of racing in my life, but I can't wait to get back to Kona to race again.
To read more about Adam's trip to Kona click here.
October 22, 2007 | Permalink
Endure It! Vegas 2008 Baby (part 2 of 3)
New for 2008 in the Endure It! line up is Cervelo's new RS. This bike is a friendlier fitting R3, with a longer wheel base, higher head tube, curved seat stays, and a 27.2 seat post being the main differences.
Another Cervelo change up was the white R3, and by the way white is the new black...it was everywhere.
Orbea had new colors that really stood out. The Orca is available in a few new colors including this red one equiped with sram...yep red.
Pinarello continues to lead the industry with beauty and design. The Prince has been the best selling road bike at Endure It! since the unveiling at the Tour.
Shimano is bridging the gap a bit between Dura Ace and Ultegra with the new Ultegra SL, anodized gray, and a touch lighter than Ultegra.
This was the best new tri, tt crank I saw from FSA
We have all seen pictures of the new Sram Red, we also have pre-production Red at Endure It! if you want to check it out in person.
Remember what I said about White....
More to follow...
October 7, 2007 | Permalink
Endure It! Vegas 2008 Baby (part 1 of 3)
The Endure It! crew of David, Tom, and Drew (more on him later) just got back from a successfull trip out to Las Vegas for the Interbike Show and Convention. For those of you not familiar with Interbike it is the worlds largest bicycle industry trade show and the first time North American Dealers have the opportunity to see with their own eyes all of the 2008 gear. The show is a blast, lots of energy, deals to be made, late night partying, who's who, and the usual shenanigans. I will get more into new deals for Endure It! when they have been finalized.
Take a look at these stealth airfoils...
The down tube air foil swoops further than most below the bottom bracket.
Pinarello has the Montello in more colors and still remains the most beautiful TT bike on the market.
More to follow...
October 3, 2007 | Permalink