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- Roval Control 29er Wheelset, used for about 4-5 months. Was just professionally trued and checked over by the lbs. Hub bearings are great and spin free with no play. 15mm front 142+x12mm rear. Please note the 142+. This will only fit bikes that take the specific plus rear end. This is most new specialized bikes. I'm not sure if other bike brands can take this type.
23mm internal width, 32 hole. DT Industry Spokes. Specialized hi lo hubs .
Rims are tubeless ready, and I will include the tubeless valve stem.
Bellwether is a clothing brand with a scientific eye toward all seasons: not only do they work to create windproof and waterproof materials for winter racing and riding, but they push the boundaries with summer-weight gear as well. While cyclocross brings to mind cold and rainy weather, most racers start training in the summer, and early season racing can still be steamy, so warm weather gear is still very much an important part of a ’crossers wardrobe.
New for Spring include the Elite CS collection and the Optime kit. The Optime bib shorts are new for the year, featuring their Coldblack fabric, which boasts the ability to keep you cool in the hottest races. The shorts also feature a 3D chamois with a carbon weave (see the slideshow for more photos). A longer silicon gripper at the bottom helps keep shorts safely in place, and more paneling than standard allow for better movement. The bib shorts retail for $160, and a similar women’s version offers a similar version that has a front hook instead of a standard bib setup (see slideshow).
Bellwether has also introduced three new sets of gloves, The Supreme, The Heritage and the Pursuit, ranging from $20 to $40 in price. The Pursuit is the lightweight mesh design, “fairly simple” according to the Bellwether reps. The Heritage gloves are calfskin leather and tie into one of their new Heritage kits. Lastly, the Supreme is the most simple model, providing coverage and gel padding at the lowest price point.
We also recently reviewed some of Bellwether’s cold-weather offerings in Issue 24, with more reviews to come online so stay tuned. Additionally, Bellwether has some exciting new products they’re adding to their Fall/Winter 2014 line, including a convertible version of the recently-reviewed long-sleeve Coldfront Jersey. The sleeves will zip off to create a short-sleeve version, perfect for those in-between days on the road or on the trail.
Check out the slideshow below for more details, and check back soon for more from Sea Otter!
Check out all of our tech goodies from Sea Otter 2014, and keep checking as we start to get rolling into the long weekend.
Stefano Agostini, the 25-year-old Italian fired by Cannondale and suspended by the UCI over an out-of-competition test for banned substance clostebol in Aug. 2013, criticized cycling’s anti-doping program in a letter distributed to the media on Wednesday.
In the correspondence directed to Leroux Dominique, coordinator of the UCI’s Anti-Doping Commission, Agostini claims the minute amount (0.7 nanograms) of the banned substance found in the laboratory test was present in a rash cream he was prescribed, and which he disclosed at the time of his test. Agostini also writes that he will not dispute his 15-month suspension and will leave the sport “with dignity, knowing that I never cheated and I conquered all my results with dedication and sacrifice, well aware that this absurd story has also caused considerable damage to my image.”
To the attention of Mr. Leroux Dominique
UCI – CH 1860 Aigle/ Suisse
Object : UCI file 043/2013 – Agostini Stefano
I want to clarify that my acceptance of the sanction is to be understood as a declaration of capitulation: I give up to a system that has decided that at age 25 I should stop being a professional cyclist.
I think the sanction you have decided for me is not right and I do not feel at all belong to me since I have never made use of performance-enhancing drugs.
My biological passport is impeccable, the different and multiple blood tests can not be faulted.
It is just that the emeritus laboratory in Cologne has detected the presence of 0.7 billionths of a gram in my urine of a substance called Clostebol, the active ingredient of the ointment Trofodermin that I myself had declared at the time of the test and that I had been regularly prescribed by a doctor to treat a rash.
The laboratory has reported, in infinitesimal extent, what I had said in perfect good faith. If I had not declared it probably now I would not be in this paradoxical situation because it would not even been found. This will remain a strong and unresolved question in my mind.
Everybody knows that you can’t dope with an ointment, for more prescribed by your doctor, and sold in any pharmacy or drugstore, even without medical prescription.
Well after 7 long months of suspension, explanations of the factual circumstances of the case, requests of additional information with maturities of short and peremptory time, of grueling waiting for some kind of feedback from you (which came systematically after weeks by my questioning), wear and tear and stress mixed with apprehension … the esteemed UCI, despite having a very clear situation documented beyond any doubt, decided to treat me in such a way besides significantly more severe than other athletes “stumbled” into Trofodermin, even the same way as who does and has done in the past use of EPO, cocaine, blood transfusions, or manipulations of his own blood, proposing a 15-month ban, in addition to the payment of the expenses incurred by you, which is almost like a bad joke.
If your conclusion is to impose me a disqualification undoubtedly excessive, what is most striking are the reasons for this choice. The documentation produced by me duly in your terms proved the truthfulness of my version and then my honesty, the UCI itself has recognized the use of Trofodermin cream for a therapeutic purpose, motivated by a medical prescription, but this explanation and justification was not enough, given the imputation of liability.
This is the process culmination of sanction acceptance that you proposed me months ago, with the stated purpose of speeding up the decision and avoid a trial and related expenses. Obviously none of this has happened and the conclusion then is grotesque.
The alternative that I have is the transmission of the dossier to the Italian Cycling Federation with the steering of the process, the outcome of which will have to confirm the authority deciding the 15-month disqualification otherwise the UCI itself, as already stated candidly in a veiled blackmail tone, will recourse to CAS in Lausanne; for myself this would obviously mean conducting counter and expertise, contribution to a legal defense of the mandate as well as the appointment of arbitrators for a total cost of around 30-35,000 Euros that I don’t have.
I dare say, in the light of the absurd conclusion of this case, that the UCI Anti-Doping “network” has undoubtedly some malfunction since it does not make a distinction with regard to who gets stuck there, even in the light of the circumstances that are certainly worth to distinguish one case from another, as mine and the one of a “real” drug-taking in order to alter performance and distort the results.
Reiterating then as the end of my cycling career due exclusively to 0.7 nanograms (0.000000007 g) Clostebol coming, for your same recognition, as an ointment used once in order to cure, under medical advice, a demonstrated disease, I would like to add that from this vicissitude a deep and intractable disillusionment in the values of honesty, justice, and equality in the sense of treating equal situations [equally] and different situations in different ways remain me.
I leave professional cycling with dignity, knowing that I never cheated and I conquered all my results with dedication and sacrifice, well aware that this absurd story has also caused considerable damage to my image.
Finally, I think that this story, which has ruined my career and destroyed my dreams, will also undermine the credibility, usefulness, and infallibility of your doping control system.
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MONTEREY, Calif. (VN) — Diamondback is not a brand many of today’s riders identify as a player in the high-end bike market, but the revived builder is looking to change that. With the Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies team straddling the Podium Optum this year, Diamondback has shown it’s here to play, and with a totally redesigned Mission trail bike, it will be making waves across the board.
The new Diamondback Mission 27.5 replaces the 26-inch Mission as well as the Scapegoat park bike, and will be available at the end of May in three builds centered around a redesigned aluminum frame with 160mm of front and rear travel. All three models run one-by drivetrains. The $6,000 Mission Pro 27.5 will come equipped with a SRAM XO1 build; the $3,300 Mission 2 will come with a mix of SRAM X7 and X9, and the $2,500 Mission 1 will carry a Shimano SLX drivetrain.
Mission 27.5 first ride impressions
We were able to sneak out for a short ride Thursday morning aboard the flagship Mission Pro 27.5 on the Demo Loop outside of Laguna Seca at the Sea Otter Classic. The trail started with a descent and it was obvious that was where this bike shines.
Going uphill, the Mission Pro was capable, but not a joy. Switching the Fox Float X rear shock to climbing mode was nearly as good as locking it out, but the side-mounted switch means riders accustomed to using their right hand have to adapt. Climbing in the middle “Trail” setting was by no means efficient.
The 66.5-degree head tube angle is relaxed and made the top tube feel short, and short chainstays make this bike a capable all-mountain rig. It rips the downhills and while the 30-plus-pound platform with an aluminum frame is not exactly lightweight, it’s a solid choice for the rider looking to avoid dropping a month’s pay for a trail bike. It’s no quiver killer, but would be a fine complement to a rider’s cross-country setup, for the playful days on the trail.