Interbike 2010: New Nano-K Carbon Road Handlebar, Oversized Pro-Level Stem and Colors from FSA

first_imgThe new K-Force Light Road Stem (which officially debuted in May) is extremely oversized by request of Pro Tour teams that wanted something extremely stiff. It uses reversed bolts on the face plate for both aesthetics and to save a bit of weight because they don’t have to reinforce the face plate as much. It has a 1.25″ opening with a keyed insert to make it fit 1.125″ steerer tubes.  $250. New color options in the SL-K parts line. The pink will only have 500 of each item coming to the U.S. and a portion of the sales goes to breast cancer research. If you recall, the big news from FSA was the release of their all-new complete drivetrain group: Metron.On the backside of their display, they had some updates and new products for their K-Force components. The new K-Force Light Nano K road handlebar has carbon nano tubes in the resin. During the curing and molding process, it fuses the nano tubes into the unidirectional carbon fiber to create a stronger, more impact resistant bar. It weighs in at 189g (about 20g lighter than the regular K-Force Light bar). MSRP is $350.Below it is a new stem developed with pros in mind, and they have some new graphic color options.  Peep ’em after the break…last_img read more

It’s all downhill from here, and other mottos for luge learners

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los Angeles“You need to be flat, long and stretched out,” said trainer Julia Clukey, a current women’s singles record holder who set a new record just last Friday in Lake Placid, N.Y. To test the eager young athletes’ memories, a red-shirted USA Luge coach pointed at the group and asked, “The most important thing is?” “Stopping,” a tall, blond girl answered, breaking the tension and releasing a flood of nervous giggles from her adolescent competitors. Robin Tyner’s 14-year-old daughter, Khoe, plays ballet, soccer and tennis but saw the luge training as an opportunity to expand her sports horizons. “She’s a little nervous,” Robin explained. “She’s a great snowboarder, though.” SAUGUS – “We need a helmet-cam,” one parent yelled, watching as a hopeful athlete lying on a narrow sled zoomed past him on Center Pointe Parkway. The young person headed downhill toward a barricade of hay bales was one of more than 40 local children between the ages of 11 and 14 being coached by members of Verizon-USA Luge Slider Search Team during tryouts Saturday. An additional flight of 30 have reserved spots for today’s clinic. The Slider Search is the primary means of recruitment for a program that, for some, has led to the Olympics. Promising athletes from the Santa Clarita area clinic will be invited to train at facilities in Lake Placid, N.Y., or Park City, Utah, as well as be considered for the 2007-2008 USA Luge development team. Before their first group of students were “launched,” several experienced luge athletes gave them a quick rundown of what to wear, how to sit, where to position themselves on the sled and how important aerodynamics are to their success – and survival. The first international luge race was held in 1883 in Switzerland; the sport was included in the Olympics in 1964. According to USA Luge, 10 is the perfect age to be introduced to the luge because it takes approximately 8-10 years to develop the skills necessary to be competitive at the international level. Clukey said the tryout team visits several cities throughout the summer; it was in Seattle last week and from Saugus will travel to Phoenix, Dallas and end up in Connecticut. [email protected] (661) 257-5252160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more