What did Specialized do this year with one of the most successful hardtail race bikes on the market? Redesigned it and made it even better. Lighter, stiffer and packed with more technology than ever, Specialized still manages to blend innovation and simplicity in this impressive machine. Weighing in at 20 lbs. out-of-the-box for a size large, this year’s Stumpjumpers are lighter than ever. Jump past the break to see the features and bike parts that leave everyone drooling over this bike!
One of the most anticipated bikes of the year, the Enduro 29 is the most versatile two wheeled machine out there. At just over 27.5 lbs, the S-Works model is bound to make its rider the happiest and most capable on the trail! This bike comes spec’d with an excellent mix of bike parts that make it the best Enduro/All-Mountain rig on the market:
For trail riders seeking the ultimate thrill both up and down the mountain, the S-Works Stumpjumper FSR 29 delivers more than anyone expected. We have a size large in the store right now – come check it out! Here are a few of the features and bike parts you’ll love about this bike:
Delivering the same incredible performance as the 2014 model, the 2013 S-Works Stumpjumper FSR is the best bang for your buck when looking for an all-day trail slayer. Why? Well, it’s on sale! Originally $9,500, this bike is on sale for $6,650… that’s 30% off! We have one size medium and one size large in the store. Here some highlights of the this incredible bike’s features and bike parts:
Guess what? You’re in luck! Join us for Ladies Night at Peak Cycles Monday, October 28th at 7PM. We’ll be answering all of those questions and more. All levels and ages are welcome – including our guy friends! We’ve listened to what you have to say and know that when you have riding buddies to ride with, 42% of our lady cyclist say that having people to ride with would encourage them to ride more.
We also know that comfort on the bike is important. And, having confidence in changing a flat or having a little bike mechanical knowledge can go a long way towards getting on the bike for rides a little easier. That’s why we’re hosting Ladies Night at Peak Cycles. We want our lady cyclist to have a great community of friends to ride with – confidently! We’ll answer questions on how to ride smart, what the rules of the road are, what the differences are in mens and ladies bike geometry, what to wear when, and even share some of our favorite rides.
The best part? We’ll have free food and drink, clinics, raffle prizes from Shimano, Specialized, Endura and POC!
Mark your calendars now! Stop by that night of get ahead of the pack and RSVP on Facebook. Either way, Join us for Ladies Night at Peak Cycles in Golden, Monday October 28th at 7PM.
Learn which bike is best for you. Discover the best bike parts and clothing accessories needed for fall and winter riding. Bond with other female cyclist to share your favorite road routes, mountain bike trails, and even plan to ride together. See you soon!
What is all the Leadville hype about? For starters, the start and finish of the race are in the heart of Leadville, Colorado at 10,200’. More than 90 percent of the race is on dirt or double track roads featuring steep climbs and serious descents. There is a seven-mile climb to the 50-mile turnaround at 12,600′ and an approximate 14,000’ elevation gain. Whew! That’s exhausting just thinking about it!
Not only is the race tough, but it’s gained national attention due to Colorado cyclist, Dave Wiens winning the event six years in a row. Levi Leipheimer won in 2010 and Specialized racer, Rebecca Rusch, has finished first in the last four races — 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. For non professional athletes, what are successful race strategies to help conquer this demon of a race?
1. Plan Right! Sure, getting your bike parts in order, lubing your chain, checking your tires are all good to do to prepare before the race. But, what happens out on the course? Crazy stuff can happen out there! Be sure to carry an extra tube or C02 with you, have extras in your drop bag along with some tires , bike nutrition, and extra clothing. Lube is good to carry on hand too if the course is dry. Not sure if a certain bike part will hold up? Have an extra one handy with some bike tools in your drop bag to keep you in the race.
2. Fuel Right! Proper nutrition leading into a race is critical. Yet, staying properly hydrated and taking in appropriate levels of protein and carbs during your race will not only help keep your energy up, but it will help keep your mind fresh and alert for those technical sections. Consider stocking up with bars, gels, and an assortment of nutrition requirements to have in your jersey and in your drop bags. Also, consider how you are getting your fluids: bottles or hydration pack? It’s important to plan your water intake between aid stations so if you think it will be a while between them, opt for a hydration pack.
3. Pace Yourself! While the nerves are high and the muscles and energy are fresh, it’s easy at the start of the race to get after it and go out too hard and too fast. Keep in mind, the more you spike your heart rate at the beginning of the race, the less you have available to pull from at the end of the race. The trick to finishing this race is to ride a steady ride keeping your heart rate in check and knowing when to back off. Use your cycling computer to keep yourself in check.
4. Get Your Mental Game On! Check in with your mental attitude, preparation, and willingness to “get after it.” The level of digging deep and mental suffering for this race exceeds that of training rides or even shorter (60 miles or so) races. Be prepared with mantras or mini goals to keep yourself going with the going gets tough.
There you have it! Success strategies to get you to the finish of the Leadville 100 Mountain Bike race. Good luck to all racers at the Leadville 100 this weekend!
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