9/19/2017

Interbike '17 Outdoor Demo Finds


The last time I visited the Interbike Outdoor Demo was in 2015 and this year had quite a bit fewer vendors to visit.  Despite the smaller size, I did come across some cool finds that I wanted to share with you.


Skratch Labs is my favorite hydration mix for my water bottles and hydration pack and I was pleased to find that they have added two new flavors as well as a new package design.  I got a chance to try both of these new flavors in their Exercise Hydration Mix line.  They include Hydration Drink Mix with Strawberries and Hydration Drink Mix with Passion Fruit.  The Strawberry mix is light in flavor and sweetness but the Passion Fruit flavor is the one I liked and could see myself sipping on during an all day gravel or mountain bike ride.  Both flavors are now available from your LBS or from Skratch Labs in 16 oz. resealable bags, single serving 20 packs and single serving.


The Henty Enduro Backpack immediately caught my attention as I walked past the booth at the Outdoor Demo.  I saw multiple possibilities for this pack for use during mountain biking, gravel riding and especially winter fatbike riding.  This pack sits on the lower back close to a rider's center of gravity.  It is made from a tough Cordura 500D nylon to be lightweight (550 gr.) and for strength.  It provides lumbar impact protection and the molded foam used in this area is designed to have improved air ventilation for those hot days.

Not only does this pack hold a hydration bladder up to 3L. (not included) but has a bunch of  pockets for things like tools, tubes, nutrition and any other gear you need to bring along for the ride.  I see this as being a great pack for the fatbike crowd during the winter.  It can be worn underneath a jacket to be insulated from the outside cold thus using your own body heat preventing the bladder and water line from freezing up.  Comes in colors Black for $110 and Camo for $130 available direct from Henty.



Minnesota brand Otso Cycles was at the Outdoor Demo with a couple of new Voytek builds to choose from for 2018.  Co-owner Dan Dittmer took some time to tell me about the new Voytek Expert and Voytek Ultimate (shown in the picture above) models available.  These new 2018 models get a cool new paint scheme and can be upgraded to include a carbon wheelset (Voytek Expert), Rockshox Bluto, Lauf Carbonara or Fox F34 Factory (27.5 only) fork.  The Otso Voytek Ultimate is their top of the line build with a Shimano XX1 Eagle drivetrain, HED No Big Deal carbon wheels, Magura MT8 hydraulic disc brakes, Race Face Next carbon crankset, Race Face Next carbon seatpost and a Race Face Next carbon riser handlebar.  List price for the Voytek Ultimate is $8,099 and the Voytek Expert $4,099.  Available in October from Otso Cycles and look for them soon at Penn Cycle stores in the Twin Cities.


One thing I noticed in the e-bike class was camouflage fatbikes geared towards hunters.  These bikes included a camouflage paint scheme, racks or rack mounts to carry gear and have top speeds of 20 mph.  The Surface604 Boar Camo Fat Bike (pictured above) is budget friendly with a 750W (peaks at 1000W) rear hub motor and a torque sensing pedal assist with a throttle (range 35 miles), Tektro Auriga hydraulic disc brakes, a SRAM X5 10 speed drivetrain with a 11-36T cassette and Kenda Juggernaut Sport (26x4.5) tires.  Comes in sizes S/M 17.5" & M/L 19.0" for $2199.

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9/15/2017

2018 Minnesota Bike Tours, Rides, Races & Events Schedule

The 2018 bike season is filling up fast with all sorts of events, rides, tours, races and festivals.  I have compiled a chronological list of events with links to more information and some with online registration.  Earlier is better when planning which events you are going to participate in as some have a cap on the number of participants or registration deadlines. Use this event listing to save the day for the ones you want to participate in.

This post is a work in progress, so bookmark it and check back often for new event listings.  If you are an event organizer and would like to have your event listed in this post, send me an email (or visit my contact page) with the information and available links.

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January

Norpine Fat Bike Classic-January 6, 2018
Lutsen Resort
Lutsen, MN
24, 16 miles
200 racer cap

Framed Bikes Pre-Loppet-January 7, 2018
Theodore Wirth Park
Minneapolis, MN

Get Phat With Pat-Race #1-January 20, 2017
River Bottoms Mountain Bike Trail
Bloomington, MN 

Get Phat With Pat-Race #2-January 27, 2017
River Bottoms Mountain Bike Trail
Bloomington, MN 

Arrowhead 135-January 29-31, 2018
International Falls, MN
135 miles

February

Penn Cycle Fat Tire Loppet-February 4, 2018
Theodore Wirth Park
Minneapolis, MN
35k

Theodore Wirth Park
Minneapolis, MN
21k

Penn Cycle Fatbike Frozen 40-February 10, 2018
Elm Creek Park Reserve
Champlin, MN 
40, 20 miles
200 rider cap 
Facebook Event Page 

Fat Bike Vasaloppet-February 11, 2018
Lake Mora
Mora, MN
38k Race, 10k Tour

March

Pledge Opening Day-30DOB2018-March 1, 2018
Worldwide

TCBC Swap Meet-March 31, 2018
Hopkins VFW Post #425
Hopkins, MN
Facebook Event Page

2018 Kickoff Ride & Afterparty-March 31, 2018
Minnesota State Capitol
St. Paul, MN

April

30 Days of Biking-April 1-30, 2018
Worldwide

Falls Duathlon-April 28, 2018
Hanna's Bend Park
Cannon Falls, MN
2 mile run, 14 mile bike, 3 mile run

May

Superior Service Center
Apple Valley, MN

Alexander 380-May 18-19, 2018
Spring Valley, MN
380 miles

Duluth/Elk River, MN
Approx. 150 miles

Almanzo 100/Royal 162-May 19, 2018
Spring Valley, MN
162, 100 miles
Big Marine Park Reserve
Marine On St. Croix, MN

June

Tour de Pepin-June 2, 2018
Lake City, MN
100, 72, 50, 32 miles
Facebook Page

Tour of Lakes-June 2, 2018
Crosslake Community Center
Crosslake, MN
65-70, 35-40 miles

Bike MS: C.H. Robinson MS 150 Ride-June 8-10, 2018
Duluth to Twin Cities, MN
150 miles
Registration

Hillfest-June 9, 2018
Ptacek's IGA
Prescott, WI
100, 60, 35 miles

Liberty Triathlon-June 9, 2018
Lake Rebecca Park Reserve
Rockford, MN
Olympic Course: 1.5k swim, 40k bike, 10k run
Long Course: 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, 13.1 mile run
Registration

Trinona Triathlon-June 9-10, 2018
Lake Winona
Winona, MN
International Course: .93 mile swim, 24.85 mile bike, 6.2 mile run
Sprint Course: .25 mile swim, 11 mile bike, 3.1 mile run
Registration

Cuyuna Off-Road Triathlon-June 10, 2018
Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area
Crosby, MN
2 mile paddle, 8.5 mile mountain bike, 3 mile trail run

Bike Bemidji: Loop the Lake Festival-June 16, 2018
Sanford Event Center
Bemidji, MN
17 miles

Lutsen 99'er-June 23, 2018
Lutsen Mountains
Lutsen, MN
99, 69, 39, 19 miles
Facebook Page

Lake Waconia Triathlon-June 24, 2018
Lake Waconia Regional Park
Waconia, MN
1/2 mile swim, 20 mile bike, 4 mile run
Registration

July

Tour D'Amico-July 4, 2018
D'Amico & Sons
Golden Valley, MN
62.2, 45, 29 miles

Lifetime Tri-Minneapolis-July 14, 2018
Minneapolis, MN
International Course: .93 mile swim, 24.5 mile bike, 6.2 mile run
Sprint Course: .47 mile swim, 14.8 mile bike, 3.1 mile run
Super Sprint Course: .25 mile swim, 3.83 mile bike, 2.41 mile run

Log House Landing
Scandia, MN
3.8 mile paddle, 5.5 mile run, 11 mile bike

Pleasant Lake City Park
Annandale, MN
Short Course: 1/4 mile swim, 9 mile bike, 2.5 mile run
Long Course: 1/2 mile swim, 21 mile bike, 5.3 mile run

UCare Tri-Loppet-July 22, 2018
Theodore Wirth Park
Minneapolis, MN
7k paddle, 5k trail run, 13k mountain bike

Memorial Park Stadium
Montgomery, MN
50, 33, 13 miles

August

Waseca Sprint Triathlon-August 4, 2018
Clear Lake Park
Waseca, MN
Super Sprint Course: 200 yard swim, 6 mile bike, 2 mile run
Sprint Course: 1/3 mile swim, 16 mile bike, 4.4 mile run

North Mankato Triathlon-August 12, 2018
Hiniker Pond Park
North Mankato, MN
1/4 mile swim, 12 mile bike, 3 mile run

Tour de Pines-August 18, 2018
Itasca State Park
Grand Rapids, MN
75, 50, 25 miles

September


October


November


December

Global Fat-Bike Day-December 1, 2018
Worldwide


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9/08/2017

Winter '17-'18 MN Fatbike Events


Fatbikes are more popular than ever and Minnesota has become famous for an ever increasing number of races and events.  This Winter is bound to bring on more events than ever for the fat tire enthusiast.  Start planning your calendar and check back often as this list will continue to grow. 


This season's calendar will include all types of  Winter fatbike events from festivals and races to demos and group rides.  Below is a list in chronological order.  Race and event organizers, if you would like your event listed, please send me an e-mail (or visit my contact page).  I will continue to update and add events to this post as they become available.

The "Pie Burner" Thanksgiving Weekend FatBike Ride-November 25, 2017
Palmers Tavern
Hibbing, MN
Facebook Page 

Global Fat-Bike Day-December 2, 2017
Worldwide 

Solstice Chase-December 16, 2017
Great Lakes Fatbike Series
Woolly Trails
St. Croix Falls, WI
30k, 15k
Facebook Event Page
Facebook Page
Online Registration
 


Norpine Fat Bike Classic-January 6, 2018
Great Lakes Fatbike Series
Lutsen Resort
Lutsen, MN
24, 16 miles
200 racer cap
Facebook Page
Online Registration 

Framed Bikes Pre-Loppet-January 7, 2018
Theodore Wirth Park
Minneapolis, MN

Get Phat With Pat-Race #1-January 20, 2017
River Bottoms Mountain Bike Trail
Bloomington, MN 

Get Phat With Pat-Race #2-January 27, 2017
River Bottoms Mountain Bike Trail
Bloomington, MN 

Arrowhead 135-January 29-31, 2018
International Falls, MN
135 miles
Registration


Penn Cycle Fat Tire Loppet-February 4, 2018
Theodore Wirth Park
Minneapolis, MN
35k
Facebook Event Page
Online Registration

Penn Cycle Puoli Fat Tire Loppet-February 4, 2018
Theodore Wirth Park
Minneapolis, MN
21k
Facebook Event Page
Online Registration 


Penn Cycle Fatbike Frozen 40-February 10, 2018
Great Lakes Fat Bike Series
Elm Creek Park Reserve
Champlin, MN 
40, 20 miles
200 rider cap 
Facebook Event Page 
Registration

Fat Bike Vasaloppet-February 11, 2018
Lake Mora
Mora, MN
38k Race, 10k Tour
Registration Form
38K Race Online Registration
10K Tour Online Registration


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9/01/2017

2017 MN Cyclocross Events

Image Credit: Gal Alon

Cyclocross racing season has begun with the Wednesday Night CX series to get riders prepped for the upcoming Fall race calendar.  Details for some of the races in this post are still being worked out as their status with USA Cycling may still be pending or in the permit process.  Below is a list in chronological order.  Race and event organizers, if you would like your cyclocross event listed, please send me an e-mail (or visit my contact page).  I will continue to update information and add events to this post as it becomes available.

Wednesday Night CX-Race 1 (Fulton/All-City Cycles)-August 23, 2017
Valley Park
Hopkins, MN
Facebook Page
Facebook Event Page

All City Championships Bandit Cross-August 24, 2017
Kenilworth Trail Cedar Lake
Minneapolis, MN

Wednesday Night CX-Race 2 (The Fix Studio)-August 30, 2017
Environmental Nature Park
Brooklyn Park, MN
Facebook Page 

Wednesday Night CX-Race 3 (Now Bikes/Synergy)-September 6, 2017
Valley Park
Hopkins, MN
Facebook Page 

LGR/Tonka CX Ride-September 9, 2017
Tonka Cycle & Ski
Minnetonka, MN 

Week 3 of 3: The #CXrimage-September 10, 2017
Sibley Field
Minneapolis, MN 

Wednesday Night CX-Race 4 (Tonka Cycle/MCT)-September 13, 2017
Valley Park
Hopkins, MN
Facebook Page 

Wednesday Night CX-Race 5 (Maple Grove Cycling)-September 20, 2017
Enviromental Nature Park
Brooklyn Park, MN
Facebook Page

All-City Intercontinental Cyclocross Championships!-September 23, 2017
Buck Hill Ski & Snowboard Area
Burnsville, MN
Facebook Event Page
Online Registration 

Wednesday Night CX-Race 6 (Taco Cat Racing and The Alt)-September 27, 2017
Enviromental Nature Park
Brooklyn Park, MN
Facebook Page
Facebook Event Page

RevoX-September 30, 2017
Clearwater, MN
Facebook Event Page
Online Registration

Image Credit: Gal Alon

Wednesday Night CX-Race 7 (Angry Catfish)-October 4, 2017
Enviromental Nature Park
Brooklyn Park, MN
Facebook Page

Freewheel CX-October 8, 2017
Lake Rebecca Singletrack
Rockford, MN
Facebook Event Page
Online Registration 

Green Acres Premium Cyclocross-October 14-15, 2017
Green Acres Recreational Area
Lake Elmo, MN
Facebook Page
Facebook Event Page
Online Registration 

LGR CX p/b Tonka Cycle & Ski-October 21-22, 2017
Jackson Meadow
Marine on St. Croix, MN
Facebook Event Page
Online Registration

Karma Cross-October 28-29, 2017
Hansen Park
New Brighton, MN
Online Registration

Fulton Star Cross-November 4-5, 2017
Lions Valley Place Park
Crystal, MN
Facebook Event Page
Online Registration  

Croix Cross-November 11, 2017
Hudson Grandview Park
Hudson, WI 

Theo Wirth Cyclocross Classic-November 12, 2017
Theodore Wirth Park
Minneapolis, MN 

Cross Fer Tots-November 26, 2017
Cambridge, MN

For more updates on USA Cycling cyclocross events in Minnesota visit the USA Cycling events search page.

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8/20/2017

Trek Launches New Plus and Gravel Bikes for 2018

Coming soon or available now at a Trek Dealer near you are the following five bike models that will have you riding singletrack, gravel or doing some bikepacking.  These are completely new bikes that will take you on some awesome riding adventures.

Trek 1120
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The Trek 1120 is my favorite new offering in the plus bike category.  It is basically a 29+ bikepacking/touring bike based on the Trek Stache.  This new model starts off with an Alpha Platinum Aluminum frame with internal derailleur & dropper post routing, G2 geometry, Stranglehold dropouts, 1120 Adventure HCM Carbon fork and  proprietary bikepacking front and rear rack.  The Shimano SLX M7000 11 speed (11-46T) drivetrain provides the "go anywhere" platform that this bike was designed for.  Comes with SRAM Level T hydraulic disc brakes, SUNringlé Duroc 50 SL 28-hole TLR Wheels with Boost 110 (front) & Boost 148 (rear) hubs, Bontrager Chupacabra (29x3 Tubeless) tires and a Bontrager Drop Line 125 dropper post (15.5: Drop Line 100).  Comes in color Matte Solid Charcoal.  MSRP is $2499.99.  Limited availability now with new shipments arriving in late October 2017.

Roscoe 8
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New to the trek plus bike lineup for 2018 is the Trek Roscoe.  This 27.5+ bike comes in two models the Roscoe 8 and Roscoe 7 featured below.  This bike starts off with an Alpha Gold Aluminum frame with internal derailleur & dropper post routing, a 120 mm travel RockShox Judy Silver TK suspension fork, Shimano M315 hydraulic disc brakes, SRAM NX 11 speed drivetrain and SUNringlé Duroc 40 SL 28-hole tubeless-ready wheels with Schwalbe Rocket Ron Performance (27.5x2.80 Tubeless) tires.  Boost141 hub spacing, trail geometry, an E2 tapered head tube and Bontrager dropper post round out this model.  Comes in color Roarange.  This model also comes in a Women's Specific Design in color Matte Dnister Black.  MSRP is $1259.99.  Pre-order now from your local Trek Dealer and expect delivery in early October 2017.


Roscoe 7
Image Credit: Trek

The Roscoe 7 is also a 27.5+ bike that starts off with an Alpha Gold Aluminum frame with internal derailleur & dropper post routing, a 120 mm travel RockShox Judy Silver TK suspension fork (13.5: 100mm travel), Tektro M285 hydraulic disc brakes, a Shimano Deore M6000 10 speed drivetrain and SUNringlé Duroc 40 SL 28-hole tubeless-ready wheels with Schwalbe Rocket Ron Performance (27.5x2.80 Tubeless) tires.  Boost141 hub spacing, trail geometry and an E2 tapered head tube just like the Roscoe 8 complete this model.  Comes in color Matte Trek Black.  This model also comes in a Women's Specific Design in color Matte Anthracite.  MSRP is $1069.99.  Pre-order now from your local Trek Dealer and expect delivery in early September 2017. Women's Specific Design models are available now.

Domane SL 5 Gravel
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The first of two new gravel bikes from Trek for 2018 is the Domane SL 5 Gravel.  This bike features a 500 Series OCLV Carbon frame (DuoTrap S compatible), front and rear IsoSpeed decouplers to smooth out rough roads, a Domane carbon disc fork, Shimano RS805 flat mount hydraulic disc brakes and a Shimano 105 11-speed drivetrain. Schwalbe G-One Allround tires (700x35c Tubeless), tubeless-ready wheels, hidden fender mounts, internal cable routing and a Ride Tuned seatmast finish off this build.  Comes in color Matte Shady Grey.  MSRP is $2499.99.  Pre-order now from your local Trek Dealer and expect delivery in late October 2017.

Domane ALR 5 Gravel
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The other "Smooth Advantage" Domane gravel bike is the Domane ALR 5 Gravel.  This bike features a 200 Series Alpha Aluminum frame, rear IsoSpeed decoupler for a smooth ride, a Domane carbon disc fork, TEKTRO Spyre flat mount mechanical disc brakes and a Shimano 105 11-speed drivetrain.  Hidden fender mounts, DuoTrap S compatibility, tubeless-ready wheels and Schwalbe G-One Allround tires (700x35c Tubeless) complete this build.  Comes in color Solid Charcoal.  MSRP is $1889.99.  Pre-order now from your local Trek Dealer and expect delivery in late October 2017.

8/11/2017

2018 Trek Farley Fatbikes Showing Up Now at Dealers

The new stock of 2018 Trek Farleys is just now starting to show up at Trek Authorized Dealers.  While not all of the line is available now, certain models are and the others will be soon.  Visit your local Trek dealer to pre-order the models that will be available later this Summer and Fall.

Farley EX 9.8
$5499.99
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Trek's carbon full-suspension offering, the Farley EX 9.8 starts with an OCLV Mountain Carbon mainframe & alloy stays, ABP, Full Floater, EVO Link and Control Freak inner cable routing.  The 120mm of travel comes from a Manitou Mastodon 34 Comp fork and Fox Performance Float EVOL, RE:aktiv 3-position damper tuned by Trek Suspension Lab.  Carbon Wampa TLR 80mm wheels fitted with Bontrager Hodag (TLR 120 tpi) 27.5x3.8" tires make up the wheelset.  The drivetrain consists of SRAM Eagle 12 speed shifter, SRAM GX Eagle Roller Bearing Clutch rear derailleur, SRAM GX Eagle 10-50, 12 speed cassette and SRAM Stylo Carbon, 30T Direct Mount X-Sync crank.  For the cockpit, Bontrager Line Pro OCLV carbon bars, Bontrager Line Pro stem, SRAM Guide RS hydraulic disc brakes and Bontrager's Drop Line 125 dropper post finish out this model.  Comes in color Quicksilver.  Available for pre-order now from Penn Cycle or your local Trek dealer with delivery mid September 2017.

Farley EX 8
$3499.99
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Trek's aluminum full-suspension offering, the Farley EX 8 starts with an Alpha Platinum Aluminum frame with ABP, Full Floater, and EVO Link.  The 120mm of travel comes from a Rock Shox Bluto RL fork and Fox Performance Float EVOL, RE:aktiv 3-position damper tuned by Trek Suspension Lab.  SUNringlé MuleFüt 80mm 32-hole cutout rims laced with Bontrager hubs and fitted with Bontrager Hodag (TLR 120 tpi) 27.5x3.8" tires make up the wheelset.  The drivetrain consists of SRAM GX 11-speed shifter, Race Face Aeffect 28T Direct Mount narrow/wide cranks, SRAM GX rear derailleur and SRAM XG-1150 10-42 11-speed cassette.  SRAM Level T hydraulic disc brakes and a KS eThirty Integra remote lever dropper post finish out this model.  Comes in color California Skye Blue.  Available now from Penn Cycle or your local Trek dealer.

Farley 9.8
$4799.99
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The 2018 Trek Farley 9.8 has some minor changes over the 2017 model including a color change to Matte Metallic Gunmetal, a Bontrager Drop Line 125 seatpost and a SRAM GX Eagle 12 speed drivetrain.  Features that carry over from last year's model are the carbon Wampa TLR 80mm wheels, 100mm suspension corrected carbon frame and fork, SRAM Guide RS hydraulic disc brakes, Bontrager Barbegazi (TLR, 120 tpi) 27.5x4.5" tires, Bontrager Montrose Elite (hollow Titanium rails) saddle and Bontrager Pro stem.  Available now from Penn Cycle or your local Trek dealer.

Farley 9.6
$2799.99
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The 2018 Trek Farley 9.6 has a color change from the 2017 model to Matte Solid Charcoal.  The drivetrain remains the same with SRAM GX 11-speed shifter, Race Face Aeffect 28T Direct Mount narrow/wide cranks, SRAM GX rear derailleur and SRAM XG-1150 10-42 11-speed cassette.  SUNringlé MuleFüt 80mm 32-hole cutout rims with Bontrager Barbegazi (TLR, 120 tpi) 26x4.50" tires make up the wheelset, ESI Chunky grips and SRAM Level T hydraulic disc brakes round out this affordable carbon bike.  Available for pre-order now from Penn Cycle or your local Trek dealer with delivery mid September 2017.

Farley 7
$2399.99
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The Farley 7 has an Alpha Platinum Aluminum frame, 197mm rear spacing Stranglehold rear axle dropout.  Upgrades from 2017 are a Manitou Mastodon 34 Comp 80mm suspension fork, 27.5" SUNringlé MuleFüt 80mm 32-hole cutout rims with Bontrager Gnarwhal studdable (TLR, 120 tpi) 27.5x4.50" tires.  The drivetrain consists of  SRAM NX 11-Speed shifters, Race Face Aeffect 28T Direct Mount narrow/wide cranks, SRAM NX rear derailleur and SRAM PG-1130 11-42, 11 speed cassette.  Like last year's model it still contains the SRAM Level T hydraulic disc brakes. Comes in color Viper Red.  Available for pre-order now from Penn Cycle or your local Trek dealer with delivery late August 2017.

Farley 5
$1729.99
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Trek's entry level fatbike has an Alpha Platinum Aluminum frame, is 100mm suspension corrected with 197mm rear spacing Stranglehold rear axle dropout.  The drivetrain consists of Shimano Deore 10-Speed shifter, Race Face Aeffect 28T Direct Mount narrow/wide cranks, Shimano Deore Shadow Plus rear derailleur and a Shimano HG50 11-42, 10 speed cassette.  Other features include SRAM Level hydraulic disc brakes, 27.5" SUNringlé MuleFüt 80mm 32-hole cutout rims with with Bontrager Gnarwhal studdable (TLR, 120 tpi) 27.5x4.50" tires and a Bontrager Haru OCLV Carbon fork.  Comes in color Matte Trek Black.  Available now from Penn Cycle or your local Trek dealer.

7/28/2017

Welch Village Mountain Bike Park Brings Downhill Close to the Twin Cities


Image Credit: Clay Haglund

Welch Village will be having their Grand Opening Weekend for their new Mountain Bike Park Friday, July 28th through the 30th with lift served access for their downhill trails.  The chairlift starts at 3pm on Friday to kick off the weekend and will continue to run until 7pm.

As of now they have two trails open, Air Bear (Advanced Riders ONLY, Trail has high risk features, Mandatory jumps, Steep drops with no ride arounds, Your wheels may leave ground, downhill traffic only) and Joy Ride (Gentle to moderate climbs and decent, with obstacles such as rock, gravel, berms, bridges, and pot holes. Previous mountain biking experience highly recommended).  Welch Village hopes to open their third trail, Aquaman (Intermediate riders ONLY, Large berms, Large Rollers, optional jumps on trail, downhill traffic only) sometime over Grand Opening Weekend.

Image Credit: Clay Haglund

Purchase a daily lift ticket for $22 and under their "Try it" promotion if you really love it they will apply the credit paid towards a $99 MTB season pass.

Image Credit: Griff Wigley

Hours of operation for Saturday are 10am to 5pm and Sunday 11am to 5pm.  Activities for opening weekend include free mountain bike skills clinics from Valley Bike & Ski, bike rental specials, demos and door prizes.


For more information about opening weekend visit the Welch Village website or the Facebook Event Page.  Updates on the trails can be found at their Facebook page and on their Trail Report page.
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