Mallet E LS Delivers Wide Q-Factor for Stability & Control

Mallet E LS Delivers Wide Q-Factor for Stability & Control

Crankbrothers has released a new long spindle version of it’s award-winning Mallet E enduro pedals. The Mallet E LS features a 5mm longer spindle, delivering a wide 57mm q-factor vs. the 52mm q-factor of the standard Mallet E. The increased q-factor provides for greater shoe clearance, stability, and control.

Q-Factor comparison Mallet E vs. Mallet E LS

“The Mallet E LS is a direct result of feedback from our customers and pro riders,” said Kellen Trachy, Crankbrothers Global Marketing Manager. “Though a majority prefer the standard 52mm q-factor of the Mallet E for it’s maneuverability advantages in tight singletrack, a number of riders have asked for a wider version for increased shoe clearance and stability at speed. Now riders have the option to choose the model that meets their needs.”

Martin Maes riding the mallet E LS at the 2016 EWS Snowmass Aspen Colorado USA.

Enduro World Series racers Curtis Keene, Martin Maes, and Iago Garay were seen riding the Mallet E LS at EWS #5 at Aspen Snowmass.

Curtis Keene riding the Mallet E LS at the 2016 EWS Snowmass Aspen Colorado USA.

About the Mallet E LS

The Mallet E LS features a unique two-toned black and electric blue body, and a wide 57mm q-factor for increased shoe clearance, stability, and control. The concave platform features 6 adjustable pins per side for grip, ribbed body sections for traction when unclipped, and chamfered edges to reduce rock-strikes. Traction pad technology allows for customization and optimization of the shoe/pedal interface. The clip-in mechanism features 4-sided entry, superior mud shedding, and customizable float & release angle. Like all of crankbrothers 2016 clip-in pedals, the Mallet E LS is outfitted with premium bearings and double seal system, and is backed by a 5 year warranty.

The Mallet E LS ($165/€165) is available now at and dealers worldwide.

Iago Garay riding the Mallet E LS at the 2016 EWS Snowmass Aspen Colorado USA.

Photo Credits: Sven Martin

The UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup Chronicle Paralympics next!

The UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup Chronicle Paralympics next!

The UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup Chronicle
The UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup Chronicle

– What happened? –

The UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup stopped over in the Basque Country last weekend. Among the 246 athletes from 34 countries present, the Polish riders achieved impressive results with a total of 12 medals, including six gold.

The men’s tandem events turned out to be a great duel between Poland and Spain. The Polish riders Marcin Polak and Michal Ladosz were quicker in the time trial, but were beaten in the road race by the Spanish duo of Ignacio Avila Rodriguez and Joan Font Bertoli. Another Polish tandem, Przemyslaw Wegner and Artur Koec, left the competition with silver in the time trial and bronze in the road race. Meanwhile Spain’s Carlos Gonzalez Garcia and Noel Martin Infante finished third in the time trial.

The South African team showed its depth of talent in the Men’s T2 class. Gerhard Viljoen claimed victory in the time trial and took bronze in the road race which was won by fellow South African Goldy Fuchs. The Czech Republic’s David Vondracek took two silver medals. Quentin Aubague (FRA) and Sergei Semochkin (RUS) finished first and second respectively in both the T1 time trial and road race.

Austria’s Wolfgang Eibeck and Dutch athlete Daniel Abraham Gebru laid down the law in the Men’s C5 class. After finishing first and second respectively in the time trial, they switched finishing positions in the road race. Poland’s Anna Harkowska and Argentinean Mariela Analia Delgado did the same in the women’s events: Harkowska won the time trial and Delgado the road race. Tereza Diepoldova (CZE) won both events in the C2 class.

South African Ernst Van Dyk again proved he is a formidable competitor. The multiple Paralympic medallist dominated the H5 races, twice finishing in front of Portugal’s Luis Miguel Costa. Spain’s Jose Vicente Arzo Diago (time trial) and Francisco Tamarit Sotomayir (road race) took the third places on the podium. Rafal Wilk (POL), Joël Jeannot (FRA) and Mathieu Bosredon (FRA) took the top three places in the two H4 events.


– What’s Next? –

Rio 2016 Paralympic Games – September 8-11 (track) and September 14-17 (road)


– What you should know about… –

…the SAIATU foundation

After organising 19 editions of the Paracycling Bizkaiko Bira (on the UCI International Para-cycling Calendar) during which 1200 athletes from 32 countries have competed, the SAIATU (specialised in rehabilitation and sport for disabled in the Spanish Basque Country) stepped up a level by hosting the UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup, a first for the region.

The event went through four municipalities: while the time trials took place in Vitoria-Gazteiz, the road races were held in Elorrio (tricycle and handbike), Mungia (tandem and C classes) and Bilbao (mixed relay for handbikes).


UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup Rankings


– Photo of the Week –

The 2016 UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup is now over


– Focus on Sandra Graf –

Sandra Graf

Winner of the 2016 UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup in the H4 class, Switzerland’s Sandra Graf also competes in handisport athletics. At the London 2012 Paralympic Games, she won medals in the two sports: gold in the H3 para-cycling time trial and bronze in the wheelchair marathon (T54).

Principal results

1st – 2016 UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup, H4
3rd – 2015 UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup, H4
3rd – 2015 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships, time trial
3rd – 2015 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships, road race
3rd – 2013 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships, time trial
3rd – 2013 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships, road race
1st – London 2012 Paralympic Games, H3 time trial

Bulls Bikes USA Unveils 2016 Mountain Bike Models

Bulls Bikes USA Unveils 2016 Mountain Bike Models

Bulls Bikes USA, a German-born bike company that launched in the U.S. April 2015, is unveiling eight models this spring 2016. Available online only through Bulls’ website are four new mountain bikes, two new road bikes and two new cyclocross bikes, on top of the company’s existing 27 models.

We’re incredibly excited to bring in new models that will add to the already successful launch of the brand in the U.S.,” said Sharon Yu, general manager of Bulls Bikes USA. “We’re offering truly unbeatable quality bikes at groundbreakingly low prices. What has been most rewarding is that consumers are using our customized and interactive sizing charts to dial in their bike choices and make purchasing decisions. It’s definitely been a proof of concept.”

In the mountain bike lineup, Bulls is expanding on its four-bike fleet of Copperhead models that will retail as low as the $1,299.00 Copperhead supreme 29 +, to $1,999.00 for the Copperhead 3 RSi and Copperhead 29 RSi models. Two of the Copperhead models, the Copperhead 3 RSi and the Copperhead 29 RSi, will be ready to shred with FOX 32 Float and 100mm forks. Bulls will also build on the Wild Cup all-mountain series with the Wild Cup 3, a lavishly-specced and lightweight all-mountain hammer.

Bulls Copperhead

Copperhead 3 RSi $1,999

Bulls Copperhead

Copperhead 29 RSi $1,999

Bulls Copperhead

Copperhead supreme 29 + $1,299

Wild Cup

Wild Cup 3 $2,399

Founded in Germany in 1994, Bulls offers a diverse selection of bicycles including mountain bikes, road bikes, e-bikes, children’s bikes, hybrids, commuters and urban models. The brand has enjoyed notable success and widespread popularity as a staple bike manufacturer throughout Europe and launched in the U.S. market in 2015. To learn more about Bulls Bikes USA, please visit

Italian Cycling Federation promoting safety and health among children

Italian Cycling Federation promoting safety and health among children

Italian Cycling Federation promoting safety and health among children



Nibali’s Giro d’Italia win has inspired Italy’s young generation


Vincenzo Nibali’s victory in last year’s Tour de France has inspired a new wave of young cyclists in Italy.

The Youth Sector of Italy’s National Federation, the Federazione Ciclistica Italiana (FCI), reports a 5.3% increase in children’s membership in 2014 compared to 2013. The 7-12 year category alone boasts 14,641 members.

The activity of FCI’s Youth Sector lies at the intersection between growing the sport and promoting bike mobility. In this respect, Italy – one of the traditional powerhouses of cycle-sport – is devoting increasing resources to enlarging the bottom layers of the pyramid, with a true cycling-for-all vision.

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Giving every child the opportunity to ride a bike is one of the three objectives of the UCI Advocacy Commission. In this spirit, FCI developed a number of projects, with a range of collaborations that tells all about the intrinsic cross-sectoral nature of cycling.

Now in its 8th edition, Pinocchio in Bicicletta is an educational programme catering to primary school children aged 6 to 10. It focuses on three areas: nutrition, the environment and bikeability (basic knowledge of the machine and road safety fundamentals).

“By teaching children the essentials of how a bike is made and of how they should behave on the roads, we lay the foundations to nurture a generation of cyclists,” says Youth Sector Director Maurizio Luzzi. “Every year, we manage to connect with 10,000 to 12,000 school kids.

“More and more schools are becoming aware of the importance of cycling in the upbringing of kids. They welcome our efforts, and facilitate the distribution of our informative literature.”

Sulla buona strada…in bici (Riding on the right path) targets intermediate schools. The project leverages on one of the assets of the FCI: its widespread network of affiliated clubs and cycling schools. Workshops are organised with practical sessions, where kids are given the chance to refine their technique under the supervision of licensed cycling coaches. The initiative is run in cooperation with the Ministry for Transport, and while still in its pilot stage reached between 3,000 and 4,000 youngsters in 50 schools across the country.

A number of partners are brought on board in the framework of the Icaro XV road safety campaign. The initiative is led by the Traffic Department of the State Police, with the contribution of the Ministry of Education and other public and private sector organisations. The FCI plays a central role in the coalition, having produced all the tutorials concerning cycling, which is the core theme of this year’s Icaro. Ambassador of the campaign is Paolo Savoldelli, 2002 and 2005 Giro d’Italia winner and arguably the best descender in modern cycling – a guy who can say a thing or two about the importance of bike handling skills.

On the pro cycling side, it should be noted how the National Traffic Police – simply indispensable to any road race – has a long-standing partnership with Giro d’Italia Organiser RCS Sport. Since 2001, thanks to the joint projectBiciscuola, 100,000 children are reached each year – both at school and during the stages of La Corsa Rosa. The focus is on road safety and biking to school.

“Health and safety are our two top priorities in cycling for all, and with bikes we redesign our cities and our life trajectories,” says FCI President Renato di Rocco. “We have the responsibility to teach children about how good cycling is for themselves and for the society. By giving them a correct education, we ensure they can stay as safe as possible on the roads – enjoying cycling all through their lives, staying healthy and preserving the environment.”

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Buy One Gift One Free SubscriptionsRecently I got into shooting photos of people at the conclusion of an epic adventure, to try to capture the jubilation, relief, exhaustion and sense of achievement from what we have just completed. In 2012, we rode a 12-day out-and-back through the Uttrakahand region of India, a steep mountainous area tucked under the Himalayas at the edge of the Nepalese border. I shot a portrait of each of our nine-rider team, two minutes after we rolled out of the very last descent on the last day. Then I set up my Leica M9 and handed it to one of the group to shoot me. Somehow I look like I have just finished a Sunday ride, so that clearly did not work this time around.

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New Year, New You?

New Year, New You?

This is the time of year where you might think about starting a new diet or eating more healthily thanks to the excesses of the holidays and the ‘blues’ that tend to follow. In fact if you are anything like friends and colleagues of mine, most people have already started and failed a couple of diets since January 1st. One of the things that is perceived as a little easier to follow that a fad diet, is to take supplements to help you in a particular area. One that seems popular this year, is Raspberry Ketone.

What is Raspberry Ketone Used For?

Raspberry Ketone is a natural phenolic compound which is responsible for the smell or scent of raspberry. In other words, when you smell a ripe red raspberry, Raspberry Ketone is responsible for what you are actually smelling. Despite its name, Raspberry Ketone is actually found in other fruits too, including cranberries and blackberries.

Raspberry Ketone is marketed as a natural weight-loss supplement, rather than one used to target a specific area of the body. It is used in weight loss management and considered to be helpful in breaking down fat more efficiently in your body. This is because it is thought to regulate and increase the quantity of adiponectin in the body, which is the protein that regulates metabolism. The more adiponectin in the body, the lower body fat is thought to be. This is therefore seen as somewhat of a miracle supplement as, should it be effective, it does not involve doing anything different in your diet or your exercise regimen.

The Cost of Raspberry Ketone

Raspberry ketone in its natural form can cost as much as $20,000 per kilo. This is because only a 1-4mg can be extracted from an entire kilo of ripe red raspberries. As Raspberry ketone can be synthesised far more cheaply, this is the normal way supplements have been created. Supplements tend to contain either 100mgs or 500mgs of Raspberry Ketone per capsule and depending on the dosage they are often one per day. Initially the supplements were very expensive, but as some time has passed since they became more popular, they are now well-priced. However, do not be fooled by poor quality imports that are very cheap. You should choose high quality certified supplements made by a reputable manufacturer.

Blind Me With Science

Scientific exploration is limited. In fact, there have only been very small studies on mice and no human studies undertaken at all to this point. However, with the latest investigations into Raspberry Ketone seeing a potential reduction in the chances of contracting liver cancer and a positive reduction of cell damage, these seem likely to increase and hopefully produce many positive results. There are no known side effects, although with Raspberry Ketone being a stimulant, some people have reported having symptoms such as heart palpitations and sleeplessness. Without scientific study and the passing of time, we will not know any negative effects, but it has been passed as a safe food product in both the US and UK among other countries.

A Bit of Bad Press

The Raspberry Ketone Diet Plan was under fire in the UK back in July after fake celebrity endorsements from Adele, Victoria Beckham and even the Duchess of Cambridge were used through Facebook advertising. It is thought that thousands of women purchased the plan which was not a one-off payment as they imagined, but in fact a monthly subscription service. It is unlikely that this did much to damage the reputation of Raspberry Ketone, but bad press is never positive.

So, Raspberry Ketones may well be worth a try, but we may need to wait until science catches up to verify this!

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Dale is a long-time student of health, wellness and nutrition. He’s currently working with Well Beings Health and Nutrition Centre in Langley, Canada.