MAKE ANY ROAD BIKE MORE COMFORTABLE

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 | by ergonusa

Outside Magazine recently got their hands on our new CF3 Pro Carbon seatpost.  They spent a few months riding is around the mountain roads of Santa Fe, NM.  Needless to say, they didn’t want to give it back.  They just posted up a few words about their time spent on the CF3.  Have a read by clicking the image below….

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NOMADIC WITH THE NOMADS

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014 | by ergonusa

Ride along with Dylan Wolsky of the Ergon sponsored, The Nomads, as he rides his new Santa Cruz 650b mtb through Chile topped off with the GA1 Evo grips and the BA3 backpack.

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TOPEAK-ERGON WINS CAPE EPIC 2014

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014 | by ergonusa

It’s a sensational result for the Topeak-Ergon Racing Team at the Cape Epic in South Africa. Robert Mennen and Kristian Hynek won the World’s toughest stage race. Sally Bigham and Esther Suess took second in the overall ranking.

With a total of 8 stages, covering 718km and 14.850m of ascent, the race is associated with blood, sweat, sun, dust, rain, fast flowing rivers and wild animals. They are conditions which face the competitors every year at the Absa Cape Epic in South Africa and the reason it is considered the hardest stage race in the World.

To win this event is a target for any of the elite professional mountain bikers, and even to take part is something which many dream of. For Robert Mennen (28) and Kristian Hynek (33) of the Topeak Ergon Racing Team, it is a dream which has now come true. After 4 days of riding as the lead team in the yellow jersey, our two heroes won the race on Sunday — a perfect result for the Koblenz based team.

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”I can’t believe that Kristian and I came here, and won this thing!” Robert said after the race. ”Cape Epic was right at the top of my ?must win’ list. This is the biggest win of my career!” Kristian also didn’t hide his joy at the result: ”This means as much to me as my European 2012 Champion’s Title”, which shows precisely how important a result they think it is.

It is a result which wouldn’t have been possible without the Fair Play principles of Jochen Kaess and Markus Kaufmann, who twice helped our team — giving wheels twice sacrificing their own ambitions in order to allow Kristian and Robert to chase theirs. ”Without their help, it is unlikely that we would be stood here,” Robert said in tribute to the Team Centurion-Vaude competitors.

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Amongst the jubilation at the Cape Epic win, there was another result to savor — Topeak Ergon’s Sally Bigham (35) and Esther Süss (riding as Team Meerendal) took 2nd place in the women’s race. A superb result in itself, and one that the team will continue to celebrate.

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All of this success is only possible thanks to the whole team — not just the athletes. Particular mention should go to team mechanic Peter Felber, and the Team Manager Dirk Juckwer. A mention also should go to the sponsors, providing the equipment which is hard wearing enough to be able to take the punishment of this race. From the ergonomic advantages from Ergon’s grip and saddle program, minimizing fatigue, to the performance of the new Canyon 29er full suspension bikes. Everything plays its part.

More information and results at: www.cape-epic.com

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WIENS KICKS OFF HIS 2014 SEASON IN TEXAS

Monday, March 31st, 2014 | by ergonusa

Austin Rattler
March 29, 2014
Austin, Texas, USA

Topeak Ergon Team rider Dave Wiens kicked off his 2014 racing season deep in the heart of Texas at the first Leadville Race Series event of year, the Austin Rattler 100k. The dry and dusty 16-mile lap was rendered fast and tacky by a spring storm that pummeled the venue with wind, rain and hailstones the evening before the race. 90-degree temps and high humidity also went the way of the dry conditions as race day began at a chilly 50 degrees and high temps only reached the mid 70’s; perfect racing conditions.

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“Race day conditions could not have been better, “ Wiens said after finishing, 4th in the four lap race with a time of 3:49:54. “It was hot and muggy during our preride on Friday and the course was soft, dusty and loose. The rain took dust out of the picture and made for a faster course with great traction.”

Almost immediately after the start, eventual first, second and third place finishers, two-time Rattler winner, Tristin Uhl, Brian Jenson and Carter Shaver were gone. “I actually thought there were more riders ahead of us. I was surprised when Will (Black) told me we were running in 4th and 5th on lap three. But I didn’t want any part of the pace at the front. Not today. Not this early in the season. Not at all, really. I’m to old!”

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Behind the leaders, windy conditions, combined with abundant gravel road and two-track sections, made for a strategic race with plenty of drafting. “The race quickly broke up into groups of riders and ours had 10-12 riders on the first lap,” Wiens recalled. Sections of twisting singletrack broke things up somewhat and a few punchy climbs helped to whittle the groups down as the race wore on. “I sort of fell off the pace and dialed it back after the first lap. After blowing to the moon here last year after just two laps, I was wary. But without killing myself, I was able to climb back into the group to start the second lap. From there, we lost a rider here and there until late in the third lap it was just Will and I.”

“We kept it steady for the final lap, and it got pretty tough as we were lapping lots of riders and having to work past them. It takes extra energy to pass but these riders are also right on that ragged edge and they’re racing, too. It was cool to see the number of riders at the event this year and everyone was having a blast.” A record 500 plus riders all rolled out for the 8am start, many of which were vying for 100 spots in the Leadville Trail 100 mountain bike race in August.

Photos by Tr-iag Sports Photography

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GE1 REVIEW BY ROKWORTH BICYCLES

Monday, March 24th, 2014 | by ergonusa

“So far I’ve logged about 50 miles with the GE1s and plan to use these as my primary grips for the season; they’re excellent.”

The folks at Rokworth Bicycles have posted up a super indepth review of our new GE1 grips. Have a look at http://www.rokworth.com/ergon-ge1-grip-review/ or click the image below

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EARLY SEASON SUCCESS AT THE TRUE GRIT 100 FOR TOPEAK-ERGON USA

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014 | by ergonusa

March 14, 2014
St. George, Utah

Saturday, March 14 marked the official start of the 2014 ultra endurance race season in the USA with the True Grit 100 in St. George, UT.  Serving as the opening round of the National Ultra Endurance Series, this long, tough, and technical course drew athletes from all over the USA to test their early season fitness on what is one of the most technical endurance race course in the USA.

Making the trip to St. George, UT to represent Topeak-Ergon USA were Sonya Looney and Jeff Kerkove.  Sonya who got a kick-start on her 2014 season with the Trans-Andes Stage Race back in January with a 2nd place overall in the final GC, was looking to continue her strong consistent riding.  Jeff came into the True Grit with some good fitness after a winter season of backcountry xc skiing and a few multi-day mtb training camps to St. George and Moab, UT.

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Sonya Looney, would have the ride of the day for the team.  With a small, but strong, Pro Women’s field, Sonya would have to battle the very rough and technical course, past NUE Series winner Cheryl Sornson, and even a mechanical.  Sonya shared her experience from her 8 hour race effort…

“I wasn’t sure where my endurance fitness would be since most of my rides have been short due to the long winter.  I was happy with where my technical skills were after no real technical riding since last year.  I rode within minutes of the Cheryl for a good portion of the race, but my front brake stopped working for the last 3.5 hours of the race making for slow trail riding and a big gap eventually opened up.  My old wrist injury from when I broke it in 2012 also flared up from the extreme jostling on the hardtail and it hurt so bad I thought it was rebroken!  My goal changed from chasing after 1st place to surviving.  Despite everything, I enjoyed the experience, accepted things as they happened, and was happy to be racing my bike on amazing desert trails!”

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Jeff Kerkove, made the trip to the Utah desert from the cold and snowy Vail Valley of Colorado.  The Pro Men’s field was one of the largest of the day, consisting of nearly 50 riders from all over the USA.  Having a great start, Jeff rode in the top 7 for the first 50 miles of the 90 mile race.  Unfortunately, almost unbelievable bad luck struck near the end of the first 50 miles.  Jeff following his return to the team van….

“I was riding along late in the final miles of lap 1 of 2.  When I was directed by a volunteer course marshal to turn right when the course actually went left.  I didn’t think twice and keep my head down and pushed on.  Eventually I ended up backtracking on the course to section I had already raced over….and found myself racing now in the Top 25 of the field.  Mentally, this crushed me.  I eventually got fed up and called it a day after 60 miles of racing. Physically I am where I need to be for March, but mentally, that was a huge blow.  It’s time now to look beyond this tiny hiccup in the early season and keep the eye on the Summer racing prize.”

TEAM RESULTS
Sonya Looney, 2nd Place, Pro Women
Jeff Kerkove, DNF, Pro Men

Next up for Team Topeak-Ergon USA is the Sea Otter Classic, the Whiskey Off-Road, and the Titan Desert Challenge in Morocco!

All photo(s) credit to Crawling Spider Photography

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ERGON LANDS IN BICYCLING MAGAZINE 2014 BUYERS GUIDE

Thursday, March 20th, 2014 | by ergonusa

Have you picked up the latest issue of Bicycling Magazine? You should, as it is their mega thick buyers guide and a few of our products land on their pages. Have a quick look….

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Available now, the BICYCLING magazine 2014 Buyers Guide.

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On page 84, a BMC utility bike complete with Ergon GP1 grips.

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Must have enduro accessories for 2014? The BA3 Evo backpack makes their list of functional and comfortable products.

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ERGON USA ADDS JEFF LENOSKY TO 2014 ERGON USA TEAM

Monday, March 17th, 2014 | by ergonusa

Ergon USA adds Jeff Lenosky to 2014 Ergon USA Team, announces grassroots Enduro team application process

March 17, 2014 (Los Angeles, Calif.)– Ergon USA is proud to announce the addition of freeriding and trials legend Jeff Lenosky to the Ergon USA Factory Team. Well known as a trials and urban rider, Lenosky’s competitive pursuits are broadening in the 2014 season, with a full schedule of Enduro events added to his calendar.

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“Jeff’s a natural fit for Ergon,” offers Jeffrey Neal, head of Ergon’s North American division, “He’s a consummate pro and an an extremely likeable athlete, one who understands the benefit of a dialed interface between rider and machine. His journey into Enduro has already been fascinating to watch – we’re looking forward to seeing him push our products to the limit in 2014.”

“It’s understandable that my commitment to Enduro is viewed as a bit of a transition,” states Lenosky, “but it’s more accurate to describe the switch in focus as a natural extension of the type of riding you’re most likely to find me enjoying with friends. Only the competitive aspect is truly new – I’ve never raced before. That alone has made it challenging, yet at the same time, incredibly enjoyable.”

“I’ve known about the Ergon for a while, but it wasn’t until I was riding in Canada with Fabien Barel that I really took interest,” continues Lenosky, “The first thing that caught my eye was the attention to detail on the new products. From there, Fabien explained the company’s philosophy about enhancing ergonomics of the contact points between rider and bike. I’ve been riding mountain bikes for over 20 years and I’m very particular about saddles and grips. I’ve never sought sponsorship for these products before, but after some extensive time on Ergon I’m hooked.”

Lenosky’s addition to Ergon’s USA Factory Team bolsters an already star-studded squad that features riders such as two-time downhill world champion, Fabien Barel,  mountain bike cross country legend, Dave Wiens and founding member of the freeride movement, Richie Schley. Fans can see at Jeff and his Ergon-kitted Giant at Enduro races across the country and world in 2014.

Ergon USA Now Accepting Applicants for Enduro Team
In related news, the application window for Ergon’s grassroots Enduro program begins today. Selected team members will be issued a full complement of products from Ergon’s Enduro offerings, including GE1 grips, BA3 pack with optional BP100 spine protector, a choice of gloves and the all new SME3 Enduro saddle. Selection criteria include race schedule, preexisting retailer partnerships, past results and social reach.

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“The brand ambassador landscape has changed as social channels have matured and our enduro program reflects that,” offers Ergon marketing and team manager Jeff Kerkove, “In the past athletes were evaluated primarily by results. Today, sponsorships like these are much more weighted by influence. Winning used to be the only way you reached an audience, but that’s no longer the case.”

“We want our Enduro team members to put our new gear through the wringer and share their exploits with their friends and the rest of the world along the way,” continues Kerkove, “We believe that after spending years in development our enduro products are ready for primetime; to be ridden hard and put away wet. There are some riders out there we believe are more than up for the task and we’re looking forward to reviewing their resumes.”

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Applicants are encouraged to apply online between now and Friday, March 28th. Riders selected for the team will be notified by email shortly after.

About Ergon USA - Founded in 2007, Ergon develops ergonomically designed products for cyclists. Each product represents a collaborative effort between top designers, engineers and athletes including downhill legend Fabien Barel and Leadville 100 champions Alban Lakata and Sally Bigham. All products undergo exhaustive testing at Germany’s most highly regarded technical institutes prior to extensive real world analysis and subsequent release to the public. Multiple international design awards and numerous victories at racing’s highest levels confirm Ergon’s position at the cutting edge of cycling performance. For more information, please visit Ergon USA’s website. 

About Jeff Lenosky - A legend of mountain bike freeriding and trials riding, Lenosky is a veteran rider who performs demos and competes in events across the country. A native of New Jersey, he is a pioneer of MTB street and urban riding and he holds the world record for the highest bunny hop on a mountain bike (45.5 inches). Jeff travels the world on behalf of his sponsors, which include Giant, Shimano, X-Fusion, and now Ergon.

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YUKI IKEDA FINISHES 2ND AT THE 2014 YAK-ATTACK

Monday, March 17th, 2014 | by ergonusa

March 3 – 11, 2014
Annapurna Circuit, Nepal

The Yak-Attack touts itself as the highest mountain bike race in the World. Rightfully so, as the 8 Stage race sends riders up to nearly 18,000 feet. The Yak-Attack’s mission is to provide inspiration, funding, and equipment for up and coming Nepali mountain bikers.

Each year nearly 50 racers toe the start line in hopes of surviving the 8 Stages, the environment, and the deep talent field of Nepali riders. This year, Yuki Ikeda, was back for revenge after attempting the race in 2013and falling ill due to the harsh conditions early in the race.

All week, Yuki would battle at the front of the race with the past Nepali winner, Ajay Pandit Chhetri. It was only a matter of time before either Yuki or Ajay would emerge as the event leader.

Due to the remoteness of the event, details as to what was happening on the race course were quiet. It wasn’t until late in the race that we were able to catch up with Yuki to get a brief event report.

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After returning from the high altitudes of the Annapurna Circuit of Nepal, Yuki filled us in on his adventure over a very slow internet feed out of Kathmandu……

“Yak Attack 2014 was the event I must FINISH because I could not finish it last year (2013) due to the horrible sickness I got during the race.

I felt great mentally and physically in the first 5 stages including two stage wins, but some mechanical issues and the altitude sickness slowed me down after Stage 5.

I had a hard time sleeping, bad headaches, achy joints, and swollen body because we were above 12,000 feet from Stage 5 to the finish!

Even though I was having hard time, the experience up in the mountain was unbelievable. The Himalaya was absolutely the most beautiful mountains I have ever seen.

Going over the Tholong La Pass at 17,800 feet was extremely hard and could be the toughest thing I have ever done on the bike, but it was an amazing experience that I will never forget.

I was very happy to cross the finish line this year and to take 2nd place overall”

Yuki will return to Japan to recover. In April, Yuki will return to the USA to compete at the Sea Otter Classic and the Whiskey Off-Road.

TEAM RESULTS
Yuki Ikeda, 2nd Place Overall

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CF3 PRO CARBON – THE 8 WEEK RIDE REPORT

Thursday, February 20th, 2014 | by ergonusa

“Even if you have no complaints with the ride quality of your bike as it is today, the Ergon CF3 will make it better.”

Gravel Grinder News chimes in with a report after 8 weeks aboard the Ergon CF3 Pro Carbon seatpost: http://gravelgrindernews.com/ergon-cf-3-pro-carbon-seat-post-mid-term/

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