Friday, September 27th, 2013 | by ergonusa
Just east of Leadville, CO there is high alpine terrain that is untapped on the bicycle. Almost all of it rideable, but you have to work to get it. So, yes, you have to push and carry your bike. The other catch, there is no trail. That’s right. Each time you ride in this location you pick your route. Each ride is different although you are riding the same chunk of terrain around 13,000 ft. On a late September day, we spend 3 hours riding in a place many people will ever experience. The goal today? Testing the new 2014 SME3 saddle and GE1 grips, which will be released in February 2014. Pictures tell the story.
Tuesday, September 24th, 2013 | by ergonusa
The dust has finally settled from a very successful Interbike 2013 in Las Vegas, NV. Ergon was a hot brand this year with our preview of many new 2014 product, including the GE1 grip, SME3 saddle, SRX3 saddle, and more! Below are the link to all the Ergon related media coverage to come out of Interbike ’13. Click the respective pictures to gain access to the full coverage.
More to come as the post-Interbike week continues…..
Wednesday, September 4th, 2013 | by ergonusa
“This is a compact pack built to carry full-size loads.”
“I crashed a couple times this summer and the pack didn’t budge.”
“This pack makes me feel like I don’t carry enough stuff. Or, maybe it’s telling me that I need more adventure and longer rides? I’ll go with the latter.”
“I have used this pack several times while hiking. The pack is equally as comfortable on your feet over long distances.”
“A compact pack worthy of epic adventures!”
Click the image to access the full review….
Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013 | by ergonusa
August 24, 2013
Beginning August 24th at 8:00 AM Team Topeak-Ergon’s Eddie O’Dea set out to cross the state of Georgia along the Trans North Georgia route with 35 others. They started in a fog and 60 degree temperatures, but the highs for the day would rise to the 80s. TNGA is 350 miles with over 56,000 feet of climbing and consists of a combination various grade forest roads, single track and some pavement. All racers must complete the route 100% unsupported.
This would be O’Dea’s third attempt on this route with the previous two resulting in record setting times. “There was a lot of external pressure on me to better my previous effort, there was even more internal pressure.” O’Dea set the course record in 2010 at 55 hours and 27 minutes and again in 2011 at 48 and 34 minutes. Adding to the pressure was the return of both Shey Lindner and Jason Murrell, who managed to tie O’Dea’s record to the minute in 2012.
“I knew those two guys were going to bring their A game and lot of confidence to the race this year, so I knew I simply had to execute my race to near perfection in order to win.” said O’Dea who lead early, but got lost during one of the two reroutes this year. “I had to trust Google maps as my recon to get through the Sky Valley section and that was mistake. Two dead-end roads later I was finally through there after losing 30 minutes.” Shey Lindner made no mistakes and took the lead.
“I chased for nearly a 150 miles before I knew I was back in the lead” says O’Dea. “There was a particularly wet section of single track and it occurred to me that there was no other tracks in front of me.” It was would be another 25 miles before someone relied the info that Lindner had to drop out due to a mechanical.
Sunday morning he arrived at Mulberry Gap Mountain Bike-Get-Away about 3 hours ahead of his previous attempt and kept his stop brief. In second place and only an hour back at that point was the female leader, Lisa Randall.
Sunday afternoon he was on pace to finish around midnight. He made it passed the infamous Snake Creek Gap section of rocky single track in the late afternoon and with renewed confidence he gunned it for the remaining 60 miles.
“With the technical part of the route behind me I just wanted to cover as much ground as possible before sunset. I just stayed on the gas right up to my limit. I just tried to stay focused on my form as much as possible.” That was apparently worked because O’Dea came in nearly an hour ahead of his own predictions covering the 350 miles in 39 hours and 3 minutes for another course record.
“I’m stoked to have bettered my time again. That is such a hard course. The numbers don’t do it justice. I’ve raced a lot of courses, but the combination of climbing, the rugged terrain, the humidity takes a toll on me physically and mentally. On the other hand I’m working with the best equipment, the best nutrition and the best bike fit, so I have total confidence that if I just stick with it the results will come.
Eddie O’Dea, 1st Place, New Course Record