ERGON ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH 4 ATHLETES COMPETING IN THE 2014 DIRTY KANZA 200

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014 | by ergonusa

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After an exhausting application process, Ergon is proud to announce its partnership with 4 riders who be competing in the 2014 Dirty Kanza 200 gravel road race aboard the new Ergon CF3 Pro Carbon seat post. Designed to kill road buzz and soak up imperfections in the road surface, the CF3 Pro Carbon presents itself as a product that is ideal for the 200 miles of rough and rocky terrain of the Kansas Flint Hills region.

All registered riders of the Dirty Kanza 200 were invited to apply for a chance to train and race on the CF3 Pro Carbon.  After a 60 day process, Ergon has picked 2 female and 2 male riders to receive, train, and compete on the Ergon CF3 Pro Carbon in the 2014 Dirty Kanza 200.  Below, see who we chose and get to know the riders.

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Andrea Cohen
Location: Iowa
Andrea Cohen
Andrea Cohen is a 24 year-old bike shop employee and school bus driver from Iowa. Andrea has always been an active person, competing in rowing throughout high-school and at a collegiate level. Once she decided Big 10 sports weren’t for her she explored triathlons and Crossfit in efforts to stay active. Already a bike commuter the cycling aspect of triathlons seemed to fit the best.  So she simplified everything, decided to start wandering country roads she typically avoided and discovered a whole entire community of people she fit right into. Gravel, b-roads, and Casey’s pizza. She had found a seemingly hidden community of like-minded people and uncomplicated races to fuel her need for adventure. This new path began in 2011 and still in 2014 Andrea is learning more on every ride, meeting wonderful people, and achieving more than she ever imagined.  Andrea is a past finisher of the Dirty Kanza 200 and Trans-Iowa….a rider we should all be keeping an eye on this Spring.

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Michelle Knight
Location: Michigan
Michelle Knight
“I want to prove to my husband that I can kick is ass!”  That was a strong statement that caught our attention in the application process. Michelle was signed up for the Dirty Kanza 200 by her husband without her even knowing.  Now, here she is preparing for one of the hardest single day gravel events in the World.  This 40-year old mother of 4 is on a mission to crush Kansas gravel and her husband. “I turned 40 on New Year’s Eve and so far the theme of this year has been “adventure”!  I began with climbing Bobaquiviri in Tucson, AZ.  In March I will be mountain biking in Moab.  Later on I will be competing in two 70.3 Ironman events and the biggest on the list is Dirty Kanza 200.  I’m so FIRED UP!

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Chad Ament
Location: Illinois
Chad Ament

Lover of tacos. His name is Chad Ament, and has lived in the corn fields of Nor-ILL all of his 27 trips around the sun. Chad was infected by bicycles at the young age of 10, and nothing he has discovered since has been as fun or therapeutic.  When Chad is not riding bikes, he’s building bikes at North Central Cyclery in Dekalb, IL. Chad is a huge advocate of the gravel scene in his area, hosting multiple events and group rides throughout the year with the non-profit organization Axletree. In addition to riding the Dirty Kanza 200 single speed this year, he will be riding Trans-Iowa, Chequamegon 100, SSUSA, a few local events, and volunteering at numerous Axletree events.

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Mike Morin
Location: Missouri
Mike Morin
Hailing from Missouri, Mike likes to set lofty goals. 5 years ago, being overweight and quite lazy, biking was the last thing he wanted to do. A destroyed knee from a dirt bike accident changed that. Looking to rehab and stay active, possibly shedding a few pounds in the process, Mike started riding.  Today, 70lbs lighter, Mike gets on the saddle as much as possible, whether road, MTB, or commuting.  He doesn’t take any race or activity too seriously. At the end of the day, he just make sure he’s enjoying it. With friends that offer a great support system he signed up for the 2014 Dirty Kanza 200. His severe type-A team mate has put together a training program that is going to get him to the finish line before sunset… 14 hours and 47 minutes, or something crazy like that! “Truly, finishing will be an awesome accomplishment as it seems half the field every year drop out. So the official Kanza goal: beat the sun. But as long as I cross that line under my own power, I’ll be happy.” stated Mike after he learned he was picked to race on the CF3 Pro Carbon.

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Let us all wish these riders the best of luck! Over the next few months, these 4 riders will share their experiences with the CF3 Pro Carbon as they prepare to ride 200 miles through Kansas in a single day. Stay tuned to our blog and social media links as we follow along with these 4 highly motivated riders.

Ergon Blog: http://www.ergon-bike.com/us/en/blog/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ergoninternational
Twitter: http://twitter.com/Ergon_Intl
Instagram: http://instagram.com/ergonbike

The CF3 Pro Carbon is available now direct from Ergon USA and fine bike shops across the USA.

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HOW TO CORRECTLY INSTALL THE NEW ERGON GE1

Monday, February 10th, 2014 | by ergonusa

The new 2014 Ergon GE1 is one of the most advanced round grips on the market today.  Unlike other round grips from other brands on the market, the GE1 is right and left specific.  Is also has a required top and bottom orientation.  Failure to follow the instructions provided or the specifics of the grip orientation on the handlebar can result in possible rider injury, soreness in the hand while riding, and/or an unsatisfactory result in the use of the product.  In addition to the instructions provided with every pair of GE1 grips, below, we give a quick and accurate description on how to install the GE1 grip set.

The required tools for the correct installation of the GE1 are…

- a clean cloth or paper towel
- torque wrench with a 3mm allen head
- 3mm allen wrench

STEP 1
Remove your existing grips.  Proceed by taking the cloth or paper towel and cleaning the grip area.  Make sure the grip mounting area of the handlebar is clean of any dirt, prior grip adhesives, water, oils, etc.

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STEP 2
We will start with the right grip.  The GE1 grips are Right and Left specific.  This is easily identifiable by looking at the clamps of each grip.

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STEP 3
Take the 3mm allen wrench and loosen the clamping bolt.  This will help to slide the grip on the handle bar.  Slide the GE1 onto the handlebar until it hits the auto-stop on the inside of the grip.  The end of your handle bar MUST hit the auto-stop.  Double to check that you are indeed hitting the auto-stop.  Make sure the GE1 is not being stopped by your brake lever or shifter clamp.

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STEP 4
The GE1 grips have a proper top and bottom orientation.  The top or upward facing part of the grip is labeled ‘UP’ on the clamps of the GE1.  This must face upward in order for the grips to function and fit the rider’s hand correctly.

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STEP 5
If working in a repair stand, put the bike level on the floor.  Depending on your riding position, you may need to rotate the GE1 grip forward or backwards a few millimeters to obtain optimum riding position.  This will vary from rider to rider.  Keep in mind, you are only going to rotate the grip forwards or backward a very tiny amount, millimeters.

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STEP 6
Once you obtain the desired position of the GE1 grip with your bike level on the ground, take a look at the bike from the side.  The Ergon logo should be visible as seen below.  Double check to make sure the Ergon logo is NOT rotated in any other direction.  If the logo is not visible as seen below it means the grip(s) are rotated too far forwards or backwards.

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STEP 7
Once the grip is installed in the desired position, use a torque wrench with a 3mm allen head to tighten the clamping bolt to 3 Nm (2.2 ft lb).  A torque wrench must be used to insure rider safety and to confirm proper attachment to the handle bar.

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STEP 8
Repeat Steps 1-8 for the Left grip, then go enjoy your latest Ergon purchase.

Following these simple steps will provide you the rider with a quick installation and all the design benefits of the GE1.

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JUST IN AT MTBR.COM: GE1 GRIPS

Saturday, February 8th, 2014 | by ergonusa

The folks at Mtbr.com are some of the first folks in the USA to literally get their hands on our new GE1 grips. Give the image a click to read their first impressions and thoughts.

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GEAR OF THE DAY

Friday, February 7th, 2014 | by ergonusa

Our HE2 gloves makes BICYCLING Magazine’s 2014 Gear of the Day. Have a read at http://www.bicycling.com/gearfinderProductDetail?gfid=113921

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GE1 NOW AVAILABLE

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014 | by ergonusa

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Never has a grip gone through such a technical transformation. Even by our standards, the new GE1 is gigantic step forward in round grip technology. With feedback from gravity riders from all over the World, Ergon engineers in Germany spent countless months designing, testing, redesigning, more testing, then finally settling on what we feel is the greatest advancement in gravity-specific riding control. Aimed at riders who focus on riding #enduro, #DH, all-mountain, and technical #XC riding, the #GE1 ​has ​landed​ in the North American market after a much anticipated Eurobike and Interbike debut.

USA customers can purchase now at https://www.ergon-bike.com/us/en/shop

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THE VALLEY

Monday, February 3rd, 2014 | by ergonusa

Lee Jackson, of the Ergon supported Norco Bicycles Factory Team, taking some GA1 Evo grips for a nice walk through the woods :) Give it a click to watch!

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STRONG START TO 2014 AT THE TRANS ANDES CHALLENGE

Thursday, January 30th, 2014 | by ergonusa

January 20-25, 2014
Andes Mountains, Chile, Patagonia

The TransAndes is a challenging 6 day stage race through the Andes of the Patagonia region of Chile. The course features extreme climbing, steep descents, hike-a-bike, and some obligatory gravel grinding.
Sonya Looney committed to the early season race and took 2 stage wins and 2nd place for the remainder of stages. She rode her way to 2nd place overall for the stage race. “I wasn’t sure where my fitness would be since I stopped racing in September and have been riding meager hours indoors on the trainer for most of December and January.” She was pleasantly surprised, duking it out with 4x Leadville Champ, Rebecca Rusch.

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“Every day like clockwork, Rebecca would catch me at the 2 hour mark. It was almost comical! I came on strong in the later stages of the race putting up a serious fight for 1st place, but I had lost too much time in the first 2 stages.” The Chilean mountains threw some real challenges at riders with a 48 hour rainstorm. “The rain didn’t stop for one minute during that time. They canceled one of the stages from extreme rain and mud. It was a real struggle because I was camping. All my things were wet, I couldn’t sleep, it was cold, and all the tents were leaking. We couldn’t go anywhere to get dry and were stuck in the middle of nowhere. When the rain finally let up, people were whistling and cheering.” The steep climbs and singletrack were where Sonya could make the most time, but the rolling gravel roads and flatter sections exposed her weaknesses. “When the climbs were long and steep, I knew I’d have an advantage, but those precious minutes I would gain were quickly shut down by Rebecca when things leveled out. I know what I need to work on this year! I had great massage and mechanical support for the first time ever at a race. I hired the Que Bici guys to do mechanic work on my bike which I’ve always done on my own at stage races and it make a HUGE difference!

TEAM RESULTS
Sonya Looney, 2nd Place, Pro Women

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THE 2014 GE1 TOPS THE LIST

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014 | by ergonusa

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Our new 2014 GE1 makes the list! Explore the World’s Best Trail Products 2014 winning the Design & Innovation Award 2014 by ENDURO Mountainbike Magazine

Check out the results in Issue #008:
English: http://enduro-mtb.com/en/magazine/issue-008/
German: http://enduro-mtb.com/magazin/ausgabe-008/

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A CHANCE TO RACE THE 2014 DIRTY KANZA 200 ON THE CF3 PRO CARBON

Saturday, January 11th, 2014 | by ergonusa

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Ergon is teaming up with the 2014 Dirty Kanza 200 to give 2 women and 2 men the opportunity to train and race on the new Ergon CF3 Pro Carbon seat post. This new revolutionary carbon fiber seat post is designed to take the bite out of the road, decrease fatigue, and to help you crush gravel…. specifically, Dirty Kanza 200 gravel. Hurry, the sweepstakes ends when registration fills or in 30-days (Feb 9)…whichever may come first! Good luck!

ENTER THE SWEEPSTAKES: http://goo.gl/GSOVyR

TERMS AND CONDITIONS: http://goo.gl/7SYBXI

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FIRST IMPRESSIONS OF THE CF3 PRO CARBON SEAT POST

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013 | by ergonusa

The folks over at Gravel Grinder News have taken the new CF3 Pro Carbon seat post out on a few adventurous road rides. Check the image below to read their first impressions of our new revolutionary seat post.

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