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  1. Good evening Hubbers, Those more familiar with Cycleops/Saris products, especially the Magnus model, have you ever spotted the LED light flashing at 3Hz? The manual gives the detail for 1Hz, 2Hz and 4Hz (none of them good), but there's no mention for 3Hz. What possibly could it mean?
  2. Trailblazing technology that adds multi-axis movement to stationary cycling. MP1 brings the freedom of riding outside to training indoors. Click here to view the article
  3. Since their inception bike trainers have set out to solve one problem: simulation of outdoor riding, indoors. Major breakthroughs came with the introduction of smart trainers and indoor cycling apps, complete with virtual races, group rides and controlled workouts. Nfinity MP1 combines over 20 years of indoor training expertise to not only create the movement platform category - but to perfect it. The result is an unmatched trainer platform that reimagines the indoor trainer experience altogether. How does it work?Harnessing the proprietary Saris Nfinity Technology, the Saris MP1 Motion Platform provides an unparalleled way to train and move indoors. Distilled down to a combination of mechanical ingenuity and physics of movement, the Saris MP1 with Nfinity Technology is the first and only trainer platform capable of producing a responsive and natural training experience through the addition of fore/after axis movement. By adding some movement into indoor training, not only does enjoyment of indoor training increase, but comfort on the bike increases too. Pressure mapping and motion capture technology shows the MP1 significantly alleviates saddle and foot pressure compared to riding a static trainer. The MP1 Nfinity really enhances the overall indoor riding experience. I don't ever want to ride on a ‘fixed’ trainer again, quite frankly. Hunter Allen, Founder of Peaks Coaching Group & USAC-Certified Coach The movement of the MP1 also requires the rider to engage muscular groups to maintain balance, as one would do on a real ride. From engaging the upper body to get through sticky spots to activating smaller, key muscles to stay balanced, the MP1 is the only way to recruit large and small muscle groups while riding inside. Plus, anyone can use it. Designed to be universally compatible, the Saris MP1 can be used with any brand of trainer currently on the market and every Saris trainer that’s ever been produced, complete with adjustable attachment points and well-placed grip tape. Specifications:Max Fore-Aft Travel: 50 cm Max Side-to-Side Angle: 6° Materials: Steel, aluminum and birch Weight: 28 kg Dimensions: 15,2 cm tall x 160 cm long x 90,2 cm wide Compatible with all major brands and models of bike trainers Fully assembled in box Grip tape strategically placed to assist in walking on the trainer platform Tested to the combined weight (rider, bike and trainer) of 158 kg Built-in front wheel block for road and MTB Rounding out the new Saris trainer eco-system are the TD1 Trainer Desk and H3 Direct Drive Smart Trainer. Trainer Mission Control.Every training room needs a control center, and the TD1 is more than equipped for the job. Designed to perfectly compliment the MP1, the Saris TD1 is made of the same Baltic Birch and steel as the MP1. An integrated power-strip keeps training necessities charged and close at hand, while the desk itself is adjustable for a wide range of training stations; a dedicated control center for the training room. TD1 Trainer Desk Reliable. Durable. Quieter Than Ever Before.The H3 Direct Drive Smart Trainer touts the same reliability and durability as its predecessors and is the quietest direct drive smart trainer to leave Saris’s doors. Each H3 is made from cast and machined aluminum, encasing components that are meticulously calibrated to measure power, speed and cadence, as well as a precision-balanced flywheel – all built to handle 2000 watts and replicate a 20% climbing grade. H3 Direct DriveGet in contact with Bicycle Power Trading or associated Saris dealers for more information. Links:Saris H3 Smart Trainer – https://www.bicyclepower.co.za/product/saris-h3-direct-drive-smart-trainer/ Mp1 Nfinity Motion Platform – https://www.bicyclepower.co.za/product/saris-mp1-nfinity-trainer-platform/ TD1 Trainer Desk – https://www.bicyclepower.co.za/product/td1-trainer-desk/
  4. PRESS RELEASE: Today, SRAM proudly announces the acquisition of the PowerTap line of bicycle power meters from Saris®. The PowerTap product line includes the popular PowerTap P2 Pedal power meter system and the venerable PowerTap G3 Hub power meter line. https://bikerumor.com/2019/04/11/sram-acquires-powertap-will-roll-power-meter-pedals-hubs-into-quarq-lineup/ https://www.dcrainmaker.com/2019/04/sram-acquires-powertap-what-it-means-for-both-brands-and-consumers.html
  5. The Saris Bones is a boot mounted design which has been around for some time and claims to offer a sturdy tow bar free solution with bike protection in-mind. Although convenient and generally less pricey, boot mounted bicycle racks are notoriously unstable, often rubbing and scratching their precious cargo. We were interested to see just how well Saris' three bike version, the Saris Bones 3, would fair. Click here to view the article
  6. FeaturesCarries 3 bikes (16 kg/bike). Spring buckle straps with vinyl-coated hooks. Strongest frame on the market. Built with 100% recyclable materials. Rust-free injection molded plastic. Articulated rubber feet to protect paint. Ratcheting anti-sway straps for a secure hold. Arc–based design separates bikes on different levels. Frame fits over most spoilers. Available in grey, yellow, blue, orange, black, green, red and pink. Compatible with most vehicles—consult the Saris Fit Guide for approved fits. Meets European Union regulations. View this product's European certification. Lightweight at 5 kgs. Price: RRP R 2,995.00 for the Bones 3 and RRP R 2,495.00 for the Bones 2. Assembly Out of the box no tools are required for this one as the Bones 3 arrived completely assembled. The bracing arms are plastic with articulated rubber feet and attach to a central aluminium shaft. It arrived with all arms folded up in a very compact and impressively lightweight package. Overall the construction of the rack gave the impression of good quality materials and a solid design. Fitment to vehicleSetting up the Bones 3 to fit my car was a little overwhelming at first but after a few minutes of playing around I managed to get head around the Bones design, which turned out to be pretty smart and straightforward. I had the Bones 3 adjusted for my car and attached in 10 minutes. Setup is done by rotating the arms of the Bones 3 around the central shaft. The four arms that connect with car need to be adjusted to fit the shape of your boot while the two arms holding the bikes need to be set to an angle that will hold them level. The feet on the arms contacting the car are made of a soft rubber and shouldn’t cause any scratching or scuffs. The rack is secured by straps which connect above, to the side and below the rack on the rear door edges or underside of the vehicle. The straps felt strong and the latches are metal with a thick coating of paint to attempt to prevent scratching to the car. The straps are tightened using a familiar ratchet. Once all properly tensioned, trying to dislodge the Bones only resulted in shaking the car. Attaching bikesThe straps holding the bikes in place are plastic with a ratchet clip to fasten. There is softer inner layer which appears to well suited to protecting the frame. I found that bikes with small front triangles, either due to frame size or a simply snug design, were a bit of a squeeze. The combination of the top buckle straps and anti-sway straps underneath did leave too much room to work with. During testing the Bones 3 was mostly used with two bikes and it excelled at this. When testing with 3 bikes it was a very tight fit requiring a fair amount of alignment of pedals, handlebars and saddles was required to get the bikes secured safely. Given the compact design and snug fit with three bikes some additional padding between them would be advised. On the roadOnce the bikes were attached, the Bones felt secure on the car and bike movement was kept under wraps by the anti-sway straps. An additional strap may be needed though to keep the front wheel and handlebars in place. ConclusionThe Saris Bones 3 proved to be solid boot mounted rack. It feels like it is build last and secures the bikes to the car as good if not better than most other boot mounted racks we've used. Although the setup was a little overwhelming at first, once you get the design fitment is simple and intuitive. The Saris Bones 3 is available from Bicycle Power Trading either via their dealers in your area or direct on their website.
  7. Whether just a short drive to your local trail or a weekend road trip, a bike rack is a likely essential in your cycling travels. The Saris Thelma-3 is a tow ball mounted bike carrier which, as the name suggests, holds up to three bikes. Click here to view the article
  8. FeaturesCarries 3 bikes, up to 16kg each Rack does not touch the bike frame making it safe for all frame materials Unique wheel tray design holds MTB and road bikes safely and securely Tilts down for fast access to rear of vehicle Fits 26” to 29” MTB wheels. Fits ISO 50mm tow balls Tow ball clamp locks rack to vehicle Lightboard and license plate holder included Weight: 18kg Made in Italy, TUV GS certified Price: RRP R 6,995.00 (on special for R 5,595.00 at the time of publishing) AssemblyOur Thelma arrived flat packed and did require some assembly to get up and running. Almost everything you need is inside the box with the exception of a shifting spanner required to secure the tow ball clamp to the rack’s frame. The assembly is fairly straightforward and instructions easy to follow. The only snag we encountered was the Euro standard 13 pin plug fitted was not compatible with the 7 pin variety found on most South African vehicles. However, adapters are available and, if you’re feeling handy, rewiring to fit a 7 pin plug is a quick job. Fitment to the vehicle The 3-bike version of the rack is quite large, and although not overly heavy, it was somewhat awkward to attach to the vehicle on your own. Those with shorter reach may require a helper to lift and align the rack on the tow ball. Additionally, the added length of the 3-bike version might present some parking challenges, especially if you own an already lengthy vehicle. The clamp, which secures the rack to the tow ball and base frame of the rack, feels quite solid and almost industrial. Both give confidence that the rack is fit to do the job. Lowering the lever grips the clamp onto the tow ball and a definitive click lets you know that it is snug. The clamp also features a key lock which prevents the lever from lifting, leaving the rack a little more secure on your vehicle. The Thelma features a light board with the standard array of lights and an all important number plate mount to avoid you falling foul of any traffic regulations. The rack also sports a simple quick release mechanism which tilts the rack down providing access to the boot even with bikes attached. Although depending on the weight of those bikes the tilt can be tricky. The wheel mounts fold flat allowing for easier storage of the Saris Thelma when not on the vehicle. Attaching bikesOne of the key features of the Saris Thelma 3 is that it does not make contact with your bicycle frame. Many other racks we’ve tried use the frame as a key point to secure the bike which can often result in scuffs and scratches, especially when mud or dirt is involved. The Thelma features large plastic wheel mounts for the front wheel and a much smaller U shaped wheel mount for the rear. On both mounts the wheel is secured using plastic adjuster straps. The mounts are adjustable to fit 26” or 29” wheels and in our tests 650b fitted quite comfortably in the 29” mode. Mounting bikes to the rack is a breeze. Simply pop the front wheel in, then the rear, secure the straps and you’re good to go. With wider bars on the mountain bikes tested we did have some contact between the adjacent bikes (bar and saddle / seatpost) and did need to lower the seatpost. On the roadUpon first inspection we were somewhat sceptical of how well the mounts would work, but out on the road we were impressed by the stability of the individual bikes. You do notice some bob due to the length of the 3 bike version, especially with heavier bikes mounted on the end. However, speed bumps and potholes aside, there was little movement of the bikes while driving on the open road. And when the road did get bumpy any movement was well clear of the back of the vehicle thanks to the good clearance from the boot. VerdictAt a price well below competitor offerings, the Saris Thelma 3 is a solid, reliable option for transporting your beloved bikes. While the length of the rack might cause issues on already long vehicles, the added room and zero frame contact do well to minimise damage to the bikes or car during transport. We are also testing the Saris Freedom 2-bike (a smaller tow bar carrier) and the Saris Bones 3 (a three bike boot rack). Keep an eye on The Hub for the full reviews.The Saris Thelma 3 is available from Bicycle Power Trading either via their dealers in your area or direct on their website.
  9. Hi Does anyone have Saris Hatch Huggers (replaces top straps on a straps rack)? Or know where I can get these in Gauteng? Thanks!
  10. FeaturesCarries 2 bikes, up to 16kg each Unique wheel trays fit road, MTB and kid’s bikes of all sizes Fits ISO 50mm tow balls Rack tilts down for fast access to rear of vehicle Tow ball clamp locks rack to vehicle Lightboard and license plate holder included Made in Italy Weight: 15kg TUV GS certified Price: RRP R 5,195.00 (on special for R 4,155.00 at the time of publishing) AssemblyAs with the Saris Thelma we reviewed in April, the Freedom arrived flat packed and required some assembly to get up and running. Fortunately just about everything you need is inside the box, with the exception of a size 17 spanner that is required to secure the tow ball clamp to the rack’s frame. The rack arrives just about 90% assembled and only needs the last bits put in place and secured. The assembly is fairly straightforward with the included instructions easy to follow and it only took me 10 - 15 minutes from start to finish. A Euro 13 pin plug comes standard and requires an adapter to fit the 7 pin female plug that is standard locally. Fortunately I had one in the cupboard, but something to keep in mind with your purchase. If you’re feeling handy, rewiring to fit a 7 pin plug is a quick job. Fitment to the vehicleThe rack is secured to the tow ball by lifting a yellow lever while the securing arm is in the open position. All you have to do is push it down on the tow ball and then pull the arm down. The clamp, which secures the rack to the tow ball and base frame of the rack, feels solid and locks in place with a reassuring clunk. Both give confidence that the rack is fit to do the job. The clamp also features a key lock which prevents the lever from lifting, leaving the rack a little more secure on your vehicle. As with the Thelma, the Freedom rack features a light board with the standard array of lights and a number plate mount. The rack also sports a simple quick release mechanism which tilts the rack down providing access to the boot even with bikes attached. Attaching BikesThe Freedom uses two small cradles and an arm to support each bike. Two ratcheting straps secure your bike's wheels to the cradles and one strap on the arm that goes around your bikes down tube to keep your bike upright. The 4 cradles are adjustable, sliding left and right. Loading your bikes for the first time does take a little patience. To keep the bikes from touching you need to slide one bike to far left and the other far right. This is done by loosening a plastic screw-down and sliding the cradles over. The next step is to to adjust the second cradle to fit your bike's wheelbase before you will be able to strap it down. It's an easy job, but takes some time to get it 100% right. I prefer to load my bikes with the front wheel as far behind the vehicle as possible to keep it from moving around in the wind and with the heavier bike closest to the vehicle. The hitch arm is a good length, leaving plenty of room for bikes with wide handlebars. On a hatchback with a rounded back or sedan this almost seems too long, but some SUV's or people carriers with a flatter rear (think VW Kombi or Jeep Wrangler) the extra space is welcome. The rack features what Saris call Cuscino (Italian for pillow) straps. In short, the straps have a rubber cushion to add an extra layer of protection to your bike's frame. The cradle that attaches to the bike's down-tube has slots for cables to keep them from rubbing against the frame. It shows Saris' attention to detail and carries a lifetime warranty. Longer straps for the wheel cradles as well as special fatbike cradles are available aftermarket for those who will need them. On the RoadOnce set up and bikes loaded for your vacation or trip to your favourite trail, the rack does exactly what it's supposed to do. Bikes are kept in place and where they do make contact with the rack they are protected against scuffing. The Cuscino straps do a great job of keeping your bike scratch free (as long as it's clean when you strap it down) and the fact that it's adjustable to match the angle of your bike's down tube means there's little leeway for your bike to move around - the biggest culprit of bike rack damage When not in use, the Freedom’s arm can be released and lowered to allow easy access to the rear of your car without having to tilt the rack down. Another nice touch and one that's unique to the Freedom range of racks. Although the rack locks to your vehicle, the rack does not come with a bicycle lock as standard. I would strongly suggest you invest in a good cable lock or two to protect your investment. VerdictAll contact points have a quality feel to them and everything that needs to lock down or click into place leaves you in no doubt that your bikes and the bike rack is secure. The Freedom is competitively priced and doesn't stand back in terms of quality and features. The range of adjustments available make it a versatile and well-priced offering, certainly worth looking in to. The Saris Freedom is available from Bicycle Power Trading either via their dealers in your area or direct on their website. From the Manufacturer:Kids' bikes. Women's frames. Tri-bikes. Small recumbents. The list goes on. Basically, if you've got it, chances are the Freedom can move it. The ratcheting straps keep your bike in place, while our Cuscino hold downs are gentle enough for a carbon frame. Say goodbye to worry and hello to peace of mind.
  11. Bike racks are an essential part of cycling. With some costing more than an basic bicycle, it is important to weigh up your options and be honest with what it is you need. I have always been a fan of tow ball bike racks with a "load on" design. They keep your bike safe and secure and stop it from getting damaged from dangling around. The Freedom was my first experience with a bike rack from Saris and I was keen to see what they had to offer. Click here to view the article
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