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  1. Hi Hubbers, During a bike ride in Jonkershoek, some time ago, the topic of cycling socks came up between my friend and I (both students in Stellenbosch). With both of us always on the lookout for new business opportunities we realised that there is a gap in the market for affordable, comfortable, durable and just outright sexy socks. So we spent some time creating designs, pinpointed a reliable local manufacturer and from there Versus Cycling socks came to life. Now we need your input to make this idea a success and to ultimately create awesome socks. Please help us in better understanding your cycling sock needs by filling in this survey - it will only take a minute (By doing this you stand a chance to win a Versus Socks hamper as soon as we have launched our first products): https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DD2LK8S If you have any further comments to add on the topic of cycling socks, please do so below or send us a PM.
  2. The Big PrizeCongratulations Jemaine Jacobs! We hope you’ll grind the gears and push past the impossible on your brand new Giant TCR bicycle! Designed with Compact Road geometry and built with Giant’s Advanced-grade composite frame material, the TCR Advanced Disc delivers the best on-the-road efficiency of any bike in its class. The Variant seatpost adds just enough compliance to give it a balanced, race-tuned feel on the road. The tubeless WheelSystem delivers speed and efficiency with a smoother ride and a reduced risk of flats. And with its integrated disc-brake technology, including flat mounts and 12mm front and rear thru-axles, it’s an all-weather, all-conditions race machine to keep you at the front of the pack. Thank you Giant South Africa for the incredible prize! Congratulations to all our Winners! Garmin Units Saskia van der Merwe Matthew Young Pieter Mulder Ciovita Vouchers: Waldo Kellerman Sizwe Mpato Chantal Wooding Tyrone Goddard Carrie van Rensburg Russell Smith Versus Socks Vouchers: Matt Bott Denise Prince Dewald Lotter Estelle van Zyl Liesl Smith Zahied Kajee Marnus Steyn Chrisna Du Toit Robert Brown Virtual Ride Hamper:Kerry-Anne Rafferty To our fellow sponsors Ciovita, Garmin and Giant, thank you for providing these awesome prizes and making the first Versus Virtual Ride one to remember, as well as to all those who participated.See you at the next one!
  3. All cyclists are welcome to enter the virtual ride and be part of something big on 25 July, with thousands of other cyclists across the globe. We are also very happy to announce our event partners: Giant, Garmin, Bike Hub, and Ciovita. How do I enter?Entry is completely free. There are more than R90,000 in prizes (detail below) to give away in the event lucky draw. You can simply enter on our website Ride a minimum of 20km on 25 July 2020 (Both indoor and outdoor rides are included) Upload the ride to your STRAVA profile and we will automatically pull it through to our results page So get your entries in to win. Lucky draw prizes to be won:Giant Bicycles: TCR ADVANCE 1 DISC KOM 2020 worth R43,000 Garmin: 3 X Garmin 130 Plus worth R4,300 Ciovita: 6 X R3,000 vouchers Versus Socks: 9 X hampers worth R500 Bonus Prize: The ultimate Virtual ride hamper worth R10,000 This is an exciting project for the Versus Socks Team and we can’t wait to see you on STRAVA on 25 July 2020. Please spread the word and have fun on race day!
  4. After hosting two successful Versus Virtual Runs in the past three months, it is time to step into the virtual cycling space. With over 14,000 participants in the first virtual run and 16,000 participants in our second, we are expecting some 10,000 cyclists to get out on their bikes on 25 July. Click here to view the article
  5. The two companies have come to a license agreement that gives Versus Socks the opportunity to retail an exclusive Qhubeka sock to the public. 20% of the purchase price of these socks goes towards funding Qhubeka Bicycles for people who earn them, improving their access to schools, clinics, and jobs. Qhubeka is always excited to partner with businesses who support the work we do. We love the idea that people can support a growing South African business and help us to fund bicycles for our programmes at the same time. Plus, I think the Versus socks look great! Lise Olivier, Marketing Manager at Qhubeka We love the Qhubeka Charity and the awesome work they do – literally changing people's lives with bicycles. We are super happy to have the opportunity to contribute to the Qhubeka Charity and help to fund more bicycles for people in Qhubeka programmes. These bicycles will help people to travel faster and further, and to carry more. Hanno Lategan and Jurgens Uys from Versus Socks The socks come in 2 colour variations, black or white, and retail for R130 per pair (with 20% of the purchase price going to the Qhubeka Charity). You can grab your pair today at a stockist near you, at the Cape Town Cycle Tour Expo or online at www.versussocks.co.za.
  6. With the launch of the new socks the guys at Versus Socks are also giving you the chance to WIN A ROCKET ESPRESSO MACHINE (WORTH R26 500)! You could stand a chance to win a Rocket Appartamento Espresso Machine! How to enter:Buy any pair of Versus Socks from our online store or at a stockist near you; Take a pic of your new socks; Post it to social media and mention us: Facebook; Twitter; or Instagram; Add #CoffeeRide; and Get creative to increase your chances of winning! 1 PAIR = 1 ENTRY Please keep your proof of purchase as this must be presented to win the competition. Competition ends on the 31st of July. Get your entries in and join the #CoffeeRide!
  7. Versus Cycling Socks launched their most-anticipated design to date – The Versus Coffee Ride Socks! Available in their Premium Race (Thin) version socks and in UK sizes 7-11 and 4-7. We all know that coffee and cycling goes hand-in-hand so this is definitely a must have in all cyclists’ sock drawer! Click here to view the article
  8. Our Watermelon and Ice Cream socks are part of our Premium Race range of socks - these socks are thin in the foot area, with a breathable mesh on top of the foot and a single layer 6” cuff length. The Pineapple and Liquorice socks are part of our Premium Trail socks – which has a cushioned foot area, a breathable mesh on top of the foot and also a single layer 6” cuff length. Treat your feet to a fresh pair of comfortable, durable and just outright sexy socks this summer at only R110 per pair. We’re also happy to announce that all four designs are available in UK size 7-11 and 4-7! Choose your summer flavours and grab your favourites today from a stockist near you or from our online store.PS. They make a pretty awesome Christmas gift as well Social Media: Facebook: Versus Cycling Socks Twitter: @versussocks Instagram: @versussocks
  9. Introducing our new Funky range for 2017! 4 new designs, ready to kick start your summer riding. Watermelons, Ice Creams, Pineapples and Liquorice will ensure that you look funky fresh on the bike all year ‘round. Click here to view the article
  10. First Look Friday is an introduction to the products that we are currently testing for review. This week we're featuring the Scott Genius Plus 720, Brunox Deo, and Versus Socks. Click here to view the article
  11. Scott Genius Plus 720 Scott was one of the first big players to launch "Plus" bikes in both Scale (Hardtail) and Genius (Dual Suspension) platforms. There are several models to chose from and we've been sent a Genius Plus 720 to test. Featuring 130mm of rear wheel travel paired with a 140mm fork, the Genius is aimed at riding trails all day long. It's great to see Scott fitting a Fox 34 as it will go a long way to keep you and the bike in check on technical terrain. With the traction and grip that comes with 2.8-inch tires, the extra stiffness and control from the Fox 34 will be a welcome relief. Features: 148mm Boost Rear Axle Width Adjustable geometry via shock mount chip Direct post mount rear brake IDS SL Dropout system works with 142x12mm, 135x12mm and 135x5mm QR rear axle standards Twinloc lever system Internal cable routing Full specification: FrameGenius PLUS Alloy 6061 custom butted, Hydroformed tubes / tapered Headtube, BB92 / U-Mono Link / rear 180PM, IDS SL DM dropout for 148x12mm Boost, BB height adj. / Full Internal Cable Routing, 130mm rear travelTravelFront: 140mm, Rear: 130mmForkFOX 34 Float Performance Air, FIT4 3-Modes, Boost 15x110mm QR axle / tapered steerer, Lockout / reb. Adj. / 140mm travelRear ShockFOX Float Performance Elite / 3 modes, DPS / Lockout - Trail - Descend, reb. Adj. / 190X50mmRemote SystemSCOTT TwinLoc Remote Technology, 3 modes front and rear / integ. clampHeadsetSyncros Comp / Tapered 1.5" - 1 1/8", semi integ. OD 50/61mm / ID 44/55mmF. DerailleurShimano Deore FD-M618-E / DMR. DerailleurShimano XT RD-M781 SGS / DM, Shadow Type / 20 SpeedShifterShimano Deore SL-M610-I, Rapidfire Plus / 2 way release, IspecsBrakesShimano SLX M675 Disc, 180/F and 180/Rmm SM-RT54 CL RotorCranksetShimano FC-M627-B Boost, 2-piece Design, 36Ax22 TBB-setShimano BB-MT500-PA / shell 41x89.5mmHandlebarSyncros FL2.0 T-Bar, Alloy 6061 D.B. / T shape Flat / 9° / 740mmStemSyncros TR2.0, 6061 / 4D forged / oversize 31.8mm, 1 1/8" / +6° angleSeatpostX-Fusion Hilo Strate custom / 125mm adj., internal cable routing / remoteSeatSyncros XM2.0 / CROM railsHub (front)Syncros CL811 / Boost 15x110mm, made by FormulaHub (rear)Syncros CL148S / Boost 148x12mm, RWS axle / made by FormulaChainKMC X10CassetteShimano CS-HG50-10, 11-36 TSpokesDT Swiss Champion Black 1.8mmRimsSyncros X-40 / 27.5" / Tubeless Ready, 40mm wide / 32H / EyeletsTyresSchwalbe Front: Nobby Nic EVO / 2.80x27.5; Rear: Rocket Ron EVO / 2.80x27.5 PaceStar compound / Tubeless EasyWeight13.8 kgsRetail PriceR46,000.00 We will weigh in on the Plus vs Fat vs 29" vs 27.5" debate once we've done a good couple of rides on varying terrain. From the Manufacturer The phrase “Any Trail, Any Time“ was coined a few years back to describe the Genius series. The all NEW Genius 720 Plus makes that phrase ring even truer. Adding plus sized wheels to what is already one of the most capable rigs on the market ups the level of traction, comfort, and most importantly fun hogging. Sporting an Alloy frame, the 720 comes in at a lower price point. Rocks, roots and boosts beware, this bike is ready to rumble. Brunox Deo At the Africa Cycle Fair, we spend some time with the team behind Atlantic Cycle Products, the official importers for Brunox in South Africa. Timing could not have been better as testing the Brunox Deo will help weigh in on a recent discussion.Said to help clean your fork and shock stanchions and lubricate dust seals to keep them in full working order for longer. Although not an exact science we will use the Deo on one of our own long-term bikes to gauge it's effect and then compare that to the rest of the forks and shocks in use. RRP: R 95,00 Stockists here. From the Manufacturer Brunox Duo for cycling forks Like daily tooth care the endurance and function of a bicycle fork can only be guaranteed by thorough and regular maintenance. A little Brunox Deo is sprayed on between submerge- and stand-pipe before and after each tour. Afterwards, spring the fork shortly for several times and you can see suddenly the difference. Brunox Deo keeps the sealing rings in soft condition and does not adhesive dust.Brunox Deo has an excellent penetration ability because of the additive Turboline, keeps the sealing rings smooth, so that you can execute your work even better. Spray a little Brunox Deo on to the fork pillars before and after each ride and see the significant effect. Brunox Deo keeps the sealing rings flexible whilst resisting dust; ensuring optimal conditions for best performance. Brunox Deo protects seals, adjusting screws, fixings and all pneumatic parts of the forks. A few drops after cleaning will act as a barrier to dirt and ensure long term protection. Brunox Deo is also recommended by Sitting Bull for sprung seat pillars. Recommended by RockShox. Deo stands for: Easy care with great effect! http://www.brunox.com/website/productpages/Deo-en.html Versus Socks Versus Cycling Socks is a Stellenbosch based company who believes in creating socks that are affordable, comfortable, durable and just outright sexy. The idea to launch their own sock range came while Jurgens Uys and Hanno Lategan were out riding in Jonkershoek. Since then the company has grown in reputation and several designs and cuts have been added including lady specific ones. We were send three pairs to test. Their range of socks are available to buy online or from their dealer network with prices ranging from R79 to R89.
  12. Versus Socks was established by two friends, Hanno Lategan and Jurgens Uys, in Stellenbosch with the aim of producing good quality socks with desirable designs at an affordable price. Judging by the number of Versus socks seen on the mountain and road, it seems they are doing it right. Bike Hub caught up with the pair to ask them about their venture. Click here to view the article
  13. The guys ready to deliver their first orders in February 2015. Give us little insight into the people behind Versus socks and your involvement in cycling. Hanno: We are two guys running the show at Versus. Both of us are passionate mountain bikers, so we make sure we keep a good work/ fun balance. We went to high school together in Stellenbosch and met through our involvement in the school's cycling team. After school the cycling didn't stop. Jurgens decided to give the world of professional cycling a go and is currently part of the Kargo Pro MTB Team. I'm more in it just for the love of the sport, so a trail ride with friends is ideal for me. In my spare time I'm also involved in trail building initiatives in Stellenbosch and plan on staying involved in expanding the current network of trails. Why socks? Jurgens: During a bike ride in Jonkershoek, middle 2014, the topic of cycling socks came up and with both of us always on the lookout for new business opportunities we realised that there's a gap in the market for affordable, comfortable, durable and just outright sexy cycling socks. Did you have experience in the textile industry before starting Versus socks? Jurgens: Hanno had his own casual cycling inspired range of apparel (Roost Casual MTB Apparel) which he ran as a hobby while studying. This however provided more insight on running a small business than having knowledge on the textile industry. So we went quite blind into Versus Socks (industry wise), but learnt quickly all the in's and out's of socks and cycling socks in particular. What is the key advantage of Versus socks over your competitors? Hanno: We believe in creating cycling socks that are of a high quality, good looking, but still offered at an affordable price. We like to break the status quo in cycling socks and to create a brand that people want to associate themselves with. Who does most of the sock design work? Jurgens: Both of us are always on the lookout for new designs – be it in our daily lives or online. If something catches our eye, we start playing around with the idea. Hanno does the final designing and creates multiple options from which we choose the best and we then move on to sampling. Do you product test your socks yourselves or do you have athletes also contributing to the development? Hanno: Most of the product testing we do ourselves. As a professional athlete, Jurgens is out on the trails/ roads quite a lot and through his interaction with other riders we have a good understanding of what riders are looking for in a cycling sock. We sponsor a few other local riders who also provide their feedback on the socks. Your socks are made in South Africa. Are there any temptations to take the manufacturing overseas? Hanno: We've looked at options of manufacturing overseas, purely out of interest and other people telling us that “China is the way to go”. After looking at the options, local manufacturing is still the way forward for us. We're able to reach the margins that we want to with the current local pricing and still supply the socks at an affordable price to consumers. Through all the negatives currently in our country we'd like to stay positive and support the local economy. Yes, it has its challenges, but at the end of the day we know we're doing our bit to help the local economy. Currently the socks are available through your online store and through retailers. Are there any difficulties with this model in our market? Jurgens: For us, we purely offer an online store service for the convenience thereof. There are certain customers who prefer buying online, either because there's not a stockist near them or they enjoy the convenience of it. We're not trying to compete against our stockists at all, as without them, we won't have a successful business model. Your Banana socks appear to have been very successful. What do you think has made these socks so desirable? Hanno: Cycling in general is moving more and more towards funky colours and designs. Riders want to stand out from the norm and be/ look different. Our Funky Banana socks fit right in with this. It's an item that other riders will definitely notice and make you stand out from the crowd. We've noticed a jelly bean design on social media. When will this be released and can we expect any more funky socks in the near future? Jurgens: Pre-orders on our Jelly Bean socks will open middle March and the first batch of stock will arrive middle April. Riders can definitely look forward to more Funky Socks from us this year! We're already working on some more designs that we'll release near the middle of the year. Versus Socks Jelly Bean Competition: We need your input! Help us come up with a catchy hashtag for our Jelly Bean socks. Comment your suggestion below - the best hashtag will be chosen by Versus Socks and will be used as the official hashtag (instant bragging rights). The winner will win 8 x pairs of Versus Socks + Versus T-Shirt + be one of the first the receive a pair of Jelly Bean socks. Competition ends: 14 March 2016. What's your long term aim with Versus socks? Hanno: Long term we'd like to expand our range of offerings and establish our socks as a well known brand in local and overseas markets. There are some other secret ideas as well, so stay tuned, you'll still see a lot from Versus Socks. Do you have any advice for other looking to innovate in the South African cycling industry? Hanno: Make sure to always provide good customer service. In a country where this is lacking quite often, people are hungry for good customer service. On top of that, don't underestimate the power of social media – it's free and if used in the correct way it could be super beneficial to any new business. Visit the Versus Socks team at the Cape Town Cycle Tour Expo: Versus Socks will be at the Cape Town Cycle Tour Expo this week (3-5 March 2016). Visit us at Stand 227 for awesome specials and #bananawatts. Or catch them online: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/versussocks/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/versussocks/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/versussocks/ Website: http://www.versussocks.co.za/
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