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Yakima Dr. Tray – Long Term Review

One of the least thought about accessories for your bicycles is a good rack for transport. So many times these beautiful bikes hang over the tailgate, are strapped lazily to…

One of the least thought about accessories for your bicycles is a good rack for transport. So many times these beautiful bikes hang over the tailgate, are strapped lazily to a rear hatch rack or broken apart and shoved inside your vehicle. With the challenges of suspension hardware, smaller frame sizes for many women and a mixed selection of bikes, a good rack will give your vehicle much improved carrying power to transport your bikes in style.

Nice low and aerodynamic placement of bikes.

Tray racks provide a great option for any vehicle with a receiver hitch on board. As spring approached we received the Yakima Dr. Tray in 1.25 size to test out. Right out of the box, the rack was looking sharp and took about 15 minutes to setup for use. Tool free mounting and adjustments were a pleasant suprise compared to our previous Holdup 2. The Dr. Tray is the evolution of the Hold-Up Series of tray racks, with an all aluminum tray for lighter overall build. Depending on the model the weight is between 10 and 16 pounds lighter than the Holdup series. The 2″ version is actually 6 pounds lighter than the 1.25.

Easily carries many size of wheel and bike.

Pros

  • Low lift height for bikes. No more fighting to lift and slide your bike onto a prong style rack. easy height and nice large tire loops make for easy and quick loading.
  • Easy tool free adjustment. Each bike mount will slide left or right, front or back, to make room for seat posts / handlebar overlap.
  • Tilt lever at back of rack. Our previous racks required reaching down near the tilt pivot to move from flat to upright position. The handle is nice and wide for two hand grip when you’ve
  • Built in locks. Going for a quick burrito or ice cream after your ride, these quick access cables will keep those quick grab hands from taking your friendly steed.
  • Integrated bottle opener. For those times you can’t find another opener near by.

Cons

  • Lower and slightly longer placement of lock knob could be a challenge on some low sedan’s and sport wagons.
  • Dirt and grit can make the tilt locking mechanism stiff to release.
  • Wider trays for wheels may extend past sides of car.

Long-Term Results

The Dr. Tray has been a wonderful rack through this spring and summer. Through many miles of driving it has easily been up to the task of securely holding the bikes. The tilt down mechanism has had many miles of use with loading dogs into the back of the car. The rack continues to stay tight and stable without any adjustment. A few low curbs have meant grounding out the rack, but the little wing that hangs down has done it’s part to protect the tool free mounting knob.

Conclusions

We’ve really enjoyed this rack which makes for easy testing of the various different bikes which come to our location. If you’re looking for a solid rack to carry behind your sedan, suv, wagon or otherwise, this would be a great choice.

 

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New Shimano XTR M9100 Series

Shimano released their new XTR M9100-series today at the World Cup in Nove Mesto na Morave. Technical details are nice but what does it mean for you? Key points include: 12 Speed…

Shimano released their new XTR M9100-series today at the World Cup in Nove Mesto na Morave. Technical details are nice but what does it mean for you? Key points include:

  • 12 Speed 10-51 cassette with a range of 510% – 1x drivetrains are functional when you have this much range.
  • Weight reductions – a trimmed down 1×11 system is available for additional lightweight setup
  • Multi Q-factor options in cranks – a better fit for those correcting for Q-angle.
  • Updated shift levers – lots of slide and rotation range to get the shifters matched to your fingers. Additionally 35% less shift force required.
  • Braking with 2 and 4 post designs for light weight and extra stopping power. As always efficient braking for smaller hands and lots of lever adjustment.
  • Pedals with two axle lengths for Q-factor adjustments. Also matching Q-factor between road and gravel.

XTR is first focused on the race crowd, but for the performance rider, the quality and finish,and durability is often well worth the investment.

Learn more at www.ridextr.com

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Limited Edition WTB Saddle Supports NorCal League

WTB has teamed up with the NorCal High School Cycling League to introduce a limited edition saddle where a portion of the proceeds contributes to the Buddy Newman Scholarship Fund,…

WTB has teamed up with the NorCal High School Cycling League to introduce a limited edition saddle where a portion of the proceeds contributes to the Buddy Newman Scholarship Fund, which in turn covers race entry fees for high school athletes throughout the racing season.

With over 1200 kids actively participating and racing in the NorCal League between grades 9 to 12, the league has provided an introduction to the mountain biking community for an ever-increasing amount of high school students. The NorCal League introduces riders of all skill levels to the benefits of a lifetime of mountain biking and helps support the next generation of mountain bikers.

The WTB NorCal League saddle is a Team-level Volt 142 saddle, which features titanium rails and our top-tier DNA Padding. It’s available for purchase through WTB.com for a retail price of $129.95 and a portion of the proceeds will be contributed to the Buddy Newman Scholarship Fund. We only made 100 of these California-inspired saddles, so they won’t be available for long!

NORCAL LEAGUE MISSION

The NorCal High School Cycling League was organized in 2001 to provide quality mountain biking programs for students in grades 9 to 12. Regardless of ability level, the NorCal League is committed to providing a positive experience for all student-athletes, and helping them to create strong body, mind and character through the sport of cycling.

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Introducing the All-New Norco Threshold

Port Coquitlam, BC (August 8, 2017) – Norco Bicycles is thrilled to introduce the all-new 2018 Threshold cyclocross platform. With updated geometry, a redesigned frame, and an arsenal of features to…

Port Coquitlam, BC (August 8, 2017) – Norco Bicycles is thrilled to introduce the all-new 2018 Threshold cyclocross platform. With updated geometry, a redesigned frame, and an arsenal of features to combat the muddy mayhem of cyclocross racing, the Threshold delivers on performance and durability.

A compact top tube and short chainstays make the Threshold ultra-maneuverable on tight courses. Increased fork offset helps the Threshold steer more predictably, especially in deep mud, while a slightly slacker head tube angle and lower bottom bracket increase stability when the terrain gets steep. The seat angle has been made steeper than previous generations to help riders with quick accelerations. The overall ride is quick and nimble, yet stable and confidence inspiring, so that you can make the most of every ride.

The 2018 Norco Threshold in Red/Black.

The redesigned frame on the Threshold uses the same ARC Race technology found on Norco road race bikes, reducing rider fatigue and allowing the bike to roll more predictably off-road, while the Power Chassis design’s oversized head tube junction, down tube, BB shell and chainstays deliver optimal lateral stiffness to maximize pedaling efficiency and power transfer. Size-Scaled Tubing on the Threshold means that all riders will experience the same positive ride characteristics, regardless of frame size.

Cyclocross races don’t get cancelled for inclement weather, and mud baths are inevitable. Front and rear 12mm thru axles on the Threshold deliver maximum stiffness for enhanced responsiveness and control through rough, rutted terrain, while flat mount disc brakes offer incredible modulation, stopping power and control through mud, sand, snow, grass and gravel.

To further help combat severe weather, the Threshold now has huge clearance front and rear to support the use of wider tires, and stealth mounting points so that riders can install fenders. The ingenious SASSY (Secret Attachable Seat Stay Yoke) clips on to the seat stay bridge and along with NINJA and BOiL threaded inserts allow conventional fenders to be fit to the Threshold, while remaining inconspicuous. The Threshold comes equipped with GIZMO internal cable routing and a seat clamp cover to prevent water and mud from entering the frame.

For more details on our distinctly Canadian take on the cyclocross tradition, visit norco.com.

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