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Christmas Gift Guide for Cyclists

Christmas Gift Guide for Cyclists

Looking for the perfect holiday gift for the cyclists among your family and friends? Rotor has you covered for many important bike components. Read on for five great suggestions for what you can put under the Christmas tree.

Chainrings

Ride further and faster while pedalling with Rotor’s Q-Rings. These oval-shaped chainrings help cyclists use their muscles more efficiently during the pedal stroke. Rotor offers a variety of Q-Rings compatible with Shimano, SRAM and Campagnolo drivetrains, and you can chose aero or non-aero rings made of carbon or aluminum.

We recommend picking a chainring with the same number of teeth, the same number of bolts and the same bolt circle diameter as the chainring already on the bike on which the recipient will be installing it.

Rotor Q Rings Chainrings

Rotor Q Rings Chainrings

Choose your chainring for Road, Mountain Bike, Enduro, Triathlon, or Cyclocross.

Power Meters

Get more out of your efforts by training and racing with a power meter. Rotor’s state-of-the-art 2INpower is a dual-sided power meter – with Bluetooth connectivity and a rechargeable battery – that tells you exactly how you are riding. It uses strain gauges in both crank arms to measure power individually output for each leg. Cyclists can use 2INpower’s precise data to identify weak spots their pedal stroke, then target improvements accordingly for better performance.

Rotor 2INPower

Rotor 2INPower

Find out more about 2INpower for Road, Triathlon or Cyclocross

Cranksets

Mountain bikers will love the new Rotor  RHawk and RRaptor cranksets – both are designed specifically for enduro use. And while some cranks come with molded rubber bumpers around their ends where the pedals attach, the RHawks and RRaptors also feature a large rubber bumper further up the crank arm so they will withstand bigger rock impacts.

Though both the RHawks and the RRaptors come in a standard black anodized finish with laser etched graphics, riders get to pick from seven different colors for the crankarm protectors, ranging from an understated black to bright neon yellow, orange, red, pink, blue and green.

Rotor Rhawk

Rotor Rhawk

Find out more about Rotor’s enduro cranksets.

Bottom Brackets

If there is one component a cyclist doesn’t want to have to think about while training and racing, it’s their bottom bracket. Nothing beats a quiet, clean and smoothly spinning bottom bracket – it means every pedal stroke’s effort is going toward propelling the bike forward rather than toward overcoming the friction of a poorly functioning bottom bracket.

With UBB, Rotor offers bottom brackets per many common standards such as English threaded (BSA), Italian threaded (ITA), BB30, Press Fit 30, BBright, BB 386 EVO, BB86, BB89 and BB92.

Rotor Botttom Brackets

Rotor Botttom Brackets

Shop for bottom brackets for the Road, Mountain Bike, Enduro, Triathlon and Cyclocross.

What 3 things every mountain biker wants

What 3 things every mountain biker wants

(or “Is Mountain Biking Harder Than Road Cycling?”)

To be good at anything you do, you have to have a clear purpose, therefore training has to have purpose. In mountain biking, that purpose is to improve your ability to power through and recover from the frequent hard efforts required by riding off-road. Training with a power meter will enable you to become stronger, faster, and fitter, which – when combined with superior technical skills, will make you an almost lethal mountain biker. Having a tool to measure, analyze, monitor and manage your training and racing will prepare you for known challenges and even ones that are unexpected, like wet sand and mud.

Like they say in the video, every mountain biker wants to get fitter, ride faster, and to make it easier. But the truth is, it’s never going to get easier, but if you follow the four steps listed below, you just get better.

Optimum Chainring AngleMeasure – most power meters are designed to calculate power and cadence, which are indicators of your fitness. Many power meters also measure pedal smoothness and torque effectiveness, which indicate how efficiently you pedal or, put another way, how much energy you are wasting if your pedal stroke isn’t optimized. The data that’s collected by a power meter is then exported to a .fit file, which can be read by a variety of applications specifically intended to crunch sport-performance data*. Or, you can simply email your .fit file to your coach, who can interpret your data to help you reach and hold you accountable to your goals.

Optimum Chainring PositionAnalyze – Once you’ve measured your performance – or collected data, you can analyze your data to see where your strengths and weaknesses are with respect to you as a rider, your bike, and influential circumstances (environmental, physical, technical, tactical, and psychological).

Monitor – You can leverage your data to track – or monitor – your performance, which is subject to training intensity, pacing, stress, nutrition, overtraining, and fatigue.

INpowerManage – Your accumulated data tells you how to monitor your performance in the moment; now you can set long-term goals and manage your performance to achieve those goals.

“Training with a power meter is like having an onboard coach and test lab that gives you constant diagnostic feedback with which to make adjustments to your biomechanics on the bike, and to prevent injuries,” said Hicham Mar, elite cycling coach at the American Sport Training Center. “Your data is an honest account of your output, no matter if it’s windy, hot, or steep, and of your energy levels – how many calories you are burning and how many you need to consume to maintain your pace. This is especially important in mountain biking because riding terrain varies so dramatically from one area to another, that the only way to control the variables is to know how much power you’re capable of sustaining.”

Perception and “riding by feel” are not accurate indicators of sport performance and, while technical prowess can be a temporary substitute for fitness in mountain biking, improved output is the ultimate advantage to outperforming your rivals but more importantly, yourself. To be a better rider than you were yesterday, or the day before, understanding how you can improve will help you become a smarter cyclist.

*ROTOR has partnered with TrainingPeaks.com, which has provided a 4-week training plan plus 30 days of TrainingPeaks Premium to owners of INpower and 2INpower, (home.trainingpeaks.com/ROTOR)

How to Set Your Optimum Chainring Position (OCP)

How to Set Your Optimum Chainring Position (OCP)

Switching from using round chainrings to ROTOR’s Q-Rings is easy, but it does require some initial setup followed by a transition period for full adaptation.

Why Q?

Optimum Chainring Position (OCP) is what allows you to vary the rotational position of a Q-Ring, thereby enabling you to adjust it to the precise point where you deliver maximum power during a single pedal rotation.

ROTOR suggests the following initial OCP setups by discipline:

  • Road: Position 3
  • Triathlon and TT: Position 4
  • MTB: Position 2

Because Q-Rings use leg muscles differently than round chainrings, your muscles will need time to adapt to the new, more efficient way of pedalling. Adaptation is a gradual process covering four stages with each stage taking between one day and one week. Most riders will require at least 10 hours of pedalling time to make the full transition.

Stage 1

In stage 1, you will learn to pedal more efficiently. Pedalling may initially feel different, and you may find yourself turning the pedals at a faster or slower rate than your usual cadence. Don’t worry about any initial jerkiness – it will smooth out over time.

Stage 2

You will start to feel more capable and more powerful in stage 2, and your spin will improve on climbs. Many who suffer knee pain will start to notice it less – assuming their OCP is correctly adjusted.

Stage 3 + 4

Stage 3 will bring improved biomechanical efficiency, which produces a smoother pedal stroke due to fuller activation of muscle groups. You will be creating more power than with round chainrings. If you experience no issues during this stage, you have correctly set your OCP and are onto Stage 4 of adaptation. Those encountering issues should read on for further OCP setting instructions.

If you experience the following symptoms, you are arriving at the max chainring diameter too late because your OCP number is too big, and you should reduce your OCP by one setting:

  • You accelerate and sprint easily, but have difficulty maintaining speed.
  • You feel pedalling resistance too late in your pedal stroke and/or you are hyperextending your ankle.
  • You need a lower cadence to be comfortable.
  • Your sit further forward than usual to pedal comfortably.
  • You are comfortable pedalling while standing, but not while seated.
  • You have new pain at the back of your leg behind your knee.

On the other hand, if your OCP is set too low, you will find yourself arriving at the max chainring diameter too soon during your pedal stroke. You should increase your OCP setting by one if you experience the following:

  • You find it easy to maintain a steady speed but have difficulty accelerating and sprinting.
  • You feel pedalling resistance too early in your pedal stroke and/or you are hyperflexing your ankle.
  • You need a higher cadence to be comfortable.
  • You sit further back than usual to pedal comfortably.
  • You are comfortable pedalling while seated, but not while standing.
  • You have a new pain at the front of your knee.

Once you’ve got your OCP correctly adjusted, it’s time for stage 4 and final adaptation, which comes naturally with more cumulative pedalling time using Q-Rings.

A few final setup notes

Different bikes may need different OCPs – don’t assume you will use the same position on each of your bikes.

Adjacent chainrings in multi-ring setups may require different OCP’s.

Road Q-Rings and QXL have five OCP points while MTB Q-Rings have three OCP points.

If you are using a Micro Adjust Spider (MAS), your number of OCP points is effectively doubled because it reduces the angle between OCP points by 2.5 degrees, thereby offering micro adjustments. In this case, you should adjust your OCP in 1/2-step increments.

3 Ways to Use Your End of the Cycling Season Fitness

3 Ways to Use Your End of the Cycling Season Fitness

This post published courtesy of Training Peaks. For more articles, please visit TrainingPeaks.com/blog

3 Ways to Use Your End of the Cycling Season Fitness

As summer winds down, many cyclists still have plenty of fitness but lack a main goal to prepare for. Coach O’Brien Forbes has three ways you can make the most of your fitness this fall and prepare for next season.

ROTOR 2INpower, gold winner at the 2016 Eurobike Awards

ROTOR 2INpower, gold winner at the 2016 Eurobike Awards

ROTOR 2INpower was one of 51 winners awarded a prize during a ceremony on the first day of Eurobike.

“In the future, the Spanish supplier of sports cycling equipment will combine its highly respected drive technology with a system for power measurement,” remarked the panel of judges about 2INpower.  “This is a true high-end product that sets the benchmark with its power measurement on both sides. In terms of functionality, the price is extremely competitive.”

Guests at the Eurobike Awards ceremony could be forgiven for thinking they were in Hollywood. The first day may not have seen Oscars presented to the international bike industry, but instead were honored with an accolade that is hardly any less prestigious. The Eurobike Award distinguishes products and concepts that stand out on account of their special innovations, new functions and outstanding quality. And for the crème de la crème, there was special distinction in the form of twelve Gold Awards and one Green Award.

Rotor 2INnpower Winner Eurobike Gold Awards-2016

Rotor 2INnpower Winner Eurobike Gold Awards-2016

When the Eurobike trade fair opened its gates for the 25th time in Friedrichshafen this morning, it also marked a quarter century of innovation within the bicycle industry. For a number of years now, the Eurobike Awards have served as a magnifying glass that focuses attention on new products and innovations from the bike sector.

“In what is an innovative sector in any case, there are always companies with special ideas that help them to stand out from the crowd,” said Dirk Heidrich, Eurobike project manager for the Messe Friedrichshafen. “Their innovations are far more than just the icing on the cake for the bike market, without the wealth of inventions within the industry, there would not have been such important stimuli for the market as mountain bikes or e-bikes, electronic bike components or fully-sprung suspensions. In this respect, the Eurobike Award is not only a recognition of good ideas, but also a yardstick for the future viability of the bicycle industry.”

Rotor Team, Eurobike

Team ROTOR, Eurobike

The field of entrants for the 2016 Eurobike Awards shows that there is no cause for concern about the future of the industry; the 472 entrants are an impressive demonstration of the innovative spirit within the sector. In a two-stage decision-making process, an expert panel of six judges awarded a Eurobike Award to 51 new products after critical examination and intense discussion. Among them were twelve companies, which in the judges’ opinion, redefined the benchmark for innovation and are therefore worthy recipients of a Gold Award.

The Eurobike Award panel of judges

The Eurobike Award panel of judges were: Marcus Schröder, Managing Director EFBE Prueftechnik GmbH, Thomas Hellriegel, Triathlete and licensed coach, Marcella Crisanti, Editor-in-chief ciclonline.com and cyclonline.com, Kevin Quan, Designer and Engineer Kevin Quan Studios, Lotte Kraus, Biomechanical Expert Bike Biomechanics, Rik de Bruin, store owner Gek van Fietsen – Cycling Store

All Winners Eurobike Awards

Rotor 2INpower