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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)

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

Road Bike Action Highlights INpower

Road Bike Action Highlights INpower

“Rotor’s brand new INpower cranks could easily be mistaken for just a standard crank arm, not the impressively clean looking integrated power meter that it is.”

“One feature that really stood out, was the tool-less battery replacement, where a simple twist pulls out the single AA battery that lasts for approximately 300 hours and keeps out all water and dirt.”

“Like all other Rotor cranksets, the INpower is compatible with all road bike bottom brackets except the BB90.”

 

ROTOR introduces multi-discipline power meter

ROTOR introduces multi-discipline power meter

MADRID (April 16, 2015) ROTOR Bike Components established a new power meter category today by introducing its innovative crank axle-based INpower powermeter. By inconspicuously integrating its technology inside the bottom bracket, INpower becomes protected from shock, crashes and outside contaminants, plus maintains the bike’s original aesthetics.

Rotor Cranks

IN the future, all high-end cranks will feature a power meter INside

Due to its position inside the frame, INpower is available in any 30mm ROTOR crank for MTB, road, and triathlon/TT, which affords mountain bikers, ‘cross racers, and triathletes the same pursuit of physiological gains historically enjoyed by road cyclists. With a nod toward ROTOR’s flagship Q-Rings, INpower features TORQUE 360 and Optimum Chainring Angle (OCA) pedal analysis, which help cyclists precisely and accurately assess force variations in their pedal stroke. TORQUE 360 and OCA values enable cyclists to orient their Q-Rings around their distinct pedaling characteristics in order to take advantage of their most productive zone.

“We wanted to create a power meter that overcame current trends in power meter technology and could be transferred to other disciplines,” said Pablo Carrasco, head of research and development at ROTOR and INpower’s inventor. “At the same time we wanted to leverage the benefits of Q-Rings and build a sophisticated power meter that’s fairly simple to use compared with other power meters out there.”

INnovative features and INtelligent metrics

INpower uses a standard AA battery and is equipped with the UBB30 axle system, a 30 mm diameter axle that is compatible with almost all standard frames in the market. Because INpower measures data in the left leg, cyclists who already own a current set of ROTOR cranks have the option to purchase only the left crank arm and install it themselves with the help of a downloadable multi-lingual user’s manual. Because it’s centered in the crank axle, INpower achieves cleaner data transfer and greater accuracy via ANT+™ protocol without succumbing to interruptions and temperature fluctuations. Sophisticated metrics like Torque Effectiveness and Pedal Smoothness determine total torque versus positive torque and average power versus maximum power respectively.

Rotor Rex 1 Crank

Tested IN competition, available for all cyclists

ROTOR’s ambitions for INpower include adoption by professional teams and racers like MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung, Lampre-Merida, MMR and Rocks & Co. MTB teams.

“I have been testing and providing constant feedback for INpower’s development since the season’s start,” said Rui Costa. “and due to the product’s significant benefits, I’ve decided to use it throughout 2015, including in the Tour de France.”

In a category all its own, ROTOR has presented INpower in a variety of mediums including a dedicated microsite, an authoritative white paper titled “Technology in Training: refining the pursuit of physiological gains,” and videos, which can be viewed at either inpower.rotorbike.com  or on ROTOR’s YouTube channel.

With the debut of INpower, ROTOR also announces price restructuring for its existing power meters, Power and POWER LT. ROTOR Power will now be offered for €1,299 (previously €1,699) or US $1,559 (from $2,400) and POWER LT has been lowered to €899 (from €999) and US $1,079 (from $1,490).

ROTOR Bike Components will be setting up a media testing period exclusively for INpower. If you are interested in testing or for more information about INpower, email Wendy Booher wbooher@rotorbike.com.