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2010 Giant Dealer Launch Pics

We got our first sampling of Giant’s line up for 2010 today. To say that blue and carbon and lightweight are the mantras is an understatement! Lotsa blue, esp in the Reign 1- love it or leave it. As for composite technology , we saw some cool stuff with the Anthem X and Trance X in carbon- very sexy bikes with impeccable specs. The Anthem had the new 2 x 10 SRAM XX gruppo (including the XX SID fork) and the Trance had the full XTR schwing happening. In terms of weight, all the long travel bikes went on a diet- the Glory DH frame lost 3.3 lbs and the complete Reign X0 came in at a svelte 30.2 lbs….. LIGHT  STIFF and RESPONSIVE was the order of the day. All in all a solid offering from Giant again- they seem to up the ante every year. Took some “spy pics” for the rabid fan. Giant will have a demo truck in Lot 2 during Crankworx next week.

Glory 00 linkage

Glory 00 linkage

Glory 00 close up

Glory 00 close up

Glory headtube- beauty welding.

Glory headtube- beauty welding.

Reign SX- Whistler designed X bike

Reign SX- Whistler designed X bike

All new Faith- limited production- order yours NOW for 2010!!!

All new Faith- limited production- order yours NOW for 2010!!!

Glory 1 front end

Glory 1 front end

Trance X Advanced- nice headtube!!

Trance X Advanced- nice headtube!!

Again.

Again.

Trance rear end

Trance rear end

Nice

Nice

The Menchovian ones ride from the Giro.

The Menchovian ones ride from the Giro.

Deore XT Shark Fins in stock!

Never need to worry about chain suck again. Precision component for the discerning freerider.P8110038P8110036

150 mm stems (aka Donkey Dicks) are back in!!

U need em. We got em. 150 mm quill donkey dicks. Precision steering, comfortable positioning and NO flex rigidity. The Bike Co will kit u out with the latest rage in small specialty parts.P8110036P8110037

Bralorne Trails Map

Over the past few years the town of Bralorne has been slowly building a reputation as a hot spot for backcountry skiers, boasting cold dry snow, a maze of logging and mining roads that access the alpine areas and nowhere near enough skiers to ever track the snow out.  At first the locals tried to keep it underground, with articles in Freeze and Canadian Skier referring to “The Town With No Name” and pro photographers tagging their shots as “BC Coast Mountains”.  It was too good a spot to keep secret however, and when Westbeach introduced their ‘Bralorne’ snowboard pants it was pretty much all over.  Now local Bralorne boosters openly promote the town, and Matchstick Productions has spilled the beans, giving the town star billing in their recent film Seven Sunny Days.

Bralorne in summer has always been overshadowed by the nearby Spruce Lake trails, but recently a group of dedicated locals – including the builders of Babylon By Bike in Whistler and Breakaway in Pemberton – decided they needed a local trail network, something you could ride in a couple of hours after work, or on the day after a Spruce Epic.  Trails began to appear in the woods around Bralorne and Gun Lake, and on the mountains opposite the town.  A trail society was formed, some funding scammed aquired and now the great coming-out party is about to begin.

Over the past year the trails have all been GPS surveyed and work on stage one of the map began, and now we are ready to present a working copy of the Bralorne Trails Map.  There are a few things that need to be buffed up, trail names added and some details changed, but it is pretty good, good enough to find your way around, at least.  And you can only find it here, at the Bike Co.’s website.

Detail from the Bralorne Map, showing the trails right around town

Detail from the Bralorne Map, showing the trails right around town

The full map is available on the Trails page, and is suitable (I think!) for printing.  I’m also going to try and keep a couple of copies at the Pemberton Bike Co. for people to check out.  See you on the trails!

BC’s proposed HST will add 7% to all bikes, parts, service and rentals

For years now BC consumers have enjoyed an exemption to the provincial social service tax – the PST. As an alternative form of transportation, bicycles, replacement parts, service, and even rentals were deemed worthy of exemption status, with the goal of increasing the use of a machine that is both non-polluting and good for you. With the BC government’s latest tax-grab this all comes to an end July 1, 2010.

The government is trying to spin this as good for the consumer, claiming prices will come down as business’s costs are lowered, and while that may be true for some products, the fact remains that a lot of things you never paid PST on will now be taxed an additional 7%.  In addition to the bike industry, you will now pay extra for such luxuries as safety equipment (including your kid’s helmet), and even avi transceivers and probes, medicines, and alternative energy products like solar panels.  ‘Cause we wouldn’t want people to get out of their cars and use solar power or anything.

If you like to ride a lot, this is going to cost you.  If you would like to express your feelings on this matter you can contact our MLA at this address:

joan.mcintyre.mla@leg.bc.ca

Here are some other zeros you can contact:

Minister of Tourism: kevin.krueger.mla@leg.bc.ca

Minister of Transportation: shirley.bond.mla@leg.bc.ca

Minister of Climate Action: john.yap.mla@leg.bc.ca

Minister of Healthy Living and Sport: ida.chong.mla@leg.bc.ca – who should be embarrassed!

Minister of Environment: barry.penner.mla@leg.bc.ca

There is one other option, assuming that our provincial government is unresponsive (gee, do ya think?): persueing a federal GST exemption for bikes.  Vancouver-Quadra  MP Joyce Murray has introduced bill C-572 to exempt bikes from the GST, which should (I think) remove them from sales taxes altogether.  It’s a private member’s bill, so it is unlikely to pass, but stranger things have happened.  C-572 will require support from all sides of the house, so contact your local MP and let them know that bikes should be exempted from sales tax.

Our Sea-to-Sky MP is John Weston, and you can contact him here:

Weston.J@parl.gc.ca
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