Paris-Nice 2016 Tech: Dimension Data puts Rotor UNO on backup bikes, CeramicSpeed on anything…

first_imgThe latest cranks from Rotor are the 2INpower dual sided power meter crankset. It uses the spindle-mounted strain gauge of the original, single-sided INpower cranks with a second strain gauge inside the right crank arm: The Dimension Data pro cycling team had two sets of Cervelo S5 bikes on hand. The majority were equipped with Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 handling the shifting, but a few were sitting atop team cars with the new Rotor UNO hydraulic shifting group. Starting with the former, the spec mostly carries over from what we saw at the Tour de France last year when they were called MTN-Qhubeka. That means ENVE wheels, bar and stem, Continental tires and Rotor cranks.This time around, we took a closer look at the CeramicSpeed upgrades and photo’d the all-hydraulic backup bikes… After giving the crankset a back spin, we inquired about the setup because it moves effortlessly. Even brand new bikes sitting on the showroom floor don’t spin this freely. The reason? They’ve replaced every moving part except the pedal’s bearings with CeramicSpeed components. That includes the headset, hub bearings, bottom bracket and derailleur pulley wheels. They also use CeramicSpeed’s lube oil on the chain, which is outside the intended use parameters, but when your bikes are cleaned and maintained daily, you can get away with stuff like that.Interestingly, they’re not running the massively oversized CS pulley wheels introduced last fall. We didn’t get a chance to ask why, but it’s likely because a sponsor like Shimano wouldn’t take too kindly to such modifications (though it doesn’t seem to stop Cannondale)center_img This bike shows what a full hydraulic component group will look like (it’s still chain driven, of course).The lever body contains the master cylinder for the brakes, but none is required for the shifting system because it’s completely closed. Check our tech breakdown of the entire group for more the deep dive. These hoods look big, but Rotor’s said they could probably offer a smaller size option for those with smaller hands.We’ll be riding UNO in early April with the engineers at Rotor, stay tuned for a first ride report.If you’ve seen Acros’ hydraulic shifters and derailleurs, you’ll notice UNO uses just one single hose rather than two. That’s possible thanks to a clever ratcheting system that either catches and holds, or releases, depending on how far it’s pushed.These rather large connectors in the brake lines allow bleed-free disconnects between the levers and the Magura RT8 hydraulic rim brake calipers. These don’t look quite like the stock offerings from Magura.They have an external dial sticking out and up from the center mounting bolt, which looks like it could simply be a pad contact adjustment / release mechanism to speed wheel changes.last_img read more

Easter arrives at Daseke

first_imgEaster has more than 30 years of experience in transportation and logistics roles. For the past six years, he served as ceo of Keen Transport, a specialised transportation, warehousing and logistics company. He is also on the board of directors at the Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association (SC&RA). www.daseke.comlast_img

D&G Council Confirm £18.5 Million Funding Gap

first_imgAnalysis from The Scottish Parliament’s Information Centre (SPICE) has shown that Dumfries and Galloway Council’s budget will see a real terms cut of 3.2%. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInLocal  MSP Colin Smyth and Dumfries and Galloway Council Leader Elaine Murray have criticised the  Scottish Government’s Budget after Dumfries and Galloway Council confirmed it faced a £18.467 million funding gap. In a briefing to councillors, officials at Dumfries and Galloway Council have confirmed that the budget will mean the council having to fill a £18.467m funding gap for 2019/20. The Scottish Government’s draft budget allows for local authorities to raise Council Tax by 3%. If such an increase was agreed by Dumfries and Galloway Council it is estimated this would generate just over £2million for local services, still leaving a £16.356 million funding gap. New responsibilities such as increasing the number of hours of nursery provision and measures to tackle period poverty should be funded in addition to current services and not by cutting current services. The draft budget will lead to cuts in schools, roads and local and other local amenities which have already been cut to the bone.” Colin Smyth MSP said, “Dumfries and Galloway Council have had to make £96 million worth of cuts since 2010, so to learn that the Scottish Government budget will still mean an £18.5million funding gap for the council is shocking.  This will mean more cuts in services and more public sector jobs being lost across the region. To protect vital local services in our region the Scottish Government must rethink its budget and put an end to the cuts to councils”.center_img The  Scottish Government’s draft budget announced in December last year will provide Dumfries and Galloway Council with a revenue grant of £285.8 million. However, the Scottish Government have also given new responsibilities to the Council and ring fenced nearly £10million for health and social care, increasing the number of hours for four years olds in nursery and providing free sanitary products in public places- without additional funding. Councillor Elaine Murray said, “Vital local services in our region have already been cut to the bone as a result of cuts inflicted by the Scottish Government.” South Scotland MSP Colin Smyth and Councillor Elaine Murray are seriously concerned about the threat this level of cuts will mean for vital local services.last_img read more

Player has ‘aroused’ interest from Man United, Red Devils ‘very aware’…

first_imgLast November, we covered a report from Mundo Deportivo, who claimed that Manchester United and Juventus initiated contact with Jordi Alba’s agent Vicente Forés. The left-back’s current deal at Camp Nou runs down in 2020 and Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu admitted the club are working with him over a long-term contract.A ‘Top Secret’ report from Mundo Deportivo claims the defender’s representative met the leaders of the La Liga winners last week, when they agreed on the length of the deal – a five year contract.However, Alba is not satisfied with the salary offered to him as he has seen the likes of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Sergio Busquets, Ivan Rakitic, Gerard Pique and even Samuel Umtiti being handed better deals.The 29-year-old is aware that he has ‘aroused’ interest from Manchester United and Juventus with his impressive displays and the two clubs are ‘very aware’ of his situation at the club.So far there is no agreement over a salary between Alba and Barcelona and the Blaugrana are of the belief that despite interest from the Red Devils and the Serie A outfit, the fullback will commit his future to the club by signing an extension. Over the past few years, agents have linked their clients to United in order to put pressure on clubs to offer them a better deal.This could possibly be another case where Alba’s camp is using Manchester United links to pressure Barcelona to earn a better contract.Because a move to England, and even a Barca exit, seems unlikely at this Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameChallenge Your Brain With This Must-Play Strategy Game. No Install.Forge of Empires – Free Online GameUndoRaid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadEven Non-Gamers Are Obsessed With This RPG Game (It’s Worth Installing!)Raid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadUndoDating.comTung Chung is actually full of single men. Check them out on this premium dating site!Dating.comUndoPerfect-Dating.comReveal Tung Chung As The Best City to Date for Love & RomancePerfect-Dating.comUndoKeto减肥1個簡單的妙招一夜「融化」腹部贅肉(今晚試試)Keto减肥Undo熱門話題小心會長過頭…網友推爆:「真的長得超誇張!」熱門話題UndoSingles50Hong Kong: A 40+ Dating Site That Actually Works!Singles50UndoCoworking Space | Search AdsThe cost of shared office in Hong Kong might surprise youCoworking Space | Search AdsUndoInstant Voice Translator43 Languages Instant Voice Translator Flying Off Shelves in Hong KongInstant Voice TranslatorUndolast_img read more

Ravens remodeled defensive line could be the best in the league

first_imgIn a rotational role on this defense that is now loaded from front to back and even in between thanks to his draft classmates Patrick Queen (LSU) and Malik Harrison (OSU), the former Aggie could be dark horse candidate to win Defensive Rookie of the Year honors if he piles up sacks and pressures while being groomed by one of the best in the game in Campbell as his mentor. After watching their beefy interior that included gap fillers Brandon Williams and Michael Pierce—who were widely recognized as the best run stiffing tandem in the league—got torn asunder in their divisional round defeat this past postseason and then witnessing the San Francisco 49ers’ uber-athletic defensive front wreak shop throughout the playoffs and nearly secure them a Superbowl title, the Ravens and General Manager Eric DeCosta were inspired to stray away from their typical archetype for their interior defensive linemen this offseason. He could have an even greater impact than Campbell on the production of the edge rushers this season. For years, he did the dirty work for the Broncos in the trenches and set up their outside linebackers like Von Miller, Demarcus Ware and Bradley Chubb up for sacks, pressures and quarterback hits that otherwise could’ve been his but the play wasn’t drawn up for him to be the looper on stunts, twists and in certain blitz packages. In the past, the Baltimore Ravens defensive line depthchart has been littered with 300 plus pound behemoths that specialize stuffingthe run first in foremost with their massive space-eating frames and stockybuilds. What’s the significance of mentioning the size and dimensions of Ravens past and present? With the exception of Ellis who is listed at 6-foot-2and 350 pounds, all of the other aforementioned defensive linemen are taller,weigh under or right around 300 pounds, and have slender athletic builds thanthe traditional bulky interior players that the Ravens have employed in yearspast. Former franchise greats and fan favorites like Tony Siragusa, KellyGregg, recently Pierce and currently Williams to name a few, have all been moreor less built the same and weighed well over 300 pounds. It all started with the acquisition of Calais Campbell via trade from the Jacksonville Jaguars in exchange for a 2020 fifth-round pick. Then they let Pierce walk in free agency and he went on to sign a sizable contract for the Minnesota Vikings—he’ll fetch a pretty high compensatory pick in next year’s draft. While some may point to the lack of a premierpass-rushing talent on the edge as a knock on this unit, the collective talentand skillsets of this group will both complement and elevate the play ofdefense as a whole. In free agency, they resigned Jihad Ward and Justin Ellis who was part of the midseason reclamation project of the defense last season and were able to get former Denver Bronco Derek Wolfe for a steal on a one year deal after their contract with Rams’ Michael Brockers fell through. A month later in the draft, they picked up a pair of young defensive linemen from the lone star state with the selection of Justin Madubuike (Texas A&M) in the third round and Broderick Washington (Texas Tech) in the fifth. DeCosta and Co. saw that the best way to disrupt modern-day offenses whether they’re run heavy like the Tennessee Titans or pass-happy like the Kansas City Chiefs is to have athletic defensive lineman that can get great penetration to not only stuff the run consistently but put constant pressure on opposing quarterback’s at a high rate as well. This inspired them to target players and prospects of a different ilk to remake their depth chart at the position. center_img Wolfe’s potential impact on the defense and the value at which the Ravens were able to get him at can’t be overstated or underestimated. He was on pace for a career year through the first 12 games of 2019 with seven sacks before his season was cut short by an elbow injury. He’s an upgrade from a pass rush standpoint over what they would’ve been getting from Brockers and the fact that he’s coming at about a third of the cost makes the overall value of the acquisition an absolute steal of a deal at a base salary of just $3 million with another $3 million in incentives. Interior pass rush and interior pass rushers havebecome very valuable in recent years with the accession of players like AaronDonald and Chris Jones who routinely finish among the league leaders in sacksand pressures. Even though he is the elder statesmen of the bunch, Campbell isstill a game wrecker up the middle and his 71 pressures in 2019 were the secondmost among interior linemen and 11th among all defensive linemen. A big reason why he was enjoying his best season to date last season is that his former head coach Vic Fangio brought over his system from his time in Chicago with the Bears that schemed up plays for every one of his players to make plays and get sacks, not just the perimeter guys. While he’ll get his fair share of one on one opportunities in Baltimore since they have so much talent around him, the fact that he excels at gobbling up blockers to spring his teammates to come off the edge or up the middle without hardly being touched will be a huge asset that defensive coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale will most certainly take advantage of. The Ravens got more athletic and more versatile in the overhaul of the middle of their defense this offseason and it could pay major dividends in the fall. These new additions will not only improve their interior pass rush but their edge rush as well. The presence of Campbell, Wolfe, and Madubuike wreaking havoc up the middle will take some of the attention and pressure away from their outside linebackers crashing off the edge. That means that Matthew Judon could break thedouble-digit sack threshold in a contract year after being franchise-taggedthis offseason, rising sophomore Jaylon Ferguson could break out big time inyear two, veteran Pernell McPhee could have a nice bounce-back year afterending last season on injured reserve and Tyus Bowser could see a boom in hisproduction in the final year of his rookie deal. Williams will still be the anchor in the middle of the unit and the best run defender of the bunch. He was playing some of his best football down the stretch last season and has improved as an interior pass rusher even though it doesn’t reflect itself in the stat sheet—he did record a career-high five quarterback hits in 2019. He’ll be an excellent mentor for rising sophomore Daylon Mack who spent nearly all of last season on injured reserve but plays the same position and at 6-foot-1 and 340 pounds is built like Williams who is 6-foot-1 and 336 pounds. While Washington will likely be relegated to a backup role as a rookie that will have to fight to make the game-day roster, Madubuike has the potential to play a significant role in the defense in year one. He could be both Campbell’s and Wolfe’s primary backup at either three or five-technique which means that he could see a decent-sized workload in what will be a heavy rotation upfront for a Ravens’ defense that want’s to spell their veterans early and often to keep them fresh. The moves that DeCosta made this offseason will enable the Ravens’ defense to generate more pressure and get to the quarterback quicker without having to send more than five or six defenders. This will lead to more coverage sacks and possibly even more turnovers from quarterbacks making rash decisions because they are being flushed out of constantly collapsing pockets. The Ravens 37 sacks as a team ranked 21st in the league last season and thanks to some new additions, that number could go way up in 2020 thanks to their brilliantly remodeled defensive line that could emerge as the best unit in the league this year.Please follow and like us:last_img read more