Mavic Debuts Cosmic Carbone 40 Clinchers, Promises Best Ever Braking Performance

first_imgExternal rim width at the brake track is 19mm, which is admittedly narrower than what’s trending. But, Vestal says they were going for lightweight and that added width didn’t add anything to the performance that they didn’t feel they were already getting.The included Yksion GripLink front and PowerLink rear tires weigh 190g each. They are 120tpi 700x23c, but Mavic admits they run a bit narrow even though the inside air volume runs pretty close to a true 23. They’re a dual compound with softer rubber on the shoulders, and a generally harder mix on the rear tire. We’ve ridden them and they’re pretty darn nice.And, yes, we asked about running them Road Tubeless: “It’s an airtight tire bed, but we don’t have a valve that would fit. Officially, no, and we wouldn’t recommend it but people have found ways to do it. At the moment, Mavic is not working on road tubeless.”And now for our feature presentation… From a lineup standpoint, it fills the small gap between their 30mm deep Cosmic Elite and the 52mm Cosmic Carbone wheels. It also becomes their second wheelset to use a rounded NACA airfoil shape, following the recently introduced Cosmic CXR 80 and shaped in the Geneva wind tunnel to excel in a broad range of wind angles. But, none of that answers the question: What makes them special?“It’s just different,” says Mavic’s PR rep Zack Vestal. “The rim itself is quite light, much lighter than the CC SLR, and because it doesn’t require a rim strip, it’s ultimately lighter than competing wheels that do have a drilled rim bed. So, you get better aerodynamics thanks to the rounded profile and super low inertia with no compromise in stiffness. We feel all of this makes the ride characteristics better than anything else out there.”Key features of the new wheelset include:Aluminum spoke bed insertions are threaded with Mavic’s proprietary FORE process, eliminating the need to reinforce the outer carbon section while evenly distributing the spoke tension load. This also means easier service.Lightweight one-piece aluminum tire bed and bead hook insert offers enhanced structural resistance to tire air pressure and brake heat buildup while also creating a precise, ERTRO-compliant bead hook.New TgMAX dual resin technology uses 2 types of resin, each with its own glass transition temperature [Tg], plus a specific heat treatment/molding process to increase the Tg of the entire system. The primary challenge with carbon clinchers has always been heat management. Under hard or prolonged braking, temperatures can soar well above 400ºF, enough to potentially soften the resin in the sidewalls. With 100+ psi pushing against the sidewalls, that could mean anything from rim deformation (ruined rim) to a complete blowout (ruined you). It’s one of the reasons so much attention is paid to resin formulation, pad compounds and the like.All the major players have addressed this in their own way in order to provide riders with a full carbon clincher. The notable exceptions were Mavic and American Classic, which have kept their all-carbon rims limited to tubular options. Until now.The new Mavic Cosmic Carbone 40 Clincher uses a new construction process to provide a quasi-full carbon clincher. But, with wheelset weights almost identical to the slightly deeper (and Exalith-tracked) Cosmic Carbone SLR and still above full carbon clinchers from, say, ENVE, what makes them special?center_img There’s also a special surface treatment on the brake track to improve braking efficiency in both wet and dry conditions.“We developed a complex surface treatment process which enables us to achieve braking distances which are half the braking distances of current carbon wheels,” said Michel Davoine, Mavic Development Engineering Manager. “All these processes that we developed to obtain this high performance rim took a lot of time. Development lasted more than three years with a full team of engineers,” added Davoine.Vestal says it’s a process they’re keeping close to the chest, but that “it feels coarse, almost raw, but also super hard. It’s a little bit abrasive. I think you’ll see a little faster brake pad wear than with other wheels, but the brake bite is pretty shocking. They stop really well. It’s also extremely tough and wear resistant, it should last longer than alloy rims. Plus, these won’t get the glaze or debris coating that alloy rims can.”The nice thing is they’re recommending commonly available SwissStop Yellow pads, which are included with the wheels.Another unique feature is the foam core. Vestal says this is to ensure precision placement of the alloy parts and the carbon layup during assembly. “When you assemble the aluminum tire and spoke bed inserts, the foam ensures good tolerances from the top to the spoke bed, which lets them do thinner sidewalls. That means less material, which means less weight. It’s pretty firm, but super light.”Put it all together and you have a lightweight package that has “added radial impact resistance thanks to the isotropic nature of aluminum” with an aero profile designed to work as well in crosswinds and straight on.SPECS:1545g (670g front/875g rear)2085g for complete Wheel-Tire System.40mm deep profile carbon rimCarbon hub shells with aerodynamic aluminum flanges; QRM+ adjustable preload bearings; aluminum axlesBladed/butted stainless steel spokes with external, integrated alloy nipples16 radially laced in front; 20 laced radially non-drive/ 1-cross driveIncludes GripLink clincher front  / PowerLink clincher rear tiresUSA Price: $2,750USA Availability: June 1Includes brake pads, skewers, hub tool, wheel bags, tires and tubeslast_img read more

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Review: thinking out of the box with FoodCell

first_imgThe FoodCell from new UK start-up FlowCell is an innovative nutrition storage unit, or ‘bento box’ for triathlon, time trials and those simply seeking nutrition storage for a day’s riding. The company recently bagged an angel investor to help get the product off the ground, and a new Kickstarter campaign is currently under way for sourcing the final funding for FoodCell’s first production run.With the aim of hitting a new £20,000 Kickstarter crowdfunding target, FlowCell will then produce its first batch of FoodCell units. We were fortunate enough to get hold of a pre-production model and have been putting it through its paces in recent weeks.Essentially, the FoodCell unit is a ‘bento box’, nutrition carrier that sits on a bike’s top tube. The packaging of the product has a premium, professional feel; and the unit itself is well-designed – fitting to the top tube either by velcro straps or two (M5) bolts for those framesets containing bolts in the top-tube.Using it out on the road, it is apparent that there are a number of USPs to the FoodCell product:First, it has a slider opening that gives easy access to all nutrition whilst riding (either in an aero tuck or standard riding position). This easy access opening also means that nutrition wrappers are less fiddly to put back into the unit. So, time penalties for littering (accidental or otherwise) can be avoided.Second, there are claimed aero dynamic benefits (more on this below).Third, once the entire storage unit is attached to the top tube, either by bolts or velcro closures, the main FoodCell unit itself is detachable. This is a handy feature for popping nutrition onto the bike just before a race gets under way; and it also allows the main unit to be cleaned separately. Getting aeroIn terms of aero credentials, we didn’t test the unit in a wind tunnel and simply took it out on the road to get a feel for its usability. So, we asked the guys at FoodCell to give a bit more clarity on any aero benefits from using the nutrition carrier.FlowCell developer and company founder Mark Tallon said, “In the real word, most athletes have a rounded stem and may have their brake/gear cables still coming out of the top tube. As such we wanted to be truthful with our consumers right from the beginning. So we have done our CFD [computational fluid dynamics] work with the FoodCell where it sits directly behind the stem (optimum position as reported by most companies) but also 4cm, 6cm, and 8cm back to represent the vast majority of bike set-ups out there.He continued, “In addition, not every athlete is flying along at 40-45kph, another value thrown out there when people talk about the drag values of their product. A reason for this is simply because the higher the speed the greater the drag; so you can demonstrate bigger effects (x percent saving in time over y distance).“We want to represent not only the top end athlete but also the age groupers who do not necessarily fly along at over 40kph, i.e. those that also sit at 30kph or less (the vast majority). So, we also carried out CFD work at 30, 35 and 40kph.”Mark added, “Over a 40km ride when the FoodCell is next to the stem you save time; and as you move further away from the stem so that more air hits it dead-on then you get additional drag resulting in a maximum loss of around 13 seconds. Over an IRONMAN against the stem you save circa 11 seconds (meaning FoodCell can be a negative drag option for those that can have it against the stem), with a maximum loss of about 50-60 seconds over speeds ranging from 30-40kph when the FoodCell is 8cm (circa 3 inches).“We are currently working on some alternate dimple patterning and some other size options that again will further reduce any drag; but, in real life, the effect of pretty much all aerodynamic designed food carriers will not impact total race time in any negative manner.”The key take-out, as underlined by the FoodCell team, is that, in a race environment, given all the variables of athletes siting up to take bottles of fluid or moving out of their tribars, and therefore out of the aero position, ‘FoodCell will not significantly impact your performance over an iron distance event.’ The main advantage offered by FoodCell is an easy-opening and thus an ability to remain aero whilst removing and consuming food from the nutrition carrier. This can decrease the hassle that athletes may experience in trying to get access to food during a race. In itself, this should be a big plus in maintaining performance during a long bike leg, and helping to optimise nutritional strategies on race day. Relatedcenter_img In summary, the FoodCell is an impressive product that features a ‘why didn’t we think of that’ closure system. The slider that gives access to the nutrition storage is easy to open whilst on the road, in an aero tuck or a regular riding position. Overall, the pre-production model that we received had a real quality feel, with nice packaging too.The detachable main unit is handy for cleaning. It also means that an athlete’s nutrition can simply be popped into place at the start of a race, for example during an early morning triathlon when bikes are typically left overnight in transition.Founded by nutritional biochemist and age group triathlete Dr Mark Tallon, FlowCell is dedicated to engineering effective solutions for endurance athletes. The UK FlowCell team are currently designing a selection of premium quality products for cyclists and triathletes to ‘ensure fuelling is delivered in an functional as well as aerodynamic format’. FoodCell is the first of three products that ‘relies on high quality materials and leading edge designs that have been tested in both lab and real world conditions to ensure all products are only of the highest specifications’.www.flowcell.co.uklast_img read more

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Mortgage time: Improving economic activity

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The economic data released this week reflected continued improvement in the economy, but there was little market reaction. While some volatility was seen during the final days of 2013, mortgage rates ended the week with little net change.Heading into the new year, recent economic data has provided many reasons to be optimistic about the performance of the economy. The US has added an average of nearly 200K jobs over the past three months, and the Unemployment Rate has declined to 7.0%, the lowest level since November 2008. The ISM national manufacturing index held near the highest level since April 2011. Consumer Sentiment jumped to the highest level since July. Finally, Housing Starts were 30% higher than one year ago, at the highest level since February 2008. The Fed’s recent decision to taper its bond purchases reflects its confidence in the sustainability of the economic recovery.Mel Watt is scheduled to be sworn in on January 6 as the new Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA). The FHFA is the agency that oversees the operations of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Since a large percentage of mortgage loans made today are eventually sold to or insured by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, Watt will have a very significant influence over mortgage lending. Watt has not made public much of what he will do differently from outgoing Acting Director Edward DeMarco, but his policies are expected to be more accommodating to housing finance. Watt has stated that he will delay the recently announced guarantee fee increases that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac had planned to begin charging in March.Also Notable:November Pending Home Sales increased slightly from OctoberConstruction Spending rose to the highest level since March 20092013 was the best year for the Dow stock index since 1995The Treasury will auction $64 billion in 3-yr, 10-yr, and 30-yr securities continue reading »last_img read more

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Valamar Riviera employs 1200 new seasonal employees

first_imgValamar Riviera is a leading tourist company that can accommodate about 30 guests a day in its 15 hotels and resorts and 55.000 camping resorts along the Adriatic coast – in Istria, on the islands of Krk and Rab and in Dubrovnik, which is about 12 percent of total categorized accommodation in Croatia. The knowledge, professionalism and hard work of their 4.900 employees are the foundation of service excellence, sustainability and business growth.Also, Valamar Riviera is among the Top 5 employers in Croatia and has been named the best tourism company. That this is an employer that is attractive to seasonal workers is confirmed by the data on high returns – almost 65 percent of seasonal workers return to work at Valamar from year to year, and the company increases the number of permanent contracts from year to year. Thus, in 2016, 64 employees received permanent employment, and in 2017 another 178.Valamar for My job reveals the profile of the desired candidates and which job positions of seasonal workers it employs in the new tourist season.Which staff do you need the most for uninterrupted business in the 2017 season, and which job positions will the candidates offer at the Tourism Job Fair? For the upcoming tourist season, we are looking for more professional, hard-working and motivated people to work in a dynamic environment in tourist facilities. For successful business in the 2017 season, Valamar Riviera will employ 1200 new employees. We have the most vacancies in the food and beverage department (cook, assistant chef, kitchen worker, waiter, assistant waiter, waiter) in the household department (maid, cleaner), at the reception (receptionist, assistant receptionist, londiner), in the technical service and maintenance (homemaker, gardener, warehouse worker, driver), in sports (pool guards, sports workers), in the reservation center (sales associate in the reservation center), at info points (Perfect Experience Creator associate) and in animation.Photo: Valamar RivieraDo you offer seasonal workers secured accommodation? Valamar provides free accommodation to all seasonal workers who come to our destinations from different counties throughout Croatia, and from this year the quality of accommodation is further enhanced by the construction of “Valamar Staff Residence” centers in Dubrovnik (fully functional in 2018) on the island. Krk and Rabac (in Istria).It is part of the overall concern for the quality of life and working conditions, which is continuously worked on in order to satisfy employees.The premises are modernly decorated, everything is adapted to the needs of workers, and ensure maximum comfort of accommodation, mostly in single and double rooms. All rooms have a private bathroom with toilet, are equipped with comfortable furniture and have their own TV and refrigerator. The kitchen and dining room are intended for shared use and are equipped with a stove, refrigerator with freezer, microwave and other kitchen utensils. In a separate room that is also shared, there are washing, drying and ironing machines, and their use is, of course, free for all employees. Special attention was paid to the arrangement of the room for rest and socializing, so in addition to comfortable sofas and armchairs, a large TV, DVD player, PlayStation and board games were installed, and free wi-fi access was provided. Workers can also use the shared garden, which, in addition to beautifully landscaped horticulture, has wooden benches and a barbecue, as well as outdoor fitness equipment. Bicycle storage and parking space are also available to all.Valamar Riviera is one of the exhibitors online Tourism Job Fair which is being held from 22nd to 28th February and brings together employers in the fields of tourism, hospitality and hospitality.In addition to accommodation, job candidates are also interested in the salary they can expect. Can you provide indicative amounts?Valamar Riviera is one of the largest and most desirable employers in Croatia. We point out that since 2012, the average salary and income in Valamar have been continuously growing from year to year, even faster than the national average. In 2016, net earnings at the level of the year amounted to HRK 5.825, which is 24% more than the industry average.What advice would you give to interested candidates – how best to prepare for seasonal work in your hotels?In addition to strong motivation and ambition and a smile on the face that are necessary for work in tourism, for each job they are interested in, we advise candidates to find out what is expected of them and to get to know the tasks in more detail. The information can of course be obtained directly in a conversation with the employer as well as with the employees of Valamar Riviera. Knowledge of foreign languages ​​is a great advantage for every candidate, so we advise you to dedicate yourself to enriching your vocabulary and learning the terminology that will make their daily communication with guests easier, more pleasant and more professional. The focus is each in English, German and Italian.Source: Mojposao.netlast_img read more

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I-CAR Education Foundation Announces 2009 Board of Trustees

first_imgHOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. – The I-CAR Education Foundation has announced its slate of Trustees and Executive Committee for 2009. The I-CAR Education Foundation is honored to have the following representatives on the Executive Committee:AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement ·    Chairman, Chris Evans — State Farm Insurance; ·    Vice Chairman, Doug Webb — CSi Complete; ·    Secretary, Bill Daly — Allstate Insurance Co.; ·    Treasurer, Chris Northup; ·    Member-At-Large, Steve Seidner — Seidner’s Collision Centers; ·    Member-At-Large, Terry Fortner — Nationwide Insurance; and ·    Immediate Past Chairman, Clark Plucinski, True2Form Collision Repair Centers. In addition to the Executive Committee, the Foundation Board of Trustees consists of: ·    Mark Algie – 3M Co.; ·    Joseph Allen – CCC Information Services Inc.; ·    Terry Angell – Warren Tech; ·    Guy Bargnes – BASF; ·    Mary Knapp – Dennis Technical Education Center; ·    Geralynn Kottschade – Jerry’s Body Shop Inc.; ·    Tim O’Day – Gerber Collision & Glass; ·    John Saia – Toyota Motor Sales USA Inc.; ·    Greg Settle – Mercedes-Benz; ·    Roland Taube – International Representative; and ·    John Ward – Enterprise Rent-A-Car. Trustee Emeriti consist of: ·    J. Laurence Costin – CCC Information Services Inc.; ·    Lirel Holt; ·    Frank McGiboney; ·    Chuck Sulkala – Acme Body and Paint Inc; and ·    the late Russell Verona – East Rockford Collision Center. “The Education Foundation has proven its unique ability to stimulate and support education in the collision repair industry,” said Chris Evans, chairman of the I-CAR Education Foundation Board of Trustees. “Last year we launched our first annual $100,000 effort of supporting students through Education Foundation scholarships, grants of curriculum to Career and Technical Schools and Colleges (CTSC) and continuing education for CTSC instructors. We believe it’s possible to illustrate to others that by getting involved and supporting the Education Foundation we can benefit the industry and our businesses directly.”Advertisement “Last year, our Board of Trustees took the I-CAR Education Foundation in a bold new direction and Messrs. Allen and O’Day and Ms. Knapp bring a wealth of knowledge and leadership to help guide us down this path,” said Scott Kruger, I-CAR Education Foundation executive director. “As we move to support and strengthen the collision repair education system, I look forward to working with and learning from these three respected professionals.” “I once again look forward to working with the Board, our wonderfully dedicated staff, and I-CAR to move the organization to the next level. There’s no stopping what the Education Foundation can do for students and local career and technical schools and colleges,” concluded Evans.last_img read more

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Los Alamos Firefighters Treated To Appreciation Dinner

first_imgLos Alamos Fire Department Battalion Chief Ben Stone, left, of the B-Shift looks over the dinners he provided to firefighters Saturday at each of the fire stations throughout Los Alamos and White Rock. The dinners were prepared by Sanchez Cocina and Catering in Albuquerque. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com Firefighters gladly collect the dinners provided to them by Battalion Chief Ben Stone, right, Saturday and head to the dining room to eat at Station 6. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com Los Alamos Fire Department Battalion Chief Ben Stone, right, of the B-Shift begins to distribute dinners Saturday that he provided to firefighters at each of the fire stations throughout Los Alamos and White Rock in appreciation for their efforts and dedication on the job during the public health crisis. The dinners were prepared by Sanchez Cocina and Catering in Albuquerque. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.comThe firefighters at Station 6 on East Road pose for a photo with Battalion Chief Ben Stone, right, and at center, Destinee Sanchez and Victor Carrete of Sanchez Cocina and Catering. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.comlast_img read more

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High five for WCA projects

first_imgMFC Transport, the WCA Projects member representing India, moved an over-dimensional nuclear power plant component a distance of 370 km from Ahmedabad to Adani Port.MFC had to design and fabricate a rotational holding device to transport the Calandria, which measured 10.45 m long, 9 m wide by 2.52 m high and weighed 73.1 tonnes. WCA Projects representative in China, Universal Logistics, completed the transportation of two 56.4 m x 5.1 m x 4 m cargoes weighing 53 tonnes each, from Jiangsu Province via Shanghai to India.An extra-long trailer with a wide turning radius was necessary for the move, as there was no allowance for the bending of the cargo during transit. Malaysia headquartered Mory TNTE handled a 60-tonne overheight press machine, which was exported from China to Malaysia’s Port Klang, before being delivered to the consignee. Mory was also responsible for positioning the press inside the manufacturing facility. The 4.85 m high unit had to pass a low bridge with just 5 cm of clearance, which required exact measurement and monitoring, plus a special police escort from the port to the site. Alliance 21 and Hevold Shipping, members of the WCA Projects network representing Singapore and Norway respectively, came together to consolidate rigging equipment from Norway and Poland for delivery to Shanghai.The main body frame tipped-the-scales at more than 50 tonnes, while accessories were consolidated in two containers. The team had just one week to mobilse and compete the task, stated WCA Projects. Network representative for Pakistan, Freight Connection Group, coordinated the transport of a 75-tonne transformer from Karachi airport to Bahawalpur Punjab.The transformer and auxiliary equipment arrived by air from China. Freight Connection’s scope of work involved unloading the transformer directly from plane onto a multi-axle trailer; Customs clearance; and transportation to the final jobsite. www.mfctransport.comwww.mory-tnte.comwww.fcg.com.pkwww.hevold.nowww.a21.com.sgwww.wcaprojects.comlast_img read more

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UECC takes second newbuild

first_imgHLPFI reported in September that UECC had taken delivery of its first LNG-fuelled PCTC, Auto Eco, at the Chinese yard.Along with its sister vessel, Auto Energy has an overall length of 181 m and a 30 m beam. According to UECC, the vessels are the largest dual-fuel LNG PCTCs ever built.The ships are capable of carrying 4,000 ceu and 6,000 sq m of high and heavy cargoes, with a maximum cargo weight of 160 tonnes.Auto Energy’s naming ceremony is scheduled to take place in late January 2017. www.uecc.comlast_img read more

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Nearly 500,000 illegal immigrants live in South Florida

first_imgNearly 500,000 illegal immigrants reside in South Florida,  making it the fifth-largest  metropolitan area with an undocumented population in the United States, according to a new analysis by the Pew Research Center.About 450,000 illegal immigrants reside in the greater Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach area, Pew found, based on 2014 estimates from government data. About 55,000 live in the city of Miami alone.President Donald J. Trump has promised to crack down on illegal immigration, signing an executive order last month to cut federal funding for cities and counties considered “sanctuaries” for the undocumented. To avoid the label, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez hastily agreed to hold inmates in local jails for federal immigration agents.South Florida trails other major urban centers that attract scores more of undocumented immigrants. Leading the list are New York and Los Angeles, with 1.2 million and 1 million, respectively. In third and fourth place are Houston (575,000) and Dallas (475,000).last_img read more

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Police arrests six suspected jihadists in Morocco

first_imgMap of Morocco. Detail from the World Atlas. Selective Focus. Police in Morocco say they have broken up a suspected Islamic State cell, arresting six members near Casablanca and in the northern towns of Chefchaouen and Ouazzane.The flag of Morocco./Getty ImagesSecurity agents seized firearms including guns, automatic pistols and hunting rifles in Tamaris, south of Casablanca as well as ammunition and bladed arms, the spokesman, Boubker Sabik, told Reuters.Compared with other North African countries, Morocco has been largely insulated from militant attacks. Its most recent took place in December 2018, when militants loyal to Islamic State killed two Scandinavian tourists.They also discovered dangerous chemical material and liquids that could be used to make explosives, along with Islamic State flags and a document and video recording showing the cell pledge allegiance to the international jihadist group.The cell also possessed navigation and swimming material including an inflatable boat, the spokesman added.Official Moroccan figures from late 2018 showed that 1,669 Moroccans had traveled to Syria and Iraq to join Islamic State. However, the only other major attack in the country this decade was the 2011 bombing of a Marrakesh restaurant, killing 17.Related Morocco arrests suspected Islamic State members Morocco arrests 7 suspected IS supporterscenter_img Uganda police arrests two presidential hopefulslast_img read more

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