The new Rocket Ron, above and below, will be available in all three mountain bike tire sizes. The V-Groove feature is the three slits on each tread block. This has the seemingly disparate benefits of giving the tread blocks more surface area for better grip without degrading the strength of the block. The “V” refers to the shape of the slit.The subtly textured sidewall also provides a bit more protection for the 127tip casing. The tread pattern is slightly revised, and block height was reduced a bit. Combined, they measured the 15% reduction in rolling resistance. Overall weight remains within 5g of the original. It’ll be available in a 26×1.85 (385g), 26×2.1 (435g), 26×2.25 (470g), 27.5×2.25 (TBD), 700×33 (295g cyclocross), 29×2.1 (TBD, new size) and 29×2.25 (525g).All sizes and weights are for Evolution, some sizes also available in Active and Performance.The new Hans Dampf Super Gravity is their “tough as a downhill tire, light as a freeride tire” entry designed for enduro racing. While a 1000g “light” tire may not tickle XC folks’ fancies, Schwalbe says that’s about 800g less than a full on DH tire with tube. For anyone that climbs before their shred session, it’s a good thing, and for actual DH bikes, that’s a 1,600g reduction in unsprung mass. The Hans Dampf gets all-around Snakeskin rubber-on-kevlar production on the folding, tubeless-ready carcass. It’ll be available with their Triple Star Compounds (Pace Star, Trail Star and Vert Star).At left, the Hans Dampf Super Gravity tread pattern. Red is their standard casing material, yellow is the Snakeskin sidewall. What’s new is that it runs on the sidewall, around the bead and all the way around to the other side. This helps prevent punctures and cuts. The blue is flexible rubber insert that helps stiffen the sidewall, much like a DH tire. Essentially, it’s a dual ply sidewall with a single ply tread body, all sandwiched together for a very tough tire. While things like Megavalanche and enduros aren’t huge in the US, many Europeans racing them tend to run DH tires to deal with the jagged rocks and punishing terrain. This tire is designed to provide the protection and durability for such things without a punitive weight.Cosmetically, all of their tires get a slightly new font in a slightly darker gray so it won’t stand out quite so much. They’ll also better feature labeling on the sidewall to clearly, quickly illustrate the benefits and nice, graphical boxes.For the 650B stuff, here’s the sizes that’ll be on offer at launch:Hans Dampf – 27.5 x 2.35 (regular and Super Gravity) (TBD g)Knobby Nic – 27.5 x 2.35 (TBD g)Racing Ralph – 27.5 x 2.25 (530g)Rocket Ron – 27.5 x 2.25 (TBD g)Rapid Rob – 27.5 x 2.25 (TBD g)All tires mentioned here exclusive of the Racing Ralph 650B in the original tread pattern will be available around September, including the road tires below. The new Racing Ralph tread pattern will make its way to all three sizes for fall…they almost did away with that size until the sudden boom in interest for 650B / 27.5 convinced them to keep it (and expand!).2013 SCHWALBE ROAD TIRESOn the pavement, the Ultremo ZX gets a tubeless option. Schwalbe says developing tubeless road tires is far tougher than for the dirt because of the higher air pressures. Their goals, beyond making them safe, included being able to seal and seat them using only a floor pump, make them mount easy and keep the weight in check. With the Ultremo ZX Tubeless, they claim to have created a very durable, safe tire with extremely low rolling resistance. Rolling resistance is decreased because there’s no longer friction between tube and tire during deformation. Schwalbe says the tubeless tire’s rolling resistance is the lowest of any tire they’ve ever made, including their ultralight Ultremo ZLX and tubulars.The safety part comes from a) the tire staying on the rim, pretty important, but also b) not allowing sudden air loss. Particularly on the front, a blown tube can drop psi quickly enough to cause a loss of control. Like on a mountain bike tire, the use of a little sealant will slow air’s escape, letting you roll to a stop under control. It also eliminates any chance of a snake bite puncture, and (again, like mountain bike tubeless) reduces the likelihood of cut and puncture flats when used with sealant.Perhaps most significantly, these road tubeless tires are designed with racing in mind. RadioShack-Nissan-Trek’s Cancellara has been racing it in several prologues. The Ultremo ZX Tubeless is a true tubeless tire, meaning you don’t need sealant because it has a full butyl liner. It’s still recommended, but not necessary. This is in contrast to “tubeless ready” which doesn’t have the butyl liner and requires sealant.Part of making it race ready is the weight. Their goal was sub-300g, and claimed weight is 295g for the 700×23. Other sizes may be added in the future depending on demand, and tubeless may make its way to some of their other tires, too.If you’re not quite sold on Road Tubeless yet, the Ultremo ZX gets a new with V-Guard. The “V” stands for both Velocity and Vectran. The Vectran is a 2-layer puncture resistant belt and replaces the woven aramid fabric. They claim it improves cut resistance by 35% and reduces rolling resistance a whopping 25%.If you’re more concerned with aesthetics than performance, there’s also a new white Ultremo road tire. Even Schwalbe admits their black/black compound combo is the grippiest and most durable, but daaaang do these look tight. If white’s not your thing, they still offer their full rainbow of colors.OTHER COOL STUFFSchwalbe’s been making bike tires since 1973, and that’s all they make. Unlike Kenda, Maxxis, etc., they don’t make tires for cars, ATV’s or anything else. Just bikes. They own their own factory in Jakarta and make all of their tubulars in house. The location puts their factory in close proximity to the rubber plantations, which reduces shipping (fuel, pollution, etc. – yay!).They sent along a full presentation on their handmade tubulars, here’s some pics:Threads are spooled on the silver drum into a sheet, then latex is poured on and smoothed to create the base carcass.Two sheets of carcass are connected.The tread is laid upside down/inside out on a form (light gray), a puncture protection belt is glued into the center of it (black with red laser guide) then the carcass is glued onto it.An extruded latex tube inside the tire gives them an even sidewall thickness and better air retention. They use a removable valve core to let you use their Doc Blue or any other sealant to help prevent flats. Every tube is filled and tested for 24 hours before being sewn into the tubularThe edges are folded and sewn over each other, then the tube is inserted under a fabric cover.The carcass is sewn shut around the tube, then the base tape (center) is glued over the seam. Voila, a tubular tire.Each tire is mounted, inflated and checked for “run out” to test for any bulges and make sure it’s round. For mountain bikes, Schwalbe is bringing a ton of options for both sizes of bigger wheels for 2013. Their complete range will be available in 29er sizes, and 650B fans, new or old, will get to choose from Racing Ralph, Rocket Ron, Knobby Nic, Hans Dampf and Rapid Rob (all shown above). The only one missing is Furious Fred.Schwalbe’s MTB lineup falls into three categories: Active, Performance and Evolution. The budget Active line gets a new KevlarGuard standard protection belt. The Performance line gets a new dual compound tread as standard feature and is designed for the average enthusiast rider. The Evolution line remains unchanged as their premium offering.The Rocket Ron is a great all-around tire (we’re testing a set now), hooking up well in both wet and dry conditions. But there were a few complaints Schwalbe heard: It was hard to get the bead to seat, and wet root performance could be improved. The new Rocket Ron gets a 15% reduction in rolling resistance, stronger tread blocks with a new V-Groove and a new textured sidewall. The latter is said to make tubeless mounting super easy and reduces sealant bleeding through the sidewall by adding a bit more rubber to the outside. Click through for pics and more…
“I think it should be a really exciting matchup,” middle blocker Molly Lohman told reporters. “It’s a good first round for us.”Seven other Big Ten teams heard their name called during the selection show on Sunday, with Penn State picked as the No. 1 seed in the bracket. The Nittany Lions defeated the Gophers in the teams’ final match of the regular season.The Gophers are coming off two consecutive Final Four appearances with no national championships to show for it. A season ago, Stanford knocked Minnesota out of the Final Four. Texas defeated the team the year before that. Gophers to host North Dakota in NCAA tournamentMinnesota earned the No. 7 seed in the bracket.Ananya MishraMiddle Blocker Regan Pittman hits the ball at the volleyball game against the UW-Madison Badgers at the Maturi Pavilion on Oct 21, 2017. Jack WhiteNovember 27, 2017Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintMinnesota (26-5) will play the University of North Dakota (30-7) in its first game of the NCAA tournament, the Division I Women’s Volleyball committee announced Sunday. “We’re excited to get going,” head coach Hugh McCutcheon told reporters. “It’s a difficult year. They’re a lot of good teams out there, but we certainly feel like we’ve been treated well. We think we’re in a good spot.”The Gophers claimed the No. 7 overall seed in the bracket. They play the Fighting Hawks at the Maturi Pavilion on Friday at 7 p.m. If Minnesota defeats UND, the Gophers also play their second round game at home. That match is on Saturday at 6 p.m.
Captain Tyler Sheehy scored in the third period with assists from Sampo Ranta and Tommy Novak. Ranta has had a point in each of the last three games.Gophers goalie Eric Schierhorn made his 2018-19 season debut, saving 29 out of 30 shots. “First start in forever, you know, so you … go out there with a little jitters,” Schierhorn told Gophers’ public relations. “But I felt good, I thought I … kept my game simple, didn’t over-move.”The Gophers will take on Trinity Western University on Saturday, Oct. 20 in another exhibition game, before playing North Dakota the next weekend in Las Vegas.“We did a lot of good things early in our season, a lot of things we can keep building on,” Motzko told Gophers’ public relations. “The mistakes that we make, that’s going to happen no matter what, so we just keep learning from them and moving forward.” Gophers defeat USA Under-18 teamThe Gophers had five goals in the third period to take a 7-1 victory.Ellen SchmidtJunior Ryan Zuhlsdorf skates past the University of Minnesota Duluth toward the puck during the game on Sunday, Oct. 7 at Mariucci Arena. The Gophers won 7-4. Jack WarrickOctober 15, 2018Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintThe Gophers started slow, but ended with a convincing victory over some of the country’s top players who are under 18 years old on Saturday.Minnesota used a five-goal third period to take a 7-1 victory over the USA Under-18 Team in Plymouth, Michigan in an exhibition game.“First period I thought was intense, it went up and down,” head coach Bob Motzko told Gophers’ public relations. “And then they got a little tired, and we kept getting stronger.”Joey Marooney and Rem Pitlick each scored two goals against the young team. Pitlick led the team with three total points, along with an assist to a Brent Gates Jr. goal in the third.The Gophers were held scoreless in the first period, but broke the silence with an unassisted Pitlick goal halfway through the second period. Defenseman Robbie Stucker scored the second goal in that frame to go into the third period with a 2-0 lead.The only goal scored by the USA Under-18 team was from Judd Caulfield, a Grand Forks, North Dakota native, who scored first, with 2:07 played in the third period. Caulfield will play for North Dakota next season.
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The City of London Law Society (CLLS) has thrown its backing behind the creation of an online court for claims up to £25,000, breaking ranks with the rest of the profession which has largely warned against it.Responding to an interim report from Lord Justice Briggs on the structure of civil courts, the CLLS said that an online court could bring ‘huge benefits’ and would constitute a major step towards enhancing access to justice for individuals and small businesses who would otherwise find it difficult to secure justice.The society also said it had no objection in principle to the online court hearing claims up to £25,000 and no fundamental objection to the court having exclusive jurisdiction within its remit.Its response puts it at odds with other representative bodies in the legal sector.The Bar Council has warned that an online court could entrench a two-tiered judicial system, while the Law Society said it would support the use of the court only for straightforward money disputes worth up to £10,000.The CLLS’s response was written by the society’s litigation committee, which is chaired by Simon James (pictured) of magic circle firm Clifford Chance. Despite backing the overall idea, the CLLS did sound some caution over the details. It said the online court would need extensive testing and piloting, and noted that its success depends on a computerised ‘triage’ system which does not yet exist. Its reponse also warned that litigation in England and Wales could mushroom if the court becomes too successful.The response said: ‘If the online court becomes seen as an easy way of extracting money for losses perceived to be the fault of someone else, litigation could become the first resort rather than the last […] this could have a deleterious effect on business and other relationships.’The CLLS suggested that a lower limit could be set on the value of claims, and fees should be set at a level which would deter frivolous claims. It also suggested enabling successful defendants to receive a fixed allowance for costs.The society’s response also said it had concerns about the proposals for case officers, which it said might not achieve the stated objective of pushing down the work done by expensive judges, as it is likely most litigants will refer to a judge any adverse decisions taken by a case officer.It suggested that case officers should be treated as judges, with genuine authority of their own, and if they are not treated as judges and do not carry out judicial functions, this casts doubt on the need to create a new cadre of court staff.
Clifford Chance, Pinsent Masons and DLA Piper are among nine law firms that have urged Boris Johnson to implement environmentally sustainable goals in the wake of the pandemic.The leaders of some of Britain’s biggest companies sent an open letter to the prime minister this morning asking him to use UN sustainable development goals ‘to consolidate and future-proof’ plans for the UK’s pandemic recovery.Clifford Chance, DLA Piper, DWF, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Herbert Smith Freehills, Linklaters, Mishcon de Reya, Pinsent Masons and Slaughter and May were among the signatories.The letter, which was coordinated by the UK Stakeholders for Sustainable Development and the UN Global Compact Network UK, said: ‘We recognise that the scale of recovery will pose many challenges for the government. But the Covid-19 crisis has shown that businesses, government, and civil society can and will work together to create lasting and positive change.‘We believe the sustainable development goals should be used to establish the level of ambition for the UK’s pandemic-recovery and a future that ensures all people in our country live a good life, prospering on a healthy planet.’The firms urged Johnson to build a stronger and more resilient economy; to prioritise the most vulnerable in our society and ‘level-up regional and societal inequalities’; and to build ‘coherent policies for a healthy planet and to aid the transition to net zero’.
Substantial efficiency gains have been achieved by Denmark’s infrastructure manager, Banestyrelsen, thanks to a law introduced on January 1 1997 which requires materials and work to be procured by open tender – although it has not been fully applied yet.Director of Infrastructure Services Jesper Toft told AiC’s Infrastructure Maintenance & Renewal 99 Conference on February 9 that he was not only buying materials at lower prices, where previously they had been escalating, but the capital tied up in stocks had also been halved. The cost of plant was 10% to 20% lower, materials were typically 6% to 15% down with 50% achieved in some cases, and work packages were up to 50% cheaper for the same functional output. ’We now believe that you can go further’, he said.Toft admitted that to start with there had been resistance to the idea that infrastructure work could be precisely defined in contracts, but now ’we don’t accept that things can’t be described.’ Indeed, the requirement to do this ’stimulates planning and thus optimises the whole process.’There were gains in the time taken to carry out work too. Typical work packages were performed 10% to 20% faster, and time reductions of 54% and 67% had been demonstrated during specific trials. Commissioning times had improved substantially, with reduced disruption to services in consequence.Asked whether more staff were needed to process the procurement paperwork, Toft claimed that, on the contrary, 10% to 15% fewer were required – ’although it may take different people.’ It had, he conceded, been ’a very tough learning process.’
MOXA: At InnoTrans Moxa will highlight how the in-house development of CPUs for its ToughNet series of ethernet switches will ensure long-term availability, which in turn will assist rolling stock refurbishment contractors with obsolescence management.ToughNet supports Moxa’s new Dynamic Ring Coupling. This enables fast automated reconfiguration when trains are reformed in mid-journey, with a network recovery time of under 1 sec to prevent disruption to CCTV surveillance, wi-fi and passenger information systems.