dreambikes Auction #2: Titus FTM Carbon

The second dreambikes auction is in full swing, and you’ll definitely want to check out the second set of one-of-a-kind mountain bikes put together by the team at crankbrothers!  This is your chance to bid on and win the mountain bike of your dreams while knowing that all of the auction proceeds will provide funding for Hans Rey’s Wheels4Life charity.  Wheels4Life is a non-profit organization that provides bikes for people in developing countries, working directly with communities around the globe by donating bikes to deserving individuals who desperately need them to get to school, to work, or to provide health care to patients.

To create the dreambikes, Crankbrothers partnered with premiere frame builders Ibis, Titus, Focus and Tomac, and component and accessories makers SRAMRock ShoxAvidFizik and Continental Tires to create a stable of impeccably equipped, one-of-a-kind dream bikes that were displayed at cycling events across the western U.S. and Europe.

Up for bid in this second dreambikes auction are a size XL Tomac Carbide XC and this sharp-looking blue-and-white size large Titus FTM Carbon:

If full-tilt is how you roll, the Titus FTM (Full-Tilt Moto) deserves a closer look. It’s a lightweight, hill-sprinting, singletrack-ripping trail rig with the chops to excel on the XC or endurance race circuit. And even if competition isn’t in your blood, you can take satisfaction in knowing the FTM’s crankbrothers Cobalt- and SRAM X0/X9-infused DNA makes the dreambikes edition FTM Carbon look like a full-tilt winner even when it’s standing still.

Be sure to check out the rest of the dreambikes, and the upcoming auction schedule, on our website right now.  You’ll definitely want at least one of these bikes!

So what are you waiting for… don’t miss your chance to bid on a bike & change a life!

dreambikes Auction #2: Tomac Carbide XC

Our first dreambikes auction is over, but that only means that it’s time to start bidding on the second set of one-of-a-kind mountain bikes put together by the team at crankbrothers!  You could win the mountain bike of your dreams and, at the same time, provide needed funds for Hans Rey’s Wheels4Life charity.  All of the dreambikes auction  proceeds go straight to Wheels4Life, which is making a difference in communities around the globe by donating bikes to deserving individuals who desperately need a bike to access health care or to get to work or school.

In our first auction, over $7,000 was raised to support the efforts of Wheels4Life! This is money that goes directly into buying and delivering bikes to those who need them, as administrative costs and overhead are kept as low as possible at Wheels4Life (Hans Rey even pays for all of his charity-related travel expenses out of his own pocket). Keeping the costs down to a minimum allows Wheels4Life to buy and distribute even more bikes and to change more lives in return.

To create the dreambikes, Crankbrothers partnered with premiere frame builders Ibis, Titus, Focus and Tomac, and component and accessories makers SRAMRock ShoxAvidFizik and Continental Tires to create a stable of impeccably equipped, one-of-a-kind dream bikes that were displayed at cycling events across the western U.S. and Europe.

Up for bid in this second dreambikes auction are a size large Titus FTM Carbon and this stealthy size XL Tomac Carbide XC:

The legendary Johhny T and the gang at Tomac Mountain Bikes certainly know a thing or two about designing high-performance XC rigs. Take the Tomac Carbide XC, for example. This dual-sprung racer is super stiff, exceptionally lightweight and remarkably plush for a bike that handles as intuitively and responsively as any hardtail. And if that’s not enough to peg your “gotta have” needle into the red zone, permit us to point out that the lithe and-sexy naked carbon frame of the dreambikes edition Carbide XC is complemented by a tasty mix of crankbrothers and SRAM components that will not only fuel your growing bike lust, but fully legitimize it.

Be sure to check out the rest of the dreambikes, and the upcoming auction schedule, on our website right now.  You’ll definitely want at least one of these bikes!

So what are you waiting for… don’t miss your chance to bid on a bike & change a life!

dreambikes Auction #1: Titus X Carbon

Time is running out on our first dreambikes auction, so it’s definitely time to get in your bid on one of the drool-worthy mountain bikes put together by the team at crankbrothers!  Here’s how it works: you bid on the bike of your dreams, and all of the proceeds go straight to Hans Rey’s Wheels4Life charity, which is making a difference in communities around the globe, one bike at a time. Pretty simple, right?

To create the dreambikes, Crankbrothers partnered with premiere frame builders Ibis, Titus, Focus and Tomac, and component and accessories makers SRAM, Rock Shox, Avid, Fizik and Continental Tires to create a stable of impeccably equipped, one-of-a-kind dream bikes that were displayed at cycling events across the western U.S. and Europe.

Now, with the help of Performance Bicycle, crankbrothers will auction off the dreambikes and donate all of the proceeds to Wheels4Life, to help them improve the lives of hundreds of deserving individuals who desperately need a bike for purposes such as accessing health care or for getting to work or school.

The first auction ends Sunday, November 21 at 8:00PM eastern time, and includes a size medium Ibis Mojo SL and this great-looking size small Titus X Carbon:

If you’ve had your eye out for a XC race bike that can accelerate like a hardtail, climb like an over-caffeinated Sherpa and coddle your carcass with plush efficiency, your quest is over, because X marks the spot. With its striking X-shaped frame and modified four-bar suspension design, the Titus X Carbon is stiff, efficient and an all-out screamer when you apply push to the pedals. Decked out in gold accents, courtesy of a bevy of high-zoot crankbrothers Cobalt and SRAM X0/X9 components, the dreambikes edition X Carbon is an eye-catching, lightweight racer that delivers truly heavyweight performance.

If this bike isn’t right for you, check out the rest of the dreambikes on our website right now.  You’ll definitely want at least one of these bikes!

So what are you waiting for… don’t miss your chance to bid on a bike & change a life!

dreambikes Auction #1: Ibis Mojo SL

The bidding has already begun on our first dreambikes auction, but you’ve still got time to get your bid in on a pair of sweet mountain bikes that have been fully kitted out by the folks at crankbrothers!  You get the chance to pick up a hot new ride and all of the proceeds go straight to a fantastic charity that’s making a difference in communities around the globe.

Crankbrothers partnered with premiere frame builders Ibis, Titus, Focus and Tomac, and component and accessories makers SRAM, Rock Shox, Avid, Fizik and Continental Tires to create a stable of impeccably equipped, one-of-a-kind dream bikes that were displayed at cycling events across the western U.S. and Europe.

Now, with the help of Performance Bicycle, crankbrothers will auction off the dreambikes and donate all of the proceeds to Hans Rey’s Wheels4Life charity. With the goal of raising as much as $50,000, the dreambikes auction will help Wheels4Life improve the lives of hundreds of additional individuals who desperately need a bike for purposes such as accessing health care or for getting to work or school.

The first auction ends Sunday, November 21 at 8:00PM eastern time, and includes this size medium Ibis Mojo SL:


Everything you love about the Mojo Carbon—only less. Ibis pulled out their gram eraser on this one, making the Mojo SL even lighter than its legendary predecessor. Titanium fasteners, more carbon and an enhanced layup yield a super lightweight iteration that retains the strength, stiffness, pedaling efficiency and (dare we say it?) head-turning sex appeal that’s made the Mojo an all-mountain icon. It even comes with a stiffness-enhancing Lopes-Link pre-installed—sweeeeet. With color-matched cockpit outfitted by crankbrothers and Fizik, XO/X9 components by SRAM, and tires by Continental, the Mojo SL is a white-hot trail comet with the performance to match.

If you’re planning ahead, you can check out the rest of the dreambikes on our website right now.  But be warned, you will want at least one of these bikes!

Don’t miss your chance to bid on this bike & change a life!

Grand Opening Bike Tube Blowouts

Since today is America Recycles Day, we thought it was the perfect time to give an update on our Grand Opening Bike Tube Blow-outs.  During the Grand Openings of our new and remodeled stores this year, we partnered with Liberty Tire Recycling, the largest scrap tire recycler in the country, on a recycling program for used or blown-out inner tubes. During the Grand Opening weekends, anyone could bring their used or blown-out inner tubes to the store and receive up to three $5 money cards for the tubes they recycled.

Liberty Tire Recycling, the nation’s largest collector of used and scrap tires, will turn the bike tubes into mulch for playgrounds, athletic fields, railroad ties and highway asphalt, among other uses. The company collects and recycles nearly one-third of all of America’s annual scrap tire material and has cleaned up more than 150 dump sites littered with nearly 40 million scrap tires—more than any other organization.

So how did we do?  It turns out you had a lot of used or blown-out tubes that you wanted to keep out of the landfill!  We collected a total of 2 tons of tubes during our Grand Opening celebrations.  If you’re having trouble picturing how much 2 tons is, just take a look at this 2-ton hippo that escaped from a private zoo in Montenegro!

Thanks to everyone for helping out with our Bike Tube Blow-outs–it just goes to show that when we all work together we can really make a difference.  And keep an eye on performancebike.com next year, or follow us on Twitter or Facebook, for news about more exciting bicycle-related recycling projects.

dreambikes: supporting Hans Rey’s Wheels4Life charity

In case you’ve missed it on our site, we’re giving you the chance to bid on the mountain bike of your dreams for the next 5 weeks, as part of the dreambikes initiative.  Dreambikes was created by crankbrothers to support Wheels4Life, a charity that distributes bikes to deserving people in developing countries. With Performance Bicycle’s help, crankbrothers will auction off 10 one-of-a-kind, dream mountain bikes in five online auctions between November 15 and December 19, with all proceeds going to Wheels4Life.

With a name like dreambikes, you know that these aren’t your average mountain bike! Each bike in the dreambikes auction is kitted to the nines with: a frame by Ibis, Titus, Tomac or Focus; Crankbrothers handlebar, stem, seatpost, pedals and wheels; RockShox fork; SRAM drivetrain; Avid brakes; Truvativ cranks; high-performance saddle from fi’zik; and Continental tires.

And the proceeds from the dreambikes auction don’t go to a charity run by your average mountain biker, either!  Wheels4Life is run by mountain biking legend Hans “No Way” Rey.  Hans is considered one of the world’s leaders in extreme mountain biking. He is a former trials riding world champion, a showman, a stuntman, an adventure mountain biker, and all around legend in the mountain biking world:

Hans has traveled the world extensively; riding his GT mountain bikes, over and through areas previously considered unrideable.  Here’s a clip from one of his latest expeditions, a trip to Scotland with downhill world champ Steve Peat and trials rider extraordinaire Danny MacAskill:

But Hans is as passionate about his charity as he is about his riding. Here’s Hans describing how Wheels4Life impacts the lives of those his charity reaches out to.

Still not convinced that a single bicycle can make a big difference in peoples lives? Check out this video clip:

From a remote village in Africa, to the dusty streets of El Rosario, Mexico, Hans and Wheels4Life are truly changing lives:

Call us softies, but we can’t help but get choked up whenever we view this clip showing how the gift of a bike changed the lives of a family in Tanzania:

Don’t miss this chance to support a great cause and make the bike of your dreams a reality.

Bid on a bike. Change a life.

Movember

Our Biketober celebration may have drawn to a close (although we’ve still got amazing bike deals on our site), but that can only mean that Movember is upon us!  And we mean that quite literally!  So what’s Movember, you ask?  It started off as joke by a group of Australian friends who all agreed to start the month of November clean-shaven and then see who could grow the best moustache in a month.  But it has grown (can’t avoid these puns, sorry) since then to be a worldwide movement to raise awareness and funds for men’s health issues, with a focus on prostate cancer awareness and research (the number one cancer affecting men).

Here at Performance HQ we’ve formed our own Movember team, a group of guys channeling their inner Tom Selleck to help raise awareness of men’s health and just generally look dapper in the process.  Here they are at the start of the month, clean-shaven:

And lest you think otherwise, we can’t forget that we as cyclists have a long tradition of mustachioed glory to live up to, from the early days of the penny farthing:

To mountain bike pioneer Gary Fisher’s fantastic facial hair:

And multiple-time American time trial champ Dave Zabriskie:

So we hope you’ll join us in giving Movember a try–you might end up with a new look, and hopefully spark a conversation about men’s health and prostate cancer in the process.

Cyclocross Season So Far

We’re already 3 races down in our local NCCX cyclocross series, so it seemed like a good time to check in with the guys and gals from Performance HQ that have been testing their mettle in the local ‘cross scene.  The idea was to get the story so far, in their own words, but it turns out that you have to be careful what you ask for with this crew.

Randy chimed in by comparing ‘cross to “jabbing pencil lead into your eyeballs!”  Eric started quoting this guy, while Jason meandered off on a story about She Devils and the Hairy Princess (we’re hoping this was during the race on Halloween Day): “It hurt so bad, I had to stop midway through the race and start drinking beer, while eating a pulled pork sandwich, and a Bratwurst… So much for being a vegetarian!”

But you know the funny thing about their comments?  These guys love ‘cross, and can’t wait to go out for more!

Cyclocross has a funny way of pushing you to your limits (and often beyond), yet it keeps pulling you back for more.  Maybe it’s the excitement, maybe it’s the crowds, maybe it’s the camaraderie, or maybe it’s just the fun of riding your bike really fast on dirt, grass, sand and over whatever else is put in your way!  Whatever it is, once you start racing cyclocross, it’s hard to stop.  Here are some shots of the Performance cyclocross crew in action:

So let’s see your best shots from cyclocross season so far.  Post a link on our comments, or post a picture over on our Facebook page.  We want to see you suffering, crushing the competition, and having a great time riding and racing ‘cross, just like our crew!

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