Biketober Bike Deal Blowout

We hope you’ve had a chance to check out our daily Biketober Bike Deal on our Twitter feed every day this month, because we’ve had some pretty sweet deals.  But don’t worry if you haven’t, as we’ve got you covered!  We want to send Biketober out with a bang, so we’re offering all 31 Biketober Bike Deals this Friday, Saturday and Sunday!

So how do you find out what the Biketober Bike Deals are?  You can either check search our Twitter feed, or just head on over to the handy Biketober Bike Deals page on performancebike.com.  There you’ll find all 31 Biketober Bike Deals, along with the special coupon code you’ll need to get the amazing deal price (sorry, no other discounts apply with these blowout prices).  These bikes may not be available in every size, but you may just find exactly what you’re looking for, at a price that can’t be beat!

Just to show you a small sample of the array of options available, check out the last 3 Biketober Bike Deals:

2010 Breezer Greenway 3.0 Comfort Bike

MSRP: $869.99  Deal Price: $499.99

use code BIKETOBERDEAL29

2010 Diamondback Response Mountain Bike

MSRP: $409.99  Deal Price: $279.99

use code BIKETOBERDEAL30

2010 Kestrel Talon SL Road Bike

MSRP: $3349.99  Deal Price: $1999.99

use code BIKETOBERDEAL31

We hope you find the Biketober Bike Deal that’s right for you (but remember to use the special coupon code that’s specific to each bike)!

Fuji SST Tour de France Limited Edition Road Bike

Have you looked at that cool-looking Fuji SST Tour de France Limited Edition Road Bike that is the Grand Prize in our Tour de France 2010 Giveaway?  It features Fuji’s advanced SST frame design and a special metallic paint finish that you won’t be able to miss in the Tour de France peleton on the bikes of Team Footon-Servetto-Fuji.

There are 20 available for pre-order right now on our site (available only via ship-to-store), but we got a sneak peek at a sample version here at the office.  That paint job is impressive in person, but here’s Bob to give you a quick breakdown of the bike’s other features:

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Tour de France 2010 Giveaway

The 2010 Tour de France is just days away from the Grand Départ from Rotterdam on Saturday July 3rd.  All of the teams are making their way to the Netherlands and checking out the roads on what should be an exciting first few days of racing along some of the same roads used in the early season one-day Classics races.

And what a Tour this is going to be!  Lance Armstrong just announced that this will be his final Tour de France, Alberto Contador will be trying to repeat as champion, Andy and Frank Schleck will be teaming up to storm the podium, plus a whole host of other challengers will line up with a chance for glory, from Cadel Evans to Carlos Sastre to Bradley Wiggins and more! And that doesn’t even include the sprint battles on tap between Mark Cavendish, Thor Hushovd and American Tyler Farrar.

Like we said, this is going to be exciting.  But you know what else is exciting? How about winning one of 3 prizes worth a total retail value of $6500!  In celebration of the 2010 Tour, we’re giving away3 different prize packages, and all you have to do is go to our Tour de France 2010 Giveaway entry page and enter your email address by the last day of the Tour, July 25th.

Grand Prize is a Fuji SST Tour De France Limited Edition Road Bike, with the same frame design and paint job as the Tour-bound Footon-Servetto-Fuji team.  2nd Prize is a Garmin-Transitions team-inspired package, featuring a Giro Prolight helmet, Garmin Edge 500 cyclocomputer, Mavic LE  K10 wheelset & Team Garmin kit from Pearl Izumi.  3rd Prize is a head-to-toe Scattante kit, with jersey, bib shorts, gloves, socks, shoes, helmet & eyewear.

It only takes a moment to enter, and who knows, maybe at the end of the Tour you’ll be celebrating victory along with this year’s Tour de France champion!

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Scattante Stories Giveaway

One of the main goals with the Performance Bicycle Blog is to connect directly with our fellow passionate bike riders, whether you have been riding for years, or if you just hopped on a bike again for the first time since you were a kid.  Our passion for bikes is manifest in our Scattante bikes; each model is poured over and debated for many long hours before it ever goes into production.  We take great pride in these bikes so we love to hear about someone enjoying their Scattante.  So, with that in mind…

We want to hear your Scattante Story!

Maybe you just finished an epic ride on your new Scattante, maybe you had a great time building up a new Scattante from one of our frames, or maybe you just dusted everyone on the group ride at the last county line sprint.

Tell us what you’ve done or experienced on or with your Scattante bike, and you could win another one, along with a matching Scattante kit! We’re looking for stories that inspire. Stories that amuse. Heart-warming stories. Even funny stories. As long as it involves you and your Scattante, your story could be the winner.

The rules are simple: just go to our Scattante Stories Giveaway page and ENTER NOW.  The more creative your story, the better, so don’t hold back. Collect your thoughts, connect with your muse and put your Scattante story in writing. If you have pictures or videos of you & your Scattante, post them online and send us the link with your submission! We love seeing evidence of you living your Scattante Story. The contest ends at 11:59:59 p.m. ET on June 30th, and then we’ll select the best story from among all those submitted by July 7th.

Ah, but now to the good part. You’ll be competing for a prize package that will make you the envy of every group ride! Our Scattante Stories winner will receive a complete Scattante kit including:

2010 Scattante CFR Comp Road Bike Retail value of $2499.99

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Bike Snob NYC Collabo Sneak Preview!

With his new book coming out next month and having finally revealed his identity this week, we couldn’t think of a better time to reveal a recent project we’ve been working on in honor of Eben Weiss AKA The Bike Snob.  So without further ado, we present the…

Scattante Americano – BSNYC Edition

As you can see, we’ve taken the essence of the Bike Snob’s personal steed and boiled it down to a practical everyday bicycle.  It’s got trendy yet functional “wheelbrows”, flat handlebars, rear rack, and yes, even a front brake!  We also added subtle graphics to let everyone know that you have the custom BSNYC colorway:

All You Haters Buy My Bike!

Here at Performance, we lead the way in practical, well-priced bicycles and now with the style & panache of Mr. Weiss, we’re ready to break Fixed Gear Culture right back open!

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Taipei Bike Show Sneak Preview

Our team have just made their way back from the Taipei Cycle Show and they’ve shared some cool product news.  Here is a sneak peek at what Fuji has in store for us in the future.

How can you take the uber-fast Fuji SST and make it even faster?  Paint it gold of course!  We plan to bring this limited edition SST paint scheme to your local Performance Store this summer in honor of Footon-Servetto’s participation in the 2010 Tour De France.

Sorry for the photo quality, we’re working with cell phone shots here.  Hi-res photos will be on the way as soon as these bikes are produced and make their way across the ocean to us.

Diamondback Knuckle Box

Performance Bicycles is proud to present 8 brand new models of 2010 Diamondback full suspension all-mountain bikes.

With industry-leading technology and on-trend graphics, Diamondback has delivered two lines of bikes that are both high performance and great values. Diamondback Sortie bikes have 5″ of travel to tackle any trail while Mission bikes step up to 6″ of travel for all-mountain fun.  Both feature a new, revised Knuckle Box suspension design.

Knuckle Box is “Perfect Suspension Made Simple”:

Even More Efficient than Before: Diamondback designed Knuckle Box to pedal efficiently with long-travel suspension. For 2010, Diamondback dialed in a bit more efficiency by reducing the bike’s overall leverage ratio. The bikes are buttery-smooth on small bumps, but accelerate and climb even better than before.

Stiffer In all the Right Places: It’s easy to build a bike that’s stiff and heavy. Same goes for light and flexy. Building a frame that’s stiff and light? That’s the challenge. The Knuckle Box design has always boasted one of the best stiffness-to-weight ratios on the market. For 2010, Diamondback engineered even more stiffness into each frame without adding an extra ounce.

Excellent Maneuverability: Rail a tight switchback on one of these bikes and it’ll hit you—this bike tracks like it’s on rails. There’s a good reason for that. The Knuckle Box design has an exceptionally low center of gravity, which boosts stability. It’s basic physics and the same reason Indy 500 race cars look like more like go-karts and less like monster trucks.

Wickedly Smooth: Diamondback wanted this suspension to have that perfect “endless travel” feeling, yet didn’t want to blow through all that travel when they rode off something stupid-big. That’s why they spent two years collaborating with the engineers at Fox to build the perfect rear shocks for their Knuckle Box bikes. Read more of this post

Scattante Giveaway Winner

Many of you followed The Great Meh BSNYC Free Scat Contest that we ran in conjunction with the Bike Snob last month.  Well a winner has been selected and here he is:

. . . looking very sharp with his new Scattante Americano 4 and new lock thanks to OnGuard.

Spin Doctor Tech Tip – Maintaining Ceramic Bearings

In the search for more speed, the cycling community works on defeating the 3 main forces that try to slow riders down: wind, gravity, and friction. There are wheels, helmets, frames, and forks to beat the wind, components & parts to make bikes lighter, and smoother, more fluid parts to reduce friction.

To reduce friction, the industry has now turned to ceramic bearings.  Modern external steel-bearing bottom brackets have tested drag of ~4% of power output.  Ceramic bearings generate only ½%,  helping to save 4 watts per 100 watts generated.

The friction and heat generated by ceramics is lower for a number of reasons:

  • Ceramic bearings are rounder and less compressible (50% harder) than the highest quality steel bearing.  This allows parts to be made to tighter tolerances giving a smoother motion with less vibration.
  • Ceramics do not conduct electrical current and are chemically inert so they do not oxidize and rust like steel bearings.
  • Ceramic balls are less porous than steel so they have less rolling friction.
  • Ceramics handle heat better than steel (lower coefficient of thermal expansion).  Ceramic bearings will expand and contract 35% less than steel bearings in like conditions. In tight tolerance conditions, added heat can cause bearings to expand and cause binding.
  • Ceramic bearings are also 40% lighter than steel bearings creating less rotating mass, allowing for faster acceleration and deceleration.

In our new 2010 Scattante road bike line, ceramic bottom bracket bearings are included with the 2010 Scattante CFR Pro Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 Road Bike and the 2010 Scattante CFR Team Dura-Ace 7900 Road Bike.

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Spin Doctor Tech Tip – Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 Electronic Shift System

So you’ve won the lottery and your first big purchase is Shimano’s new electronic Dura-Ace Di2 drivetrain.

Before you install it, BE ADVISED that your ego may be put in jeopardy. Yes, the new Di2 components are so slick that your bike, once Di2 adorned, will be smarter than you. Push a button and you have perfect shifts every time. The front derailleur will automatically trim itself to eliminate cross chain rubbing, and the rear derailleur disconnects its motor when you lay the bike down. The system will even tell you when the battery is low or if there’s a malfunction. Plus the battery lasts 1000 KM and will recharge in only 90 minutes.

Like we said, this stuff is SWEET!

Even better, Dura-Ace Di2 meets the “clock on the VCR” standard. If you can program the clock on your VCR, installation of Di2 will be a snap. The components come with good, clear installation and set-up instructions plus Shimano has an even better online tutorial, http://di2certified.shimano.com. That site features both a how-to video and an interactive installation and operation lesson.

But there are a few small subtleties that, if missed, can short circuit Di2’s marvelous performance.

Be aware of these issues:

• Do not touch the cable connector terminal/contacts. The system is great but can malfunction if the contacts are fouled.

RD-7970 rear derailleur

• The RD-7970 rear derailleur will  accommodate cassette cogs as large as 27 teeth, no bigger. Do not be tempted to install the new Dura-Ace 7900 11-28 cassette; it will hang up. Read more of this post

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