Celebrate the Tour Contest

Celebrate the Tour with Performance and you could be a winner, too!

It’s Tour time again, so we thought that it was only fair that you had the chance to win some  pro-level prizes at the same time that the world’s top pro cyclists battle their way toward the podium in Paris. Over on our website, we’re giving away over $5,000 in prizes to 3 lucky winners in our Celebrate the Tour Contest. You may not be podium-bound but that doesn’t mean you can’t look and ride like a pro. And instead of suffering in the peloton for 3 weeks, all you have to do is head over to our site and fill out the form for your chance to win!

1st Prize – 2011 Scattante CFR Race Road Bike

Total Retail Value: $3,499.99

With its feathery-light 3K-weave carbon frame, full-carbon fork, reliable Shimano Ultegra 6700 components and TRP brakes, the Scattante CFR Race Road Bike is fully equipped to live up to its name. From pavement pacing to podium chasing, you can count on the CFR Race to deliver top performance and one of cycling’s best high-end road bike values.

2nd Prize – Garmin Edge 800 Bundle, Giro Prolight Helmet, 2 Continental Grand Prix 4000 S Tires

Total Retail Value: $1,069.96

A favorite of many here at our headquarters, the Garmin Edge 800 GPS Cyclocomputer is ideal for touring, commuting, competitive cycling and mountain biking. It has a built-in base map and tracks your distance, speed, location and ascent/descent. Includes a premium digital heart rate soft strap and speed/cadence sensor.

Giro’s Prolight Helmet redefines what an ultra lightweight helmet can be. After an exhaustive, ground-up design and engineering process, Giro has created a helmet that tips the scales at only 200g.

The Continental Grand Prix 4000 S Clincher Road Tire is arguably the best all-around road bike tire you can buy. It’s fast, grippy as all-get-out and tough enough to deliver mile after mile of high-speed, high-performance service.

3rd Prize – Pearl Izumi Clothing/Cycling Shoe Kit

Total Retail Value: $430.00

Team-inspired construction and technical fabrics are combined with original Pearl Izumi sublimated graphics and Direct-Vent side panels in the Pearl Izumi SS Elite Ltd Cycling Jersey. Matching Elite LTD Bib Shorts blend team-inspired construction and materials with original Pearl Izumi sublimated graphics. The ultra-efficient, ultra-light Pearl Izumi Elite Road II Shoe combines Pearl Izumi’s 1:1 Anatomic Buckle Closure System, Elite Carbon 1:1 Anatomic Plate and a lightweight, one-piece upper.

Celebrate the Tour & Enter to Win Today!

Product Profile – 2011 Scattante Americano

We Want YOU to Win an Americano!

It doesn’t matter whether you roll retro, metro or somewhere in between; you’ll love how the Scattante Americano single-speed road bike lets you declare your independence from fossil fuel-powered transportation.

The Americano comes in 5 classically cool versions, each as American as hot dogs, baseball and constitutional democracy. Speaking of which, in honor of that celebrated day in 1776 when our forefathers declared their intention to create our beloved USofA, we’re going to give five lucky people the Americano bike of their choice (a $599.99 value). Like us on Facebook & enter the Performance Bicycle Americano the Beautiful Independence Day Sweepstakes now for your chance to win!

2011 Scattante Americano 1The Americano 1 is covered from crank arms to dropouts in a blanket of white and subtly accented with polished chrome. Add the practicality of full-wrap fenders and the convenience of running fixed or free with a flip-flop hub, and you have all you need to run one-speed on the one-way.

2011 Scattante Americano 2Get ready to roll. From its classically-styled chromoly frame and fork to the graceful forward sweep of the bullhorn-style handlebars, the Americano 2 is the perfect synthesis of urban cool and no-frills functionality.

2011 Scattante Americano 3The backswept, chrome polished handlebars of the Americano 3 help you maintain a stress-free upright position, Velo saddle and BMX grips add comfort and control and the full-wrap fenders work to keep you dry when the streets are anything but.

2011 Scattante Americano 4If the Americano 4 were candy it would be a mix of licorice accented with some of those spicy hot cinnamon thingies. With its sleek black chromoly frame, anodized chromoly fork and alloy crankarms, and alloy track bars with grips, the Americano 4 is elegantly simple, fun to ride, easy to maintain and contains no artificial ingredients.

2011 Scattante Americano 5Who says red means “Stop?” When you’re cruising on the Americano 5 single-speed road bike, all you’ll want to do is go, go, go. But when do do need to stop, it’s nice to know that you can count on the Tektro dual-pivot caliper brakes with top-mount levers for efficient deceleration.

We the People of Performance Want YOU to Win an Americano. Like us and enter now!

2011 Giro d’Italia Preview

The 2011 Giro d’Italia, the first of the 3 Grand Tours of the cycling season, starts on Saturday.  Known for its unpredictability and excitement, not to mention the rabid tifosi, last year’s Giro will be a tough one to outdo.  Don’t remember the crashes, lead changes and climbing exploits that led to Ivan Basso’s victory of the final pink jersey last year? Then check out this race highlight reel to get caught up on what happened:

This year’s route promises more outstanding bike racing, with a route celebrating the Risorgimento, or unification of Italy in the 19th century.  This year’s Giro will roam all over Italy, in a wide-ranging route from the Alps all the way down to the slopes of Mount Etna on Sicily.

Many people are proclaiming this edition of the Giro as one of the toughest Grand Tours in history, and one look at the stage profiles bears out that assessment.  With 8 mountain stages on tap, including an uphill time trial, this is a Giro for the climbers (not that Tyler Farrar, Mark Cavendish and Alessandro Petacchi won’t battle it out in the sprints when they get the chance!).  Alberto Contador has said that this Giro would be the hardest 21-stage race of his life.

And yes, and we did say Alberto Contador; participating in his first Grand Tour since his infamous drug test during the Tour de France, Contador will be vying for his 6th Grand Tour title.  But he’s not the only one with a shot at the final maglia rosa in Milan this year.  Ivan Basso may have opted not to defend his title this year, but his young teammate Vincenzo Nibali (seen below in the pink jersey) will try to build on his triumph at the 2010 Vuelta a Espana, while Italian Michele Scarponi and former winner Denis Menchov will also be contenders for the overall (and don’t rule out Menchov’s Geox-TMC teammate and 2008 Tour de France champion Carlos Sastre).

But knowing the Giro, all we can be sure of is that the race will be filled with the twists, turns and surprises that make the Giro d’Italia so entertaining.  If you want to dress the part while watching the race, you can always pick up a pro jersey from Katusha, Vacansoleil or (a personal favorite) the always distinctive Lampre-ISD kit:

And you might as well pick up a pro-level helmet while you’re at it, like the sleek Lazer Helium or the brand new, and super-light, Giro Aeon:

Or you could just go all out and pick up a pro-level ride in honor of the Giro, such as the Fuji Altamira 3.0 road bike, or the race-tested Focus Izalco Team Replica road bike:

So are you excited for this year’s Giro d’Italia yet?  We sure are, and we hope to have so extra-special, behind-the-scenes footage and stories to share with you during the second week of the race!  Stay tuned for details!

Enter To Win: Fuji SL1 Pro Road Bike

What’s better than getting a brand new road bike? Getting a brand new road bike for free.

We’re giving away a 2011 Fuji SL1 Pro road bike to one lucky winner in May. Just stop by one of our stores, fill out an entry form, and this $2999 carbon fiber dream could be yours.

2011 Fuji SL1 Pro Road Bike

  • Monocoque C4 carbon frame with 12K weave carbon strands and C-4 carbon curved stays for incredibly fast and lightweight performance
  • Fuji bonded carbon fork smoothes out road vibrations
  • Shimano Ultegra 20-speed drivetrain with FSA Gossamer Compact crankset blends race-proven technology with perfect ergonomics to give you a new level of shifting performance
  • Shimano Ultegra STI levers put quick and efficient shifting right at your fingertips
  • Alloy handlebar, stem and seatpost for a lightweight, high-performance cockpit
  • Tektro dual-pivot brakes deliver efficient braking power and smooth modulation throughout the entire range
  • Vittoria Zaffiro II tires for comfort and responsive handling

Click here for for official contest rules

Bicycling Magazine Buyer’s Guide – Scattante Americano

Ah spring, a time when the weather’s getting warmer, the day’s are getting longer (especially this Sunday–don’t forget about Daylight Savings), and thoughts turn to more riding and, inevitably, new bikes!  Cycling magazines are only too happy to feed our spring bike fever, and the folks over at Bicycling Magazine have turned up the heat with their latest thorough Buyer’s Guide (available now at our retail stores):

But as you’re flipping through the pages, checking out all the new gear, be sure to stop and take a look at page 28. You’ll find this striking photo of our very own 2011 Scattante Americano Three singlespeed bike, available soon exclusively at Performance. As you can imagine, we’re really excited about how the new Americano series turned out (we’ve got a sneak preview picture of our entire Americano line back on our 2011 bikes post).

Bicycling’s review of the Americano Three starts on page 29 and continues on page 33 of the April Buyer’s Guide, and it gives you a good feel for what the Americano series is all about.  The Americano bikes merge solid geometry and understated urban style with a single-speed drivetrain, all at a fantastic value (leaving you the opportunity to customize your bike to make it as individual as you want, like this Americano that you may recognize from the blogosphere).

If you’re interested in even more eye-candy from our Scattante lineup, then you definitely don’t want to miss out on page 67 of the Bicycling Buyer’s Guide, where we’ve got a shot of our brand new 2011 Scattante CFR Pro road bike (alongside our Scattante Spyder helmet, sunglasses and shoes)!  We’ll have this Shimano Dura-Ace Di2-equipped steed available soon, and don’t worry, it rides as good as it looks!

Spin Doctor Tech Tip: Shimano and Campagnolo Chains

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So you’ve decided to upgrade to the latest and greatest drivetrains from Shimano or Campagnolo, but now you’ve got to figure out how to deal with the new chain that you need for your new components.  Read on below for some important information, from our Spin Doctor Product Services team, that you need to know before you ever install a Campy 11-speed or new Shimano 10-speed chain.

Campagnolo 11-speed Chain

Installing or shortening the Campy 11-speed chain requires special procedures and tools:

• New chains can only be shortened on the end opposite the special link. The special link is marked by a plastic tag and a batch number.

• The 11-speed chains are connected with a special piloted connecting pin (Ultra-Link CN RE 500). The pin must be driven from the inside out.

• For secure operation the end of the connecting pin Ultra-Link CN RE 500 must be flattened or peened once its pilot is snapped off.

CT-11 in action

• The Campy UT-CN300 chain tool can shorten, connect and peen the connecting pin, or the Park Master Chain Tool (CT-4.2 or CT-4) can be used for connecting and shortening but the Park CT-11 tool must be used for peening. The CT-11’s sole function is peening the Campy 11-speed chain. It should not be used for anything else.

• The Campy 11-speed chain can only be broken and reattached 2 times and the special connecting pin can only be attached to the special link.

Shimano Asymmetric 10 Speed Chains (Dura-Ace HG CN-7901, Ultegra HG CN-6701, 105 HG CN-5701)

Like the Campy 11-speed chain, the Shimano Asymmetrical chains requires some special steps:

• The chains have distinct inner and outer sides. The inner side outer chain plates have rectangular cut-outs. The outside outer chain plates will have model designations.

Dura-Ace 7901 chain inside plates

• The connecting pins should be installed on the leading edge of an outside plate. Viewed from the drive side, the leading edge of the top run of chain from cassette to crank will be the right of an out plate’s 2 holes.

Outer chain plates - connecting pin should go in rightmost holes

• When readjusting the length of an installed chain, the connecting pin should be installed from the same side as the chain cutter.

• Only Shimano connecting pins with 2 or 3 grooves should be used.

Item #50-6585

• Once installed the connecting pin should never be removed except if the chain is to be discarded.

Shimano Dyna-Sys 10 Speed Chains (M980 XTR chain, HG94 XT chain, HG74 SLX chain)

Dyna-Sys chains have 4 different types of outer plates that facilitate shifting up & down on the cassette or between chainrings.

• The Dyna-Sys chains have distinct inner and outer sides. The inner side outer chain plates have no lettering while the outside has outer chain plates that are alternating stamped with HG-X and Shimano.

HG74 SLX chain - inside chain plates

• The connecting pins should be installed on the leading edge of an outside plate. Viewed from the drive side, the leading edge of the top run of chain from cassette to crank will be the right of an outer plate’s 2 holes.

Outer chain plates - connecting pin should go in rightmost holes

• When readjusting the length of an installed chain, the connecting pin should be installed from the same side as the chain cutter.

• Only Shimano connecting pins with 2 or 3 grooves should be used.

• Once installed the connecting pin should never be removed again except if the chain is to be discarded.

In case you’re wondering, the close-up shots of these chains come from sample versions of our new 2011 bike lineup, available soon (shot in the lobby of our headquarters, because it was a sunny spot).  The road chain was on our top-of-the-line 2011 Scattante CFR Pro road bike:

While the mountain chain was on our brand new Access Stealth 3.0 carbon 29er mountain bike, as seen below (we’ll have a whole lot more to share about these bikes very soon):

If you still have questions about Campy or Shimano chains, just head down to your local Performance store or contact Spin Doctor Product Services by phone, email or chat; they’ll be happy to help!

Call: 800-553-TECH
Email: spindoctor@performanceinc.com
Chat: Live Help at PerformanceBike.com

Product Profile: 2011 Diamondback Podium 6

EDIT:  Since the value of the Diamondback Podium 6 we talked about below was recognized by so many of you out there, we don’t have any more in stock online.  But that doesn’t mean that you have to miss out on the great 880 gram frame of the Podium 6, as we still have the Diamondback Podium 5 road bike in stock and ready to ship.  Featuring the Podium carbon frame but with Shimano 105 components, the Podium 5 road bike is another great value from the folks at Diamondback!

Diamondback Podium 5 Item #30-4903

For today’s product profile, we’re bringing you a new ride from an unexpected source.  Our friends at Diamondback have been busy lately, not only refining their lineup of mountain bikes and BMX bikes, but also developing a brand new line of full carbon road bikes.  That’s right, we said full carbon road bikes!  Of course we were intrigued, so our bike product manager, Devlin, took the cross-country flight out to Washington to meet the folks at Diamondback and try out their new bike, the 2011 Podium 6 road bike, on its home turf:

Mercer Island, located on the expansive waters of Lake Washington and only minutes from the greater Seattle area, is host to fast, rolling road rides with steep banked turns and exhilarating descents. When I heard that the crew at Diamondback were going to unveil their 2011 Podium 6 road bike here I was skeptical. After all, a brand steeped in BMX and mountain bike heritage was suddenly going to break in to road biking right at the top with a Shimano Ultegra equipped full carbon frame and fork.

At first glance, the Podium 6 is right on target. The 880 gram frame has all of the characteristics of today’s best carbon road bikes: an oversized tapered head tube fitted with a full carbon fork, massive BB30 bottom bracket for superior stiffness, curved seat and chain stays for added comfort, and an arrestingly minimal top tube. Diamondback product manager Michael Brown appropriately chose an eye-catching FSA SL-K component package and Shimano R530 wheels.

We rolled out of the parking lot at warm up speed. I noticed immediately how stable and comfortable the bike felt. It took little effort to turn over the carbon SLK cranks and the surprisingly spritely wheels accelerated well as the pace picked up. The first hill proved the Podium 6 to be a great climber. The frame was stiff, yet refreshingly compliant. The bike cornered confidently and efficiently on the following descent. The Shimano Ultegra components are well proven to be both lightweight and precise and were well matched to the Podium 6. Overall, the 2011 Diamondback Podium 6 is a fantastic choice for any rider looking for the elusive balance between great all-around road performance at a great price. We look forward to introducing this terrific value to our stores and web site this March.

2011 Bikes

Since we’re talking about what we’re looking forward to in 2011, what list would be complete without a little talk about new bike gear!  Here at Peformance Bicycle we are always working hard to give you the best possible value and performance from our exclusive brands, like our fantastic USB-rechargable Spark lights or our award-winning Performance Elite bib shorts.   For 2011, we’re really proud to bring you a brand new lineup of exclusive bike brands.  we’ve got new bikes coming soon that will meet any riders’ needs–from the hardcore mountain bike racer to the urban commuter, from the first-time rider to the elite racer, .  We’re just going to give you a sneak peek of the new lineup right now, but don’t worry, we’ll have more in-depth specs and videos in the next few weeks.

The biggest update to our exclusive bikes is with our Access brand of mountain bikes.  As you can see below (from photos we shot during our employee-exclusive bike preview), we’ve really expanded our Access lineup.

Front and center in the new lineup are the race-ready Access Stealth carbon 29er hardtail mountain bikes.  Yes, we said carbon 29er.  We’ve been testing and refining this new bike for some time now, and we can’t wait to show off its performance (and hot graphics).

But we haven’t neglected our aluminum-framed 29er options, as you can see with the Access Prowler series, with solid component specs and sharp-looking color schemes.

Also new is the Access Raptor series of 26″-wheeled hardtails, available, like all of our bikes, with a range of components to meet everyone’s needs and budget.

Of course we didn’t forget to upgrade our road bike lineup either, with new graphics and components throughout our Scattante brand bikes.

And our popular Scattante Americano single-speed lineup is back with more component style:

And cool custom graphic details:

Plus we don’t want you to miss our updated Transit line of commuter bikes, with their practical specs and understated style.

So, like we said earlier, we’re really looking forward to 2011!  We’ve worked hard to bring you exclusive bike brands that have something for everyone and every need, and we can’t wait to show them off!

2011 Fuji Outland 29er & Breezer Cloud 9 Mountain Bikes

Since the folks from Advanced Sports dropped by the Triangle Fat Tire Festival last week, we thought we’d share a couple of short videos about the 2011 mountain bikes they brought along to show off.  First up is the completely redesigned Fuji Outland 29er, a great looking 29″ full-suspension bike with 100mm of travel front and rear:

Also on display was another all-new design for 2011, the Breezer Cloud 9.  Designed by mountain bike pioneer Joe Breeze, the Cloud 9 is a 29″ carbon-framed hardtail, with performance features like extra-short chainstays and the Apex disc brake mount:

These are 2 great looking new bikes from Fuji and Breezer, ready to make some waves in the mountain bike world.

Triangle Fat Tire Festival Wrap-Up

For those of you near our home base here in Chapel Hill, NC, we hope you had a chance to stop by the Triangle Fat Tire Festival this past weekend.  The weather was fantastic, the crowd for the endurance race was huge, and we had a great time hanging out, racing, and talking to folks about our new mountain bikes and Hans Rey’s fantastic Wheels 4 Life charity.

The field for the endurance race was deep and varied, with a mix of first-time racers, blazing-fast expert riders, and one awesome tandem team (of which we somehow failed to get a picture)!  One of our favorite rides for the day was this vintage GT All Terra steed, with period components and shoes.

Of course we also wanted to show off our new 2011 Access mountain bike lineup.  As you can see in this shot of just some of the new bikes, we’ve worked hard to expand our exclusive line of mountain bikes.  In the coming weeks we’ll share more details about the amazing array of mountain bikes in the Access line (with both 26″ and 29″ wheels), which will expand and build upon the heritage of the Access bikes we currently have on sale right now.

Fuji and Breezer Bikes were also in attendance with redesigned 2011 bikes to show off, so we’ll have some great video previews to share with you soon (sadly the GT demo crew was waylaid by traffic and couldn’t make it to the festival in time).

After the race was over and as the festival was winding down, everyone got down to the serious business of refueling while swapping tales of epic singletrack and the next big ride.

We thought we’d get in on the fun of the after-race awards ceremony, so we gave away a GT Sensor 9r to one lucky festival-goer–the very same bike that our own David and Chris put through its paces in the Pisgah Mountain Bike Stage Race (out in western North Carolina) last month.  But we also talked to everyone we could about Hans Rey’s great Wheels 4 Life charity, a non-profit organization that provides bikes for people in developing countries that truly need them.  Thanks to the generosity of everyone at the festival, we were able to send $568 straight to Wheels 4 Life on their behalf–enough to provide for 4 bikes that will help change lives for the better.

So thanks to everyone who stopped by our demo tent to talk, or who helped out in our efforts on behalf of Wheels for Life.  The Triangle Fat Tire Festival was a great event once again (thanks to the efforts of many volunteers and organizers from our local mountain biking organization) and we at Performance were happy to be out there with our hometown crowd.

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