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07. September, 08:37 Uhr

Yes, the time is once again almost upon us: The Annual DC Rainmaker Giveaway Extravaganza! While typically mid-summer, we’re going with late-summer for this edition (yes, it’s still summer for another couple of weeks…just barely). Next Monday (September 10th) starting at exactly 12:00AM US Eastern (0600 CET/CEST) the pinnacle of sports technology giveaway awesomeness will commence…again. Once...

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17. September, 05:26 Uhr

This week’s 5 Random Things has had a serious locale shift, as I’m in Tahoe for Interbike, which relocated to Reno/Tahoe this year in an attempt to…well…just not be in Vegas. While the official show-floor hasn’t opened yet, I spent the weekend up in the mountains enjoying everything the area has to offer. 1) Wrapping up at the wind tunnel First up on the list was finishing the day at...

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18. September, 17:00 Uhr

Today Wahoo and Pioneer announced a bit of a partnership that will bring Pioneer’s advanced power meter pedaling metrics onto the Wahoo ELEMNT and BOLT head unit lineup. These metrics have long been only available on Pioneer’s head units, and roughly rival what Garmin has done with Cycling Dynamics (though, I’d argue Pioneer’s are far more detailed). In addition to this Wahoo-specific...

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06. September, 18:20 Uhr

Two weeks ago I was in NYC for a slew of events, product pickups, and meetings. Most of which you’ve heard about by now. Be it the DJI Mavic 2 launch, the Garmin Vivosmart 4 announcement, or the Fitbit Charge 3 announcement. And that’s only the half of it.  But in that 36 hours I had on the ground in NY, I snuck in a run around Central Park…starting from Times Square. I’ve done this countless...

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10. September, 12:00 Uhr

When it comes to features, no watch has as many features as the Fenix 5 Plus. From the watch you can listen to Britney Spears via headphones while concurrently paying for a Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino using contactless payments, all while also monitoring your heart rate spike at that daunting combination.  I mean sure, there’s other useful features too like GPS tracking or something, but I...

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11. September, 02:00 Uhr

All good things must come to an end, and this folks, it’s the end of the road. At least assuming you’re still on the road and haven’t fallen asleep and found you and your bike crashed into the side of a goose farm or something. For the vast majority of the last year and a half my go-to watch has been the FR935. Mostly because it’s lightweight. I see no good reason to add any more weight to the...

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18. September, 16:00 Uhr

And just like that, Kinetic has joined the direct drive trainer flotilla. But unlike everyone else, their trainer actually rolls. Or tilts I suppose. I guess it could roll if you fall off it. Kinetic has taken their popular Rock & Roll series of trainers that spans back more than a decade, and upgraded it to the digital (and direct drive) era. The new R1 trainer supports all the protocols...

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12. September, 14:43 Uhr

Another year goes past – and another huge Giveaway Extravaganza is now complete! This year was pretty crazy once again, with boatloads upon boatloads of people stopping by the site to enter the dozen giveaways.  As with every year – y’all really like free stuff! Here’s a little 30-second snippet of what roughly 30 minutes looked like on the site’s real-time stat traffic (Google Analytics). ...

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18. September, 17:00 Uhr

In some ways, Pioneer can be easy to forget about in the power meter scene, though I’m honestly not sure why. They’ve consistently delivered a new round of products every year at Interbike – almost as consistent as Apple can be counted on to deliver new iPhones in September. Each year Pioneer tends to announce new crank-arm models, and roughly every other year they drop the price. All while...

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20. September, 13:00 Uhr

It’s that time of year again. Like clockwork it’s the annual drop from GoPro of new action cameras. This year they’ve launched three new cameras – the Hero 7 Black, Silver, and White.  These three new cameras will replace all existing cameras in their lineup with the exception of the GoPro Fusion 360° camera. This review is all about the new Hero 7 Black, which is their top-end camera (the...

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10. September, 20:00 Uhr

Given the way the day is going and how many of you are tied to your chairs, it’s probably not exactly a good idea to talk about weight scales. But in this second twofer of the day you’ll get exactly that: A new GPS watch to remind you that you haven’t walked enough yet today, and a WiFi connected Fitbit scale to remind you that you ate too many of those M&M’s from that four-pound bag I...

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11. September, 00:00 Uhr

There’s one product you’ll find with me on every single ride, run, or swim: my GoPro. Specifically, the GoPro Hero 6. Sometimes even two of them, if I’m gettin’ really wild! Now, unlike the GoPro Fusion 360° camera I gave away earlier this morning, this one does require some basic skill – you have to point it at your subject.  Beyond that, it’s frankly hard to screw up. My two-year-old has been...

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10. September, 06:00 Uhr

There’s only one bike computer that includes an aerodynamic mount that will, if nothing else, make you feel faster. And thus, I’ve introduced the next product on today’s lineup – the Wahoo BOLT GPS. It’s arguably the unit that kicked off legitimate cycling GPS competition to the Big G and is an incredibly solid unit – especially given the price.  But again, dat aero. Heck, I even brought it to...

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02. September, 06:00 Uhr

The Week in Review is a collection of both all the goodness I’ve written during the past week around the internet, as well as a small pile of links I found interesting – generally endurance sports related. I’ve often wondered what to do with all of the coolness that people write, and while I share a lot of it on Twitter and Facebook, this is a better forum for sending it on to y’all. Most times...

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10. September, 22:00 Uhr

It’s time for another meter. With only a handful of giveaways left in this seemingly never-ending parade of free stuff, we need more power.  I suppose I’m probably mostly talking about caffeine and not cycling power…but what’s the difference anyway? I suppose one gives you energy and the other takes it away…but that’s probably overthinking it. The Quarq DZero is a very solid power meter that...

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10. September, 10:00 Uhr

Bring on the power! And in this case, power to the people! There’s no doubt Favero has certainly done that in the power meter pedal world with the solid Assioma pedals, even if their product name can be a bit tricky for non-Italians to pronounce. Unfortunately, I can’t award extra credit in the giveaway section to those that can pronounce it correctly. Sorry Italy, I just don’t have the time to...

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10. September, 08:01 Uhr

Let’s say that you were the dude (or dudette) who always managed to miss the shot. Always had the camera pointed in the wrong direction, or perhaps always had it out of focus. Well, I’ve got a solution for you: A 360° action cam. With this imaginatively named creation it’s virtually impossible to eff up the shot. One way or another, it’s going to capture it.  It might take your computer 12...

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10. September, 18:00 Uhr

While I have a somewhat absurd collection of drones (and growing), it’s actually one of the least expensive and smallest ones that I prefer the most – the tiny spark. It weighs less than a water bottle and I’ve taken it tons of places in my back jersey pocket cycling – ready to pop-out for photos and videos whenever I feel like it.  And most of the time, I manage to do so without crashing my...

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10. September, 16:00 Uhr

Back by popular demand this year: What if I could give you the future? Or more specifically, the unannounced future? Yup, I’m going to do just that. Over the next 3 weeks  there’s going to be a crapton of new products announced.  We’ve got some fruit company’s biggest event of the year coming up Wednesday, followed by almost daily announcements for the next few weeks by all the majors I usually...

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13. September, 00:18 Uhr

This past July at Eurobike, Wahoo announced their two latest trainers – the near-annual update of their mainstay, the Wahoo KICKR (2018 Edition), as well as a new lower priced trainer – the KICKR CORE. Wahoo has always had an even lower priced option, the KICKR SNAP, but that trainer isn’t quite as powerful and requires your wheel be left on the bike. The KICKR CORE aimed to essentially sit in...

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10. September, 04:04 Uhr

And so it begins – the annual mother of all giveaways is now underway once again! And while it might be ‘only’ 24 hours of giveaways, it’s gonna feel a heck of a lot longer. Like, 120 hours. Which also happens to be how long the battery on the Suunto 9 can last in GPS recording mode. In the event you bumped your head hard enough that you thought it’d be a good idea to run 120 hours – or do...

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13. September, 10:00 Uhr

After just shy of five years since Polar’s last multisport product was announced – the replacement for it is finally here: The Vantage series. This series actually breaks the product line into two models, the Vantage V being the higher end touchscreen edition, and the Vantage M being the mid-range non-touchscreen product. Feature wise, they are nearly very similar, both supporting full...

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20. März, 07:44 Uhr

I got a bunch of questions about my Strava pic from a ride I uploaded last week, so I figured I’d color in a bit more detail. It would only be appropriate that while on a group ride with the Cycliq crew that we’d collectively manage to get pulled over by two police vehicles and three police motorcycles.  For those not familiar though with the company, Cycliq’s singular purpose in life is making...

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10. September, 14:00 Uhr

Boom, mic drop. Or, perhaps more accurately…fork drop. Which, will happen once you connect these two up. You’ll be going up and down like a merry-go-round horse as the KICKR CLIMB replicates the mountains and hills around your virtual world. Unless your virtual world is most of the Netherlands, in which case you won’t go up or down anywhere. Oh, did you catch that this is a twofer giveaway?...

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30. August, 11:00 Uhr

As is customary for this time of year, it’s all about the wearables – and the last two weeks haven’t disappointed in that realm. Today we add to the pile with the new Garmin Vivosmart 4, which is, as the name implies, the fourth edition of the Vivosmart series. And approximately the 86th Vivo-branded device. As with new Fitbit’s Charge 3 last week, there aren’t massive changes here from the...

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18. März, 12:27 Uhr

The Week in Review is a collection of both all the goodness I’ve written during the past week around the internet, as well as a small pile of links I found interesting – generally endurance sports related. I’ve often wondered what to do with all of the coolness that people write, and while I share a lot of it on Twitter and Facebook, this is a better forum for sending it on to y’all. Most times...

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28. August, 11:08 Uhr

No matter how you slice it, the Fitbit Charge series is Fitbit’s leading line to date. Having sold over 35 million units amongst the various versions, it accounts for the bulk of their sales. Thus despite all attention on the top-end Ionic and Versa units over the past year, there hasn’t been an update of the Charge lineup since 2016 – an eternity in consumer and wearable tech gear. The Charge...

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31. August, 21:45 Uhr

Today Favero rolled out a pile of firmware updates to their much favored Assioma power meter pedals. These pedals came out just over a year ago (the Assioma pedals were the successor to their first product, the bePro pedals).  In this short timeframe they’ve had a number of firmware updates, most of which actually brought new features or enhancements. In fact, more feature updates than any...

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16. März, 12:08 Uhr

It was 13 months (to the day) prior to the Outside Magazine article being published in print (and then yesterday, a month later online) that I got my first e-mail from the author, Andrew Tilin. He had wanted to chat a bit about doing a piece on me and what DC Rainmaker was all about.  I was in Australia at the time, and a handful of days later we had our first chat via phone at 12:30AM my time,...

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14. März, 10:22 Uhr

Today Specialized has finally announced their new power meter crankset, aptly called Power Cranks.  This crankset has been in the works for quite some time, both in rumors as well as on pro team riders bikes (as I showed at the Tour Down Under).  The unit is offered not just on Specialized bikes, but also as a product you can buy like any other power meter. Both in a dual-sided version as well...

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