Archive for February, 2009


Posted in NEWS on February 26, 2009 by looneyson

On no particular evening, you find yourself wandering into the book store by your house. Sure they have books, but you usually gravitate toward all the colorful magazines resting on the shelves. The glossy covers catch your attention and taunt you out of the corner of your eye.

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After thumbing through an Outside magazine, you come across a section that says, “The League of Extra-Ordinary Gentlemen” and see a familiar welcoming face of a man who is not only a mountain bike legend and great guy, but a man who says he is more passionate about trail advocacy than racing mountain bikes. Coming from Dave Wiens, who has been on numerous world cup podiums and who beat Lance Armstrong in the Leadville 100 last year, you know that must be a pretty strong passion.

View the article below:


Here is Dave’s take on the Outside article and challenges associated with being a trail builder. Click here

Dave is the man. He took the sport of mountain biking and giving back to the community to another level. He created a non-profit organization called Gunnison Trails whom have created trails that span 30+ miles in Gunnison, CO. He wasn’t alone in his passion for trail building. His core group of 25 volunteers and the man himself have personally cultivated the land to create a beautiful singletrack haven for everyone to enjoy. He and the non-profit organization are currently working to create 40 miles of singletrack from Gunnison to Crested Butte. Click here to get involved.

Gunnison Trails’ mission is not only to build sweet singletrack for us to shred with our favorite mountain bike, but to promote education. Education that involves protecting natural resources and wildlife, sustainability, community, and teach trail users how to treat the trails with respect.

However, Dave has not forgotten his racing roots and is also promoting a race on May 24, 2009 called the The Original Growler. All proceeds from The Original Growler go to Gunnison Trails to further the efforts for trails in the Gunnison area. The course consists of a 32-mile loop. The Original Growler is two laps for a grueling 64-mile race. There is also a 32 mile race option called The Half Growler. It’s a great opportunity to ride some of the trails that Dave and the Gunnison Trails volunteers have personally designed and cut. Will you be there? We sure will!! See you on the Gunnison Trails!



Posted in EVENTS on February 25, 2009 by ergonusa


We here at Ergon are packing our bags and product.  This weekend is the NAHBS in Indianaplolis, IN and Ergon will be there in full force.  Stop by our booth to see the latest in the Ergon lineup and to score a voucher to purchase Ergon products at a reduced price.  Make sure to keep your eyes peeled as you roam around the show.  Ergon grips will be installed on select cuctom built bikes.  Which bikes you ask?  Sorry, we don’t know for sure.  We just know that there will be quite a few.  Stay tuned!  Updates to come!


Posted in EVENTS on February 23, 2009 by ergonusa

Every February the mega bicycle distributor, Quality Bicycle Product (QBP), holds an open house for all of its dealers at its home office in Bloomington, MN.  This gives brands and bike shops the time to get face to face time on a personal level as well as get hands on with all the products that QBP distributes.

QBP is one of Ergon’s largest distributors in the USA.  Chances are if you see Ergon on you bike shop store shelves…it comes from here.  The Frostbike show and open house is one of those events the bike shop folks look forward to each year.  This year was no different, as the masses invaded QBP to drool all over the latest bicycle tech.

Ergon is introducing many new products this year, including the GA1 which is seen above.  New products also mean new colors and new bar plugs.

Ergon pressence at the event was small…but that didn’t mean we weren’t busy.  Sharing a booth with Topeak, we hand numerous folks swing by to ask questions, see new product, try on the packs, and tell us how they can’t keep the product in stock.

What would Frostbike be without a little snow?  It is Minnesota afterall.  Take note how the Ergon employee brushes off the car in 10 degree temps with no gloves as the Ergon VP snaps pictures and laughs  🙂

“I am betting the snow was about this deep.”

Stay tuned, as we are heading to Indy for the N.A. Handmade Bicycle Show.  Another recap with photos and video to come.


Posted in NEWS on February 20, 2009 by looneyson

Every year, Epic Rides dedicates the 24 Hours of Old Pueblo to a mountain bike icon. Someone who has made an impact on the sport on many levels. This year, Dave Wiens was the recipient.

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Dave Wiens likes pastry.

Ergon had a table reserved and we had front row tickets to the show.

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The banquet had multiple speakers who have known Dave over the years. We took a video of each speaker, and each speaker had something fun and great to say about Mr. Wiens.

Reading a story Dave wrote in 1988 Mountain Bike issue

Q&A for Dave Wiens

Dave signing autographs

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Dave Wiens and Yuki Saito.

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Dave giving his speech.

It was a great event, great food, and great people. It’s always wonderful to honor such an icon and amazing guy.


Posted in NEWS, RACING, TOPEAK-ERGON on February 19, 2009 by ergonusa


For the coming season Team Topeak Ergon has gained strength in the form of three new riders.  The most internationally renowned and the person with the most success already to his name is Alban Lakata. The Austrian, who won many events including the European Marathon Championships in Germany this year, will be concentrating on endurance events for the team. Stage races are also being planned for the Austrian National Champion, as well as different marathon races and selected cross-country events – in fact we expect him to start at Cape Epic (in a two man team with Rotwild’s Thomas Nicke) and take on the Transalp challenge.


The international flavour of the team will also be underlined again with the addition of the British Marathon Champion, Sally Bigham. Sally will race mostly on the island, but will also be targeting selected international marathon and endurance events. Germany isn’t being ignored either.


With Robert Mennen joining the team, the 23 year old German sees his addition to the team as his biggest chance. His sights are set on cross-country riding in the German Elite category. He also plans to make progess into the International scene.  The remaining members of the team are familiar names to most of you, with Irina Kalentieva and Wolfram Kurschat continuing to ride in green and black at World Cup events. Back on German soil, Kim Tofaute and Benjamin Brochhagen will further fly the flag.

On the other side of the pond, Team Topeak Ergon’s resident MTB Legend, Dave Wiens will also get new team mates. In total, six riders will now ride Stateside.


Posted in LIFESTYLE on February 19, 2009 by ergonusa

Perfect Pack fit

Dejay Birtch of Team Niner/Ergon shows proper fit of the Ergon backpack system.  Here at Ergon we get many questions about how the pack should sit on the body.  The picture above is textbook.  It should serve as a starting point when fitting the many Ergon packs.


Posted in NEWS on February 18, 2009 by looneyson

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This past weekend in the desert of Tucson desert, Yuki Saito, Dave Wiens, Jeff Kerkove, and Sonya Looney entered the 5 person co-ed category at the 24 Hours of Old Pueblo.

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The team.

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The bikes

24 hour racing format is different from any other in that people can ride on a team where the team members alternate over the course of 24 hours. Whichever team rides the most laps wins the race.

Ergon also set up the 10 x 10 tent, selling product to a large number of very enthusiastic Ergon consumers. We had so many people giving us positive feedback on the grips, or people walking by giving thumbs up. Even on the race course, other racers would yell, “I LOVE THE GRIPS!” as we crossed paths. That put a smile to our face and gave a little extra umph to our pedal strokes.

Sonya and Yuki were talking to customers and selling product while Jeff was feverishly installing grips on many a happy handlebar.

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The race only has one coed category, and it’s a 5 person category so the team was already down one person. Yuki Saito rode the first lap for the team which involved a mass start with a run.

He rode the fourth fastest lap of the race – 17 miles in 59 minutes. Just 4 minutes behind the fastest guy. Next, Sonya Looney was up. Yuki gave her a great spot to start in with little course traffic. She rode the 3rd fastest woman’s lap of the race – 17 miles in 1 hour 9 minutes. Just 3 minutes behind the fastest woman. Dave Wiens was up next in the rotation followed by Jeff Kerkove.

Dave Wiens heading out on a lap

Here is a video Jeff Kerkove made of his first lap on course.

They both turned over blazing fast laps, which were held consistently throughout the 24 hour race.

The team had a great vibe, people were cheering, and morale was high. They took the lead from the start. Sonya was sick before the race even started, and lasted through three rotations before she became too weak and had to stop. This was around midnight. For the next half of the race, the team was down to three. Yuki, Jeff, and Dave all worked together in a determined fashion, holding the lead and actually building time on second place through the night.

Jeff going out on his last lap

By the time the clock struck 12 PM the next day, the race was over and Topeak Ergon had won the 5 person category overall, and finished 4th out of all categories with 21 laps.

Not only did Topeak Ergon have a strong finish, but a LARGE number of Ergon sponsored riders took strong finishes. Great job to everyone.

Evan Plews: Solo Men winner

Sarah Kaufmann: Solo Women winner

DeJay Birtch: Solo men SS winner
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Dejay in orange on the podium

Lynda Wallensfels: Solo women SS winner
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Rebecca Tomaszewski: Solo women SS 2nd place

Sean Sullivan: 2nd place SS men

Todd Carpenter: 5th place Solo men

The last thing leaving a final perfect moment was that the majority of the cars leaving the venue had Ergon grips on the bikes.

Stay tuned for the next post on the Dave Wiens dedication dinner at the 24 Hours of Old Pueblo. See you on the trail!