Curious about some of our staff picks for skis and bindings this winter? We’ve put together a quick gear talk video highlighting a few women’s skis, men’s skis, and a couple bindings for this year. Check out the video below for the inside scoop on the Blizzard Black Pearl, Black Crows Atris Birdie, Volkl Mantra 102, Armada JJ Zero, Salomon Warden, and the Armada Shift!
Christmas is right around the corner and it’s time to get your shopping all wrapped up! We through together a Holiday Gift Guide to help ease the stress of finding the right things to put under the tree this year.
Black Diamond Guide Finger Gloves, Leki SLX Gloves, Coal insulated Head Wear, Jones Snowboards Hat, Smith 4D Mag Goggle, Julbo Aerospace Goggle, Arcade Belts.
Black Diamond Spark Mitts, Patagonia Beanie, Mons Royale Beanie, Smith 4D Mag Goggles, Giro Ella Goggles, Flylow Unicorn Mitts, Arcade Belts.
Patagonia Furry Friends Hoody, Patagonia Pita Pocket Mitts, Kamik Rocket and Spark Boots.
Gifts for the Technology Lover:
Outdoor Tech Ultra Chips, Turtleshell 3.0 Wireless Speaker, Kodiak 2.0 Power Bank, Buckshot 2.0 Wireless Mini Speaker.
Skigee Goggle Safe Squeegee, Gogglesoc Goggle Cover
The Checkpoint is a relatively new bike from Trek which was released late in 2018. It fills a category between gravel capable road bikes like the Domane and full fledged cyclocross bikes like the Crockett and Boone. The Checkpoint may be the most versatile 700c bike in Trek’s lineup, capable both on the road and in the dirt this bike is always ready for an adventure.
Some of the features that make it so capable are things like the 45c tire clearance, hydraulic disc brakes, and tubeless wheels and tires. The Checkpoint comes in both aluminum and carbon frame options. A big benefit of opting for the carbon frame is the ISO Speed decoupler which allows for added flex at the junction of the top tube and seat tube. It’s not all marketing hype, the carbon models do offer a buttery smooth ride at the back of the bike. One improvement that would be nice to have on the next version of the bike would be front ISO Speed, which trek already has in some of their other gravel and dirt oriented models. For now running low pressure in the front tire will do the trick.
The Checkpoint also has some smaller details that help contribute to the bikes versatility. Things like four bottle cage mounts and the option to mount racks front and rear really turn this bike from your standard gravel bike into an adventure machine. It also has 12mm through axles in the front and rear as well as an adjustable horizontal dropout in the back. This means you can easily change the wheelbase of the bike or run it as a single speed for riders looking to simplify things. All in all the Checkpoint is an impressive bike, the guys and girls designing it really packed in a lot of features and didn’t seem to overlook anything. We are stoked on its out of the front door adventure capability!
The way that kids learn to ride bikes now is different than how most adults learned. Thanks to the introduction of walking bikes, the most well known being Striders, kids of today can learn to ride a bike not too long after they start walking. Our own Roger Rintala has written up an article highlighting the huge benefits and the thought processes behind kids learning to ride with walking bikes rather than training wheels. Rodger, who has had a lifelong relationship with athletics and has been a sports coach for over twenty years, explains some of the basic advantages to walking bikes in his article saying “The entire time the child is on the bike, they are learning to steer, lean, balance, and put their feet to the ground to stop. The rate of development can be amazing and the child is empowered to explore at their own pace. Because they always have immediate access to the ground with their feet, and they naturally learn to control speed, balance and steer, their progression is natural and intuitive.”
Check out Roger’s full article here: Teaching Kids the Love of Bicycles.
We had a chance to get out and do some test rides on this year’s Trek Slash 9.7 and it did not disappoint. If you are the type of rider looking for a no holds barred, all out speed machine then look no farther than the Slash. Trek’s long travel 29’er has 150mm of travel in the rear with a 160mm fork up front, it pedals like a dream but still crushes through the rough stuff. This is largely due to the RE:AKTIV rear shock which is extremely supportive toward the top of the travel but blows off and gains a more supple feel on big hits. We rode the Slash on a classic Downieville lap which was a great match for the bike, when the trail straightened out this bike turned into an absolute rocket. It is a big and long bike, maybe not ideal for slower paced trails or really tight technical climbs. However if you are looking for a bike to get after it on steep chunky shuttles or just an all day backcountry adventure sled then this bike will check all the boxes.
Pros: Long and slack, pedals great, short chainstays keep things playful.
Cons: Stock tires not ideal for loose dirt, suspension needs some small bump adjusting, LT 29’r is a lot of bike for some.
Summer is officially here and that means bike season is in full swing! The bike shop at the Hub is ready to get you out on the trails on a new bike or we can dial in your current rig and keep you riding. Our 2019 bikes are in, the demo fleet is fully built up ready to rip, and the repair shop is cranking. If you need anything bike related this summer the Tahoe Sports Hub is here to help. Stop by and check things out!
Throughout the winter we will be dishing out Board Breakdown videos highlighting a few of the many snowboards we carry at the shop. This video focuses on the Jellyfish from Moss Snowstick, for more information and specs on this specific board visit their website.
There is still time to register for the Truckee Running Festival benefiting the Sierra Chapter of Girls On The Run. Registration and bib- pickup will be available at our shop ( Tahoe Sports Hub) Friday June, 3rd. between 4:30 and 7:00!
We will be hosting a free Salomon Shoe and SUUNTO watch demo at the running festival. Stop by and try some shoes!
The running festival features a 5k, 10k, and 1/2 marathon. It is a great event for the whole family so come down to the Riverview Sports Complex on the morning of June 4th. More information is available at http://tahoetrailrunning.com/trail-runs/truckee-running-festival/
Summer is here and it is hot hot hot! There is no better way to cool down than hitting the water on a SUP. If you are new to paddle boarding, looking to join the sport, or looking to upgrade to a faster board, we are offering free paddle board demos at Donner Lake’s West End Beach every Saturday evening starting on July 11th. This is a great way to try our the latest in paddle technology and see what type of board fits your needs best.
We are also offering FREE paddle board yoga on July 18th! The ladies from the Butterfly Effect will be out at West End Beach instructing a free yoga class for all levels. Try the newest fitness craze and come on out for some downward dog! We will have boards to take out if you do not have one!
On August 1st we are hosting a free-fun SUP race with Olympian and Truckee local Daron Rahlves. Come out and see if you can beat the ski racer on the water, there will be prizes for all participants and all ages and levels are invited to join the fun. Daron is a pretty competitive guy so we are stoked to see if one of the local paddle enthusiasts can take him on and win!