DOMETIC Dominates The Readers Choice Awards

DOMETIC Dominates The Readers Choice Awards

ELKHART, Ind. – Dometic is honored to be recognized as a top supplier by readers of Motorhome and Trailer Life magazines. For two years in a row, Dometic has won seven gold awards between the two publications.

Dometic has been asking travel enthusiasts what they want the appliances in their travel trailer or motorhome to be able to do in order to make their mobile lifestyle better, and it is paying off.

CamelBak Chute Mag Collection

CamelBak Chute Mag Collection

The versatile and well-loved Chute® bottle has been improved to feature a NEW magnetic top that easily stows the cap.



Harnessing the latest developments in battery technology, the PLB40 is a unique and innovative portable battery.

Engineered to satisfy outdoor and mobile lifestyles with high electrical demands, The Dometic PLB40 is the lightest and most powerful battery in its category. It allows adventurers to travel further and stay longer in nature with a safe and reliable power supply.

Dometic's decision to use Lithium Iron Phosphate (known as LiFePo4) makes the battery unit lightweight, compact, and able to deliver stable power for a longer time compared to the Lithium Ion batteries currently available on the market.

Specifically designed to power a cooler, such as a Dometic CFX for a weekend, 12V devices, and USB accessories, the battery has a 2-pin threaded connection and flat discharge curve. Its robust and rugged features make it ideal for outdoor use.

Another innovation of the PLB40 is its multiple power sources: 12 V vehicle socket, solar panel or AC power. This allows users to charge the battery while driving– saving time and the need for an extra battery.

The Dometic PLB40 allows adventurers to travel further and stay longer in nature with a safe and reliable power supply.

The PLB40 will be available in the US in January of 2019.


Key Features

  • Weekend of Power (40 Hours)

  • Exclusive Recharge As You Go Feature

  • Most Advanced Battery Technology on the Market - Lithium Iron Phosphate

Colnago: 46 years & Celebrating The Merckx’s Hour

In the picture, taken at the   Vigorelli Velodrome in Milan   in October 1972 (before leaving for Mexico City), note   Ernesto Colnago holding the record bike (a mechanical in suits!)  , at his side Eddy Merckx and Ole Ritter, with black leather jacket.

In the picture, taken at the Vigorelli Velodrome in Milan in October 1972 (before leaving for Mexico City), note Ernesto Colnago holding the record bike (a mechanical in suits!), at his side Eddy Merckx and Ole Ritter, with black leather jacket.

On 25th of October 1972 the great Eddy Merckx beat the Ole Ritter’s hour record. On the track of Mexico City, at 2,300 meters of altitude above sea level, the Belgian champion has reached 49.409, 68 km.

The previous record set by the Danish champion is beaten by 755 meters. The performance is amazing because we must return to the beginning of the century to find a runner capable of improving the previous limit with a higher margin. Alongside Merckx was Ernesto Colnago who has built for him a futuristic bike for that time.

The bike, weighing just 5 kilos and 650 grams, took about 200 hours of work and could boast some unique details such as the lightweight steel frame, the chain with all perforated mesh to gain about 100 grams. The titanium stem welded in the United States in Detroit. The tubulars of just 80 grams. What remains of that record? The incredible strength of Merckx and the willingness of Ernesto Colnago that has always improved the bike, while retaining the classic features and has never invented for the sake of inventing. But that was 46 years ago!

Thule: Outfit Your Ride

Thule: Outfit Your Ride

Thule is there to help you transport stuff to your next destination, so you are free to live the active life. From bike racks and roof racks to cargo carriers and baskets, Thule has got you covered. Learn more about custom outfitting.

Hailey Elise: Deep Summer Photo Challenge

Hailey Elise: Deep Summer Photo Challenge

72 hours was all Hailey Elise had to gather a team, shoot, edit, and produce a slideshow of mountain biking photos. The 2018 Deep Summer Photo Challenge pitted 6 world class acton photographers against each other in search of the best mountain bike themed story during the Crankworx in Whistler. Hailey entered the competition as a Wild Card People's Choice photographer.

We couldn't be more proud of our team artist and Juliana Ambassador. Watch the brilliant photography piece that landed her in 3rd place overall:

SERFAS: Understanding Bike Tire Tread Design


A Brief Overview To Understanding Bike Tire Tread Design

Imagine planning a road trip…

…and on this road trip you will traverse various types of road surfaces and weather conditions, you will cruise long stretches of smooth comfortable highway, encounter tight mountain switchbacks, as well as washboard dirt roads littered with rocks leading to some out-of-the-way camp site locations in the deep woods. With vehicle cargo capacity disregarded, for this journey what vehicle do you imagine driving — Porsche 911? Jeep Wrangler? A big Cadillac Escalade?

Choosing the right tires for your bike is a similar experience depending on the style of riding you want to accomplish, the style of ride you enjoy most, acceptable compromises of performance to function and ability, and also the kind of environmental challenges you may encounter. For instance, if you most favor those winding hairpin mountain switchbacks you’re probably going to choose the Porsche 911… but will the 911 also get you down those rough dirt roads to your campsite? A Jeep Wrangler will certainly allow you to enjoy the off-road driving taking you to your campsite, but you’re probably getting zero thrills getting there when slowly navigating through those mountainous switchbacks in a Wrangler.

Continue reading here .

July 23 by, Serfas

DOMETIC Cooktops AND Ranges Redesigned

DOMETIC Cooktops AND Ranges Redesigned

Dometic is excited to announce that their improved ranges and cooktops are now available.

Dometic has invested in condusting research and listening intently in conducting research and listening intently to the people who use their products everyday in their RV's.

This feedback has provided Dometic with the knowledge and tools to give RVers the best new line of cooktops and ranges.

In the improved line-up, every stove top has a sealed burner. Gone are the days of an open well. The sealed burner is the perfect solution to a quick and easy clean-up without big messes.

Customers will also find that the surface area has been increased by up to 30 percent and has a new surface that prevents sliding.

Additionally, the knobs have been designed as recess knobs that do not stick out as far to prevent accidentally being turned on if they are bumped against.

These thoughtfully designed cooktops and ranges by Dometic now have the modern, sleek look and feel that has been requested and are available in stainless steel and black. These products are also available as part of the Dometic Signature Suite, which allows all appliances in the kitchen to match, similar to how they would at home.

CamelBak ProRider 6' 8" Nate and the Whiskey Off-Road

CamelBak ProRider 6' 8" Nate and the Whiskey Off-Road

The Whiskey Off-Road is a triple threat: the event combines a three-day party, an amateur mountain bike race, and an elite competition into one weekend in Prescott, Arizona. The race is named after Prescott’s famed “Whiskey Row”— a saloon-lined stretch of South Montezuma Street. The centerpiece of the event is a 50-mile race that takes riders through some of the area’s best scenery as they compete on everything from paved trail to jeep roads and singletrack. According to veteran riders, the race features every possible type of terrain—except for flat ground.

Unlike other event organizers, the folks at Epic Rides are focused on culture just as much as competition—they want to make each event an all-around celebration of mountain biking. In addition to the elite competition, each weekend features some shorter events that are accessible to people who are new to the sport, plus concerts and parties for spectators who aren’t there to race.

We followed CamelBak Proto Team rider 6'8" Nate on this year's Whiskey Off-Road course, and talked to him about what it's like to walk away from a desk job and devote yourself to bikes full-time. In his words, “I would suffer through a 50-mile hill climb any day over sitting in a conference room for 8 hours of meetings.”

- CamelBak Story by Kate Worteck

SERFAS: Tire Sealant Benefits

SERFAS: Tire Sealant Benefits

Serfas® Tire RX™ sealant can be used in either traditional tube or in tubeless tire setups as an extra layer of added flat protection. Tire RX™ is designed to coat the inside of the tire, or tube depending on setup, and in the event of a puncture or leak the sealant fills up these spaces (up to a 1/4 inch) and stops the escaping air so you can keep riding.

  • Tubeless setups utilize tire sealant and offer weight saving advantages over tubes eliminating the potential for pinch flats.

  • Compatible with both tube and tubeless setups.

  • Fewer flats! Tire RX™ keeps you riding in conditions that may have otherwise left you on the side of a trail replacing or patching tubes.

  • Tubeless tire setups with sealant offer improved handling, more grip, and smoother riding at high speeds.

  • Ability to run lower pressures with tubeless setups means more traction.

Ride Faster, Longer, and Lighter With Serfas® Tire RX™

Benno eJoy 9D – Do More, Carry More, Conquer The World


This is not the first time Benno founder and owner Benno Baenziger has brought joy into my life. In 2004, he and his then-partner and cofounder at Electra Bicycle Company visited BICYCLING with a fleet of stylish, innovative cruiser bikes. I couldn’t take my eyes off the three-speed Revil—a red chopper with orange flames and an ape-hanger handlebar. I’d never seen a bike quite like it.

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But those cool cruisers were more than just a novelty. They were a huge leap toward a lofty goal: “to get more people on bikes,” says Benno. To do that, Electra used two ingredients: comfort and style. “It always bothered me, though, that our bikes couldn’t do more,” he said.

Continue reading the full review here.

CamelBak Chute Mag -  New for 2018

CamelBak Chute Mag - New for 2018

CamelBak Chute has been updated with a Magnetic Lid for easy stow while drinking.  


  • Magnetic Handle: Keeps the cap stowed while drinking

  • Vacuum Insulation: Keeps beverages cold for 24 hours and hot for 6 hours

  • Angled Spout: Provides an ergonomic drink interface that delivers a high flow of water without sloshing or spilling

  • Internal Cap Threads: No more drinking off those uncomfortable bottle threads

  • Dishwasher Safe: All parts are top-rack dishwasher safe

  • Wide-Mouth Opening: Easy to fill with ice and water and a breeze to clean

Now you can enjoy the backcountry with a Tritan Chute or have your toes in the sand sipping from your Stainless Vacuum Insulated Chute.  

Dometic's Top Ten

2018 has been a great year for Dometic pulling in 10 new awards for the 2018 year!

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And with customers reviews like these we can see why! We’re proud to represent the brand and congratulate them on this award -winning year!

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Colnago C-RS Review


A Game Changing Colnago?

It was good advice as the C40 was an absolute classic. It was, at the time, what appeared to be the perfect blend of style and performance and was the bike I would ride immediately before riding any review bikes to get a baseline for what a good bike should be. So I would tend to be in agreeance that everyone should own a least one Colnago. The problem with that however is that not everyone can afford a top line Colnago and some of the more affordable models have often fallen short of the mark. The new C-RS though could be the bike to change all that.

Classic Features, Modern Twist

The C-RS is not classic Colnago, but it could be seen to be a reimagining, or reworking of the classic features with a modern twist. In a way it reflects my own feelings about cycling; I love the traditions that cycling has embedded in its history, yet equally I enjoy the path of technological advancement that cycling is taking. I respect that cycling had rules around the team kits, but was cheering for Mario Cipollini when he thumbed his nose at those very rules.

The C-RS is what Colnago are calling their ‘entry level’ road bike however this statement could be a little misleading as it certainly doesn’t look like an entry level road bike. The C-RS cuts a fine figure and is unmistakeably Colnago thanks to the bold white on black decals which include the famous name, Ernesto Colnago’s signature and the equally recognisable Colnago ‘ace of clubs’. The C-RS would easily hold its own in any café line up even against bikes costing more than twice as much.


Also very typically of Colnago are the heavily shaped tubes and straight fork, and equally the quirky sizing on their models, so it is best to do your homework on the geometry charts before taking the leap.

Affordable Quality

While $3,599 may not be everyone’s idea of an entry level price tag it is certainly a great price for a premium brand bike, and it has to be said that the Colnago C-RS Colnago isn’t kitted out like any other brands interpretation of entry level.

The C-RS is equipped with Shimano’s ever reliable Ultegra groupset in its rim brake version. While disc brakes certainly seem to be on trend at the moment in 99% of on road riding situations the current crop of rim brakes are certainly more than adequate and it also means that those who like to pin on a number are able to fully utilize the C-RS for racing duties.

The C-RS has avoided any cost cutting by substitution of brands, and carries the Ultegra spec from top to toe. The crankset is the 50-34 compact variety with 172.5 cranks, and while compact cranks are not everyone’s cup of tea they are becoming more prevalent and with the availability of a greater range of cassette options the actual loss of gear inches can be negligible.


New Thule Three-Wheel Strollers

New Thule Three-Wheel Strollers

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Thule's popular and award-winning strollers Thule Urban Glide and Thule Glide have been updated with enhanced features and a design that will appeal to active parents who want to bring their kids along in urban environments as well as on nature paths.

Thule Urban Glide 2 - for active families on the go
Available in single and double version, the Thule Urban Glide 2 three-wheel stroller has a modern and lightweight design, making it perfect for an active family that enjoys the great outdoors as well as getting around town. The design includes large 16" wheels, suspension for comfort and control, and a swivel front wheel for strolling and maneuvering around town that quickly and easily locks in place for jogging or rougher terrain.
Your child will be comfortable for on-the-go naps with the help of a vented reclining seat and a large sun canopy that protects from the elements. The enclosed storage compartment also lets you safely and securely take gear with you to make the most of your day.
Thule Urban Glide 2 is available in four colors: Dark Shadow, Mars, Thule Blue, and the stylish Black on Black, a sophisticated eye-catcher. Thule Urban Glide 2 Double is available in Jet Black. For added convenience and comfort, Thule Urban Glide 2 has a range of accessories, including bassinet and click-in car seat adapter.
Thule Urban Glide 2 will be available in stores from January 2018.
Thule Glide 2 - designed for runners, built for children
Fast, lightweight, and with a fixed front wheel, large 18" wheels, and room for your kick stride, the Thule Glide2 running stroller is designed for parents to get out for a run on different types of terrain. Always with peace of mind, knowing their precious cargo is safe and comfortable.
Packed with intelligent design features, the Thule Glide2 keeps children comfortable and safe. The fully adjustable, padded harness delivers a perfect fit and the ventilated canopy protects from the elements. The rear suspension also means your child can relax and enjoy the ride, while the padded seat reclines to allow on-the-go naps.
Thule Glide 2 is available as a single stroller in Jet Black. In stores from January 2018.

New 2018 Thule Bag

New 2018 Thule Bag

Built to support a day hike, a short backpacking excursion, camping or a weekend away, the Thule AllTrail collection provides unmatched versatility to survive the elements through any activity and every season.

An all-new collection of Thule hiking backpacks is being introduced, specifically designed for the needs of any outdoor enthusiast looking to simplify their pack options. The Thule AllTrail is a collection of two gender-specific sizes, 35L and 45L, with 10 cm/4 in of torso adjustability for the perfect fit. The collection of Thule AllTrail packs will be available in February 2018.
Built for the avid outdoor enthusiast who wants a singular pack for all of their pursuits, the Thule AllTrail is the one pack that does it all. From its integrated rain cover and dedicated hydration sleeve, to the pack's breathable shoulder straps, hipbelt padding and back panel, the Thule AllTrail has it all.


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Juliana Launches New Strega 170mm Bike

Juliana Launches New Strega 170mm Bike

By: Chipps | June 1st, 2017

Juliana bikes has also launched a new bike today. The Strega is now one of the longest travel women’s mountain bikes on the market, exceeding the company’s own Rubion. And while it looks like it’s just a rebadged Santa Cruz, Juliana is quick to point out that it goes to great lengths to spec specific shock tunes for lighter riders, more appropriate ‘touch points’ like saddles and grips – and the bike comes in an Extra Small size (though, to be fair, the new Nomad does too now…)

Claimed to be “more agile and versatile than a Santa Cruz V10, more composed at speed and on steeps than acRoubion, the Strega launches straight into the nowoman’s land of a 170mm travel bike.”

With a 65° head angle and 27.5in wheels, the bike is obviously aimed at hard hitting trail riders and bike park sessioners.

Juliana boasts “suspension tuned appropriately for the anticipated rider, crazy low standover heights and frame size specific dropper posts. Juliana is founded upon a drive to meet the demands of the most committed female outdoor athletes. We’re not afraid to see where that leads us, and the Strega proves that sentiment. It may be the most niche bike we’ve ever produced, but those who know, know that the wickedest of good times lie out there on the fringes.”

And that’s about all we know about the Strega right now, so we’ll turn you over to the spec sheet. It’ll be interesting to see if any of these bikes start appearing at the EWS or Tweedlove rounds coming up. Or is that not what they’re for? It’ll be interesting to see who likes the look of these.


Review: Camelbak H.A.W.G LR 20 Backpack

Review: Camelbak H.A.W.G LR 20 Backpack

This is a review of the latest H.A.W.G backpack from Camelbak. Released to the public late last year after we first got a glimpse of the 2017 H.A.W.G after Chipps caught up with Camelbak at PressCamp in June, we’ve been thrashing one over the past few months to see how the latest design in the long lineage of the H.A.W.G pack stacks up in the real world.

With its new streamlined design, Low Rider profile and the new Crux LR Reservoir, just how good is the H.A.W.G as a hydration pack for all-day riding? Our two-wheeled perpetual riding machine, Rachel Sokal, gives us her thoughts on the new H.A.W.G LR 20.

The HAWG – “Holds A Lotta Water and Gear” – is Camelbak’s 20 litre mountain biking pack. It has a 3 litre bladder and 17 litres’ worth of storage space, which puts it in the large day-pack category. For most of my rides this is more space than I require, but it’s been great on some filthy rides this winter where I have been able to carry an extra layer, a waterproof outer shell, spare gloves, a beanie, tool kit, first aid kit, lunch, snacks and more snacks. It also can easily swallow a camera and has plenty of padding to protect it.


Colnago Featured on

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I recently joined the WiggleHigh5 Pro Cycling Team at its media and training camp in Alcudia, Mallorca. As well as getting in some last-minute training before the team headed off to race the Trofeo Alfredo Binda in Italy, the team took some time to chat to me about their training, season so far and bikes, of course.

With the team all riding Colnago C60s, I took a closer look at Rochelle Gilmore's bike — owner of Wiggle High5 Pro Cycling Team and former pro racer.

Complete bike specifications

  • Frame: Colnago C60 (Size 45cm/sloping)
  • Fork: Colnago C60
  • Stem: Deda Alanera (110mm)
  • Handlebar: Deda Alanera (42cm)
  • Handlebar tape: Deda Tape 1400 (Colour – Tape Night Black)
  • Front brake: Campagnolo Super Record – Dual Pivot
  • Rear brake: Campagnolo Super Record – Dual Pivot
  • Front derailleur: Campagnolo Super Record EPS
  • Rear derailleur: Campagnolo Super Record EPS
  • Cassette: Campagnolo Super Record (Size: 11-27t)