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PRESS RELEASE: Basin Sports and Santa Cruz Bicycles End 10 Year Partnership

After a 10-year partnership Basin Sports and Santa Cruz Bicycles Part Ways

 

After a 10 year partnership, Basin Sports and Santa Cruz Bikes have made the mutual decision to part ways and end the sale of their bikes. We feel Santa Cruz makes great bikes but found our differences in business practices no longer align.

Basin Sports is a small family run shop that got its start in the ski industry. Since its humble roots, the Basin has grown and expanded its services into the bike community. Over the years we have created our business out of pocket, never sought outside partners or investors and stayed true to our small shop roots.

This has limited our ability to expand at a rate that was satisfactory towards Santa Cruz’s bottom line. We also expect a certain level of support from our vendors and have seen a slow decline in support from Santa Cruz as they push to be a major corporate giant in the bike industry.

We are fans of Santa Cruz bikes and are disappointed to see this partnership come to an end. With that, we will still provide support for our current Santa Cruz customers. We do not want anyone to feel alienated by this decision and will still service, maintain and warranty parts as needed.

We will also be bringing in a few new brands for the 2019 season. And we expect to offer a few Demo Days with Specialized, Devinci, and our new Partner Brand as well as more attentive support for the 2019 season- and an increase in engagement with the local Killington cycling community.

 

Thank you from all of us at The Basin

#thriveoutside.

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POC Coron Air Spin Helmet Review

POC Coron Air Spin Helmet Review
POC Coron Air Spin Helmet Review

Last year POC released the Tectal Trail Helmet with Air Spin Technology and took racers and recreational riders by storm. This year, the POC Coron Air Spin Full Face Helmet was released. POC wanted something lighter and something that held up better to multiple impacts. You’ve probably heard of MIPS or Multi-Directional Impact Protection System and are probably wondering how this is different. If you’re like me, MIPS is not comfortable, in fact I opt to use non-MIPS protection due the sheer discomfort I experience.  POC has taken MIPS technology and combined with the Air Spin. It allows a buffer between your head and the MIPS and potentially provides better protection.

Air Spin Technology

What makes the Air Spin Tech so special then? Instead of a plastic system that mimics the brains structure, Air Spin takes that same concept but with silicone pads. It allows for the head to almost float against and moves equally upon impact. POC uses a silicone bladder inside each pad placed within the helmet. These pads allow the helmet to move slightly in impact and reduce the impact the head takes in a crash. The pads locations are strategically placed so that the head is only in contact with the pads and not rested directly against the shell of the helmet itself. This well thought out structure helps dissipate force of a rotational impact, potentially reducing the severity of the impact on the brain.

The Helmet

POC is always striving to make the lightest, most comfortable and safest helmets available. The Coron Air Spin is no exception and potentially one the best well thought out full face helmets on the market at the moment.  The POC Coron Air Spin Helmet comes in two models.  An affordable fiberglass shell and a lighter Carbon shell. Both holding up to POC’s high safety standards and both stunning in craftsmanship.

Coron Fiberglass Coron Carbon
MSRP $275 MSRP $450
Fiberglass shell construction Carbon fiber shell
Innovative air flow and vent design Innovative air flow and vent design
SPIN Technology SPIN Technology
Emergency removable cheek pads Emergency removable cheek pads
Ear chambers Ear chambers
Break Away visor Break Away visor
Multi-impact EPP liner Multi-impact EPP liner
Simple and effective buckle fastening system Simple and effective buckle fastening system
Three Color Options One Color Option

The Fit

The fit of this helmet is controversial, like any other POC helmet is. The fit on the Coron Air Spin was universally better than the old Cortex was but there were positives and negatives to it as well. Most people who enjoyed the POC Tectal Trail helmet disliked the Coron and vice versa. I found the Coron to fit well in the dome area but squished my face to much for my liking. But some enjoy that secure fit and actually found the Coron to be more comfortable than other helmets we sell in our shop. POC is tricky because you have to have “A POC Head”. That being said, those with rounder heads found the Coron to be more comfortable than others. Those with flatter heads found the trail helmets to fit well but the full face option by POC to be less than desirable.

POC Coron Air Spin Helmet Review
POC Coron Air Spin Helmet Review

Closing Points

If comfort, weight and above all safety are your biggest priorities when shopping for full face helmets, the POC Coron Air Spin is a good choice. With all the features both the fiberglass and carbon version offer, the bang for the buck is better if not on par than helmets in the same price range. This helmet is recommended for riders who enjoy a secure fit. Though Emergency Pull Off Pads are bulkier than typical pads they will break in slightly. It is recommended that you size up in the full face helmets. This helmet will fit better on people with rounder heads too.  It’s all about perspective though and I sincerely feel that helmets are things you shouldn’t purchase over the internet without first trying on. When it comes to appearance, overall comfort and safety standards the Coron scores high across the board. The bang for your buck is substantial and absolutely a great investment for your next full face helmet.


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Basin sports is the premier mountain sports retailer in Vermont, specializing in skiing, snowboarding, and biking. Basin Sports has received the Ski Magazine Gold Medal nine years in a row and twice naming Basin Sports the best ski shop in New England. Basin Sports has some of the best technical boot fitting service in the country, with certified Pedorthists on staff. As much as we love getting Basin Sports customers into the perfect gear for them, there is one thing we love just as much, if not more. You guessed it, skiing, riding, and just plain enjoying the mountains. You can rest assured that all of us at Basin Sports is taking every opportunity to get out and enjoy all that Killington has to offer. In the winter we ski daily and we are constantly testing new gear, sampling the conditions, and sniffing out powder stashes. Feel free to ask us any questions that you may have, we love to talk about skiing, snowboarding, cycling, hiking and even snowshoeing. In fact, in the winter, we update our website, basinski.com, every day with conditions reports, photos, and videos. Check us out for the most up-to-date and honest info around

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Killington Bike Blast Off Party Announcement

Killington Bike Blast Off Party

Jun 8th, 4-8 PM

Sushi Yoshi Killington

ike Blast Off Party 2018-Small


Basin sports is the premiere mountain sports retailer in Vermont, specializing in skiing, snowboarding and biking. Basin Sports has received the Ski Magazine Gold Medal nine years in a row and twice naming Basin Sports the best ski shop in New England. Basin Sports has some of the best technical boot fitting service in the country, with certified Pedorthists on staff. As much as we love getting Basin Sports customers into the perfect gear for them, there is one thing we love just as much, if not more. You guessed it, skiing, riding, and just plain enjoying the mountains. You can rest assured that all of us at Basin Sports are taking every opportunity to get out and enjoy all that Killington has to offer. In the winter we ski daily and we are constantly testing new gear, sampling the conditions, and sniffing out powder stashes. Feel free to ask us any questions that you may have, we love to talk about skiing, snowboarding, cycling, hiking and even snowshoeing. In fact, in the winter, we update our website, basinski.com, every day with conditions reports, photos, and videos. Check us out for the most up-to-date and honest info around.

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Enduro East Enduro World Qualifiers at Killington Resort and Green Mountain Trails

Rooted in the heart of the Green Mountains The Enduro East Enduro World Qualifiers at Killington Resort and Green Mountain Trails

Green Mountain Trails

When I first started riding at Green Mountain Trails I hated it. I’d heard whispers within the bike community of a place unlike any other. A place that was something out of a fairy tale. Something too good to be true.  Green Mountain Trails is the best kept secret in Vermont (for now) and yeah, at first I hated it.

Green Mountain TrailsI hated it because when I first started riding there I wasn’t mentally (or physically) prepared for the 1K ascent that I’d have to endure.  My friends and I came up with a saying regarding the more well know Kingdom Trails to the north. “At the Kingdom what goes down must come up.” Green Mountain Trails is like the Kingdom in regards to its vertical but it offers a different experience than any other network I’ve visited.

Set against the side of a mountain Green Mountain Trails History dates back much further than the 10 years it’s had established bike trails on it. Before that, there was a man named Joe DeSena who created one of the most challenging Obstacle Race Courses on the planet. Maybe you’ve heard of it, it’s called the Spartan Races. At its core, Joe had created the Death Races. Grueling endurance challenges that dragged you up and down alone mountain peak in the middle of nowhere Vermont. Though the Death Races no longer take place at GMT you can still see remnants of the Spartan Race Obstacles on the trail.

But in regards to biking, I found GMT to be an escape. It offered such a diverse amount of terrain. From fast flowing single track to some seriously technical old school New England tech. The best part is that in my two seasons of riding there the most people I’ve encountered on the trail is about 3.3 total interactions. Green Mountain Trails offer an escape. You can get lost out there and most do, but it’s a good kind of lost.

So when I heard the Eastern States Cup mention that an Enduro World Qualifier would be coming to Vermont, I said to myself, “Green Mountain Trails would make for a great Enduro Race.” Sure as heck they did just that and now a two day World Series Qualifying Enduro Race will be held one day at Green Mountain Trails and one day at Killington Resort.

You don’t need to be a cyclist to enjoy GMT either. Though I find it more enjoyable on two wheels, the infamous stone steps offer a hiking trail to the top of the peak with a rich history to their namesake.

Now when I think of Green Mountain Trails I get excited not an upset stomach. When I hear someone mention that an Enduro East race is going to be there I feel a sense of pride. That’s where I ride and that’s where I reconnect with myself and with nature.

To Find Out More About GMT Go Here: Green Mountain Trails

For Enduro East Info Go Here: Enduro East

To Support the GMT Vermont Mountain Bike Association Chapter Go Here: Vermont Mountain Bike Association

 

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Mountain Bike Rentals in Killington Vermont

Mountain Bike Rentals in Killington Vermont And What Makes True Wheels Rental Fleet Stand Out From the Pack

Mountain Bike Rentals in Killington Vermont
Mountain Bike Rentals in Killington Vermont

True Wheels Bike Shop in Killington, Vermont is in Basin Sports and has had a presence in the Killington Valley since the early 90’s and offers Mountain Bike Rentals in Killington Vermont. Basin Sports has been around since the 50’s but biking has always been a big part of the value that the store brings to the table. With the ever increasing presence of cyclist visiting Killington having the opportunity to try a high quality rental bike is key.

There’s a Couple Key Features That Puts True Wheels at Basin Sports Rentals Apart From the Rest:

  1. Our Rental Fleet is New

Whether it’s road, trail or downhill we have them all and at the end of each bike season we sell our bikes off. That mean we purchase new bikes every season so that customers can enjoy the best possible rental product we can offer. It’s also good to mention that after Labor Day we list these rental bikes for sale. If you don’t have the coin to get into something new but was really digging your rental this would be the time to jump on one.

  1. We Offer Bikes For All Skill Levels

It’s true, you don’t need a full on downhill mountain bike to ride the green trails at Killington Resort, in fact an All-Mountain Trail bike would probably be twice as fun for the new-to-the-sport rider. The great thing about our fleet of trail bikes is that their multi-level fun machines. From the advanced extreme level hucker to the first time rider our all-mountain trail bikes can be set up and customized to accommodate your skill set.

We don’t want to leave the more advanced level riders out either though. Maybe you’re looking to invest in a bike that’s yours. That’s why we carry a complete line-up of 200mm Dual Crown Mountain Bikes. Our premier downhill bike the Santa Cruz V10 is the optimal option for the advanced level rider. This full carbon, dual crown speed machine will bring a new definition to the term gnarly.

  1. Our Prices Are Cheaper

We try to offer a better package per dollar spent on our rental bikes which is why our prices are $5-$25 cheaper than many of our competitors. Experience more knowing you got a great deal.

  1. You Can Reserve In Advance

Call ahead or fill out our Rental Reservation Form and have your bike set-up and ready for you when you get here. All we need is a signature and you’re out the door. It’s that easy. We do recommend that riders visiting on holidays to give us decent notice so we can have the bike for you. If you really wanted to try out that Santa Cruz Bronson or Juliana Furtado definitely reserve in advance.

  1. We Don’t Charge late Fees

$20 because you didn’t get back to the shop before 6? No Worries, we don’t want to deal with late fees any more than you do. Be respectful of our policies and we’ll be flexible on the rental return.

Rentals can be that easy and should be. Besides a full fleet of road, trail and downhill bikes we have all the accessories that go with it. So don’t worry, breath deep and enjoy the Green Mountain State in it’s original state.

Mountain Bike Rentals in Killington Vermont
Mountain Bike Rentals in Killington Vermont

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2016 Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Comp Carbon 650B Mountain Bike-SOLD

2016 Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Comp Carbon 650B Mountain Bike
2016 Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Comp Carbon 650B Mountain BikeFor

2016 Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Comp Carbon 650B Mountain Bike Model #93616-5403, 93616-5404, 93616-5405

Available Colors: BLK/GAL ORG/MOTO ORG

Available Sizes: XL(Last One)

MSRP $3800/ In-Store Purchase Price $2660

The perfect blend of modern bike technology is what makes the 2016 Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Comp Carbon 650B Mountain Bike great. Find ease and efficiency in this All- Mountain trail bike designed to take you anywhere. Built on a FACT 9m Carbon 650B frame lightweight durability are two words that come to mind. Blended with Shimano and SRAM components you’re going to get a reliable shifting and braking system. The carbon molding process also allowed Specialized to revolutionize how you carry your trail essentials with the all-new SWAT Door found at the down tube. This compartment will fit a tube, a tool, and pump without rattling or compromising the structural integrity of the frame. And when you factor in our proprietary Rx Trail Tune at the shock, plus an aggressive, trail-eating geometry that features ridiculously short chainstays, a roomy top tube, a low bottom bracket, and a slacked out front end, you have a bike that’s going to eat up the trail and ask for seconds.

  • FACT 9m carbon fiber Trail Chassis with Stumpjumper FSR M5 alloy rear end blends stiffness with light weight to form the pinnacle of efficiency, while 150mm of travel, fully enclosed cable routing, and integrated SWAT Door create exceptional handling and zero-hassle storage.
  • Connected with our FSR 6-Pack Linkage, a custom FOX FLOAT Evolution rear shock features AUTOSAG for easy setup and 150mm of plush, adjustable suspension, while our Rx Trail Tune provides a more supple, responsive, and efficient feel for climbing up and descending down the trail.
  • RockShox Revelation RC3 650b fork features a 15mm Maxle Lite thru-axle and 150mm of plush travel to take on hits and bumpy terrain with more control and confidence.
  • 2.3” Specialized Butcher Control front tire inspires confidence through any terrain.
  • 2.3” Specialized Purgatory Control rear tire delivers reliable traction over a diverse section of soils and conditions.
  • Command Post IRcc seatpost features 12 positions of up to 125mm of height adjustability for a more customizable position, ultimately resulting in more control and increased handling on both climbs and descents.
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2016 Specialized Rhyme FSR Comp 650B Mountain Bike- SOLD OUT

2016 Specialized Rhyme FSR Comp 650B Mountain Bike
2016 Specialized Rhyme FSR Comp 650B Mountain Bike

2016 Specialized Rhyme FSR Comp 650B Mountain Bike Model #96316-5102, 96316-5103, 96316-5104

Available Colors: BLK/BRTPNK

Available Sizes: SOLD OUT

MSRP $2900/ In-Store Purchase Price $2030

Creating a reliable ride at an affordable price can often be difficult. With the 2016 Specialized Rhyme FSR Comp 650B Mountain Bike you can go anywhere, do anything and still have money in your pocket. This bike comes complete with Specialized’s proprietary Rx Tune fork tailored to give women the best suspension performance possible. Framewise you’re getting a M5 Aluminum frame for nimble and lightweight maneuverability. Mixed with Sram and Shimano components you won’t be disappointed by this dynamic ride.

  • M5 alloy Trail Chassis w/ Rhyme FSR rear end blends durability, stiffness, and light weight, while 150mm of travel and Trail 650b Geometry provide more than capable handling.
  • Connected with our FSR 6-Pack Linkage, a custom FOX FLOAT Evolution rear shock features AUTOSAG for easy setup and 150mm of plush, adjustable suspension, while our Women’s Rx Tune provides a more supple, responsive, and efficient feel for climbing up and descending down the trail.
  • Roval 650b rims have an ultra-wide 29mm internal width and an alloy construction for increased durability, stability, and speed down the trail.
  • Every component and touchpoint of the bike, from the handlebars to saddle to the crank arm length, is tailored for both women and rider size.
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2016 Specialized Ruby Disc Road Bike

2016 Specialized Ruby Disc Road Bike
2016 Specialized Ruby Disc Road Bike

2016 Specialized Ruby Disc Road Bike Model Numbers 90216-7344, 90216-7348, 90216-7351

Available Colors: SILCARBTNT/PRLCYAN/SHDWSIL

Available Sizes: 48

MSRP $1950/ In-Store Purchase Price $1365

A carbon framed bike at an affordable price, and it’s designed for women in mind? No Way! It’s the 2016 Specialized Ruby Disc Road Bike. Both lightweight and economical this rig was designed to take your riding to the next level.  And there’s even disc brakes for superior stopping power. You’ll be hard pressed to find such a good package on a superior bike brand. Whether you’re a recreational cyclist who enjoys short rides, or maybe riding 100 miles is more your thing, you can be assured that you’ll find comfort and fun atop the 2016 Specialized Ruby Disc Road Bike.

  • Enjoy a comfortable and responsive ride thanks to the lightweight Specialized FACT 9r carbon frame. Featuring Zertz to help reduce road chatter, it provides a responsive yet smooth ride with no compromise on performance.
  • The agile and responsive Specialized FACT carbon fork features Zertz inserts to absorb road roughness and give you a smoother ride.
  • Significantly lighter than comparable-level wheelsets, these tough Axis 2.0 Disc, tubeless-compatible wheels are a smooth-rolling, great-value package.
  • Designed and engineered with Women’s Endurance Geometry. This geo improves stability and handling, giving you confident control when climbing and descending, while also putting you in a comfortable position. Result? Many hours of efficient, comfortable riding.
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2016 Specialized Roubaix SL4 Disc Road Bike (SOLD)

2016 Specialized Roubaix SL4 Disc Road Bike
2016 Specialized Roubaix SL4 Disc Road Bike

2016 Specialized Roubaix SL4 Disc Road Bike Model Numbers 94416-7254, 94416-7256, 94416-7258

Available Colors: BLUTNT/RKTRED/SIL

Available Sizes: 58

MSRP $1950/ In-Store Purchase Price $1365

What sets the 2016 Specialized Roubaix SL4 Disc Road Bike apart from the field? For one thing it’s affordable price combined with reliable components. This carbon framed road bike won’t make you break the bank and offers a durable, vibration absorbing ride for a sweet price. The mechanical disc brakes offer superior stopping power and seems to be the trend for road bikes moving forward. So take in the sites, enjoy the ride but be sure to do it on a 2016 Specialized Roubaix SL4 Disc Road Bike.

  • The Specialized SL4 FACT 8r carbon frame has all the road absorbing, engineered compliance that you’d expect, while still providing all the responsiveness and performance you need for long days in the saddle.
  • The Specialized FACT carbon fork optimizes stiffness while providing excellent steering response. Road chatter is also absorbed through the Zertz elastomer inserts.
  • The AXIS 2.0 Disc wheels are tubeless compatible and offer a reliable and durable construction at an incredible value.