Shimano Canada’s tech expert talks about Dura-Ace Di2

Canadian Cycling Magazine interviews special guest Ben Pye – Shimano Canada’s technical expert.

Location:  Duke’s Cycle – Toronto, Ontario (Shimano retailer)

Article:

Project Dura-Ace Di2: Part 2

By Deen Karim & Andre Cheuk – Published May 1, 2013

Good weather has finally arrived in southern Ontario, allowing us to put in some solid miles on Shimano’s new Dura Ace Di2 groupset, and delve deeper into some more of its new features. You can see first impressions of the groupset in part one of this series.

One of the most highly touted features of the new Di2 groupset is the ability to customized the setup to your personal preference. This customization comes from the updated E-tube software and wiring system. The new E-tube system allows the whole setup to be plug into a PC. With the associated software, you can designate and change shift-lever functions and shift speed. When updates become available for the software, for performance improvements or added functionality, the firmware will allow for them. Currently the software is only PC compatible; however, Mac users can still run the program via emulation software, such as Parallel or Boot Camp.

We met with Shimano Canada’s technical specialist Ben Pye for more details on customizing the groupset.

Read more….


Double Merchandising For Profit

Pearl iZUMi Retail Pick of the week

Presented by: Bruce Schofield, Retail Services Lead, Pearl iZUMi

Spring is the perfect time to start double merchandising profit generating items throughout your store.

Inventory levels should be at their highest, so consider displaying the same product in multiple locations. A few items that are commonly double merchandised are socks, gloves, hats, pedals, and water bottles.

  • Socks can be displayed in the footwear area and the apparel area.
  • Gloves can be displayed on a wall or an accessory cart in apparel and with accessories.
  • Hats and water bottles are items that can be displayed in multiple locations.
  • Pedals are great to display with footwear and in the service area.

Retail Merchandising Example : Gloves and Accessories

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Retail Merchandising Example : Apparel

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2013 Shimano Wheel Systems – Featuring Dura-Ace

Click to Download PDF

Click to Download PDF

DuraAceLogo_Shimano

Strong. Light. Aerodynamic. Hand-made.

Optimized for balance: durability, weight, lateral rigidity, driving and torsional rigidity and aerodynamics…because everything effects everything.

The D2 Rim is Shimano’s first fully committed effort to develop an aerodynamically superior wheel.

OptBal spoke system features 21 spokes – 14 on the drive side and 7 on the non-drive side. This rebalances spoke tension which enhances wheel rigidity and strength.

Together with the Extra-Wide Flange – it delivers world-class torsional and lateral rigidity and boosted power-transfer efficiency

Shimano wheel-sets are manually crafted 100% in-house.

Designed to produce the ultimate ride experience.

Ride on!

Download the full Shimano wheel presentation – Shimano Wheel Camp 2013

 


JR Hunter Sports welcomes Shauna Giles to the team

We want to welcome Shauna Giles to our team at JR Hunter Sports Agency – Pearl iZUMi brand ambassador!

Shauna shares with us a bit of her story.  

Toronto International Bike Show 2013 - Shimano Canada Booth with Shauna and John Hunter - Pearl iZUMi Cycling & Running

Toronto International Bike Show 2013 – Shimano Canada Booth with Shauna and John Hunter – Pearl iZUMi Cycling & Running

What started out as running on a treadmill 10 years ago has now expanded into three marathons, seven half marathons, several five km races and a love of trail running.

I am an active member of a Peterborough-area running club and enjoy doing seminars at one of our local running stores.  I enjoy working with novice runners, providing tips and helping them set up their training schedules.

As a life-long athlete, I am very passionate about the important role that nutrition and activity play for runners and all athletes in achieving a balance of well-being.

My ultimate goal is to qualify and participate in the Boston Marathon.

I’m impressed that Pearl iZUMi has thought of everything with integrating the product with the athlete from the simplest thing, like gel flask pockets to the fabrics like In-R-Cool technology, that feels like second skin when you wear it.

Have to say I love, love, love the new Pearl iZUMi E:Motion shoes.  They are super responsive and have a very smooth transition which makes for a more efficient run….did I mention that I love these shoes!!

I’m happy to be an ambassador for such an innovative company that puts the athlete first.

 


‘Drinks-on-the-Go’ for your bicycle

Swagman presents the ‘To Go Clip’

for your bicycle ‘bevvies’.

A new item for 2013 !  

It attaches to your bicycle handlebar and will carry most beverages safely. 

Swagman_80980 ToGo

Retail $9.95

CDN MSRP

Swagman Retailer Locations 

Not found in your dealer catalogue.  Product #80980.

Please ask your Swagman representative for more information.


Pearl iZUMi EMotion Running Shoe Collection 2013

Pearl iZUMi EMotion Running Shoe Collection 2013 here in Canada!

Offering a wide range of options for a variety of running styles and foot types in a minimalist style.  Neutral and two pronation support options – arch support with the M series and heel support with the H series.  Triathlon, Road and Trail series available.

Arriving in Canadian retailers Spring 2013!

More information (and some really cool videos) can be found at www.pearlizumi.com/projectemotion

EMotion 2103 Matrix Pearl iZUMi


Shimano Pearl iZUMi on display at the Toronto International Bicycle Show

Shimano Canada at the Toronto International Bicycle Show – March 2013.

New and cool Shimano & Pearl iZUMi product on display!  

  • Dura Ace 9000
  • Ultegra Di2
  • Shimano hydration packs
  • Shimano eyewear
  • Pearl iZUMi Cycling clothing & shooes
  • Shimano Clickr Shoes & pedal systems
  • Pearl iZUMi EMotion Running shoe collection

Contact your local Shimano & Pearl iZUMi dealers for more information.  Visit www.facebook.com/JRHunterSports to see more pics and comments.

Toronto International Bike Show 2013 - Shimano Canada Booth with Shauna and John Hunter - Pearl iZUMi Cycling & Running

Toronto International Bike Show 2013 – Shimano Canada Booth with Shauna and John Hunter – Pearl iZUMi Cycling & Running

Podium Finish for Shimano Canada booth at the 2013 Toronto International Bicycle Show with 3rd place finish

Podium Finish for Shimano Canada booth at the 2013 Toronto International Bicycle Show with 3rd place finish

Shimano on display at the Bicycle Show.  John & Jeff answering questions for cycling enthusiasts.

Shimano on display at the Bicycle Show. John & Jeff answering questions for cycling enthusiasts.

Giveaways Ballot draw for a new pair of Shimano Cycling Shoes & a pair of Pearl iZUMi EMotion running shoes.

Giveaways Ballot draw for a new pair of Shimano Cycling Shoes & a pair of Pearl iZUMi EMotion running shoes. Congrats to our winners!


Pearl iZUMi EMotion N1 Trail Running Shoe

The purist’s dream shoe, the Project E:Motion Trail N1 is built to deliver the ultimate smooth flowing responsive ride.  The glove-like fit coupled with the E:Motion mid-sole deliver a light and smooth experience.  The Trail N1 offers great trail feel and traction with enough protection and cushioning for bombing descents over technical terrain.

  • Seamless Upper creates a supple, lightweight upper that conforms to your foot in technical terrain
  • Bonded Seamless Upper toe cap protects feet from rocks, roots, stumps and other trail hazards
  • Perforated BR tongue foam doesn’t absorb water, while offering great comfort and breath-ability
  • Dynamic offset-shaped E:Motion mid-sole features our most minimalistic-level trail cushioning platform
  • 1:1 Energy Foam cushions forefoot upon impact and returns energy back to the runner
  • Forefoot rock plate protects foot against stone bruising and rock push-through
  • Aggressive, multi-directional Carbon Rubber out-sole offers superb traction and abrasion resistance
  • Dynamic Offset: 1mm at initial contact to 4.5mm at mid-stance
  • Men and Women specific sizing
  • MSRP $140.00 Canadian

Canadian Pearl iZUMi Running Shoe Dealer Locator

Men’s

Sizes: 7-13 in 1/2 sizes, size 14

Weight – Size 9: 9.6oz/272g

Pearl iZUMi EMotion N1 Trail Shoe S13

Women’s

Sizes: 5-11 in 1/2 sizes, size 12

Weight – Size 8: 8.9 oz / 252g

Pearl iZUMi EMotion N1 Trail Shoe WS13

Pearl iZUMi EMotion N1 Trail Running Shoe Reviews

(My) Top Ten Most Anticipated Trail Shoes of 2013  –  Ultranutrition.blogspot.ca

Pearl iZUMi E:Motion Project – runningswede.blogspot.ca

Pearl iZUMi Rethinks the Running Shoe – thegearcaster.com


Highlights from the Shimano 2013 Tech Seminar in Toronto

Shimano Dealer Tour 2013 (cropped)

Toronto Shimano Dealer Tech seminar last Friday was a success!  Despite the snow storm, there were many of our authorized Shimano dealers who attended the event from the greater Toronto area.  Owners, mechanics and sales staff came out  to learn more about the new cycling gear Shimano has for their customers for 2013! 

Pen Pye (Shimano Canada’s head tech guy) offered knowledge and insight about what was new with Shimano, PRO and Pearl iZUMi  – Product Knowledge, Mechanic’s tech tips, a little component history and as always, a little humor.

John Hunter - JR Hunter Sports Agency | Welcomes Ontario dealers to the Toronto Shimano Tech Seminar | Feb 8 2013

John Hunter – JR Hunter Sports Agency | Welcomes Ontario dealers to the Toronto Shimano Tech Seminar | Feb 8 2013

Here are some product highlights…

Tools

CN42 Chain Checker – NEW

Most chain checkers stretch the chain, potentially showing a brand new chain having wear.  Shimano’s CN42 Chain Checker

  • compresses the first link so the chain is not  stretched position  for measurement, offering an accurate reading.  Note: I

nstructions etched on the side.  $22 

 BH62 Disk Brake Hose Tool:  Cut and Set

Compact and multi function tool cuts the brake hose at 90°.  Sets connecter insert in to hose easily and securely.  Adjustable clamping power. $129

PCE1 Diagnostic tool  (9070, 6770 and Alfine Di2)

Diagnostic tool connects to your driveline system to upgrade your software which will allow for more customization.   Programming allows for:  Multi shift mode, customizes shift switches, dial in system set up and trouble shoot components. $215

Wheels

Dura Ace 9000 wheels – NEW

2 new concepts – Blade and Acceleration

Blade is Shimano’s first fully committed effort to develop an aerodynamically superior wheel.  It combines the D2 aero rim concept with (2 to 1) Optbal spoke system for the perfect aero wheel.  Available in C75 and C50 version.  Acceleration follows Dura Aces original guiding principal of delivering the most efficient drive train system.  New lighter weight rims result in lower inertia while maintaining stiffness and rigidity for acceleration and speed.

Available in C35, C24 and C24 tubeless

PRO Saddles

PRO Logo Blue

PRO Saddle Webpage

Your perfect saddle

New Falcon Turnix and Griffon  allow for 3 different rider types

2 shapes for each saddle, regular and anatomic
2 widths for each type 132mm and 142mm
2 rail choices Ti or carbon
30 day money back Guarantee

$129 and $205

 

Note:  Prices above are manufacturer’s suggested retail, Canadian, excluding taxes

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Retailer Merchandising Tip by Pearl iZUMi

Pearl iZUMi Retail Pick of the week

Presented by: Bruce Schofield, Retail Services Lead, Pearl iZUMi

 FLOOR FIXTURES TO SELL APPAREL

 Today’s retail market is more competitive than ever, and having the right floor fixtures makes it easy to create displays that invite your customers to shop them. Take the lead from almost every apparel store in retail, they all use Gondolas and Accessory Carts for their floor displays! Why? Because professional Gondola’s and Accessory Cart systems offer multiple benefits and have more versatility than any other means to display products. In addition these professional Gondolas and Accessory Carts have fixtures; i.e. waterfalls, straight outs, hang rails, shelves, and hooks that also work with their wall systems fixtures. This serves as a dual function which keeps the cost down, and using a system that has matching fixtures brings consistency throughout an apparel department.

Retailers within the Independent Bicycle Dealer (IBD) and the Independent Run Dealer (IRD)  use two main systems currently that serve this dual purpose for wall and floor fixtures, check out http://www.optosystem.com/  and http://www.wmprager.com/  both offer long-lasting fixtures that will make your apparel areas look great.

Here are two examples of what Gondolas and Accessory Cart systems can do for a retail presentation

Example of Gondola floor fixtures from Opto.

Pearl iZUMi_Gondola Fixtures

Example of Gondola floor fixture from WmPrager.

Pearl iZUMi_Gondola Fixtures WmPrager

Reference

Original Article – Bicycle Retailer, Articles by Pearl iZUMi

Where to buys retail store fixtures in Ontario, Canada?


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