Scott Road 2015: Disc Brakes for Solace Road Bike, Integrated Aerodynamics on Plasma 5

first_imgThe aero bottle, Tri stem, and fuel storage box are all designed to work together to create an aerodynamic cockpit. The storage box includes a moveable internal divider while the bottom features drain holes so it won’t fill up with sweat or other fluids. Mounted to the top tube, the box bolts on using the same spacing as a standard water bottle cage so you could run a bottle or other top tube bags instead of the box if you prefer.Speced with a proprietary flat base bar, the Plasma 5 aerobars offer 75mm in height adjustment, 15mm fore/aft and 18.5mm left/right adjustment for the arm rests, and use standard 22.2mm extensions for compatibility with other extensions. Di2 set ups can be made extra clean with the wires capable of being completely hidden in the base bars and then routed down the back of the spacers. Mechanical drivetrains are still very aerodynamic, but must exit the extensions to enter in behind the stem as shown above.Base bar has reach adjustability, -15mmSpacers up to 75mm in added height, comes with stiffening barArm pads have 15mm fore/aft, 18.5mm left/right, 22.2mm extensionsComes with proprietary flat barDi2 wires are completely hidden in basebar/behind spacers At this point, we’re all pretty aware that disc brakes for road bikes are here to stay. Lately the conversation seems to focus on how manufacturers will address the issue of axle standards, and now even the brake mounts themselves are in question. For their foray into the world of disc brakes, Scott has adapted their Solace endurance frame which was initially launched last year in rim brake versions only. In 2015 the Solace will still be mostly rim brake equipped, with the Solace 15 Disc the solitary model running discs.Perhaps more important than the brakes is the fact that Scott has chosen to equip the Solace 15 with thru axles front and rear. Oh, and the rear brake mount is pretty interesting as well…More on the Solace 15, plus an up close look at the new Plasma 5 rocket ship, next! Judging by the comment section on any of our articles regarding road discs, there seems to be mixed opinion surrounding thru axles on road bikes – especially 142×12 rear spacing, which is found on the Solace 15. According to Scott’s engineers, the addition of a 15mm thru axle for the front wheel means they can offer the same compliance out of the fork with less weight than a quick release. In order for the QR disc fork to be as stiff as the TA disc fork with the same compliance, it would require 8% more carbon reinforcement. So while the QR itself may be slightly lighter than the TA, the combination of fork and thru axle ends up being lighter in the end. The use of a thru axle also guarantees exact brake rotor placement with wheel changes.The Solace 15 uses Syncros RWS thru axles that function just like the DT-Swiss RWS axles, simply threading tight in a clockwise direction. To remove, just unthread counter clockwise until the threads disengage and remove the axle.Apparently, there is just as much confusion surrounding Shimano’s new Flat Mount standard for OEMs as there is for consumers. To us, the brake mount on the rear of the Solace certainly looks like other Flat Mount drawings we’ve seen. However, we weren’t able to get the answer to whether or not this is the new mount from the Scott engineers at Scott Week. What is known is that instead of post mounts the Solace uses bolts that thread up from the bottom, through the chainstay into a specially designed brake adapter.Obviously there has been a lot of groaning due to a new “standard,” but we’re interested to see what Shimano has up their sleeve for the new mount. It seems the only reason to create a new mount would be to allow for designs that aren’t currently possible with a standard post mount. Does that mean we’ll see “aero” disc brakes or even smaller rotors in the future? Time will tell, but for now just know that like the Solace above the new mounts will still work on current brakes and may mean easier adjustment. The rear brake is a standard Dura Ace Direct Mount caliper that is hidden under an aero shroud (not pictured). Designed with a seat post 90 degrees to the top tube, the frame offers adjustment to fit between a 73 and 79 degree seat tube angle.On the scale, this small frame with aero bottle and storage box installed, but no rear brake cover came in at 18.69 lbs with a SRAM Red build and Zipp 404/808 combo. Plasma 5 bikes will be offered in 4 sizes, S, M, L, and XL. Check out our initial coverage of the Plasma 5 for full geometry info.scott-sports.com Easily removable for cleaning (it is dishwasher safe), there are 4 different sized bottles depending on the size of the frame with the smallest getting a 550ml vessel, then 625, 700, and 775ml for the largest size. Smaller bottles can be run on larger frames, but not the other way around. Each bottle slides onto a mount that is bolted to the front of the bike and includes rubber fairings that make the transition as aerodynamic as possible. When the bottle isn’t being used you can remove the bracket for a clean look.Underneath the bottle is the proprietary front brake developed in conjunction with Tektro. Hidden under a carbon fairing, the brake is a two bolt, center pull design that Scott claims is very powerful. When it comes to triathlons and time trials, Scott Sports has a new weapon in the all new Plasma 5. In its first month, the bike has already helped Sebastian Kienle not only win the Ironman European Championship, but smash the bike leg record by 8 minutes. Boasting a frame that is 7% more aerodynamic, 47% stiffer, and 130g lighter, the Plasma also moves to integrate rider fuel storage to create a modern super bike.To conform to UCI standards, the 5 is offered in two configurations – Triathlon with the storage box and nose mounted aero bottle, and TT which forgoes both items. According to Scott the bike is 7% faster than the Plasma 3 with the aero bottle installed, but still 5% faster than the 3 when it isn’t. With the bottle removed you also get a good look at the 1 1/8′ steerer assembly where the new integrated stem clamps to the steerer below the upper bearing. The design is said to drastically improve the steering stiffness while also using a lighter stem. Technically there will be two stems offered with a flat TT stem, and +45mm rise Triathlon stem, although the TT stem will have limited availability according to Scott. This is due to the fact that the Tri stem position in its lowest setting is actually lower than the flat stem on the Plasma 3. Complete bikes and frames will include the Tri stem. As a frame, the Solace 15 Disc offers the same comfort story as the rim brake models with comfort geometry that includes a 1cm shorter TT, and 1cm taller HT than their race geometry. Using a specific carbon layup for each size combined with 2 different fork layups, each bike is built to ride appropriately for the approximate rider weight of each frame size. Split into two “zones,” the Solace frame is 42% more comfortable than CR1 in the Comfort Zone (seat tube junction and fork blades), while offering a Power Zone that is 17% more stiff than the CR1 throughout the downtube, bottom bracket and chainstay.Other frame details include a BB86 pressfit bottom bracket, tapered 1.125-1.25″ head tube, an integrated chain catcher, and internal cable routing with a chip for mechanical or electronic drivetrains. In order to get the Solace 15 Disc built for the show, Shimano hydraulic brakes with an Ultegra Di2 drivetrain were used, but production bikes will be  Ultegra mechanical for the drivetrain with hydraulic brakes. Due to the 142×12 rear axle, the frame takes advantage of the IDS derailleur hanger that the axle threads into for improved shifting performance.As for the weight? This bike was not built with the production spec, but gives us a rough idea of what to expect from a 56cm at 18.54 lbs. Production models will be equipped with Shimano Ultegra mechanical and hydraulic brakes instead of the Ultegra Di2 shown here. This bike also has a bottle cage, which adds something like 40g to the weight. Claimed weight for the actual spec is 16.45 lbs, with the frame measuring 990g and 390 for the fork.last_img read more

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Vermont orders cease and desist to cryptocurrency company LevelNet

first_imgVermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Financial Regulation has issued a cease and desist order to LevelNet(link is external), of Irving, California, for violations related to the Vermont Uniform Securities Act. LevelNet is conducting an Initial Coin Offering (ICO) seeking to raise money from investors across the country in exchange for their newly created cryptocurrency. The department’s investigation determined LevelNet is violating Vermont law by deceptively advertising unfounded and unrealistic investment returns and failing to properly register the investment. The department ordered LevelNet to immediately stop advertising and selling in Vermont.This investigation was part of the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) coordinated series of enforcement actions by state regulators to crack down on fraudulent cryptocurrency-related investment schemes.“The rapid rise of Bitcoin has made Main Street investors aware and interested in cryptocurrencies and ICOs,” said Commissioner Michael Pieciak “although many are legitimate offerings that are fully compliant with law – many are not – and this order serves as a good reminder to exercise caution when considering investing in these products.”The department previously issued a cryptocurrency investor alert(link is external) warning Vermonters about promises of exaggerated profits and that many fraudulent investment schemes involve unlicensed individuals or unregistered investments. Vermonters can contact the department at 802-828-3420 or [email protected](link sends e-mail) for help determining whether those selling or advising investments are properly registered.NASAA members from more than 40 jurisdictions throughout North America, including Vermont, participated in “Operation Cryptosweep,” which to date has resulted in nearly 70 inquiries and investigations and 35 pending or completed enforcement actions related to ICOs or cryptocurrencies since the beginning of May. The department’s investigation was conducted by Emily Kisicki, director of enforcement and examinations; Karla Nuissl, assistant general counsel; and overseen by William Carrigan, deputy commissioner of securities. Source: DFR 6.4.2018. website(link is external).last_img read more

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New Mixed Team Relay format added to National Triathlon Relays

first_imgOne Step Beyond, organiser of the National Triathlon Relays, is set to introducing a new format for this year’s event, which is set for 22-23 August at the National Water Sports Centre in Nottingham, UK.The Triathlon Relays have been running since 1992, and have developed into a much-loved fixture on the annual calendar. The traditional format will remain on the Saturday, but the second day of racing will now see a completely new format.Heats will take place in ITU Mixed Team Relay format, where each athlete completes a mini triathlon before handing over to their next teammate and the fastest ten mixed, men and women’s teams will progress to a team time trial finals session.Event Director, Iain Hamilton, said “We feel it’s time for a change and think the new format will be exiting for competitors and spectators. Anyone who saw the Mixed Team Relay at the Commonwealth Games will know how exciting that format was, and we wanted to offer that experience to a broader audience.”He added, “The Relays are popular and attract around 2500 athletes, so we didn’t want to completely overhaul the format. This year’s event will be smaller in terms of overall numbers, but the new super-short sprint events will provide an exciting spectacle.”Entries are due to open later this month.2015 National Triathlon Relays formatSaturdayDistances: 500m swim, 15K bike and 5K runFormat: Two mass wave starts. Each team member completes one stage before handing over, e.g. all four complete swim before starting bike.Audience: Clubs, groups of friends, corporate teamsSundayDistances: Swim 300m, Bike 5K, Run 1.5KFormat: Heats in ITU Mixed Relay format, teams start at 30 second intervals.Finals team time trial format – top ten Mixed, Men’s and Women’s teamsAudience: Big clubs, trade teamswww.onestepbeyond.org.uk Relatedlast_img read more

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Narcissists have reduced motivation in subordinate positions

first_imgExperiment 2 repeated the first with a sample of 135 participants (63 female), but they were instead informed that the psychological test had nothing to do with their assignments. A self-interest measure was added to determine if it was related to role assignment reactions. It was found that narcissism was still associated with negative reactions to follower roles, even after the illusion of test-based assignments was removed. Motivation for self-interest was also reduced by being assigned to the leadership role.The third study looked at the impact of role assignment on a trait narcissist’s willingness to contribute to the collective good of the group. The design of Study 1 was once again repeated but with an additional measure for willingness to contribute. Participants with high rates of narcissism were less willing when assigned to be followers, signifying a potential point of group disruption.Finally, the fourth experiment examined the association as it may exist in sports teams, which represent a real-world example with many dynamic roles. Researchers recruited 213 participants, all of which were female flag-football players. Data was obtained using questionnaires filled out by the subjects at various times throughout a tournament.Narcissism was associated with both displeasure in roles perceived as being “lesser”, as well as an increased likelihood of perceiving their assigned positions as being below their abilities. Taken in combination, the four parts of this investigation clearly demonstrate that, when placed in a role perceived as being subordinate, narcissistic personalities can have a disruptive effect on group environments in both theoretical and practical contexts. Share on Facebook Pinterest Share LinkedIncenter_img Email Share on Twitter The personality trait known as narcissism is associated with a number of potentially troublesome personal characteristics, like entitlement and a general disregard for others. People who display excessive narcissism typically desire positions of leadership, status and power. Ample research has already been performed on the impact of narcissistic personalities when placed in leadership roles, but less is known about their impact when placed in subordinate positions within a company.A 2016 article in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin by Alex J. Benson, Christian H. Jordan and Amy M. Christie has shown that narcissism may support a resistance to follower roles that can be disruptive to group functioning.Four studies were included in this investigation. The first included 105 subjects (66 female) who were assigned to either a low (follower) or high status (leader) role. Narcissism was measured with a 40 item inventory prior to role assignment and the experiment concluded with a self-report of role satisfaction. Before being assigned, subjects also participated in a staged psychological test to make them believe that their assignments would be based on these results. Subjects high in narcissism were more satisfied with leadership positions and less so as followers when compared to those with lower scores in the trait.last_img read more

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Reckitt Benckiser hunt on hold

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Dangerous goods transport regulations updated

first_imgINTERNATIONAL: An updated version of the Regulations Concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Rail came into force on January 1, replacing the 2015 rules which may however continue to be applied until June 30 2017.RID applies to international rail transport between 44 countries in Europe, Asia and North Africa, and also to domestic transport within European Union member states. It is harmonised with the United Nations Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods, which serve as the basis for multi-modal rules and have been updated to take account of technical progress.The Entity in Charge of Maintenance is now included as a participant in the transport of dangerous goods by rail, with a formal duty to ensure the correct maintenance of wagons. In line with other modes of transport, there are also changes to the rules about polymerising substances and the construction and testing requirements for flexible bulk containers. A new label for lithium batteries indicates their particular hazards.last_img read more

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Shoreline task force considers community input

first_img Share RelatedTask force talks dune permits, shoreline master planBy KEVIN RICH Special to the PRESS During their Monday, Dec. 4 meeting, the South Padre Island Shoreline Task Force considered a beach and dune permit, heard reports on beach related issues and programs, and weighed in on a proposed ordinance addressing the removal of equipment on the beach in the…December 8, 2017In “News”Task force mulls sub-division setback lineBy KEVIN RICH Special to the PRESS The South Padre Island Shoreline Task Force held a special meeting on Tuesday, April 18 to consider its recommendation to City Council on an ordinance for Lot 1, Block 1, of the Padre Island Inn Subdivision, setting the Dune Protection Line, also referred to…April 21, 2017In “News”Nearshore dredging to renourish beachesBy KEVIN RICH Special to the PRESS Shoreline Management Director Brandon Hill provided an update on the Shoreline Master Plan as well as the nearshore berm nourishment project during the Monday, May 7 meeting of the SPI Shoreline Task Force. He also announced that a community feedback survey was recently concluded,…May 11, 2018In “News” By KEVIN RICHSpecial to the PRESSSouth Padre Island Shoreline Task Force members heard from Shoreline Management Director Brandon Hill on the status of his department’s projects during their Monday, April 9 meeting.“It all relates back to our ongoing shoreline master plan,” said Hill of his presentation, which he also shared at the April 4 City Council meeting.Regarding the Shoreline Master Plan, Hill stated that two public meetings have been conducted, and one-on-one stakeholder meetings are scheduled for May. Additionally, a community feedback survey was posted and made available for two weeks, which gave participants an opportunity to sign up for the face-to-face sessions.“We really are trying to go above and beyond in making sure that the community of South Padre Island feels like they’ve had their voices heard, so that when this plan comes out, it’s everybody’s plan,” stressed Hill.“It seemed like there ought to be just a little bit more detail on it,” commented Task Force member Troy Giles regarding the survey questions.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here.last_img read more

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Orioles buy time with roster decisions by placing Tillman on DL

first_imgStill weighing final decisions for their 25-man roster to begin the 2013 season on Tuesday, the Orioles placed starting pitcher Chris Tillman on the 15-day disabled list on the same day he was named the club’s fifth starter.The right-hander has dealt with abdominal soreness since being scratched from a Grapefruit League start on March 10 and has only pitched in unofficial spring games recently, making his DL stint retroactive to March 22 and allowing him to return to pitch in the fifth game of the season on April 6 against the Minnesota Twins in Baltimore. Manager Buck Showalter hasn’t named a fourth starter for his Opening Day rotation, but all signs continue to point to right-hander Jake Arrieta with southpaw Brian Matusz beginning the season in the bullpen.If Arrieta gets the ball on April 5, it would mark the third straight year that the 27-year-old will have started the home opener.The decision to place Tillman on the DL not only frees up a roster spot for the first four games of the season but more importantly buys time as the Orioles try to figure out what to do with Rule 5 selection T.J. McFarland, a talented 23-year-old left-handed pitcher the club desperately would like to keep. For now, Showalter will stash McFarland in the bullpen as the organization tries to either move another reliever such as Luis Ayala or Tommy Hunter in a trade or work out a deal with the Cleveland Indians, McFarland’s former club, that would allow the Orioles to keep McFarland without him taking a spot on the 25-man roster.The Orioles also announced Thursday that outfielder Trayvon Robinson has been reassigned to minor league camp, leaving the club with 35 active players in its major league camp, which includes five non-roster invitees.Right-handed pitcher Jair Jurrjens also appears to be OK after leaving Wednesday’s start after being struck in the ribs with a line drive. X-rays taken Thursday morning came back negative and manager Buck Showalter told reporters that Jurrjens could be ready to throw over the weekend.The former Atlanta starter is expected to begin the season at Triple-A Norfolk but rebounded well after a difficult start to the spring.last_img read more

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“The Voice” recap: The knockouts continue with Alicia Keys fighting off two coaches to keep one of her artists

first_img Related Trae Patton/NBC(LOS ANGELES) — The knockout rounds on Tuesday’s edition of The Voice, a night that saw Alicia Keys fight off attempts from fellow coaches Kelly Clarkson and Adam Levine to steal one of her artists.The battle was made possible, thanks to a new twist for this season’s Knockouts – “The Save.” It gives each coach the chance to save an artist during the round.Artists from Team Blake Shelton and Team Kelly also squared off on Tuesday.Each coach also enlisted a former Voice champion during rehearsals: season-9 winner Jordan Smith for Team Adam; season-13 winner Chloe Kohanski for Team Blake Shelton; season-12 champ Chris Blue for Team Alicia; and season-3 winner Cassadee Pope for Team Kelly.First up, Team Kelly’s 14-year-old country singer Brynn Cartelli, covering Rascal Flatts’ “Here Comes Goodbye,” went head-to-head with pop/R&B singer Jamella, tackling Little Big Town’s “Girl Crush.” Kelly thought both artists nailed their performances, but gave the round to Brynn, boldly declaring the teen “will be the youngest person to win this show — I didn’t say ‘could,” I said ‘will.” Cartelli advances, while Jamella goes home.Next, Blake pitted pop singer Jarom Strom, singing “Grenade,” by Bruno Mars, and soul-singing, guitar slinger Pryor Baird, putting his spin on Billy Preston’s “Will It Go Round in Circles.” Shelton, addressing the camera said the contest would come down to “whoever owns the stage.” Following the performances, Blake praised Jaron as “a great singer,” but chose Pryor, explaining that he that he was “a front-runner.” Pryor moves on to the live rounds, while Strom was sent packing.The last knockout of the night was between Team Alicia’s Christiana Danielle, singing Sia’s “Elastic Heart,” and Terrence Cunningham, tackling Rufus & Chaka Khan’s “Tell Me Something Good.” Alicia told Christiana and Terrence that both of them “had some digging to do” in terms of showing their true artistry. This one was no contest — Terrence blew Alicia and the other coaches away with his dynamic, rangy performance.However, Keys decided to use her save to keep Danielle in the competition as part of her team — but Clarkson had other ideas. She tried to steal Christiana, pointing out that they both grew up singing in church, and could “explore new music” together. Kelly barely finished making her pitch when Adam pressed his buzzer, admitting it was more of a symbolic gesture “so you knew how talented I think you are.” Christiana’s decision was to stick with what got her this far, and she moves on to the live rounds still part of Team Alicia.The Voice knockout rounds continue Monday night at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMaticolast_img read more

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Triple glazing strawberry-balsamic pork tenderloin

first_imgWhen you discover foods that have a natural affinity for one another, it’s easy to find numerous excuses to enjoy them together.One of my favorites is strawberries and balsamic vinegar. Both sport assertively sweet, nicely acidic flavors that not only work well together, but also pair up wonderfully with so many other foods. Often, I’ll keep it simple and make a vinaigrette — 3 tablespoons olive oil, 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar, 2 tablespoons strawberry jam, pinch each of salt and pepper, sometimes some minced garlic. Dump it over a salad and top with almonds.Or if I’m feeling lazy, I’ll just make a salad and slice strawberries into it, then squirt the whole thing with balsamic glaze. Intense, but delicious. If I’m in the mood for something sweet, I’ll use that same combination — fresh strawberries and balsamic glaze — over vanilla ice cream.With grilling season well underway, I decided to come up with a way to put these ingredients to work with something meaty. The result was a fantastic grilled pork tenderloin that is slathered with a strawberry-balsamic glaze. For optimal flavor, the pork gets hit with the strawberry-balsamic blend three times — as a marinade, as a glaze during grilling, and again as a sauce when served.You’re going to want something starchy to help balance the flavor — and mop up some of that sauce. Consider microwaving some new potatoes until nearly, but not quite cooked. Gently crush them so they are partly flattened, but not falling apart. Drizzle them with oil, then season them with salt, pepper and garlic powder, then finish them on the grill.STRAWBERRY-BALSAMIC GLAZED PORK TENDERLOINStart to finish: 40 minutesServings: 61 cup fresh strawberries, hulled2 tablespoons olive oil2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar2 tablespoons honey3 cloves garlic1/2 teaspoon kosher salt1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper2 pounds pork tenderloinsIn a blender, combine the strawberries, oil, vinegar, honey, garlic, salt and pepper. Puree until smooth. Pour about a third of the mixture into a small saucepan and set aside. Pour another third of the mixture into a large non-reactive (glass or stainless steel) bowl. Pour the remaining sauce into a small bowl.Slice the pork tenderloins into 1/2-inch rounds. A few at a time, place the rounds between sheets of plastic wrap, then use the a meat mallet or rolling pin to carefully pound the rounds to an even thickness of about 1/4 inch. Place the pounded rounds in the non-reactive bowl with the sauce, turning to coat evenly. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.After the pork has marinated for 20 minutes, heat a grill to medium-high.Place the saucepan of strawberry-balsamic sauce over medium-low heat on the stovetop. Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring frequently, for 8 to 10 minutes, or until thickened. Cover the pan and remove from the heat.When the pork has finished marinating, use an oil-soaked paper towel held with tongs to oil the grill grates. Place the pork rounds on the grill. Baste the pork with the sauce set aside in the small bowl. Grill for 3 to 4 minutes, then flip the rounds, baste again and cook for another 3 to 4 minutes.Divide the pork between 6 serving plates, then spoon a bit of the simmered sauce over them.Nutrition information per serving: 240 calories; 70 calories from fat (29 percent of total calories); 8 g fat (1.5 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 100 mg cholesterol; 9 g carbohydrate; 1 g fiber; 8 g sugar; 32 g protein; 240 mg sodium.J.M. Hirsch is the food editor for The Associated Press. He blogs at https://www.LunchBoxBlues.com and tweets athttps://twitter.com/JM_Hirsch . Email him at [email protected]last_img read more

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