All-new Lauf Anywhere road bike smooths any ride with “Just A Fork”

first_imgThe new Lauf Anywhere all-road bike brings the brand’s character and ride quality on a new adventure, using a traditional unsprung fork and (finally, officially) introducing their fantastic Smoothie carbon handlebar. Created to expand their reach to more surfaces and more riders, the new Anywhere is a glossy way to ride any kind of road. Here’s the details…It starts with “Just A Fork”We’ll start at the front, because the most obvious “new” thing for something from Lauf is the lack of their trademark composite leaf spring fork. Called JAF (for “Just A Fork”), the carbon fork provides three bolts on each leg to hold a variety of mini-racks, accessory mounts or bottle cages.The fork will be sold separately, too, with a retail of $540, in a gray/black colorway. Features include 700x45mm or 27.5×2.1″ tire clearance, 400mm axle-to-crown, and 45mm rake. Aftermarket, it’ll be offered with both 15×100 and 12×100 thru axle options (distinct forks for each, no inserts or swappable parts), a 160mm max rotor, and has a rider weight limit of 243lb (110kg). Claimed weight is 435g with 200mm 1.125-to-1.5″ tapered carbon steerer tube.But will it blend?Up top is their new Smoothie handlebar, which we were the first to test as a prototype all the way back in fall 2017. What sets it apart is the shape, using an uncharacteristic-for-carbon 90º bend at the ends, making an abrupt turn out to the hoods. Not only does it look good (to us, anyway), it’s incredibly comfortable. The result is a nice, straight bar to grab hold of when standing and sprinting, but also a larger effective platform to rest your palms that (for us, anyway) resulted in less hot spots or pressure points.It’s called Smoothie because it blends S2 glass fibers into the bar’s center, helping to damp vibrations and bumps before they reach the stem. The shape has a 16º flare to the drops for solid wrist clearance, a mild 3º backsweep for a good hand position on the tops, and 80mm reach and 125mm drop. Claimed weight is ~240g, also available separately for $220. Options are 40/42/44cm widths with corresponding drop widths of 47/49/51cm.About that bike…The frame borrows the aesthetic of their True Grit gravel bike, then makes a few changes to give it a more road-worthy demeanor. That said, the geometry uses their “Long For Speed” concept that takes a cue from modern trail bike design by marrying a longer effective top tube with a shorter stem. They say this, plus the rest of the geometry, makes for a bike that’s both stable at speed and able to pick its way around tight stuff when necessary.The frame uses internal guides to make cable and hose routing easy…just slide them into the headtube’s ports and they’ll magically pop out at the rear brake and derailleurs. Speaking of which, all complete bikes will be sold as 1x builds, but…You can remove the included bottle opener and add a front derailleur mount if you wanted to make it a 2x road bike. Along the frame are three bottle cage mounts, but that’s about it…it’s meant to be a speedy bike that could take a frame and saddle bag plus a few fork carriers, but not a full on bike packing rig.If all of this sounds familiar, it’s because it’s sharing the same frame as their True Grit gravel bike, just without the Grit suspension fork. This changes the geometry to more of a road bike (3mm lower stack, 4mm longer reach, 0.5º steeper head and seat angles), but allows you to swap in the Grit fork when it’s time to get rowdy.The bike ships with a 12×142 rear and 15×100 front thru axle and will come in four complete bike builds ranging from $2,690 up to $5,340 before paint options. Stock colors include Black/Red, Black/Blue and Black/Gray, or you can customize it:Or go full custom for $2,000 plus additional shipping.Lauf Anywhere geometry, pricing and specs Bikes are starting end of March in the “Race” and “Weekend Warrior” builds, with the “Core” models following in April. Click images to enlarge specs and geo charts. Which gives you plenty of time to train on it you’re looking for somewhere to push them (and you) to the limits, head over to Iceland this summer for their inaugural The Rift gravel epic. Or just find an event closer to home where they’ll be demoing bikes, they have a full list under ‘Events’ on their website.LaufCycling.comlast_img read more

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What Was It Like to Watch Jesus Christ Superstar Live! Live?

first_imgThe Marcy Armory in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (Photo by Eric King) Last night, NBC resurrected the classic musical Jesus Christ Superstar just in time for Easter. Following up the network’s past live musical broadcasts such as The Wiz, The Sound of Music and Hairspray!, this Andrew Lloyd Webber tuner follows Jesus and his apostles in the days before his crucifixion. Audiences saw the stunning performances from John Legend, Sara Bareilles and Brandon Victor Dixon, but they didn’t see what happened on the set when the cameras were switched off. Broadway.com did, though, and we’re letting you in on some moments you might not have caught at home. So, what was it like to watch Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert, live?1) Some of the audience was bussed to the set from another location…And most of us didn’t know where we were going. We were transported à la high school field trip through Brooklyn from the 1 Hotel to the Marcy Armory in Williamsburg, a huge, 19th Century 165,000-square-foot brick fortress that’s become a popular set for filmmakers. This was the crowd after that Show stopping Gethsemane #JesusChristSuperstarLive pic.twitter.com/08cSqOIoHl— Eric King (@erickingdavid) April 2, 2018 Pre-show for Jesus Christ Superstar Live(!) giving us Post WWII European chapel pic.twitter.com/vUiuAxB4V8— Eric King (@erickingdavid) April 1, 2018 3) Glitter cleanup is a hard job.In addition to sand that ensemble members scattered across the stage, glitter from the “The Temple” scene as well as (spoiler alert?) Judas’ suicide, seemed to reproduce over time. It took two commercial breaks, a team of eight guys frantically sweeping and eventually a vacuum, just to clean it up.4) The ensemble were the unofficial hype team. Cast members would run up to the mosh pit off stage and wave their arms up to get the audience going. Plus, during commercials, family and friends would shout to the performers they knew and cast members blew kisses to them. 5) Marc Platt wants you to dance!Before the show started, the super-producer encouraged the audience to—if the spirit so moved them—shout, dance, sing along and flail their arms in the air. In “Hosanna,” the front row and mosh pit earned their spotlight with some arm waving.6) There was a not-so-strict dress code. An email sent to audience members read “Production kindly requests that guests come dressed for a rock concert…Casual & fun attire (i.e., no sports coats).” Platt asked that the audience take their coats and jackets off so that they looked more like a rock concert crowd and not a bunch of musical theater nerds. (I’m looking at you, grandma in the fuchsia quarter zip!) John Legend ascends with the help of the ensemble. (Photo by Virginia Sherwood/NBC) 2) It felt like a football game. Within the first moments of the opener, Brandon Victor Dixon (as Judas) got the audience clapping, waving and stomping so much that you could feel the bleacher seats swaying. After the curtain call, members of the first few rows thought they were at the Super Bowl and stormed the stage to dance with the ensemble members and Alice Cooper. 7) People went nuts over John Legend’s “Gethsemane.”It was one of three show-stopping moments that had the audience on their feet, including Alice Cooper’s appearance as Herod and Brandon Victor Dixon’s excellent riffing in “Jesus Christ Superstar.” (It was a little weird, though, to see people dancing in the audience while John Legend was hanging on the cross covered in fake blood.)8) We couldn’t hear some parts, either. Before going live after commercial, members of the audience would start cheering before the actors even did anything. It’s a rock concert, after all. This sometimes meant the beginnings of songs were garbled, which seems to have translated on air as well. John Legend in NBC’s ‘Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert'(Photo: Peter Kramer/NBC) They’re storming the field????#JesusChristSuperstarLive pic.twitter.com/QzZwCXAvRB— Eric King (@erickingdavid) April 2, 2018 9) The set was huge. You probably noticed that at home, but we want to reiterate it here. Around 25 ensemble members had to run up and down the long set just to hit their cues. It makes sense, because Andrew Lloyd Webber never wanted this rock opera in a traditional proscenium theater, which is why he objected to the original 1971 Broadway production. This production wasn’t filmed on a sound stage, like Hairspray! and Sound of Music were. Instead, multiple cameras in the audience, on stage and overhead captured the action on the singular stage.Last night’s exciting broadcast has us pumped up for the next scheduled musical, Fox’s Rent, which is scheduled to air on January 27, 2019. Hell, they can reuse the scaffolding! View Commentslast_img read more

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Gophers taking last opportunities to prepare for Big Ten championships

first_imgGophers taking last opportunities to prepare for Big Ten championshipsThe triple-dual meet this weekend will be similar to the championship roster.February 1, 2008Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintWith the Big Ten conference championships just around the corner, the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams are making final preparations before heading into their triple dual meet this weekend.Minnesota will face conference foes Wisconsin and Purdue Friday and Saturday in the Boilermakers’ pool.The roster traveling to Purdue this weekend will resemble the roster that will participate in the conference championships that take place at the end of February.“We have this meet and the Minnesota Challenge, then Big Tens,” coach Dennis Dale said. “It’s really important that our guys do the times they’ve talked about doing before Big Tens.”The Gophers will have to contend against their toughest opponent since the beginning of the season when they go against the No. 12 ranked Boilermakers, but that hasn’t stopped Dale from expecting a strong meet from his team.“We know that they’re a legitimate opponent,” Dale said. “There are 17 swimming events and I’d like to win more than 10 of them.”Winning a majority of the events means that Minnesota will need to take some distance events, something they had trouble with against Arizona State in their last meet.Finding victories in the distance events may be difficult because Mike Holmes – one of Minnesota’s top distance freestylers – will not make the trip to Purdue because of a conflict with school.Although the absence of Holmes hurts, senior Tyler Schmidt believes his teammates have to perform at their highest this weekend. “It’s one of those things where you have to be on top of your game,” Schmidt said. “They (Boilermakers) may not be the ranking that we are, but they’re going to have some good swimmers.”Women ready for challengeMinnesota hasn’t performed great in the triple dual meet in recent years, but coming in as the highest ranked team ought to ease concerns.The Gophers, ranked No. 8, have to contend with a No. 18 Wisconsin team that has given them trouble in the past.“This is always a challenging meet for us,” co-head coach Kelly Kremer said.Last year Minnesota split the triple dual meet, beating Purdue, but losing to the Badgers by 89 points.Although a win against Wisconsin would avenge last year’s loss, Kremer wants his team feeling good heading into the final stretch.“This is really our last major competition heading into Big Tens, so it’s just more about learning everything we can about our races and make any changes we feel necessary going into the Big Ten championships,” Kremer said.last_img read more

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