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After 60 years in business, we are now under ownership of quick cranks and moving to 437 cooper st still your full-service ottawa bike shop with dedicated mechanics ready to help.

In an exciting development for cycling enthusiasts across Ottawa, Quick Cranks is thrilled to announce the acquisition of Fosters Sports Center, an institution and Ottawa’s oldest bike shop. This strategic acquisition marks a significant milestone in Quick Cranks’ mission to enhance the cycling experience in the region.

Fosters Sports Center, known for its deep-rooted history has been serving Ottawa’s cyclists from its 305 Bank St location for decades. As part of this transition, Quick Cranks has made the decision to close the original Fosters location and is excited to unveil a new Quick Cranks store, situated just one block over, at the prime intersection of Bank and Cooper.

Quick Cranks is dedicated to making the transition as seamless as possible for Fosters’  customers and looks forward to introducing them to a broad range of new offerings.

The grand opening of the new Quick Cranks location is slated for March 7th, with a soft opening on March 1st, and the community is invited to join in the celebrations. The event will feature special promotions, interactive workshops, and opportunities to meet with cycling experts.

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Fosters has been serving the local bicycle community in Downtown Ottawa for over 50 years! A family-run store, where you can walk in on any day and speak to the owner. We’ve had the pleasure of outfitting entire families with bicycles and sporting equipment, your kids safety was always a priority with us. Foster’s is a multigenerational cornerstone located along Ottawa’s historical bank street shopping strip. For many years we provided personalized customer service, seasoned repair staff, and one of the largest inventories of top name bike brands. Come by our new  store to see the selection, speak with our staff, fill the air in your tires and love your bike. Our shop is located in the heart of Ottawa, in biking distance off the canal, glebe, centertown, sandy hill, chinatown, westboro, hintenburg, little italy, hogs back and the Parliament.

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Trek began in 1976, when a pair of determined guys set out to make the best bicycles the world had ever seen. Their vision was grounded in unswerving principles: the product would be of the highest quality craftsmanship and it would bring the joy of cycling to a broader audience. Today, Trek honours their founders by upholding their values. Trek believes that the bicycle is a simple solution to the world’s complex problems, and they have made it their mission to aid in the betterment of our planet through cycling. Trek is driven by adventure, guided by their history, inspired by community, enchanted by the freedom of the open road and committed, always, to creating the world’s greatest bicycles.

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When you’re riding your bicycle, day or night, standing out is a good thing.

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The Best Mountain Bike Brands (And The Ones You Should Avoid)

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Picking out the perfect mountain bike can make a big difference in your experience on the trail, whether cruising through local trails or dropping into big backcountry terrain. For dedicated mountain bikers, your bike is not just a piece of equipment. It's your ticket to adventure, exploration, and, most importantly, safety.

Mountain bikers make up a dedicated community of enthusiasts who take their rides, gear, and experiences seriously. Therefore, it's only logical that mountain bike brands should share this passion and commitment to excellence for their community. Today, we're looking at what makes a mountain bike brand truly stand out, exploring what features to look for in a great bike brand as well as the ones that typically fall short in the demanding world of mountain biking.

Whether you're a pro looking for advice or a complete newcomer thirsting for those first trails, this is a great place to start learning about the best mountain bike brands (and the ones you should avoid) to arm you with the knowledge to find the perfect bike brand for your individual needs. Get ready to gear up and confidently head out into the great outdoors.

Best: Specialized

Specialized is a major player in the high-end bicycle market and has well deserved its position as a perennial favorite among amateurs and professionals alike. Since 1974, Specialized has been forging a unique path as an innovator for cyclists, by cyclists. The sport of mountain biking as we know and love it today was still in its infancy during the 1970s, but vision and a love for cycling drove Specialized to introduce the first production mountain bike with the Stumpjumper in 1981.

The brand's passion for pushing the envelope has not abated in the intervening decades, and today, the range includes everything from cross-country (XC) hardtails to long-travel, full-suspension downhill racers and from entry-level options through to elite-level, competition-ready machines that bear the S-Works mark. Even the Stumpjumper has not escaped the Specialized stable.

The latest iteration of this time-honored machine improves upon generations of geometry-tweaking to give riders stability and control while ripping aggressive trails in any condition. New technology has not evaded the Specialized team either, with new e-bike offerings incorporating proprietary e-drive motors tuned to match the riding style of the bike they are mounted in.

It's safe to say that innovation and development will be a staple of Specialized for years to come.

Trek had remarkably humble beginnings for such a major force in the bicycle world. In the mid-1970s, the Trek bicycle company was formed over a few drinks in a quiet Wisconsin bar, and it has gone from strength to strength ever since.

As the sport of mountain biking matured following its introduction into the Olympics in 1996 at Atlanta, Trek grew and developed its off-road offerings. This culminated with the establishment of the 'C3 Project' and the 'Trek Factory Racing Team' in the 2010s. Through close access to high-end racing and a wise investment in research and development, Trek has built a comprehensive mountain bike catalog with everything to suit first-time novices up to seasoned professionals.

A notable example of this innovation and design is the Fuel EX, a dual-suspension, singletrack legend. The latest version has been updated and improved in almost every way, from longer suspension travel to extended frame geometry. The incremental evolution in frame design makes the sixth-generation Fuel EX more stable at speed without compromising agility and rider control. Trek even managed to fit a hidden storage compartment in the down tube.

Bold new bike tech has not escaped the off-roading range either. The company has incorporated the latest e-drive motors into its offerings, from speed-focused hardtails to long-travel trail bikes. Trek looks set to continue its quest to push the limits of the mountain bike world for years to come.

It sounds a bit like an April Fools' joke, but from its humble beginnings on April 1, 1981, Ibis evolved into a legitimate name in the mountain bike world.

Founder Scot Nicol initially got to work learning the frame-building craft alongside the pioneers of the mountain biking movement. This technical apprenticeship, combined with a deep passion for ripping mountain trails, has created a trusted and respected brand for mountain bikers, by mountain bikers.

As you might expect from a smaller manufacturer, the Ibis mountain bike catalog is concentrated into only a handful of models, but this modest lineup packs a mighty punch. The range covers its bases well with offerings for gravel riders through to enduro racers and down-hill e-bikes built for rough terrain .

The Ibis Rimpo V2S has garnered praise from the mountain bike community and is perhaps the best example of the company's dedication to quality and design. The V2S is the latest iteration of this famed trail bike and exemplifies Ibis' commitment to continued design development. Thanks to a steep seat-tube angle and relaxed steering geometry, the Rimpo has been made more stable while ripping and improves comfort and control when ascending.

Although a much larger operation than in its early years, Ibis today remains as committed as ever to developing the next generation of machines for serious mountain bikers.

Best: Revel

Headquartered in Carbondale, Colorado, Revel is a unique newcomer that is making waves in the mountain bike world. From its community-focused mindset to its group of hardcore riders and bike creators, Revel is an innovative company with bikes to match.

And how could they not innovate? The company's location was chosen to provide the Revel team of climbers, skiers, and mountain bikers with a convenient backyard. To make the most of this epic playground, Revel is dedicated to "engineer and build the absolute best bikes in the world."

This passion and drive are most clearly on display in the new Rascal, a do-it-all beast packing the latest tech. The proprietary CBF (which stands for Canfield Balanced Formula, we'll have you know) focuses the peddle forces around the top of the chainring. This maximizes pedaling efficiency and provides for playful suspension travel. This, combined with a shorter wheelbase for precise handling, has caused a stir in the mountain bike world.

Revel has also partnered with engineers to develop Fusion-Fiber which promises to be stronger and lighter than conventional carbon fiber as well as reduce its environmental impact. With such a drive for mountain bike innovation and so many gnarly trails to test their creations, we expect Revel to further its impact in the years to come.

Best: Santa Cruz/Juliana

Founded in 1993 in a small garage in Santa Cruz, California, the brand quickly made a name for itself in mountain biking. From the start, Santa Cruz sought to upset the norms with bikes that were stronger, more agile, more responsive, and meet the real needs of riders across different terrains.

Santa Cruz's journey of product evolution is highlighted by its diverse range of high-performance bikes, including the iconic V10 and the versatile Bronson. With the introduction of Juliana, a line dedicated solely to women cyclists, the company has shown its dedication to inclusion. These bikes are all engineered specifically for women's ergonomics but with the same high-quality materials and advanced features as the rest of the Santa Cruz lineup.

Santa Cruz is a leader in mountain bike technology, having developed the Virtual Pivot Point (VPP) suspension. This delivers new, unparalleled shock absorption and smoother handling than ever before, allowing a rider to take control of rough descents or aggressive hills easily. At the same time, carbon fiber is integrated into any of their frame designs so that every bike can achieve optimal strength, stiffness, and lightness.

The company invests heavily in research and development, with ongoing projects focusing on enhancing material science and propulsion techniques to offer even lighter, faster, and more environmentally friendly bikes. As mountain biking evolves, Santa Cruz is poised not just to react, but to lead, promising exciting advancements that will redefine the industry.

Best: Giant/Liv

Anyone in the bicycle world will be familiar with Giant. The behemoth from Taiwan has been producing these much-loved machines since 1972 and has been pushing the limits of carbon fiber bicycle production since 1987.

As a cutting-edge developer, it sponsored major road cycling teams and moved into the mountain bike sphere in 1995. In 2008, Giant formed the Liv brand, a dedicated women-focused bike label that is run by women, for women. Giant and Liv's catalogs have always been vast, covering everything from your first 12-inch peddler found under the Christmas tree to your competition-ready race bike in any category.

With such a long history of innovation and quality production, it's no wonder that Giant and Liv are such power-houses in the mountain bike game. The Liv Intrigue X puts Liv's development strength on full display. The use of lightweight construction without compromising strength or geometry is coupled with an impressive SyncDrive motor to make for a tech-filled trail rider.

The Giant label has an equally impressive offering in the Trance X. This trail bike uses a progressive suspension system paired with industry-leading RockShox units to give 135-millimeter rear travel and 150 millimeters at the front without conceding control or peddling efficiency. With such a customer-focused design ethos, the next generations of Giant and Liv bikes promise exciting innovation.

Born from a deep love of nature and mountain biking, Kona was founded in 1988 with one guiding principle: build bikes that could withstand the demanding and diverse terrains of the Pacific Northwest. From the beginning, Kona was about building a bike culture that put the rider first.

Kona's passion for mountain biking continued beyond just making innovative bikes. Its range of bikes is impressive, known particularly for its multi-award-winning hardtail bikes. From the classic Cinder Cone to the modern-day Process series, Kona's lineup has blossomed to encompass each model developed expressly with rider feedback and riding conditions in mind.

The Kona Process (in its many iterations) is possibly the best example of how innovation and understanding of riders' needs come together perfectly in Kona's lineup. The X-CR designation is noted for its high-speed-focused geometry that allows for a forgiving ride while also being lively and easy to control. Also included in this range is the Process X-DH which offers high-level downhill racing control and feel but is paired with components that allow it to sit at a more amateur price point.

Kona still focuses on the ultimate high-end bikes and maintains the Kona Factory Team, which races top-level competitions that push the company's Kona machines to the limit.

Yeti has become synonymous with mountain biking and is the brand of choice for those who want a sturdy, precise ride. It particularly appeals to serious mountain bike enthusiasts and professional racers.

Yeti hit the mountain bike scene in 1985, producing custom machines for the still-fledgling mountain bike race scene. This close relationship with mountain biking did not only consist of bike building; they also formed an impressive race team. This link between the race world and design development has culminated in the current lineup of eight performance-focused bikes to suit different riding styles and terrain demands. 

The SB120 is Yeti's answer for people who want a bike that can do it all. This new model was released in 2022 and shows off the brand's innovative features and attention to detail. The travel numbers are combined with a diverse parts offering from component partner SRAM. Adding to the SB120's high-quality build is Yeti's proprietary suspension system.

Yeti developed the innovative Switch Infinity suspension system designed to optimize riding stability and shock absorption over diverse terrains. This system is an example of Yeti's technical excellence and rider-centric design. Yeti also continues to refine its bikes' frame geometry while integrating high-quality materials to achieve an optimal balance of lightweight strength and performance.

Bike Brands to Avoid

When it comes to mountain biking, there's an entire world out there that's all its own, where performance and durability are the name of the game. However, a few brands focus on the mass market, which is more suited for the casual biker. Here's a rundown of several brands that might not meet the expectations of more serious riders.

Originally big in the BMX scene, Mongoose has expanded into mountain biking. While they maintain a nostalgic appeal, many of their models now populate department store aisles, designed with cost rather than performance in mind.

A historically solid brand, Schwinn now makes bicycles with highly variable quality. The company sells some high-quality models good for serious mountain biking, but also sells through department stores, which tend to feature their budget lines — no-frills machines lacking durability or performance features for serious mountain biking.

Next bikes are among the cheapest, mostly found in department stores. These bikes are meant for occasional leisure riding and likely can't withstand the tough conditions imposed on mountain bikes. The costs are cheap at the expense of quality and poor performance, which are most important in extreme mountain biking.

For serious mountain bikers, choosing the right bike is everything. You need a brand that can withstand the sport's challenges and keep you safe while you tackle the trails. It's one of the most important decisions you'll make.

How did we choose these brands?

With so many bike brands on offer and so many individual bicycle options to choose from, it's important to consider a few key points when deciding which ones stand out and which are less than inspiring.

When formulating our list, we considered many important factors to reach a consensus. We looked for brands with a passion for innovation that push the boundaries of what's possible in mountain biking because they drive our sport forward.

Likewise, we looked for brands with a versatile catalog that showed an understanding of the market and the demands of riders. Importantly we took into account the feedback of customers as well as brand reputation, after all, who knows the bikes better than those who go out and ride them every day?

A brand's history and legacy can influence its expertise in making the best mountain bikes on the market. Each brand's journey and involvement in the community were also taken into account in our selection. While not the primary focus, we also considered the price range and accessibility of these bikes.

When choosing a mountain bike, it's essential to consider your specific needs, budget, and the type of riding you plan to do. Visiting local bike shops, testing different models, and doing thorough research will help you find the best mountain bike for your adventures.

I got a rare look behind the scenes at Ananda’s e-bike systems factory in China

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I recently took a trip to China in order to see for myself how many of the e-bike drive systems and components we use daily in the West were originally designed and produced. And no journey to view the origins of the most popular e-bike components would be complete without a visit to Ananda, one of the largest and most advanced OEMs in the industry.

I was able to visit the company’s R&D headquarters in Shanghai as well as one of their factory locations in Wuxi, giving me a close look at the design process and how those designs get manufactured into real e-bike systems.

After starting operations in 2001, Ananda has focused purely on micromobility systems since 2011. They’ve long built many types of hub motors for e-bikes and scooters, but expanded into their own mid-drive electric bike motors in 2017. And the company’s scale has grown massively ever since.

You might not have heard of the company yet, largely because they rarely advertise which major e-bike brands use their motors, controllers, and other components. But to put things in perspective, they produced around 6.5 million electric motors last year. Most of their products are built for the massive domestic market, but around 600,000 were exported to Europe and North America, where they made their way onto e-bikes we know and love. Many of the biggest brands use their systems. There’s a good chance you’ve got an Ananda motor, controller, or other hardware in your garage right now and just don’t realize it.

The company is constantly growing and a new Vietnamese factory is currently in the works, but because the North American and European markets are booming for Ananda, the company is currently working on setting up a new European factory. Ananda also recently opened up its first North American service center in Los Angeles and is expanding its local US-based team.

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Ananda is responsible for designing and producing just about every component used in an electric bicycle other than the batteries and BMS. However, they work with several battery manufacturers and provide testing to certify compatibility with their extensive drive system lineup.

Their core competency is in research and development, followed by production implementation. While some companies merely design components produced elsewhere and others operate factories to manufacture third-party designs, Ananda does it all in-house, focusing on a wide range of systems ranging from entry-level to premium components.

And while Ananda started as mainly a component maker, offering their own motors and controllers, they’ve since evolved into an entire system integrator. Now they supply many e-bike brands with an entire e-bike system, minus the battery.

That all-encompassing approach has necessitated a huge footprint, with the company touting over 1,000 employees and over 200 automated machines, 70 of which are just for automated coil winding.

Ananda is also one of the most mature mid-drive motor makers in the Chinese market, now developing several higher-power models for the North American market. And with an obvious understanding of what Americans want, they explained to me that all North American motors they develop are compatible with throttles. Talk about knowing your audience!

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Touring Ananda’s R&D facility in Shanghai

My tour at Ananda started in the R&D center. There, the company has a team of engineers and designers working on every component of e-bike drive systems.

A major piece of that design and development process is ensuring that each component can withstand the rigors of daily use in the harsh environments that e-bikes and e-scooters experience everyday.

I walked through rows of machines operating every type of torture test you can imagine. I saw motors being heat-shocked with high and low temperatures. I saw tanks with motors undergoing humidity testing, alternating between humid and arid conditions. Rain machines were running to keep a constant spray of water on the components. Each machine looked like a progressively worse type of condition that I’d definitely avoid putting my own e-bike through.

There were robotic button pushers who simply pushed buttons on handlebar displays tens of thousands of times. Motors were shock-loaded to simulate sudden stops and hard braking during operation; Imagine a broomstick in the spokes situation that instantly grinds the motor to a halt.

Dozens of dynamometers were set up for long-term testing, performing months of testing on constantly running motors.

Entire e-bikes were installed in full-scale testing machines to simulate long-term testing of complete systems over tens of thousands of miles.

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In other parts of the R&D center, banks of 3D printers whirred away, producing prototypes that may become entirely new drive systems. One such system currently in the works is an e-bike hub motor that includes a three-speed transmission inside the hub. It will essentially become the marriage of a hub motor and an internally geared hub, offering the best of both technologies.

Across the hall, old-school technology in the machine shop contrasts with the high-tech machines, offering no-less-critical machining capabilities for fabricating and modifying new designs.

Teams of bike mechanics install test systems on mule bikes while test riders put them through miles and miles of real-world riding verification.

I even got to have a go myself, donning a company helmet and testing out several of the new motors and drive systems that Ananda has produced. I tried an M100 mid-drive motor that felt like a perfect balance of power and comfort, as well as a more powerful 750W M6100 mid-drive motor that was a lot of fun but, frankly, probably more power than I truly needed most of the time. That model is destined for the US market and is likely to be popular among riders seeking powerful performance.

I even tested a moped-style hub motor system complete with cast wheels that I was sure included a torque sensor in the drive system due to how responsive the pedal assist was. Only afterward did I learn it was actually just a really nicely designed cadence sensor that they had managed to remove almost all the pedal lag from.

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After testing the e-bikes, they showed me their new diagnostic tools, which include software designed to easily diagnose issues that could arise over a lifetime of use. Instead of having an unclear error, shops or companies can simply use the software to run checks on the bikes and find out exactly what could be causing a specific issue.

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The second half of the day was spent at one of Ananda’s factories, where I saw their manufacturing firsthand.

The first step is the inspection and analysis of components from Ananda’s suppliers. Workers inspect these components down to the micron level, ensuring everything is manufactured to spec. Even a small deviation in a motor shell, for example, could result in extra motor noise and increased wear.

That level of precision inspection is what separates the truly high-quality manufacturers who understand the level of accuracy necessary for consistently performing and reliable products.

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From there, we moved to the factory floor, where motors are manufactured. The first step is the winding of the motor cores, which involves spools of copper wire being intricately wound around the motor’s stators.

If you’ve ever seen the way electric motors were built in years past, and honestly still in some places, you’ve probably seen videos of women hunched over tables using their delicate fingers for hand-winding motors. But Ananda’s over 70 automated motor winding machines make that a thing of the past.

Now, motor cores are not only wound without human labor, but they’re also done so much more accurately and uniformly. The beauty of robots is that they never make mistakes or get tired and sloppy; they just wind up every single motor the exact same way each time.

Those wound motor cores are then inspected before heading on to the next step of assembly into motor casings. The assembly process is a combination of manual and automated tasks. High-precision jobs, such as placing the gears and building the internal transmissions, are done using robotic assembly machines.

These sub-assemblies are then passed onto the rest of the assembly line, where they are joined by hand with the motor cases. A laser engraver serializes each motor shell along the way, and then it heads to sound testing to ensure it powers up and operates as quietly as it should.

Some motors are assembled using automated machinery, ensuring precision placement of the motor gears and components.

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Each finished motor is scanned into the database and then packaged up for shipment to an OEM that will build it into an e-bike, e-scooter, or e-moped. Years ago, e-bike motors were always shipped in foam packaging for protection. But Ananda has switched to much more environmentally responsible paperboard packaging, offering equal protection without using such harmful materials that are not able to biodegrade.

Interestingly, in another part of the factory, I saw many of the same torture testing machines that I had first seen in the R&D center back in Shanghai. As I quickly understood though, this was all part of the quality control process. The same way new designs get torture tested during development in Shanghai, the factory does the same extensive testing as part of spot inspections for each batch of components produced. The motors undergo similar loading and accelerated lifespan testing to ensure they are all performing as intended, and that there aren’t any deviations from one production batch to another.

The next stop was to see how controllers were made, and that involved getting suited up and heading into the company’s clean room facility. There, automated pick and place machines built up circuit boards that then passed through various soldering machines to produce the circuit boards. The process and outputs are all monitored using high-precision 3D optical imaging, allowing the workers to inspect each solder joint from many angles and ensure all the components are properly soldered to the board. Many of these components are too small to inspect with the naked eye, and so this type of imaging and analysis allows the company to ensure every tiny little leg and every minuscule drop of solder is not only correctly placed, but also properly soldered so it doesn’t shake loose 10,000 miles from now.

Next, conformal coating is applied to electronics, creating a waterproof barrier that prevents water vapor from corroding the metals and circuits.

Each of these steps is a small but critical part of the manufacturing process, ensuring that the components produced in Ananda’s factories perform their required functions not just at the start of a product’s life, but also for many years to come.

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Rooftop solar array

The last stop of the tour was something I was surprised to see. Before I left the factory, I was led up to the roof where a large solar array gathered much of the energy used by the factory.

While it doesn’t cover 100% of the company’s energy usage, it does offset a large portion and helps to further promote the same message that the electric vehicles using Ananda’s components share: that how we generate and use energy has a major impact on our environment.

These types of steps go a long way to reducing our own harmful effects on the planet. Humans will always need to travel around their cities, and using two-wheeled electric vehicles is one of the most energy-efficient ways to do it . If companies can offset as much of the emissions generated from producing those vehicles, then all the better.

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The takeaway

I’ve known of Ananda’s electric motors for years, and in fact built some of my first e-bikes with their motors over a decade ago. But I had no idea how large Ananda had grown and just how much of the entire e-bike system they now produce.

Far from just another e-bike motor manufacturer, Ananda is truly an entire system integrator. Producing everything from displays to controllers and every type of motor you can think of, Ananda has positioned itself as a leader in the micromobility space.

You don’t make 10 million motors a year and several million more controllers and other components without learning a thing or two about how important the quality and precision of those manufacturing processes truly are.

The company has obviously taken all of that learning to heart, developing a high-tech and highly automated design and manufacturing system that has grown into a massive operation.

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