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Bram's private Viking Tour

August 8th, 2018To the top

Bram makes a multi day trip

Bram's private Viking TourThe 800 km trip Bram is currently making takes him all the way from Molde to Kragerø, Norway. The red markers indicate the overnight stays.

See a detailed map here!
 

Stijn van de Maele (B) again WORLD Champion on M5 Carbon High Racer

July 21st, 2018To the top

and Marvin Tunnat (also M5 CHR) from Germany second during World Championships in England last week.

Stijn van de Maele (B) again WORLD Champion on M5 Carbon High Racer
Stijn van de Maele (Belgium) on the lead with Marvin Tunnat (Germany) HANDSFREE! second.
The World Championships were held this year in Deal, England, on the Betteshanger Park circuit with more than 100 entries from many different countries. The following competition parts were on the program:

  • sprint 100 meters with flying start
  • time trial 2.1 km standing start
  • criterium 15 minutes
  • criterium 1 hour
  • criterium 3 hours

With the non streamlined bikes the battle was between Marvin Tunnat (D) and Stijn van de Maele (B)
Stijn won the Friday the 13th sprint competition, with 67.5 km / h !! according to the GPS, with Marvin as second.
Then on Saturday, Marvin was the fastest on the time trial and the one hour criterion, with Stijn becoming second each time.
So everything was decided on the last day, where Stijn had to win at least twice to win the final victory.
In the 15-minute criterium Stijn was able to place a demarrage at the start of the last round and secure himself from the first place.
The 3 hour race was also decided in the sprint: at the start of the last corner Stijn was still in the wheel of Marvin and started at 400m from the finish with his sprint. It remained very exciting but with a narrow victory Stijn could assure himself to win this stage and the general classification.

RESULT: Place 1 and 2 for an M5 Carbon High Racer!

By the way; This is the same bike that Stijn uses to cycle with his family to his granny on Sundays !! (only different wheel-set).

With the semi-streamlined bikes the world title went to Hanss Stresius (DE) on an M5 Carbon Low Racer so the M5 party was complete again. Tribute to all riders for their efforts !!!
 

M5 showroom during summer vacation

July 7th, 2018To the top
M5 showroom during summer vacation
After 4 years climbing the Dalsnibba mountain again in Norway. A steep trip which starts in Geiranger at sea level and brings one to 1576 meter a.s.l. with a lot of hairpins! On top one is rewarded with sunshine all over...
Until August the 18 th, the M5 showroom is closed. In this time we will improve our physical condition by cycling in Norway. E-mails are answered although with some understandable delay!
 

Translation of BNR News Radio item

December 24th, 2017To the top

M5 2-SPOKE wheel on BNR News Radio

Translation of BNR News Radio itemIs this the clap skate of road racing?

by Marjan van den Berg
23 December 2017

A bicycle wheel with two spokes: an innovation by which Dutch inventor Bram Moens wants to conquer the world of cycle racing. This doesn't happen without effort, but BNR spoke with a racer who, since using the wheels, has increased his speed so dramatically that he's completely convinced.

A wheel with two spokes? "the idea is already thirty years old", says inventor of the wheel Bram Moens. "The fewer spokes, the better. Eddy Merckx already said it: every spoke is a brake. So it's best to have the least possible number of them. Nowadays this is technically possible, because there are now fantastic carbon fibres to make these products."

Moens calls the two spokes "wing profiles". "When they were ready and we tested them, it showed that the two profiles generate a lower air pressure in the plane of the wheel, meaning it takes less effort to cut through the air. So, less energy and higher speed."

The 45 year old Remco Grasman is a so called elite racer without contract and the best time trial rider in our country; in the category 45 plus he even became world champion. The uses the Moens two spoke wheels and says he has become much faster on his bike. "A first race conformed it immediately", Grasman says. "It was a short time trial of 7 kilometres. I cut 12 seconds of my personal record. That's a lot on 7 kilometres." He didn't believe immediately that it was because of the wheels. "I thought, well, it's a coincidence. The second race I also won with superior numbers (...). So I increasingly attributed it to the wheels.

Clap skate

Still it takes Moens effort to sell his innovation. "We saw the same thing with the clap skate. It was introduced in 1994", he says. "In the beginning people chuckled a bit about them too, but four years later everybody in Nagano used them. And everyone was riding new world records."

Click here for the full story in Dutch, including sound clips of the interview with Bram.

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Winter 2018

December 23rd, 2017To the top
Winter 2018Winter, this means reloading for the new bike season. During this time the M5 showroom is closed until January the 26th
 

M5 2-SPOKE on main Dutch radio channel

December 23rd, 2017To the top

The clap skate of road racing?

M5 2-SPOKE on main Dutch radio channelThe M5 2-SPOKE wheel on BNR News Radio. Bram reports about the developments and aerodynamic advantages. World champion Remco Grasman confirms the claims with remarkable results during several races. Will 2-SPOKE follow the path of the clap skate? A somewhat slow introduction, followed by a broad dispersion in the world of competition, making it the new norm?

Click here for the full story in Dutch, including sound clips of the interview with Bram.

 

Remco Grasman world champion on UCI World Championships Time Trial at Albi, France using 2-SPOKE wheelset!

August 24th, 2017To the top
Remco Grasman  world champion on UCI World Championships Time Trial at Albi, France using 2-SPOKE wheelset!Remco Grasman from Emmeloord (Netherlands) is world champion time trial in the elite without contract in his age category (45-49). He managed to cover the 22 kilometres in 30 minutes and 21 seconds on the hilly, pizza oven temperature time trial course in Albi, France, using an M5 2-SPOKE wheelset. A beautiful apotheosis for Remco; after this world championship he's planning to slow things down a little.

Picture: Marco Bos
 

Yet another M5 CHR rider makes the trip from the Netherlands to the North Cape

August 16th, 2017To the top

Maurice Mahieu from Amsterdam pedals his M5 Carbon High Racer 3800 km to the far north

Yet another M5 CHR rider makes the trip from the Netherlands to the North CapeOn July 11th, I took my M5 Carbon High Racer, also known as "The Black Rider", with 20 kg of luggage (including camping equipment and cooking utilities) packed in 2 banana side bags and a backpack from Amsterdam to Emmen to follow the Jutland cycle route to Hirtshals in Northern Denmark. There I took the boat to Bergen and drove along the coast and the Lofoten Islands to the North Cape via the route of www.europafietsers.nl. With some extra trips here and there all together 3800 km (2360 miles). Initially each day trip covered around 150 to 200 km while decreasing in the Norwegian mountain landscape to an average of about 125 km per day.

It is a beautiful route where I could often see magic scenes in the evening sun. Because of the beautiful light and the more quiet roads, I cycled a lot in the evening. Thrilling to see the landscape varying from beautiful round shaped mountains to vast fjords, magnificent arctic mountains and the tundra with the many beautiful reindeer. Well, of course, some effort had to be done, but in general, I actually cycled very relax (a nice smooth cadence), except at times when I wanted to set some small individual record.., wanted to heat up a bit (this is Norway..though the biggest part of the trip had very good summer weather) and when trying to catch some ferry deadlines. The most funny moment was in Solvorn, biking with over 50 kilometres per hour and piling up on a downhill barrier. I still remember the look of the ferry employee..., he initially seemed to refuse me on the ferry because of my enthusiastic action but it turned out that he was only bothered about the fact that I would probably bike on the ferry.

The stability of the bike allows it to climb a slope of 10% or more even on my lowest effort at with speeds less than five kilometres per hour (3 mph) while my heart rate monitor indicates that I'm doing a recovery training! Descending is the other extreme, sometimes at speeds above 80 kilometres per hour,(50 mph) and that speed is often limited by the amount of steel in your nerves at the brake levers. Also, riding the bike with speeds above 60 km/h on bad surfaces and cattle grid does not feel bumpy at any moment. Although there is no suspension, it still feels that this bike sticks to the asphalt. A true joy!

I did also met a number of North Cape cyclists and sometimes joined them, arriving at the top of a slope with a decent "may be see you later" to see them disappearing very fast in my rear view mirror, sometimes we met again at another ferry or shop. Eventually I arrived on the Northern Cape on August the 12th, where I celebrated my "victory" with the most overpriced beer ever!
 

MINIMAL BIKE winner of German Bicycle Brand Contest 2017!

August 5th, 2017To the top
MINIMAL BIKE winner of German Bicycle Brand Contest 2017!A few months ago the MINIMAL BIKE already received the Dutch Bike Innovation Award 2017.

Now it also won the first price in the prestigious 2017 German Bicycle Brand Contest!
MINIMAL BIKE winner of German Bicycle Brand Contest 2017!
 

M5 Minimal Bike displayed at expo Cube Design Museum Kerkrade, the Netherlands

July 7th, 2017To the top

To be seen from July the 1st including December 3rd 2017

M5 Minimal Bike displayed at expo Cube Design Museum Kerkrade, the Netherlands
Minimal Bike displayed
The future of a great number of bicycle types can be seen in a perfectly designed expo of the brand new Cube Design Museum in Kerkrade

www.cubedesignmuseum.nl/en/activiteiten/fiets-bike-fahrrad-design-two-wheels >>

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