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Trail To The Birkie Video Series, Part 3: Lauren

For week three in our Trail To The Birkie Series, we chat with Lauren as she preps for her first full-length Birkie. Let’s cheer her on come race day – we know she’ll do great!

If you missed Part 1 last week, take a minute to view that segment featuring Ashley Shuman.

Catch up with our week 2 feature with fast skier, Dakota Dale.

Enjoy, and let’s get Birkie Fever goin’!

Trail To The Birkie Video Series, Part 2: Dakota

Next in our Trail To The Birkie Series we meet Dakota, up and coming masters elite. Dakota shares some training tips, why he loves classic technique, and a look at the twin Dale brothers rivalry.

If you missed Part 1 last week, take a minute to view that segment featuring Ashley Shuman HERE.

Enjoy, and let’s get Birkie Fever goin’!

The Future of Glide Wax is Liquid!

Glide waxing is in the midst of a revolution. Recent efforts by regulators and wax companies to be more environmentally responsible with wax formulation have led to a rapid evolution of alternative and new options to hot waxing. The thrust of these efforts  has led in the direction of liquid or semi-liquid recipes which drastically reduce the amount of base waxes and additives required to adequately treat a ski’s surface. Using alcohol-based suspensions rather than petroleum solvents and propellants, production is more environmentally friendly.

Benefits for the skier are substantial, too…

First: Liquids are easy to use. Basically spray or rub on, let dry a few minutes, brush or cork a bit, go ski!

Second: They’re fast. Glide is outstanding – right on par with traditional  hot waxes.

Third: They’re durable. A common assumption with liquids is that they’re only good for 5 or 10K. New formulas, when applied to a clean ski can potentially last far longer, with some even being developed specifically for long distance racing.

Fourth: They’re “Techy”. For the wax techies, just as with hot waxes, there are base waxes, mid-fluoros, High-fluoros, top-coats, and so on. There is as much diversity available as you already have in your wax box.

Fifth: They’re also not too “Techy”. That works, too! Just want quick skis? No problem – there are affordable, simple universal sprays and perform as well as a good hot wax. Again: spray, dry, brush, ski.

Sixth and most importantly: They’re Simple. Temp ranges are broad and forgiving, elaborate equipment is not needed, and time requirements are a fraction of that needed for hot waxing.

New Moon has been testing and evaluating liquids for a few years now and are pleased to share with you a collection of those which we like best. View our Performance Liquid Gliders Here.

We can also take a look at application techniques from our suppliers. Note: these videos focus primarily high-end liquids, but the concept remains throughout the price performance spectrum, from top-dollar race liquids to low-cost training liquids…

Jusso Luikkonen from Rex Wax of Finland on HF Race Waxes.

 

Jusso demonstrates Rex’s amazing Glide Cleaner and Prep Liquid. This product is the foundation of All of New Moon’s waxing service.

 

Start Wax From Finland on Start Ultra Gel

 

Vauhti Wax shows the similarity of application principles – apply, dry, brush, go skiing.

For the performance-minded skier or racer, having a clean and porous base is key to good liquid wax adhesion. A freshly stone-ground base is ideal for maximum benefit from liquids. New Moon tech, Dusty adds that a grind followed up with a liquid-based waxing regime dramatically reduces inevitable base damage from hot irons, cold weather hot waxes, and solid fluoros.

Dustin inspects a stone ground ski base prior to liquid wax application.

Frequent, follow-up cleanings with glide-specific cleaners like Rex Glide Cleaner, featured in the videos above, in optimal condition for wax adhesion and “primes”  bases with a penetrating,  hard paraffin wax which acts as the base wax for subsequent layers.

New Moon’s wax techs are excited to share their knowledge of the liquid wax revolution with you. Call or stop in for the latest scoop!

 

Buy A Fat Bike, Ride The Fat Bike Birkie FREE!

FAT BIKES are fun.
FAT BIKE BIRKIE is Fun.
FREE is Fun…

How’s a FREE FAT BIKE BIRKIE ENTRY sound? Yeah, we thought so! New Moon has partnered with the Birkie to provide a free Fat Bike Birkie to customers who purchase a FAT Bike at the shop. Bike buyers will be provided with a special code to sign up with. Just be sure to act before we run low on stock and before the race fills to its registration cap. Simple.

To provide the best possible expertise and fitting service, New Moon only sells bikes in our Hayward, Wisconsin storefront rather than online. This might mean a bit of driving for you, but make it a weekend – head north to New Moon, buy a FAT Bike, go ride miles of amazing groomed CAMBA FAT Bike Trails. Shoppers can browse through a selection of FAT Bikes from Specialized and Framed.

To that end, conditions up here are excellent for FAT Biking right now! Here’s a quick rolling trail report from Sunday the 13th…

Expectations exceeded, again. Thanks CAMBA-Fat Bike groomers and Chequamegon Area Mountain Bike Association!No studs needed from OO north!

Posted by New Moon Ski and Bike on Sunday, January 13, 2019

Lastly, if that’s all not enough, the Seeley Big Fat Race is this weekend! Race FAT Bikes on Seeley Hills Trail System, the “crown jewel” of CAMBA’s winter trails. New Moon’ Tech Team will be on-site offering free mechanical and tire pressure support beforehand and free bike demo test rides afterward.

See you at the Moon! – Chris

 

 

Product Spotlight – Bliz Matrix

Who doesn’t want to look like a World Cup Champion? Well, after this weekend’s races in Ruka, Finland to kick off the Nordic World Cup season, the young Russian, Alexander Bolshenov, is looking like the cat’s meow.

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