Upstart Karbon Speed Brings High Tech Carbon Clinchers w/ Low Prices, Will Trade for…

first_imgKarbon Speed is a new company, formed in 2012, but their founders are hardly freshmen in the industry. Two of the three main guys (Brian and Glen) also own XTerra wetsuits, the other (Justin) started his career with Oakley.As friends and triathletes, they were frustrated by the cost of aero wheels and thought there had to be a more efficient way to get quality carbon fiber wheels. They combined their manufacturing experience and triathlon industry knowledge and started Karbon Speed. Development started in fall 2011, and the company went live with products on September 5, 2012.Rather than reinvent the wheel, they took existing research on aerodynamics and braking surfaces and looked at how to bring all that to riders for a better price. That said, they’re using their own molds, not just catalog items. The rim profile was designed by an aerospace engineering firm with experience in high tolerance carbon fiber designs intended for high speed production.The rims are made of Toray T-700 carbon fiber and stick with a slightly modified V-shape. They did give it a bit of shaping at the leading edge and widen the rear a bit to add a bit of crosswind stability. Aero test data is available on their website, along with plenty of test videos.Two depths are available, 50mm and 88mm. Both are clincher and have 21mm widths.The brake track has a bonded on basalt surface. Basalt is a naturally occurring inorganic compound that comes from volcanoes and has really good heat dissipation. They mix it into the resin and carbon at the braking surface, which helps the rims handle much greater heat without having to add an alloy braking surface.The wheels use Novatec hubs and 20/24 bladed spokes. Claimed wheel weights are 708g (front) and 870g (rear) for the 50’s and 874g and 1018g for the 88’s. They’re available as single wheels or sets, and you can mix and match the sets. Front and rear combos are $2,200 including shipping directly to your door. Wheels are rated for riders up to 230 pounds, though they say they’ve tested with heavier riders (250lb) with no issues.“We’ve taken a lot of time to develop our wheel,” says co-founder Justin Li. “But convincing the market that our products are quality even though they’re made overseas isn’t isn’t something we’re going to fight with words. We believe in our products and are willing to put our money where our mouth is.”Instead, they’re offering a trade in program where you can send in select models of Zipp, HED, Reynolds, ENVE or Mad Fiber wheels. It’s a straight up trade, you only cover the cost of shipping your wheels to them, and the new Karbon Speed wheels are yours to keep. The program will run indefinitely through the end of 2012, and the point is to get people on the wheels and just try them. They’re hoping this proves that the wheels are just as good and just as fast as the bigger name brands. Trade in form is here.last_img read more

USA Gymnastics sues insurance carriers amid Nassar lawsuits

first_imgThe Indianapolis Star reported that USA Gymnastics accuses the insurers of breach of contract and alleges they haven’t provided a full defense or fully reimbursed it for defense costs in 10 lawsuits filed by women who say Nassar abused them.Nassar worked for USA Gymnastics for 29 years and also worked at Michigan State University, which is named in many of the lawsuits.The women’s lawsuits accuse USA Gymnastics of failing to protect athletes from Nassar’s abuse.USA Gymnastics has denied those and other allegations. KEYWORDS IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 USA Gymnastics is suing its insurance carriers, alleging that they haven’t fully reimbursed it for defense costs incurred in lawsuits filed by victims of disgraced former sports doctor Larry Nassar.The Indianapolis-based governing body for gymnastics sued seven insurance companies Friday in Marion County.center_img lawsuit, USA Gymnastics, Larry Nassar GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMESlast_img

Cordova, Reckner win opening match at WIAA State Individual Boys Tennis Tournament

first_imgTigers’ No. 1 doubles team faces Eau Clarie Memorial team Friday in sectional rematchBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMADISON — Marshfield’s No. 1 doubles team of Jared Cordova and Derek Reckner won its opening match Thursday at the 2017 WIAA State Individual Boys Tennis Tournament at Nielsen Tennis Stadium.Cordova, a freshman, and Reckner, a senior, beat Steven Fredeen and Ben Fredeen of Green Bay Southwest 6-2, 6-4 in the opening round of the Division 1 No. 1 doubles tournament.Cordova and Reckner, now 22-4 this season, will face Zach Wolfe and Sam Rechek of Eau Claire Memorial (18-4) in a second-round match at 9 a.m. Friday. Wolfe and Rechek beat the Marshfield duo in the sectional championship match May 24. Third-round and quarterfinal matches are also scheduled for Friday.The tournament concludes with the semifinals and championship matches, along with consolation matches, on Saturday.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)last_img read more

Knowledge Engineering: The AI Supercharging Ingredient

first_imgKnowledge Engineering is the ability of an Artificial Intelligence (AI) algorithms to emulate the reasoning, judgment and behavior of an expert in a particular field. Knowledge Engineering algorithms represent the distilled knowledge and wisdom of humans. Knowledge Engineering rewrites human knowledge in terms of data structures, semantic models and heuristics. Examples of knowledge engineering are expert systems. Forrester Research wrote that “while ML (Machine Learning) is exceptional at analyzing data to create models that make predictions, recognize patterns, and automate decisions, it lacks human reasoning capabilities. In 2019, enterprise AI mavericks will rediscover knowledge engineering and digital decisioning platforms to extract and encode inferencing rules and build knowledge graphs from their expert employees and customers. ML’s strength is data. Knowledge engineering’s strength is human wisdom. Used together, enterprises can dramatically accelerate the development of AI applications.”center_img Stephane Nappo, Chief Information Security Officer at OVH, said that “turning technical brute force into real artificial intelligence requires a deeper understanding of human thinking based on knowledge engineering and reasoning mechanisms.”last_img read more

Inzaghi unsure over Lazio pair

first_imgLazio boss Simone Inzaghi admits he has doubts over whether Joaquin Correa and Felipe Caicedo will be fit to face Celtic in the Europa League tomorrow. Caicedo came off injured against Milan last weekend, whilst Correa picked up a knock in training, and Inzaghi states the pair will have to be evaluated. “I have to evaluate their condition very carefully, but I’ll ask them to make sacrifices. I believe in them,” he said at a Press conference. The coach then revealed he had toyed with the idea of using Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Luis Alberto or even youngster Bobby Adekanye in attack. “I’ll play my strongest team. [Ciro] Immobile and [Senad] Lulic were a little tired yesterday, but I’m confident that these two will play. “I don’t have a clear idea yet [of my starting XI], but I know [Stefan] Radu and [Adam] Marusic definitely won’t make it. [Danilo] Cataldi is suspended.” The Aquile’s task has been made a tad more difficult by parts of their curva being closed for racist behaviour. “We’re obliged to win, we want to move up the group but it won’t be easy against a Celtic side who have a lot of quality and players who can put us in trouble at any time. “I think it’ll be a beautiful day of sport and a beautiful game. May the best team win. Hopefully it’s Lazio. “I know many Celtic fans will arrive and that part of the [Curva] Nord will be closed, but we expect lots of Biancocelesti to support us anyway.” Lazio lost 2-1 to Celtic in the first game between the sides last month. Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/last_img read more

Cowboys In Tears As Dez Bryant Pays Tribute to Late Father With Big TD In Pittsburgh

first_imgDallas quarterback Dak Prescott, who lost his mother to colon cancer in 2013, said in the post-game press conference that the two found solace in each other’s experiences. “I think the game gives him peace,” Prescott told reporters. “We kinda shared this morning about things I’ve been through and kinda let him know, I mean, this game brings me peace and I use it that way . . . [I told him] your father, he’s watching you, he’s got the best seat in the house, and he went out there and I told him to honor him today and Dez did exactly that, had a great night.”“It was emotional,” added Cole Beasley to the Dallas Morning News. “There were a lot of guys with tears in here. We definitely feel for him. And all the stuff he’s been through in his life, he’s still persevering every day. It just shows who he is. He’s been fighting through stuff all his life. No matter what happens to him, he’s going to keep grinding.”Bryant finished the day with six receptions for a season-high 116 yards and a touchdown. He was awarded the game ball in the locker room by head coach Jason Garrett and the two exchanged an emotional embraceWatch Coach Garrett present @DezBryant with the game ball after the win against the Steelers. #FootballIsFamily?: https://t.co/lnXpNzCpXM pic.twitter.com/1GChOGdaLC— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) November 14, 2016 Dallas wide receiver Dez Bryant played with a heavy heart in the Cowboys’ 35-30 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday night. Bryant’s father, MacArthur Hatton, passed away from an undisclosed illness Saturday, but Bryant decided to still play. The former Oklahoma State Cowboy saw plenty of targets, but his biggest catch came on a 50-yard touchdown late in the third quarter.Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News set the scene.Bryant paused for a second in the back of the end zone, pointed to the sky and then blew a kiss. Tears started to flow as he fell to his knees. Several teammates consoled him.After the game, he posted a heartfelt message on his Instagram page for his late father.“Daddy I know GOD got you..” wrote Bryant. “I’m hurt but I refuse to ask why….you always wanted me to make sure things are good with the family especially my brothers…I honestly don’t know a man who walked this earth stronger than you…daddy I’m happy to take the torch…rip daddy.”center_img While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Georgia Cornerback Donte Burton Names OSU in Top 6

first_imgGeorgia cornerback Donte Burton has 27 scholarship offers from the likes of Wisconsin, West Virginia and Oregon, among others, but he’s got six that are standing out — and OSU is in that group.Burton, a former North Carolina pledge, told The Tech Lunch Pail that OSU, Virginia Tech, Notre Dame, Missouri, Vanderbilt and Pittsburgh are the six schools leading in his recruitment at this juncture. OSU entered his recruitment just over a month ago after extending an offer, and has maintained a close relationship with Burton, a one-time North Carolina pledge who opened up his recruitment this spring.Although OSU has a commitment from athlete Jaelyn Nolan, who will likely play cornerback at OSU, the Cowboys don’t hold a commitment from a true cornerback in the Class of 2018. Burton fits that bill and then some as OSU looks to add youth to its secondary, which will lose super-senior Adrian Baker next season in addition to Malik Kearse, Ramon Richards, and Darius Curry. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

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first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Helps keep PFB free for the foreseeable futureGoes toward building a better site with more robust coverage of OSU athleticsPays it forward to those in college or those who can’t afford to supportContribution Levels     We do plan on giving back in some manner to those of you who contribute to us which is the reason for segmenting our contribution levels. If you don’t want to contribute monthly, we have a yearly option for $100 also (please note that this also renews annually unless you cancel).Already signed up to contribute and just looking to sign in to your account? Sign in to your account here. You can cancel or change your monthly support level as well as update your password by signing into your account.Your email address will not be distributed to anyone when you sign up. The only thing you will receive from us is a monthly receipt for your contribution as well as maybe the occasional surprise via email. All payments are by credit card through Memberful with Stripe as the payment processor.If you have any questions at all please email us at pistolsfiringblog [at] gmail [dot] com. Thank you as always for supporting Pistols Firing. We have been talking it for quite a while now, and the time is finally here. You have supported Pistols Firing for over a half decade with your time (over 1 million hours spent on the site!), and now you can support us financially.There are the four ways you can contribute to PFB on a monthly basis as we grow into the future (you can click on those buttons below). I wrote about why in the world anyone would support something that is already free here. I also wrote about how we’re going to use this money here.We want to say thank you for reading, following along and growing with us over the last six years. Any monthly or yearly contribution you sign up for is beneficial as it:last_img read more

Three Things that Could Derail Oklahoma State’s Dream Season

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. There is much hype surrounding Oklahoma State’s 2017 season. The flip side of that is that there is a long way to fall if it goes poorly. We have been talking a lot about what could be in dream OSU football world. But the other side? Well, it invokes Ernest Hemingway-esque visions in my head.“He looked for a potential season-breaker. The potential season-breaker was there.”When you consider what appears to be an unknown at cornerback, the kicking competition which Mike Gundy has not convinced me is fully solved and the lack of Heisman Trophy-type protection on the offensive line in recent memory, there are certainly things that could go wrong.AdChoices广告That was a long sentence. This list is not. Here are the top three ways the Cowboys’ most hyped season in years could fall short of expectations.3. Lack of Defensive IdentityThere are a few potential derail-ers on the defensive side of the ball, but I’ll try to address the most dangerous. There has been loads of talk about the 3-3-5 defense OSU ran toward the end of the 2016 season, but it’s still not clear whether that will be the full-time defensive identity defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer will go with.Giving an offense different looks is important, but for all but a handful of plays in the first quarter of the Alamo Bowl, OSU went with its traditional 4-3. They also employed a 3-3-5 and a 3-4. Colorado was a run-heavy team, so that’s likely why they didn’t use the 3-3-5 as much, but it only kind of worked against Texas Tech last year.Having a bread-and-butter look is extremely important defensively. Too many changes in the scheme can cause confusion in coverages, personnel, alignments and assignments. If it’s going to be the 3-3-5, fine, but I’d like to see them pick something and stick with it.2. The Tulsa Game (or the Pitt game)Had OSU not lost* to Central Michigan last year, who knows what would have happened.The Cowboys would have been 10-1 heading into Bedlam against a 9-2 Sooner squad. But if they beat the Chips, they would have had three straight confidence boosters before the Baylor game. Maybe they would have won that game, too. Maybe they would have reached all of their goals, which were all still intact.Tulsa is last season’s Central Michigan. We hear it all the time. “One game at a time.” “One game at a time.” “We’re taking it one game at a time.” This is most clearly the only way to prove that because last year, that didn’t happen.This is the best second chance at a good first step toward a season that could end up having 14 of them. And the Pittsburgh game two weeks later is another one. Win those two convincingly, and it could be off to the races for the Pokes.If they blow one of the two, though, the dream season could be over before it truly begins.1. Mason RudolphHis play is not what I’m worried about.This extends to Justice Hill to a lesser degree, but if Rudolph gets injured, it’s hard to see a way through. When J.W. Walsh got hurt early in 2014 and Daxx Garman came in, … yeah, no.Maybe Keondre Wudtee would come off the bench as many freshmen quarterbacks have at this university and lead the Cowboys to hope and salvation, but Gundy is so reticent to play freshmen, we might never even see that come to pass.This team goes as Rudolph goes, and if he doesn’t, the Cowboys will have to scrape away a patina of ambiguity and inexperience to find what they’re looking for. And by then, it could be too late.last_img read more

Injured Wilshere misses out on Man City clash

first_imgPremier League Arsenal team news: Injured Wilshere misses out on Man City clash Goal Last updated 1 year ago 03:04 2/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Jack Wilshere Arsenal Getty Images Premier League Arsenal Arsenal v Manchester City Manchester City The midfielder is suffering from an ankle problem and will be absent on Thursday for the Gunners Jack Wilshere misses out for Arsenal as the Gunners seek Carabao Cup revenge on Manchester City at the Emirates Stadium.Arsenal confirmed that the midfielder had suffered a “slight ankle knock” and will not take part in Thursday’s Premier League clash. Granit Xhaka and Aaron Ramsey are therefore tasked with anchoring the middle of the park, with a trio made up of Mesut Ozil, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Danny Welbeck supporting Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang up front.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp The Gunners are otherwise near full strength, with Laurent Koscielny and Shkodran Mustafi aiming to stop one of the league’s most potent attacks in the middle of defence at the Emirates. Gabriel Jesus, meanwhile, continues his encouraging return from injury with a place on the bench in Pep Guardiola’s 100th City game. The newly crowned Carabao Cup champions, who smashed Arsenal 3-0 on Sunday to win the trophy, will hope the likes of Sergio Aguero, Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva offer repeats of the weekend’s heroics as they seek to tighten their grip on the Premier League summit.Arsenal: Cech, Bellerin, Koscielny, Mustafi, Kolasinac, Xhaka, Ramsey, Ozil, Mkhitaryan, Welbeck, Aubameyang.Substitutes: Ospina, Holding, Chambers, Maitland-Niles, Elneny, Iwobi, Nketiah.Manchester City: Ederson, Walker, Kompany, Otamendi, Danilo, Gündogan, Silva, De Bruyne, Bernardo, Sané, Agüero.Substitutes: Bravo, Stones, Laporte, Zinchenko, Yaya Touré, Foden, Gabriel Jesus. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more