Earlier this year, Shimano’s D-Fly wireless transmitter plugged into the Di2 system to wirelessly send information to an ANT+ cycling computer and relay gear selection, gear ratio, etc. Now, our friends at Road.cc told us there’s a button hidden under the top of the hoods on Dura-Ace Di2 9070 shifter levers that until now has been unused. That button sends a distinct wireless signal to those same computers to do, well, something.Garmin, Magellan, Pioneer and Shimano PRO are those already integrating the gear info, so it’s no stretch to imagine they’ll be among the first to use the button to cycle through functions and screens.But what if this were ported over to mountain bikes? We had a Trek Domane review bike in with 9070 and took a quick peek under the rubber. Sure enough, there’s a button on each side just under the top of the hood, where the rubber is soft enough and shaped to depress this little guy:The button looks small, but our own finger pressing suggests it works perfectly. We reached out to Shimano and Pioneer but haven’t heard back (updates if we do). But we did speak with Sam at Magellan and Amy at Garmin:Magellan: “I can’t really talk about it too much because it’s under development, but suffice to say we’re working with Shimano to integrate levels of functionality to control the head unit.”Garmin: “We’re working on integrating this capability into our devices for an upcoming software release.”Given the announcement only came this week, their brief responses and the others’ lack of isn’t surprising – no one’s had time to update their firmware to take advantage of it. For now, the functionality is only for road bikes since (as far as we know) there’s no such hidden button on the new XTR Di2 group. And, according to Shimano’s information, D-Fly is only for the road-going Di2 groups. But, D-Fly is an e-Tube plug-in accessory, and XTR Di2 uses e-Tube…so, we’re thinking an accessory button or 3rd party hack isn’t too far off.And the applications there are even more practical. Both Magura and Fox already using electronic lockout systems for their fork and shock. Fox’s iCTD/iCD system is already integrated into the new XTR controls, letting you assign one of the shifters to work the remote instead of the drivetrain, but it’s all wired. Imagine that going wireless!Magura’s system already is wireless, and the latest generation uses ANT+, and ANT+ recently announced an open suspension protocol. We spoke with their US tech rep and he said he wasn’t aware of any development on that front, but the idea was certainly intriguing. That said, the premise of their system is that it locks out automatically when needed, so manual control isn’t the highest priority there.Either way, road or mountain, this certainly opens the door to some pretty killer possibilities for controlling any ANT+ device. What would you have it do?
BALTIMORE — Trying to bounce back from their disappointing extra-inning loss in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series, the Orioles named tentative starters for Games 3 and 4 of the series to be played in Kansas City.Manager Buck Showalter told reporters that lefty Wei-Yin Chen is scheduled to make the first start of the series at Kaufman Stadium where he’ll be opposed by former Orioles starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie. Chen was roughed up in his only start of the postseason when he allowed five earned runs in 3 2/3 innings in his Game 2 start against the Detroit Tigers in the Division Series, a game the Orioles eventually won.The Taiwanese lefty is 1-1 with a 4.17 ERA in six career starts covering 36 2/3 innings against Kansas City.Guthrie will be making his postseason debut on Monday and hasn’t pitched since Sept. 26 when he tossed seven shutout innings against the Chicago White Sox. The 35-year-old went 13-111 with a 4.13 ERA in 32 starats this season and is 2-1 with a 2.67 ERA in four career starts spanning 27 innings against Baltimore.In Game 4, Miguel Gonzalez is currently slated to take the ball for the Orioles against Kansas City lefty Jason Vargas as Royals lefty Danny Duffy will continue to work out of the bullpen after concerns with his mechanics during the month of September. Showalter confirmed Chen and Gonzalez would both be available in the bullpen for Game 2 as Bud Norris was making his second start of the playoffs.Gonzalez threw a simulated game earlier this week, but the right-hander hasn’t pitched in a game since the regular-season finale on Sept. 28.The Orioles entered Game 2 having not lost consecutive home games since June 28-29. They were 31-10 in their final 41 regular-season games at Oriole Park at Camden Yards this year. Of course, they fell to 2-1 in postseason home games after the 8-6 loss to the Royals on Friday night.Here are the Game 2 lineups:KANSAS CITYSS Alcides EscobarRF Nori AokiCF Lorenzo Cain1B Eric HosmerDH Billy ButlerLF Alex GordonC Salvador Perez2B Omar Infante3B Mike MoustakasSP Yordano Ventura (14-10, 3.20 ERA)BALTIMORERF Nick MarkakisLF Alejandro De AzaCF Adam JonesDH Nelson Cruz1B Steve PearceSS J.J. Hardy3B Ryan FlahertyC Caleb Joseph2B Jonathan SchoopSP Bud Norris (15-8, 3.65 ERA)
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho described his team’s 3-0 Premier League defeat at Manchester City on Sunday as a “fake” result.But the reality, however much it hurts, is that Chelsea could hardly have made a more unconvincing start to the defence of their crown, on or off the pitch.A Community Shield defeat by Arsenal was shrugged off as irrelevant, but something looked seriously amiss a week later in a fortunate 2-2 draw at home to Swansea City in which keeper Thibaut Courtois was red-carded.That poor display was overshadowed by Mourinho’s removal of club doctor Eva Carneiro from bench duty after describing her as “naive” for tending to Eden Hazard — leaving Chelsea temporarily reduced to nine men.Worse was to follow on Sunday, though, as Mourinho suffered his joint-heaviest defeat as a Premier League manager.A listless display at City’s Etihad Stadium, particularly in the first half, allowed Chelsea’s main title rivals to steal a march and move five points clear.The biggest bombshell, however, was long-term captain and defensive colossus John Terry being substituted at halftime for tactical reasons — the first time Mourinho had ever taken his trusty skipper off in the heat of battle.The only good news on Sunday was the signing of left back Abdul Rahman Baba from Bundesliga club Augsburg — a welcome recruit after a summer in which Chelsea failed to significantly upgrade last year’s model.So dominant last season when cruising to the title, Chelsea have looked under-cooked so far.advertisementNot since 1998 have they failed to win either of their opening league games and while a five-point deficit on City with 108 more points to play for is no crisis — a return to form cannot come soon enough.Yet Mourinho was having none of it after goals from Sergio Aguero, Vincent Kompany and Fernandinho sent City top.”3-0 is completely fake,” Mourinho told reporters. Also read: Rampant Manchester City crushes Chelsea 3-0Speaking to Chelsea’s TV channel later, he added: “In the second half we controlled every aspect of the game.”Then one corner, one mistake and 2-0. The best team in the first half won and the best team in the second half lost.”Terry’s position in the team will dominate the week ahead as Chelsea prepare to face West Bromwich Albion.”I had to decide on John or (Gary) Cahill because Zouma is the fastest player we have in our defensive line,” Mourinho explained of his decision to hook Terry.”The point was not to bring John out but to bring Zouma in. I wanted to have my fastest player on the pitch.”I’m the one that plays John every game, made him captain, brought him back from a difficult situation with other managers.”