Badminton racquet best sellers.

Featured in this blog article are some of our best selling products in the badminton racquet  category. You can bring in the New Year by shopping with us for these popular racquets! Visit www.sports365.in to check out these products.

Badminton racquets bestsellers:

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Voltric 7

For players seeking exceptional all round performance, the Voltric 7 is the best racquet. It combines incredible power and fast racquet handling. It is designed for intermediate players looking for agility and power without losing control. For the first time, VOLTRIC’s exclusive Tri-Voltage system is a combination of heavy smashes and speedy racquet handling providing a 5% increase in smashing power.

The two and ten o’clock positions of the VOLTRIC frame are formed with a stiff structure that maximizes the bending power of the head. The side of the frame is thinner allowing the frame to bend more. These two characteristics work together to transfer maximum energy to the shuttle, allowing the player to unleash heavy power smashes. The Control Support Cap provides 88% wider flat surface compared with an ordinary racquet for easy gripping, fast swing-through and the quickest maneuverability.

Voltric 7
Voltric 7

Nanospeed 80

This racquet is an excellent choice for beginner players. The racket has carbon graphite shaft and excel alloy head frame which makes the racket as durable and lightweight as other high-end rackets. The NanoSpeed 80 (NS80) badminton racket is highly recommended for players who look for durable performance racket at an economical price.

The Nanospeed 80 provides more repulsion and speed from a compact swing. Traditional badminton racquet constructions increase the thickness of graphite or carbon fibre layers for high strength, which adds weight to the frame and makes a racquet difficult to maneuver. The YONEX nano-structure uses nano-size particles of fullerene and carbon and this makes it lighter than other racquets. The design of the racquet is such that it can deliver maximum power and speed from a compact swing.

Nanospeed 80
Nanospeed 80

Carbonex 6000 Plus

Carbonex 6000 Plus is made up of a carbon and aluminium frame and is a good racquet for beginners and intermediate level players. The strings provide a solid feel and a high-level of control. The built-in T-Joint creates a durable and high strength frame.

The racquet uses a revolutionary technology called Nanoscale Elastic Ti to provide high elasticity that is needed for giving a powerful rebound. The Yonex Carbonex 6000 Plus Badminton Racquet is a hot favourite with the hard-hitters in the industry and if you are looking for a racquet which provides maximum accuracy, thre Carbonex 6000 Plus is the best racquet.

Carbonex 6000
Carbonex 6000

www.sports365.in offers widest collection of the badminton products across brands like Yonex, Head, Victor, Silvers, Artengo and many more. You can buy badminton racquets, badminton shoes, badminton shuttles, badminton apparel and badminton accessories online at the best prices.

Top Selling Badminton Racquets of 2012

As the year draws to a close, here is an insight into our best selling badminton racquets. These are the most popular products of the year 2012 and you may want to check out the same on www.sports365.in – India’s best online sports store !Image

Read more about our badminton racquet best sellers in our blog article.

www.sports365.in offers widest collection of the badminton products across brands like Yonex, Head, Victor, Silvers, Artengo and many more. You can buy badminton racquets, badminton shoes, badminton shuttles, badminton apparel and badminton accessories online at the best prices.

No Fifth World Super Series title for Saina

The Badminton World Series is on, and it is not unusual that Saina Nehwal has been putting put a remarkable performance. Although she was out to a shaky start and was almost out of the semi finals race of BWF World Super Series finals, after losing two consecutive matches in Group ‘B’. World No.3 Saina Nehwal went down to Tine Baun of Denmark. She failed to find her feet in the first game against Tine. Even before the game reached the halfway stage Tine was leading 13-7. The tables turned in the second game when Saina was off in a flash and was able to secure a 21-11 win. Again, in the third game Tine Baun stunned Saina who delivered eight smash winners and won the last game.

A day after her defeat against Tine, Saina faced Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand. If Saina’s performance was not up to the mark during her match against Tine Baun, her second match would have definitely left spectators wondering why she was struggling so much when her opponent barely broke a sweat. Her Thai opponent started the game with a 14-5 lead. Saina tried to make a comeback in the second game and steer the match to her favour. It was a neck and neck between Saina and Ratchanok till 16, but again, Ratchanok surged ahead to seize the next five points to win the match.

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World No.3, Saina Nehwal

Saina’s third match was against German, Juliane Schnek. Saina has won seven out of ten matches against Scnhek. Saina was able to restore the faith of her Indian fans with a fine startight-game win over Schnek. She has put herself back into the reckoning for her fifth Super Series title this year. In an impressive 37 minute match, the Indian shuttler was able to beat her German counterpart 21-7, 21-18. Saina hit six smash winners in the first game, and from there was no stopping her. Although Schnek had a three point lead in the second game, Saina quickly caught up through her cross court smashes. There were some crucial points in the matches, when it looked like the German would win, but Saina’s resilience took her forward.

In the semi-finals on Saturday Saina lost to Li. Saina had a little difficulty in the first game, but breezed through the with an 8 point lead in the beginning and kept extending it to win the game. In the deciding game at 11-all Li dominated with her superior skill and speed and beat Saina.

She has rightly said that this has been the best year for her. In addition to her Olympic bronze, she also won the Indonesia Open Super Series Premier, Denmark Open Super Series Premier, Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold, and the Thailand Open Grand Prix Gold. It would have been brilliant if Saina was able to hold on to win a 5th title.

www.sports365.in has some great badminton equipment. From shoes to racquets we have it all. Do check out our online store for these products from various brands like Yonex, Artengo,Vector X, Head and Silvers. Buy sports merchandise from us and you can also avail irresistible offers.

Message from our brand ambassador: Lara Dutta

This is definitely the season to be jolly! With the festival of lights over and Christmas and New Year not far off, I’d like to wish you all a great festive season!

Lara Dutta
Lara Dutta

The best part of our celebrations is relishing various culinary delights. Do make sure that you exercise in moderation as well as have an exercise plan to burn those calories that you add. The good news is that there are many ways you can get back in shape after a diet slip up such as this. Ideally I find a combination of moderation and regular exercise a good way to keep me looking fit and feeling great! But once you have over indulged, do make sure you make enough time for exercise of some kind. I personally prefer yoga and aerobics to shed those extra kilos and get back in shape. At Sports365, we make sure that we bring the best of fitness equipment and accessories to help in fighting the bulge.

As the age-old adage goes, Health is Wealth and what best way to enhance the spirit of wellness than by gifting your loved ones the joy of good health with exclusive gift cards from Sports365? They can use the gift card to choose from a wide selection of sports and fitness goods like yoga accessories, sports shoes, apparel and sports equipment. Try something different this festive season and join the fitness wagon. Here’s wishing you a very happy festive season once again!

A mountain bike guide for dummies.

Buying a mountain bike can be quite a challenge if you don’t know what exactly you are looking for. Mountain bikes are designed with strong frames, high-grip durable and high shock absorption which makes them more resilient to handle rough terrain. Another unique characteristic of mountain bikes is that the brakes have higher clearance in order to avoid debris and dirt build up. This blog article will give you insights into the four main features of a mountain bike which are suspension, brakes, frames and gear shifters:

Suspension

Deciding the kind of suspension you want is the most important decision you will have to make regarding the bike.

There are basically two kinds of suspension:

  • Full suspension – front and rear suspension
  • Hardtail – only front suspension

Full suspension bikes ensure more comfort and offer better control in comparison to their counterparts.  The downside of the full suspension bikes is that they are heavier, and their efficiency is a little less compared to hardtail suspension bikes. Full suspension bikes are usually more expensive.

Full suspension:front and back suspension
Full suspension:front and back suspension

The hardtails also have some advantages. Firstly, pedaling is much easier and more efficient especially when the terrain is relatively smooth. They are also lighter and low maintenance bikes. The lack of suspension translates every movement you do into an instant reaction,hence improving maneuverability. If you are looking for a much more explosive and adrenalin rush packed ride, the hardtail is the best option.

Hardtail suspension:only front suspension
Hardtail suspension:only front suspension
Hard tail suspension Full suspension
Weight Lighter Heavier
Terrain Smoother terrain Severely rocky terrain
Power transfer More power transferred Less power transferred
Ride comfort Harsh at times Mostly smooth

Breaking systems

In addition to the function of making your bike stop, the breaks on your bike also help re-directing your bike and maintaining balance.

There are 3 kinds of breaking systems:

  • Disc Brakes
    These brakes work well under any conditions since they are located in the middle of the wheel. So, they remain dry even when biking on wet trails. However, they are heavier and more expensive. They also cool down fast (due to the higher surface area, making them the ideal choice for downhill ride (Brakes lose stopping power if they cross a certain temperature range).
  • Rim Brakes
    The advantages of the rim brake system is that it is lightweight, inexpensive, and offers good braking performance, as long as the rims are kept in good condition. Unlike disc brakes they do not perform well on muddy and wet terrain. These are not very common nowadays.
  • V- Brakes
    Nowadays V-brakes are standard in all ranges of Mountain Bikes. They are lightweight, easy to install, and inexpensive. However, V-brakes are not very suitable when biking on wet roads. The cables will be prone to rust, unless they are greased on a regular basis.
Type of bakes Terrain
Disc breaks Ideal for wet terrain also
Rim breaks Ideal for dry surfaces
V-brakes Better suited for dry surfaces

Frame

There are four materials from which bike frames are made:

Steel

Most entry-level mountain bike frames are made of steel. Bikes with steel frames are   stronger and more durable. Steel frames are fairly inexpensive in comparison to other materials. However, this makes the bike heavier and that it can be prone to rusting.

Aluminium

Next in line is aluminum. Aluminium frames are light and rust-proof. They are less expensive than steel frames. A couple of disadvantages are that they are not immune to breakage and cannot withstand repeated stress. Therefore aluminium frames are not preferred by most mountain bike riders as the terrain is usually rough, and the frame is constantly subject to stress especially when there is a heavy rider. Despite this, many prefer aluminuim frames because they are stiffer and provide a string base for climbing.

Carbon fiber

Carbon fiber frames are one step better than the aluminium ones. They are similar to aluminium frames in terms of weight and being rust-proof. These frames are very strong and are not as expensive as the titanium frames. Again these frames are prone to breakage, and this breakage happens suddenly and usually at the worst possible time. These frames can be quite expensive.

Titanium

Top-of-the-line mountain bike frames are now made from titanium. They surpass aluminium and carbon fiber frames in terms of weight and durability. A titanium frame is very strong, in and so it is best suited for heavier riders owing to its ability to handle larger loads. Titanium frames also flex which enable the bike to absorb terrain vibrations, this is another plus point. But like the other frames the titanium frames also have their drawbacks. Firstly, it is very expensive and because of this they usually fall beyond the range of all but the most serious cyclists.

Material Advantages Disadvantages
Steel Strong and durable Heavy
Aluminium Light, rust proof Cannot withstand repeated stress
Carbon fibre Light, rust proof More prone to breakage
Titanium Very strong and absorbs impact well Expensive

Gear shifters/ Derailleur
Before riding out of the store with your new Mountain Bike, be sure to comprehensively check the shifting of the gear. Run through all the gear ratios and see if it shifts smoothly without hesitation. Pedal also for a time to see if it doesn’t shift while pedalling without you touching the shifters. Also make sure that the cables are caped at the end. See if the limiting screws are adjusted correctly so you won’t accidentally shift off the chainring or cog.

(Limiting screws-When you ride your bicycle, the front derailleur is responsible for pushing the chain to different chain rings. By selecting a larger or smaller chain ring, you will greatly affect how many rotations you need to turn the pedals before the wheel makes a single rotation. If the limit screws on your derailleur are not set correctly, it is possible your chain will slip out of gear or be thrown off of the chain rings entirely.)

Lastly, invest in a high-end rear derailleur coupled with good shifters. This is the part that needs more precise shifting than the front.

In addition to this there are a few other things that must also be taken into consideration, they are:

Pedals

The different kinds of pedals available in mountain bikes are:

Cage pedals

These pedals have a clip or extension which secures the foot onto the pedal. One of the biggest advantages is that this prevents your foot from sliding while pedaling. The cages are usually plastic or metal cages. The cage has a strap which can be adjusted around your foot. The second advantage is that by keeping the ball of your foot centered over and attached to the pedal, you can maximize the power and efficiency of your pedal stroke. This becomes more noticeable during hill climbs.

These kinds of pedals are ideal if you often go on long rides that are relatively uninterrupted by traffic stops, toe clips can give you a noticeable power boost by allowing you to use both sides of your legs. However while using these pedals ensure that you slide your foot properly out of the pedal when coming to a full stop else you will fall.

Cage pedals
Cage pedals

Clipless pedals
Clipless pedals are actually a system comprised of special pedals and cleats, devices included with the pedals that attach to the soles of clipless cycling shoes. Once you have the cleats bolted to your shoes and the clipless pedals on your bicycle, you simply put on your new shoes and step on the pedals to click your feet securely in place. Clipless pedals have the following advantages:

  • You have more power throughout the pedal stroke and while accelerating and climbing.Because your feet are locked into the pedals when riding,
  • Clipless pedals also give you more control by letting you use your feet for maneuvers such as hopping pavement cracks, railroad tracks and more exciting obstacles if you’re riding off road.
  • Lastly, because you can get in and out so quickly, you’re more apt to get your feet down and land safely should you need to dismount quickly.
Clipless pedals
Clipless pedals

Platform pedals

Theseare the regular pedals which are broad and flat. Some platform pedals have notched edges or a surface that grips your shoe treads to maintain a better connection. Arguably, the biggest benefit of the platform pedal is that your foot is free to step off at any time. Whether you use your bike to commute around a town or a city, ride trails or go off-road, not having to worry about reaching down to loosen toe clips or twisting your heel out of a clipless pedal can give you the peace of mind that you’re not going to fall over when you make fast stops. These pedals are not as expensive as its counterparts. But the disadvantage is that if you are riding in wet conditions, your foot can slip off the pedal.

Platform pedals
Platform pedals
Type of pedal Advantages
Cage pedals Prevents feet from slipping, more efficiency
Platform pedal Foot is free to step off anytime
Clipless pedal More efficiency, more control

Handlebars

When looking at handlebars there are a few aspects that you have to take into consideration:

Width

More width gives you more control, but slows down your ability to snap the bike into turns. Low, narrow bars make you more aerodynamic and ergonomically efficient for long stretches of pedaling. Therefore ideally handlebars with more width are better for mountain bikers because one needs to have as much control when riding on rough, uneven terrain.

Width Advantages
More width Offers more control
Narrow bars Provides aerodynamics for long stretches

 Handlebar Position

You should now know that having your handlebars further forward will give you more power. This will also give you better aerodynamics and high speed control. Having a lower handlebar will allow you to pull up more under hard acceleration and again give you better aerodynamics. If you choose to have the bar closer to you and/or higher up it will be more comfortable but you won’t be able to ride as fast as you are capable.

Handlebar position Advantages
Further forward More power, better aerodynamics
Lower handlebar Good aerodynamics
Higher handlebar More comfortable while riding

Depending on the kind of terrain that your are most likely to use your bike on, you can choose a handlebar position.

www.sports365.in has a great range of mountain bikes. The most versatile ones are the Rockrider series from Btwin. We also deal in other brands like Cannondale and Trek, and sell bikes for both adults and kids. If you want to buy a mountain bike online do check out our online store for some great options.