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Strava announced this morning a few new additions to their popular GPS-enabled ride tracking software. The GPS-enabled application currently awards King or Queen of the Mountain (KOM or QOM for short) to the rider who records the fastest time on a prescribed section, or as Strava calls them, “segments.” Riders can see the fastest times on each segment via Strava’s leader boards, and some can be hotly contested.

The announcement this morning contains information about new styles of points that can be won not by the rider’s ability, but his equipment.

“At Strava, we realize that much of the fun of being a cyclist is upgrading components, making your bicycle your own. Our new achievements reflect that spirit,” said Carr Bonne-Fibur, Strava spokesperson.

Complete details of the new scoring system have not been released by Strava, but the new of award will be known as BOM (Bling of the Mountain).

Bonne-Fibur provided parts of the points list to Singletracks.com with caution that it is still in the testing phase and subject to change.

Riders will earn BOM points for exotic bike materials. A frame made of aluminum earns a single point, whereas steel gets two. “Steel is real, bro,” explained Bonne-Fibur. Carbon fiber frames are good for five points, and ultra-rare magnesium is good for a whopping ten points, if you can find one.

Any component painted white is an extra point. “White is the fastest color,” explains Bonne-Fibur. Anodized components are worth a point or two, and of course, any component at all bearing the words “Chris King” is worth ten points. Any Bikes Direct, REI, Performance Bike, or department store bike is worth negative points.

Chris King headsets are worth a whopping twenty points. “No human being, blindfolded, can tell a Chris King headset from a Ritchey or a Cane Creek, yet riders lay out big bucks for them,” said Bonne-Fibur. “They deserve BOM points for that.”

Some of the more complex point calculations involve the rider himself. For instance, overweight riders on ultralight bikes earn extra points for spending hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars on equipment rather than getting their bodies into decent shape.

We can’t wait to try out the new app when Strava rolls out their next update. Get out those wallets and earn some points, guys!

# Comments

  • slipfinger

    I have to disagree with white being fastest, red is by far the fast color on the planet!

    • Stl_Greaser

      Man, everybody knows yellow is the fastest color!

  • AJ711

    I read this and had a few thoughts.

    1) Crap, I have a Chris King rear hub. What is that going to earn me?
    2) Double dukes, my bike frame is white!
    3) No mention of carbon fiber? Huh, well, the Haven bars won’t be too bad.
    4) Wait, it’s April 1st. I have nothing to worry about.

    Still, if it would be interesting to see the dichotomy this would create. Both those that spent texA$ on bike materials and those riding single speed, hard tail, no front shock, 29ers trying to “get back to their roots”.

    “I’m faster!”
    “Yeah, well, my bike has fewer points than yours, therefore, I’m better.”

    Still, I got a good laugh out of this.

  • skibum

    The Singletracks equivalent of “The Onion!”

    Gotta’ love it.

    This did, however, make me think of a sort of reverse concept for Strava–how ’bout handicapping rides? If you log in with a 15 year old 26″ steel hardtail with rim brakes and hit a gnarly downhill run, you get a 20% handicap–so you can still show up as faster than the dude on the blingy new carbon 29er fully!

    • blundar

      I love the reverse concept! When I ride my 1989 rigid frame chromoly bike, I should get recognized when i hit a nice single track… Instead of BOM, it would be OOM (Old-school of the mountain). LOL

  • gar29

    Duh! Haha, had me going for a minute. I was thinking you’ve got to be kidding me!, then realized what day it was!

  • Bubblehead10MM

    If it’s not going to happen as of tomorrow, well it should. Or maybe they could have KOM under $1K, $2K so forth. Can I count medical expense and lost work in the price of my biking?

  • Stl_Greaser

    All I was thinking before I realized this was a joke was man how the bike thieves are going to love this!

  • Jared Fuchs

    I was really looking forward to see what a carbon and titanium leg would earn for BOM points.

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