Wolf Ruck’s Freewheelin’ Article in Freehub Magazine


Photos by Wolf Ruck, words by Brian Vernor

“It was my friend Kevin Wilkins, founding editor of The Skateboard Mag and an avid mountain biker, who first came across the film on YouTube and sent it to me. The upload date said 2010 and the quality of the video was grainy at best, a poorly digitalized version of old celluloid that made it hard to view details.

But you didn’t need a sharp image to see the obvious— if dated—skills of the mountain bikers it portrayed. The mustaches, the fanny packs, and cutoff-jeans, the insane bike setups with everything from drop to bull-moose bars, the riders’ radical style; it all added up to a masterpiece both timeless and purely 1980s.

The film was titled Freewheelin’, and was made with a windup 16mm camera by someone named Wolf Ruck. I immediately emailed Kevin back, and our conversation went crazy from there. We scoured the internet for more information, but beyond the grainy YouTube video, Freewheelin’ seemed to be completely forgotten. The original publishing date said 1985, ancient in mountain bike terms—so ancient that, as far as we could tell, the poetic, funny and, by any standard, action-packed romp was the first mountain bike film ever made.”

Check out this story at Freehub Magazine and make sure you pick up a subscription!

Apr 24, 2018 No comments yet
VonHof’s US-Made ACX Columbus Steel ‘Cross Bike

VonHof is a US frame building operation based in New Jersey, offering road, mountain, and now ‘cross bikes. The ACX is their flagship ‘cross model, designed using Columbus steel tubing, a custom shaped top tube, clearance for 40c tires, T47 bottom bracket and a tapered head tube. The ACX is a straight up racing pedigree frame, with a geometry tuned to match and a sporty, two-tone paint job. Pricing starts at $2,395 for frame and fork with two color paint. See more information on the ACX at VonHof.

Apr 24, 2018 1 comment
Dirty Laundry 2018 TRAILER

The story behind this film is so interesting…

“The film follows my cousin, Zack, and I as we half bike-pack half bike ride across the US with cameras to uncover the dark story behind how or why our grandmother died suddenly from mesothelioma, an asbestos-caused cancer.

We made this film because we wanted people of our generation to know the truth about the fucked up problem of asbestos. It’s something that corporations and the government have covered up for years. Fun fact – the California state rock, serpentine, commonly contains a form of asbestos called “chrysotile”!

We are in the middle of our film festival run and are showing at the Newport Beach International Film Festival on Wednesday, May 2nd @ 7:30PM.”

See more at Asbestos Movie.

Apr 24, 2018 No comments yet
Win a Firefly Frame at D2R2’s Raffle

For three years now Firefly Bicycles has worked with the Boston-area’s D2R2 ride and this year, they’re putting up a frame plus an ENVE fork to raffle…

“Firefly Bicycles is thrilled to donate a custom Titanium All-Road frameset to the D2R2 raffle. D2R2 is an unmatched ride that combines some of the best riding in the country with great organization, delicious food, drink, and a reunion of friends from all over coming together for the love of bikes and to help preserve the land on which we are so lucky have the pleasure to ride. It is our honor to partner with this extraordinary event for the third year in a row.”

See more at D2R2.

Apr 24, 2018 No comments yet
Paul Component’s Limited Rasta Skewers Are Back!

Rasta-inspired, anodized bicycle components are nothing new. From Kooka to Cook Brothers, this red, yellow, and green color treatment has been a staple in the mountain bike industry since the 90’s. Paul Component brought back this popular color treatment, as a special 4.20 release. Which, I blanked on posting! Wonder why… They’re still in stock so head over to Paul to swoop!

Apr 23, 2018 2 comments
Revelate Announces the Vole Dropper Post Saddle Pack

Coming off the Terrapin System 8L, the newest bag from Revelate, the Vole, features a new independent saddle rail attachment and active cam locking buckle systems that give it excellent stability without external mounting hardware. To further stiffen and strengthen the bag, it also utilizes aluminum reinforcement components, composite internal stiffeners, and external plastic bottom sheets for load transfer and protection.

Eric Parsons from Revelate Designs adds: “The Vole was really pushed forward by our ambassadors Kurt Refsnider and Kaitlyn Boyle whose product testing and feedback after using the bag for ultra races were instrumental in its development. Additionally, as dropper posts have become standard on trail bikes I knew we needed to build a bag that would work well with modern bikes on technical trails without dumbing down components.”

To sweeten the deal, Revelate partnered with Wolf Tooth Components to supply the Valias dropper stanchion clamp to ensure your dropper post doesn’t malfunction after bag strap wear.

The 2-7L Vole will have an MSRP of $149.00 including the Valias clamp and is available in alpine
and black camo versions at RevelateDesigns.com.

Apr 23, 2018 No comments yet
You Can Now Pre-Order a DangleBong Titanium Waterpipe Perfect for Bikepacking

When my friend Dan Gullbong told me about his new project for bikepackers and backpackers alike, I thought to myself “Great Scott, this is genius!” Uniting bikepackers and backpackers has been every company in the outdoor industry’s dream. So what was his product? The most ultralight stove? A puncture-resistant sleeping pad that doesn’t sound like a bag of chips when you roll around on it? A revolutionary water filtration system? No. A titanium waterpipe. Dan’s dream came true and the DangleBong was born. These virtually indestructible titanium pieces are up for pre-order now at DangleBongs.com for $119.69 with an estimated delivery of 7/1 – 7/30. DangleBongs. It’s like a joke, but it’s not™

Apr 23, 2018 29 comments
Enjoy the Weekend!

Unfortunately, my time in Santa Rosa, Napa, and Petaluma is coming to a close but man, what a trip this has been! We got tons of great content on the way next week, but for some teasers, check out our Instagram.

Apr 20, 2018 2 comments
Speedvagen Announces the 650B Rugged Road Bike

It was only a matter of time! Speedvagen recently updated their catalog to include this 650b Rugged Road model, equipped to handle on and off-road riding with a plush, 650b tire. While this bike is on display at the Sram Road booth at Sea Otter, their product photos came out beautiful for those of us not attending the event this year. This 650b Rugged Road model is only available as a custom complete and features new Speedvagen custom chainstays, flat mount thru axles, 160mm rotors, and is coated in 2018 paint schemes.

$1000 deposits locks in your spot and Speedvagen are only making 111 full custom bikes this year across all custom models. See more information at their 650b Rugged Road site and a few more photos below! (more…)

Apr 20, 2018 8 comments
WTB Limited Edition NorCal Mountain Bike League Saddle

This is a great-lookin’ saddle, with an even better story and cause!

“WTB has teamed up with the NorCal High School Cycling League to introduce a limited edition saddle where a portion of the proceeds contributes to the Buddy Newman Scholarship Fund, which in turn covers race entry fees for high school athletes throughout the racing season.

With over 1200 kids actively participating and racing in the NorCal League between grades 9 to 12, the league has provided an introduction to the mountain biking community for an ever-increasing amount of high school students. The NorCal League introduces riders of all skill levels to the benefits of a lifetime of mountain biking and helps support the next generation of mountain bikers.

The WTB NorCal League saddle is a Team-level Volt 142 saddle, which features titanium rails and our top-tier DNA Padding. It’s available for purchase through WTB.com for a retail price of $129.95 and a portion of the proceeds will be contributed to the Buddy Newman Scholarship Fund. We only made 100 of these California-inspired saddles, so they won’t be available for long! ”

Scoop one up at WTB!

Apr 20, 2018 1 comment
Wolf Tooth Announces Headsets

Another US-manufacturer just launched their headset line. Minnesota’s Wolf Tooth offers a variety of designs, with custom Seals, featuring Enduro Stainless Bearings, and are made in Minnesota. See more at Wolf Tooth.

Apr 19, 2018 7 comments
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Wolf Ruck’s Freewheelin’ Article in Freehub Magazine


Photos by Wolf Ruck, words by Brian Vernor

“It was my friend Kevin Wilkins, founding editor of The Skateboard Mag and an avid mountain biker, who first came across the film on YouTube and sent it to me. The upload date said 2010 and the quality of the video was grainy at best, a poorly digitalized version of old celluloid that made it hard to view details.

But you didn’t need a sharp image to see the obvious— if dated—skills of the mountain bikers it portrayed. The mustaches, the fanny packs, and cutoff-jeans, the insane bike setups with everything from drop to bull-moose bars, the riders’ radical style; it all added up to a masterpiece both timeless and purely 1980s.

The film was titled Freewheelin’, and was made with a windup 16mm camera by someone named Wolf Ruck. I immediately emailed Kevin back, and our conversation went crazy from there. We scoured the internet for more information, but beyond the grainy YouTube video, Freewheelin’ seemed to be completely forgotten. The original publishing date said 1985, ancient in mountain bike terms—so ancient that, as far as we could tell, the poetic, funny and, by any standard, action-packed romp was the first mountain bike film ever made.”

Check out this story at Freehub Magazine and make sure you pick up a subscription!

Apr 24, 2018 No comments yet
VonHof’s US-Made ACX Columbus Steel ‘Cross Bike

VonHof is a US frame building operation based in New Jersey, offering road, mountain, and now ‘cross bikes. The ACX is their flagship ‘cross model, designed using Columbus steel tubing, a custom shaped top tube, clearance for 40c tires, T47 bottom bracket and a tapered head tube. The ACX is a straight up racing pedigree frame, with a geometry tuned to match and a sporty, two-tone paint job. Pricing starts at $2,395 for frame and fork with two color paint. See more information on the ACX at VonHof.

Apr 24, 2018 1 comment
Dirty Laundry 2018 TRAILER

The story behind this film is so interesting…

“The film follows my cousin, Zack, and I as we half bike-pack half bike ride across the US with cameras to uncover the dark story behind how or why our grandmother died suddenly from mesothelioma, an asbestos-caused cancer.

We made this film because we wanted people of our generation to know the truth about the fucked up problem of asbestos. It’s something that corporations and the government have covered up for years. Fun fact – the California state rock, serpentine, commonly contains a form of asbestos called “chrysotile”!

We are in the middle of our film festival run and are showing at the Newport Beach International Film Festival on Wednesday, May 2nd @ 7:30PM.”

See more at Asbestos Movie.

Apr 24, 2018 No comments yet
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Win a Firefly Frame at D2R2’s Raffle

For three years now Firefly Bicycles has worked with the Boston-area’s D2R2 ride and this year, they’re putting up a frame plus an ENVE fork to raffle…

“Firefly Bicycles is thrilled to donate a custom Titanium All-Road frameset to the D2R2 raffle. D2R2 is an unmatched ride that combines some of the best riding in the country with great organization, delicious food, drink, and a reunion of friends from all over coming together for the love of bikes and to help preserve the land on which we are so lucky have the pleasure to ride. It is our honor to partner with this extraordinary event for the third year in a row.”

See more at D2R2.

Apr 24, 2018 No comments yet
Paul Component’s Limited Rasta Skewers Are Back!

Rasta-inspired, anodized bicycle components are nothing new. From Kooka to Cook Brothers, this red, yellow, and green color treatment has been a staple in the mountain bike industry since the 90’s. Paul Component brought back this popular color treatment, as a special 4.20 release. Which, I blanked on posting! Wonder why… They’re still in stock so head over to Paul to swoop!

Apr 23, 2018 2 comments
Giro ADVERTISEMENT
Revelate Announces the Vole Dropper Post Saddle Pack

Coming off the Terrapin System 8L, the newest bag from Revelate, the Vole, features a new independent saddle rail attachment and active cam locking buckle systems that give it excellent stability without external mounting hardware. To further stiffen and strengthen the bag, it also utilizes aluminum reinforcement components, composite internal stiffeners, and external plastic bottom sheets for load transfer and protection.

Eric Parsons from Revelate Designs adds: “The Vole was really pushed forward by our ambassadors Kurt Refsnider and Kaitlyn Boyle whose product testing and feedback after using the bag for ultra races were instrumental in its development. Additionally, as dropper posts have become standard on trail bikes I knew we needed to build a bag that would work well with modern bikes on technical trails without dumbing down components.”

To sweeten the deal, Revelate partnered with Wolf Tooth Components to supply the Valias dropper stanchion clamp to ensure your dropper post doesn’t malfunction after bag strap wear.

The 2-7L Vole will have an MSRP of $149.00 including the Valias clamp and is available in alpine
and black camo versions at RevelateDesigns.com.

Apr 23, 2018 No comments yet
You Can Now Pre-Order a DangleBong Titanium Waterpipe Perfect for Bikepacking

When my friend Dan Gullbong told me about his new project for bikepackers and backpackers alike, I thought to myself “Great Scott, this is genius!” Uniting bikepackers and backpackers has been every company in the outdoor industry’s dream. So what was his product? The most ultralight stove? A puncture-resistant sleeping pad that doesn’t sound like a bag of chips when you roll around on it? A revolutionary water filtration system? No. A titanium waterpipe. Dan’s dream came true and the DangleBong was born. These virtually indestructible titanium pieces are up for pre-order now at DangleBongs.com for $119.69 with an estimated delivery of 7/1 – 7/30. DangleBongs. It’s like a joke, but it’s not™

Apr 23, 2018 29 comments
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Enjoy the Weekend!

Unfortunately, my time in Santa Rosa, Napa, and Petaluma is coming to a close but man, what a trip this has been! We got tons of great content on the way next week, but for some teasers, check out our Instagram.

Apr 20, 2018 2 comments
Speedvagen Announces the 650B Rugged Road Bike

It was only a matter of time! Speedvagen recently updated their catalog to include this 650b Rugged Road model, equipped to handle on and off-road riding with a plush, 650b tire. While this bike is on display at the Sram Road booth at Sea Otter, their product photos came out beautiful for those of us not attending the event this year. This 650b Rugged Road model is only available as a custom complete and features new Speedvagen custom chainstays, flat mount thru axles, 160mm rotors, and is coated in 2018 paint schemes.

$1000 deposits locks in your spot and Speedvagen are only making 111 full custom bikes this year across all custom models. See more information at their 650b Rugged Road site and a few more photos below! (more…)

Apr 20, 2018 8 comments
WTB Limited Edition NorCal Mountain Bike League Saddle

This is a great-lookin’ saddle, with an even better story and cause!

“WTB has teamed up with the NorCal High School Cycling League to introduce a limited edition saddle where a portion of the proceeds contributes to the Buddy Newman Scholarship Fund, which in turn covers race entry fees for high school athletes throughout the racing season.

With over 1200 kids actively participating and racing in the NorCal League between grades 9 to 12, the league has provided an introduction to the mountain biking community for an ever-increasing amount of high school students. The NorCal League introduces riders of all skill levels to the benefits of a lifetime of mountain biking and helps support the next generation of mountain bikers.

The WTB NorCal League saddle is a Team-level Volt 142 saddle, which features titanium rails and our top-tier DNA Padding. It’s available for purchase through WTB.com for a retail price of $129.95 and a portion of the proceeds will be contributed to the Buddy Newman Scholarship Fund. We only made 100 of these California-inspired saddles, so they won’t be available for long! ”

Scoop one up at WTB!

Apr 20, 2018 1 comment
Pedaled ADVERTISEMENT
Wolf Tooth Announces Headsets

Another US-manufacturer just launched their headset line. Minnesota’s Wolf Tooth offers a variety of designs, with custom Seals, featuring Enduro Stainless Bearings, and are made in Minnesota. See more at Wolf Tooth.

Apr 19, 2018 7 comments
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