Foundry Brings Us the Chilkoot Titanium Road
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These days, I feel like road bikes aren’t getting the love they deserve. Everything’s either “all-road” or cyclocross spefic, with disc brakes and massive tire clearances but there’s something to be said about a solid, race-inspired road bike with clearance for a 28mm tire.

That’s where Foundry’s new Chilkoot titanium road bike comes into play. Built using Foundry’s proprietary 3Al/2.5V titanium double-butted tubing the Chilkoot is both a road racing machine and a bike that will last for years on end.

Because a lot of people prefer Di2 compatibility on their bikes, Foundry added hidden ports to the frame and a clean, removable cable stop to the downtube. A 1 1/4” tapered ENVE road fork adds a bit of front-end stiffness for quick accelerations and the english threaded BB will ensure a creak-free ride.

Personally, I’m impressed with the Chilkoot. Road bikes are fun and this one in particular looks like a lot of thought went into addressing a much-needed market. $4,695.00 for the complete as shown with Ultegra 6800 or as a frame for $2495.

See more photos below and more at Foundry.
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Jun 30, 2015 2 comments
Shreddin’ in the Deep South

The South has some amazing trail networks, including Coldwater Mountain in Anniston, Alabama. Eric Porter and Cody Kelley spent a week there, ripping the ribbons of deep south dirt, eating grits and biscuits, all while soaking in the rich culture. Makes me want to road trip!

Jun 30, 2015 3 comments
Lone Wolf Cycling: KYTL Jerseys
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Sometimes the fun hurts. Lone Wolf’s latest jersey reminds us that with an all-over tiny dagger print in hunter orange to help your fellow trail mates keep track of you. Available in a club cut or race cut now from Lone Wolf Cycling.

Jun 30, 2015 1 comment
Rapha: the Longest Day Trailer

Here’s an interesting concept from Rapha:

“Rapha asked some of its riders to ride from sunrise to sunset across the reaches of the world, from France to the United States to Japan. One film crew flew from point to point to document the rides and learned that no matter where a long ride takes place there are common elements that unite.”

From the looks of this trailer, one of those common elements are insane landscapes. I can’t wait to see the full-length.

Jun 30, 2015 No comments yet
Cadence: Open House this Thursday
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This Thursday, Cadence’s shop is having an open house to launch their new Keta kits. They’ll also have select works from Dustin Klein on display as well as a For the Love of Mud screening. If you’re in the Los Angeles area, make sure you swing by!

Jun 30, 2015 No comments yet
Ibis Announces the New and Improved Ripley 29r
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One of my personal favorite 29’rs just got a facelift and a new, lower, slacker brother. The Ripley is back and better than ever. With new cable routing, a threaded BB, bigger tire clearance, stiffer eccentric cores and many other improvements, the new Ripley is sure to deliver one hell of a fun time on the trails. For those wanting an even rowdier option, the new Ripley LS gets lower and slacker (from a 69.2° to a 67.5° head tube angle in the large) to excel at downhill blasting.

Head over to Ibis to check out more information on the Ripley, and to your local dealer to check one out!

Jun 29, 2015 No comments yet
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Shreddin’ in the Deep South

The South has some amazing trail networks, including Coldwater Mountain in Anniston, Alabama. Eric Porter and Cody Kelley spent a week there, ripping the ribbons of deep south dirt, eating grits and biscuits, all while soaking in the rich culture. Makes me want to road trip!

Jun 30, 2015 3 comments
Lone Wolf Cycling: KYTL Jerseys
kytl_jersey_5

Sometimes the fun hurts. Lone Wolf’s latest jersey reminds us that with an all-over tiny dagger print in hunter orange to help your fellow trail mates keep track of you. Available in a club cut or race cut now from Lone Wolf Cycling.

Jun 30, 2015 1 comment
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Rapha: the Longest Day Trailer

Here’s an interesting concept from Rapha:

“Rapha asked some of its riders to ride from sunrise to sunset across the reaches of the world, from France to the United States to Japan. One film crew flew from point to point to document the rides and learned that no matter where a long ride takes place there are common elements that unite.”

From the looks of this trailer, one of those common elements are insane landscapes. I can’t wait to see the full-length.

Jun 30, 2015 No comments yet
Cadence: Open House this Thursday
Cadence_OpenHouse-tall

This Thursday, Cadence’s shop is having an open house to launch their new Keta kits. They’ll also have select works from Dustin Klein on display as well as a For the Love of Mud screening. If you’re in the Los Angeles area, make sure you swing by!

Jun 30, 2015 No comments yet
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Ibis Announces the New and Improved Ripley 29r
Full-Ripley-Orange

One of my personal favorite 29’rs just got a facelift and a new, lower, slacker brother. The Ripley is back and better than ever. With new cable routing, a threaded BB, bigger tire clearance, stiffer eccentric cores and many other improvements, the new Ripley is sure to deliver one hell of a fun time on the trails. For those wanting an even rowdier option, the new Ripley LS gets lower and slacker (from a 69.2° to a 67.5° head tube angle in the large) to excel at downhill blasting.

Head over to Ibis to check out more information on the Ripley, and to your local dealer to check one out!

Jun 29, 2015 No comments yet
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Get Sick New Bike Day
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If you can’t tell, the “sickness” has spilled over into the weekend. I hope you’re all out riding and soaking in the summer sunshine. More on this bike next week!

Jun 27, 2015 11 comments
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The Mellow Johnny’s Local Frame Builders Showcase Recap
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Last week, Mellow Johnny’s had the great pleasure of hosting a frame builder’s happy hour that showcased the work of five local bicycle artisans. With so many talented frame builders in the immediate Austin area, it only makes sense to get them out of their work sheds and together for a party. Icarus, Chumba, Kirklee, Paramour, and Saila all descended upon the shop for a night where they could showcase their work and talk to established fans as well as potential clients.

The energy was rambunctious. Halfway through the night, I found myself surrounded by over 100 people who were enjoying beer, friends, and the company of some beautiful bicycles. The amount of “oh’s” and “ah’s” were uncountable. From someone marveling over the beautiful weld work of Lauren from Saila to an in-depth conversation about carbon frame repair with KirkLee, there was something for all tastes. The amount of support and admiration that was had for these humble local builders was a testament to the tight-knit and passionate community that is evident in Austin’s cycling community.

For myself, the highlight of the night was hanging out with the fellas of Chumba Cycles. After talking with them about their home base right down the road from Pace Bend State Park and witnessing their love of beer, it was clear these guys loved to shred and loved to have a good time. The coolest bike they brought was a fully loaded 29+ rig called the Ursa 29+. Able to fit a 3.0 inch tire, the Ursa is clearly a bike that has the potential to handle just about any terrain you could throw at it. Three bottle cages and the ability to run a Singlespeed, 1x, or 2x set up leads to extreme versatility and the option for fully loaded camping or an afternoon shred session at your favorite local trails. The Ursa they brought was outfitted with their Zulu series bags for handlebar, stem, seat, and frame. Vince from Chumba shared with me his story about taking the bike to Ecuador for a 7-day bikepacking trip from Cotapaxi to Chimborazo and all I could think about for the rest of the night was the plan for my next bikepacking trip!

All in all, the event was a huge success. Good times were had, there was much “nerding out” on bikes, and many Topo Chicos and beers were consumed. If you have a local frame builder in your town and you’re looking for your next bike, it’s so important to see what they have to offer. Check out a few more photos below and see the full gallery at Mellow Johnny’s.

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Jun 26, 2015 3 comments
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