Ashes to Agassiz

This looks like a wild project…

“It’s been a journey, you could say. A real barnburner. A man at the top of his professional prowess, his mountain bike a natural extension of him, one of the best riders the sport has ever seen. But like all great heroes, adversity comes a knocking. For Graham Agassiz, a relatively benign descent—one he’s done a hundred times before—reached out with its wicked limb and smacked him down. Shoved a fat slice of humble pie in his kisser. With his neck broken and a career in jeopardy, the road back to the top is now lined with dangers and demons.”

See more, including some great photos at Kona!

Jul 14, 2015 1 comment
SOLD OUT: Porcelain Rocket and the Radavist MultiKOM Charlene Seat Packs
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If Froome and Porte decided to take on a bit of soul riding, they might don these new collaboration Charlene seat packs. Whether you’re actually trying to KOM hard climbs, or just want to take on the Mountains of Madness within, these MultiKOM packs will inspire both heckling from friends as well as personal badassery. Made in Canada by Porcelain Rocket, printed on licensed MultiCam fabric and the perfect size for everything from commuting to road riding to light bikepacking trips.

Oh and Happy Bastille day!

Limited Edition of 21 only for 21 stages of the Tour. Each bag is $150 USD and costs $5 for shipping to the USA and $10 International.

See more information and pick one up below SORRY, SOLD OUT. (more…)

Jul 14, 2015 6 comments
The Manual for Speed Artist Residency Kits
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Manual for Speed is keeping you cool during the hotttt summer months by teaming up with five different artists and allowing them full access to the canvas we call “cycling kits.” The first two kits to be released feature the artwork of Jerry Inscoe and Mike Perry.

Additional kits designed by Sigrid Calon, Karan Singh, and Zio Ziegler are set to be released later this summer. 

For now, check out Jerry Inscoe and Mike Perry’s cycling kits at Manual for Speed’s web shop.

Jul 14, 2015 1 comment
The Rapha Classic Sunglasses
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I love it when Rapha does small projects like this. Especially when they’re made either in the UK or in the case of sunglasses, Italy. Mazzucchelli 1849 and Carl Zeiss Vision have created sunglasses for the luxury cycling brand and you know what? They look damn good. Check out more details below and see the full collection at Rapha.

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Jul 14, 2015 22 comments
Winter Bicycles Certeza Road
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I don’t know what’s more impressive, Winter Bicycles‘ work or the fact that builder Eric Estlund always comes up with unique names for each build. In this case, a modern road model called Certeza, which is Portuguese for certainty, sureness and confidence.

The Winter Certeza is made from a selection of True Temper and Dedacciai tubes, with a confident Columbus MAX fork. The shaped tubes are joined with an elegance found only in smooth fillet-brazing.

For the kit, Eric built the Certeza with Dura Ace 9000, C24 wheels and a PRO kit. The Cane Creek headset is done in matching black and silver. To complete the build, a stem with a “French Point” treatment. The frame and fork are designed to accommodate a range of tire widths for different surfaces and are shown with 25mm Veloflex tires. Keith Anderson provided the Certeza with it’s deep pearl white paint and gold drop shadowed logos.

Check out more detailed photos below and as always, stay on top of Winter via their Instagram.

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Jul 13, 2015 10 comments
Status
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I figured with all the emails I’m receiving regarding the status on everything from bottles to kits, I’ll just make a post, beginning with a bit of a overall site status.

We lost our office last week. Bummer. The rent was hiked up way too high and we were essentially priced out. Things happen. Luckily, we were moved to a new space in the same complex. Yay. Unfortunately, we’re still having to move everything which believe it or not takes some time. It’s only been a year and yet it feels like we’ve just settled in. This week will be relatively slow on the site while we scramble for normalcy.

That said, all bottle orders shipped last Wednesday, so you should be receiving them shortly. ENDO customs finished the kits and they’re landing in Austin any day now. We’ll get your orders packed up and shipped as soon as possible. There’s also a surprise coming later this week, so squirrel away a couple dollars.

Thanks for all the support and thanks for understanding. We’re still a small operation here on the site, so when things move out of equilibrium, it takes us a bit to keep everything in order. If you have any comments, questions or other needs, drop them below.

Jul 13, 2015 13 comments
Boulder’s Cognoscenti Tour Preview
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Photos by Kevin Scott Batchelor

Cognoscenti offers guided, catered and supported road tours through the mountains surrounding Boulder, Colorado. As a preview for what the team offers, photographer Kevin Scott Batchelor tagged along for a shakedown of sorts. Check out the story below. For more information on Cognoscenti and how you could win a free package, along with a $500 travel voucher, head to over to their Dream Tour site.

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House of Stoke: Stay Cutty Chas Christiansen Bar
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House of Stoke is a new component company, started by Adam Eldridge of Stanridge Speed. While the components are made overseas, they’re based on popular shapes, like a mid-reach, shallow drop track crit or road bar at a drastically discounted pricepoint. The first product out is the Chas Christiansen signature bar, featuring illustrations and words to keep the stoke alive. Carbon fiber, with a 140mm drop and a 84mm reach. Priced competitively at $207. Check out more at House of Stoke.

Jul 10, 2015 29 comments
Spencer Harding’s Idaho Hot Springs Mountain Bike Route Photos Are Amazing!
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Photos by Spencer J Harding

When I first saw Gabe’s photos from this ride, It looked like an amazing route and after seeing Spencer’s photos from the same-ish trip, I’m aching to get out onto this system. The Idaho Hot Springs Mountain Bike Route is one of the latest series of maps from Adventure Cycling. It’s a challenging course with plenty of rewards, but at a cost…

See Spencer’s excellent documentation at his Flickr!

Jul 9, 2015 5 comments
Firefly Bicycles: SPLAT!
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I’m so glad to see this. For a few reasons. One of which it’s my friend Ross’ seat post for his tourer, which is ramblin’ through Montana right now. Another is why wouldn’t you request anodization like this if you’re getting a Firefly?

Jul 9, 2015 4 comments
The Col Collective: Col de la Bonette

The Col de la Bonette is famous for being steep and windy, but it is also home to the abandoned Camp des Fourches, once home to a battalion of Alpine troops. Check out the latest from the Col Collective!

Jul 9, 2015 2 comments
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Spencer Harding’s Idaho Hot Springs Mountain Bike Route Photos Are Amazing!
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Photos by Spencer J Harding

When I first saw Gabe’s photos from this ride, It looked like an amazing route and after seeing Spencer’s photos from the same-ish trip, I’m aching to get out onto this system. The Idaho Hot Springs Mountain Bike Route is one of the latest series of maps from Adventure Cycling. It’s a challenging course with plenty of rewards, but at a cost…

See Spencer’s excellent documentation at his Flickr!

Jul 9, 2015 5 comments
Firefly Bicycles: SPLAT!
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I’m so glad to see this. For a few reasons. One of which it’s my friend Ross’ seat post for his tourer, which is ramblin’ through Montana right now. Another is why wouldn’t you request anodization like this if you’re getting a Firefly?

Jul 9, 2015 4 comments
The Col Collective: Col de la Bonette

The Col de la Bonette is famous for being steep and windy, but it is also home to the abandoned Camp des Fourches, once home to a battalion of Alpine troops. Check out the latest from the Col Collective!

Jul 9, 2015 2 comments
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Cycling Karelia

“Karelia was a convenient location for both friends to get to from their cities. Andrey and Alexander decided to start from there and then go wherever they would be able to — say, Vottovaara mountain, the highest spot of the west Karelia hills. It is said to be of a spiritual, somehow magical value, and different shamans or television people tend to come there a lot. They pray, dance, hug each other and seem to have a great time. But for the guys the definition of a great time is different — they were planning to get an unforgettable travelling experience and take a look at the wonderful Karelian nature in winter. And that was quite a challenge!”

Woah…

Jul 9, 2015 1 comment
Yonder Journal’s Piute Pass Has Begun
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The gang took to high Sierra in their latest excursion, which coincidentally still had snow at altitude. Snow and rain. Did I mention it’s still cold up in those parts? Day 01 seems like a cake walk compared to what they’ll experience later on in the trip, so head over to Yonder to read all about it, while their bikes are still in one piece…

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Velo Orange: The Piolet Frame Has Landed
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Velo Orange’s “all-road” tourer, the Piolet is now in stock. Designed to fit a large tire, in various wheel size platforms*, the Piolet can shred one-track, two-track and no-track. An affordable option for those wanting to take on bikepacking or excursion style riding. My favorite detail is the non-sus corrected segmented fork with all the braze-ons and the wishbone stays.

But the very best detail? The price. $685 for the frameset… See more information at Velo Orange!

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Jul 8, 2015 14 comments
Giro Brings MIPS to the SYNTHE
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Last year at the Tour, Giro unveiled the SYNTHE helmet. A lightweight, aerodynamic, well-ventilated helmet with a clean, minimal profile. This year, the SYNTHE got safer with MIPS, or multi-directional impact protection system. MIPS is the by-product of the science behind safety, which in my opinion is more important than any speed or aerodynamic efficiency testing you’ll read online. Another factor to consider is looks. There are colors to match your desired look, from black to fluorescent. The SNYTHE looks good, which will make you want to actually wear your helmet more.

See more on the SYNTHE with MIPS at Giro and check these out at your local dealer in the Fall.

Jul 8, 2015 Comments are OFF
Mission Workshop: Loch House
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Scotland seems other-worldly to me and Sam Needham’s photos in the newest Mission Workshop Field Test series capture that bleak, yet serene, almost alien landscape. Head over to Mission Worskhop to check out the full report.

Jul 8, 2015 Comments are OFF
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SOLD OUT! The Radavist Trail Friends Purist Bottle Package – Texas
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Red n yellow kill a fellow… As a youngster who spent a lot of time in the woods of North Carolina hunting down snakes, this saying resonated throughout my pre-pubescent mind. As an adult who still spends a lot of time in the woods, when I see a colorful banded snake, it’s the first thing I recollect. While the coral snake rarely claims any victims, barring the occasional drunken fool, these snakes are the most venomous in North America and in many regards, the most beautiful. The Texas Coral Snake is a completely different subspecies from its other North American family. The main difference is, it tends to wear more black…

Paired with this colorful bottle is a Opuntia cactus, commonly called the Prickly Pear, it too can leave you with some puncture wounds if you’re not careful. My run-ins with these plants occur more on the dinner plate that tire sidewall however. Nopales is a standard-issue taco option here in Texas, so order it up next time you’re ’round these parts. I wouldn’t dare eat our slithering friend the Texas Coral Snake.

Artwork by Kyler Martz, inspired by nature.

Pick up a pair of these 22oz Purist bottles (that’s one Coral Snake and one Prickly Pear. Sorry, we’re mixing it up here) for $18.00 plus shipping ($5 domestic $14 international). Please limit one order per customer. If you place two orders, I’ll cancel the second order! SORRY SOLD OUT!

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Jul 7, 2015 7 comments
PAUL Component Engineering Talks Klamper Disc Brakes

Here is the man who designed and fabricated the Klamper disc brake calipers. Paul Price has been making rad shit in Chico California since 1989. He’s seen trends come and go, yet when a piece of technology makes a leap industry-wide, he knows when it’s time to design a product to keep on top of the demand. Discs are here to stay and now, there’s a USA-made option. Good on ya, Paul. I can’t wait to give a set a run!

Jul 7, 2015 2 comments
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Paul Component Engineering Klampers Have Landed!
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I remember a comment here on the Radavist. It went something like “If GOD wanted disc brakes on drop bar bicycles, then PAUL would make them…”

Well, the Klampers are here and they’re ready for public consumption. In short pull (for SRAM, Shimano, etc road levers) or long pull (for top pull brake levers), in black or silver. I don’t even know why I’m typing anything because they’re probably already gone! Made in the USA in Chico, California and tested by the guy whose name is on each caliper.

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Jul 7, 2015 34 comments
Yonder Journal and Ultra Romance Take You to Club Macho
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I had no idea this was even a thing! Benedict, aka Ultra Romance has a feature on Yonder Journal entitled “Club Macho” where he lays down the law on what it takes to be a Bike Hobo in contemporary society. Episode 01 takes you to New Zealand, somewhere that might not be super obtainable for you Northern Hemispherites, yet Episode 02 takes place in Shredona, Arizona…

I’ll take full creative direction on that bottle of Rosé in Bene’s Iris King Cage tho’…

Jul 7, 2015 Comments are OFF
Wolf Tooth Direct Mount SRAM Rings in Stock up to 38t
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I love the direct mount chainring interface and I love SRAM’s cranks, so when Wolf Tooth offers up a tasty 38t option, with a 40t and 42t on the way, It’s hard to say no. I raced all last cross season on a 40t Wolf Tooth ring but would gladly take a direct mount for this season… Check out more at Wolf Tooth.

Jul 7, 2015 Comments are OFF
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