Is it Worth it? Kitsbow’s Alpha Snap Jacket
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While doing reviews of higher pricepoint products like the Kitsbow Alpha Snap Jacket, I’ve found it’s best to set the expectations in the opening paragraph, so here I am, setting those expectations. Now, this jacket is close to $400. It’s made in Canada, from Polartec® Alpha® insulation, a fabric used by the military for years. Read that as very expensive fabric please. This review’s intent is to answer if indeed, the Alpha Snap Jacket is worth the pricepoint, addressing anyone who might be considering the purchase, yet want more information.

I’m not trying to sell every single reader of this site a $400 jacket, I’m simply showcasing some details and thoughts of said jacket to help anyone who has considered buying it. If you want to read on, please do, if this jacket isn’t for you, no worries, no harm done.

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Apr 21, 2015 29 comments
For the Love of Mud Now Available on Blu Ray
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For the Love of Mud, the artistic glimpse into cyclocross racing is now available on a limited edition Blu Ray disc. Stock is dwindling though, so head over to For the Love of Mud quick to pick up a disc. Benedict is in town, here in Austin for a few weeks, so I’ll be trying to pull together an impromptu screening at the Radavist HQ. Stay tuned!

Apr 21, 2015 2 comments
Trail Hunter in the Sawtooth Range

One of the nicest guys in mountain biking, Matt Hunter takes to Sun Valley’s high elevation singletrack with his buds. Whether you’re into covering a bunch of distance on a huge loop or setting up a base camp and doing day trips, Idaho’s Sawtooth National Forest is a bucket list riding destination.

Apr 21, 2015 No comments yet
Steel Magazine 10
Steel10

Steel Magazine number 10 is officially out in stores and available for online purchase. Head over to Steel to read this issue’s synopsis or to pick up a copy.

Apr 21, 2015 No comments yet
Wolf Tooth Bites Down on Stainless Direct Mount Rings for SRAM
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I’ve been using SRAM’s own direct mount ring for a few weeks now and love it. While I’m all for the slick black aesthetic of their native design, it’s hard to deny the appeal of stainless. Wolf Tooth Components just launched a super durable, SRAM-compatible, made in the USA direct mount chainring for your 1x system. Head over to Wolf Tooth Components for more information and availability.

Unfortunately, in the time this post was scheduled, all that remains are the 24t rings, so if you’re looking for that size, you’re in luck. If not, you’ll have to wait for a restock…

Apr 20, 2015 4 comments
Soma’s New Gaping Gator Dirt Drop Handlebars
Soma_Gator

Never underestimate the benefits of a wide, flared-out dirt drop. Especially for off-road riding. While 655mm might sound like a MTB bar width, all that leverage in a shallow drop can add just the right amount of control to your MTB, cross or all-road bike.

Soma’s new Gator Bar looks like a beast! Check out more at the Soma blog and see the specs below.

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Apr 20, 2015 10 comments
Morning Routine

Here’s another short film from Ben Johnson, the eye behind First Lookout from a couple months back. In this piece Ben’s captured another early morning ride experience with a punchline that should resonate. While the film features a product, for which the video is an ad spot, it certainly doesn’t feel that way.

Apr 20, 2015 1 comment
Moonriders

This looks phenomenal!

“The video was captured in Zermatt Switzerland on the bottom of the famous Matterhorn. Just for fun we went out on the evening of the 7th of March to capture some moonlight shots; with only the four of us to put it all together. We used a variety of techniques ranging from filming on skies with handheld gimbal, drone shots and and some time-lapse. Only due to cutting edge technology is it possible to capture the incredible images illuminated only by moonlight.”

See more at Moonriders.

Apr 19, 2015 1 comment
Kona Four Corners: Zone

For their next Four Corners video, Kona kicks it into high and heads south. The Zone is designed for a road racer who wants a little more from their bike. This Scandium frameset utilizes the same geometry as the carbon Zone and includes a carbon fork with a tapered steerer tube. It also features internal routing, fender eyelets and room for up to a 32mm tire.

See more at Kona.

Apr 19, 2015 1 comment
Ritchey’s New Breakaway Tourer
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I can’t think of a better bike to utilize Ritchey‘s Breakaway system than a touring bike. Especially one that can run either 700c x 40mm or 27.5 x 2.1″ wheels. These new Breakaway tourers feature an integrated head tube and will be available in the fall. The pricepoint is to be determined, but expect them to be around the same as the standard Breakaway.

Apr 19, 2015 10 comments
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Is it Worth it? Kitsbow’s Alpha Snap Jacket
Kitsbow_Alpha_Snap-1

While doing reviews of higher pricepoint products like the Kitsbow Alpha Snap Jacket, I’ve found it’s best to set the expectations in the opening paragraph, so here I am, setting those expectations. Now, this jacket is close to $400. It’s made in Canada, from Polartec® Alpha® insulation, a fabric used by the military for years. Read that as very expensive fabric please. This review’s intent is to answer if indeed, the Alpha Snap Jacket is worth the pricepoint, addressing anyone who might be considering the purchase, yet want more information.

I’m not trying to sell every single reader of this site a $400 jacket, I’m simply showcasing some details and thoughts of said jacket to help anyone who has considered buying it. If you want to read on, please do, if this jacket isn’t for you, no worries, no harm done.

(more…)

Apr 21, 2015 29 comments
For the Love of Mud Now Available on Blu Ray
BR-4

For the Love of Mud, the artistic glimpse into cyclocross racing is now available on a limited edition Blu Ray disc. Stock is dwindling though, so head over to For the Love of Mud quick to pick up a disc. Benedict is in town, here in Austin for a few weeks, so I’ll be trying to pull together an impromptu screening at the Radavist HQ. Stay tuned!

Apr 21, 2015 2 comments
Trail Hunter in the Sawtooth Range

One of the nicest guys in mountain biking, Matt Hunter takes to Sun Valley’s high elevation singletrack with his buds. Whether you’re into covering a bunch of distance on a huge loop or setting up a base camp and doing day trips, Idaho’s Sawtooth National Forest is a bucket list riding destination.

Apr 21, 2015 No comments yet
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Steel Magazine 10
Steel10

Steel Magazine number 10 is officially out in stores and available for online purchase. Head over to Steel to read this issue’s synopsis or to pick up a copy.

Apr 21, 2015 No comments yet
Wolf Tooth Bites Down on Stainless Direct Mount Rings for SRAM
SDM-24T-SST-02_1024x1024

I’ve been using SRAM’s own direct mount ring for a few weeks now and love it. While I’m all for the slick black aesthetic of their native design, it’s hard to deny the appeal of stainless. Wolf Tooth Components just launched a super durable, SRAM-compatible, made in the USA direct mount chainring for your 1x system. Head over to Wolf Tooth Components for more information and availability.

Unfortunately, in the time this post was scheduled, all that remains are the 24t rings, so if you’re looking for that size, you’re in luck. If not, you’ll have to wait for a restock…

Apr 20, 2015 4 comments
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Soma’s New Gaping Gator Dirt Drop Handlebars
Soma_Gator

Never underestimate the benefits of a wide, flared-out dirt drop. Especially for off-road riding. While 655mm might sound like a MTB bar width, all that leverage in a shallow drop can add just the right amount of control to your MTB, cross or all-road bike.

Soma’s new Gator Bar looks like a beast! Check out more at the Soma blog and see the specs below.

(more…)

Apr 20, 2015 10 comments
Morning Routine

Here’s another short film from Ben Johnson, the eye behind First Lookout from a couple months back. In this piece Ben’s captured another early morning ride experience with a punchline that should resonate. While the film features a product, for which the video is an ad spot, it certainly doesn’t feel that way.

Apr 20, 2015 1 comment
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Moonriders

This looks phenomenal!

“The video was captured in Zermatt Switzerland on the bottom of the famous Matterhorn. Just for fun we went out on the evening of the 7th of March to capture some moonlight shots; with only the four of us to put it all together. We used a variety of techniques ranging from filming on skies with handheld gimbal, drone shots and and some time-lapse. Only due to cutting edge technology is it possible to capture the incredible images illuminated only by moonlight.”

See more at Moonriders.

Apr 19, 2015 1 comment
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Kona Four Corners: Zone

For their next Four Corners video, Kona kicks it into high and heads south. The Zone is designed for a road racer who wants a little more from their bike. This Scandium frameset utilizes the same geometry as the carbon Zone and includes a carbon fork with a tapered steerer tube. It also features internal routing, fender eyelets and room for up to a 32mm tire.

See more at Kona.

Apr 19, 2015 1 comment
Ritchey’s New Breakaway Tourer
RitcheyBreakAwayTourer-1

I can’t think of a better bike to utilize Ritchey‘s Breakaway system than a touring bike. Especially one that can run either 700c x 40mm or 27.5 x 2.1″ wheels. These new Breakaway tourers feature an integrated head tube and will be available in the fall. The pricepoint is to be determined, but expect them to be around the same as the standard Breakaway.

Apr 19, 2015 10 comments
Raleigh Introduces the Roker Carbon All Road Disc Bike
Raleigh's Roker Carbon All Road Disc Bike

The carbon disc “all road” market is already pretty full, yet Raleigh found a way to elbow their way through the crowd with the Roker. At the Sea Otter Classic, they unveiled this new machine. The Roker is basedd off the Tamland geometry, with a slightly longer wheelbase, lower bottom bracket and new features like a third bottle cage mount, thru-axles and internal routing.

To further increase versatility, it has hidden fender mounts on the inside of the stays and comes competitively priced with a Tiagra build kit coming in around $3,000 or Ultegra for around $4,000.

This is literally straight from the factory, so expect more details to follow. Check out more photos below!

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Apr 18, 2015 3 comments
Oakley: Chas Christiansen – One Obsession

Yes, Chas!

“What started off as a way to pay the rent in San Francisco, soon turned into a new way of life for Chas Christiansen. Messenger cycling opened up a world of opportunity and introduced Chas to an international community of like-minded people. Taking his bike everywhere that he goes, travelling the globe in search of new people, cultures and experiences.”

Nice one, Oakley.

Apr 18, 2015 No comments yet
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