Soma’s New Gaping Gator Dirt Drop Handlebars
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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
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!

(more…)

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
SRAM’s New Force and Rival 1 Drivetrains
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If you’ve ever wanted more versatility in your cross bike, touring bike or all-road bike on a 1x platform, SRAM’s latest product venture might pique your interest. XX1’s original success has since trickled down on the mountain side to the ever affordable GX plaform and now, both Force and Rival offer 1x drivetrains to accompany CX1.

You can now run up to a 42t cassette on SRAM’s 1x road levers, provided your wheels are 135mm spaced with XD driver compatibility. Or, opt for the standard 11-speed 11-36 cassette. With a range of X-Sync chainrings, you can achieve a wide range on your road bike as well.

Personally, I’m pretty stoked to see this versatility now offered from SRAM and can’t wait to see what else is to come from 1x road offerings. For some reason, I can’t help but gravitate towards the idea of a 48t Chainring with a 11-42t setup…

Check out a few more photos below and see more at SRAM. (more…)

Apr 17, 2015 31 comments
Seabase on Teide

Talk about monumental scenery. Fixed gear mountain bomber Patrick Seabase is back, tackling another resting giant in his latest video.

Apr 17, 2015 6 comments
Rocky Mountain’s Sherpa Overland Bike
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Words by Morgan Taylor.

Rocky Mountain was the first company to take a stab at the 27.5+ tire size, with 2.8″ tires mounted to 45mm rims appearing on their Sherpa concept bike at the Sea Otter show this time last year. After a year of further tweaking, an under-the-radar appearance on Gabe Tiller’s Pushwacking the Idaho Hot Springs Route story under engineer Lyle Vallie, and all the refinement necessary to bring this new platform to market, the production version of the Sherpa “overland” bike is ready to hit the shop floor. (more…)

Apr 16, 2015 9 comments
Bikepacking Arizona’s Black Canyon Trail

To accompany the launch of their new Sherpa Overland bikepacking platform, Rocky Mountain bikes worked with Brian Vernor to produce a short film on Arizona’s Black Canyon Trail. These Canadian freeriders and XC racers are surely out of their element in the hot desert sun, but the vibe is right and this one should get the stoke going for a weekend adventure.

Apr 16, 2015 7 comments
the 2015 Melburn Roobaix
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It’s crazy to think that the Melburn Roobaix is in its 10th year and that registration is already almost open… This year, each registrant gets free access to the Melbourne Custom Bicycle Show as well as a commemorative cap. I gotta say, I’ve got the itchin’ to pick up a ticket again.

Head to Melburn Roobaix for more information and to Coffee Supreme in Melbourne on April 18th and 19th to register early.

Apr 15, 2015 1 comment
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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
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!

(more…)

Apr 18, 2015 3 comments
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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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SRAM’s New Force and Rival 1 Drivetrains
SRAM_1x-1

If you’ve ever wanted more versatility in your cross bike, touring bike or all-road bike on a 1x platform, SRAM’s latest product venture might pique your interest. XX1’s original success has since trickled down on the mountain side to the ever affordable GX plaform and now, both Force and Rival offer 1x drivetrains to accompany CX1.

You can now run up to a 42t cassette on SRAM’s 1x road levers, provided your wheels are 135mm spaced with XD driver compatibility. Or, opt for the standard 11-speed 11-36 cassette. With a range of X-Sync chainrings, you can achieve a wide range on your road bike as well.

Personally, I’m pretty stoked to see this versatility now offered from SRAM and can’t wait to see what else is to come from 1x road offerings. For some reason, I can’t help but gravitate towards the idea of a 48t Chainring with a 11-42t setup…

Check out a few more photos below and see more at SRAM. (more…)

Apr 17, 2015 31 comments
Seabase on Teide

Talk about monumental scenery. Fixed gear mountain bomber Patrick Seabase is back, tackling another resting giant in his latest video.

Apr 17, 2015 6 comments
Rocky Mountain’s Sherpa Overland Bike
sherpa-detail-presskit

Words by Morgan Taylor.

Rocky Mountain was the first company to take a stab at the 27.5+ tire size, with 2.8″ tires mounted to 45mm rims appearing on their Sherpa concept bike at the Sea Otter show this time last year. After a year of further tweaking, an under-the-radar appearance on Gabe Tiller’s Pushwacking the Idaho Hot Springs Route story under engineer Lyle Vallie, and all the refinement necessary to bring this new platform to market, the production version of the Sherpa “overland” bike is ready to hit the shop floor. (more…)

Apr 16, 2015 9 comments
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Bikepacking Arizona’s Black Canyon Trail

To accompany the launch of their new Sherpa Overland bikepacking platform, Rocky Mountain bikes worked with Brian Vernor to produce a short film on Arizona’s Black Canyon Trail. These Canadian freeriders and XC racers are surely out of their element in the hot desert sun, but the vibe is right and this one should get the stoke going for a weekend adventure.

Apr 16, 2015 7 comments
the 2015 Melburn Roobaix
MELBURNROOBAIX2015

It’s crazy to think that the Melburn Roobaix is in its 10th year and that registration is already almost open… This year, each registrant gets free access to the Melbourne Custom Bicycle Show as well as a commemorative cap. I gotta say, I’ve got the itchin’ to pick up a ticket again.

Head to Melburn Roobaix for more information and to Coffee Supreme in Melbourne on April 18th and 19th to register early.

Apr 15, 2015 1 comment
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