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Seven Months with the Santa Cruz Tallboy LTC 29′r with SRAM XX1
Seven Months with the Santa Cruz Tallboy LTC 29'r with SRAM XX1

I love long-term reviews. “Here, take this bike, travel with it and shred it for around six months, then send it right back to us.” Pretty ideal, huh? Especially when there’s a no-strings-attached policy. If you like it, do a review, or don’t, no big deal. Just get out and ride it. For The Radavist, that’s how I like to do product reviews: honestly and with no commitments. The problem is, you’ve got to be really stoked on a bike to want to ride it a bunch, and then photograph it / write about it.

Reviewing bikes is something I don’t often do, partially because I rarely get the chance to ride anything else besides my own bikes but mostly because so few companies contact me to review their bikes. One of the companies that has embraced what I’m doing over here is Santa Cruz and I can’t complain. Great company, great bikes and as I said before, no strings attached.

When Santa Cruz offered to send me out a Tallboy LTC with SRAM’s new – at the time – XX1 groupet back in December, I obliged! Who wouldn’t? I traveled with it, raced it a few times and rode the shit out of it for half a year.

While the world of the $8,000 – $10,000 MTB is certainly saturated at this point, I’ve ridden a few of them and yet I keep wanting to come back to the Tallboy and its unique riding characteristics. The best way I can describe the way this bike rides is solid. There’s no “plastic feel” to the frame, no annoying resonance when you hit technical sections and when the bike tells you to go in a particular direction, it’s usually on point… What often requires honing are your own skills and your confidence on that bike in particular.

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Jul 30, 2014 9 comments
Bike Mag: Packing for the French Maritime Alps with the Acre Hauser Bag
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People ask me all the time about what I bring on big bad rides and I thought I had my selection dialed, until I saw this in the Bike Mag Following Cards Day 4 editorial the other day:

“One set of L-bend allen keys; hand pump; 4 tubes; lighter; Euros; US dollars; 5 canadian dollars; housing end caps; cable ends; matchmaker; derailleur cable; chain; EpiPen; first-aid kit; spare bolts; cleats; Time pedals; knife; rope; gloves; zip ties; T-25 torx; chain breaker; chain pliers; electrical tape; chain lube; brake pads; XX1 rear derailleur; multi-tool.”

All that, in a Acre Hauser pack – not to mention one of those ultralight Orion jackets!

Jul 30, 2014 8 comments
Outlier: Runweight Shorts
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One of the reasons why I love Outlier is they’re always looking to make their products better, or at least better-adapted to however you find yourself using them. Their new Runweight shorts are even lighter weight and have no seams at the crotch, making them virtually chaffing-free. Perfect for running, jogging, swimming, cycling, bass fishing and even just sitting on your ass, poolside.

Now if I can just figure out what Lars is running from!

See more at Outlier.

Jul 29, 2014 8 comments
Blackburn Introduces the Central 100 front and 20 Rear Lighting System
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I was using my Central lights for a few months now, on multiple bikes before I lost them in all my travels. I particularly liked the rear, because I run a generator lamp on my tourer and it wasn’t annoyingly bright for people riding behind me. I even found the front to be exceptionally bright for what many would consider a “blink light”.

The Central lights mark a new push for Blackburn as they will slowly be releasing new products over the next few months, most of which I’ve had hands-on experience with and all of which I’m anxiously awaiting more testing time.

See more on the Central 100 Front and Central 20 Rear below!

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Jul 29, 2014 8 comments
Sold Out: Radavist Rune Stem Cap
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Let the raidō rune point you in which ever way your ride or journey takes you. These RADAVIST Rune top caps come in black only and are $12 shipped worldwide a piece. Made by Kustom Caps in the US of A.

Pick one up below. I will discount shipping if you buy more than one.

SOLD OUT

Jul 29, 2014 8 comments
K-Edge Garmin Mounts and Chain Catchers are Made in the USA

So, the other day, I’m thinking I need to buy a Garmin mount for my new Argonaut, but I didn’t want a plastic one. After seeing the K-Edge mounts all over, but having never owned one, I thought, what the hell, a balleur mount for a balleur bike.

This is a totally random post, but after spending some time at the K-Edge site, I really admire what they’re doing. Buying made in the USA – or any domestically-produced – accessory like this keeps an industry alive and keeps people employed. I’m ok with that.

Check out K-Edge‘s offerings at their site and ask your local bike shop to carry them!

Jul 24, 2014 7 comments