Category Archives: Products
With the development of the narrow wide chainring, more and more companies are beginning to roll out their own designs for MTB and cross bikes. The newest I’ve come across is Endless, out of Asheville, NC. They machine and anodize everything in the USA and while they currently only offer 104 BCD rings, they do come in an array of colors for 32t or 36t rings.
See more at Endless.
Lifestyle photos by Chris Blott
Shand calls the Stoater a “cross bike for people who don’t race cross” and here in the States, bikes like this get labeled “gravel grinders” or “adventure bikes”. I like to think of them as all-road bikes.
The Stoater can be run as a singlespeed, geared or Rohloff. Shand achieves versatility through using a PF30bb, so it can accept a Beer Components EBB and the Paragon Polydrop dropouts with interchangeable inserts. This, along with modular cable routing, drivetrain swaps are easy. Built from Reynolds 853 with Deda and Columbus stays, the Stoater can take what you can throw at it.
See more of the Stoater at Shand Cycles.
Good news for Japanese readers. You can now buy the Radavist top caps from Blue Lug direct. They’ve got a good amount in stock in both black and purple, so head over to pick some up.
A reader sent me this just now, scoffing at it and all I could think when I saw it was “holy shit, that looks fun!” Call it a monster cross, or a dirt drop 29’r, bikepacking rig, or whatever… yes, beach racer. This bike looks like a marketing hit gone awry, turned legit trail ripper. Also, I love the bars. All it needs are some 2.5″ gumwall Ardents.
Has anyone seen one in person? See more at Koga.
Thanks for sharing, Sam!
Bikepacking bags have gained a lot of momentum in the market over the past few years and now Blackburn offers up their take on these simple designs. By utilizing a standard dry sack, the Outpost Seat Pack and Bar Roll make it even easier to load and unload your bike, all while remaining secure, even on the most technical singletrack.
See more Outpost products at Blackburn, including their new Cargo Cage and Top Tube bag.
As interesting as retro-inspired jerseys are, there’s very little quality to the run-of-the-mill reproductions you’ll find online. Unless you’re looking at DeMarchi’s offerings. These 100% made in Italy jerseys are either full merino, or a merino blend. They won’t itch or pill like other repro jerseys and some even have a unique story behind them. Take, for example that Cinelli jersey… It’s an exact replica of Doug Dale’s own:
“Doug Dale, a well-known American racer in the 1960’s and ’70’s lent us his original cycling jersey for the replica, one that he obtained from the legendary Kopp’s Cycles in Princeton, New Jersey USA.”
Such craftsmanship and heritage isn’t cheap, but then again, at least you know where it’s made!
See more at DeMarchi!
Never one to leave the ladies out of their kit designs, Cadence just stocked their Pro Motion Women’s kit. Head over to Cadence for more! These really do look great.
DZR’s shoes got an upgrade with a fiberglass shank and a molded heal cup, not to mention a limited edition camo colorway. They’ll even add the cleats of your choice to the order. See more at DZR.
People keep talking about dropper posts on cross bikes and while I understand their concerns, I think these Ergon CF3 posts are the perfect solution for those wanting a post that absorbs rough roads or trails. They’re light, fairly easy to setup – use a torque wrench! – and I was amazed at how much “shock” they actually absorb. Aside from rider weight limitations (220lbs), they seem to be resilient. I’ve since put it on my cross bike for trail riding and even after some remounts and wrecks, it hasn’t slipped. I didn’t even use the shim…
See more below.
When I posted this Mike Jandora graphic a few weeks back, people kept saying they wanted it on a shirt. Well, Surly actually did make a shirt from the illustration a while back and now they’ve got a re-issue in stock, along with a women’s version.
Head to your local Surly dealer to order!