Category Archives: Products
44 Bikes Looks at XTR and XX1 in Detail

Rivalries between component manufacturers are ongoing. When SRAM introduced XX1 a few years back, they made quite the stir yet die hard Shimano loyalists were still uninterested. For people like Kris at 44 Bikes, riding as many different setups as possible helps him better understand his client’s needs, which is why he took a look at XX1 versus XTR on his site. Head over to 44 Bikes to check it out.

Sep 5, 2015 8 comments
Chas’ Cinelli Mash Work Bike with Zipp Firecrest 404 Track Wheels
Chas' Cinelli Mash Work Bike with Zipp Firecrest 404 Track Wheels

Chas’ Zipp Firecrest 404 Track Wheels
Photos by Kyle Kelley, words by John Watson

When Zipp announced their Firecrest track wheels in both the 404 (58mm deep) and an 808 (82mm deep) model, it was very apparent they were making wheels specific to the track criterium crowd, not the velodrome crowd. Track racers who invest in a set of Zipp’s would opt for the Firecrest 404 or 808 tubulars. The clincher Firecrests are clearly designed for the street use.

These new 404 Firecrest track wheels come in a 28h front / rear 2x lacing pattern, use a single-sided fixed asymmetric rear hub with a non-proprietary lock ring and rather than go for a 15mm bolt, Zipp chose a 6mm allen.

Chas has been racing on these wheels, which found their way onto the Cinelli Work frameset. A steel singlespeed frame that can be ran as a fixed crit bike, work bike or even a singlespeed ‘cross machine. Kyle caught up with Chas at the Wolf Pack Hustle Civic Center crit a few weeks back and loved the look of these wheels.

With the Red Hook Crit Barcelona underway this weekend, Chas, his bike and those wheels will go through a thorough amount of work and personally, I like how this bike is looking.

Zipp Firecrest 404:
58mm deep
1,655g wheelset weight
$950 front and $1,150 rear

Zipp Firecrest 808:
82mm deep
1,805g wheelset weight
$1,100 front and $1,300 rear

In stock now at Zipp.


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Sep 3, 2015 25 comments
The Radavist 2015 Calendar: September

This is the ninth layout of the Radavist 2015 Calendar, entitled “Morning Wheelie”. The camera and location are noted on the bottom left of the document.

The Marin Headlands is an easily-accessed stomping grounds for many SF locals. Visible from the Golden Gate Bridge and Hawk Hill, trail runners, hikers and cyclists alike find refuge from the busy city life in its hills. Early mornings bring about a dense marine layer and piercing sunshine, which makes for an awe-inspiring experience. Throw in a wheelie and you’ve got all the ingredients for a killer photo.

This photo in particular was requested by multiple people to be the September calendar image. Thanks for the recommendation, y’all!

For a high-res JPG, suitable for print and desktop wallpaper*, right click and save link as – The Radavist 2015 Calendar – September. Please, this photo is for personal use only!

(*set background to white and center for optimal coverage)

Sep 1, 2015 2 comments
Surly’s New Cheater Bar
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Surly makes reliable, solid, affordable components and bicycles. Something we can all appreciate. Their newest dive bar is a spin on one of their first sweep bars. The Cheater Bar is a 11º sweep, 31.8 clamp, 4130 bar that’s 780mm wide, 427g and will cost ya $80 bones at your local bike shop. Not bad! Check out more babel at Surly.

Sep 1, 2015 4 comments
Enthralled with the Rock Shox RS-1
Rock Shox RS-1

No one ever said “a fork is a fork.” Well, maybe they did but I doubt they were talking about suspension and in the case of the Rock Shox RS-1, this is unlike any other fork on the market today. Before I get ahead of myself here, I’ve struggled with how to address this review. Without sounding like a copy and paste of marketing jargon, it really is the best fork I’ve ridden, for my specific type of use: XC riding with a bit of rowdiness. (more…)

Aug 31, 2015 30 comments
Yanco’s Cetma Wrap and Bottle Holster

Yanco is a bag maker in Los Angeles probably known best for his collaboration project with Tracko, the Ramblin Roll. Over recent years however, he’s branched out into making specialty bags for the cycling community in LA.

Currently, he’s making everything from packraft bags, to handlebar pouches and little projects like this Cetma rack “wrap” he uses to make deliveries or on errands. It’s not a full-on bag and that’s the beauty of it. There’s little weight added and it stabilizes load. Also new to his product line is the bottle holster. While these can be found from numerous vendors, I liked his draw chord detail.

If you’re digging these bags, be sure to give him a follow on Instagram @jonesville and holler at him if you’d like one.

Aug 27, 2015 8 comments
Chris King Announces a Whole Lotta New Stuff for Spring 2016

The influx of Eurobike product launches has begun and while I couldn’t make it over there this year, some friends at Chris King sent over some new product launches, some slated for spring 2016 and some now available. There’s a lot of information, so I’ll just list it below. In short: thru-axle, singlespeed, centerlock, boost and the return of turquoise! (more…)

Aug 26, 2015 8 comments
Surly: Introducing Wednesday – the Bike Not the Day

Wednesday is Surly’s new Omniterra fatbike and although it shares a similar stance to its brother, the Pugsley there are a few key differences in both the geometry and technical detailing. For starters, it boasts a centered 177mm vs 135mm offset rear spacing, a 44mm head tube, shorter stays, a longer top tube and various other tidbits of interest.

Head over to Surly to read all about Wednesday – the bike, not the day.

Aug 26, 2015 16 comments