Category Archives: MTB
The Rawland Cycles ULV Is a Bikepacking Slayer
The Rawland Cycles ULV Is a Bikepacking Slayer

Rawland had a reboot recently, resulting in two frames, the RAVN and the ULV. While the ULV is a 27.5+ drop bar bikepacking rig, the RAVN is an all-road, meant for more traditional touring. Both of these bikes use chunky rubber tires and drop bars and are part of Rawland’s Berserkerverks line, featuring a porteur rack with light mounts, and 12×148 Thru-Axle disc brakes. Both the ULV and RAVN look like tanks, but I was impressed with the weight, or lack thereof. A lot of bikes like this are light on the eyes, yet heavy on the hands, but not these Rawlands.

Both the ULV and the RAVN are available for pre-order now at Rawland, as both a complete for $2,999 and a frameset for $950*. Expect more to come as samples become available for review. I’m stoked to see Rawland back at it.

*kickstand not included. ;-)

Sep 23, 2016 21 comments
Sunday Shredders

Summer is relentless here in Southern California. With temperatures spiking into 100º in LA today, Ty from Golden Saddle, Tom from Stinner Frameworks and I decided to ride in the mountains in hopes of there at least being a breeze. Needless to say, the only things blowing in the wind were those two. Check out a few more photos below!


Sep 18, 2016 6 comments
Bikepacking British Columbia’s Chilcotin Range – Gabe Tiller
Camel Pass

Bikepacking British Columbia’s Chilcotin Range
Photos and words by Gabe Tiller

I merely whetted my appetite for the Chilcotins last year. It was a fun, albeit short trip. It was challenging in its own right, but really gave me an appreciation for Canada’s mountain ranges and how, errrr, ‘fun’ it is to drag your mountain bike through them. Regardless, in recent years the Chilcotins have become quite popular. They’re one of the few Provincial Parks to allow mountain biking and one of the few places to ride alpine terrain.

I mean: push your bike through alpine terrain. Scott from Porcelain Rocket once told me “The Chilcotins are a perfect place for a singlespeed. You’re either pushing your bike, or grabbing handfuls of brake lever. There’s very little pedaling to be had.” And he’s right. Regardless, the payoff is worth it. Once you push your bike—or more frequently the case—lift and hoist and scramble your bike to the top of a pass you’re rewarded with hordes of giant vicious biting horse flies. (more…)

Sep 15, 2016 24 comments
Bang for Your Buck: the Ritchey Timberwolf 27.5 Hardtail MTB
Bang for Your Buck: the Ritchey Timberwolf 27.5 Hardtail MTB - Photo by Kyle Kelley

When I first saw this frameset, I was in love. Why? Well, when a company like Ritchey makes a hardtail mountain bike that only a few months prior was something you had to order from a framebuilder, you know they’re paying attention. Before the Timberwolf, Ritchey’s mountain bike offerings were built with cross-country geometries. Personally, I like slack front ends and longer travel forks. They still climb great but the difference in descending is noticeable, especially after getting bucked for hours on end while riding our Southern California trails. Yeah, the Timberwolf is a new breed of mountain bikes, from a company founded by one of the forefathers of the sport. The best part is, you can get rowdy on this bike for hundreds less than a custom frame.

At $899, the Timberwolf comes as a frame with bright orange paint and classic Ritchey logos. Or you can buy it complete, as equipped here for $3,499 (minus the dropper post.) When people email me asking what mountain bike frame they should start out with, if buying used isn’t an option, I point them to the Timberwolf. Why? Let me break it down… (more…)

Sep 14, 2016 64 comments
RockyMounts MonoRail Swing-Away Platform Rack

If you’re looking for a bike rack for your hatch back, check out the new RockyMounts MonoRail swing-away platform rack. This new rack fits 2″ hitches and will hold bikes with wheel sizes between 20-29″. The spacing of this rack ensures there’s zero frame to frame contact, including fatbikes with suspension and wide, 197mm rear spacing.

The MonoRail also utilizes a proprietary anti-wobble chromoly hitch tube that’s lightweight and corrosion resistant, a locking hitch pin, and a cable lock. As shown, it’s MSRP will be around $529.95 and includes a lifetime warranty, or you can buy a third add-on for $149.95.

RockyMounts will have more information after Interbike on their website, but you can contact them for ordering information now.

Sep 13, 2016 4 comments
Second Spin Cycles’ 1985 Yeti Built and Sold by John Parker
A 1985 Yeti Built and Sold by John Parker

Second Spin Cycles’ 1985 Yeti Built and Sold by John Parker
Photos by John Watson and words by Martin Kozaczek

Unless you’ve lived in a cave for the past 30 years you’ve probably heard of Yeti Cycles. Not much has changed in that time. The bikes are still turquoise and still made to go fast. Yeti has always stuck to its foundation in racing, and the alumni roster reads like a list on the wall in the Hall of Fame, with names like Tomac, Furtado and Graves just to name a few. Yeti outlasted most of its competition during those years as their bikes have evolved only enough to ensure they are as fast as their racers. Unlike some bike companies that either don’t embrace their past and culture or don’t have one to really rally around, Yeti is all about their history and more importantly, their tribe. If you’ve been to their HQ or one of their annual Tribe gatherings you’re likely to see some of the more significant bikes from their past. That lineup is soon to be joined by the bike featured here, which is the first Yeti ever sold!!! The story goes a little something like this. John Parker bought out the tooling for 26” BMX “Motocruiser” stalwart Bicycle Bob Wilson and his Sweetheart Cycles brand, and welded up 3-5 bikes. Needing a new name to distinguish his new bike from a Motocruiser, he chose Yeti, named after a sleeping bag he liked. This is the first bike he sold under the Yeti name from the storefront window of Emily K’s bicycle clothing store in Santa Barbara, CA. It was purchased by a young woman who owned it until just a couple years ago when a chance encounter with John at a motorcycle show reunited the bike with its maker. (more…)

Sep 12, 2016 12 comments