ACRE has a recap of this year’s Trans Provence with their rider Ty Hathaway – who coincidentally walked away as the top American finisher in the race. If you love photos of peeling singletrack carved into French mountains, this is a photo essay for you.
Head over to ACRE for the full scoop!
With special emphasis on hard tail… This Mosaic MT1 is unique.
Kyle’s no stranger to xc racing. He’s competed in – and won – a number of state and regional championships and has been climbing the ranks of the local race series. The angles on this bike are very XC-race specific (72.5 STA 70.5 HTA) and the parts were specified for, you guess it, racing. Just look at that cassette. That’s how someone who usually races singlespeed in the geared category – and wins – specs a cassette.
Sure, the 3T bars are a bit narrow by today’s standards, but as a XC racer, Kyle knows exactly what he wants. Take for example, the detail that stands out the most, the integrated seat post, something you don’t often see in a MTB. In fact, Mosaic doesn’t traditionally make ISPs on their mountain frames and for good reason. If you hit a drop and land on the saddle awkwardly, you could kink or worse, break it.
Prior to building the bike, Aaron from Mosaic double checked that Kyle knew what he was doing. From there, the seat tube was reinforced and Kyle’s bike was ready to go. I love the curves and tubing diameter of titanium mountain bikes and this hard, hardtail has got to be one of the more unique custom frames I’ve shot this year.
In Austin, Mosaic Cycles can be ordered through Austin Bikes.
FOMO and the Blast Zone
Photos by Ethan Furniss and words by Kyle Von Hoetzendorff
Ours is a world ripe with opportunity, one in which we have been blessed with the time and resources to pursue activities of leisure. I have spent a significant amount of time planning and accumulating a trove of memories that are anchored in recreational pursuits; time I mostly cherish, time like it or not I can never get back, because time is never in my corner. It races forward, thoughtlessly giving away it’s infinite increments, while I am left to selfishly consider how best to squander my finite tokens. We’re the singular results of our choices, moving from consequence to consequence with such persuasive and pervasive insistence as to appear pre-determined. Actionable or not, the appearance of choice haunts our rationale like a plague, at every turn a cross roads, at every stop a trailhead, skeins of choices beget skeins of choices towards a knotted and unpredictable future.
Last year, when Salsa introduced the Bucksaw full suspension fatbike, it caused quite a stir. It did, in fact, feature the then brand-new Rock Shox Bluto fork, which in itself was a catalyst for heated internet discussion.
Yesterday Salsa poured it on with the announcement of the Bucksaw Carbon. A full-suspension fatbike with a carbon front triangle, seat stay and an aluminum chainstay. This sheds 300 grams off the total frame weight.
If this is your kinda thing, and how can it not be, then head over to Salsa to see more!
David “G-RÄF” Graf is a Swiss BMX champion with a talent for shredding fat bikes! This one’s great. Thanks for sharing this video, Justin.
Are you a woman that loves to MTB and wants to work with a rad company like Juliana? Well read up:
“Juliana riders reflect a go-getting attitude that inspires us to get on our bikes, go out there, and ride. We’re ready to grow our family, and are looking to support more racers, ambassadors, and juniors in our dealer communities in the US and Canada. If you identify with the spirit of Juliana Bicycles and share our passion for riding mountain bikes, get in touch and tell us about yourself.
We’re currently accepting applications for the following categories: Racer, Ambassador, Junior.”
I hope you sign up and good luck!
First debuted at Interbike, State Bicycle Co’s new singlespeed off-road division is now available for pre-order with a mid-November delivery. Their affordable cross bikes are available with a Reynolds wheel upgrade – which is almost as much as the bike itself, or as frames to be built us to your specification. Blastin into the fat marketplace are two singlespeed fat bikes, one coming in under $500 with an admittedly fun coaster brake setup and another with disc brakes for under $700.
See the full State Bicycle Co Off-Road Division below.
Woah. This one’s a bit weird… Nice job Kitsbow. I love the colors of the trails this time of year.
With Jonathan’s Disc Trucker causing a stir yesterday, maybe Blue Lug’s latest Pugsley build will kick it up a notch. Check out more of this rad custom Pugs at Blue Lug’s Flickr!
This looks amazing! Count me in next year…
“What is Tuscany Trail? It’s an adventure, not a race, in other words an experience: an unusual, exciting and uncertain experience. A bikepacking experience. It’s unsupported: there’s a start and a GPS track, but nothing more. Everybody has to plan the course looking at their needs and attitudes or listening to what their body communicates. There’ll be who is challenging himself and who’s taking it easy, relishing the stunning view.
640 km (400 miles), with an elevation gain of 12000m (39000 feet), where half of them are on gravel roads and singletrack.
This is Tuscany Trail.”