As somewhat of a sleeper climb in the Midi-Pyrénées, Hautacam has a nasty reputation for exceeding the difficulty of other more notable passes. With an average grade of 8%, it’s sure to put fire in your legs. Watch as the Col Collective tackles Hautacam in their newest video…
… some videos just make you wanna get on your bike. In the Alps. Like, now. 48 switchbacks of fun! See more at Cani Sciolti Valtellina.
A few people have asked what bike I was pedaling around on the Eroica California course. While it doesn’t meet the pre-1987 guidelines, it’s vintage enough for my tastes. The MX-Leaders have always had a soft spot in my heart. Arguably the most significant bikes to ever leave the Merckx factory, these were race-ready, pedigree machines. Made with Merckx’s proprietary lugs and Columbus MXL tubesets, they were some of the stiffest steel frames at the time.
Perfect for the US team Motorola, or in this case, team Telekom. This frame in particular was Brian Holm’s and while a majority of the MX-Ls were raced with Dura Ace 7400, the bike’s owner, Mark Riedy, decided to go a bit more practical – and classy IMO – with a 10-speed Campagnolo gruppo. He then topped the cockpit off with an ITM stem.
There’s something about the Telekom paint jobs that always did it for me. Flashy, yet classy and an undeniable style. I’d love to add one of these to my collection some day.
Photos by Dan Chabanov
The Van Dessel Hellafaster caught me off guard when it launched. It, along with the Aloominator, boasted performance-minded precision with a phrase you don’t see too often for a $1,500 frameset: made in the USA.
These bikes are made in Portland and are ready for anything. With Di2 compatibility, 28mm tire clearance – fenders! and a sick, black anodized finish, it’s no wonder the Hellafaster is a prime choice for a training or race bike.
Perhaps that’s why Dan Chabanov picked one up? For whatever reason, I’ve had these photos for a while, but totally blanked on posting them, until Dan just called me out – albeit for the 10th time.
Frames like this are important to the US-made cycling industry, so shame on me for blanking on posting these photos. Van Dessel, you’re doing it right.
See more of Dan’s photos below and if you have ANY questions, Ask Dan at his Tumblr.
Rival is one of the most affordable road groups on the market, without sacrificing performance or style. As we saw with the Saila titanium cross build, it doesn’t distract from the bike, yet with 11 speed control, you still get the same precision as the higher end groups. Check out this quick spot showcasing it on a disc road and see more on Rival at SRAM.
While plenty of companies select a blank frame from a catalog and slap a few stickers on them before calling them a day, Fairdale takes more time to design their frames from the ground up. Taj recently illustrated a story on the Fairdale blog, explaining how they design their bikes, particularly the Goodship.
Head on over to read up!
I like the looks and body language of this bike. The Ritte Ace is taking over the road racing lineup, utilizing true one-piece monocoque construction, positive molding with a T700/T1000 Carbon Layup and integrated Di2 or mechanical cabling setups. Because bigger is better, the Ace will also fit 25mm – 28mm tires, depending on rim width and manufacturer’s specs.
Not everything is new with the Ace, however. Ritte adopted the geometry from their Vlaanderen model for familiar handling. See more specs and photos below.
The Long Road to Titus Canyon
Photos and words by Ryan Wilson
It started for me two years ago when I made my first trip to Death Valley National Park. I was rolling along the road to Ubehebe Crater when I passed a little dirt road named “Titus Canyon” that gradually sloped out of the valley floor until hitting a seemingly impassable rock wall a few miles in the distance. No signs of the road switching back and climbing over it… just abruptly ending.
Fast forward to a year later, I had done a bit of research and found that the road does in fact go through the range and over the Nevada border. It’s a 25 mile stretch of dirt that is a one-way road from the Nevada side into California. Plans were set, and I was going to give it a shot. Only hitch was that I wanted to climb it rather than descend it (on a road bike), so I would be heading up going the “wrong” direction, then looping around over a paved pass back into Death Valley…
Purple and teal go surprisingly well together, especially when there’s a slick fade happening like on the latest from Tomii Cycles in Austin. Annie’s Road is strikingly beautiful, but don’t say the word “girly”, because I know I’d take pleasure in riding it, as I’m sure you would too. Once again, JL Custom Paint knocked it out of the park.
Check out more at Tomii Cycles’ Flickr.
So, a reader sent this over, with the subject line “I think this is ok to share” and all that was in the body was this photo. A quick glance at the Eddy Merckx Facebook reveals it’s a tig-welded steel bike, commemorating Eddy’s 70th birthday, which would make sense, but details like pricepoint, country of origin, tubing, etc, etc, etc, seem to be missing.
Personally, I’d rather see a lugged Columbus frame with a steel fork. As far as pricepoint, I’m gonna guess this bike is upwards of $10k, complete… Does anyone have any more information on this?
Turns out, Peloton has the full scoop. Head over there to see more information. It’s stainless steel, hence the tig welding and made in Belgium. Oh and it’s $17k!