Category Archives: road bike
Mat’s 2010 Rock Lobster Road
Mat's 2010 Rock Lobster Road

Paul Sadoff has been getting a lot of love here on the Radavist as of late and surprisingly, a lot of the recent the bikes featured have been steel. These days, I feel like Paul is doing more aluminum frames, so when I catch sight of a steel road bike like Mat‘s 2010 Rock Lobster with Dura Ace and Chris King, in a bright blue I have to shoot photos of it.

Mat went with the pewter head badge upgrade, orange nipples, orange Salsa skewers and used his trusted Concor saddle for the finishing touches on what otherwise is a relatively straight forward build.

Steel road bikes will always have a place in this world and bikes like this are perfect examples of aesthetic balance and function.

May 7, 2015 32 comments
The Radavist 2015 Calendar: May
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EDIT: Just re-upped the photo to high res, sorry for the initial low res download.

This is the fifth layout of the Radavist 2015 Calendar, entitled “Marin’”. The camera and location are noted on the bottom left of the document.

Those SF locals will recognize this coastal road in Marin County with its swooping descent and gigantic switch back. I’m not sure what’s more beautiful, the scenery or the number of people cycling!

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

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

May 1, 2015 3 comments
Firefly Bicycles: Repetitive Pattern
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There’s something really striking about the pattern treatment on the back of this Firefly’s seat tube. The anodizing fade is spot on. For your daily dose of Firefly deliciousness, follow them on Tumblr.

May 1, 2015 1 comment
Climb

“Climb” is a short video featuring a mostly gravel road on the col des Chevreres in the Vosges mountains, where le Tour came last year. It also happens to be the home of 2014 Tour 3rd place guy, Thibault Pinot…

Apr 29, 2015 Comments are OFF
The Col Collective: Col Agnel

Like picturesque villages, clinging onto the sides of gargantuan beasts like the Col Agnel? Well, the Col Collective has just the thing you’re looking for…

Apr 28, 2015 1 comment
Speedvagen Surprise Me Rugged Road with Campagnolo EPS 11
Speedvagen Surprise Me Rugged Road with Campagnolo EPS 11

For one of this year’s new paint designs, Sacha White of Vanilla / Speedvagen worked with Japanese customer and brand buddy, Masashi Ichifuru, or Ichico as he’s called by friends. Ichigo initially helped Sacha design their Speedvagen National Kit for Japan.

When asked to describe the end result, Sacha White relayed the following:
“What he designed was quintessentially Japanese insofar as it had aspects that were refined and represented high craft, but it also had all of this killer, super cute Japanese pop culture vibe.”

The resulting kit that Ichico designed was a pattern of text alternating between Katakana and English, spelling out Speedvagen in the two alphabets. Mix in Speedvagen’s signature colors and it was so good it had to make its way on a bike frame, resulting in a visual representation of where Speedvagen is right now.

This Surprise Me paint scheme will make an appearance during this year’s CX season and it won’t be alone. Speedvagen will be releasing the desesign in new colors, that will be accompanied by some very special, traditional Japanese goods.

On to the build itself, we’re looking at a Rugged Road model, which is essentially a road bike with larger clearances and disc brakes. This particular bike was built using ENVE, Chris King bits and Campagnolo EPS 11 speed. Some notes of interest are the battery charging port at the bottom bracket cluster, the newly-designed Speedvagen disc dropout and that elegant seatpost topper.

On a personal note, this was one of my all-time favorite bikes from Vanilla…

Apr 24, 2015 42 comments
Ritte Racing’s New Stainless Disc Snob Road with Paul Klampers
Ritte Stainless Disc Snob Road Bike

For 2015, Ritte Racing has reenvisioned their Snob road frame to fully adopt disc brakes with 30mm tire clearances in mind. The new OS 630 Stainless frame is custom hardened in-factory, laser mitered and tig welded to last a lifetime. Each Snob Disc comes with a 1-1/4″ Enve Disc Road fork and Chris King IS-8 headset. To provide an ample platform for butting those oversized tubes together, the Disc Snob uses a PF30 bottom bracket, which coincidentally delivers stiffness where riders like to feel it.

This particular bike was on display at Sea Otter and was built using the latest working prototype Paul Klamper disc brakes. All I can say is there’s a whole lotta bad-assery going on here. Good job, Ritte!

Expect the Disc Snobs to drop in June with an MSRP of $3,000.

Apr 21, 2015 29 comments