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Outskirts: the Shadow of the East Movie

Brothers Gus and Lach got the band back together for a ride from Albania to Istanbul in their latest project entitled the Shadow of the East. In typical Outskirts fashion, this journey was as strange as you would expect in all the ways you wouldn’t. Sit back and enjoy! Check out photos from the ride at their Spark page.

René Herse: Juniper Ridge All Road Tire Now Comes with an Endurance Casing

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René Herse: Juniper Ridge All Road Tire Now Comes with an Endurance Casing

Without sacrificing the feel of René Herse tires’ supple casing, the team has developed endurance casings for many of their offerings, including the popular Juniper Ridge model. This casing, along with the new Hurricane Ridge 700x42mm Endurance Plus tire – a tire used by Ted King during the Dirty Kanza, round out a very plump tire lineup for the brand, including 700C x 38 mm Steilacoom Endurance, 700C x 42 mm Hurricane Ridge Standard, 700C x 42 mm Hurricane Ridge Extralight, 700C x 42 mm Hurricane Ridge Endurance, 700C x 42 mm Hurricane Ridge Endurance Plus, 650B x 48 mm Juniper Ridge Endurance. See more at René Herse.

Engin Cycles: CNC Seat Collars

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Engin Cycles: CNC Seat Collars

Drew from Engin is one of the most thoughtful framebuilders. Everything he machines in-house is done so the highest degree of precision, while still nodding to the aesthetics demanded from today’s clientele. These seat collars are designed to offer the most evenly distributed clamping force over the largest possible area, reducing the stress on frames and sea posts. You no longer have to over-torque your clamps to keep your post from slipping. Doing so can crack your frame, or your post, and prevent dropper posts from working properly. These clamps are made from 6061 aluminum, are plated in three finishes, feature formed threads to prevent stripping, include 6-2-4-2 titanium fasteners, weigh only 29g and are available in 34.9 clamp diameter only. See more at Engin.

Firefly Bicycles: Put Mondrian on It

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Firefly Bicycles: Put Mondrian on It

Do you think the Dutch abstract painter Piet Mondrian would have ever expected to see his unique form of Neoplasticism art used so wildly in pop culture? To the point where a bicycle frame – hell, multiple bicycle frames! – would be adorned with his unique form of abstract art? Firefly Bicycles is working on documenting a beauty of a frame. See more at their Tumblr.

Just Kids: The NICA State Championships in Tehachapi

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Just Kids: The NICA State Championships in Tehachapi

On Sunday, May 19th, I attended the National Interscholastic Cycling Association’s California State Championship mountain bike races in Tehachapi, California. I’m no stranger to a bike race but this was my first time seeing the for high school kids-only mountain bike races, a phenomenon I’ve been aware of since the mid-2000s. The weekend was an illuminating moment, where I was reminded of the joy of racing mountain bikes, and where I witnessed hundreds of kids fiercely battling each other during competition and alternately giving themselves in support of their teammates as well as other competitors. Sunday was full of tears, hugs, smiles, frustration, and joy.

Stayer Cycles: Raoul’s 29’er Dirt Drop MTB

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Stayer Cycles: Raoul’s 29’er Dirt Drop MTB

Stayer Cycles, a framebuilder from East London makes bikes of the off-road variety from production models like their Groadinger and Chigzag to full-on custom project like this. This is Raoul’s second bike from Stayer. This bike was built around two items: Bontrager 3.0” Chubacarbra tires and a front rack duffle bag from Dan at Envelope Bagworks. What Stayer sculpted from those two items is really something else. See more below, check out a more in-depth look at Raoul’s dirt drop bike, and read about more of their custom builds at Stayer!

We’re in Sedona All Week!

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We’re in Sedona All Week!

The Four Corners of the Western United States got engulfed in one last winter storm system last weekend, which has resulted in some magnificent dirt here in Sedona.

Craters and Cinder Cones with El Grupo Bikepacking

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Craters and Cinder Cones with El Grupo Bikepacking

Throughout the Spring I was unfortunate in that I had to miss all of the El Grupo Bikepacking overnight trips except our final one, the big end of season trip.  Colin had devised a modified Craters and Cinder Cones loop so that we could do a half loop as an overnighter.  Now, most of our trips are totally self-supported, but as Colin was still recovering from his Achilles injury, he planned to drive the van and meetup to camp with us.  Nonetheless, the kids still carried all of their gear, but we were lucky to have a little water and snack angel along the way.

The Winners of the Radavist Leatherman Giveaway!

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The Winners of the Radavist Leatherman Giveaway!

Giveaways and contests like this are like turning this plane – the website – into a mirror. It opens the viscera to expose how people ride and recreate. All with a simple click! It shows and shares their passions and their communities. That’s the easy part. The hard part is picking winners! After lots of back and forth with a few judges, the two posts that everyone agreed on were these two photos!

Kawika‘s caption didn’t hurt either! “Fuck these half ass tied, fake food flys… but hey, selfie time, get my good side!” ~ Mr. Peacock Bass

Jose‘s group shot on a bikepacking trip around Real de Catorce showcases his community and the caption is so good!

Thanks to everyone who submitted a photo and had fun with it! We had a blast reading through the comments in the original post and checking out the hashtags!

We’ll be sending off a Leatherman Free to each winner.

We Updated Our Website!

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We Updated Our Website!

Yeah! It was long overdue and a long process but the Radavist 2.0 is finally live thanks to the hard work of Grant Blakeman! Well, it’s partially live. We still have a lot more updates to roll out but the new framework is in place. This post is merely here to allow you to give feedback and for us to give you a walk-through…

The New Santa Cruz Stigmata Got Chubbier… and Lighter

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The New Santa Cruz Stigmata Got Chubbier… and Lighter

Last week, we looked at the new Juliana Quincy, through the eyes and words of Amy Jurries and today, I’ll be taking you through the new Stigmata, as someone who rallied and loved the last model. How does it compare? Read on below.

The Santa Cruz Stigmata was truly one of the first disc all-road bikes that opened my eyes to not only what an off-road bike could be, but what it should be. I loved it so much that it influenced the geometry of my Firefly, yet that initial Stigmata review was over four years ago. A lot has changed in that time and the Stiggy was long overdue for an overhaul, mainly in one specific area, the tire clearance!

INGRID’s L2 and G Cranksets are Made in Italy

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INGRID’s L2 and G Cranksets are Made in Italy

INGRID is an Italian manufacturer, making parts for road, MTB, cross, and all road bikes. From cranks to chainrings, their precision machined components are of the utmost quality and carry an aesthetic, unlike anything I’ve seen come from Italy before. I saw them on a beautiful Legor Cicli All Road at Eroica – which we’ll look at later this week – and I think it’s safe to say, the indicator of a well-designed crank is that it compliments the overall build, not take away from it. Head on over to INGRID to see their full lineup.

Biciclista.US is the US-distributor for INGRID and their lightweight L2 (430g) and G cranksets (620g) are in stock now. See more specs below.

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Danny Daycare

Danny MacAskill shows us his best Dadavist moves in his latest video. Who knew a trailer could get bucked that hard?

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Fox Enters the Race Towards Safer Helmets with the Rampage Pro Carbon

The world of Rampage is something I don’t think is possible to fully understand until you see what those athletes are willing to do in person. Drops, gaps, and jumps that us mere mortals would never attempt, yet these athletes charge them with such confidence that we lose the ability to comprehend what exactly they’re doing. That world has many demands on the riders and Fox is looking to make one aspect even safer with their Rampage Pro Carbon helmet, which uses fluid technologies and carbon structures to ensure crashes become safer.

While I don’t intend of hitting 30′ hips or 100′ gaps, I can say this product looks intriguing, yet with so many helmet systems out there, it begs the question, is this race towards safer helmets just marketing, or is there something else there?

See more at Fox.

Contest: Where Would You Take Your Leatherman FREE Tool?

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Contest: Where Would You Take Your Leatherman FREE Tool?

“Where would you take your Leatherman FREE?”

Leatherman’s tools – particularly the Wave – have been staples for us on our travels. From bikepacking or touring, camping, fishing or 4×4 expeditions, we won’t go anywhere without our Leatherman. So when Leatherman added a new product to their lineup, the FREE, we had to try it out. Guess what? We liked it so much that we want to give a few away to the readers of this website. Check out the details below.

Enjoy Your Weekend!

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Enjoy Your Weekend!

Shred like Poppi and if you’re in Los Angeles, make sure you head to the California Golde Premiere! Free tickets are available at EventBrite.

Also, we have a new website dropping on Monday, so we’ll be laying low this weekend preparing for the big reveal! Ride ya bike!

Paul Component Engineering and Sim Works Limited Edition Parts!

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Paul Component Engineering and Sim Works Limited Edition Parts!

Brown is one of those colors that is very inconsistant to anodize, often times resulting in a complete scrap of the product run. Most companies won’t work with it, including PAUL, and would rather spend their valuable time making stuff that people can buy! So when our friends at SimWorks hit up PAUL to make a special edition engraved and brown-anodized run of parts, they weren’t exactly stoked to go through with it, but the result is well worth it!