Dust in the Wind: Six Months of Bliss on the Bice Biycles Wandrian 29er Gravel Bike

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Dust in the Wind: Six Months of Bliss on the Bice Biycles Wandrian 29er Gravel Bike

Back in the summer of 2011, Dario took off on a solo tour, from his home town to Rome and back. This tour totaled over 2072.7km and changed the way he looked at the world. Tours and long rides on a bike are like that. Those long hours pedaling can really bring out the creative juices. The endorphins, the sights, sounds, smells, and the people you meet on the road broaden your perspective. You’ll often hear of these experiences as being life-altering and for good reason.

While in Rome, Dario met the team at Associazione Ex-Lavanderia, a bicycle frame building school and when he returned home, be began welding. Many hours were spent perfecting the art and over the past few years, Dario has had many teachers to aid his torch. Mattia (Legor), Dario Pegoretti, Gianni Gilardi and Preda, Stucchi and Perego have all passed down their knowledge to Dario.

When the time was ready, he launched Bice Bicycles where Dario builds road, all-road, gravel, touring, and mountain bikes. I was set up with a review of his most interesting offering, the Wandrian, through Biciclista, the US distributor for Bice Bicycles and Ingrid Components.

Otso’s Waheela C Gets New Paint and Spec Upgrades for 2020

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Otso’s Waheela C Gets New Paint and Spec Upgrades for 2020

While we all dream about gravel races, bikepacking trips, and riding our favorite trails during road trips, the bike releases keep rolling out for all of us to enjoy these days. At least from the comfort of our home and personal devices. Otso’s lineup is impressive and their flagship gravel bike, the Waheela C, received a new look with new paint colors and graphics, as well as upgraded build spec options for 2020.

The Waheela C is available as a frame, fork, and headset for $2,550, or as a complete bike with Shimano GRX for $3,600. Find it on OtsoCycles.com.

The Waheela C’s details:
-Adjustable wheelbase: our patented Tuning Chip rear dropout system allows the wheelbase to be lengthened or shortened by up to 20mm and the bottom bracket height to be raised or lowered by 4mm. This allows the Waheela C to transform from a confident, stabile gravel bike (in the rear Tuning Chip position) to a nimble, agile option for CX races or local trails with tight corners.
-Giant tire clearance: this bike can fit 700c x 53mm, 650b x 53mm, or 29” x 2.1” tires. It’s a quick bike for racing gravel with a 700c x 35mm setup, and it’s been SO much fun riding snowy townie trails with 27.5” x 2.2” tires over the winter.
-EPS-molded carbon frame: it’s a lightweight bike that’s ready for a quick climb up the next punchy hill or sprinting away from the lead group.
-Inspired geometry: the rider is centered over the wheels for extra confidence and stability, while the longer top tube adds an aggressive, racy feel. Meanwhile, bowed seat stays make for a compliant rear triangle that’ll absorb bumps in the road and give you comfort while you’re spending all day on the saddle.

Industry Nine’s New MTB Wheels Have a Thicker Bead Wall For Fewer Pinch Flats

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Industry Nine’s New MTB Wheels Have a Thicker Bead Wall For Fewer Pinch Flats

It doesn’t matter if you want Enduro or XC wheels, Industry Nine’s newly designed MTB wheel catalog has the right wheelset for your staple bike. Each of these newly-engineered and re-designed carbon rims come paired with the new 6-pawl Hydra hub, direct thread straight-pull spokes, and a lifetime warranty. Customize your own design, like Spencer did for his Orbea Loki, or go with jet black at Industry Nine’s ano lab or through your local dealer.

Rapha’s 2020 Men’s and Women’s Bib Short Catalog

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Rapha’s 2020 Men’s and Women’s Bib Short Catalog

For 2020, Rapha compiled an extensive guide for their men’s and women’s bib shorts, offering something for every rider. It doesn’t matter if you pine for twisting paved roads, or prefer to ride off the beaten path. From the Classic to the Pro to the Explore Cargo, these shorts are designed for every sort of drop bar riding. The women’s Detachable Bib Shots go one step further and add functionality to the age-old problem of nature breaks for women. Most of you are aware of these bib short models, but if you’re not, check it out at Rapha. Honestly, we really wanted to share this imagery from the product shoot more than anything, so check it out below.

Fox Announces Newly Designed Forks and Heritage Collection

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Fox Announces Newly Designed Forks and Heritage Collection

With Fox’s announcement of their newly designed forks this morning, they also rang the dinner bell to feast upon these limited edition Heritage Collection forks. Rootbeer, Pistachio, and Battleship are the colors adorning the 36, 38, and 40 forks. These forks are only available in limited quantities and will most likely sell out today, so holler at your local dealer to order one.

For those looking for 32 and 34 news, the step-cast Float 32 received a new crown, but the 34 comes in a step-cast lightweight trail 34 and a 34 trail. The 34 trail seems to be the sweet spot for hardtail and bikepacking rigs, as it now features FIT4 or FIT GRIP dampers, with 130, 140, 150mm of travel options.

Check out this massive product drop at Fox.

Indonesia: An Island Paradise but Not as You Know It

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Indonesia: An Island Paradise but Not as You Know It

Cocktails at the beach, world-renowned surf, and luscious ride patty fields. Great food, friendly people and a getaway from the hustle and bustle that is ‘Western Life.’ Sounds like a dream right? Well, it is…BUT, what if there was more? If I was to tell you that in addition to the above, this same destination was home to some of the most beautiful climbs on the face of the planet? What if there were wild monkeys swinging from above as you rode beneath the forest canopy on roads so perfect in places, that even the best roads of the first world would be put to shame. To be honest, even in writing this I excite my own senses from within. Sami Sauri and I have just spent 10 days exploring the islands of Bali and East Java on bike and can confirm that the above oasis does in-fact exists. It’s not a magical place from our dreams, but rather a short 2.5hr flight from Perth Western Australia. Paradise does exist, but not as you know it…

Ride Farr and Nitto: SUPA-WIDE GRVL Alloy Handlebars

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Ride Farr and Nitto: SUPA-WIDE GRVL Alloy Handlebars

Just as mountain bikes experienced a widening of their bars from the 1990’s 580mm widths to the 2020’s 820mm widths, gravel bikes are too in the midst of a widening trend. Think about it, why should you have to ride the same width bars on your rim brake road bike and your gravel bike. Both bikes operate under different conditions. While many are hesitant and there is a lot to consider with this conversation, a lot of people have caught onto this ergonomic trend. Ride Farr recently worked with Nitto to make a new drop bar, the SUPA-WIDE GRVL in three sizes. These bars will be in their stock in May, so stay tuned.

Specs:
-Heat-Treated Alloy
-Available in 3 Sizes – 650 / 700 / 750mm
-31.8mm Bar Diameter
-120mm Drop
-65mm Reach
-20 Degree Flare

Reference Weights:
-Medium ( 650 ) – 385g
-Large ( 700 ) – 400g
-X-Large ( 750 ) – 415g

Endo Customs: Quarantine Collection

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Endo Customs: Quarantine Collection

Endo Customs, the makers of our very own jerseys, has released a “Quarantine Vibes” pack featuring a very real message, “Six Feet Please.” While their face mask three-pack has sold out, the neck gaiters, road and mountain jerseys are still for sale (jerseys ship in 3-4 weeks). Head on over to Endo to check them out.

Save over $1,000 on a Complete Thesis OB1 or OB1 AXS

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Save over $1,000 on a Complete Thesis OB1 or OB1 AXS

Like most companies, Thesis Bike invested heavily in preparing for the riding season not expecting a pandemic to take hold of the world. To generate the sales they need to keep their wheels spinnin’ the company has just announced these limited-time offers on their custom builds:

-The OB1 now starts at just $2,799, or $3998 with both wheel packages, when you bring a friend.
-The OB1 AXS now starts at just $3999 (normally $4999)

Those interested can simply drop us an email at support@thesis.bike with your and your friend’s email addresses to get started. And if you’d like to support us in other ways, you can do so by sharing these offers with your gravel-curious friends and communities, on social, and wherever else bicycles are discussed.

Grinduro California Mt Shasta is On for September 12th: Registration Opens Tuesday, May 12, at 7:00pm PDT

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Grinduro California Mt Shasta is On for September 12th: Registration Opens Tuesday, May 12, at 7:00pm PDT

It feels very doom and gloomy these days and with good reason. All we can do is look forward and do our part to ensure this pandemic ends swiftly. With the spring and early summer calender events postponed or cancelled all together, Grinduro California is crossing its fingers that we’ll be back to status quo come September 12th. As such, they announced the official registration time to be Tuesday, May 12th at 7pm PST. That’s all you need to know at the moment, but we’ve attached the press-release below!

Register at Grinduro California on May 12th and let’s all cross our fingers!

Check out Our Favorites in Bombtrack’s 2020 Lineup

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Check out Our Favorites in Bombtrack’s 2020 Lineup

Last week, Bombtrack announced their yearly Bilderbuch, a compilation of what to expect from the brand’s dense catalog of bicycles. Naturally, as a brand, they have diversified their line up to meet just about any preference. There are road bikes, disc road bikes, rigid MTB, hardtails, gravel bikes, and classic tourers. Check out preferences and why we have gravitated to them below.

Our Web Store is Back Online

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Our Web Store is Back Online

We’ve officially relocated to Santa Fe, after living in Los Angeles for five years, so as you might imagine, it took a while to unload and unpack. Our new office fell through due to Covid 19, so for the time being, we’re operating out of our home, trying to cram it all into our house. Right now, it’s just Cari and I holding everything down, but we finally got the webshop product unloaded and organized so we opened its virtual doors late last night.

If you have emailed us in the past 20 days, or somehow purchased something before we closed it up, we’re sorry about the delay in response. As you might imagine, our hands were full, having to expedite our relocation three weeks earlier than anticipated. We’re packing orders and answering emails ASAP. There is also a bit of bad news, our Spring apparel launch is delayed, with shirts, socks, jerseys, and other products sitting in Covid 19 limbo. We’re not sure when we’ll be able to add new stock. We do however have two products we’ll add to the shop this week, so stay tuned.

To help us sell through stock, there’s an extension sale on all apparel. Use code “ClearOut” at checkout to get 65% off all apparel. This sale will help us keep our contributors getting paid for their contributions during these trying times. If you don’t have money, no worries! Your presence here on the site and in the comments section keeps the stoke alive.

As always, we cannot thank you enough for all of your support over the years. Thank you!

– John and Cari

Happily Stuck in Hardtail Jail: A look at Spencer’s Orbea Loki

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Happily Stuck in Hardtail Jail: A look at Spencer’s Orbea Loki

To fill in the gaps between normal, group-ride-oriented bicycle stories, we’re featuring a few rides from the staff over here at the Radavist, beginning with Spencer’s Orbea Loki.

When it was finally time for me to accept that my fatbike just wasn’t that good of a trail bike, I looked to the next best thing, a plus bike.  I finagled my way into Interbike a few years back and made it my mission to ride all the plus bikes at the dirt demo.  Turns out they were damn fun, the Advocate (now Esker) Hayduke was the winner of the day in my eyes, right in front of the newly updated Karate Monkey.  At the time I worked for a guide company that had a fleet or Orbea’s bikes, and they sent our company a closeout list with some discounted bikes at cost. I saw a swoopy aluminum 27.5+ hardtail that looked like it might just be the ticket.  I figured I could fit an XL and hopefully, that would give me the most framebag space since I planned to use this as that ever-fleeting idea of a quiver killer. 

Get a Deal on US Made Titanium: All No.22 Bicycle Models on Sale.

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Get a Deal on US Made Titanium: All No.22 Bicycle Models on Sale.

Just announced on Friday, No22 is now offering all of their models at a discount. Expect percentages like 22% off, 60% down.

Here’s the word from No22:

COVID-19 has affected all of our lives. For us at No. 22 this unprecedented time has lead to a hard hitting, state-ordered “pause” at our Johnstown, NY factory. While our machines sit idle and our talented and dedicated team waits on the sidelines, now is the time that we could truly use your support.

To earn that support, we’re offering the only discount we’ve run in more than seven years.

Take 22% off any No. 22 frameset or complete build, including 22% off finishes and custom geometry (accessories excluded). Then only pay 60% up front, and the remainder in eight weeks.
Please note that given the current closure of our factory, we can’t currently commit to our normal 12-week lead time.

Our sales team is still running full tilt so email us at sales@22bicycles.com or contact your local dealer so that we can set up your order and help with any questions.

Here’s to better days ahead.

Head to No22 to browse their models. If you’d like to support them in other ways, they have a shirt pre-order live too!

Niner Announces New Bolt-On Bags for their Gravel Bikes

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Niner Announces New Bolt-On Bags for their Gravel Bikes

If you’ve got a 2020 RLT 9 or MCR 9 Niner gravel bike and are looking for some integrated bag options for longer rides, then check out their new bolt-on bags, designed to specifically fit their new model gravel bikes. Included in this product drop are a one-size “bento” top tube bag and a front triangle bag, which is available in five sizes. All of these bags are made from durable, water-resistant canvas, and feature a sealed zipper with a padded interior.

These accessories are anticipated to land at Niner’s Fort Collins warehouse during the week of April 6. Retail pricing is as follows:

Front Triangle bag: $65
Top Tube bag: $25