Last year, we posted Petor’s Shop Visit to UK-based Sturdy Cycles, and to supplement that coverage, we’re re-visiting their Fiadh disc all road bike, shot in a studio environment. These bikes blend modern tech with very subtle and classic proportions. Read on below for words by Tom Sturdy and more photos of these stunning 3D printed assemblage frames!
Brother Cycles’ Big Bro rigid mountain bike is a favorite among trail riders as well as bikepackers and for 2021, it got a bit of a refresh. The obvious change is this new yellow paint job, while the drivetrain has gone boost-spacing.
Now the Big Bro comes in 12x148mm rear spacing and 15x110mm front. The rest of the specs remain the same as the 2020 model.
You can now pre-order the new Big Bro at Brother Cycles.
To make room for our forthcoming Spring collection and to commemorate our new office space, we’ve put our remaining t-shirts on sale. After we did inventory when we moved, we found a dozen more Caliché hats in our stock, some AARN rings in 28t and 32t, so they’re on the site as well.
As always, everyone here at the Radavist thanks you for your continued support!
It’s 2021 and women’s cycling is still fighting for their equal piece of the pie, as illustrated here by artist Thomas Slater. The InternationElles have had enough. These ten female cyclists and three crews from across the globe, are united in the fight for equality. Their hope is through activism, that they can boost women’s cycling. Right now, they have a GoFundMe to raise €5,000 as equal prize money to the top 5 women’s podium for the upcoming 2021 Strade Bianche. The above illustration might seem like an exaggeration but the payout at the recent Omloop Het Nieuwsblad paints a clear and concise picture…
Hopefully, the UCI, USAC, and other organizations will get with the times.
Our friends at Easton worked on a beautiful project:
“An avid cyclist, artist, and designer, Ariel conceived of The Full Circle Cycling Land Acknowledgement Project to raise funds and awareness of the land that we use every day as cyclists up in Marin County, the birthplace of modern mountain and gravel riding. This land was once home to the Coast Miwok, but their existence is seldom acknowledged.
In support of the Coast Miwok’s work to share and preserve their culture, the Full Circle Cycling Project aims to sell artwork inspired by the land, cycling, and community. Funds raised will go towards current and forthcoming projects that the Coast Miwok have established (you can find further details on their cultural learning center, and land acknowledgment statue at the link) as well as funding to assist Trips for Kids Marin to continue to make cycling accessible for all. Ariel’s ultimate goal is to help all people experience nature through cycling by supporting local programs that help bring cycling to underserved communities.
Please head to the Full Circle fundraiser page to learn more about the artwork, and to purchase a Tunitas Carryall musette, handkerchief, or print of the artwork. Easton Cycling is excited to support the work Ariel has put in to develop these connections through art, and we are proud to provide financial assistance in bringing this project to fruition so that all proceeds can benefit the community. Special thanks to the Coast Miwok Tribal Council for their support of this project.”
Head to the Full Circle Project to purchase a poster, musette, or bandana.
The Warlock is a beefy gravel bike/light tourer from UK-based Fearless Bikes. Built around either 650bx58mm or 700x47mm tires, with a unicrown fork, flat mount brakes, 1x dedicated routing, internal dropper compatible, and more.
Warlock framesets are £720 for customers in the UK and £600 outside of the UK including EU countries.
Tubing: Double Butted Chromoly Steel. Internal E.D coating and powder coat paint
Dropouts: Rear: 142 x 12mm thru axle. Front: 100 x 12mm thru axle
Tyres: 700 x 47c, 650b x 58c (27.5 x 2.25″)
Brakes: Flat Mount 160mm front & rear. Post mount- 180mm front, 160mm rear
Seatpost: 30.9mm. Dropper post routing
Headtube: 44mm- tapered carbon fork compatible
Headset: 404 Type 2 Fork: Top cup- ZS44/28.6, Lower Cup- ZS44/30. Tapered fork: ZS44/28.6 top cup, EC44/40 lower cup
Front mech: 1x dedicated
BB Shell: 68mm width. BSA/English thread
Chainring: 1x road (Sram 1x Road, Shimano 1x road conversions) – 42T. 1x Shimano GRX – 44T
Fork: Straight blade 4130 Chromoly Steel. 404mm A/C. S & M size frames- 52mm offset, L & XL- 48mm. Mid-blade rack mounts, eyelets for mudguards and carriers, 2x sets of cargo cage mounts
Color: Cool Grey, Faded Olive
Check out many more details at Fearless.
Engin Cycles knows a thing or two about MTB design and fabrication. Their hardtails have been progressive before that was a thing. The latest product from their Philly shop is a 35mm clamp stem, available in four colors and 32mm, 40mm, and 50mm lengths. They retail for $150.
These 6061 aluminum stems can be upgraded to in-house milled titanium hardware for a $30 upcharge.
32 mm 135 g (w/ Steel Bolts) 127 g (w/ Ti Bolts)
40 mm 147 g (w/ Steel Bolts) 139 g (w/ Ti Bolts)
50 mm 181 g (w/ Steel Bolts) 172 g (w/ Ti Bolts)
Stack Height 40 mm
Clamp Width 50 mm
Height Offset 5 mm
Steer Clamp 28.6 mm
Bolt Torque 5 nm MAX
See more at Engine Cycles.
eeSilk aluminum left, eeSilk carbon right
Cane Creek just announced some updates to the eeSilk 20mm travel seat post. There is now a 27.2mm and 31.6mm diameter post in both aluminum ($199 375mm length) and carbon ($299 350mm length). These new eeSilk posts have an 8mm offset, come with new 300 series stainless steel axles, and have a 250lb rider weight limit.
-eeSilk – 27.2mm – 345g; 31.6mm- 350g
-eeSilk Carbon – 27.2mm – 295g; 31.6mm – 305g
-eeSilk – Aluminum Shaft, 300 series stainless steel axles, stainless steel hardware
-eeSilk Carbon – Carbon shaft, 300 series stainless steel axles, titanium hardware
See more at Cane Creek.
The pandemic has us in the throes of deep wanderlust. While travel has been momentarily halted, stories such as this get our minds whirling into a spiral of possibilities. Paulo LaBerge and Heather Plewes toured throughout Tanzania and Eastern Africa, penning a journal of sorts for Esker Cycles, filled with short stories. Today, we’re sharing those tales…
“Aeolian Erosion” is the third layout of the Radavist 2021 Calendar. It was shot with a Sony A9ii and a Sony 24-70 f2.8 GM lens in the San Juan Basin, NM.
“In the Four Corners, within the northwestern corner of New Mexico lies the San Juan Basin, which is home to various badlands. These formations were created through water deposition by various forms of water. Seas, rivers, and swamps deposited vegetation, organic matter, and minerals over the course of 550 million years. Through the combination of uplift and aeolian erosion (wind), these unique landscapes were slowly shaped over the last 2 million years.”
For a high-res JPG, suitable for print and desktop wallpaper*, right-click and save link as – The Radavist 2021 – March. Please, this photo is for personal use only!
(*set background to white and center for optimal coverage)
The mobile background this month is from this same formation. Click here to download February’s Mobile Wallpaper.
We all remember the fabled Eddy Merckx Adidas cycling shoes. Perhaps you’ve owned a pair or maybe you’ve seen them in a shop, or on this very website back in the day. When the Eddy Merckx editions came out, traditional pedals and toe clips were the ideal foot retention system. We’ve come a long way with clipless designs since, which is why the new Velosamba cycling shoes utilize an SPD design, perfect for commuting. Adidas took this pedigree and meshed it with the classic Samba silhouette in an online-exclusive model, in four UK colors (the US market gets one color – black).
The Velosamba retails for $120. Head to Adidas for all the details…
Evoc prides itself in making backpacks that fit incredibly well. Truth told, their camera bags are hands down the most comfortable bags I’ve used. Yet fit is just one facet of the discussion. A bag has to be durable, look good, and in the case of the new Trail Pro bags, have built-in protection. The pack weighs in at 900 Grams in the 10L design, making it one of the lightest TÜV-certified level 2 protector backpacks on the market. This is due to the 168g super-lightweight and ergo-dynamically flexible Liteshield Plus insert. It offers excellent level 2 impact protection properties and absorbs 95% of the impact energy in a crash. Should the protector be damaged in a serious crash, EVOC will replace it free of charge with their FREE PROTECTOR CRASH REPLACEMENT guarantee for any 10 ($220), 16 ($240), 26-liter ($260) Trail Pro packs.
See more at EVOC USA.
Velo Orange does such a great job documenting projects like Melissa’s Sport Touring Low Kicker:
“Hill got the conversation started about a new bike for his wife, Melissa. They were looking for something to replace her aging, skinny-tire’d road bike so that she could more comfortably participate in gravel and mixed terrain rides both by herself and with her riding club. She also wanted to make sure it could handle a bit of luggage for overnight, sport touring trips where minimal gear is needed while going between BnBs or hotels. The Low Kicker Polyvalent was a natural selection for the frameset. Needless to say, this sounded like it was going to be a very fun bike for Melissa and a very fun project for us.”
This project has some special details, so head to Velo Orange to see the full spread!
Search and State has produced some real gems in the outerwear world over the years. Their newest development is the Technosailor jacket. This new garment features a stashable hood and drawstrings, 6-cargo pockets, an internal climate membrane, Riri Zippers, and the entire jacket also packs down into itself by way of a stuffable rear pocket for easy stowing. This jacket has a lot going on, is made in the USA, and carries a retail price of $395.
See more from this beautiful piece at Search and State.
Swift Industries does camo! The Breakaway Batch is their new camo and high viz handlebar cockpit bags. This includes a Kestrel bar bag and two color options in the Sidekick stem pouch. You can either individually, or buy the Kestrel Pod get the Breakaway Bundle Deal which includes the camo Kestrel plus any two Breakaway Sidekicks. If you bundle them in your cart you’ll save $25 on your purchase and get the Pod for $235.
Head to Swift Industries for more.
“I’ve ridden many thousands of miles on my bike all these years and I can’t say I regret anything… There were rough times but also good times. You just know it’s a challenge that you’ve got to overcome.”
We all have roads that lodge in our mind, routes we want to take. One such route is across the Sprengisandur, an uninhabited highland plateau crowned by an 826-metre pass in the central ranges of Iceland.
Plenty have tried to cross, and plenty have failed. In 2015, Rapha sent filmmaker George Marshall and framebuilder Tom Donhou to attempt the crossing. But after days of high winds, the pair were forced to stop. Four years later, George returned to lead another group across the 170 miles between the end of the tarmac near Reykjavik and the northern stronghold town of Akureyri. But they were far from being the first to make the crossing.
Over 60 years before, Ron Bartle joined Dick Phillips, Bernard Heath and their guide Raymond Bottomley for the first-ever unsupported ride across the Sprengisandur. They spent ten days in the wilderness, crossing rivers in inflatable dinghies and pushing their bikes for miles over boulder fields until they finally reached the first farmstead in the north.
Now in his mid-eighties and still an avid cyclist, Ron has recounted the story of his unexpected Icelandic adventure. And at a time when many of us cannot ride the roads lodged in our minds, he reminds us that they’ll still be there this year and the next.
I first met Elliot a few years back while I was leading a bikepacking trip with El Grupo, a Tucson based youth cycling organization. Since then I had seen Elliot tinkering with all manner of frankenbikes, which are a regular, at the Grupo clubhouse. Discarded and mismatched components of yesteryear handed down from the large cycling community here. Their low-pro pursuit fixed gear with a 24″ bmx fork caught my eye awhile ago and I knew Elliot had that special eye for janky but fun clashing of parts.