This week’s Readers’ Rides photos are so sharp, we decided to share it as a full gallery. Hanson Little is an ex-pro BMX shredder and the hands behind Dark Realm Cycling, a brand that operates alongside his partner Vanessa’s Shop Realm. These two put out exceptional bags from their Austin, TX home. We’re featuring Hanson’s Crust Bikes Evasion Lite, a less-burly, lighter Evasion. This stripped-back version is quite the frame! Let’s look at it in detail below.
Ever since bikepacking really took off a few years ago, brands have been trying to design the perfect saddle pack for dropper posts. All the while, what we really needed was a new dropper post design. Then came along the DT Swiss D 232 dropper post. Its inverted design allows for you to use ANY saddle pack. There’s no need for brackets or anything special. Use your normal bikepacking saddle pack and the D 232’s inverted topper provides enough space to strap it with no issue.
It weighs a mere 369g, offers 60mm of travel, and yes, it comes in 27.2mm clamp. See more at DT Swiss.
Bikes or Death, the podcast about, you guessed it, bikes has interviewed our pal Bailey Newbrey, the owner of Sincere Cycles and the 2018 second-place finisher of the Tour Divide. Bailey talks about riding singlespeed and the TDR, so give it a listen at Bikes or Death.
Touring from Moab to Loma, Colorado along the Kokopelli Trail is something just about every off-road cycle tourist dreams of. The route usually takes 3 days yet EF Pro Cycling’s Lachlan Morton did it in one!
In 2019 Jonny Moses biked the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route. The GDMBR is a 2700 mile off-road bike tour that follows the continental divide along the spine of the Rockies from Banff Canada to Antelope Wells New Mexico. He rode this route in order to both challenge himself and to challenge the narrative of who does or doesn’t belong in the outdoors. His aim is to encourage kids of color that the outdoors and outdoor recreation IS for them.
We were not expecting this one! State Bicycle Co and The Notorious B.I.G. have released a limited edition capsule collection featuring a singlespeed bike, bar tape, t-shirt, cycling cap, and cycling kits. The whole project came out really great but this “Ready to Die” jersey takes the cake. See the entire collection at State.
Rodeo Labs makes some of the most versatile drop bar bikes in the biz and their customers run the gamut of cyclists. Anytime I see one of their Trail Donkey 3.0 models in the wild, they’re always unique. From the kooky to the clean, Rodeo Labs owners take pride in their build kits and yes, even custom paint. One of their recent customers matched his paint and decals to his beloved FJ60, something I personally can understand…
Kona shared with us their new Sutra ULTD 29r, which looks like the most beastly Kona drop-bar bike yet. 1x drop bars, dropper post, massive tire clearance. This looks like quite the trail ally! There is much more info to come but right now, I’m excited to see where this is going!
This is the seventh layout of the Radavist 2020 Calendar, entitled “Sangre de Cristo” shot with a Sony A7riii and a 24-105 lens in Santa Fe, NM.
“July is the time for alpine riding here in the Sangre de Cristo mountains. Our trails are awaiting the monsoon rains but are still plenty beautiful. Photographer Kyle Klain took this photo of John on his Starling Murmur on a recent ride and wow, what a view!”
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The mobile background this month is one of John’s photos from the same ride of a beautiful alpenglow aspen grove. Click here to download July’s Mobile Wallpaper.
Taylor Phinney is working with People with Parkinson’s Live Well Today to giveaway a brand new, one-of-a-kind custom painted Allied ABLE frame. You can win this frame, built with no expense spared, simply by signing up for the People with Parkinson’s Live Well Today newsletter and making a contribution. Head over to the Davis Phinney Foundation to learn more.
Moots first introduced the Routt in 2014. Do you remember what gravel bikes were like back then? 15mm TA forks, 1x drivetrain had just picked up steam, 40mm tires were commonplace, and gravel races were just starting to catch on. Now in 2020, Moots has revamped the Routt family of their gravel bikes to fit the modern sensibilities of gravel riding and racing.
The ROUTT RSL will now fit a 45mm tire, has 3 bottle locations, and has been upgraded to the 3-D printed dropouts. The ROUTT 45 & ROUTT YBB now fits a 50mm tire, comes spec’d with shorter stems and wider bars.
Read all about these exciting updates at Moots.
We love a good hardtail shredit and Connor Fearon knows how to take the right lines, the hard way…
For anyone as uninitiated as myself in Minnesotan lore and legend, the Boundary Waters is a immaculate sprawling maze of lakes in Northern Minnesota that share a border with Canada. I can’t remember who, but someone a few beers deep around a campfire eulogized about the boundary waters for quite some time, since then its hung in the back of my mind to check it out if the chance ever arose.
Remember these? Well after watching NOS pairs fetch up to $900 on eBay, Shimano realized it might be time to re-issue the SD50 SPD sandals. So today, on the 25th anniversary of the SD50, Shimano has released a special edition model, SD-501A, in a unique colorway. Inspired by Shimano’s second-generation SPD sandals, the new SD-501A delivers a sleek, minimalistic design with a dark navy upper and special logo accents. These sandals are available now in sizes 38-48 for $130.
Head to Shimano to see more information and to your local dealer to see a pair in person.
I’d assume many of you, like me, have a 15mm thru-axle gravel fork that you would like to convert to 12mm. Every time I review gravel or all-road wheels, they come in 12mm and I have to spend time searching and ordering 15mm cups for the hubs. Let me tell you, it’s a waste of time. I looked for a while for a conversion kit to change my 15mm fork to 12mm but never found anything. The other day, I stumbled upon an eBay seller who makes a handy 15mm to 12mm conversion kit for just about every fork on the market. The account is JJP&E and it really is as simple as you’d imagine! Check out an in-depth look below…
Next Monday, July 6th, we’re going to be restocking our webshop with tons of goodies. We have three pocket tees using our new LAND graphics, with layout and colors designed by Cari Carmean on super soft shirts. There are also lots of socks, custom Voile straps, handkerchiefs, and more. Save some cash over the holiday weekend because even though we ordered lots of each item, who knows how long they’ll stick around… Check out two more previews below.
Classic, sporty, and modern. The three new sunglasses models from Rapha launched today. The Classic sports a simple silhouette, inspired by Wayfarers and other icons, while the Explore utilizes a modern, full-frame protective design, and the Pro Team offers two options: frameless or full-frame, for full-on performance protection. Head to Rapha to check out more details. Pricing starts at $125.
What makes a bike an appropriate city bike? Commencal, known for their mountain bikes, just announced a flat bar “Fast City Bike”, built around SRAM’s Apex group, disc brakes, and rolling on an 6061 T6 aluminum frame. The FCB will fit 50mm tires too! So what makes this a city bike and not a gravel bike or a touring bike? That’s up for you to decide. At $1,099, the FCB is an interesting option for all three options! Check out more info at Commencal.