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Gabe’s Moné Bikes Boca de La Roca

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Gabe’s Moné Bikes Boca de La Roca

I’m a diehard fan of tough and playful hardtails. My affinity probably started with an invincible brick of a Schwinn BMX back when I was 13. It eventually evolved—I ditched my full suspension bike for the first generation of Surly’s infamous Krampus, morphed into the slacker front and tighter rear of a Carver Gnarvester, eloped with Tony’s personal Breadwinner Goodwater for a week, and then fell in love with Cjell Monē’s La Roca.

The Bikes of the ENVE Builder Round-Up Part 02: Moots, Mosaic, Prova, Pursuit, Retrotec, Rock Lobster, Sage, SaltAir, Scarab, Sklar, Speedvagen, Strong

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The Bikes of the ENVE Builder Round-Up Part 02: Moots, Mosaic, Prova, Pursuit, Retrotec, Rock Lobster, Sage, SaltAir, Scarab, Sklar, Speedvagen, Strong

Last year, ENVE opened its doors to the public for an Open House event. Once inside, visitors took a tour of its Ogden, Utah facilities and were greeted by two-dozen custom bikes from builders across the globe. This year the pandemic forced ENVE to pivot a bit, holding a virtual tour and framebuilder showcase they’re calling the Builder Round-Up. We’re pleased to once again host this showcase, with two-part coverage, so read on below for part two of a full breakdown on these Beautiful Bicycles along with a few teasers of new ENVE product…

The Bikes of the ENVE Builder Round-Up Part 01: Alchemy, Alliance, Bingham, Breadwinner, Calfee, DeSalvo, English, FiftyOne, Firefly, Holland, Horse

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The Bikes of the ENVE Builder Round-Up Part 01: Alchemy, Alliance, Bingham, Breadwinner, Calfee, DeSalvo, English, FiftyOne, Firefly, Holland, Horse

Last year, ENVE opened its doors to the public for an Open House event. Once inside, visitors took a tour of its Ogden, Utah facilities and were greeted by two-dozen custom bikes from builders across the globe. This year the pandemic forced ENVE to pivot a bit, holding a virtual tour and framebuilder showcase they’re calling the Builder Round-Up. We’re pleased to once again host this showcase, with two-part coverage, so read on below for a full breakdown on these Beautiful Bicycles along with a few teasers of new ENVE product…

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How to Fix a Dent in Your Steel Bike Frame

In this somewhat advanced Youtube tutorial, Paul Brodie walks us through the procedure for removing a dent in your steel bike frame. All you need is some patience, frame-blocks, a bench vice, potentially some heat, a hammer, and a parrot.

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Mattia Paganotti of Legor Cicli in Barcelona

“As the sun slowly rises over the ocean, The Spanish coastline fills with a warm glow. The Catalan streets awaken with cars, cyclists, and foot traffic spreading vibrant energy through the city. Descending from the hillsides, Mattia Paganotti finds his flow on the way towards the city center using banks and curves to craft riding lines that will inspire his next build. He rides with a style that reflects the liveliness of his personality and the playground that Barcelona provides.

Cycling is a way of life for the founder of Legor Cicli. A bicycle carries him from home, to his workshop, and anywhere in between. Day after day,his hands are kept busy building custom works of art for cyclists around the globe. Years and years as an apprentice refined his craftsmanship and technical skill, while a lifetime of skating, racing, and riding have shaped the style of both how he rides and creates bicycles. Sticking to a single category of bikes isn’t enough for him. Road, mountain, gravel, cyclocross, and even tandem bikes are the products of his hands and the vehicles on which you’ll find Mattia riding to work, riding for fun, riding all the time.

Spend one week in Barcelona and you’ll find that the city seems to be made for bicycles. Single track trails begin in the hillsides and slowly become flowing streets that wind their way down through the heart of the city towards the ocean. Public spaces provide a playground of creativity filled with jumps and jibs for those who lean towards a more playful type of riding. Wide streets offer up a tarmac race track for those seeking to push their speed. Barcelona is welcoming to all types of bicycles, offering up terrain choices that are as dynamic as the culture spread throughout it’s spiderweb of ancient back alleys and modern shopping complexes.”

 

Nice one, Enve!

Moots: Routt Family of Gravel Bikes Get Wide

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Moots: Routt Family of Gravel Bikes Get Wide

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.

Kevin Sparrow’s 27.5 Rigid DeSalvo MTB

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Kevin Sparrow’s 27.5 Rigid DeSalvo MTB

When I decided I wanted a custom bike there was only one person I really wanted to make it a reality. I’ve worked with Mike DeSalvo before, back when I was living in Portland, painting the first run of Speedvagen cyclocross bikes. I knew since this bike would be a once in a lifetime bike I wanted to go with titanium, and Mike is one of the best in the industry.

Gideon’s Icarus All Road Bike is a Vessel to Experience Silence

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Gideon’s Icarus All Road Bike is a Vessel to Experience Silence

Longtime readers might recognize this bike. I first documented it in 2015. Unfortunately, when our server crashed, we lost the images from 2015-2016, so when I had the opportunity to re-document it, I had to jump on the opportunity. The frame was built by Ian Sutton of Icarus Frames. It was designed to clear a 45mm 700c tire, and yes, those are quick-release axles! This bike was ahead of its time in terms of “gravel bikes” and it’s still alive and well, now rolling under my bud Gideon Tsang who bought it a little while back. Gideon is a good friend of mine, going on 10 years. He’s a spiritual person, a counselor, and as much of a sage individual as anyone I know. Check out this piece he wrote for the Radavist about riding bikes and embracing the silence only found on self-isolating rides…

Readers’ Rides: Steven’s Self-Built Slug Gravel Bike

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Readers’ Rides: Steven’s Self-Built Slug Gravel Bike

For this week’s Readers’ Rides, we’re featuring Steven’s own, self-built Slug gravel bike. This one is very detail-oriented so we’ll let Steven do the talking…

Here’s my bike, my only bike. After working in the Cycling industry for several years, I realized that I had far too many bikes, and I’ve subsequently sold off all but this one. The story of Slug is pretty random, and I’m not necessarily the one to tell it. I will tell you about the bike, however.

Stayer Cycles New Groadinger UG Gravel Bike

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Stayer Cycles New Groadinger UG Gravel Bike

Made in their Leytonstone, East London workshop, in small batches, the new Groadinger UG frame from Stayer Cycles offers up a modern gravel geometry, frame details for ultra-versatile builds, and a beautiful finish, with a wishbone seat stay. Stayer offers these new frames in two build kits as well with the ultra-sporty HOPE superfast Grav Grav build (pictured above) or the Danglemug realness double camo build (pictured below) with an olive drab paint and a double crankset.

Pricing for a frameset with either a Ritchey or Whisky fork begins at £1,650.00, with a pre-order opened now. The next batch of UGs will be ready to paint the last week of August 2020. The Stayer pre-order will close on August 1st.

Head to Stayer Cycles to see more!

Chunder and Chamisa on the Chumba Sendero 29er Hardtail

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Chunder and Chamisa on the Chumba Sendero 29er Hardtail

Over the past few years, I’ve found myself only riding 150mm travel hardtails and full suspensions with slackened front ends and steep seat tubes. In my mind, why would you want anything else? Then I moved to Santa Fe, where we have even bigger backcountry loops, steep climbs, and long, rocky descents. Yet, we also have sweeping, undulating XC trails. Suddenly, all those 150mm bikes are a little too much for a lot of the trails here, most of which are in my neighborhood. Then Chumba came to the rescue, sending along their Sendero 130mm 29er hardtail for me to review and I fell in love with XC bikes once again.

Read on for how this beauty of a bike handles our chunder and Chamisa-lined trails here in Santa Fe…