What Would We Do Without Trails? An IMBA Fundraiser for the Santa Fe Fat Tire Society

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What Would We Do Without Trails? An IMBA Fundraiser for the Santa Fe Fat Tire Society

The more important question is, what would trails do without YOU? IMBA is hosting a membership drive, with a bunch of free prizes to give out to a random winner.

Sign up or renew your IMBA Local membership today. It’s fun, easy, and rewarding. You’ll be entered to win one of several prize packages of fantastic gear, including two complete mountain bikes from Yeti Cycles. By joining today you’ll be entered to win 1 of 10 amazing prize packages! IMBA corporate partners donating these prizes care about you and the good work IMBA Local Partners accomplish for us all.

Prizes include:
Yeti Mountain Bike, DT Swiss All Mountain Fork – F 535 One, RAM XO AXS Upgrade Kit, Prevelo Zulu One, Shimano SPD Shoes/Pedals, PRO Handlebar/Stem, PRO Dropper Post, and dozens of more prizes from these brands.

If you’re in Santa Fe, you can donate to the Fat Tire Society and join at IMBA. If your local IMBA chapter is running the same program, drop a link to it in the comments.

Folx on Spokes: Help Fund Our Dreams & Goals!

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Folx on Spokes: Help Fund Our Dreams & Goals!

Earlier this month, we hosted the eleven finalists and winners of the “Lael Rides Alaska” 2021 Femme-Trans-Women’s Scholarship.” A GoFundMe has been set up to help the finalists who didn’t win the scholarship, in an attempt to help them reach their goals this summer. Head on over to the GoFundMe to read all about it and donate if you can.

Wild Card Bicycles: A Designer’s Dream Build and a Brand Overview

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Wild Card Bicycles: A Designer’s Dream Build and a Brand Overview

With the pandemic halting all bicycle shows like NAHBS and various Open House events, we’ve been scouring the ‘net for framebuilders to feature here on the website. Sort of like keeping the NAHBS spirit alive if you will. Today, we’re thrilled to host a showcase Reportage from Jay Sandefur, a framebuilder hailing from Alabama, and owner of Wild Card Bicycles, with exceptional photos and video provided by Jordan Mahy of Mahy Visual, and words by Jay, so let’s drop in…

Twin Six’s Iconic “Metal” Kits Return for 2021

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Twin Six’s Iconic “Metal” Kits Return for 2021

Longtime fans of Twin Six need no introduction to their “Metal” kits. These jerseys, vests, bibs, and jackets can be seen all over the world at rides and races alike. For 2021, they’ve relaunched this iconic design in club and race-cuts, for men and women. Head on over to peep the offerings at Twin Six.

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HOUSE BLEND: Loose Cycles, Ljubljana

House Blend is a new video project by Bombtrack:

“HOUSE BLEND is a video series presenting dedicated Bombtrack core-shops spread all over the planet. What feels better to a cyclist than to have a home, somewhere you feel comfortable with each time you’re crossing the threshold, where someone that can help to build the bike of your dreams resides, and where you can always find skilled mechanics that leave no doubt to their abilities and are always happy to help in moments when one at their wit’s end? All those shops we are presenting in this series are a focal point for a local scene, as they offer a quick coffee the moment your destination passes by, or they organize community ride-outs with like-minded individuals on the weekends – or they do both, and even more.”

This first episode features Loose Cycles, in Ljublijana.

Starling Cycles Introduce the Stainless (Front Triangle) Murmur 29er

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Starling Cycles Introduce the Stainless (Front Triangle) Murmur 29er

Starling Cycles, the maker of the steel Murmur 29er full suspension, just announced a limited edition Murmur with a stainless steel front triangle, made by Ora in Taiwan. Only available in size Large or XLarge, these limited edition frames can be bought as a frameset (£2330.00) or as a complete build through Starling direct. These bikes offer a completely different ride quality from their carbon fiber counterparts and remain to this day one of my personal favorites on the market. Check out my initial review of the Murmur and my personal Murmur build in the Related articles below…

Wolf Tooth Goes Super Compact With 36t GRX Chaingrings

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Wolf Tooth Goes Super Compact With 36t GRX Chaingrings

For those who prefer to spin up steep climbs, rather than power through them, Wolf Tooth has a new super-compact chainring for 4-bolt GRX cranks. These new rings go from 36t (!!!) through 46t and bolt right up to the GRX gravel cranks by Shimano. These rings, unlike a lot of components in the industry now, are in stock and shipping today from Wolf Tooth.

Ally’s Hoefer Cycles Custom 29er Hardtail Bikepacking Rig

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Ally’s Hoefer Cycles Custom 29er Hardtail Bikepacking Rig

This one is gonna be a simple write-up. Ally had a really amazing looking custom bike from a builder, Hoefer Cycles, I had never come across before.  I asked Ally about the story behind the bike and she just responded, “I told him I wanted a sweet bikepacking rig that I could ride anywhere.” I reached out to Donald, the man behind Hoefer Cycles, and he corroborated the story and adding that “It’s really fun when someone comes to me with a request as open-ended as hers was and trusts me to deliver.” While handcrafting a detailed and intentional build such as this is nothing simple, the joy it produces is.  Just look at that smile, Donald still remembered seeing Ally’s huge smile as she came back from the first test ride.  After Ally had trouble finding something that truly fit, it seemed Donald had hit the bullseye.

The 2021 Salsa Cutthroat Comes in Four Builds and a Frameset

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The 2021 Salsa Cutthroat Comes in Four Builds and a Frameset

Cutthroat C AXS Build shown here $7,199 USD.

The Cutthroat is a favorite amongst Tour Divide aficionados and weekend warriors alike. Back in 2015, when it was announced, the Cutthroat got tested out on the Tour Divide course and it remains a fan favorite today. While the frame hasn’t changed since our Review of the 2020 model last year, it does come in four new build specs, plus as a frameset. Head to Salsa to read all about the 2021 Cutthroat builds.

Impossible Route: Yuma to Bishop via Death Valley

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Impossible Route: Yuma to Bishop via Death Valley

February 28 – March 8, 2021
February 27th 
Arrival in Yuma, Arizona

The Impossible Route team arrived about as prepared for it as a groom to a shotgun wedding. 

We planned on paper, but this was the Mojave Desert and Death Valley; and they would definitely hold some big surprises.  

Rogue Panda and Collette Marie Launch “Food Chain’s a Bitch” Custom Fabric Design

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Rogue Panda and Collette Marie Launch “Food Chain’s a Bitch” Custom Fabric Design

Our friend Collette is an artist living in Las Cruces, New Mexico. She designed this logo called “Food Chain’s a Bitch” for Matt from the Monumental Loop. Matt used it in his custom Rogue Panda framebag and after much demand, Rogue Panda has offered this as a custom design option for their framebags! See more at Rogue Panda under “more” options for the fabric choices.

We’ve got a project we’re really excited to launch with Collette, so say tuned for future updates as events warrant…

Ground Keeper and Loam Equipment Bikepacking Harnesses

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Ground Keeper and Loam Equipment Bikepacking Harnesses

Bellingham’s Ground Keeper Custom has teamed up with Loam Equipment to add some color to their bikepacking harnesses, with five colorways available, ranging from oil slick (pictured) to Space Ferns. Each of these harnesses are designed to hold drybags for your goods while bikepacking.

Saddle Harness Specs:

-Made in Bellingham, WA
-Weight: 172.5g (6.08 oz)
-Using with a dropper post? Snag one of these Wolftooth Valais 25  for the best fit.
-Ladder lock buckles come in mystery colors, which keeps factory overrun parts out of landfills.
-Bag sold separately. Harness works with most 8-13 liter or 18“-24” cylindrical stuff sacks or dry bags.

Handlebar Harness Specs:

-Made in Bellingham, WA
-Weight: 231g (6.08 oz)
-Ladder lock buckles come in mystery colors, which keeps factory overrun parts out of landfills.
-Extra fat foam blocks help clear brake/shifting cables and maintain space for hands on road bars
-Bag sold separately. Harness works with most 8-13 liter or 18“-24” cylindrical stuff sacks or dry bags.

See the entire bikepacking collection at Ground Keeper.

Cotic’s Tonic Titanium Gravel Bike

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Cotic’s Tonic Titanium Gravel Bike

Cotic, the makers of steel mountain frames, just announced their new Tonic, a titanium gravel bike, compatible with 650bx50 or 700cx44 wheels, built with multiple cable management options, and in a variety of build kits (GRX shown). With pricing starting at £3449 for SRAM Apex 1, the Tonic’s pricing is competitive with similarly-specced carbon frames. Each Tonic comes with a 5 year warranty for the original owner and if you don’t like it when you receive it, Cotic will take it back, no questions. See more at Cotic.

An Interview with Brooklyn Bell on Her Ground Keeper Custom Collaboration

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An Interview with Brooklyn Bell on Her Ground Keeper Custom Collaboration

For today’s Reportage, we’re shining a light on Brooklyn Bell, a multi-sport athlete and artist living in Bellingham, Washington. Brooklyn launched a collaboration with Ground Keeper Custom earlier this year, with an entire capsule collection available on their website. We were really moved by Brooklyn’s artwork, so we connected for a quick interview. See the Ground Keeper Badgal Brooky collection on their website and read our interview with Brooklyn below…

The Swift Industries: Every Day Caddy Saddle Bag

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The Swift Industries: Every Day Caddy Saddle Bag

Swift Industries just announced the newest bag to their ever-expanding lineup dubbed the Every Day Caddy. Speaking of expanding, this new saddle pack has a 1L capacity, features a Voile strap closure, an expanding roll-top design, and weighs a mere 3.75oz. The EDC comes in standard Swift colors as well as a limited edition Swift Campout edition purple EDC. Retail on both is $80.

Did you see the full Swift Campout purple collection? It’s mind-blowing!

See more at Swift Industries.