Today The Pro’s Closet launched what is likely the hottest raffle on the internet. For just $10 per ticket, you can enter to win a 56cm Cannondale SuperSix EVO EF X Palace bike that was ridden in the 2020 Giro d’Italia, or EF POC Ventral Helmet and Rapha Team Jersey. Continue reading below for all of the details…
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From The Pro’s Closet: Stinner Frameworks Hardtail with Shimano XTR
A few weeks ago, we shared a Certified Pre-Owned Santa Cruz Stigmata MASH edition as the first post in an ongoing series where we’ll curate some of the bikes rolling into The Pro’s Closet queue. Longtime readers of this website will immediately recognize this bike, which was built for the Mavic booth at the 2015 Sea Otter. While Sean is holding onto his bike, Chad has sold his custom hardtail to TPC. This bike is in immaculate condition (see their photos) and fits a 27.5×2.4″ tire with a complete XTR build. The retail is set at $3,599.99…
See this bike in detail at The Pro’s Closet.
From The Pro’s Closet: You Can Own This Mash Santa Cruz Stigmata
From time to time, we’ll be sharing some bikes that come into The Pro’s Closet stock that are 100% aligned with the readership at The Radavist. MASH is an iconic brand that was one of the first to mesh design, photography, and products quite well, and this MASH edition Stigmata is an embodiment of the brand’s efforts to create limited-edition goods that you can use. That means race, thrash, crash, and put through the wringer. We absolutely love the Stigmata and when Mike and the team at MASH released these bikes back in 2016, they were all the rage.
The Pro’s Closet has this 56cm complete bike bike, as shown, in stock and ready for bell laps – and gravel rides – today for $4,599.99.
From the Pro’s Closet: Mark Slate’s 1983 WTB Steve Potts-Built ‘Banana Slug’
Many of you are obviously familiar with the brand WTB, or Wilderness Trail Bikes. They make awesome tires, saddles, wheels, and other accessories but for a long time in the decade following the birth of mountain biking, they made all sorts of bicycle components including headsets, handlebars, bottom brackets, frames, and more. We reached out to Mark Slate, one of the founders of WTB for his thoughts on one of the most iconic bikes to leave the WTB and Steve Potts workshops: the Banana Slug, Steve Potts #45. I documented this wonderful dream bike – don’t you want one? – during a recent visit to the Pro’s Closet and am honored to have Mark’s thoughts on it here at the Radavist. Read on for Mark’s words and Steve’s handiwork below!
From the Pro’s Closet: 1989 Otis Guy from the ‘Art of the Mountain Bike’ Braunstein-Quay Gallery Show
For this edition From the Pro’s Closet, we present the unique 1989 Otis Guy mountain bike, built with Suntour, which was displayed at the Braunstein-Quay Gallery ‘Art of the Mountain Bike’ showcase. The current owner, who is loaning this bike to the Pro’s Closet sent over the story of how he acquired this unique ride, so read on below for Eric‘s words and yes, the chain is out of alignment in the photos. John blames that on the bright sun… ;) Check out the full spread below!
From the Pro’s Closet: Richard Sachs Classic Road with Campagnolo 50th Anniversary Super Record Gruppo
Continuing our sporadic coverage of a few vintage gems uncovered at the Pro’s Closet during a recent visit is this cherry red Richard Sachs with a stunning Campagnolo 50th anniversary kit…
From the Pro’s Closet: 1983 J.P. Weigle Ice Cycle MTB
Continuing our sporadic coverage of a few vintage gems uncovered at the Pro’s Closet during a recent visit is this rare J.P. Weigle Ice Cycle. Due to the nature of this creation, I reached out to Peter Weigle himself to see if he could fill the readers of the Radavist in on this stunning bike. Check out Peter’s story below accompanied by a plethora of photos…
From the Pro’s Closet: #29 Cunningham – A 1983 Tribute to Jacquie Phelan’s “Otto” Bike
“Gravel bikes are just XC bikes from the 80s/90s with drop bars.” You hear that over and over again, ad infinitum on the internet. While that might be true to some degree, I think this statement does XC bikes from the 80s/90s a disservice. Back when the big companies were slow to pivot towards innovation, smaller builders were the ones tinkering in their shops, fabricating step-up cassettes, designing bikes with boost spacing, 1x drivetrains, quick-release seatpost collars, and more. It took people like Charlie Cunningham and Jacquie Phelan to really push the paradigm until it broke.
Take, for example, this tribute of Jacquie’s 1985 “Otto” Cunningham, which was built in June of 1983 for a customer in Marin and later acquired by the Pro’s Closet where it resides today…
From the Pro’s Closet Museum: Norm Alvis’ 1992 Team Motorola MXL Eddy Merckx with Dura Ace 7400
Longtime readers of this website will recall our weekly “Merckx Mondays” posts that began back in 2008. Well, let me just get this out of the way and say don’t get your hopes up for its return, but I am very excited to share this Eddy Merckx with you, on a Monday, as a part of a little sub-category of vintage bikes we’ll be doing at the Radavist over the next few months.
Last week, I traveled to Boulder to see the Pro’s Closet‘s new facilities and their forthcoming bicycle museum. After years of being stored in boxes, over three hundred bikes are being unpacked, built, and displayed at their new facility just outside of Boulder. I spent two days there learning all about their operations and browsing their extensive bicycle collection, while sneaking off to document a few I thought the readers of the Radavist would enjoy, so let’s jump right in…
1986 Cunningham | Museum Bike Unboxing | The Pro’s Closet
In this episode of The Pro’s Closet’s Museum Unboxing Series, we unbox one of the rarest bikes in the world, a 1986 Cunningham Road Bike. TPC’s museum is host to the largest collection of historic bikes in the world. With over 200 bikes currently on display, there is still a backlog of bikes waiting to be unboxed and brought to light. Follow TPC’s Museum Unboxing series, as we partner with Ronnie Romance and MTB Historian, Tasshi Dennis, to unbox these important pieces of history and discuss what makes each bike significant to the sport of cycling.
Yeti FRO | Museum Bike Unboxing | The Pro’s Closet
TPC’s museum hosts the largest collection of historic bikes in the world. With over 200 bikes currently on display, there is still a backlog of bikes waiting to be unboxed and brought to light. At The Radavist, we’ve been publishing our “From The Pro’s Closet” photo series but today we have something a little different. Before these bikes get the full photo spread over here, they have to be pulled out of their storage boxes.
Follow TPC’s Museum Unboxing series as we partner with Ronnie Romance and MTB Historian, Tasshi Dennis, to unbox these important pieces of history and discuss what makes each bike significant to the sport of cycling. Today, it’s this Yeti FRO.
The Pro’s Closet x Mosaic GT-2 45 Edition Titanium Gravel Bikes
Last year, The Pro’s Closet approached Mosaic Cycles, another Boulder-area company, to collaborate on some special edition, made in Colorado titanium bikes. We already looked at The Radavist editions in detail this morning, so let’s take a quick look at The Pro’s Closet’s builds!
The Pro’s Closet is Giving Away a Free Lead Out Bag With the First 100 Gravel Bikes Purchased
Beginning today, our parent company, The Pro’s Closet is giving away a free Lead Out Bag with the first 100 gravel bikes purchased. These bags were designed by our creative director Cari Carmean and feature minimal branding and compact size, perfect for your essentials.
Not every handlebar bag has to be big and I’ve found this size to be perfect for a spare tube, tool wallet, vest, pump, and a few snacks while riding my road bike.
Marley Blonsky and The Pro’s Closet
Marley Blonsky, who coincidentally won the prize for International Singlespeed Day, is featured on The Pro’s Closet YouTube today, as part of our parent company’s ambassador program:
“As cyclists, we ask our bodies to do so much for us. However, too often we end up picking at our physical self, always asking to be stronger, thinner, or fitter instead of appreciating all that our bodies allow us to do. Marley Blonsky believes that all bodies, all people, should feel comfortable and included while riding. We need to focus less on what we look like and more on just how amazing it is to ride a bike.”
Many thanks to Reese for doing such a great job on these video series profiles!
Our Parent Company The Pro’s Closet is Hiring!
The team at The Pro’s Closet is growing and with that growth comes opportunities to both work from home and at the Louisville, Colorado facilities. Most importantly, TPC needs line mechanics. Join an awesome team doing big things in the bike industry in a brand new warehouse inthe Boulder/Denver area.Get pro-level benefits and industry perks. This is not a bike shop job — it’s a careeropportunity for pay, perks, and growth.If that’s exciting to you, let us know by applying at Paylocity.
— Competitive pay and tons of growth opportunities
— Live on the Front Range in the Boulder / Denver area of Colorado
— Service high-end bikes from all brand and disciplines
— 100% paid Medical, Dental, Vision Health Insurance
— Plus, 60% cost of Medical covered for Dependents
— 100% paid Disability, Life and AD&D Insurance
— Employee Purchase Program on TPC bikes & gear
— Career with growth opportunity
— Extensive industry discounts
— 401K with match, 100% vested
— TPC Stock Options
— PTO starting at 3 weeks
— Birthday = paid day off
— Sick Leave
— Referral Bonuses (hire your friends!)
— $1k Signing bonus for Master Tech roles
— Weekly Group Rides
— Lotsa snacks & coffee
— Year-round employment
Announcing a Partnership Between the Radavist and the Pro’s Closet
The Radavist has always run on a deep well of passion. When I started back in 2006, I felt like the cycling culture I was immersed in needed to be documented. Back then, it was all about bike messenger-led alleycat races, portraits of “locked up” city bikes, bicycle camping trips, frame builders, and videos from all over the world. My main motivation for The Radavist has always been documenting the outliers: we were the first website to give framebuilders the coverage they deserved, we talked about bicycle touring, makers, and ‘cross bikes on singletrack. This defines my mission to forward radical atavism and over the years, we’ve built an amazing resource thanks to tons of talented and diverse contributors.
Pieces we’ve hosted here over the years have denounced the paradigm, uplifted voices, and created dialogues around difficult topics, all while analyzing, cataloging, and navigating the ever-so-finicky cycling industry and its trends…
The Pro’s Closet Interviews Missy Giove
Stoked to see Missy get some attention from the Pro’s Closet Museum Series. Don’t miss this one!
NAHBS Trade Up Program by the Pro’s Closet
Got a bike that you’re looking to upgrade to a handmade frame from one of the builders at NAHBS? Check out this new project, entitled Trade Up from NAHBS and the Pro’s Closet. Head to NAHBS‘ site to see the details.
Quote from the press-release: “Partnering with The Pro’s Closet will allow anyone to trade their used bicycle in before the show, and receive a voucher to use towards a deposit on a new custom bike. This voucher will be valid with any builder at the show, with The Pro’s Closet and NAHBS handling the back-end logistics. Bicycles must be submitted and shipped prior to NAHBS to receive a valid voucher at the show.”