We’re all a little stir crazy at the moment, but no one is taking the quarantine lockdown harder than mountain bikers…
Wolf Tooth has expanded its headset lineup to include two bearing options for each headset model. You can now choose between the less-expensive Performance headset and the more expensive, longer-lasting Premium headsets. Check out an informative chart below showcasing the differences and see more info at Wolf Tooth.
Cane Creek has two new bottom brackets rolling out of their North Carolina facilities, the Hellbender 70 and an update to the Neo line with a T47 model. With the Hellbender 70, Cane Creek wanted to create a long-lasting bottom bracket. The Hellbender 70 bottom bracket utilizes a bearing made of 440C stainless steel, offering longer life and better ride qualities.
While not quite as resistant to contamination as the SKF MTRX bearings found in the Hellbender Neo bottom bracket, the stainless steel bearing provides excellent durability and corrosion resistance. This BB is available in both 30mm and DUB specifications.
The world of T47 has hit the Neo BB lineup as well. Head to Cane Creek to see more!
When I went on my first bike tour in the summer of 2009 from Seattle back to California I had a decision to make, take my camera or take a tent. I grabbed my old Hasselblad 501CM and hit the road. I had never gone on a long-distance tour before and I hadn’t much thought about any of it, I had a copy of Bicycling the Pacific Coast and some camping gear, I was gonna be fineeee. I had no plans for what to shoot along the ride, but when I got home I found that about 90% of the images I had shot were of the many people I encountered along the way. That was a moment of clarity for me and one that would define my photographic motivations for almost a decade afterward.
Like their 27.5 Bfe hardtail, the Cotic BFeMax is a trail-ready hardtail, just built around 29er x 2.6″ wheels and a massive, 160mm fork. The strength of this frame relies on trusty Reynolds 853 for the downtube and Cotic’s signature detailing, including their plate brake bridge, triple triangle seat tube cluster, and oversized tubing.
The geometry is progressive but still very moderate compared to where other companies have taken MTB geo over the years.
These bikes look great, so hop on over to Cotic to see more details.
For the weight weenies out there who balk at the idea of carrying any extra weight, Dynaplug has the answer for you! The new Carbon Racer tire plugger is just like their standard aluminum Racer but is now available in carbon fiber. The Carbon Racer weighs only 14 grams, yet packs the same plugging punch as the aluminum version. Head to Dynaplug for more information.
We still like our own desert tan and olive drab Racers though!
This year was to be the first year Nao Tomii of Tomii Cycles was going to attend NAHBS. For a small builder like Nao, spending the kind of money it takes to pull a seat up to the table of the USA’s largest hand made bicycle show takes a lot of financial planning, so when NAHBS was postponed this year, Tomii Cycles wouldn’t be able to attend. Most builders display customer’s bikes at NAHBS and asking his clients to wait four more months for their bikes, especially during a pandemic was out of the question. I reached out to Nao and asked if we could display his bikes here at the Radavist, so this week, we’re doing just that. Here’s Kevin’s Gravel Packer, complete with paint by Jordan Low and Andrew the Maker bags…
Voile just announced new colors for their ever-so-versatile straps. These earth tone straps come in 15″, 20″, and 25″ lengths with nylon buckles and are in stock now at Voile.
Into the Rift is a deep-dive into what it takes to compete in and complete the Atlas Mountain Race:
“To simply finish the Atlas Mountain Race means navigating 1,200 kilometres of the most rugged and remote roads in Morocco. To win requires riding almost non-stop, night and day, for days on end. It is a combination of strength and sleep deprivation that only a few riders in the world can manage. Alone, unsupported and loaded down with supplies, each competitor must constantly battle mechanicals, heat exhaustion and saddle sores to get to the finish. There is no prize, no money, simply the satisfaction that comes from pushing oneself to the limit while exploring the forgotten corners of a beautiful country.”
PEdALED recently launched their summer kit, dubbed Mirai. This drop includes lightweight jerseys, bibs, socks, and an all-weather jacket for when summer showers interrupt your ride. These pieces come in beautiful colors and are in stock now at PEdALED.
Over the past few weeks I’ve enjoyed becoming re-acquainted with an old friend. As I’ve been slowing back down to a more creative and contemplative speed, un-encumbered by “normality” or any other external influence and bolstered by the vivid dreams associated with normal sleep patterns, a relaxed mind and inappropriately timed cheese consumption, I’ve settled nicely into fat tyres and riding fixed on sandy beaches. As the salty air of coastal living coupled with a lack of access to spares, tools and equipment that allow our bikes to keep rolling, caused the rideable bikes of our household to drop like flies. I was forced to delve deep into the museum of slightly broken bicycles that is my loft.
Paul Component Engineering makes a lot of cool stuff and the whole team over there in Chico is friends with many framebuilders. Real recognize real, right? For his latest bike, he chose Cameron Falconer to weld him up something special. Check it out here!
I hope making this post alleviates some of our online sales emails but we’ve been receiving a lot from customers of our webshop, complaining that shipping is taking too long. We’re currently dealing with a pandemic, unlike anything our modern world has coped with before. Currently, the USPS is experiencing extensive delays in international orders. Why? Because there are very few passenger flights leaving the USA these days. Unfortunately, this is beyond our control, so I hope everyone can be patient. Apologies for the inconvenience.
Domestic shipping is also delayed. It can take up to two weeks to travel across the US.
For what it’s worth, I have ordered items from Canada and Australia using their postal systems that are over two months late in delivery. We’re all in the same boat.
Thanks for your patience.
William Cadham and his friends rode from Whistler to Yellowknife, which equals to about ~1600 miles with 69,000′ of climbing in 11 days to raise money for a mountain bike skills park in Yellowknife. This was the first time William had ever ridden a road bike, and the longest ride any of these mountain bikers had ever done.
SMITH just released the film on their Youtube channel and we are keen to try and leverage this opportunity to push us over our 10K(CAD) fundraising goal.
Panaracer’s Gravelking tires have been a crowd favorite over the years and their new SS and SS Plus+ tires look to offer up a new profile to the already plump and supple lineup. The SS tires are designed for drier gravel and dirt. Think of these as a race day tire, with a folding bead and ultra supple feel. The SS Plus+ offer bead-to-bead puncture protection. Both models come in widths 32mm and larger, are available in 700 or 650b and come in black or gumwall. The Gravelking SS is coming in June and the SS Plus+ in July. See them at your local shop and online at Panaracer.
You might be thinking, “does the world need another 12-speed MTB shifting system?” To which TRP answers, “for $329.99 retail it does!” The G-SPEC TR12 12-speed shifter and derailleur offer up some new technology including Hall Lock, named after Aaron Gwin’s mechanic, John Hall. The Hall Lock is a lever integrated into the derailleur mount, which locks the movement of the B-knuckle around the mounting bolt when closed. The Hall Lock can be opened to easily remove the rear wheel. When closed, it provides additional stability and less noise to the shifting performance. The TR12 shifter utilizes sequential shifting, which utilizes a linear shifting path, making it easier to shift on the fly. Here’s the TR12’s full cassette compatibility chart.
Check out more information at TRP.
It’s no secret that the bicycle can be a vessel for linking together with other interests and hobbies. Be it pack rafting or in this case, fishing. The bicycle can get you deep into the backcountry in a relatively short amount of time, compared to hiking, and access areas autos or motos can’t go. With this mobility comes a few problems that require solving first, however. Mainly, how do you carry a fishing pole with you on a bike? Much less a fly rod? Sure, there are a lot of fly rods that pack down to a manageable size, but none are as compact as the mini, yet mighty Tenkara rods.
Dyed in the Wool is a German bicycle bag makers and the XL Bar bag is their interpretation of the ultimate handlebar bag. This isn’t a reproduction of a bag, this is 100% designed from scratch with a fully-waterproof shell, reinforced with an HD foam and HDPE liner, making a rigid bag that maintains its shape when it’s attached to the bike, eliminating the need for a rack. If you did want to use a rack, the XL Bar Bag mates nicely with the Nitto F-16.
The outside of the bag is wrapped with Molle webbing allowing you to play with attachment points and mount lights as well as other accessories creating a really versatile platform no matter what you need to carry.
The XL Bar Bag retails for €180,00.
-YKK Water Resistant zippers
-DH foam liner
-Recycled ripstop lining
-1000D coated Codura