If MKS is known for anything, it’s their ability to design and construct a no-nonsense pedal with zero required maintenance. However, MKS hasn’t seen many advancements in its catalog over the years, so when a brand like Sim Works reaches out with idea, you get the best of both worlds. The Bubbly pedal is the result of a tight collaborative effort between two Japanese companies, fusing the heritage of MKS with the practical, modern designs of Sim Works. These pedals include a triple-sealed bearing housing, a stainless pedal spindle, and the largest platform of any MKS product to date. The Bubbly comes in black, silver, and a limited edition bronze for $98. They’re in stock and ready to ship today at Sim Works’ webshop!
Search and State rings in the new year with two new colors of their popular brushed flannel. These shirts are ultra-durable and will last for years. Details include a 2-ply shaped split-back yoke, forward shoulder, front chest pocket, and sew-through labels.
Durability: Very High
Fabric: 100% Cotton Flannel made in Japan
Fit: True to Size / Athletic
Best For: Everyday Living on or off the bike
Made in: New York City
Available now at Search and State.
This is the first layout of the Radavist 2021 Calendar, entitled “Snow Way, Santa Fe” shot with a Sony A9ii and a Tamron 28-200mm f/2.8-5.6 di iii rxd lens in the Santa Fe National Forest, NM.
“Living in a mountain town means when the snow hits, the ski hill is packed but the trails will be wide open for fun…”
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A few weeks ago, Porcelain Rocket announced they were selling their bag designs and technology to the Ashville, NC brand Rockgeist. Over the weekend, Porcelain Rocket and Rockgeist posted on their Instagram that they now have two Porcelain Rocket designs for sale, the Nigel bar bag and the Meanwhile Wald Basket Bag. Both of these bags use welded seam technology, resulting in a waterproof portage option from a small company. Head to Rockgeist to see more.
To coaster brake afficianados, the Coaster Cooler might be one of the
coolest most unique inventions for your cruiser. Cjell over at Moné Cycles has a limited edition run of these hub coolers – and hubs/spokes – all done up and fancy in Cerakote black for an extremely limited release. Head to Moné Cycles to check it out.
In the summer of 2017, Lael Wilcox rode all of the major roads in Alaska, totaling 4,500 miles on mixed pavement and gravel. Lael is fourth-generation Alaskan. This is where she began endurance riding and her goal to get to know her home state.
In 2020, Lael went back to Alaska with her girlfriend Rue, a photojournalist, to ride together and document her project of riding all of the roads.
This scholarship is intended to enable another woman to design and ride her own 1,000 mile Alaskan adventure in the summer of 2021. This scholarship is open to a woman (including femme, trans and non-binary) of any age with any level of bicycle touring experience. We are looking for positive energy and a strong desire to experience the remote roads of Alaska and have some fun.
The recipient of the scholarship will receive a Specialized Diverge bicycle, Revelate Designs bikepacking bags, PEARL iZUMi apparel, a premium subscription to Komoot, Easton wheels, a Wahoo ELEMNT ROAM GPS, Big Agnes camping equipment, Rene Herse tires, a year subscription to Bicycle Quarterly, Trail Butter, and a $1,500 travel stipend provided by Easton.
Prepare a digital application based upon the questions on the following page and send to Lael Wilcox and the selection team at email@example.com no later than February 6, 2021. Provide your responses as the text of an email. The recipient of the scholarship will be announced April 5, 2021.
The scholarship selection team includes Lael Wilcox, previous scholarship recipients Kailey Kornhauser and Brooke Larsen, Abigale Wilson from PEARL iZUMi, Cari Carmean from The Radavist, and Natsuko Hirose from Bicycle Quarterly.
Head to LaelWilcox.com to apply for this scholarship!
A few years ago I went to Japan for a visit with Nitto to discuss some ideas I wanted them to work on for Crust. While there, my friend Nori asked if I would like to visit MKS pedals. Being a huge bike nerd I could not turn down the opportunity to see a company that has been manufacturing pedals since 1946. That’s right, 1946!!!
Here’s some fresh produce for 2021: Bombtrack’s new Hook EXT Ti all road. This titanium frame gets paired with the Bombtrack EXT V2 fork with cargo bosses and beefy construction. Like other Hook models, the Hook EXT TI can accommodate various wheel and tire sizes, multiple bags, no matter the ride, and is globally limited to 50 pieces in its first year, so expect supplies to be extremely limited.
Delivery for the Hook EXT Ti will be between February and March. Head to Bombtrack to see more.
-Titanium 3Al-2.5V frame with T47 BB shell fender mounts and through axles.
-Full carbon tapered fork with internal light cable routing, through axles and triple cage mounts.
-Sram UDH derailleur hanger.
-Toptube bag direct mounts, triple cage mount on downtube and seattube for optimized bottle position, bottle cage mounts underneath the downtube and rear rack mounts.
-CNC yoke for maximum tire and chainring clearance.
-Ovalized toptube for supreme steering precision and comfort.
-Biaxially ovalized downtube for optimized power transfer and steering precision.
-Front derailleur compatible.
-12 mm through axles front and rear.
Well, we finally received our last two products for our Winter drop. In stock now are two sizes in our new 44RN MTB chainrings (28,32t) as well as three colors in our new camp hats. All are in stock in the Radavist Webshop and we’ll be shipping all week!
Apologies for the slow-trickle of products over the past few months but as you’re well aware, Covid-19 has caused severe delays in production. Thank you for your continued support.
Sour makes a whole catalog of mountain bikes but like everything in cycling, nuance is king. The Pasta Party is their latest model. It’s a missing link between the Purple Haze and the Crumble and is targeted for XC, lightweight, singlespeed, big backcountry, and bikepacking riding. The Pasta Party frame weighs 2250g for a small and 2600g for an XL, features an eccentric BSA BB, can be ordered as a frame for use with a suspension fork, or a rigid frameset with a carbon fork, starting at 799€ for the base frame. See more at Sour Bikes.
It’s been a long time coming but our new hats are finally ready to hit the shelves of our webshop tomorrow at 12noon MST. These hats are made in the USA by our friends at LAND who did our branding, feature a super soft, brushed cotton, a brass clamp closure, jackal embroidery, and have a very similar fit to our old hats. The color options are Cottonwood bloom (natural), Yarrow (gold), and Caliche (brown).
These will retail for $45, so a little cheaper than our last hats made by Fairends, who have closed up shop as a result of Covid-19. As always, we’ll be shipping these, worldwide. Thanks for your patience and continued support!
When RideFarr announced their 70mm long Headspace stem, there was a cry for a 35mm clamp option, so the brand developed a heavy-duty version of this throwback cockpit. These new stems are shorter and have a larger clamp diameter for burlier riding and control. You can pre-order one now at RideFarr for $105 with a March 2021 delivery.
-35mm Bar Diameter
-Forged and CNC-machined construction
-31.8mm Compatible ( with shims / sold separately )
-Target Weight : approx 142g
Twin Six’s ever-popular Standard Ti Rando is back! To commemorate its return, Twin Six is offering it as a complete for the low pre-order price of $3,300, or as a frame for $1,950, with delivery starting in April. The 2.0 comes with T6’s Middle Finger dropout system, flat mount brake compatibility, front and rear 12mm thru-axles, 44mm headtube, optional triple mount thru-axle carbon fork, cargo mounts, and more. Head to Twin Six to see more and check out Kevin’s review in the 2015 archives.
-T6 Standard 3.25 titanium tubing
-Carbon flat mount, thru axle, triple mount fork
-Brass plated head badge
-Collared 44mm inner diameter headtube
-Collared 46mm x 68mm PF30 bottom bracket
-Wishbone seat stay design
-T6 Middle Finger dropout system
-Replaceable derailleur hanger
-Flat mount disc brake compatible
-Front and rear thru axles included
-12mm x 142mm rear spacing
-12mm x 100mm front spacing
-Frame clearance for up to 700c x 45mm and 27.5 x 2.25″ Tires
-Fender clearance for 700c x 35mm or 650b x 47mm slicks and 700c x 33mm or 650b x 44mm knobby tires
-T6 Standard low profile black anodized downtube cable clips
-Frame uses full length, external cable housing
-Compatible with 140mm and 160mm rotors
-31.6mm diameter seat post
Finally, a knobby 26″ tire from René Herse. The Humptulips tires are named after a ridge on the southern edge of the remote Olympic Mountains, home to a spectacular gravel loop. These tires are 2.3″ wide, come in three casings, in black or tanwall. Head to René Herse for more information.
Northern New Mexico is home to a lot of cyclists, so it should come as no surprise that many of these cyclists are also makers. From framebuilders, manufacturers of MTB bars, and yes, bag makers. Down in Albuquerque, a new company just launched. Buckhorn Bags makes custom frame bags, hip bags, and more, using lightweight materials. There isn’t much on them online, so check out their Instagram account for all the tidbits and if you’d like one of their hip bags, Sincere Cycles has some in stock.
I had heard of Guthook Guides as great companions for many of the longer thru-hikes around the world but I never knew they made Bikepacking Guides as well. About a year ago Brenda and Monique were bikepacking in the Gila NF when they ran into Dahn who was hiking the CDT at the time. They gave him some water and exchanged contact info as he was planning to stop in Tucson after his hike. A few weeks later I came home to Dahn and the largest fruit salad you could ever imagine in my kitchen. We swapped stories of hiking and shenanigans. Not long after he sent me an email with an offer to check out a Bikepacking Guide for the Arizona Trail.
Australia’s Curve Cycles have been pursuing an expansive catalog of titanium bikes since the brands inception. The latest model is the Belgie Ultra, a titanium all road endurance bike. After their sponsored rider Jesse Carlsson’s winning ride during the 2015 Trans Am Bike Race, Curve wanted to take the Belgie name further and capture the spirit of Australian endurance cycling, so they designed the Belgie Spirit to take on the 5,545km Indian Pacific Wheel Race and celebrate the rich history of the Australian Overlanders from the 1890s. The Belgie Ultra is a lighter and sleeker sibling to the original Belgie Spirit.
Head on over to Curve Cycling to see all the updates, pricing, and availability. Lookin’ good, mates!
Just when you thought technical jorts were the craziest thing to come out of the past few years in apparel, Ripton and Co post up their pet project, the Drift Overalls. These are made from the same stretch fabric as their jorts, in a black acid wash finish, and bright yellow, 1.5″ thick elastic straps. These are made in the USA just like their Jorts and are on pre-order now for $179.
-28% weft stretch double-textured denim
-Duraflex® premium buckles
-1.5 inch extra-thick elastic straps
-Deep VISLON® zippered kangaroo pocket
-Roomy technical mesh pocketing
-A dark acid wash with bold character
See more at Ripton.