To commemorate the new limited-edition Chris King colors – matte black with gold lettering and gold anodizing – for 2021, Brooks England created these special edition Carved Cambium saddles with matching gold anodizing hardware. These limited saddles come in a C15 and C17 carved design, so head to Brooks England ASAP to procure one as they tend to sell out quickly!
Merino shirts can last for quite some time and with colder weather on the way, make ideal layers for riding due to their thermal properties. Search and State, known for their made in NYC cycling apparel, just released their new Merino Henley shirts. See all the details at Search and State.
For its latest release, Salsa took the accessible platform of the Journeyman gravel bike and scaled it down to a 24″ chassis, suitable for younger riders looking to get their feet dirty off-road. The 24″ Journeyman’s aluminum frame has a 455mm effective top tube length and 350mm seat tube length to suit smaller riders and a refined geometry suitable for not only the smaller, 24″ wheels but also the shortened standover and overall dimensions. A 1×9 drivetrain propels the 24 x 1.85″ wheels, opening up a wild variety of terrain options…
See more at Salsa!
Riding a hardtail on a bicycle tour requires some problem solving, particularly if your bike doesn’t have rack mounts. Like the Specialized thru-axle we posted yesterday, which uses a Syntace thread pitch, the Rober Axle Project’s Cargo thru-axles solve this problem, yet RAP offers various thread pitches and axle widths. They also make various axles for hauling trailers. Head on over to Robert Axle Project to see more!
One of the joys this website has brought me over the years is helping out small companies jettison their products into the world. From component manufacturers, apparel brands, frame builders, and yes, bag makers, there’s something special about watching a brand bloom over time and having been a part of that process. Last week, I met this fella named Jeff at Sincere Cycles where he showed me a new prototype bag he’s developing under the moniker Agave Products called the Arroyo Backpack.
Jeff and Agave are based in Austin, Texas, my old stomping grounds, and so this project plucked at my heartstrings a bit. Read on for a more in-depth look at the Arroyo Backpack…
The Highline is a new dropper post from Crankbrothers, marketed towards gravel bikes and XC racing mountain bikes. These 27.2mm posts come in a variety of lengths and feature an optional drop-bar dropper remote. The Highline comes backed with a 4-year warranty, is supplied with Jagwire cable and housing, uses a two-bolt standard head, is linear-pull, and is for internal routing.
HIGHLINE XC/GRAVEL FEATURES:
-60mm short & long / 80mm / 100mm / 125mm of infinite travel adjustment
-insertion lengths: 174mm short & 264mm long / 264mm / 264mm / 264mm (bottom of collar to bottom of actuator)
-weights: 369g & 410g / 434g / 459g / 467g
-60mm minimum stack height
See more at Crankbrothers.
SimWorks, in their never-ending pursuit to produce fun and thoughtful products for your bike, just announced the CowCow Stealth riser bar. These bars have an 80mm rise with 12º back and 5º up sweep, offering up a proper rise from Nitto’s heat-treated aluminum. These bars are in stock now at SimWorks.
-Material: Heat Treated Aluminum
-Center diam: 31.8mm
-Bar diam: 22.2mm
-Sweep: 12° back, 5° up
-Weight: 380g (avg.)
-Color: Stealth Grey
In yesterday’s Reportage, featuring Kyle’s Falconer, a reader plugged this innovative and simple product. If you have a mountain bike with 148mm rear end (and a 1mm thread pitch – Syntace) and want to run a rack similar to the Tumbleweed T-Rack or the like, then check out this innovative Thru-Axle Rack Mount that Specialized has in their catalog. It’s hard to see but each end of the axle has threading for a bolt to secure your rear rack. This problem-solving device is only $30…
While this is a cycling website, we like to give nods to products that make our lives easier while on the road. With the booming popularity of car camping and cycling road trips, come a lot of decision making about what products work best for extended or even weekend getaways. One such product that has been thoroughly vetted over the years over here are Dometic’s electric coolers. We’ve been using the CFX series for a few years now and these coolers have a big leg up on the competition in that they have the ability to run autonomously from your vehicle’s electric systems thanks to the PLB40 battery. Take a look below for more information and a promotional code for free shipping to readers of the Radavist.
Ron’s Bikes recently moved the production of the popular Fab’s Chest to Connecticut where they are being made from entirely East Coast materials. While the size small (pictured) sold out faster than we could write this post, the size large Fab’s Chest is in stock. Head to Rons Bikes to see these new bags in detail, read more about them, and if you’re looking for a new bag for your touring bike, place an order for the best in the biz at Ron’s Bikes.
Tumbleweed Bicycle Co, makers of those slick Prospector Rohloff touring bikes (with 27.5×3.8” clearance), as well as those slick unobtainable rear racks, and super-wide Persuader bars, is having a pre-order today for all the above, starting at 9am PST, so be sure you tune in to put an order down…
The new Classic Kyote from Ritchey is a $45 mustache bar, designed for your grocery getter or your touring bike. These bars feature a 27.5-degree sweep and 35mm rise, with a 800mm width, there’s lots of space for your accutrement. See more at Ritchey.
Just announced on their Instagram account, UK bag makers Wizard Works debuted two bags, built from reflective material with high-visibility blaze orange hits. The lil Presto! barrel bag offers enough space for snacks, layers, or a small camera and the Teeny Houdini saddle pack will hold a spare tube, levers, and a small multitool. Both bags are made in the UK and offer up additional visibility for the dark winter months ahead.
The Norco Search got some updates for 2021, including an optional build that features the 50mm SR Suntour GVX gravel fork which offers 50mm of travel. This X6 butted aluminum frame, when paired with this fork softens the ride quality while injecting a bit of fun to your normal rides. The bike comes with the standard bells and whistles of a modern gravel bike with a GRX kit, thru-axles, tubeless wheels, and best of all, the retail on the Search XR A Suspension is a mere 1,899.00. See more at Norco.
The Ratio upgrade kit allows you to pair 11-speed mechanical shifters with 12-speed Eagle MTB derailleurs and cassettes. While it includes dissecting your shifter and derailleur, Ratio’s instructions are super clear and enable you to ride a wide-range 1×12 drivetrain on a gravel, road, or touring bike without the expense and hassle of electronics and batteries.
Check out the Upgrade Kit at Ratio. We just bought a kit, so stay tuned for a full-review in the near future.
There is no shortage of bar choices out there but one manufacturer rules the list. NITTO makes some of the best bars in the world and for their latest release, Ride Farr worked with NITTO to make the Supa-Moto Riser Bars from 2014 alloy.
Inspired by Flat Tracker bikes and the current trend of Klunker and Cruiser builds.
-Retro styled riser handlebar with 32mm rise and wider center section
-Updated 31.8 bar diameter so can be used with modern MTB stems
-Reasonably wide at 780mm so can also be used on Trail and XCO style builds
-Some extra bend on the ends for more comfort – these are 16 degree sweep!
-Added center width allows space for bags and accessories
-Ideal for bikepacking / touring / trail use – they’re damn comfy for sure.
-Weight : 395g ( 780mm length uncut )
Pre-order price is $95 with delivery in December at Ride Farr.
Whisky rolled out two new models of handlebars that surprised us! The Milhouse is a 825mm with carbon, moto-inspired bar with 8º upsweep, 16º backsweep, and the Winston is a 600mm wide carbon mustache bar with 73º backsweep. I’d say those bars fit right in within the Whisky lineup. What other bar shapes would you want to see?
Both of these bars are in stock now, so head to your local shop for ordering.
With our Kona ESD review yesterday came a lot of emails with people inquiring about other “hardcore hardtails.” One bike that falls into this family is the Marin El Roy. While some angles are similar to the ESD, other dimensions aren’t as extreme. Take the chainstay length of 435mm (acknowledging that the ESD has sliding dropouts that can reach this dimension), a 63º head tube angle, a 78º seat tube angle, and a bottom bracket height of 318mm (compared to the ESD’s 312.5mm). The El Roy is also made from steel, carries a price tag of $2,499.00, and comes in Regular or Grande sizes.