State Bicycle Co offered up a sneak peek at its new Undefeated Road bike with a fancy tie-dye and pearl paint job. These new framesets have been re-engineered with Y9 aluminum which is 6061 aluminum with added titanium, resulting in a new alloy composition that allows for the thinnest possible wall thickness to be used. And yes, while the new bikes look great, we’re really excited to see those new shirts hit the market too! Check out the new Undefeated Road disc road and track bikes and the “It’s Just Bikes” shirts at State.
Discless road? Beach Club? This means rim brakes, cus rim brakes still rule and look the best when surfing the Earth’s surface because that’s what matters most right? In essence, this bike is like looking at the bike you remember loving in the early 2000s thru rose-colored lenses; lithe, comfortable, and intuitive, without the annoyances of non-compact gearing and 23c tires at 120 psi loosening your fillings over pavement seams, literally the best of then and now.
These frames are full Columbus Life tubes with Columbus Futura Caliper SL Forks and clear 30mm tires. Each frame is painted with painted logos designed by The Radavist’s Cari Carmean. No decals here. Read on for more…
Photographers can be a stubborn bunch when it comes to their affinities for particular camera brands, formats, processing methods, etc. For me, camera straps are no different; once I find one I like, I stick with it. Admittedly, I have a lot of cameras and, for the most part, favorite straps for each.
I recently swapped out the straps on my most heavily-used analog cameras for two new rope straps from San Fransisco-based Outer Shell. I also started using their stabilizing wide strap for my primary digital camera setup, which I often cross-body carry while riding. Continue reading below for my thoughts on how these straps stack up in comparison to what I was previously using.
We’ve got some new product trickling through over the next few weeks (hopefully!), including these new Shred Lightly Nalgene bottles in Lavender and Jade colors, featuring our LAND-designed logos. These are available at our webshop, along with all of our other merch at The Pro’s Closet.
We all want the opportunity to be heard. Unfortunately, not everyone receives that opportunity. SR Suntour’s primary goal is to get more people on bikes regardless of their race, creed, gender, sexual orientation, ability, language, body type, or nationality. One of the ways we hope to do this is by creating affordable products of high value and performance to reduce the cost of entry and to work on making cycling a safe and welcoming place for all those that choose to enjoy their time on two wheels. Simple as that.
Litespeed’s Unicoi softail has been around for a few years, but we recently came across it again and thought you, our readers, would be interested in seeing it. With 45mm of rear-end damping built-in, and the capability to run up to a 140mm fork, the Unicoi would be a great alternative to using a modern full suspension as a bikepacking or touring rig.
With the Duralcan love in our Top 10 Beautiful Bicycles of 2021 post, this couldn’t come at a better time. These bars have been in development for a while now, and are featured on Ronnie’s Duralcan in our gallery. Crust Bikes just got a full order up on their website. Here’s the gist:
“Uncle Ron’s Orthopedic Back Bar “Ron’s Ortho Bar” is a high-performance spinal alignment tool for the aging athlete. 3 unique comfort tech hand positions matched with the industry-leading width tame the wildest of 2 wheeled stallions. A handlebar that you can point down the Boca boardwalk, GDMB trail, and everywhere in between… spinally aligned like a stoic statue of your departed youth.
A long 110-130mm stem is recommended for the Xtreme comfort tech sweepback of these bars. No end shifter compliance to prevent trail stabbing from the pointy protrusion. Made of 7000 series aluminum. 400 grams. 69cm wide, 69º backsweep, 69mm rise.”
In stock now at Crust Bikes for $120.
Last year I posted up a quick “How To” showing how you can set your vintage MTB wheels up tubeless and today while working on another build, I took some more photos to update that tutorial, including taping photos so if you were running into trouble trying this out on your setup, these new photos might help…
“Sonoran Winter” is the first layout of the Radavist 2022 Calendar. It was shot with a Sony A9 and the Tamron 70-180 lens outside of Phoenix, Arizona. It was shot by Josh Weinberg.
“Parts of the Tonto National Forest might not look like much of a forest to you but these desert landscapes are incredibly biodiverse. Sprawling over 2,873,200 acres, it is the largest of the six national forests in Arizona and is the ninth-largest national forest in the United States.”
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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.
Restrap, the UK-based cycling bag and accessory makers, have released their first foray into mounting hardware. The Carry Cage is manufactured with the same core principle as all Restrap products – functionality first. Designed in house and produced locally, the Carry Cage has been rigorously tested on and off road in the formidable terrain of Yorkshire. It’s a secure and versatile carrying solution that allows increased cargo capacity, whether you’re bikepacking, touring or just exploring. Head over to Restrap to see the Carry Cage and other storage solutions.
Not many fatbikes hold the title of the “first to cross Iceland” but thanks to Burkard and co, Fezzari Bicycles’ newest model, the Kings Peak will proudly wear that crown. The Kings Peak is a full carbon chassis fatbike, with cargo bosses a go-go, a refined geo for off-road touring, and best of all, the complete builds start at $2499. See more at Fezzari.
Acre, Mission Workshop’s cycling brand, just dropped a new, packable jacket that features a Pertex shell and 40g of PrimaLoft Gold insulation. The Acre Series Jacket comes in either brey or olive drab, in size small through extra large and retails for $235. Head to Mission Workshop to see more.
Now through December 19th, get 20% off the Acre Series Jacket and take advantage of our free 2nd day air shipping to get it by Christmas. Use code ASJ21 at checkout.
-Packable into the front pocket for easy transport Large rear stow pocket
-Two internal open pockets
-Two-way separating YKK front zip
-Soft microfiber collar for comfort
-Performance fit – Size up if you are in-between sizes
Today Yoshimura officially launched its ENDH stem, utilizing a unique design that can be used as a single crown traditional stem or as a direct mount DH stem. With stack heights getting higher and higher, Yoshimura decided to engineer a stem that provides a 35mm rise and takes up less steer tube overall. When changing stem lengths, you no longer need to remove the entire stem; just change to the longer or shorter mount set. That means no more forks falling out, and no need to realign the handlebars which can be a pesky task with short stems.
Have a DH bike? The ENDH converts to a direct mount stem. As a DH stem, length options are 45, 50, and 55mm while providing an 18mm rise. You can pre-order the ENDH stem for $199 at Yoshimura today for a Feb2022 delivery.
Low stack height 23.5mm
Rise 35mm / single crown stem
ENDH system doesn’t require headset readjustment or handlebar realignment
Single Crown reach 37mm / 42mm / 47mm
Clamp Mounts are also sold separately
63mm handlebar clamp width provides better stability
All three mount sizes work with DH direct mount top clamps
Direct mount reach 45mm / 50mm / 55mm
Direct mount rise 18mm
173 Grams / 37mm, 191 grams / 42mm, 204 grams / 47mm
Available in Hard-anodize Pewter / Black and YoshiKote / Black
Accommodates only 35mm handlebars
Stainless Steel A4-70 tapered hardware
USA made in Chino, CA
1 year warranty
Earlier this fall we featured Fergus Tanaka’s touching story about Ben Frederick‘s fundraiser with Love your Brain, a non-profit organization that advocates for traumatic brain injury relief and recovery. Ben is also raffling off one of his custom Ritchey Swiss Cross frames. We’re bumping this today in hopes of elevating Ben’s raffle and getting more eyes on this project. The raffle runs through the end of this year and tickets for the frame and other prizes can be purchased from Ben’s website. Check out some more photos below!
If you’re one of the people patiently waiting for a model René Herse tires to land in stock, today is your lucky day. This morning the Seattle-based tire manufacturer just received a shipment of their most popular rubber including the 650B x 55 Umtanum Ridge, 700C x 35 Bon Jon Pass, the 26″ x 2.3″ Rat Trap Pass, and more. Head on over to René Herse to see the full stock availability.
Wolf Tooth is rolling out a few more limited edition products you might be able to get in time for the Holidaze. Whether you gift these new limited edition Morse cages in Gold ($89.95) and Black ($84.95) or buy them for yourself, they’re in stock and shipping today from Wolf Tooth.
Is it a gravel bike? A drop bar 29er? Or something else entirely? When it comes to the nomenclature surrounding these modern touring bikes, I often scratch my head, pondering an answer to this question. My usual inclination is to envelop these bikes under the umbrella of “adventure bikes” but then this bike landed in my lap. The Otso Cycles Fenrir is aligned with bikes like the Kona Sutra ULTD and the Moots Baxter but Otso did something different – i.e. better – than its competitors. The Fenrir took it up a notch and has utilized boost spacing wheels, which in my mind, put this in the drop bar 29er category.
I’ve had the Fenrir for a while now, have taken it on an overnighter, and have ridden some of my favorite mixed terrain routes here in Santa Fe with it. On washboarded sandy roads to singletrack, doubletrack, and gravel, the Fenrir is a hell of a bike and one that I really resonated with, so let’s check it out in detail below…