If you love your Radavist edition AARN Narrow Wide Dirt Chainring and want one for your MTB, then check out AARN’s latest stock drop which includes a black camo and red, white, and blue splatter direct mount 32t MTB chainring. These are in stock now and ship direct from AARN.
A few years ago, I rode the Kokopelli trail with some friends. I decided to take a single pair of shoes to lighten my load on my Knolly Endorphin (which is decidedly not a “bikepacking” bike). That pair of shoes was the 5.10 Kestrel Boa. I spent a few years riding in those shoes. They were stiff, durable, stylish, and sleek. More recently, I’ve given up the power of clipless shoes for the comfort and nuanced control of flat pedals. After a long term review of a carbon hardtail with very large, very sharp flat pedals (the Kona Wah Wah 2), I took a long, hard look at my shins. They are covered in scars and the tops of my socks stained with blood. It was time to see how the skills that flat pedals have shown me translated to clipless riding. I dug around my parts bin and found my old pedals, and then began to look for my old Kestrels. They were gone. I racked my brain and realized I had left them in Mammoth last summer. A week later, I got an email asking me to review the new version of the shoe. I was stoked, to say the least.
The world of MUSA jerseys is surprisingly small for the US being the textile powerhouse it used to be. ANTHM is looking to change that with their made in Portland Merino Wool and Polyester blend jerseys for men and women. Their designs are minimal, with no loud branding or extra flair, perfect for the minimalist who wants functionality over flashy fashion. They make a short sleeve and long sleeve jersey for men and women at a price point akin to synthetic jerseys. Head on over to ANTHM Collective to check out their offerings.
The Kapic cranks are Rotor’s lightest yet, weighing only 429g for a 175mm crankset with a 32t chainring. These cranks were made to withstand races like the Cape Epic and hold onto the quality of product Rotor is known for. See more at Rotor.
Are you a roadie looking to get dirtier on your rides? Or a mountain biker that loves your Pivot and would like to take on some challenging gravel rides? Or perhaps you are just tired of your clapped out all-road bike? Redshift and Pivot worked on a kick-ass giveaway where you can enter for a chance to win this $8k Redshift Sports edition Pivot Vault gravel bike. All you have to do is head over to Redshift to sign up! The giveaway sign up ends June 5th so get on it!
Over the past year or so, Benedict, aka Ron Jon Rubber Shop, aka John Half-Wheeler, aka Ultra Romance, aka Poppi and Patrick from Wooly Mammoth have been working hard on a new tire company called Ultradynamico. If you’re clever enough, you can find photos of these tires in the wild, particularly at last weekend’s Dirty Kanza and if you’re familiar with the fine goods Poppi purveys, then you know these tires are gonna be good! Snoop around online and let us know what you think… while you’re at it, follow Ultradynamico on Instagram for updates!
Sedona. One of the Four Corner’s MTB meccas. South of Flagstaff and North of Phoenix, it’s nestled in a red rock enclave, a bastion against the sprawl of both western cities, firmly planted in its history and individuality. While there is a greater story to be told of the area, which we’ll get to later, I found myself here yet again for a press camp. Adult daycare for journalists, press camps, when embraced properly are a great way to see the local trails, sample the local cuisine, and gain a better understanding of the locale.
When REI pinged me, asking if I’d be interested in attending the camp for their new DRT 3.2 full suspension MTB, I couldn’t resist. Turns out, I was already planning on being in Flagstaff the weekend prior, so it worked out perfectly.
Carbon manufacturing is changing the way we envision bikes, and the creations are wild. Case in point: Allied Cycle Works’ new Able. When you first look at this bike, it’s impossible not to focus on the chainstay – but looking around the frameset, you see the possibilities that can come out of a carbon mold these days.
Got a rigid MTB or an all-road bike you’d like to do some touring or bikepacking on? Not satisfied with the current carbon fork offerings from the more popular brands? Check out Cinq’s new Adventure 27.5+ / 29er fork and Touring 650b / 700c fork, designed to convert your daily rider to something more capable. Each utilizes “no-thread” cargo bosses to ensure no threads will ever be stripped, internal dynamo routing, light and fender mounts, with a pricepoint of €590.00. Head to Cinq to see more information on the Adventure and Touring forks.
With Dirty Kanza, Lost & Found, as well as other gravel events approaching this weekend, it’s always entertaining to see how racers outfit their bikes for long, hard rides. When it comes to 100+ miles of dirt roads, your wrists and quite frankly, ass will take a beating. With brands like Redshift offering suspension stems, brands like Cirrus Cycles look to offer a coil sprung seat post option for giving your tush some more compliance with their Kinekt line. Cirrus makes both carbon (pictured for $329) and aluminum suspension posts (for $249), in various weight classes to offer a more compliant ride for 27.2 drop bar bikes.
Check out more information at Cirrus Cycles.
WTB has come a long way with their “road plus” tires over the years since the first Horizon tire hit the market. Now, the Venture has quickly become a favorite over here and now it’s available in both 650 and 700 in the 50mm widths. Head to your local dealer to see one in person and to WTB to see more information.
The latest bottles from us were inspired by sedimentary layers and geological diagrams, or maybe it was an old Coleman coffee canister? At any rate, the latest 26oz bottles feature a simplified color blocking in the perfect size for summer exploration by bike. Pick up a PAIR for $25 plus shipping, worldwide at the Radavist Web Shop.
Wearable tech doesn’t have to be techy. Apple, Garmin, and many others make watches that can be linked to various ride tracking apps, yet I found myself drawn to the Suunto line, a lesser-known GPS watch brand. Part of my interest in Suunto was due to that they design and manufacture their watches in Finland, a country that seems to specialize in GPS watches and devices. For me, switching a computer from bike to bike, and managing the mounts for each, was too big of a pain in the ass. Convenience is king when your life revolves around riding, reviewing, and documenting bikes and bike rides. I’ve been making moves with the Suunto Traverse for three years now and truly believe these watches are worth their hefty price tag.
When you ride offroad, be it gravel, wet roots, or race in mud, and carry loads, steel… stainless steel, is a great material for a frame that is the veritable Swiss Army Knife of bicycles. All road bikes can be used for so many activities and the 27.5 wheel platform offers a plush ride on 47mm tires, offering more traction and a more shreddy feel. Standert’s Erdgeschoss is the newest member to their stout catalog and is exactly that, an all road built around the 27.5 wheel platform. See more at Standert.
For those not wanting to go into the full commitment into the even large at size small 615mm Towel Rack bars, Crust Bikes worked with Nitto to manufacture a 560mm wide Shacka Bar. There are a few more differentiators, too. Including bar clamp. Shacka Bars are 31.8mm, Towel Rack bars are 26.0 and can be shimmed. The shape of the Shacka Bar is more traditional as well. Got any questions? Head to Crust to see more information and to sign up for an alert when these are in stock!
I just finished up a short press camp in Sedona, where we rode REI’s new DRT 3.2 full suspension MTB for two days on some of the areas most iconic trails. The DRT 3.2 has a price tag of $2400. So… how well does this bike ride? Stay tuned next week for a full review!
Disruptive patterns have long had a place in cycling’s kit and with this new collab from SRAM and Troy Lee Designs, they looked to re-imagine camoflauge through two products; a DH bar and two cranksets, all of which carry the same specs and reliability Truvativ is known for, just with a new futuristic camo pattern. Expect these to hit dealers in June.
Without sacrificing the feel of René Herse tires’ supple casing, the team has developed endurance casings for many of their offerings, including the popular Juniper Ridge model. This casing, along with the new Hurricane Ridge 700x42mm Endurance Plus tire – a tire used by Ted King during the Dirty Kanza, round out a very plump tire lineup for the brand, including 700C x 38 mm Steilacoom Endurance, 700C x 42 mm Hurricane Ridge Standard, 700C x 42 mm Hurricane Ridge Extralight, 700C x 42 mm Hurricane Ridge Endurance, 700C x 42 mm Hurricane Ridge Endurance Plus, 650B x 48 mm Juniper Ridge Endurance. See more at René Herse.