Radar Roundup: American Classic MTB Tires, Alpacka Raft Sheri, Velo Orange Hot Bar, Maghalie Westfjords Way Challenge, Sewing Hope Together, New Topstone, and RONDO MYLC


Radar Roundup: American Classic MTB Tires, Alpacka Raft Sheri, Velo Orange Hot Bar, Maghalie Westfjords Way Challenge, Sewing Hope Together, New Topstone, and RONDO MYLC

Our Radar Roundup compiles products and videos from the ‘net in an easy-to-digest format. Read on below for today’s findings…

American Classic MTB Tire Collection

American Classic just announced its re-entrance into mountain biking with a collection of enduro, trail, and downcountry tires. With four different tread patterns and three different construction technologies, the all-new American Classic mountain bike range offers a variety of options for performance-minded riders.

Each of the three construction designs is optimized for the intended usage. The Mauka downcountry tire uses Stage TR-L Armor, which is a lighter-weight version of the TR (trail) construction, and is intended for aggressive cross-country riding. Stage TR-L Armor is a 1.5-ply 60 TPI casing topped with American Classic’s Rubberforce G compound. The Stage EN Armor (enduro) and Stage TR Armor (trail) constructions are available on the three tires intended for more aggressive riding – Vulcanite, Tectonite, and Basanite.

Each model is offered in both 27.5” and 29” diameters (except Mauka) and retail pricing ranges from $45-50 each. See more at American Classic’s webstore.


Alpacka Raft Sheri Documentary

Sheri Tingey defied the odds by starting a company at age 50 that has revolutionized the outdoor industry.

The film is a story about the hurdles Sheri overcame to launch the company, the ways she hid from view so that people would judge her products, and her role in creating them. It’s the story of her son, Thor Tingey, who has built the company alongside his mother, but has only recently begun to fully grasp what she has created not just for him, but for adventurers who’ve used the boats to access remote and wild rivers around the world. Sheri’s story will warm audiences and ask them to grapple with important questions about who belongs.

This film was created to honor Sheri and celebrate Alpacka Raft’s 20th Anniversary. The world premiere of “Sheri” was at Mountainfilm 2022. This film has also been accepted into additional film festivals around the world, Alpacka will announce those as dates get closer but here’s what’s on the schedule so far:

Velo Orange Hot Bar $75

The Hot Bar is a wide, high-rise MTB-rated handlebar designed for your bikepacking rig or mountain bike.

At 800mm wide, you’ll have all the leverage in the world for getting up and over long climbs and steep ascents. With 80mm of rise, your back will be happy.

8 degrees of backsweep will make any mountain biker feel right at home. Not too much sweep, not too little.

The clamp diameter is a consistent 31.8mm through the whole area for lights, computers, bags, and other accessories.

Stem Clamp: 31.8mm
Grip: 22.2mm
Rise: 80mm
Sweep: 8 deg
Width: 800mm
Weight: 369g
Material: Aluminium Alloy
Finish: Bead-Blasted

See more at Velo Orange.

Maghalie Rochette Westfjords Way Challenge Podcast

The Westfjords Way Challenge just wrapped up in Iceland and one of the athletes in attendance was Maghalie Rochette who has made a podcast covering the event. Give it a listen above or at your favorite platform, linked below:

Apple Podcast and Spotify

Oveja Negra Sewing Hope Together

Last week, Oveja Negra kicked off its Sewing Hope Together fundraiser to benefit Ukrainian refugees.

For every $10 donation made to chaffeecommunity.org/ukraine you will have a chance to win one of ten prize packages valued at up to $1200!!!

The All-New Cannondale Topstone $1,375

Starting at just $1,375 for a complete as shown, the all-new aluminum Topstone picks up where its first edition left off with a capable bike, built to handle all the gravel you can throw at it. Check out John’s review of the original Topstone in our archives and see more information at Cannondale.




The new RONDO MYLC manifests the innovative evolution of gravel bikes that performs exponentially better on rough terrain. Rather than looking to road bikes, we have drawn our inspiration from mountain bikes. The result of the completely re-imagined frame geometry is unlimited exploring with maximum stability and comfort – even when going down steep descents or riding gnarly terrain


Stuff we see on the ‘net that causes pause…

Photo via @petersteineck

Perhaps you’ve noticed our animated Jackal at the bottom of our website and in our Youtube videos? The artist who developed it is named Peter Steineck and today he announced a new character animation studio called Heck Studio. We’re stoked for Peter and are more than happy to spread the news!

If you’d like your photo featured in our Radar Roundup posts, simply tag us on Instagram!