Radar Roundup: Austere New Cam Colors, PNW Loam Lever, Moots Vamoots CRD, Priority Sauce Cruiser, Purple Pack Pliers, Valcko Studios, Fearless Almost, Mushrooms and Family, and The Friendly Arctic


Radar Roundup: Austere New Cam Colors, PNW Loam Lever, Moots Vamoots CRD, Priority Sauce Cruiser, Purple Pack Pliers, Valcko Studios, Fearless Almost, Mushrooms and Family, and The Friendly Arctic

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

Austere Manufacturing 3/4″ Cam Straps in Powder Blue and Orange $24.92

Our favorite cam buckles received a fresh color revamp with this Powder Blue/Orange release. The CAM UTILITY STRAP features Austere’s 3/4″ Cam Buckle. Weighing in at 8.2 grams, this CNC-machined aluminum buckle is lighter than most plastic side-release buckles. Unlike plastic, it is crazy strong and doesn’t get brittle in the cold, and we think it’s also easier on the eyes.


  • The strap comes in 1.5, 3, and 4-foot lengths
  • 3/4″ nylon webbing offers excellent abrasion resistance and strength

Buckle Specs:

  • Designed for 3/4″ webbing
  • .98″ Wide x 1.14″ Long
  • 8.2 grams
  • Machined from billet aluminum
  • Titanium pin for lightweight and high-strength performance
  • Corrosion-resistant stainless steel spring

See more at Austere.

PNW Components Loam Lever Gen 2 $69

Today, PNW Components released the Loam Lever Gen 2, an updated version of their popular Loam Lever. The latest iteration of the Loam Lever receives an additional mounting position to the lever body and increased spacing between those mounting positions, giving riders 14mm of mounting adjustment compared to the original Loam Lever’s 6mm. A larger, redesigned thumb pad makes the Loam Lever Gen 2 easier to actuate when you need to drop your seat in a hurry, and the silicone pad (fondly known as a “yoga mat for your thumb”) keeps things grippy, no matter the conditions.

Featuring a fully CNC’d aluminum body, sealed cartridge bearing, and stainless steel hardware, the Loam Lever Gen 2 will stay smooth ride after ride, even in the harshest weather conditions.

Clamp Styles: Standard 22.2mm hinge clamp, SRAM MatchMaker X, Shimano I-SPEC II, Shimano I-SPEC EV. 22.2mm clamp included, +$5 to exchange 22.2mm clamp for any adapter at purchase, and +$5 to include cable kit at purchase
Colors: Blackout Black, Cement Grey, Fruit Snacks, Peanut Butter, Safety Orange, Seafoam Teal, Really Red. See more at PNW Components

Moots Vamoots CRD Road Bike

The Moots Vamoots CRD (complete road design) is the new pinnacle of the Vamoots road line. The CRD screams performance with legendary double-butted RSL tube set for a light, crisp ride. Followed by the latest and most refined 3D printed dropouts that save weight, add stiffness at the rear wheel, & perfect brake caliper alignment. Finished off with pencil-thin seat stays for the renowned Moots ride quality. By incorporating an all-NEW integrated cock-pit with a T47 bottom bracket into the build, all brake hose lines are routed internally for Moots’ cleanest-looking road bike to date. Built to perform best with your favorite 28-30c road tire, can clear up to 32mm.

Frame Spec: 44mm head tube, Chris King Aero 3 headset, T47 bb // 86.5mm shell, 27.2 seat post diameter, 142 x 12 rear spacing, Max tire: 32mm, Electronic shifting only. MSRP: From $13,086.00

Priority Bicycles New Singlespeed Cruiser “The Sauce” $799

Gates belt drive, singlespeed, ready for urban or country cruising, the Sauce is the latest bike to enter the Priority Bicycles catalog. These 25lb bikes roll on 27.5″ wheels, 2.25″ tires, and feature disc brakes, making them a true-to-form modern mountain cruiser. Check out more at Priority Bicycles.

Wolf Tooth Purple Pack Pliers $32.95

We love the Wolf Tooth Pack Pliers and have been really pleased with its compact size, design, and hand feel. Yet, black anodizing ain’t for everyone so Wolf Tooth has whipped up a back of Purple Pack Pliers for either your pack or your buddy’s stocking stuffer this Holiday season. They’re available with either a black or an orange accent color and are shipping today from Wolf Tooth.

A Murder Roils the Cycling World

The New Yorker took a deep dive into the murder of Moriah Wilson last week. Read or listen to the article at the New Yorker.



Parisian Sole: Valcko Studios

Alex Valcko believes that you don’t have to compromise if you customize, and that’s the ethos behind his Paris brand, Valcko Studios.

At Valcko Studios, Alex has been customizing Vans, Nikes, and even Crocs into full-blown cycling shoes, and for as long as he’s been doing it he’s been clipping into TIME ATAC pedals.

See the full story at SRAM.



Greg Minnaar: Fearless, Almost

The great Greg Minnaar tells the story of his crash and injuries at the 2022 Val Di Sole World Cup Downhill race.



Loam and Gravel: EP7 – Mushrooms and Family

Foraging and eating mushrooms on a bikepacking overnight near Portland, Oregon.

Meet the Knoths. Dawn Rae, Rob, and Max have been bikepacking since before Max was in Kindergarten. They usually spend an entire month of each year bikepacking and sleeping on the ground! Sometimes those nights come in the form of longer trips in places like Baja, other times they are quick weekend overnights like this ride.

The three of them are a tour de force of bikepacking, familial, and general wisdom. On this weekend overnight, next to Mt. Hood, Oregon, the Knoths and Karl spend time swapping stories, foraging for mushrooms, hugging some very old trees, and watching the alpenglow and stars.

Want to see more of Karl? Check out Karl’s YouTube channel.



Salsa Cycles Presents: The Friendly Arctic

Alaskan adventurers Bjørn Olson and Kim McNett undertake a fat-bike and packraft expedition entirely above the Arctic Circle. Along their route, they experience abundant wildlife, stunning grandeur, days of ideal traveling, abnormally warm conditions, and sobering observations of global warming’s impact at this high latitude.


Stuff we see on the ‘net that causes pause…

Photograph by @johnprolly

John was in the Moab, Utah area all last week working on a video project but before he left town, he went on a ride with some friends, capturing this slickrock pocket line on the ride.

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