Our Radar Roundup compiles products and videos from the ‘net in an easy-to-digest format. Read on below for today’s findings…
If you’re looking for a burly, all purpose, tough-as-nails 29er/27.5+ adventure frame, designed to take you well off the beaten track and beyond, then check out the Brother Cycles Big Bro. Whether you’re running a lightweight bikepacking setup, front and rear panniers for a fully loaded ’round-the-world’ tour or just stripped back to thrash some forest trails the Big Bro can handle it.
The frame is made out of tough 4130 double butted cro-mo tubing and comes with a 100mm suspension corrected fork, both with corrosion resistant ED coating applied. For 2021 the Big Bro now features Boost spacing which means there’s clearance for big 27.5 x 3″ tyres or 29 x 2.6″ tyres if you’d prefer to go with a 29er setup. It features stealth dropper routing, rack mounts, bottle mounts on the seat tube, down tube and under the down tube for an extra bottle or storage. The forks also feature triple bottle mounts to fit further bottle cages or Anything Cages. S-bend chainstays with replaceable alloy thru axle sliding dropouts allow for geared or singlespeed setups.
See more at Brother Cycles.
Shredly Trail Romper $135
We’re all about mountain bike/dirt apparel that doesn’t look like you just walked off a motocross course and the Shredly Trail Romper caught our eye recently. These “lifestyle” garments are meant for whatever you want to throw at them. Gravel, MTB, whatever. As Shredly says, there are no rules for their apparel!
- Made from ecoMove – our recycled poly/spandex with 4-way stretch
- Midweight yet durable fabric for worry-free performance
- Two chest pockets, two hand pockets, one secure zippered pocket and one easy-access back pocket
- V-notch side split at hem for style points
- Inseam gusset for comfort and freedom of movement
- Adjustable side tabs to dial in the fit
- Front zipper and button closure for ventilation options
- 4″ shorts inseam on size M
- BEST FOR: Whatever the heck you feel like because there are no rules.
See more at Shredly.
Ingrid’s made-in-Italy components are some of the finest drivetrain components in the world and they just upped the ante with their new CRS-R2 Road/Gravel cranks colors. With seven(!!!!) color options, there’s literally a color for anyone in there.
These cranks are compatible with any of Ingrid’s proprietary chainrings and spindles, as well as SRAM/Shimano.
- Material: 2024 aluminium alloy (cranks) and 7075 aluminium alloy (spindle)
- Weight: 445 g (Size M 170 mm cranks, without chainring)
- Cranks lenght: S, M, L (see chart at Ingrid)
See more at Ingrid!
ILE has been working hard on a redux of their Photo Bag and has finally released it to the world. The Photo Bag Prime is a combination camera bag and daily carry backpack designed for maximum utility. A split, dual-access main compartment features a weatherproof, padded camera compartment with modular Velcro dividers, and a gear compartment to carry personal items. This versatile setup allows you to easily organize your DSLR or mirrorless camera, lenses, hard drives, accessories, extra clothing, snacks, and more, plus tuck your laptop away in the padded back sleeve.
- Weatherproof, padded camera compartment with 1 Velcro partition and 7 moveable Velcro dividers
- Gear compartment with interior mil-spec mesh zip pocket
- Exterior zippered pocket for phone/keys/accessories
- Holds a pro size camera body with attached grip, multiple lenses, flashes, batteries, and chargers
- Padded back laptop sleeve fits up to 16″ MacBook
- Durable XPAC Sailcloth or Waxed Canvas
- Two rows of MOLLE webbing at each side for additional organization (compatible with MOLLE accessories)
- Water-resistant urethane coated zippers
- Padded back and shoulder straps
- Adjustable/removable sternum strap and waist strap
- Dimensions: 11″ (27.9 cm) × 6″ (15.2 cm) x 19″ (48.3 cm) – (21L)
- Handmade in California
See more at ILE!
Stuff we see on the ‘net that causes pause…
Illustration by @nightbird for @monumental_loop
New Mexico has a complex history. One example of its complexities is the rampant re-appropriation of the Zia Pueblo symbol. You’ll see it on license plates, flags, stickers, shirts, all lining tourist trap shops. The symbol was used in religious healing and wellness processes and was stolen from the Zia secret society without permission. Right now, the State and the Zia Pueblo (who are very much still here in the state) have been fighting over this IP. You can read all about this on the internet.
Knowing this symbol has become a sign of colonial control over the Zia Pueblo, many people have moved to strike it from their branding, yet when people who aren’t from the area design things “New Mexico” it often gets re-appropriated.
TL,DR; New Mexico vernacular doesn’t have to revolve around stolen Zia Pueblo imagery.
Matt Mason, one of the founders of the Monumental Loop and its current steward, wasn’t into the “old” logo, which featured a spiral snake – a symbol of human migration found worldwide through almost all cultures – and a prominent Zia symbol. He pinged local artist Nightbird and Monumental Loop chairwoman to re-design the logo.
Collette (@Nightbird) lays it all out here:
“The Monumental Loop consists of 250 miles of desert trails in South-central New Mexico. Bold and rich with symbolism, this design pays homage to the wildlife, plant life, and topography of this region.
The sun and star symbolize the balance between daytime and nighttime. Eastern and western mountains compose the shape of the “M”, while the snake embodies the northern and southern loops – all coming together to represent the four directions.”
The new reveal represents the New Mexico bikepacking community taking control of the narrative, and we dig it. More of this!
Kudos to all involved! We can’t wait to see this image on merch, which you will be able to buy at the Monumental Loop site soon, so sign up for their newsletter!
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