Radar Roundup: Dark Realm Returns, Nordest Kutxo, LOOK Flat Pedals, Why? Sale, MW Hauser, The Tour Divide Sofiane Sehili, and Lael’s Journey


Radar Roundup: Dark Realm Returns, Nordest Kutxo, LOOK Flat Pedals, Why? Sale, MW Hauser, The Tour Divide Sofiane Sehili, and Lael’s Journey

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

Dark Realm is Back

Our friends at Dark Realm took some time off to reset and catch up on production. Well, their webshop is back open for business with a lot of stock so roll over and check out their inventory at Dark Realm.

Nordest Kutxo Drop Bar 29er 599,00 €

Nordest has entered the drop bar 29er touring bike world with the Kutxo, a beautiful frame, available in matte tan or purple. The Kutxo follows suit of bikes like the Otso Fenrir, Kona Sutra ULTD, and the Bombtrack Beyond+, and is compatible with a 100mm/120mm travel suspension fork with clearances for a 29×2.4 tire.


  • Frame CRMO 4130 double butted
  • Tires until 29er 2.4″.
  • Bottom bracket 73mm BSA.
  • With 68º head tube angle.
  • BOOST rear axle with interchangable dropouts.
  • TR44 head tube.
  • For 31.6mm seatpost
  • compatible with dropper seat post with internal cable control.
  • Seatpost clamp 34.9mm included.
  • 1x Chainring 36T max.
  • Dropouts and rear thru axle included.
  • Weight for M/L size: 2.690 g.
  • Fork travel from 100 mm. to 120 mm. compatible.
  • Colours: Sand or Purple Matte.

See more at Nordest.

LOOK Trail Fusion and Trail Roc+ Pedals $55/$170

French brand LOOK has expanded its pedal offerings to include two new, made in France, flat pedals the Trail Fusion (plastic) and Trail Roc+ (aluminum) pedals. The Trail Fusion pedals offer 8 removable pins per side, while the Trail Roc+ features 12 removable pins. Both pedals are available at your local LOOK dealer.

See more at LOOK.

Why Cycles Sale $500 off Frames and $750 off Completes

If you’re looking for a new hardtail, gravel, fat, or all-road bike, check out the Why Cycles sale with $500 off frames or $750 off completes. These deals don’t pop up often, so take advantage of these savings at Why Cycles.

Mission Workshop’s Hauser Pack is Back $230

The Hauser is still a favorite hydration pack of ours. Perfect for MTB hut-to-hut trips, backcountry rides, or even inner-city commuting. These bags, like all MW bags, carry a lifetime warranty, and are made in the USA. The Hauser comes in six color options and currently is only available in the 10l size. See more at Mission Workshop.




The Tour Divide I Sofiane Sehili

The Tour Divide is one of the hardest bike races on the planet. 2,754 miles of ultra-endurance bikepacking from Canada to the Mexican border. Self-supported, alone, with just the bike.

Sofiane Sehili won The Tour Divide 2022. Rolling into Antelope Wells at 11.36pm on June 24th. Clocking a race time of 14 days, 16 hours, and 36 minutes. Battling extreme weather, and the odd bear encounter.



Lael Wilcox’s Incredible Journey into Bikepacking

Rik’s Mind recently had Lael Wilcox on his podcast:

“Born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, Lael started commuting by bike in her 20s. Within a year, riding to work became riding across the country and then all over the world. She began ultra-distance racing in 2015 and holds the women’s records in the Tour Divide and Trans Am. In her own words Lael is “just happy to be riding my bike :).” Lael is motivated to encourage more people, especially women, to ride. She organizes Tucson GRIT, women’s adventure scholarships and bikepacking challenges.”


Stuff we see on the ‘net that causes pause…

Photo via @rivbike

Rivendell loves their black and white film and this photo of a Appaloosa fork crown by Grant is rendered in beautiful Ilford 3200.

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