Radar Roundup: Durango Derby, Ritchey Ultra 50th Anniversary, Sight Seeker Sample Sale, Low Pressure Zine, 5Dev Ti Chainrings, and Cracked Earth


Radar Roundup: Durango Derby, Ritchey Ultra 50th Anniversary, Sight Seeker Sample Sale, Low Pressure Zine, 5Dev Ti Chainrings, and Cracked Earth

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

Durango Derby is Coming

With the recent decline in mountain bike races across North America, Durango Derby brings both elite level racing and good times for all riders back to the legendary cycling community of Durango, Colorado. The unique race format delivers a fun new challenge for the modern mountain biker, featuring four amazing stages, in one day, that showcase Durango’s premium in-town singletrack.

Professional and hardened racers will compete in the solo division and will take on all four stages and 3
untimed transfers totaling 50 miles. Pro racers will be competing to stake their claim in Durango MTB
history and a yet to be announced cash purse. It’s not all about elite racing though, for those looking for some “serious-ly” friendly competition amongst riding buddies and families, the Durango Derby will also have 2-person and 4-person team categories.

With a goal to be more inviting and inclusive, team categories provide riders the opportunity to divide and conquer, competing for bragging rights and awesome prizes.

Just up the hill from town, Durango Mesa Park will be the main venue for the event. Showcasing Durango’s incredible mountain views and hosting the start / finish for the race, vendors, expo area, live entertainment, Durango DEVO Jr. fun race and more.

See more at Durango Derby.

Ritchey Ultra 50th Anniversary $1199

Since his humble beginnings as a teenager welding broken bicycle frames in his parents’ garage in California more than 50 years ago, Tom Ritchey has continued riding, researching, designing, and building legendary bicycle frames and components that have inspired generations of cyclists to experience great rides, influenced legions within the bicycle industry, and have won countless championships.

This special 50th Anniversary Ultra pays tribute to Tom’s distinguished history – giving an aesthetic nod to the past while emphatically delivering the breathtaking modern mountain bike experience for which the Ultra is known. As an homage to the rich history of Ritchey and its sport-defining heritage of legendary mountain bikes, the 50th Anniversary Edition frame is wrapped in an iconic red, white and blue fade paint scheme and features logos that reference the company’s history and the influence Palo Alto, California has had on Tom.

Designed around a 120mm travel fork and super stable Boost 148 spacing, most of the fun of the Ultra is in the wheels. Designed to accommodate 29″ or 27.5″ wheels, the Ultra is highly versatile. Throw on some 29s for some trail-smashing XC riding or saddle up some 27.5+ for some serious no-holds-barred shredding. The Ultra is a rough and rugged trail master that doesn’t know when to quit.

Check out more at Ritchey.

Framework Designs Sight Seeker Sample Sale

Sometimes makers end up with products that aren’t part of a production run and over the years, they can stack up. Framework Designs is in that boat right now and is offering up some Sight Seeker sample bags for a great deal. There are variations between each sale item including bags with never before seen features. A description for each individual bag is listed at the Framework Designs site.

Low Pressure Zine and Tresspass Shirt

Low Pressure is a cycling zine that is inspired by metal, crust, and punk. We dig their style and content as we are also metalheads. The graphic design is spot on, down to their “Tresspass Shirt” so if you haven’t checked out Low Pressure, do so!

See more at Low Pressure.

5DEV Titanium Chainrings $199

$199 for a chainring? Well, when you consider these have been tested to provide three times the durability of an aluminum ring, you’re only paying $66 per life cycle, which isn’t that bad, is it?

Designed, engineered, and machined in San Diego, California, out of Titanium. Ideal for use with any 3 Bolt Direct Mount cranks. 5DEV Ti Chainrings provide at least three times the durability and longevity of your aluminum ring. This results in more time riding, less time replacing parts, and less waste. Designed to work with both SRAM and Shimano 11, and 12 speed.

Now available in 2 sizes, 30T and 32T, and four colorways: Raw, Bronze, Purple, and Teal. The unique colors are richer and deeper than aluminum, the teal has hues of both blue and green, and the bronze has slight shades of purple.


  • Made in San Diego, California
  • Material: Titanium
  • Sizes: 30T and 32T with 3mm Offset
  • Colors: Raw, Bronze, Purple, Teal
  • Applications: 3 Bolt Direct Mount Cranks Ideal for XC, Trail and Enduro
  • Durability: Last at least 3X longer MSRP: $199.99
  • Features: CNC machined Titanium in sizes optimal for XC, Trail and Enduro. 3X durability over aluminum chainrings.

See more at 5DEV.




Cracked Earth | Shift Cycling Culture

Shift Cycling Culture, a foundation aiming to accelerate collective climate action in the global cycling industry and community, has launched a film about the impact of climate change on the places where cyclists love to ride. The film will be released with a Premiere Tour of screenings around the world throughout Spring 2023.

The 30-minute documentary, called Cracked Earth, captures the lives of cyclists worldwide, living in areas where climate change is no longer a future threat, but a daily reality. Cracked Earth highlights how the effects of climate change are interlinked, globally and locally – and why urgent action is needed.


22/03 Plymouth // UK // Rockets and Rascals
23/03 Melbourne // Australia // Curve Cycling
23/03 Bristol // UK // Pedal Progression
25/03 Berlin Kolektif Bike Fair // Germany
29/03 Milan // Italy // Upcycle Bike Cafe
30/03 Pozzoleone // Italy // Selle Royal HQ

13/04 Girona // Spain // Athletic Affair
13/04 London // UK // Via Atelier
14/04 Heerlen // The Netherlands // Dutch Mountain Festival
20/04 Amsterdam // The Netherlands // Patagonia HQ

See all the confirmed screenings with dates/locations at Shift Cycling Culture.



Stuff we see on the ‘net that causes pause…

Illustration via @velotheory

“Hello darkness in my chain.” is the title for this sweet illustration by a favorite illustrator of ours.

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