Radar Roundup: Higher Ground Reg is Open!, New Race Face Turbine, Simworks by Velocity Standalone Rims, Brooks Swift Eroica, Ritchey Collector, The Making Of A Trail Dog, and The Queen of Pain


Radar Roundup: Higher Ground Reg is Open!, New Race Face Turbine, Simworks by Velocity Standalone Rims, Brooks Swift Eroica, Ritchey Collector, The Making Of A Trail Dog, and The Queen of Pain

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

Higher Ground Hundo is Back for 2022

Remember that sweet event the fine folks at Hope Cyclery threw last year in Johnstown, PA? The one we hosted a beautiful gallery by Brett Rothmeyer? Yep! That one. Well, the Higher Ground Hundo returns on October 15th this year, with a $69 entry fee. Roll on over to Bikereg to see the distance options and if your calendar is clear that weekend, get yer butt over there and give those guys a high five!

Race Face Updates the Turbine Cranks $179.99

The next evolution of the venerable Turbine crank is here. Originally built in 1993 for a growing segment of North Shore riders who wanted a stiff and responsive crank without the weight penalty, the new Turbine honors that Shore legacy with the burly alloy workhorse you’ve come to know and love.

Based on rider and athlete feedback, the new Turbine cranks feature a narrowed the Q-Factor to match the feel of modern cranks. Race Face also updated the preload collar to be incredibly user-friendly, shaved over 20 grams, and gave it a sleek modern look.


  • Proven (and future-proof) CINCH System allows you to quickly switch out a different chainring for your next race or road trip.
  • Forged from 7000-series aluminum for maximum strength then machined to shave every unnecessary gram of weight.
  • An incredibly stiff and responsive ride with uncompromised durability.
  • Backed by a Lifetime Warranty.
  • The best of Turbine remains the same. Low on flex and high on smash-ability, you can trust in Turbine to keep crankin’ the good times on this bike, the bike after that, and the bike after that.

See more at Race Face.

Simworks by Velocity Standalone 001 Rims $119-$139

SimWorks is pleased to introduce our first rim developed in collaboration with Velocity USA- The Standalone 001. Built with the same aluminum extrusion as the industry workhorse Cliffhanger rim that has become a go-to for riders looking to build a durable off-road touring or ATB wheel, SimWorks has embellished upon this tubeless compatible, bulletproof rim with an aluminum eyelet for even greater strength and durability, as well as lending a more classic style.

Offered in 2 unique custom anodized colors- Gray and Olive, to supplement more traditional black and silver offerings, we’ve made Standalone in your 3 favorite sizes, as well as offering black and silver in a machined side-wall option. Regardless of the vintage and spec of the bike you might choose to incorporate the Standalone – you can rest assured that you’ll have a capable travel companion on your farthest flung adventures- be they across town, or across the continent.


  • Sizes: 700c/29″ (622 BSD); 650b/27.5″ (584 BSD); 26″ (559 BSD)
  • Material: Aluminum
  • Drilling: 32 hole
  • Tire Compatibility: Clincher/Tubeless
  • Width: 30mm outer / 25mm-hook to hook internal
  • Height: 21.6mm
  • Optimal Tire Width: 45mm-65mm
  • Weight: 580g (559) / 605g (584) / 640g (622)

See more from Simworks here and also check out a behind-the-scenes look at this collaboration over at the Swimworks blog.

Brooks England Special Eroica Edition Swift Saddle $210

Hubba Hubba. How good does this collaboration look? The Swift is a narrow racing saddle suited for bike both modern and timeless. Made in England from vegetable tanned leather with hand-hammered copper rivets, this limited-edition Swift saddle features special laser-etched artwork celebrating 25 years of L’Eroica.

Roll on over to Brooks to see more!

Ritchey Interviews a Pre 1980 Ritchey Collector

Remember that beautiful 1980 Ritchey frame John posted last week? Well, he bought it from this fella David up in Washington. In some weird sort of serendipity, Ritchey just posted an interview with David, so if you want to see some beautiful bi-plane forks, a 1979 Ritchey MountainBike, or an über rare 650b MTB, click on over to Ritchey!



The Making Of A Trail Dog Featuring Stevie Sticks

When the world slowed down and traveling came to a halt we decided it was the perfect time to add a member to our family. As our new puppy became of age I started taking her on rides with me and quickly realized I had myself a dog who loved exploring the trails just as much as I do. It’s been a blast getting the opportunity to put this video together and I’m excited to introduce you all to Stevie Sticks!



Loam & Gravel Society: Episode 5

What happens when two world tourers attempt to race Rebecca’s Private Idaho without any training, having never ridden an organized ride before? Designing this race route earned Rebecca the title “The Queen of Pain”, but does it hold up against the Andes Mountains of Peru? We will have to see…

On the ride out to the start of Day 2, Karl joined Dr. Meg Fisher for an interview while they rode together. Dr. Fisher, https://www.instagram.com/megfisher/, is an accomplished team USA Olympian, a doctor of physical therapy, athletic trainer, and coach. She is passionate about off-road cycling and empowering others, no matter their level of ability, to push themselves beyond what they think they can do. The full interview with Dr. Fisher is available here.


Stuff we see on the ‘net that causes pause…

Photo by @johnprolly


The air is crisper, the days are shorter, and the leaves are changing…

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