Radar Roundup: Moots Womble Slider Singlespeed, Grinduro CA Snow-Free Course, Chirp Chirp Cycles, RAR Fundraiser, Does Gravel Racing Have a Safety Problem?, and The Balkans Mirage


Radar Roundup: Moots Womble Slider Singlespeed, Grinduro CA Snow-Free Course, Chirp Chirp Cycles, RAR Fundraiser, Does Gravel Racing Have a Safety Problem?, and The Balkans Mirage

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

Moots Womble Slider Singlespeed 29er

Well. They did it. Those ‘gator lovin’, ti-welding wizards and Masters of Metal at Moots made the Womble even better. Say hello to the Moots Womble Slider Singlespeed. This update has all the jazz and flow you demand from your hardtail but now, with sliding dropouts, it is possible to run this ultralight trail machine singlespeed–and it is now compatible with SRAM Transmission.

That means you can still cram in a 29×2.6″ tire and enjoy the Womble’s playful but capable geometry at a leg-searing gearing for mountains or meadows.


Read John’s reviews of the Moots Womble here:
The Moots Womble 29er: Long-Term Bike and Frame Review
John’s Moots Womble 29er Loaded for the San Juan Hut Telluride to Moab Route
John’s Moots Womble 29er Hardtail Updates: Chris King Fusion Fiber MTN30 Wheels and the New Rock Shox Pike Ultimate
Beautiful Builds: Necronomicog Battles the Moots Womble – Titanium is Immortal

Check out the new Womble Slider Singlespeed at Moots.

Grinduro California Shasta Has a Snow Free Course Ready!

If you haven’t registered for Grinduro California, you’ve still got time. The registration is extended through May 15th. If you’re concerned about snow, the team has designed a snow-free route, ready to rip!

Grinduro California is bringing its unique blend of maxin’ and relaxin’ back to Mt. Shasta May 19-21 with a brand new course for 2023. Riders will experience everything from rough remote gravel roads to smooth, swoopy singletrack, all between an elevation of 3,500′-5,000′ to stay out of the snowpack. Grinduro CA is organized by and benefits the Siskiyou Outdoor Recreation Alliance (SORA). The course can be viewed at Grinduro California. This course will be viewable after 8 AM PST today…

Entries are still available for Grinduro California, and online registration has been extended through Monday, May 15. Onsite registration will also be available. Riders can find the registration link and learn more about the event at Grinduro.  

Check out Mathy’s coverage from last year here: When the Gates Open: A 2022 Grinduro California Image Gallery


Chirp Chirp Cycles Lark 2.999,00 €

In search of the perfect bike for their needs, two friends from Berlin, Felix Leyßner and Fridolin Schoepper, simply designed one. Chirp Chirp Cycles are adventure bikes made of titanium that close the gap between performance-oriented road bikes and mountain bikes. Call them whatever you want: adventure, touring, or gravel bikes.

The aggressive geometry of the titanium frames is inspired by racing, but the wide tire clearance (700 x 55 c / 29 x 2.2) makes them perfect for off-road tours and long distances.

See more at Chirp Chirp Cycles.


RAR Raffle for Chapters Fundraiser

Donate to win prizes and support RAR Chapters!

Radical Adventure Riders are leaning on the community to help raise $40k to grow RAR Chapters to 20 locations! Donate to the RAR Chapters Fundraiser to win sweet prizes from Salsa, Revelate Designs, Velocity Wheels, Teravail, Bags x Bird, and Simworks.

A total of five prizes will be given away:

  • Prize 01: Salsa Journeyer Apex bike
  • Prize 02: Revelate Designs Mag-Tank, Sweetroll, and Feedbags
  • Prize 03: Velocity Wheels custom wheelset with Teravail tires 
  • Prize 04: Bags x Bird Piccolo bag
  • Prize 05: Simworks Taco Pedal, Burrito Rack, and Fried Egg RAL Cap

To enter, please donate $25 to the RAR Chapters Givebutter

The five winners will be announced on Tuesday, May 16th, on RAR’s Instagram and newsletter. *Must be a resident of the U.S. to win, no international shipping.

Enter The Raffle & Support RAR Chapters


Does Gravel Racing Have a Safety Problem?

Over at his Dirt Dispatch, our buddy Spencer Powlison raises some interesting points about the safety of gravel racing in America.

We thought we’d share this compelling piece with our audience to hear your thoughts. Here’s an excerpt:

On Saturday in Vermont, Richard Wanstall died while riding in the Rasputitsa gravel race. It’s unspeakably tragic. The 54-year-old from Massachusetts leaves behind four children, according to Bicycling.

I’ve thought a lot about this incident in the days since I saw the news. It is time to start a real conversation about safety in gravel races.

I am not writing specifically about Wanstall’s death at Rasputitsa. I wasn’t there. I don’t have any further details beyond what you, the reader, can glean from news reports. This isn’t about that specific tragedy, and it is not about any specific event.

While I’m not the world’s most experienced gravel racer, I have done a lot of races — most of the big ones, such as Unbound, Mid South, Barry Roubaix, Rebecca’s Private Idaho, and Belgian Waffle Ride. I’ve also raced some smaller, local events, which lend a unique perspective too.

Check out the full article at Dirt Dispatch.




The Balkans Mirage: A Journey on Wheels

Four friends set out Bikepacking journey through the Balkans. A land of culture and breathtaking vistas that beckoned to be explored on two wheels.

Felix and Nicolas, armed with their cameras, will stop at nothing to immortalize every moment of their bikepacking adventure. Alongside them is Annie, a determined scientist on a quest to uncover the secrets of a most enigmatic species of bats. And then there’s Mathieu, who quite frankly, hasn’t a clue what he’s gotten himself into…




Stuff we see on the ‘net that causes pause…

Photo via @scott_mattern

Tassie has some exceptional beaches to include on your rides and sometimes, Mother Nature delivers a surprise!

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