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For the first time, Simworks is offering the beloved Super Yummy tire in an all-black option. The now occult classic is going to the dark side, while offering the same versatility, efficiency, tubeless compatibility and dirt-worshipping pedigree as its “gumwall” cousin. Striking a sweet spot balance of low-rolling resistance, ample hard-pack traction and puncture resistance, the Super Yummy tire is a fantastic go-to for folks looking to piece together a memorable mixed-terrain ride.
Wheel Size: 26″(559)/27.5″(584)/29″(622)
Tire Width: 2.22″
See more at Sim Works.
You don’t need a custom frame to merit a custom stem. Perhaps you’d like more rise or length or drop than options on the market. Custom fillet stems look great on bikes, both old and new, and would be a good way to snazz up your gravel or touring machine. LaMarche Bike Co has custom 4130 fillet brazed stems available. Each stem is made to order. Machined, fillet brazed, and finished by hand to your specification. Stems are available in 26.0mm and 31.8mm clamp diameters for 28.6mm steerer tubes. Any angle. Any length. With a 1-2 month turnaround…
See more at LaMarche Bike Co.
Got a pair of Ombraz Dolomite armless sunglasses? Well check out these new Side Shields and Nose Plug accessory add-ons. You can block out peripheral light with these ventilated side shields. The Nose Plug fills in the gap on the Dolomite nose bridge, carrying the vented look across the frames.
Check out more at Ombraz.
Silca makes some of the nicest pumps with the Terra being the latest to hit its catalog. It features a desert tan and olive drab body with a two-stage gauge that gives you accurate readings between 0-30 psi and 30-110 psi. Perfect for all of your road and off-road adventures.
See more at Silca.
UK brand Cotic brings back its Solaris hardtail for 2023. The new Solaris goes back to its roots, reducing weight and fork travel, whilst building on everything that made the current SolarisMAX such a hit. A slightly more XC sensibility, but still crazy capable on rowdier terrain. Over 20 years of hardtail heritage, development and character has distilled the Solaris into your downcountry tool of choice.
The advent of amazing 120mm forks such as the latest Rockshox SID and Fox 34 allowed us to reassess the Solaris. By focusing the fork travel range on 100-120mm, we have been able to refine and revise the Reynolds 853 tubeset to reduce the weight of the frame.
We have added our 5 step C-sizing, which reduces steps between sizes and seat tube lengths, giving more precise rider fit and comfort. The full geometry table is on the product page, so have a look and see what will work for you.
The brilliant Longshot SolarisMAX geometry is mostly carried over, retaining the 66/75 angles, but with a lower BB for ripping through those singletrack corners.
See more at Cotic.
If you’ve been bikepacking with a gravel bike. You might be missing out. The Kona Unit X is the perfect platform jump for those looking to try out flat bars and wide tires. It has a steel fork and a steel frame, offering up a smooth riding sensation.
The Unit X has become a cult favorite among die-hard Kona fans. Maybe it’s the Cromoly frame. Maybe it’s the fact that it’s a bikepacking monster, or its well-geared 12-speed drivetrain, or modular dropouts which give you the ability to run it as a single speed if that’s your thing. Maybe it’s because the rigid fork makes it that much more of a classic. We may never know why the Unit X is such a popular bike, but we can only guess it’s because it is one of the most practical machines in the Kona lineup.
See more at Kona.
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