Our Radar Roundup compiles products and videos from the ‘net in an easy-to-digest format. Read on below for today’s findings…
Tectonic set out to build the ultimate platform pedal, and this is the result. Featuring a lightweight and resilient aluminum pedal body, a stainless steel spindle running on fully sealed cartridge bearings, and our patented full-length traction pins made from hardened Hitachi stainless steel, the Altar is designed to be the best and last plaftorm pedal you will ever need. It’s available in five stock colors and a special edition galaxy ano “Mahi Mahi” pedal that retails for $249.
- 125mm (L) x 110mm (W) platform area
- 2mm concavity
- 15mm thick at center
- 405g / pr.
- Limited Lifetime Warranty
- Made in Durango, Colorado
See more at Tectonic!
Squid Gravtron V2 $1,400
The Gravtron is Squid’s dedicated, chromoly, gravel bike, suited for all your dirt-road-centered expoits. Race it at Lost & Found, take it on some singletrack, or on a tour. V2 features bigger, 700x50mm tire clearance, or 650x60mm, depending on rim/tire combo. There’s also nternal dropper routing, which can also be used for a mechanical front derailleur instead if that’s your jam and last but not least, there are updated dropouts utilize the UDH hanger which is Sram Transmission compatible.
- 4130 CroMo
- 68mm PF30 BB Shell
- UDH Hanger (Transmission compatible)
- 12×142 Thru Axle
- 160mm Flat Mount Disc Brakes (180mm w/ adpater)
- Internal Routing for 1x drivetrains
- Internal Routing for 27.2 dropper post
- Tapered 34/44 Headtube
- 700×50 / 650×2.25 Tire Clearance
- 27.2 Seatpost
- Cargo Mounts on down-tube and fork blades
- Made in Taiwan
See more at Squid.
The Portage dropout system was designed to be “future proof” from the very start. Replacement dropout parts for all of our hardtails are the same, all the way back to 2016 with the original Advocate Cycles Hayduke!
That made our latest offering, the UDH dropout set, fairly simple to implement. Do you want to upgrade your Hayduke or Japhy to SRAM Transmission? Or do you just want the simplicity of the UDH? We have you covered.
- Plates are CNC Machined from 6061-T6
- Sold as a complete set, or as Left or Right sides.
- Compatible with ALL Portage Dropout Esker and Advocate frames back to 2016.
- Adds 7mm to chainstay length over non-UDH versions.
- Non-drive side is now 180mm Post Mount native
- Uses new axle size – spec is 180mm length, 1.0mm thread pitch, 15mm thread length
- SRAM Transmission compatible.
- Available in slider and fixed position.
- Sliders work with our existing FAN Nut system for 4-position adjustability, or with a 8mm nut for infinite adjustment within a 17mm range, just like our current dropouts
- UDH plates are available aftermarket now and will ship with all new frames starting in 2024
- Options and Pricing:
- Individual plates = $45 each
- UDH: Includes Left and Right plates, SRAM UDH Hanger, and 180mm axle = $150
- Transmission: (no UDH hanger) Includes Left and Right Plates and 180mm Axle – $130
*Mounting hardware sold separately. But they are all the same hardware kits as the current dropouts.
See more at Esker.
Less is more. A timeless quote by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, who passed away on the Mediterranean not too far from where Cafe du Cycliste is based. This timeless adage reverberates through our modern age and has clearly inspired the brand’s foray into road cycling shoes. The result is a classic, streamlined design laced with performance, find the immaculate connection to your machine and the road ahead.
Collaborating with footwear specialists using leading-edge engineering and perfromance materials, the shoes’ premium microfibre upper is matched with a Ultralight Unidirectional carbon footbed for structured support and optimum power transfer.
- Ultralight Unidirectional carbon-fibre outsole for maximum leverage
- SOLESTAR™ insole, proven for breathability, hygiene and all-day comfort.
- Robust and lightweight premium microfibre upper with laser-cut ventilation holes.
- Additional ventilation ‘shaft’ at the toe of the outsole for extra breathability/drainage.
- Inspired by classic sneakers, durable and flexible laces provide multiple adjustment points.
- Weight : 250g (size 43)
- PU Microfibre Upper | Carbon-fibre Sole
- 3-hole thread compatible with all major cleat/pedal systems
- Integrated drain holes for wet conditions
- Rubber heal and toe studs
- Suitable for all riding styles
- ‘Liquid rubber’ joining the upper and footbed for durability
- Fish grid heel grippers
See more at Cafe du Cycliste.
Steve Potts has a long history of developing saddle through his old company with Cunningham and Mark Slate, aka WTB, but since he left WTB, he’s been developing his own line of products including bars, stems, Taiwan-made Type II forks, and more. The Chinook is the latest product to hit the Steve Potts line. These 150mm wide saddles feature a drop nose, which allows easy movement on and off the seat during steep climbs. And the same gives the rider a small perch to maintain some weight on the saddle to maintain rear wheel traction.
- The mid-saddle channel gives room for soft tissue for comfort
- The flat seating area gives sit-bones proper support
- Thick but firm supportive padding for long rides
- The rear of the seat offers a smooth round design allowing easy on and off during technical sections of your ride
- 150mm x 278mm
- Genuine leather
- Currently offered with STEEL rails only
See more at SOMA.
Mike Debernardo shot this while doing an ITT from Denver to Durango as the 2013 Colorado Trail Race went in the opposite direction. The idea was to complete the ride while attempting to document some of what the racers were experiencing on the trail.
Thanks for sharing this, Mike!
“In the world there are wonders that deserve to be seen, therefore the importance of their care is so essential. I want to show you everything that I will learn along the way to do so: the places and my appreciation, its people and their kindness.”
Ezequiel left his apartment in 2017 and has been living on his bikes since ever since. He once took off in Argentina, has crossed more than 25 countries and ridden over the soil of 3 continents so far -… and his journey continues to move forward. Ezequiel is living the nomad life par example, reporting nearly daily from all corners of the globe to inspire and provide all types of impressions from various places that may not even be on any of our bucket lists right now, but could be after seeing Ezequiel’s imagery and hearing his stories from abroad.
Find out more about Ezquiel at Bombrack.
Stuff we see on the ‘net that causes pause…
Photo via @johnprolly
Forever tinkering and perfecting his vintage builds, John unveiled a NOS golden Suntour 5-speed “alpine” freewheel before putting it on his newly-refreshed his 1980 Chicken Coop Ritchey build…
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