Things are moving a bit slow over here this morning after I spent the weekend in Arizona with the Silver Stallion team riding trails with kids and documenting a very busy Sunday in Fort Defiance at the Silver Stallion mobile bike shop pop-up in the Navajo Nation. Being present while this team worked all day in the sun and wind on its community’s bikes was a wonderful thing to witness, so expect some Reportage coming up next week. For now, I just wanted to say thank you to the entire Silver Stallion team for being such great hosts.
Wahoo Frontiers takes to one of California’s most breathtaking places, the Lost Coast:
“In this first episode of season two, Ian Boswell, Peter Stetina, and Colin Strickland meet up in California for a bike trip that explores the Lost Coast. This is not just an adventure, it is the new training camp for these privateers. What do you do when you need your competition to get better so you can beat your competition later? Ian, Pete, and Colin find out as they tackle the Lost Coast each seeking something a bit different and each riding away with fresh perspective and motivation for challenges ahead.”
See the route links below…
Jumping onto the movement in the outdoor industry to use recycled ocean plastic in apparel, FiveTen just announced their new footwear lineup made from recycled Parley Ocean Plastic with an impressive 50% of the upper being made from textile of which 75% is Primeblue yarn. Both the Freerider and Freerider Pro shoe models for men and women are made from this innovative material. See more at FiveTen.
Swift Industries’ bags are in high, high demand these days, so we’ll do our best to alert you when they come back in stock. If you’ve been wanting to buy a Zeitgeist bag after reading Spencer’s review last year, now’s your chance. They got all three colors back in stock and shipping now from Swift Industries.
This week’s Readers’ Rides comes from Paul de Valera from Atomic Cycles, the organizer of the Coaster Brake Challenge. Paul had an idea for a Cruiser and finally executed it, resulting in a very unique bike. Check out more as Paul walks us through the design and fabrication below.
We love hosting and supporting the fruits of our good friends’ labor. Crust Bikes and Leo Rodgers have been working on a pro model for Leo, dubbed the “Florida Man.” This singlespeed frame can be built as a singlespeed freewheel, a coaster brake, or a straight-up fixed gear off-road machine. Check out all the details below, including how you can win one of these frames!
Los Angeles has no shortage of inspirational athletes. Skate legend Eric Koston and Justin Williams of L39ION of Los Angeles recently worked on this video for Specialized in Silverlake while talking bikes and sneakers…
With the warmer Summer months just around the corner, having a pair of lightweight road shoes is crucial to battling the elemetents. Australia’s MAAP has teamed up with high end shoe manufacturer Suplest on a pair of Edge+ Road Pro Shoes. These shoes are lightweight (230 g – 8.11 oz) and are designed specifically for dry, hot, and windy conditions. They come in olive (pictured) or a bright white and retail for $549.00 AUD (approx. $399 USD). See more at MAAP.
Outride’s growing presence in cycling has lead to its first-ever social media campaign dubbed #Outridetogether. Read all about this project below:
Outride is excited to announce the Outride Together Campaign. A national, year-long campaign calling on the cycling community at large to join them in generating more miles, more riders, better health, and stronger communities. This campaign is a call to action inviting industry partners, students, educators, ambassadors, and riders across the globe to demonstrate what we can #OutrideTogether.
You may have seen the Outride Together x Roka campaign recently, in an effort to gain momentum, information and gauge the interest of this campaign, Outride initially set a goal of 5 Million miles for 2021, in their first effort they and the cycling community had a collective mileage count of nearly 13 million miles.
Alongside new industry partners and the community, Outride’s goal with #OutrideTogether is to cultivate a passion for cycling and make the world a more inclusive and equitable place. Open to all riders, Outride invites athletes and novices, adults and youth, to ride with them. The easiest way to contribute is to join the Outride Strava club and log your miles.
Since we’re on a throwback kick these days, or at least it constantly feels like we’re perpetually embracing kooky old-school MTB bits, I thought you’d enjoy this video by Tannus Tires showcasing Krispy Baughman’s evolution of freeride in Utah…
Spanning 138 miles of the rugged landscape between Moab Utah, and Loma Colorado, the Kokopelli Trail is one of the original great bikepacking routes of the American West.
In November of 2020, Kait Boyle and Kurt Refsnider set out to explore the possibilities, testing their endurance against the current FKT (Fastest Known Time) records. Their journeys began long before the starting line, and the progression of record times on this trail is far from over.
Stay tuned for the release of Faster For Now later this spring 2021!
Last year, the Cycling Industry Pledge was founded by the RAR. Its intent is to hold companies accountable to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in the cycling community with signees making a commitment to actions outlined in the pledge. We’re proud to be a part of this initiative and have signed up once again. If your shop, company, or media outlet wants to sign up, you can read all about it at RAR.
This video showcases the Brooks England Scape bike travel bags and features some rather scenic backdrops.
Our friends at Swift Industries have continued their virtual Stoked Spoke Adventure Series in a pandemic period correct Zoom format. The latest episode features a panel of BIPOC guests with stories aplenty. Give this one a watch or play it in the background while you work at your desk…
Ingrid Components, makers of made in Italy components, just announced their complete 1x drivetrain system. It’s one of the most stunning kits we’ve seen and it comes at a premium pricepoint, but based on our hands-on experience with the brand’s components, it’s gonna be good. Check out the breakdown below and ordering information at Biciclista USA.
The El Jefe is the latest model to land in the Why Cycles titanium catalog. Think of it as the more serious sibling to the S7 and the Wayward. It’s less swoopy, more serious, lighter, and faster-pedaling, yet it has clearance for a 29×2.6″ tire.
This bike is Why’s first “pro-model”, akin to skateboarding, surfing, and snowboarding. Jefe Branham is an ultra-endurance legend based in Gunnison, CO, and has been a friend and team rider for Why for two seasons. His feedback as to what his dream bike would be for going fast in the backcountry informed every decision in the El Jefe design. Jefe’s personal mantra is “Fast or Slow Just Go,” so with his input, Why turned it into a sandblasted graphic on the raw titanium. The lily flower in the graphics is a nod to his two-year-old daughter, Lillian.
With a 73.3º seat angle, a 67.5º head angle, and a 120mm fork, the El Jefe is a nimble, fast, and capable hardtail with pricing beginning at $2,349 for a frame only at Why Cycles.
The RW27 is the narrower and lighter sibling to Revel’s groundbreaking RW30 wheelset. Think of them as a lighter and zippier wheelset for XC or riding where the terrain doesn’t demand stouter wheels. These wheels are made in the United States from the revolutionary “FusionFiber” material, which replaces resin with a nylon-like material. It combined with German and Japanese fibers results in a rim that is 100% recyclable. The RW27 offers the same flex as the RW30, but is 50g lighter.
-29” rim diameter
-Available in 28H or 32H drilling
-Complete wheels or rim only
-Wheelsets available with 28H Industry 9 Hydra (1740g) or 1/1 hub (1770g) options
-XD or Microspline driver body options
-Rim depth 35mm
-Rim only weight: 430g
-Rim is recyclable FusionFiber material
-Recommended tire width 2.2-2.5”
-Rim only $699 – i9 1/1 wheelset $1975 – i9 Hydra wheelset
See more at Revel.
The story of three best friends, roommates, and riding partners with a taste for the finer things. And plenty of dirt on their Ripton jorts…